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FC Barcelona News: 28 May 2014, Barça Continue Center Back Pursuit, International Friendlies Set to Begin

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Warming up for the World Cup | FC Barcelona
There are just two weeks to go before World Cup 2014 gets under way in Brazil. No fewer than fourteen Barça players are involved in pre-tournament friendlies this week, namely Song (Cameroon), Alexis (Chile), Piqué, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Pedro, Busquets, Deulofeu (Spain), Alves, Neymar (Brazil), Mascherano and Messi (Argentina).

Barca make Miranda contact | Football Espana
Barcelona have been in touch with Atletico Madrid over the prospect of signing centre-back Miranda, according to reports in Spain. Marca claim that Barca will sign two central defenders this summer and have identified the Brazilian as one of them, reaching out to the League champions on Sunday.

Assistant managers past and present | FC Barcelona
Juan Carlos Unzúe will be Luis Enrique’s assistant at FC Barcelona, a club where he has already worked in different roles before. He continues the legacy of some memorable figures from the last decade, and here’s a reminder of who they were.

Josep Maria Bartomeu - Alexis Sanchez remains part of Barcelona's plans - ESPN FC
"You read so many things here these days, during the summer window, that it is better not to comment on everything," the Camp Nou chief said. "[But Alexis] has a contract, he is a player with our team, he is here and has played an excellent season with Barcelona. Obviously, he is part of our plans for next season, we have always needed him, he is one of the very valued players in this institution."

Deulofeu: "I'm very happy to come home" | FC Barcelona
In a press conference for the Spanish national team, Gerard Deulofeu said he’s happy to return to his home, Barça. "It’s been a really great week, marvelous. It became official that I’m coming back to Barça and that they want me. I’m very happy, I’m going home," he said. "I’ve been given a chance with the Spanish national team and I expect to take advantage of it."

Halilovic not the first Croat at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The arrival of Robert Prosinecki in 1995 was something of a bombshell. Having won the European Cup with Estrella Roja in 1991, Prosinecki had a troubled time at Real Madrid and was loaned out to Oviedo before Barça sensationally snapped him up. His brilliant debut in the Joan Gamper Trophy promised much, but a series of injuries and loss of form meant he struggled to find a regular role in Johan Cruyff’s team.

Pau Vilanova, new Director of the Social Area | FC Barcelona
Pau Vilanova Vila-Abadal (Barcelona 1964) is married and is a father to four children. He’s a designer and works manager with a degree from the Applied and Artistic Arts School of Llotja and a masters from the University of Copenhagen. He has directed the Pau Vilanova business since 2008 after a 20-year career at Jordi Vilanova Design.

Atletico Madrid land Argentine attacker Angel Correa from San Lorenzo - ESPN FC
"Atletico Madrid and San Lorenzo de Almagro, Argentine primera division team, have reached an agreement for the transfer of Angel Correa to our club, pending the young Argentine talent passing the relevant medical tests," the statement said. "The forward will then belong to our club for five seasons."

Espanyol appoint Sergio Gonzalez as new manager | Sky Sports
Espanyol have named former Spain international Sergio Gonzalez as their new coach. The 37-year-old Sergio, who played for Espanyol at the start of his career and had been in charge of the club's reserve side, has agreed a two-year contract to take over from Javier Aguirre.