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FC Barcelona News: 27 June 2013; Neymar Helps Brazil Past Uruguay, Real Madrid Name Carlo Ancelotti's Assistants

Laurence Griffiths

Neymar and Alves' Brazil through to the final of the Confederations Cup | FC Barcelona
Luis Filipe Sclari’s Brazil will play in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup after they defeated Uruguay by 2-1 in the semi-finals of the competition. A goal from Fred on the 40th minute, in addition to Paulinho’s goal at the end of the match, saw the Brazilians defeat their Uruguayan counterparts.

30 years since Maradona stunned the Santiago Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
Wednesday June 26 is the 30th anniversary of the famous Diego Armando Maradona goal at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Barça star dribbled past Agustín and watched as Juan José crashed into the post in a desperate attempt to prevent the Argentinian from scoring. The Real Madrid fans stood to applaud Maradona’s goal in the League Cup, a competition Barcelona went on to win.

How Xavi almost retired after helping Spain crush Italy at Euro 2012 -
Luckily for la Roja, Del Bosque had other ideas. In an interview with El Pais last year, the Salmantine said Xavi was "more important than the coach" and in dialogue with the same paper this week, the player himself described the moment he told his boss that he was planning on retiring from international football.

Zidane, Clement to assist Ancelotti - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
It was heavily speculated that former Madrid midfielder Zidane would be named on the bench alongside the newly-arrived Ancelotti, having requested so over the position of sporting director to President Florentino Perez. At Ancelotti’s presentation to the media today as Madrid boss, it was confirmed that the 41-year-old will be one of two assistants to the Italian, with Englishman Paul Clement the other.

Madrid claim Isco deal in place - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Isco, 21, has long been linked with Madrid as well as Manchester City but the arrival of new Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was unveiled as the successor to Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, appears to have accelerated the transfer. Spanish newspaper AS quoted Perez telling Radio Nacional: "There is an agreement with the club and the player. He will be presented next week after the medical."

Atletico Madrid close in on signing Roma's Pablo Daniel Osvaldo | Sky Sports
The player's agent confirmed that discussions between the two clubs have begun and that a deal should go through. Speaking to Radio Mana Mana Sport, Diego Tavano said: "The negotiations are taking place and the fee will be around 18million Euros. "The attacker is well liked in Spain and he just needs to find the right emotional balance because he has incredible qualities."

Valladolid confirm Bergdich deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The French-born Moroccan international has joined Juan Ignazio Martinez’ side for the new season on a three-year contract. Whilst a fee for the 24-year-old is undisclosed, Valladolid have explained in confirming the player’s signing that part of the agreement entitles Lens to a share in profits made if Bergdich is subsequently sold on.

The goalkeeper Jaime Jimenez will continue another year in goal for Valladolid > LFP
Jaime Jimenez will continue to defend the goal for Real Valladolid. The Club and the goalkeeper have reached an agreement to extend his contract for another season.This means he will continue between the posts at Zorrilla clubs until June 30, 2014.

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