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FC Barcelona News: 16 June 2011; Thiago Impressive in Spain U21 Victory, Barca Add Two Players to the Shortlist

Thiago has been one of the most impressive players in the U21 European Championship. He has one Man of the Match Trophy to show for it.
Thiago has been one of the most impressive players in the U21 European Championship. He has one Man of the Match Trophy to show for it.

Life is precious for Barcelona's Abidal | UEFA
Éric Abidal told that treatment for a liver tumour had given him "another perspective on life" as he looks forward to a new UEFA Champions League season at FC Barcelona.

Thiago happy at Barca | Sky Sports
Thiago Alcantara's agent has stressed that the youngster's future lies at Barcelona. Thiago is highly rated at Barca, and his displays for Spain Under 21s at the European Championship have caught the eye.

Three years since Guardiola’s first big win | FCBarcelona
It was three years yesterday since Barça B won promotion to Division 2B after winning 3rd Division Group V and defeating Castillo and Barbastro in the play offs. It was Pep Guardiola’s first major achievement as a manager.

Barcelona set to snatch Leeds youngster Elliott Kebbie from under Manchester United’s nose | Goal
Leeds believed they were close to signing the prospect on a professional contract after brushing off interest from England’s top clubs over the past three years, but after impressing on a trial at Barcelona he is on the verge of signing for the Catalan side.


Ajax's Nicolai Boilesen attracts Barcelona interest - report | Goal
The Catalans are scouting a number of young players with an eye on the future and have now added the 19-year-old to their shortlist, as they see the left-back as a potential replacement for Eric Abidal in the long term. Boilesen is a product of the Brondby youth academy and moved to Ajax in January 2010.

Czech Republic U21 0-2 Spain U21: Adrian nets brace & Juan Mata stars in convincing victory | Goal
Valencia's Juan Mata provided Atletico Madrid-bound forward Adrian Lopez the opportunity to convert two fine goals, one in either half, and Luis Milla's men were in supreme control as they recorded a win that suggested a statement of intent as they attempt to clinch the trophy.

Sanchez to choose from quintet | Sky Sports
European champions Barcelona, Manchester duo City and United, Inter Milan and Juventus have all made their moves. City had been leading the charge for the brilliant young Chilean and their bid is reported to be the best in terms of finances for Udinese - but the player will have the final decision.

Mourinho ban appeal set for July 29 | Yahoo
Real Madrid's appeal against the three-match ban handed to coach Jose Mourinho for his comments after the first leg of Real's Champions League semi-final defeat by Barcelona will be heard on July 29, UEFA confirmed on Thursday.

How Mourinho is fine-tuning Real | ESPN
The power structure of Real Madrid is established, with Mourinho at the top of it. The sporting director, Jorge Valdano -- an erudite, cultured man with a lengthy history with the club and its principles as well as a deep distaste for pragmatic football -- has been fired, having never seen eye-to-eye with Mourinho.

Liverpool eyeing Gago deal - agent | ESPN
Fernando Gago's agent claims Liverpool would be "a perfect club" for the Real Madrid midfielder to continue his career after being told he is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu. Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli is believed to have already opened talks with Gago's representative.

Marcano goes on loan to Olympiacos | LFP
Villarreal and Olympiacos have agreed terms for defender Iván Marcano to go to the Greek club on loan for a season. The Cantabrian player is now awaiting a medical at the Athens-based club.

Aguero not set for Juve | Sky Sports
It had been suggested that Juve were closing in on the signing of the Argentina international, for a fee in the region of £22million. But the claims have been quelled, with Aguero's representative, Hernan Reguera, insisting no talks have been held with the Serie A club.

Elche hoping for the last laugh | Eurosport
The third team to go up offers a more intriguing prospect. Barca's B team finished third under Luis Enrique to record their best ever league showing. Enrique has left to manage AS Roma, though he may have been tempted to stay if his Barca side were allowed to be promoted. Alas, rules prevent otherwise.

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