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FC Barcelona News: 9 July 2014; Two Transfers on the Verge of Becoming Official, Neymar-less Brazil Thrashed by Germany

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Alexis to Arsenal ‘imminent’ | Football Espana
Alexis Sanchez is expected to complete a move to Arsenal from Barcelona in the very near future, reports in Spain say. Mundo Deportivo claim Alexis will go for almost €40m and sign a four-year deal with the Gunners, spurning interest from Juventus to move to the Premier League.

Suarez to Barca ‘in hours’ | Football Espana
Reports in Spain say Luis Suarez’s transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona will be confirmed in a matter of hours. Mundo Deportivo claim Barca will pay between €70m and €73m, which is said to be some €20m below the Uruguay international’s release clause. Suarez has been waiting for confirmation of his switch to Camp Nou since Uruguay were knocked out of the World Cup. He hasn’t travelled back to England, instead remaining in his homeland.

Brazil bow out of the World Cup after sustaining a heavy defeat (1-7) | FC Barcelona
Brazil have said goodbye to the World Cup after sustaining one of the worst defeats ever in the country’s history. The host nation fell 7-1 in Belo Horizonte against Germany in this Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final. Neymar Jr (injured) and Dani Alves (reserve) didn’t participate in the match.

Neymar Jr thanks the world of sport for its shows of support | FC Barcelona
Since Neymar Jr’s injury was confirmed during the match in Fortaleza, messages of support from the world of sport and fans on social networks have been constant. The Brazilian was taken to hospital and days later to his home. "I cannot thank you enough for the shows of affection and the thousands of messages of support I’ve received since Friday," said Neymar Jr this Wednesday.

Now it's Mascherano and Messi's turn for Argentina | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday, Javier Mascherano and Leo Messi will be playing the most important international match of their lives. Argentina are up against Holland in the second semifinal of the World Cup. The winners will play Germany, who, on Tuesday, thrashed Brazil in Belo Horizonte (7-1).

Former players on the FC Barcelona coaching team | FC Barcelona
Many ex footballers, once retired, go into coaching. The great majority begin with the youth teams, and progress through the ranks as they gain more experience. This is the case of six former Barça players currently coaching the professional or youth teams. Then there are former players who have gone on to manage and make decisions for their club from a different perspective, occupying an office.

Claudio Bravo interview, in 10 answers | FC Barcelona
"My eight years at Real meant a lot to me. I was unknown when I arrived and wanted to make a name for myself and form part of the club’s history. I wanted them to stop talking about Arconada and talk about Bravo instead, and I managed that a bit. I am leaving with good memories of the place".

75 years since César's debut with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The legendary striker César, who eventually would be popularly known as ‘El Pelucas’, was then a young 19 year old who had arrived a few days earlier from his birthplace, Leon. He had been discovered by Joan Font, a former Barça and Sabadell player who had fought in the Republican army during the Civil War and had been a POW in the Spanish capital.

Major success of the Camp Nou Lounge | FC Barcelona
The first evenings in the Camp Nou Lounge proved a massive hit among fans. Some 300 people practically sold out the second sitting on Friday night and both on Saturday, with customers flocking to enjoy a top quality culinary experience while taking in the breath-taking surroundings of the floodlit stadium.

Atletico Madrid agree Mario Mandzkukic deal with Bayern Munich - ESPN FC
"We've reached an verbal agreement with Atletico, and Mario Mandzukic has also reached a verbal agreement," Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer said at a news conference called to unveil new signings Sebastian Rode and Robert Lewandowski. "So, even with nothing signed yet, I can all but confirm the transfer."

Alves signs Valencia extension | Football Espana
Diego Alves has signed a new five-year contract with Valencia, tying the goalkeeper to the club until 2019. Mundo Deportivo report that the Brazilian’s fresh terms were confirmed on the club’s website. The 29-year-old made 35 appearances last season and has been a Valencia player since a 2011 move from Almeria.

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