FC Barcelona News: 12 June 2012; Vilanova's Contract To Be Announced This Week, Zubizarreta Offered Extension

FC Barcelona will soon officially have a new coach.

Vilanova agrees two-year contract with Barcelona - report - Goal.com
Vilanova's agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, has now reportedly reached a tentative agreement with Barca over a deal that will tie his client to Camp Nou until 2014, and an announcement could be made on Friday. The Spanish newspaper also claims that Barca did not even consider offering their incoming boss the option of a one-year rolling contract, which was favoured by Guardiola.

Barcelona offer Zubizarreta contract extension - report - Goal.com
Barcelona have reportedly offered sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta the opportunity to extend his stay at Camp Nou until 2016. The paper claims that the Catalans are now desperate to restore some stability in the wake of Guardiola's exit and the subsequent appointment of his former right-hand man, Tito Vilanova, as his replacement.

Messi ends season with 82 goals | FC Barcelona
82 goals in 69 matches. Leo Messi’s tally in official matches for Barça and international appearances for Argentina in the 2011/12 has been astounding. He rounded off the campaign with a stunning performance for the ‘Albiceleste’ against Brazil on Saturday, scoring three times in a spectacular 4-3 win at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Fabregas: I didn't expect to play against Italy - Goal.com
"I didn't expect it either," he told Telecino. "I was as surprised as anyone. "I hadn't played for a month and a half, and with the goal, it was special. So I am happy. It [playing as a false nine] was something we hadn't planned as the Barcelona players only joined the squad later on, but we have shown we have a lot of [tactical] variety."

Polish Football Federation: Italy blocked Spain's request to water Gdansk Arena pitch - Goal.com
"The grass height was perfect," the PZPN supremo told TOK FM. "Usually the field is watered before the game, but for this you need the agreement of the two teams. Spain wanted [it done], but Italy were opposed to it being watered.

FC Barcelona unveils Chinese website | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has moved a step closer to its Chinese supporters and the promotion of its name around the world. The Chinese version of the website at www.fcbarcelona.cn has been unveiled, created by Chinese company Tencent, the biggest Internet supplier in the Asian country. Last November, the Club and Tencent signed a technological alliance to reach the massive and constantly increasing Chinese support base.

Benzema not leaving Real Madrid, says agent - Goal.com
The 24-year-old revealed last week that Manchester United have tracked him for years, while Manchester City and Juventus are also believed to be interested in the prolific hitman. Nevertheless, Benzema's representative has made it clear that a summer move is not an option for the attacker at this point. "Benzema is not leaving Real Madrid," Djaziri stated.

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