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FC Barcelona News: 8 July 2014; Claudio Bravo Presented at Camp Nou, World Cup Semi-Finals Kick-Off Today

David Ramos

Claudio Bravo signs contract with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
31 year old Claudio Bravo is officially an FC Barcelona player. After passing his medical test at the Ciutat Esportiva on Monday morning, the goalkeeper headed for the presidential suite at the Camp Nou to sign a contract binding him to the club for the next four seasons, until the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Claudio Bravo: "I've always hoped for a moment like this" | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo has only been at Barcelona for a few hours and he already claims to be feeling at home. He was speaking at his official presentation in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom, where he was joined by FCB vice-president Jordi Mestre and director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta. "I am so proud to form part of this institution" he said. "I want to thank Barça for putting their trust in me. I have always hoped that a moment like this would come."

Claudio Bravo's presentation in 100 seconds | FC Barcelona
It was a very intense day for Claudio Bravo. After arriving in Barcelona on Sunday morning, and posing with the FC Barcelona crest, the Chilean started this Monday with a medical at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. After arriving to the Camp Nou, he signed his contract, posed for his official photograph in the Barça strip, held a press conference and sat down for an interview to Barça TV.

Bravo's finest saves | FC Barcelona
This is the video that was shown at the official presentation of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo as an FC Barcelona player in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom. A fine collection of saves and even a goal from a free kick scored in his days at Real Sociedad.

Brazil, without Neymar, chasing World Cup Final slot | FC Barcelona
The Brazil 2014 World Cup is reaching its climax, and after almost a month of quality football, the first of the two finalists is about to be determined. The host nation faces Germany for the right to join either Holland or Argentina in the Maracanà next Sunday.

Mascherano: "This is the first time in 24 years that we've made it to a semi-final" | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano and his team-mate Basanta talked to the press ahead of Argentina’s World Cup semi-final showdown with the Netherlands. It will be the first time that Argentina feature in the penultimate round of the competition since 1990. "It’s the first time in 24 years since we’ve been here. These are opportunities that rarely come along and you can’t let them slip away," said the FC Barcelona player.

Stats and facts from FC Barcelona's four World Cup contenders | FC Barcelona
Mascherano, Messi, Alves and Neymar Jr are the four FC Barcelona players still in the World Cup. Now that the quater-finals are over, it’s time to take a look at how the four players faired in the tournament thus far:

Club in direct contact with Neymar, says Zubizarreta | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta, in the company of vice-president for sport Jordi Mestre, attended today’s official presentation of Claudio Bravo. As well as speaking about various issues connected with the arrival of the Chilean goalkeeper, he also touched on other subjects, including the fitness of Neymar Jr.

Deulofeu: I'd rather play for Stoke than Real Madrid | Eurosport
Deulofeu, who has returned to Barcelona after spending last season on loan at Everton, was speaking at a promotional event in Andorra. The event, which featured a question and answer session with fans, was also attended by fellow La Masia graduates Marc Bartra and Marc Muniesa.

Condolences for the loss of Di Stéfano | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona expresses its condolences for the passing of Alfredo Di Stéfano, honorary president of Real Madrid. Di Stéfano suffered cardiac arrest on Saturday and was brought to Hospital Gregorio Marañón in Madrid.

Vanishing spray for CL | Football Espana
Vanishing spray, which has been used so successfully at this summer’s World Cup, will be used in the Champions League. The spray, which helps referees mark out 10 yards for a wall on a free kick, has been heralded as a major triumph in Brazil. And its inventor, Heine Allemagne has claimed that UEFA now want to use it in the Champions League and the Europa League.

Willy Caballero completes Manchester City move from Malaga - ESPN FC
Manchester City have made their third signing of the summer by bringing in Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero. The Argentine, who has cost a reported fee of six million pounds, will provide competition for first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Malaga sign Ivory Coast left-back Arthur Boka from Stuttgart | Sky Sports
Malaga have agreed a deal for Ivory Coast international Arthur Boka, the Primera Division club have announced. The 31-year-old left-back, who has won 83 caps for his country and represented them at the last two World Cups, joins the Spanish side on a two-year deal and will be officially presented on Tuesday.

Transfer News: Bayern Munich sign Juan Bernat from Valencia for undisclosed fee | Football News | Sky Sports
Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Spanish defender Juan Bernat from Valencia for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga champions after passing a medical in Munich on Monday.

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