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FC Barcelona News: 13 July 2014; Barça Confident in Luis Suarez Ban Reduction, World Cup Final is Upon Us

Martin Rose

Preseason starts on Monday | FC Barcelona
22 players have been called up for Monday, 10 from the first team and 12 from Barça B. They are: Ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Deulofeu, Afellay and Cristian Tello, from the first team, and Patric, Bagnack, Diagne, Grimaldo, Samper, Halilovic, Munir, Sandro, Dani Nieto, Joan Roman, Dongou and Adama, from Barça B

Messi eyes World Cup glory | FC Barcelona
The most anticipated game of the summer will be played this Sunday: the final of the World Cup in Brazil. On the pitch, at 10:00 PM CET, there will be two FC Barcelona players. Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano will try to secure what all Argentinians dream of: the World Cup trophy.

Messi and Mascherano seek World Cup glory | FC Barcelona
After one month of gripping football, the World Cup is down to the last two. At the Maracanà in Rio de Janeiro, Argentina and Germany are about to face each other in a star-studded final. Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano will both be in Alejandro Sabella’s starting eleven as they seek to lead the South Americans to their third World Cup title.

Gabriele Marcotti -- Does history owe Argentina a World Cup? - ESPN FC
So don't blame Sabella for doing what he's doing. He got them this far and if a dose of good fortune played a part -- and it's not clear that they've been any luckier than other teams -- so be it: Lady Luck owes them. All that matters is upsetting the Germans on the spot where they should have stood 64 years ago and taking the World Cup back to Buenos Aires.

Barcelona 'convinced' of reduction in Suarez ban -
"We are supporting the appeal being made by the Uruguayan Federation and are convinced that FIFA's initial sanction will be reduced," Bartomeu told the club's official website. "He recognized his mistake and Barca will be making sure he successfully reintegrates into the football world.

Luis Suárez, double figures every league season | FC Barcelona
Barça’s new signing Luis Suárez has smashed goalscoring records wherever he has played. He’s known for his astonishing skill, goalscoring instinct and powerful physique, and he just seems to get better and better. He has scored at least ten goals in every season he has played as a professional.

Luis Suárez, the 17th Uruguayan at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have had players from all corners of the world over the years. But the first major international signing was a Uruguayan. Héctor Scarone arrived in 1925, and 89 years on, the 17th Uruguayan is about to wear the famous Barcelona shirt, Luis Suárez, one of the biggest stars in the global game.

David Beckham likens Luis Suarez to Old Trafford team-mate Eric Cantona | Football News | Sky Sports
Beckham said: "All I see is two great players. I know what he (Suarez) did is inexcusable, like me in 1998, but these things happen. "He's come out and apologised. He understands he is a role model and I think that is one of the reasons he has come out so strongly and said it wouldn't happen again.

Messi–Neymar–Suárez, goalscoring trident | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez brings even more goalscoring potential to FC Barcelona. The current holder of the Golden Boot completes one of the most lethal forward lines ever assembled in world football. Last season, the Uruguayan topped the goalscoring charts in the Premier League with 31 goals, and that was despite starting the campaign late due to suspension.

Brazil finish fourth (0-3) | FC Barcelona
The Brazilian national team were unable to bounce back from the semifinal defeat to Germany this evening as they hosted the Netherlands in the third and fourth pace match of the World Cup. The Netherlands were the winners of the ‘consolation’ match thanks to goals from Van Persie (p), Blind and Wijnaldum.

Jonathan Dos Santos farewell letter: "They have been 12 marvellous years" | FC Barcelona
Jonathan dos Santos has published a farewell to the fans on his Twitter account, in which he thanks the "team-mates, coaches, medical team, utility staff, directors, journalists, fans and family" for how they have treated him in what he describes as 12 marvellous years at Barça, where he had progressed from the youth system into the first team.

Valencia reject latest Mathieu offer | Football Espana
Valencia have again turned down an offer from Barcelona for captain Jeremy Mathieu, reports in Spain say. Mundo Deportivo claim there was a meeting between higher-ups from both clubs at which Los Che sporting director turned down another bid for the Frenchman.

Di Maria ‘close to PSG’ | Football Espana
Angel Di Maria is said to be close to leaving Real Madrid for Paris Saint-Germain after a meeting of the club’s senior figures. AS reports that Madrid President Florentino Perez and his PSG counterpart, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, met on Friday, with the Argentina midfielder high on the agenda.

Arsenal attacker Wellington Silva 'to join Almeria' - ESPN FC
The Brazilian, who is in line to gain Spanish citizenship in the next year, has been shipped out to Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina and Murcia, while Almeria appears to be his next stop.

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