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FC Barcelona News: 13 June 2014; Neymar Leads Brazil to Victory, Cesc Fabregas Sold to Chelsea

David Ramos

Neymar scores a brace and leads Brazil to victory in the inaugural match of the 2014 World Cup | FC Barcelona
The World Cup officially kicked off this evening when Brazil hosted Croatia at São Paulo Arenas. The host team, with Neymar Jr and Dani Aves in the starting line-up, fell behind the Croats early with Marcelo knocked in an own goal but battled back when Neymar (2) and Oscar hit back to secure the three points.

Internationals weigh in on the World Cup ahead of the inaugural game | FC Barcelona
The World Cup kicks off this Thursday in Brazil, and the inaugural game is between the host nation and Croatia. Neymar Jr, Dani Alves and their teammates are the first to get the ball rolling in São Paulo, and it will be Spain’s turn on Friday. The team managed by Vicente del Bosque travelled this Thursday to Salvador de Bahía, where they will make their debut against the Netherlands.

Agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of Cesc Fàbregas | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Cesc Fàbregas to the English club. FC Barcelona wishes to publicly thank Cesc Fàbregas for his professionalism and dedication during his years at the Club, which will always be his home, and to wish him all the very best for the future.

Cesc Fàbregas: three years in numbers | FC Barcelona
Cesc Fàbregas is leaving FC Barcelona, three years after re-joining the club from Arsenal. His return of 42 goals in 151 appearances is an impressive tally for a midfielder, mainly because he has also been played frequently in the ‘false centre forward’ role that is so popular at Barça. He has won 106 games, drawn 29 and lost 16.

Cesc Fàbregas: “I have enjoyed three wonderful years” | FC Barcelona
I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing.

Chelsea secure deal for ex-Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas | Football News | Sky Sports
Chelsea have signed former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona on a five-year deal. The 27-year-old had been told earlier in the summer that he was surplus to requirements in Spain, leading to speculation he was about to return to the Premier League.

Manchester City ‘not interested in Valdes’ | Eurosport
Mundo Deportivo report that City have decided to keep faith with Joe Hart as the goalkeeper is perhaps the only regular English starter in Manuel Pellegrini’s side. It had been suggested that City would resume their interest in Valdes after L’Equipe reported Monaco had backed out of the proposed signing.

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