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FC Barcelona News: 6 July 2014; Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano Progress to Semi-Final, Neymar Continues Recovery at Home

Jamie Squire

Messi and Mascherano through to World Cup semi-finals (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Argentina is through to the semi-finals of the World Cup after a wait of 24 years. Key performances from Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano and an effective defence were too much for Belgium. An eighth minute goal by Higuaín was enough to seal the win.

Neymar leaves Brazil camp | FC Barcelona
The whole squad was on hand to see him off and were treated to a rallying cry from the unlucky striker: "I’ve had the dream of playing in the World Cup final taken away from me but the dream of being becoming champion of the world isn’t over yet. There are two matches to go and I’m certain that my team-mates will do everything they can to lift that Cup".

Neymar ‘couldn’t feel his legs’ | Football Espana
"He said ‘I can’t feel my legs.’ Marcelo was scared and called the doctor on but the doctor couldn’t get on in the confusion," Scolari said. "It was a big shock, the image of Neymar being stretchered off to the helicopter, in difficulty, crying. Neymar was our benchmark, one of our references, because he is a player who makes a difference in any team."

From Real Sociedad to FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo is the fifth Barça signing for 2014-15 under new manager Luis Enrique. The goalkeeper has joined from Real Sociedad after captaining Chile at the World Cup. He has spent the last eight seasons at Anoeta, where he made the second highest number of appearances ever for a foreigner, and was also the third most used goalkeeper in club history.

FC Barcelona's sixth preseason camp in the UK | FC Barcelona
The first team started organising preseason trips in 1970, at La Molina in the Catalan Pyrenees, where they returned in 1972 before continuing the preseason in another Catalan town, Olot. It would be more than three decades before Barça stayed in Catalonia for another preseason camp, when they visited Peralada (Girona) in 2004.

Barça B pre-season plans | FC Barcelona
There’s been little time to savour the superb third place finish enjoyed by Barça B in Spain’s second flight, the Adelante League, last season as the day fast approaches when the players will return to training. Both the second string and the senior squad will report back for pre-season preparations on 14th July, starting with their medicals. Training sessions will be held in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Di Maria out of World Cup - report | Football Espana
Angel Di Maria has been ruled out of Argentina’s World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands after tearing a muscle in the win over Belgium. Marca reports that the Real Madrid midfielder suffered the injury when shooting in the first half, having sprinted on to a Lionel Messi through ball, beating Vincent Kompany in a foot race, only to have his attempt on goal blocked by the captain.

Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano has been hospitalised after a heart attack | Sky Sports
Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack. The 88-year-old was admitted to Madrid's Gregorio Maranon Hospital's intensive care unit where he is being kept in an induced coma in the coronary unit.

Willy to join Man City - report | Football Espana
It’s been reported in Spain that Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero will join Manchester City, with the move to be confirmed early next week. Website Merchan en Directo cites a report from Marca that says Willy will move for €7m on a three-year contract. City could pay Malaga a further €4m in bonuses.

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