FC Barcelona News: 2 July 2014; Lionel Messi Instrumental in Argentina Win, Claudio Bravo to be Presented on Monday

Jeff Gross

Messi and Di María take Argentina to the quarter-finals (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano’s Argentina took on Switzerland in the Round of 16 World Cup match this Tuesday afternoon in Sao Paulo. The Argentinians, led by the FC Barcelona forward, struggled in the first half against a plucky and dangerous Swiss side, but took control of the match in the second half.

World Cup players due back from July 24 | FC Barcelona
The eight players whose teams failed to make it past the group stages - Spain’s Piqué, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro, Cameroon’s Song and Croatia’s Rakitic- will be available for Luis Enrique from July 24, whilst Chile’s Claudio Bravo and Alexis Sánchez are due back four days later.

Rakitic in Barça colours | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic took his first steps onto the Camp Nou pitch this morning and also got to know the home changing rooms at the stadium after signing a five year deal. The Croatian will wear the number 4 shirt next season.

Rakitic: "I gave as strong an ‘I do’ as I did the day of my wedding!". | FC Barcelona
During his presentation as Barça’s latest summer signing, Ivan Rakitic made it clear that he’d come to the Camp Nou to achieve success: "I want to win more titles. Last season’s Europa League really whetted my appetite. I want to make history. I want more. I’m hungry for success".

Rakitic's presentation in 100 seconds | FC Barcelona
This Tuesday was very intense for Ivan Rakitic. After arriving in Barcelona on Monday afternoon, the Croatian midfielder started off this Tuesday with attending his medical at the Ciutat Esportiva. Upon passing the medical exam, he signed his contract, posed for photos in the Barça strip at the Camp Nou, held a press conference and was interviewed by Barça TV.

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta praises humble Luis Suarez | Football News | Sky Sports
"Suarez has shown he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important," Zubizarreta told reporters. "He has been humble enough to apologise to those he has affected, because it happened in the middle of a festival of football. In this case it's the best thing a person can do."

Transfer News: Xavi assured of Barcelona future by sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta | Football News | Sky Sports
"We have an excellent player coming from Celta called Rafinha, we have Ivan here with us, (Andres) Iniesta and Xavi," he said. "Today Xavi is still our player and the number six shirt is still his. We spoke to him before the World Cup and when he returns from holiday we will speak to him again.

Masip to sign on Thursday; Bravo to be presented on Monday | FC Barcelona
Jordi Masip will sign his FC Barcelona contract this Thursday, July 3. He will remain a Barça player until June 30, 2017. Masip, who will be a first team player, will have a buyout clause of 35 million euros. The agreement was made public on May 20 of this year.

June: busy month for meetings | FC Barcelona
One of the biggest events was the first meeting of clubs from Central and Southern Europe, attended by hundreds of supporters from different countries in Slovenia, hosted by the Penya Blaugrana Eslovena Triglav.

Chelsea reach agreement to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid | Sky Sports
The 25-year-old Spain international is heading to Stamford Bridge after the Blues met the 40 million euro (£32m) buy-out clause in his contract with Atletico. The Premier League club announced the news on their official website in a short statement.

Di Maria to quit Madrid? | Football Espana
Angel Di Maria could look to quit Real Madrid as he feels unappreciated by Los Blancos despite his performances last season. Marca claim that Di Maria laid down the gauntlet to Madrid prior to the World Cup and asked the club to show him how highly they value him after he played a key role in winning the Champions League.

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