FC Barcelona News: 10 June 2013; Neymar Adds Assist Against France, Levante Appoint Joaquin Caparros as Coach

Laurence Griffiths

Brazil see off France (3-0) | FC Barcelona
Brazil finished off their preparation for the Confederations Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over France in Porto Alegre. Barça’s Dani Alves and Neymar both figured in the game, with Alves laying the full 90 minutes and Neymar – who helped set up the Brazilians’ second goal, coming off with two minutes left to play.

Three busy days for Barça’s internationals | FC Barcelona
With 9 Barça players in their squad, Spain warm up for the Confederations Cup with a friendly , as do Alves and Neymar with Brazil and the Spanish Under 21s play their second game of the tournament in the European Championships on Sunday. In all, there are 20 Barça players on international duty this weekend in six different matches.

Andres Iniesta: "I’m proud of the season we have put in" | FC Barcelona
Andres Iniesta has enjoyed another successful 12 months – retaining the European Championships with Spain last summer and winning the league title once more with Barça. With the club season over, Iniesta is with the Spanish squad as they prepare for this month’s Confederations Cup and last week he spoke to the Spanish paper El Pais. Below we publish extracts from the piece:

Xavi dismisses "end of an era" claims | FC Barcelona
With the Spanish season over, Xavi Hernadez spoke to the Catalan sports paper "Sport" last week and insisted that Barça remain the dominant footballing force they have been over the last few years. The Catalan midfielder also revealed he’d rather lose playing well than win playing badly, gave his own take on the defeat to Bayern and made it clear he’s not thinking about retiring just yet.

Barça’s outstanding league stats | FC Barcelona
Now that the league campaign is over, it’s time to look at the stats and compare them to last season. Leo Messi leads the way in attack while players such as Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves and Gerard Piqué stand out in defence.

Comparings statistics from last two seasons | FC Barcelona
Once more, Barça have headed the league across a wide range of stats and this year they’ve even bettered some of their own records, such as the number of goals scored and set new league records for the number of goals scored away from home.

Eric Abidal says he was not offered new deal by Barcelona because it was too risky | Sky Sports
"They considered it a risk that something could happen to me and did not want the responsibility," Abidal said in an interview with El Mundo. "But I will continue playing while my doctors give me permission. I think it is the right time to leave, I will try to reach 35 before I retire."

Barça B go down to Jerez in final game of the season (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça were without a number of key players off on international duty and found it hard against a wel organised Jerez who took an early lead through Javi Forján. Dongou equalised after half an hour, but Franco Amoroso’s 79th minute strike proved to be the winner, despite a strong finish from the visitors.

Real beat Juventus in 'legends' clash - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Corazon Classic Match 2013 Veracruz was quite a draw for fans and celebrities eager to see the old glories in action once again. Luis Figo opened the scoring for the hosts with a fierce strike from distance, then Paolo Montero drew the Bianconeri veterans level with a Pavel Nedved assist. Ivan Perez got the winner set up by Emilio Butragueno.

Dos Santos attracts MLS interest - ESPN FC
Mallorca president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer claims a club in the MLS - believed to be champions LA Galaxy - have made an offer for Giovani dos Santos, but says the Mexico international’s future has yet to be decided. Reports in Dos Santos’ home country say that LA Galaxy offered €8 million for the player last week.

Levante appoint Joaquin Caparros as new coach on one-year-deal | Sky Sports
The 57-year-old takes the reins from Juan Ignacio Martinez, who was told earlier this week he would not be offered a new contract when his current one expires on June 30. A statement on the club's official website confirmed Caparros, who has previously coached the likes of Villarreal, Sevilla and Deportivo La Coruna, will be presented to the press on Tuesday.

Levante get stronger as they take on Austrian player Andreas Ivanschitz > LFP
Levante UD are looking to strengthen their team for next season and have just recently acquired Austrian player Andreas Ivanschitz (October 15 1983). Pending a medical check, the Austrian player will play for Levante for the next three seasons.

Villarreal back up into top flight | FC Barcelona
During their successful 14 seasons in the top flight (1998-2012), which included Champions League qualification between 2005 and 2011,Villarreal played Barça 26 times, winning 8, drawing 6 and with 12 wins for Barça, they always proved to be a tough opponent.

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