FC Barcelona News: 10 June 2012; Afellay's Netherlands Lose to Denmark, Messi Scores Hat-Trick Against Brazil

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Messi treble sinks Brazil - Yahoo! Eurosport
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Argentina beat Brazil 4-3 in a lively friendly, dealing a blow to the Brazilians as they wrapped up their preparations for the London Olympics. The game was played in front of a sell-out crowd of nearly 82,000 at Meadowlands Stadium, home of New York's two American football teams, the Giants and the Jets.

Highlights from the game can be seen here.

The Netherlands, with Afellay in the starting line-up, lose to Denmark (0-1) | FC Barcelona
The first match of the second match day of the Poland and Ukraine EURO pitted the World Cup runner-up, Netherlands, against Denmark. The Netherlands lost 0-1 to their northern European neighbors. It wasn’t the best debut for the Oranje, who are playing in one of the most difficult groups of the competition. The Netherlands must face Germany and Portugal in the following weeks.

Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry no longer an issue for Spain, insists Iniesta - Goal.com
Andres Iniesta insists that there is no danger of the intense rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid undermining Spain's hopes of winning Euro 2012. "It's an issue that is behind us; it has passed," the Blaugrana midfielder is quoted as saying by Marca. "It does not make sense; we would be fools if we were thinking about the Madrid-Barcelona rivalry. We are here to have a great Euros."

Pele: Neymar is a more complete player than Messi - Goal.com
"In a straight comparison Neymar is more complete, more technically proficient than Messi because he has more at his disposal. He can go down the right or left, he hits both sides of the rival defence," he opined. "Messi tends to move down the left, but he has more experience and he plays in a more demanding football league.

Madrid demand €100,000 in damages from Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao - Goal.com
The deputy mayor of Madrid is demanding a combined figure of €100,000 from Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao for their abuse of the Vicente Calderon during the Copa del Rey final. According to official sources, Miguel Angel Villanueva has filed for claims to cover fees incurred by cleaning of the premises and damage caused by fans at the home of Atletico Madrid on May 25.

Aloy, striker for the legendary Barça of the 5 Cups team, passes away | FC Barcelona
Lluís Aloy, who played for FC Barcelona from 1950 through 1954, passed away this Friday at the age of 82. Born in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Aloy learned to play football in Barça’s youth system. The brutal competition for a starting position in the first team - with Basora, César, Kubala, Vila, Moreno and Machón, among others - meant that Aloy played 24 matches as an Azulgrana.

Gabi extends his contract by a year | LFP
Gabriel Fernandez Arenas, "Gabi", and Atletico de Madrid have reached an agreement to extend the ex-academy player’s contract for another year, until the end of the 2015/2016 season.

Deportivo La Coruna announce Andre Santos signing - Goal.com
Segunda Division champions Deportivo La Coruna announced that they have reached an agreement to sign Andre Santos from Sporting Lisbon on a temporary basis, as the Galicians look to strengthen their side ahead of a new season in the Spanish top flight.

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