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FC Barcelona News: 25 June 2012; Real Betis Defender Miki Roque Dies, Barça Interested in Joan Angel

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Pirlo, Italy will join Spain, Portugal and Germany in the Semi-Finals.
Pirlo, Italy will join Spain, Portugal and Germany in the Semi-Finals.

Valencia 'angry' with Barcelona over youth deals - ESPN Soccernet
"We are angry with Barcelona because we don't understand why a club of their stature need to sign children aged ten and 11 from our youth ranks," he told Com Radio. Llorente, though, dismissed any suggestion that the matter could affect Barcelona's attempts to sign Jordi Alba.

Manchester City set to lose prospect to Barcelona - Sport Witness
Joan Angel hasn't had any real opportunity to show what he can do at Manchester City.The 19 year old's experience at City amounts to sitting on the bench against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League. Rumours of Barcelona interest have been building and Catalan newspaper Sport now says a deal is close to take the youngster back to Spain.

Ex-Liverpool and Real Betis defender Miki Roque loses cancer battle - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"The Real Betis player Miquel Roque Farrero, Miki Roque, has died today at the Instituto Dexeus de Barcelona hospital at the age of 23," a statement on Betis' official website read. "Miki Roque had been battling pelvic cancer since March 2011, a struggle that he fought with fortitude and determination."

Fabregas & Ramos lead tributes as Betis defender Miki Roque passes away -
Real Madrid stopper and Spain international Sergio Ramos was one of the first to react to the news, tweeting: "Life shows once again how unfair it is. I just found out about Miki Roque's death. I have no words. The world of football and those who loved you will never forget you." Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas also paid his respects on Twitter, saying: "What a sad news. A great person and fighter has left us. I have no words... Rest in peace Miki Roque."

Italy 0-0 England: Pirlo dictates the game | Zonal Marking
Italy somehow failed to score despite dominating for 120 minutes, but won the resulting penalty shoot-out. Cesare Prandelli brought in Riccardo Montolivo to play at the top of the diamond, because of concerns over Thiago Motta’s fitness. Roy Hodgson made no changes from the XI that narrowly defeated Ukraine in the group stage. Italy were the better side all over the pitch here – only finishing let them down.

Pinto saved Pirlo penalty in the Gamper | FC Barcelona
Andrea Pirlo, who stunned Europe last night with his Panenka-style penalty, didn’t have the same fortune when faced by José Manuel Pinto at the Joan Gamper Trophy in 2010. The Barça keeper opted to stay still and had no problem stopping the Italian’s spot-kick. Pinto also kept out penalties from Seedorf and Jankulovski to ensure FC Barcelona won the 45th edition of the Gamper.

Atletico Madrid not prepared to part with Radamel Falcao - ESPN Soccernet
"Falcao will remain at Atletico Madrid and any talk of an exit is misplaced. The club has very clear ideas on this," Caminero told AS. "The striker will remain with us next season and we are not considering any other possibility."

Sivok opens talks with Sevilla amid Premier League interest -
The centre-back caught the eye during Czech Republic's Euro 2012 campaign, where he helped his side to reach the quarter-finals with a string of solid performances. Sevilla had looked likely to sign the 28-year-old, but his agent Jiri Mueller now claims that the Spanish club must see off interest from England in order to complete the deal. "We have opened official talks with Sevilla and would like to have things sorted out as soon as possible," Mueller told CTK.

Mainz and Benitez stay at Granada
Diego Mainz will play next season with Granada having reached an agreement between Udinese Calcio and Granada for the player’s transfer until the 30th June 2013. Further, Udinese Calcio and Granada CF have reached an agreement for another season’s loan of Dani Benitez.

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