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FC Barcelona News: 15 June 2012; Spain Trash Republic of Ireland, Xavi Breaks European Championship Record

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I think we all know where this shot ended up.
I think we all know where this shot ended up.

Spain 4-0 Ireland: whitewash | Zonal Marking
The biggest win of Euro 2012 so far. Spain were clearly the better side here – so much so, that the tactical battle was almost non-existent. Ireland did well to get to half-time at only 0-1, but Spain wrapped the game up soon into the second half. Neither side did anything different or unusual tactically.

Xavi breaks European Championships passing record -
The midfield maestro attempted 136 passes on Thursday and completed 127 of them. The previous record of 117 attempted passes had been held by Netherlands legend Ronald Koeman, who accrued that total during the 1992 tournament in a clash against Denmark. Spain also eclipsed another European Championship mark by attempting 860 passes against the Boys in Green.

False nine; true nine: Should Spain start Fabregas or Torres against Croatia? -
So in came Torres on Thursday and the Chelsea striker netted twice before departing late in the game. Cesc then added another, meaning the two players now have two apiece from identical game time over two matches. So which of the two should start for La Roja in the Group C decider against Croatia on Monday?

Dani Alves confirms he is happy at Barcelona - ESPN Soccernet
Alves, 29, endured a frustrating season as Barcelona failed to retain the Liga title, while they were also eliminated by Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals. Paris St Germain have been linked with a big-money move for the Brazilian, who joined Barca from Sevilla in 2008, but the player has stressed his commitment to the Camp Nou.

Tito Vilanova Presentation: Youtube's live streaming | FC Barcelona
The presentation of Tito Vilanova as the new first team coach will be easily available to all Barça fans via live streaming on the official Club website as well as on the Club’s You Tube channel. The presentation will begin at 13.00 on Friday, once the new coach has signed his new contract and posed for the traditional photos in front of the Club offices, and will be held in the Sala Paris at the Camp Nou.

Josep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova: A 2-6 premonition in 1989 | FC Barcelona
That’s the beauty of a 2-6, the final result of the only match that Josep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova ever played together. Many years later, this same score line would be repeated in a much more symbolic setting, the Santiago Bernabéu, this time with the two men seated together on the coaches’ bench.

Dídac Lee: "The best way to be in contact with our Chinese fans is via a Chinese website" | FC Barcelona
As far as Dídac Lee is concerned, the launch of the new FC Barcelona Chinese website "is the best way to make contact with the Club’s Chinese fans. China is a country where football is beginning to grow and there are a growing number of fans and Barça are the country’s favourite team".

FCB Escola prepares to hold summer training camps in the United States | FC Barcelona
With the goal of bringing the philosophy, methodology and the Club’s values to the children of the United States, FCB Escola is preparing to launch more than 14 football camps in different American cities. The children of the the US, who will be coached by Azulgrana managers, will get a first-hand experience of what it feels like to be a Barça player.

Pouting Cristiano Ronaldo continues to disappoint for Portugal at Euro 2012 - Robbie Savage - Mirror Online
What a telling moment it was when Silvestre Varela saved his bacon by scoring the late winner against Denmark and jubilant Portuguese players ran over to celebrate with the substitute. Where was Ronaldo? Stood on his own in the penalty area.

Former Spain international Raul Tamudo signs for Pachuca -
The former Spain international will join Pachuca after 16 years in his home country, starring mostly for Espanyol, where he scored more than 130 goals. Tamudo's agent was reportedly close to sealing a deal with Puebla a week ago, as the 18 first division clubs met in Cancun for the domestic transfer deadline day. Puebla had signed fellow Spaniard Luis Garcia in 2011.

Velazquez will coach Villarreal | LFP
Julio Velazquez, until now the coach of Villarreal B, has reached an agreement with the club to coach the first team next season in the Liga Adelante. The coach, a man who knows the team and the club very well, will be in charge of the new project ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

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