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FC Barcelona News: 30 May 2014; Carles Puyol Named Assistant to Sports Management, Team Returns to Training on July 14

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Carles Puyol, new assistant to sports management | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has announced that Carles Puyol will from next September be joining the Football Department, currently run by Andoni Zubizarreta, as an assistant to the sports management team. The appointment of Puyol means that one of the most emblematic captains in club history will be remaining at the club, a desire that was already expressed by the president, directors, coaches and players during his farewell event last May 15.

Xavi: Let's not forget 'boring' Spain thrashed Italy - Goal.com
"It's true that we were criticized for being boring at Euro 2012, yet that 'boring' team beat Italy 4-0 in the final," Xavi told the Times of India. "Italians are always better defensively. Yet we could beat them with a handsome margin. So, we are not at all worried with what people opine."

FC Barcelona training to start July 14 | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique will kick off his first pre-season as Barça coach on Monday, July 14, when squad members not involved in the World Cup will report for training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. As usual, the first day back will be devoted to physical and medical tests, as well as the squad’s first contacts with the new coaching staff.

International FC Barcelona players gear up for the World Cup | FC Barcelona
The World Cup in Brazil is just two weeks away and the Barça players are preparing for the big tournament with their respective national teams. Here’s a look at how the national teams are gearing up for the World Cup.

FC Barcelona's World Cup Brazilians | FC Barcelona
The first was Romario, who was at Barcelona from 1993 to 1995, and came back from the USA as world champion and as the third highest goalscorer in the competition with five, topped only by Oleg Salenko and his FCB team-mate Hristo Stoichkov, who both had six.

Computer equipment donated by Intel presented to fourteen organisations | FC Barcelona
This Friday the councillor for Social Welfare and the Family, Neus Munté, the president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the regional director of Intel for South Europe, Norberto Mateos Carrascal, attended the handover of more than one hundred computer devices to fourteen charity organisations working with children.

UEFA order Madrid to part-close stadium | Football Espana
UEFA have ordered Real Madrid to close part of Santiago Bernabeu for their next Champions League game as punishment for their fans’ racist behaviour. The governing body’s official website has confirmed that sections 120 and 122 will be shut for Madrid’s next home match under the auspices of UEFA.

Chelsea interest in Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis confirmed - ESPN FC
Filipe's representative Manuel Garcia Quilon was at the Calderon on Thursday evening, and told an AS reporter on his way out of the stadium that there had been contact from Chelsea in his client, however Atletico were going to try and avoid selling as many players as they could.