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FC Barcelona News: 13 June 2012; Abidal Invited to France - Sweden Game, Zubi Signs Contract Extension

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Abi could visit France's last Group Stage game.
Abi could visit France's last Group Stage game.

French football federation invite Abidal as guest for Sweden clash -
FFF president Noel le Graet confirmed the former Lyon defender had been invited to France's final group match match against Sweden in Kiev on Tuesday. "Abi [Abidal] will come in the morning, spend the day here and leave the next day," he was quoted as saying by French daily 20 Minutes.

Andoni Zubizarreta extends Barcelona contract - ESPN Soccernet
Barcelona have confirmed that sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has agreed a contract extension until 2014. Former Barca goalkeeper Zubizarreta, who arrived at the club in 2010 as a replacement for Txiki Begiristain, has now committed to a one-year extension as the club prepares for a new era under Tito Vilanova.

BARÇA MAGAZINE: Guardiola's legacy | FC Barcelona
The images give way to prose. The special issue also captures the farewells of the first-team players, President Sandro Rosell’s, vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s and the director of football Andoni Zubizarreta’s. In addition, Rosell and Zubizarreta each wrote a column in the magazine. "It has been a privilege to share these years with such a unique manager, who loves and will continue to love Barça," wrote Rosell.

Martí Riverola: "It's difficult to break into that has won everything" | FC Barcelona
The midfielder highlights the "competitive spirit" that he's gained during his years at FC Barcelona. Riverola believes that the time has come to leave his childhood club and start his career elsewhere. [He said]: "You have to be realistic. Barça's midfield are European and world champions".

Gabi Milito to retire at end of Clausura -
Returning to Avellaneda has not turned out as hoped, however, with Gabi struggling for form and fitness and his team languishing in the bottom half of the Primera Division. Speaking on Tuesday, Milito admitted that he had nothing left to give on the pitch, and that the final two matches of the season would be his last in the professional game.

Gijón gives the name of Preciado to a street next to El Molinón | Delta World
The Board of Government of the city of Gijón has agreed to give the name of "Alameda de Manuel Preciado" to one of the streets adjacent to the El Molinón Stadium in memory of former coach of Sporting, died last Thursday at the age of 54.

Ronaldo must drag Portugal to victory over Denmark or he will lose the Ballon d'Or -
But Ronaldo cannot only rely on his record with Real to lift him in the Ballon d'Or voting: Messi scored 18 more goals for club and country, and his assists tally was double that of the Portuguese. Ronaldo needs something special to edge him ahead of his rival. And to his advantage, he now has an opportunity that Messi does not: Euro 2012.

Real Madrid legend Pahino dies aged 89 - ESPN Soccernet
Real Madrid legend Pahino has died at the age of 89. Madrid confirmed on their official website that he had died at his home on Tuesday morning in the Spanish capital. Pahino scored 108 league goals in 124 matches for Madrid between 1948 and 1953, and also scored three times in three international appearances for the Spanish national team.

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