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FC Barcelona News: 10 July 2014; Javier Mascherano Shines as Argentina Reach Final, Neymar Recovery Going Well


Argentina through to the final of the 2014 World Cup | FC Barcelona
Mascherano and Messi’s Argentina became the second finalist of the World Cup after they defeated the Netherlands in a penalty shootout. The match, which didn’t open up until extra time, was decided from the eleven-meter mark.

Mascherano stars in win over the Dutch | FC Barcelona
The Argentina National Team qualified, this Wednesday, for the Final of the World Cup in Brazil. Argentina played out a goalless draw with Holland, and went through to the semis by winning a heart-stopping penalty shootout. One of the stars of the Argentine success was Barça player Javier Mascherano, both for his contribution on and off the field.

Messi overtakes Maradona in matches played for Argentina | FC Barcelona
With these 92 matches under his belt, Messi has become 6th in the list of players with more matches for Argentina, but is still a long way behind Javier Zanetti who is leader with 145 matches for his country. After Zanetti come Roberto Ayala (115), Diego Simeone (106), Javier Mascherano (103) and Oscar Ruggeri (97).

Puyol will hand over the World Cup before the Final | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol and the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen will together hand over the World Cup Trophy before this Sunday’s Final between Germany and Argentina. Barça’s former captain will make the symbolic presentation of the trophy which he won with the Spanish national team in South Africa in 2010

Neymar Jr recovery "going very well" | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Medical Services visited Neymar Jr at the player’s home in Brazil this week. The Club’s Medical Services confirmed the CBF’s diagnosis that Neymar had fractured the L3 vertebrae in his back. The CBF and Barça’s Medical Services are in agreement on the type of treatment the player will undergo in his recovery process.

Dani Alves plans talks with Barcelona over future | Sky Sports
Alves told Mundo Deportivo: "I still don't know what I'll do next season, I'll meet Barcelona and then we will decide. If they want me to continue, then I will. I am under contract and if it was up to me, I would stay another year, but it's not only up to me.

Agreement with Villarreal for the services of Jonathan dos Santos | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF have agreed to terms for the player Jonathan dos Santos. The transfer fee, which is a combination of a fixed sum and variables, could reach 2 million euros, and FC Barcelona reserve the right to be involved in the possible future sale of the player.

Cuenca free to leave Barca | Football Espana
Isaac Cuenca is free to leave Barcelona this summer, with the winger expected to join newly-promoted Deportivo La Coruna. Mundo Deportivo reports that Barca have agreed to rescind the last year of Cuenca’s contract in order to facilitate a move this summer. Cuenca is said to have reached a verbal agreement with Deportivo but the move can’t be confirmed until his release from Catalonia is official.

Tickets for the Joan Gamper Trophy, on sale from this Friday | FC Barcelona
This Friday July 11th, at 10 a.m., tickets will go on sale for the Joan Gamper Trophy for all the special groups. In the 49th edition of the tournament, FC Barcelona will face Club Leon FC, from Mexico, on Monday 18th of August. It will be the first game for Luis Enrique’s team in front of their fans.

Alvaro Morata ‘happy’ to be joining Juventus from Real Madrid | Sky Sports
The Spain Under-21 international is reported to be on the verge of completing a €22million (£17.5m) move to the Italian champions. Morata made his debut for Real back in December 2010 and was part of the first team under coach Carlo Ancelotti last season.

Diego Ribas joins Fenerbahce | Football Espana
Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Diego Ribas has completed his move to Fenerbahce after ending the season at Vicente Calderon. Marca reports that Diego has moved to Turkey after his contract with Wolfsburg came to an end. "I am very happy to be here. This dream finally came true," Diego said

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