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FC Barcelona News: 11 June 2015; Dani Alves Joins Brazil for Copa America, Lionel Messi Appeal Rejected

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FC Barcelona presidential elections on 18 July | FC Barcelona
Ramon Adell, president of the Managing Commission that met on Wednesday, has announced that the FC Barcelona presidential elections will take place on Saturday 18 July, pursuant to the dispositions of articles 35 and 43 of the Club Statutes. "We thought that if we did it this way, with a holiday the day after, that would encourage participation", he said at a specially called conference in the company of the secretary of the Commission, Jordi Calsamiglia.

Lionel Messi has latest appeal against tax trial rejected - ESPN FC
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is a further step closer to being tried for tax fraud after the city's highest court rejected his latest appeal which claimed the player should not be punished as he was not aware of how his tax affairs were being organised, according to a report in Spain.

Dani Alves gets last-minute call for the Copa América | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona right wing-back Dani Alves has been called at the last minute to play for Brazil in the 2015 Copa América in Chile after compatriot Danilo injured his right ankle in Sunday's friendly against Mexico. Once Danilo was officially ruled out, the Canarinho head coach Dunga didn't hesitate to call Alves as a substitute, as reported by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

Lionel Messi helped persuade Dani Alves sign new contract - ESPN FC
"Messi said to me 'Dani stay, where are you going to be better than here,'" Alves said. "And for a long time we have said that we live very well at this club. We have the things we need in this city. A year ago, when there were rumours that they wanted to sign Leo and wanted to sell me, we spoke and he said there was nowhere better than here."

Dani Alves says his heart told him to stay | FC Barcelona
"I follow my heart, and my heart told me to stay. For me it’s really important to be part of this Club. This story still has a lot of pages left to write," he said, while also highlighting the role his teammates played in his decision: "I’ve never seen a group connect like this, and that led me to my decision to continue."

Xavi passes Al-Sadd medical - Inside Spanish Football
After arriving in Qatar later Monday evening/early Tuesday morning, the 35-year-old midfielder underwent his medical in Doha, where according to AS, he was declared to be in incredible health and fitness. Xavi received the most appropriate sending off a legend could ask for as he helped lead his side to the second treble in club history.

La Liga kick-off times to change | Football Espana
Javier Tebas has confirmed La Liga kick-off times will change from next season to make matches more convenient for British viewers. The LFP President told Cadena COPE that a request had been made by the League’s British television partner - Sky Sports - so that matches start at 5.15pm UK time, rather than 5pm.

Top five academy goals of June 6 and 7 | FC Barcelona
Once again the "Promeses" show on BarçaTV has picked its top goals from the youth teams this weekend, and the number one a lot goes to Enric Franquesa for his great move down the left win in the U18 B team’s game with Sabadell.

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