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FC Barcelona News: 3 July 2014; Neymar Fit to Face Colombia in Quarter-Final, Arsenal Make Play for Alexis Sanchez

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Neymar Jr is ready for the quarter-finals | FC Barcelona
The match, however, took a physical toll on the players managed by Luis Felipe Scolari. One of the most affected was Neymar Jr, who finished the game with a knock to his right knee and muscle problems with his left thigh. Two day out from the quarter-final match against Colombia, Neymar Jr is back to optimal fitness.

Josep Maria Bartomeu: "I want to transform FC Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
President Josep Maria Bartomeu reviewed the 2013/14 season and explained his plans for the future of the Club to the gathered media. "I want to transform Barça. I want to make it more effective. That’s why our aim is to improve the athletic, executive and directive ares," he declared.

Bartomeu: "Messi is not transferable. He will lead the important renovation of the team" | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu affirmed that "Leo Messi will lead the important renovation" that is taking place in the FC Barcelona first team ahead of the 2014/15 season. According to the President, who on Wednesday offered a press conference, "A few days ago we adapted his contract and he is very happy here". In this regard, he said that Messi is not transferable."

Fourth MVP for Leo Messi at the World Cup Finals | FC Barcelona
Messi is so far the only player who has received four MVP awards. Argentina went through this Tuesday after beating Switzerland in extra time in the last 16. Now, in the quarter finals, Alejandro Sabella’s team will play Belgium, one of the sensations of this World Cup

Behind the scenes of Ivan Rakitic's presentation | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic arrived in Barcelona this Monday, and Tuesday was a really intense day for the new Barça player. The Croatian passed the medical examination early in the morning and then went to the Camp Nou. In the stadium, the brand new number 4 signed for Barça in the Directors Box, and went down to the dressing room, where he posed for the first time in a Barça shirt.

Belletti: "It's an honor to have been part of the history of FC Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
Stade de France. 17 May 2006. Champions League Final. In the 81st minute of the Champions League Final between FC Barcelona and Arsenal, Belletti receives a pass on the right wing and plays a one-two with Larsson. Belletti takes the return pass, advances on goal and tries a cross shot, which goes through the legs of goalkeeper Almunia and ends up in the net, putting Barça ahead 2-1

FC Barcelona and Switzerland | FC Barcelona
The Club history is well known, but it’s worth remembering again. Born in Winterthur, a Swiss man named Hans Gamper, together with his compatriot and friend Walter Wild, founded FC Barcelona, towards the end of the nineteenth century.

Wenger set for Alexis Sanchez talks -
Arsenal has tabled a 40 million euro bid for Alexis Sanchez as Arsene Wenger prepares a charm offensive to land the Chile World Cup star ahead of Liverpool. The Gunners boss will meet Sanchez's agent in Brazil this week to convince the forward that he should move to the Londoners ahead of the other clubs competing for his signature.

The Camp Nou Lounge now open until late | FC Barcelona
The Club has decided to expand the service in light of the great success it’s had until now. Since opening in late May, already over 10,500 people have visited the area as part the Camp Nou Experience tour.

Kroos to Madrid done - report | Football Espana
Toni Kroos is essentially a Real Madrid player after a move from Bayern Munich was agreed, Marca has reported. It’s said that the transfer, worth a €25m fee with a five-year contract, will be signed off on after Germany are eliminated from the World Cup.

Benzema to re-sign with Madrid | Football Espana
Karim Benzema has re-signed with Real Madrid with an announcement to be made after the World Cup, reports in Spain claim. AS say that Benzema has agreed terms with Los Blancos but in order to allow the France striker to focus on the task at hand, the deal won’t be publically confirmed until the tournament is over.

Madrid to swap Di Maria for Falcao? | Football Espana
Real Madrid and Monaco could swap Angel Di Maria for Radamel Falcao, reports in Spain have suggested. Sport cites claims from French publication L’Equipe that say the clubs have held talks about Falcao and the prospect of swapping the Colombia striker for the Argentina midfielder was mooted.

Valencia sack Juan Antonio Pizzi as confusion continues - ESPN FC
Juan Antonio Pizzi has been fired by Valencia, despite the club's sale to Singapore businessman Peter Lim remaining in limbo. Pizzi only took over at Valencia in December, and guided the team to the Europa League semifinals and a mid-table finish in the Primera Division despite continuing off-pitch turmoil at Mestalla.

Diego Costa, Gerrard & the five biggest flops of the World Cup -
Vicente Del Bosque’s sentimentality damaged Spain when he chose to stick with Casillas as his captain and goalkeeper despite the fact he played second fiddle to Diego Lopez in La Liga. Four years after lifting the World Cup in South Africa, Casillas was the embodiment of a shambolic tournament for the reigning champions.

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