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FC Barcelona News: 27 January 2015; North America Summer Tour Announced, Jordi Roura Named Director of Youth Football

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FC Barcelona to tour the USA and Mexico in the summer | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will go on a tour of the United States of America and Mexico in the summer four years after their last pre-season tour of the region. Despite dates not yet being confirmed, the Club has made official the news that the blaugranes will be returning to American soil for the fourth time in the last ten years.

Jordi Roura is the new Director of Youth Football | FC Barcelona
Jordi Roura has been named as the new Director of Youth Football at FC Barcelona. In a board meeting on Monday, the Club Board decided to give the former assistant coach of the first team the responsibility of overseeing the youth set up from the very youngest level all the way to Barça B.

Final session ahead of Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona in the Spanish Cup | FC Barcelona
Barça exercised on Tuesday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva, where Luis Enrique and his squad finalised preparations for Wednesday’s cup return leg at Atlético Madrid. Jérémy Mathieu was once again able to train along with his team-mates despite not having being officially declared fit, while Douglas worked out in isolation. The first team were joined by Munir of the reserves.

Neymar feeling better than ever at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Speaking at today’s presentation of the Baruel agreement, Brazilian striker Neymar said that "this is my best moment at Barça. I am getting better all the time but there is still a lot left for me to do here. I want titles and many other things … I am very happy with my season and hope to continue like this."

Ten key points about Neymar's goal spree | FC Barcelona
Neymar has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season, which is already four more than the 15 he scored in his debut season at FCB. Those goals make him the team’s second highest goalscorer. Of the nineteen, fourteen were scored in La Liga, three in the Champions League and two in the Spanish Cup.

Camp Nou: The mysteries of the FC Barcelona stadium’s name | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s stadium is one of the most iconic sports venues in the world. Inaugurated in 1957, it held as many as 120,000 spectators when it was expanded for the 1982 World Cup. Since being converted into an all-seater, it now holds ‘only’ 99,354 people, which still makes it the biggest sports stadium in Europe.

Guillem Balague looks at Lionel Messi and Neymar's burgeoning Barcelona relationship and tackles Ronaldo's bad temper | Sky Sports
However, in the last year, Neymar and Messi have developed in tandem and now have an understanding which can rival, if not better, the previous one at Barcelona. When you look at the goals they have scored so far, and in terms of assists, it’s incredible. Now we are talking about two South American friends at the Camp Nou, a relationship which mirrors that of Messi and Cesc.

When and where to watch Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The local times and channels for watching Wednesday's Spanish Cup match at Vicente Calderon.

Pique hit with €2.5m tax bill | Football Espana
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is the latest footballer to fall foul of the Spanish tax authorities and has been hit with a €2.5m bill. A report in La Vanguardia claims Pique has been ordered to shell out unpaid tax for the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, whilst he has also been given a €9,000 fine.

Victor Valdes starts in goal for Manchester United Under-21s -
Victor Valdes got his first run out in Manchester United colors as the club's Under-21s beat Liverpool 2-1 Monday night. But the Spain goalkeeper will be disappointed to have conceded a soft goal in what was essentially the only time he was called into action in the full 90 minutes.

FIFA confirms Madrid investigation | Football Espana
"FIFA is currently gathering information and documents to be able to correctly evaluate this matter. "For the moment no formal disciplinary proceedings have been opened. We are unable to provide any further information at this time," a spokesperson for the organisation told German press agency dpa.

Real Madrid: We are not breaking FIFA rules -
Real Madrid is adamant that it has fully complied with FIFA rules despite world football's governing body opening an investigation. FIFA has requested information from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on all of the underage players representing the Spanish giants, as well as clubs which have collaborations with the Champions League holders.

Lucas Silva paraded at the Bernabeu after moving to Real Madrid from Cruzeiro | Football News | Sky Sports
Real Madrid presented new signing Lucas Silva to hundreds fans at the Bernabeu after his move from Cruzeiro. The 21-year-old midfielder passed a medical with the La Liga leaders early on Monday and signed a contract until June 2020. Silva, who is yet to represent Brazil, said: "I felt butterflies in my stomach as I stepped on the field.

Ex-Rayo Vallecano, Nigeria goalkeeper Wilfred Agbonavbare dies of cancer aged 48 - ESPN FC
Wilfred played at Rayo from 1990 to 1996 and was also a member of the Nigeria squad which won the 1994 African Cup of Nations and reached the second round while playing their first World Cup that year in the USA. More recently he had worked as a goalkeeping coach, in business and as a porter at Madrid's Barajas airport.

Getafe end winless streak with 2-1 win over Celta Vigo | Sky Sports Football
Pablo Sarabia spared Diego Castro's blushes as Getafe finally ended their nine-game winless streak in La Liga with a 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo. Sarabia blasted home a late winner to end Getafe's barren league spell, after midfielder Castro had struck the bar with a penalty.

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