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FC Barcelona News: 18 June 2014; Brazil Share Spoils With Mexico, Everton Look to Sign Cristian Tello on Loan

Laurence Griffiths

Brazil and Mexico split the points (0-0) | FC Barcelona
Neymar and Dani Alves’ Brazil secured a point this Tuesday in Fortaleza against Mexico. The men managed by Scolari didn’t have the best of performances, but they created fantastic chances which were all saved by Ochoa.

First FC Barcelona duels at Brazil 2014 | FC Barcelona
Nine FC Barcelona players have World Cup games this evening, and all of them will be playing against club colleagues. Spain v Chile (9.00 PM CET) and Cameroon v Croatia (12.00 AM CET) are both on tonight’s menu, and after three of those teams lost their opening matches, tonight’s games are more crucial than ever.

Iniesta: "We’re prepared to win our remaining two games" | FC Barcelona
24 hours before the crucial match between Spain and Chile, FC Barcelona’s Andrés Iniesta held a press conference. The midfielder noted that the upcoming showdown with the South Americans could very well decide Spain’s future in the World Cup.

Rakitic continues FC Barcelona’s Croatian tradition | FC Barcelona
There was already a close link between Barça and Croatia in the 2013/14 season through its basketball section and Ante Tomic and Mario Hezonja. But following the arrivals of Ivan Rakitic and Alen Halilovic, the connection has shifted to the football team too.

Club León Guanajuato, back-to-back Mexican champions for the Joan Gamper Trophy | FC Barcelona
Club León are back-to-back champions of Mexico. After relegation in 2002, the team returned to Mexico’s top flight in the 2012/13 season. Led by manager Gustavo Matosa, they only needed one season to adapt to the competition, and went on to win the Apertura 2013 and Clausura 2014.

Spanish prosecutor asks judge to drop Messi tax fraud charges
The Argentine World Player of the Year and his father Jorge were accused last year of defrauding the Spanish state of more than 4 million euros (£3.2 million) in income from Messi's image rights by filing false returns for the years 2006 to 2009. They have denied any wrongdoing.

Dani Alves shocked over news of Xavi Hernandez move - ESPN FC
Asked for his thoughts on the matter in the mixed zone after Brazil's 0-0 World Cup Group A draw with Mexico on Tuesday, Alves said nobody's future at Barcelona was secure if Xavi could leave. "I don't believe it -- you're pulling my leg," AS reported him as saying. "It can't be. Xavi? If Xavi leaves, who is the symbol? If he leaves, then anyone can leave.

Everton want Tello on loan | Football Espana
Everton will attempt to sign Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello on a season-long loan, according to reports. The Sun believe that Roberto Martinez will go in for the Balugrana forward this summer, as they look to repeat the success that Gerard Deulofeu brought to them last term.

Barcelona open to Victor Valdes agreeing new contract | Sky Sports
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has already signed for the Catalan giants from Borussia Monchengladbach and reports suggest that a deal for another experienced keeper is close. However, should Valdes decide that he does not want to leave and requests talks about a new contract, Barcelona are not opposed to the idea., new domain for FC Barcelona’s Brazilian website | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is continuing to diversify its web content into different languages, and on occasion of the World Cup in Brazil, it has re-launched its Brazilian website with content specially focused on that country’s users. It has also reinforced its Brazilian identity in the form of a new domain:

President Bartomeu meets with UNICEF | FC Barcelona
President Josep Maria Bartomeu met with the newly appointed Director of Private Funding and Partnerships Division of UNICEF (PFP) Gérard Bocquenet this afternoon to discuss the relationship and to explore additional means of collaboration between the two entities.

Was he worth it? Time for Diego Costa to step up for Spain -
So far, not so good. Diego Costa's controversial switch from Brazil to Spain was supposed to give La Roja an added dimension and boost the team's hopes of retaining the World Cup. Three games into his international career under Vicente del Bosque, however, and it hasn't worked out.

Real Betis appoint 32-year-old Julio Velazquez as new head coach | Football News | Sky Sports
Real Betis have appointed Julio Velazquez as their new head coach. The 32-year-old replaces Gabriel Calderon, who left the club following their relegation from the Primera Division at the end of last season.

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