FC Barcelona News: 3 June 2012; Fabregas and Alves Recovering Well, Messi Scores in Argentina Victory

Ibrahim Afellay scored twice against Northern Ireland.

Messi inspires Argentina to big win - Yahoo! Eurosport
Messi scored one of the goals and had a hand in the others as he and strikers Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain virtually sealed victory with little more than half an hour gone. Angel Di Maria added the fourth 15 minutes from time.

Netherlands slot six past Northern Ireland – UEFA.com
As expected, Robin van Persie led the line, while Jetro Willems, who could become the youngest player to take to the field at a UEFA European Championship, was handed a starting berth. The writing was firmly on the wall when Van Persie scored either side of Wesley Sneijder's solo effort. An Ibrahim Afellay double made it 5-0 to the hosts, before Ron Vlaar completed the win.

'The recovery is going great' - Barcelona's Dani Alves - Goal.com
Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has revealed on Twitter that his rehabilitation from the surgery to correct a broken right collarbone is going well."Hello fans, I would like to inform everyone that the recovery is going extremely well. I'll be back. Greetings!" the defender tweeted.

Spain get Fabregas boost - Yahoo! Eurosport
Fabregas picked up the injury when he came on for the last 10 minutes of Barca's 3-0 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao last week before he was named in Spain's final 23-man squad to defend their title in Poland and Ukraine next month. "Medical tests have been successful, very happy with the evolution," Fabregas wrote on his Twitter feed.

Cesc and Alexis: 15 goals each and the best yet to come | FC Barcelona
They say the first year is always the hardest and that adaptation takes time, even though Cesc had the advantage of having played in the Barça youth system. Cesc and Alexis have both scored 15 goals in their first year at the club, and played an active role in FC Barcelona’s conquest of four major titles this year: the Spanish and European Supercups, the Clubs World Cup and the Copa del Rey.

79% of goals produced by La Masia | FC Barcelona
No fewer than 12 of the 21 footballers used this season by FC Barcelona were home produced, and they scored 79% of the team’s 190 goals in official matches. That’s a total of 150. La Masia has never played such a massive role in Barça goalscoring, in a season when the Club also broke its all-time record for goals.

Barça internationals join Spain squad | FC Barcelona
The seven FC Barcelona players in the squad of 23 that Vicente del Bosque is taking to the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine have arrived at the team camp in the Ciudad de Fútbol de Las Rozas. The presence of Víctor Valdés, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro Rodríguez means FC Barcelona is once again contributing more players to the side than any other club.

Guardiola's ideas will be continued by Vilanova, Barcelona B coach Sacristan admits - Goal.com
Tito Vilanova will build on Pep Guardiola's ideas and philosophies while in the Camp Nou hotseat, according to Barcelona B boss Eusebio Sacristan. "It will not change. We will continue on the same line, working with young players who will play and have good communication with the first team," Sacristan told reporters at a press conference.

Guardiola: I did not enjoy Barca matches anymore - Soccerway
"I did not enjoy Barca's matches in the Champions League and in La Liga anymore," he said in an interview with Israeli channel Canal 2. "It was very tough. Being a coach of Barca requires a lot of energy. After so much time, you need to distance yourself."

Spain ban players from using Twitter - Yahoo! Eurosport
Spain and Denmark have banned their squad from using the social networking site during Euro 2012. Teams fear that off the cuff remarks on Twitter could cause problems during this month's finals in Ukraine and Poland and other sides could follow the directives.

Atletico Madrid still owe Porto €28.6 million from transfers of Falcao and Micael - report - Goal.com
Europa League winners Atletico Madrid still owe FC Porto €28.6 million for the transfers of Falcao and Ruben Micael, according to a report in AS. The Spanish side signed the duo from the Dragons in a combined deal of €45 million last summer.

Official: Villarreal's Ivan Marcano signs for Rubin Kazan - Goal.com
Rubin Kazan have signed Ivan Marcano from Villarreal in a deal thought to be worth €5 million. The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan away from El Madrigal. After appearing for Getafe in 2010-11, Marcano turned out for Olympiakos last season, helping them to the Greek Super League title.

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