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Trofeu Joan GamperMain events 2017, Sports

FC Barcelona gets a new season of football underway with its traditional friendly that is named after the club's founder. In recent years, the Joan Gamper has been played towards the middle of August, once the players return from their summer break, and it provides fans a great opportunity to see some of Barça's new signings in action before the serious business of leagues and competitions begins. It's also a fantastic chance to visit the majestic Camp Nou stadium, Europe's largest and a must-see for any real soccer aficionado; indeed it's one of the most-visited places in Catalonia. To contest the 'trophy' (until 1996, it was actually a four-team competition with two semi-finals and a final played, but a rise in other pre-season events meant that it was scaled back), the club usually invites an international challenger: among those that have taken part in the past five years are the Italian sides U.C. Sampdoria and A.S. Roma, and Santos F.C. from Brazil.

"Barça fans are in luck. The season kicks off with its traditional friendly match. An opportunity to see the new signings in action at the majestic Camp Nou."

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