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July 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM

A few notes about the FC Barcelona tour, and a thank you

Because you know it will be here before you know it…
FC Barcelona, winners of Spain’s La Liga, Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League, began to bolster their already deep roster with the signings of Brazilian defenders Maxwell Scherrer Cabelino Andrade (27) and Henrique Adriano Buss (22), for the 2009-2010 season.
Maxwell spent 2006-2009 playing with Serie A League Champions Internazionale Milan. As a member of the Nerazzurri he also claimed the Italian Supercopa in 2007 and 2008. The Brazilian began his professional career domestically with Cruzeiro before signing with Dutch powerhouse AFC Ajax in 2001. With Ajax he won two Eredivisie league titles (2002, 2004), two KNVB Cups (2002, 2006) and two Netherland Super Cups (2003, 2006).
Hernrique returns to Barca after spending the 2008 season on loan with German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Henrique began his 2008 season with Brazilian side Palmeiras where he won the Sao Paulo State Championship. The Brazilian defender launched his career with Coritiba in 2006. He appeared 56 times for the Brazilian side, winning the Brazilian Serie B championship in 2007. In March of 2008 he received his first call-up to the Brazilian national team.
Both players started preseason training along with the rest of the Barca squad on Monday, July 20.
2. FC Barcelona starts preseason training camps; travels to London
Fifty days after completing the Treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League), FC Barcelona officially began preparing to defend their Triple Crown. Coach Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola began working with the 25-man roster on Monday, July 20 at Joan Gamper Sports Complex in Catalunya.
Barca will face Tottenham Hotspur in their first tournament of the summer. The Wembley Cup will kick off at England’s famed Wembley Stadium on Friday, July 24. Two days later Barca will take on five-time Egyptian Champions, Al-Ahly.
FCB’s U.S. tour begins on Saturday, August 1, when Barca takes on David Beckham, Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Seattle Sounders FC welcomes FC Barcelona to Qwest Field on Wednesday, August 5. The tour will come to a close Saturday, August 8 when Barca goes head-to-head with Chivas de Guadalajara at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif. This is the second consecutive year, and third in the past four years, that FC Barcelona has sought competition in the United States. Last year the Spanish club defeated Chivas de Guadalajara 5-2 at Chicago’s Soldier Field and went on to defeat the New York Red Bulls 6-2 at Giants Stadium.
THANK YOU to all of the readers and people who commented about the game thread last night. It felt like I was doing a dozen things at once trying to watch and write and update…but that’s the life of a sportswriter nowadays. It’s an honor to know that people follow this blog and sometimes rely on it for game updates.
Thanks also to Steve Kelley, Seattle Times columnist and major soccer fan, for his help last night. Steve and I are the same in that we will go anywhere to see any sporting event, and he’s a guy I continue to learn from because he has seen so much and provides perspective.
He’ll see this and give me a hard time about it, I know….

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