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FC Barcelona News: 22 June 2013; Thiago Named U-21 European Championship MVP, Deulofeu Scores Brace Against USA

Alex Grimm

Thiago leads all-star squad dominated by Spain -
"As captain of the title winners, Thiago displayed leadership qualities on and off the pitch and, throughout the tournament, was an influential figure in his team's performance with impressive box-to-box work; exceptional ball control even in the tightest of situations; ability to dictate the tempo of play; intelligent ball-winning based on anticipation rather than tackling; and outstanding playmaking skills based on a wide variety of short and long passing."

Spain stroll against USA -
Spain have provided an awesome statement of intent in their Turkey 2013 opener with a stylish 4-1 victory over USA at Istanbul’s Ali Sami Yen Arena. Gerard Deulofeu and Jese each scored a brace as the European champions moved to the top of Group A.

Brazil and Spain reach first objective | FC Barcelona
Brazil meet Italy in the final game of Group A, with a win ensuring top spot and chance to avoid favourites Spain in the semis. After seeing off Japan(3-0) and Mexico(2-0), Neymar and Alves’ side need only a point against Italy to avoid Spain.

Messi's dad 'relaxed' over tax case - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, have both denied the allegations and Messi Senior told radio station Cope: "I can assure you that what (Lionel) pays every year is an eight-figure sum. We are relaxed because we have never missed a payment to the tax authority."

Abidal nearing Monaco move -
The full-back, who will be a free agent at the end of June due to Barca having decided not to renew the Frenchman's deal, is being pursued by three Ligue 1 clubs - Olympique Lyonnais, Montpellier and Claudio Ranieri's side. His representative revealed that the 33-year-old is likely to be given a short-term offer to due to his age but that a return to the club he left in 2002 could be wrapped up withing seven days.

Javi Fuego reveals his excitement at joining Valencia | Sky Sports
Valencia's latest signing Javi Fuego has revealed his excitement at joining the club and believes he has earned his chance to represent the Primera Division heavyweights. The 29-year-old defensive midfielder has spent the majority of his professional career playing outside the top flight, but joined Valencia at the end of last season after his contract with Rayo Vallecano expired.

Bayern Munich pay Osasuna compensation over Javi Martinez - ESPN FC
Bayern Munich have been ordered to pay €800,000 to Javi Martinez's first club Osasuna, bringing to an end a dispute over whether the Bundesliga champions or the Spain international's former side Athletic Bilbao would have to stump up the cash.

Fontas thrilled to reunite with Enrique - ESPN FC
The Catalan player told AS that he was looking forward to rejoining Enrique and taking part in his new Celta "project". "I chose Celta for its project, for its way of playing, for the spirit which Luis Enrique will transmit," Fontas said. "Celta have taken a gamble on me, and that made me decide to come and sign a three year contract."

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