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FC Barcelona News: 4 July 2013; No Retirement Plans for Carles Puyol, Three Barça Prospects Lose in U-20 World Cup

David Ramos

Squad to be presented at the Gamper | FC Barcelona
It’s been four seasons since the team have made their home debut coinciding with the Joan Gamper Trophy, but this year’s game against Santos will again see the squad presented in front of the Camp Nou. In 2009, Manchester City spoiled the party, winning the trophy with a 0-1 win.

Messi and Neymar Jr, a duo worthy of FC Barcelona's history | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Neymar Jr will feature for the same team next season. The two footballers, who recently played against each other in a charity match, will form an attacking duo that could very well mark an era in Blaugrana football.

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol rules out retirement from football | Sky Sports
Puyol only signed a new deal midway through last season - which runs out in June 2016 - and he believes he could yet play for Barca beyond that date, when he would be 38. "Now is not the time. I will not retire," he said in an interview with El Mundo Deportivo. "Right now I feel I want to fulfil my contract and, if I can, make it longer."

Ghana stun Portugal in five-goal thriller -
Again, it was a defender providing a finish of which any striker would have been proud, with Edgar Ie bulleting home a textbook header off the inside of the post from Ricardo Esgaio’s inviting right-footed cross. But Ghana weren’t ready to accept defeat and six minutes later they found another goal of their own.

Shakor strike extends Iraqi fairy tale -
Abdulraheem has been one of the stars of this FIFA U-20 World Cup and he again went close ten minutes into the second half, volleying just over after Dhurgham Ismael’s left-footed cross had rebounded into his path in the penalty box. Iraq were taking a grip on proceedings at this stage and their cause was boosted yet further with ten minutes remaining when Sanabria received a straight red card for an over-the-ball challenge on Tareq.

Isco’s Madrid fee in instalments | Football Espana
After some intense negotiations Los Blancos are set to pay a fixed €24m in three stages with a further €3m in add-ons. These favourable conditions were part of the reason Madrid move swiftly to secure the signature of the 21-year-old, with the player himself due to net €2-million-a-season in wages, although this makes him one of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad’s lowest earners.

Real Madrid 'give up on Bale' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"After receiving yet another ‘no’ from Tottenham, Florentino Perez and his team have decided to call it a day and now see the signing of Bale this summer as impossible," the paper reported. The information seems solid: Marca has incredibly close ties to Real Madrid, and the level of detail in their claims seems unlikely to be mere speculation.

Spanish press claim Negredo to join City for £24m - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Madrid-based sports radio station Marca – affiliated to the newspaper – reported that the Spain international would move to Eastlands for the suspiciously high fee of 28 million euros (£24m). If the move does transpire, Negredo would join former team-mate Jesus Navas at Eastlands after he joined for £15m.

Athletic confirm Sola capture - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Athletic were known as in negotiations for the 27-year-old since the end of last season, with the player having entered into the final year of his contract with Osasuna. Reports this week indicated that a deal was imminent and Los Rojillos’ President Miguel Archanco reported that a provisional €4m payment plus add-ons had been agreed.

Getafe defender off to Maccabi | Football Espana
Getafe defender Mane has become the latest Spanish player to be tempted overseas following his signing by Maccabi Tel Aviv. The 31-year-old, real name Jose Manuel Jimenez Ortiz, had been offered a new contract at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez but instead has decided to try his luck with the Israeli champions.

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