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FC Barcelona News: 18 June 2012; Afellay, Holland Eliminated From EURO 2012; Messi Confirms Pregnancy Rumors

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That's the look of a disappointed football player.
That's the look of a disappointed football player.

Afellay’s Holland knocked out (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Holland were knocked out of the Euro 2012 tournament on Sunday, following a 2-1 defeat to Portugal in the last game of Group B. After starting him against Denmark and Germany, Van Marwijk left Ibrahim Afellay on the bench and didn’t bring him on until 67 minutes.

Afellay disappointed by Netherlands Euro 2012 exit but desperate to make up for lost time at Barcelona -
"I'm very disappointed, as the truth is that this was not the result we expected," the former PSV man told. "But, from an individual standpoint, it is very important for me to be here, and return to a football pitch. I'm sad but also happy.

Messi confirms pregnancy rumours: I think it will be a boy -
The 24-year-old has now announced that his girlfriend is pregnant, and even went as far as giving a prediction about the baby's gender. "I think it will be a boy," Messi is quoted as saying by Ole. "We did not want to say anything because we never talk about our private life. "But we were constantly asked about it, so we wanted to share our joy."

Laporta considering running for re-election as Barcelona president -
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that he is considering running for re-election. The Catalan politician occupied the top job at Camp Nou for a total of seven years before stepping down after his second term in 2010 and was succeeded at the helm by Sandro Rosell.

Del Bosque reiterates Spain not thinking about a pact with Croatia -
"I believe in a clean game. I am not thinking for one instant about such a possibility," Del Bosque stated at a press conference. "Bringing this up over and over again is not in the best interest of the game. The more we talk about this, the more we give attention to the people who talk bad about the game.

Modric close to Real Madrid switch, claims former team-mate -
Luka Modric is "very close" to swapping Tottenham for Real Madrid, according to former Croatia striker and international team-mate Mate Bilic. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a successful four-year stint at White Hart Lane following a €16.5 million move from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008, but is being tipped to call time on his career in north London this summer.

`Cata´ Díaz signs for At. Madrid | LFP
Getafe football club and Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Daniel ‘Cata’ Diaz. On Monday, he will take the necessary medical tests and sign the final agreement with Atletico Madrid.

Betis winger Jefferson Montero signs for Mexican outfit Monarcas Morelia -
Jefferson Montero has agreed terms with Mexican outfit Monarcas Morelia, bringing an end to his three-year association with Villarreal, the club have confirmed. The Ecuadorian winger moved to El Madrigal in 2009, but had failed to cement a regular starting spot with the Yellow Submarine.

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