FC Barcelona News: 25 June 2013; Spain U-20 Advance to Round of 16, Carlo Ancelotti Named Real Madrid Coach

Jasper Juinen

All 10 Barça players through to Confed Cup semis | FC Barcelona
Barça players continue to shine at the Confederations Cup, with all 10 involved coming through the group stages in good stead and set to play in the semi finals. Brazil, with Neymar and Alves, and Spain with Valdés, Piqué, Sergio, Iniesta, Xavi, Jordi Alba, Villa and Pedro are still on course for a final meeting after both topped their groups.

Ballon d’Eurosport – No.19: Neymar | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Aged just 18 in 2010, Neymar finished third in the South American footballer of the year poll. Rather than viewing this as an achievement, the teenager went and improved upon it by winning the award for the next two seasons, including a 2011 campaign in which he helped inspire Santos to Copa Libertadores glory.

Cruyff: Barcelona should sell Messi now they have Neymar - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
It will be seen as a highly controversial perspective from the Dutch legend given that Messi has scored no fewer than 215 goals in 246 games at Barcelona, but he is adamant that there will be a clash if Neymar and the Argentine join forces. "With Neymar on board, I would have planned for the possibility of selling Messi, and some would agree with that, others not," Cruyff told Spanish newspaper Marca.

Spain players were not partying before robbery, insists Pique - Goal.com
Gerard Pique has dismissed reports that Spain players were partying before they were robbed in Recife last week. Globoesporte claimed on Monday that the quest had revealed that the reigning European and world champions were partying and playing strip poker with a group of women before the robbery, but Pique has stressed there's no truth in this suggestion.

Kobe Bryant with the Barça stars | FC Barcelona
The LA Lakers’ most charismatic player and one f the best ever to play in the NBA, Kobe Bryant, has always enjoyed a close relationship with Barça’s star players. The photo with Neymar, taken after Brazil’s win over Italy, is just the latest example of Kobe’s love of the Club.

Deulofeu's U20 Spain qualify for the round of 16 | FC Barcelona
The U20 Spain team were made to sweat for the three points against the U20 Ghana team this evening. The team managed by Julen Lopetegui were victorious by a narrow 1-0 scoreline thanks to a strike from Jesé on 13 minutes, which means the Iberians have secured a round of 16 berth in the U20 World Cup.

Korea come from behind, hold Portugal - FIFA.com
Portugal and Korea Republic played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Kayseri to see Group B remain wide open going into the final batch of FIFA U-20 World Cup first round games. Korea came from behind twice through Ryu Seungwoo and Kim Hyun, cancelling out goals from Aladje and Bruma to hold the group leaders.

Carlo Ancelotti in at Real Madrid, Laurent Blanc appointed by PSG - ESPN FC
Real Madrid have announced Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager, with Laurent Blanc replacing the Italian at Paris Saint-Germain. Madrid have been seeking a new boss after Jose Mourinho's departure for his former club Chelsea last month, and Ancelotti had made it clear to PSG he was keen to join the Liga giants.

Betis present Miki Roque memorial | Football Espana
Yesterday saw Real Betis mark the first anniversary of Miki Roque’s death with the unveiling of a memorial at the Benito Villamarin stadium. Betis defender Roque passed away on June 24, 2012 after losing his battle with pelvic cancer and yesterday saw Los Beticos mark his absence at their ground.

Mario Bermejo will continue another season at Celta > LFP
Celta has renewed the contract of their striker Mario Bermejo for another season with an extra one optional and the player will remain under the orders of Luis Enrique in the 2013/2014 season. Mario Bermejo played in 33 out of 38 games in the last Liga BBVA season and scored five goals.

Celta continues to build up their squad for 2013/14 and renews their left back, Carlos Bellvis > LFP
The Galician team has also extended its agreement with left back Carlos Bellvis, who has renewed for one season with the option for another. The defender will be under the orders of Luis Enrique in the 2013/14 season. Carlos Bellvis played a total of 13 matches in the Liga BBVA.

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