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FC Barcelona News: 6 June 2011; Barça in Talks Over Sanchez, UEFA Super Cup Date Set, AC Milan to Buy Ibrahimović

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Who’s the Greatest of Them All? Barcelona! | Newsweek
FC Barcelona’s 3–1 victory over the English champions United involved no diving and minimum interference by the referee against either side. Instead, a massive global audience was treated to a sublime lesson in sportsmanship, recognized by commentators worldwide, not least among them United’s widely respected manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Porto due in August | FCBarcelona
Europe will have a new Super Cup Champions on August 26th this year, when Barça and Porto meet in Monaco. This will be the seventh meeting between the two clubs. The Stade Louis II is the traditional venue for the kick off to the European season, hosting the game between the winners of the Champions League and Europa Cup competitions.

Thiago Gunners link rejected | Sky Sports
Thiago Alcantara's father has rejected reports that the Barcelona starlet could go to Arsenal as part of a swap deal for Cesc Fabregas. "We have seen the news in the papers, but I belive that Thiago is in the plans of Guardiola for next season," Mazinho told EFE. "My son stays at Barcelona. They have a contract and we have decided it's continuity.

Sanchez confirms Barca liking | Sky Sports
"Barcelona would be a splendid destination," Sanchez told Futbol. "The interest of great clubs in me makes me proud. It means I am doing well. "I want to progress, play and win important trophies and to do this you need to play for the most prestigious clubs. Therefore I hope to have this chance."

The Tactical View: You Can’t Touch Barcelona: The Interchangeable Pivot | Scheidtcast
If we focus in on the midfield alone, we see another way to understand the tactical changes: Alves curtails his attacking instincts, allowing Pique to stride into a defensive-midfield role. Busquets moves centrally, and Messi makes himself available as a false nine, or attacking midfielder. Iniesta and Xavi are freed to find space where they can.

Lionel Messi can win three consecutive Ballon d'Ors - Barcelona's Eric Abidal | Goal
"I have a very good feeling about Lionel. Two seasons ago, I told him that he was able to win the Ballon d'Or three times in a row. The truth is that he is very close to doing just that. I am delighted him for him that he is the best player of the world."

Dos Santos: I don't want to leave Barca | ESPN
arcelona midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos is determined to stay and fight for his place at Camp Nou despite failing to impose himself on the first-team. Dos Santos, 21, is a product of Barca's renowned La Masia academy but has struggled to get the sort of opportunities afforded to fellow graduates Pedro, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I want to stay with AC Milan for three more years | Goal
Milan have already said that they will exercise the option to sign Ibrahimovic on a permanent deal from Barcelona by paying the Spanish and European champions €24 million in transfer fees.

Play-off candidates decided | LFP
Elche, Granada, Celta and Valladolid are the four teams who will compete in this season's Play Offs to gain promotion to the Liga BBVA. Elche beat Xerez 4-1 to seal fourth place in the Liga Adelante table behind Barcelona B who are not able to play in the same division as their senior team.

Real Madrid to complete transfer of Benfica's Fabio Coentrao 'within days' - report | Goal
Spanish giants Real Madrid are on the verge of completing the transfer of Portugal international Fabio Coentrao from Benfica, and could announce the deal in the next few days, Spanish publication AS comments. Last week speculation claimed that both clubs had reached an agreement over an initial transfer fee of €22 million, and the capital giants now look set to wrap up the deal.

Mourinho takes UEFA to court | The Sun
Jose Mourinho will take UEFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to get his five-match ban lifted. UEFA banned the Real Madrid chief for his rant after his side lost the first leg of their Champions League semi with Barcelona in April.

Perez - Copa just the start | Sky Sports
Addressing fans at the club's Valdebebas training ground, he said: "We have a spectacular, young team, and the best coach in the world. "This year we have laid the groundwork to be able to meet the future challenges of Real Madrid. "We won the cup and we are convinced that this cup is just the beginning of a great time."

Valencia close in on Getafe's Dani Parejo - report | Goal
Valencia should tie up the transfer of midfielder Daniel Parejo from Getafe on Monday, with goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya set to head in the opposite direction, according to AS. The 22-year-old has reached an agreement with the Mestalla outfit, who were required to negotiate with his former club, Real Madrid, who had a buy-back option on the player which expired on May 30.

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