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FC Barcelona News: 7 June 2014; Robert Prosinecki Weighs In on Halilovic, Rakitic, Brazil Win Last Game Before World Cup

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Brazil claim victory on the eve of the World Cup (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Neymar and Dani Alves’ Brazil closed out the preparatory stage ahead of the World Cup with a victory against Serbia. A goal from Fred on 57 minutes decided the match in Sao Paulo. Neymar and Alves came off on 81 and 71 minutes respectively, and they were very active during their time on the pitch.

Messi, Neymar and Iniesta take center stage in The New York Times Magazine | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, Neymar Jr and Andrés Iniesta are three highlighted players in The New York Times Magazine special World Cup edition, which will hit the stands on June 8. The North American publication selected the three FC Barcelona players, among others, for a photo and video shoot to highlight the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

FC Barcelona internationals set to conclude preparations for the World Cup | FC Barcelona
With only six days to go for the start of the World Cup in Brazil, the FC Barcelona players are using this final week to prepare for the big tournament. The final training sessions, events and even international friendlies occupy the players’ respective schedules.

Prosinecki on Rakitic & Halilovic | Football Espana
Former Barcelona and Croatia midfielder Robert Prosinecki has backed the Catalans’ moves for Ivan Rakitic and Alen Halilovic. Halilovic has joined Barca from Dinamo Zagreb and Prosinecki, who played under Johan Cruyff in 1995-96, believes his old club have picked up a star of the future, if he settles in Spain.

Success of the Camp Nou Lounge | FC Barcelona
This proposal is part of the new program that FC Barcelona has prepared so that everyone who visits the Club this summer, via the Camp Nou Experience, can enjoy an entertainment and dining experience with a select range of food and drinks in a unique setting. For those who have not ever take part in the Camp Nou Experience it’s a good time to enjoy it even more.

Chelsea expect to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid by Tuesday | Sky Sports
"Chelsea have made an offer to Atletico Madrid in compliance with the buyout terms in Diego Costa's contract, and have been advised that the player has provided notice to Atletico Madrid invoking the buyout clause and directing the club to accept Chelsea's offer," said a club source.

Diego Costa passes Chelsea medical -
The Stamford Bridge club is poised to finalize the 43 million euro signing of the Atletico Madrid striker, after agreeing to the terms of the deal. Diego Costa has completed a medical at Chelsea and is now on the verge of completing a 43 million euro move from Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid announce a deal has been agreed for defender Guilherme Siqueira | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign defender Guilherme Siqueira from Granada. The Primera Division champions made the announcement on their website, with the 28-year-old Brazilian set to undergo a medical before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract.

Athletic increase Laporte clause | Football Espana
Athletic Bilbao have increased the transfer release clause of Barcelona target Aymeric Laporte, reports in Spain say. The centre-back will now cost €42m, up from €36, AS claim, with his contract due to end in 2018. As well as Barca, the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be interested in the France Under-21 international, who has for the third time had his stipulated transfer fee raised by Los Leones.

Peter Lim completes purchase of Valencia - ESPN FC
Singaporean investor Peter Lim has completed his purchase of Valencia football club. The takeover that was months in the making has been finalized after Spanish bank Bankia and Lim's company, Meriton Holdings Limited, agreed to restructure the debt owed by Valencia to Bankia.

Ze Castro staying at Rayo | Football Espana
Rayo Vallecano have renewed centre-back Ze Castro for another season, ending speculation he could move on. The 31-year-old played 19 times last season, AS reports, having spent part of the campaign on the sidelines due to injury. But it is expected that if he can maintain his fitness he will be central to the plans of Coach Paco Jemez for next year.

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