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FC Barcelona News: 14 July 2014; Barça Preseason Begins with Medical Tests, Lionel Messi Wins Golden Ball

Michael Steele

Germany defeat Argentina in the World Cup final (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Germany are the new World Cup champions. A goal from Mario Götze on 113 minutes, when everything looked as though it was going to penalties, decided the match against Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano’s Argentina. This is the fourth World Cup won by the Germans in the country’s history.

Leo Messi wins the Golden Ball of the 2014 World Cup | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi wins the Golden Ball of the 2014 World Cup. The Argentinian genius, who witnessed Argentina’s defeat to Germany in the final, was named the best player of the competition. It’s worth noting that Messi, Argentina’s captain, led his team to the final and is also scored the most goals for his team. This Sunday, Barça’s No10 was also leading Argentina’s attack against Germany.

Jose Mourinho defends Lionel Messi legacy after 2014 World Cup final defeat - ESPN FC
"It's easy to respect him when he has won but when he has lost, it's not so easy," Mourinho told Yahoo! Eurosport. "He is still a historical player. He does not need to be world champion to be a historical player, especially in this last decade."

FC Barcelona 2014/15 begins with medical and fitness tests | FC Barcelona
As usual, things started with the traditional medical tests and analyses. Eleven members of the first team (Ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Deulofeu, Afellay, Tello and Bojan) were joined by thirteen from the reserves (Patric, Ie, Bagnack, Diagne, Grimaldo, Samper, Halilovic, Munir, Sandro, Dani Nieto, Joan Roman, Dongou and Adama).

Carles Puyol takes part in the World Cup final ceremony | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol was part of the pre-match ceremony before the World Cup final. The former FC Barcelona captain was tasked with bringing in the World Cup trophy to the Maracaná before kick off. Barça’s legendary No.5, who is now part of the Club’s governing Board, was accompanied by Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen.

Biggest news of the week at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The arrival and presentation of Claudio Bravo as a Barça player, the announcement of signing of Luis Suárez and the conformation that some players will be leaving the team are some of the most relevant stories of the week at Can Barça.

FIFA ban means Barcelona cannot present Luis Suarez when Liverpool striker signs | Football News | Sky Sports
Suarez's impending £75million move can go ahead in the coming days despite his four-month worldwide ban from all football-related activity. But FIFA has confirmed the suspension does prevent the kind of welcoming ceremony Barcelona customarily throw for their marquee signings.

The Liverpool-Barcelona connection | FC Barcelona
Mascherano left Merseyside for Catalonia in 2010. A regular starter for the Reds, he was an astute signing by Pep Guardiola who had an immediate impact on the team, helping them to the 2010-11 Champions League, and since then has always been a regular starter under each different manager.

13,954 kilometres to wear the FC Barcelona shirt | FC Barcelona
After three and a half years at Anfield, he packed his bags once again. Next season, we’ll be enjoying his presence at Barcelona. In total, Suarez has covered 13,954 kilometres in search of his dream. To wear the FC Barcelona jersey.

Luis Enrique's influences | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique played under six coaches in eight years at FC Barcelona. They were Robson, Serra Ferrer, Rexach, Van Gaal, Antic and Rijkaard, and speaking to the ‘Recorda míster’ show on Barça TV, he looked back at what he learned from each of them.

Marc Bartra imagines a stronger FC Barcelona with Luis Suárez | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra attended the inauguration of the ‘Penya Blaugrana Marc Bartra’ supporters club in Sant Jaume dels Domenys on Saturday, and used the occasion to comment on various matters affecting FC Barcelona. "Luis Suárez was a great signing, he’s a very complete player, and most of all has what matters most in football, goals" he says. "I think we’ll come out of this winning and the team will be better with him."

Meeting between Josep Maria Bartomeu and Joseph Blatter | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and FIFA President Joseph Blatter met at Maracaná before the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. Bartomeu also met with UEFA President Michel Platini, who also spent a couple of minutes with Sporting Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta.

Andoni Zubizarreta impressed by quality at World Cup | FC Barcelona
Andoni Zubizarreta, director of football at FC Barcelona, is part of the group representing the club at the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany. The former goalkeeper is being joined in Rio de Janeiro, among others, by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, institutional vice-president Carles Vilarrubí, and his new assistant Carles Puyol, who will be handing over the trophy last won by Spain at South Africa 2010.

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria set for Paris Saint-Germain transfer - report - ESPN FC
Di Maria, 26, has been linked with a move away from Real this summer, with PSG and Manchester United reported to be interested parties. claims that PSG are the favourites to sign the Argentina international for a fee in the region of 60 million euros.

Di Maria to PSG held up by FFP | Football Espana
Angel Di Maria’s proposed move from Real Madrid to Paris Saint-Germain has been delayed by Financial Fair Play. Marca reports that the Ligue 1 champions need to sell before they can buy, having already fallen foul of UEFA’s financial regulations. PSG were limited to a €50m outlay this summer and have already spent it on David Luiz, signing the Brazil international from Chelsea.

Toni Kroos confirms Real Madrid move | Sky Sports
The German midfielder enjoyed an excellent campaign in Brazil, playing a starring role in their World Cup win which culminated with a 1-0 extra-time victory over Argentina. Kroos, who finished the tournament as the leading creator with four assists, confirmed after the final in the Maracana that he would indeed be leaving Bayern Munich for Real.

Khedira to Arsenal to be confirmed? | Football Espana
Reports in Spain claim Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira will be confirmed as an Arsenal player in the very near future. Sport say Khedira will sign a four-year deal with the Gunners and move for €29m, going so far as to state there is ‘no going back’ on the transfer, even though it is not yet official.

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