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FC Barcelona News: 15 June 2013: Lionel Messi Surpasses Diego Maradona, Confederations Cup Starts Today

With a hat-trick in last night's friendly win over Guatemala, Lionel Messi surpassed Diego Maradona in Argentina's all-time scoring list. However, our superstar striker is still 21 behind Gabriel Batistuta's record

Ian Walton

Lionel Messi overtook Diego Maradona's goal tally for Argentina on Friday night with a hat-trick as he helped his country trounce Guatemala 4-0 in a friendly. The Barcelona superstar pulled level with Hernan Crespo on 35 goals but is still 21 behind the legendary Gabriel Batistuta.

Marc Bartra, and the other four FC Barcelona players (Thiago Alcántara, Marc Muniesa, Martín Montoya and Cristian Tello), are currently competing for the U21 European crown in Israel. The full back, who’s featured in two of Spain’s three fixtures thus far, will make an appearance against Norway in the semi-finals on Saturday (17.30).

Barcelona youth star scores from halfway line | World of Sport - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Barcelona’s future continues to look bright thanks to their world-famous academy – and here we present to you the latest exhibit of evidence. Barca’s Juvenil B side’s comfortable 3-1 Campionat Catalunya over Damm was highlighted by a fantastic goal from the halfway line by defender Carlos Blanco.

Japan eying Brazil upset in Confederations Cup opener | The Japan Times

While Japan has never beaten Brazil at the full international level, with seven defeats from nine past meetings, the current Selecao is ranked 22nd — the lowest Brazil has ever been ranked by FIFA. Under former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who guided Brazil to its fifth World Cup in 2002, the Confederations Cup holders have just two wins and four draws from seven matches since November.

BBC Sport - Malaga name Bernd Schuster as Manuel Pellegrini's replacement

Malaga have confirmed they will appoint former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster as their new coach. It will be Schuster's first coaching role since quitting Turkish club Besiktas in March 2011. Former West Germany midfielder Schuster spent most of his playing career in La Liga with Barcelona, Real and then Atletico Madrid.

Edinson Cavani wants to play for Real Madrid, says father | Football |

Edinson Cavani would turn down a move to the Premier League this summer in favour of joining Real Madrid, the Napoli striker's father has revealed. "Cavani's intention is to play for Madrid," Luis Cavani told Futboleros, part of Marca TV in Spain. "He is excited about it and is very willing to see it through. He has told the family in private that he wants to join Real Madrid but if he declares it publicly it will annoy Napoli."

Manchester City 'close' to signing Malaga midfielder Isco - Transfers - Football - The Independent

Manchester City are close to making their third signing of the summer with Malaga’s Isco reportedly ready to follow Manuel Pellegrini to the Etihad. Real Madrid – another club without a current manager – were also keen on the talented youngster’s signature, but City seem to have leaped ahead of the Spanish giants in the race for his services.

Chrisantus to lift club to La Liga | Daily Times Nigeria

Las Palmas were held to a 1-1 draw by Almeria in the first leg on Wednesday, and a win on Saturday means that Palmas will play their final game against either Girona or Alcorcon for the final play-off round to decide the promotion ticket. "Well, the battle just began after our home draw against Almeria, and I think we still have unfinished business, but we will have to be at our best to get a better result on Saturday." Chrisantus said. "I have friends playing in La Liga, and it will be sweet playing there with Las Palmas next season. "

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