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21.07.2007 09:16

Pre-season gets under way


The pre-season has started for the 2007-08 squad. The team was divided into four groups for different medical tests and the first training session.

qm3d0323.jpgFrank Rijkaard’s players met at 9 o’clock in the morning at the Camp Nou, where in morning and afternoon sessions they will take a series of medical tests and also start training. After being divided into four groups, they will also be working out in the gym as well as doing physical work in La Masía.

Medical Services

QM3D0558.jpgThe red group made up of Valdés, Belletti, Deco, Ezquerro, Olmo and Giovani Dos Santos, and the green group of Zambrotta, Thuram, Xavi, Gudjohnsen, Motta and Bojan were the first to go to the Medical Services and the gym area. They will have two sets of tests in the morning and two more in the afternoon.

The pitch at La Masia

qm3d0415.jpgMeanwhile, the blue group made up of Oleguer, Abidal, Henry, Eto'o, Maxi López and Marc Valiente, and the yellow group featuring Jorquera, Sylvinho, Touré, Iniesta and Ronaldinho worked out at La Masía.

Reserve team players Oier Olazábal, Marc Crosas and Dimas, who had already taken their qm3d0287.jpgmedical tests with Barça B, also trained at La Masía. The session started with running exercises and physical exercises as well as the usual drills.

The players then exercised in the centre circle. After stretching, fitness coaches Albert Roca and Paco Seirul•lo put the players in pairs for a series of circuits, which included sit-ups and obstacles.

More of the same in the afternoon

The blue and yellow groups trained in the afternoon in a session that was almost identical to that in the morning. In the session Dimas and Marc Crosas, who trained in the morning, carried on working apart from the main group with some light jogging. Meanwhile, the red and green groups undertook their medical tests in the afternoon.
Pre-season gets under way

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Eto'o and Ronaldinho translate
During the drills, Frank Rijkaard’s instructions were put into French by Eto'o and Ronaldinho for the benefit of new FC Barcelona players Henry, Touré and Abidal.

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