FC Barcelona News: 3 July 2013; Neymar, Lionel Messi Shine in Charity Game, Marc Muniesa Signs for Stoke City

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Leo Messi and Neymar share the goals in Lima (8-5) | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Neymar Jr faced each other in an exhibition game held this Wednesday at Lima between a team of Messi’s friends and a Rest of the World XI which gave the Peruvian fans plenty of thrills and excitement. The result – which was perhaps the least important aspect of the game – was an 8-5 win for Messi’s friends.

With Xavi fading, Barcelona must convince Thiago to stay this summer - Goal.com
As Brazil battered Spain in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday, Thiago Alcantara will have been an interested spectator. Born to Brazilian parents but raised in Spain (the country he has chosen to represent at international level), the Barcelona midfielder has set his sights on next summer's World Cup. And on Sunday's evidence, he has every chance of being there.

Membership update process to be extended | FC Barcelona
As for the football team, Freixa admitted that the club is still working on signing the players that the coaching staff have expressed an interest in. "Barça can allow itself to undertake all the operations that the coaches have requested, as has always been the case" he said. "But we cannot reveal to the market how much money we are willing to spend."

Joan Gamper Trophy tickets to go on sale this Wednesday | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday, July 3, at 10.00 tickets for the Joan Gamper Trophy go on sale to the public. Tickets start at 19€ and Club members, who can buy up to six tickets, have a 25% discount per ticket. It’s worth noting that this match is not included in the season ticket package.

Marc Muniesa heads to Stoke City | FC Barcelona
Marc Muniesa, who learned to play football in FC Barcelona’s youth academy, has agreed to a four-year deal with Stoke City. The defender, who claimed the U21 EURO Championship this summer, will join Mark Hughes’ team in the coming days.

Jese snatches win, eliminates Mexico - FIFA.com
A late Jese Rodriguez goal has seen FIFA U-20 World Cup favourites Spain into the quarter-finals at the expense of Mexico. The North Americans had led for 72 minutes after Arturo Gonzalez scored early on, but goals from Real Madrid duo Derik and Jese saw them complete the turnaround.

Carvajal re-signs for Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Carvajal, 21, left the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the Bundesliga in 2012 for a fee of €5 million after failing to break into the Real first-team. During his season with Bayer he made 32 appearances and impressed as they qualified for the Champions League courtesy of a third-place league finish provoking Real to sign him back for a pre-agreed fee of €6.5 million.

Real Madrid to visit Bournemouth for pre-season friendly | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Championship newcomers Bournemouth will host Real Madrid in a prestigious pre-season friendly in less than three weeks. The Cherries, who finished second in League One last season, welcome Carlo Ancelotti's side to Dean Court (AKA the Seward Stadium) on July 21.

Llorente unveiled as a Juve player - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I like the number 14 and I think that I can play very well with this number. I chose Juventus because they are a great club and it’s a dream for me to be playing here," he said in his Press conference. "Juventus is the team that was most interested in me and pushed hardest to sign me. I preferred Serie A to the Premier League because it is a beautiful League and it has Juventus."

Chori Dominguez opts for Olympiacos | Football Espana
Rayo Vallecano winger Chori Dominguez has decided to sign for Greek outfit Olympiacos despite being linked with a move to Malaga. The 32-year-old Argentine was widely expected to remain in Spain following his 12-month spell at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, but has instead opted to join former Getafe and Sevilla boss Michel at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

Swansea swoop for Spaniard Pozuelo - ESPN FC
Swansea City have swooped for Real Betis midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo, with the Spaniard signing a three-year deal at Liberty Stadium. Pozuelo, 21, is in good company in Wales, with six fellow Spaniards in the Swans squad including former Betis team-mate Jose Canas and Espanyol defender Jordi Amat – the club’s other summer signings thus far.

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