FC Barcelona News: 24 June 2014; Neymar Impressive in Brazil Victory, Ivan Rakitić's Croatia Eliminated

Laurence Griffiths

Neymar shines in Brazil's rout of Cameroon (1-4) | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr led Brazil to the Round of 16 with a brilliant performance against Cameroon this evening. The other Group A match, which featured Ivan Rakitic’s Croatia, saw Mexico secure the second spot of the group.

Chile through to the next round of the World Cup | FC Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez’s Chile were defeated by the Netherlands (2-0) in round three of the group stage of the World Cup. The men managed by Jorge Sampaoli were unable to overcome Van Gaal’s team, but they will advance to the next round as the runner up team.

Andrés Iniesta to make 100th appearance for Spain | FC Barcelona
Unless there are any late surprises, Andrés Iniesta will win his 100th cap for Spain today. National team manager Vicente del Bosque confirmed at his pre-match press conference that, although the team are only playing for honour and he is likely to give chances to the players that were left out of the first two games, the FC Barcelona midfielder will be in his starting eleven against Australia, "so that he can win his 100th cap".

Messi's infographic: Rewriting goalscoring history | FC Barcelona
At just 27 years of age, Leo Messi is already FC Barcelona’s highest goalscorer ever after topping Paulino Alcántara’s legendary tally of 369 goals and ending the 2013/14 season with a career total of 381 in 466 appearances

The next edition of the UEFA Champions League takes shape | FC Barcelona
The 2014/15 Champions League is taking shape. A total of 32 teams will feature in the tournament, 22 of which are already qualified for the group stage. FC Barcelona are one of the 22 teams that are already qualified for the group stage. The competition will start on the 16th or 17th of September.

The last FC Barcelona v Napoli: Gamper 2011 | FC Barcelona
On August 6 in Geneva, FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli will meet in a friendly at the Stade de Genève. The sides last met just three years ago, at the Camp Nou for the Joan Gamper Trophy. Barça, managed by Pep Guardiola, comfortably beat the Italians 5-0 with goals from Cesc, Keita, Pedro and Messi (2) to win their own trophy.

Cordoba reach the Primera Division | FC Barcelona
Cordoba CF, managed by ex Barça player Albert ‘Chapi’ Ferrer, are back in the Primera Division. The Andalusian team join Deportivo de Corunya and’Eibar in the top division, and in 2014/15 they'll come back to the Camp Nou, in the League, after 42 years. Since 1971/72 Cordoba have not played in the top tier of Spanish football.

Report: Falcao to join Real Madrid | Football Espana
Radamel Falcao has agreed terms with Real Madrid and will officially sign after the World Cup, according to reports. BeIn Sports revealed overnight that the Colombia international has negotiated terms with the European champions, and will complete a move by mid-July.

Transfer news: Diego Costa's transfer from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea not done yet | Football News | Sky Sports
Cerezo confirmed Chelsea have made contact but have not agreed to meet the buy-out clause for the Brazilian-born striker, who was part of a dismal World Cup showing from Spain. The forward has long been linked with a big-money move to join Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, but Cerezo maintains the deal is far from complete.

Carlos Vela has signed a four-year contract with Real Sociedad | Sky Sports
The Mexican striker left the Emirates in 2011 but Arsenal retained the right to buy him back for a relatively small fee. However, the Spanish club have now agreed a deal with Arsenal which sees him become their player - with no strings.

Manchester United close in on Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera - ESPN FC
Manchester United are hoping to make their first signing of the Louis van Gaal era as they near a deal for Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera. The Spaniard almost joined United last summer before a move broke down on transfer deadline day in controversial circumstances.

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