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FC Barcelona News: 13 July 2011; Messi Breaks Another Record, Challenges Await Barcelona

Another day, another record
Another day, another record

Menotti hails Guardiola | ESPN
"It's the result of training with clear ideas, making himself understood and winning people over. It's been shown that Guardiola is more important than the players. Of course, he always says that's not the case, but what else can he do? You can't claim you are the best.

Another record: 65 games | FCBarcelona
Record after record. Only the best player in the world can accomplish goals beyond the reach of most other players. Leo Messi is breaking all records and exceeding all limits. His latest feat is that he’s played 65 matches this season.

Guardiola wants deals done | Eurosport
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has admitted the European and Spanish champions are struggling to complete deals for new players. Barca have now failed three times to re-sign Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal and their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez is also becoming a prolonged affair.

2011/12: a season full of challenges | FCBarcelona
Barça have a year ahead of them full of challenges - to become the first team to retain the Champions League trophy, match the 4 successive league titles of the Dream Team and try and equal the historic six trophies of two years ago.


Ibrahim Afellay is happy at Barcelona - Agent | Goal
A report on Tuesday suggested that Lazio are interested in signing the former PSV star, but Afellay's representative rebuked speculation of a summer move to Italy. "I don't understand where this kind of news is coming from. I honestly don't know anything about it," Janssen was quoted as saying by Tuttomercatoweb.

Pepe, Ramos extend Real contracts | ESPN
A statement on Real's official website confirmed: "The players Sergio Ramos and Pepe have renewed their contracts with Real Madrid C. F. and are linked to the club until 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 seasons respectively."

Adebayor nears Real move | Eurosport
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho says Emmanuel Adebayor is "closer" to signing for the Liga club than his other transfer targets. "A new striker is the only thing missing. There is Neymar at Santos, Aguero at Atletico Madrid but Adebayor of Manchester City is probably closest because he's played for us for the last six months.

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