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FC Barcelona News: 18 June 2013; Alex Song Appears for Cameroon, Tottenham Interested in Ibrahim Afellay

Jasper Juinen

World Cup hopes blow for Alex Song’s Cameroon (0-0) | FC Barcelona
The Barça midfielder played the full 90 minutes of the game against DR Congo, but couldn’t help his country to a win which would have certainly made things easier for when they entertain Libya in the final game of the group on September 6th.

Managers with a Blaugrana past | FC Barcelona
This summer, for example, Josep Guardiola was picked up by Bayern Munich, Phillip Cocu by PSV, Bernd Schuster by Málaga and Luis Enrique by Celta. In addition to them, Ernesto Valverde, Laurent Blanc and Oscar García are targets for various teams across the continent.

Tottenham to sign Barcelona’s Afellay? | ninetyminutesonline
[Afellay]’s apparently on Spurs’ radar, as much for what he has shown previously because over the last two seasons he has suffered two major injuries and thus not even played 20 games. A cruciate ligament tear at the start of the 2011/12 season curtailed what had been a positive start to life at the Camp Nouwhere he’d made 21 appearances after arriving in January 2011.

Koscielny's agent admits interest from Barcelona - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 27-year-old’s representative has denied that Barcelona have already made their move, but suggested a transfer for the £20m-rated centre-back looks likely to be on the cards. "Laurent is part of a shortlist of two clubs," Courbis told Eurosport. "Bayern or Barca have not contacted the player to discuss a possible transfer but I know that (he) is part of a shortlist of three or four players from both clubs."

Messi fraud case 'to be extended' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
EFE report that the investigation by the tax authorities for criminal and civil responsibility over the sale between 2006 and 2009 of the Argentine footballer’s image rights to third parties, may be extended through 2010, 2011 and 2012 once the current tax year has ended. Until then, Messi and his father have the opportunity to pay any outstanding funds through supplementary declaration.

Valencia to raise €18m | Football Espana
Los Che, who missed out on Champions League qualification on the last day of the season, have already negotiated Tino Costa’s sale to Spartak Moscow for €6.5m, so are seen now as requiring just under €18m to settle their accounts. Most expected to depart is Adil Rami, who is reported to have a buyout clause of €12m, and several clubs following him.

Real Valladolid appoint Juan Ignacio Martinez as new coach | Sky Sports
Martinez, who spent the last two years in charge of Levante, takes over the reins from Miroslav Djukic who stepped down as Valladolid coach at the end of last season before joining Valencia. A statement on the club's website read: "The club and the new coach have reached an agreement for 'JIM', as he has recently become known in the football world, to be in charge of the first team for the next two seasons, with the option of a third."

Longo, Petrov and Cristian Alvarez are not part of Espanyol´s plans for next season > LFP
Espanyol has officially communicated that they will not be renewing the contracts of Cristian Alvarez and Martin Petrov, who will end their association with the club this month, June 2013. Samuele Longo, who is recovering from an injury that has impeded his participation in the latter part of the season will return to Inter Milan.

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