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FC Barcelona News: 12 June 2015; Aleix Vidal Makes Spain Debut, Claudio Bravo Shines in Chile Win

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Chile begin Copa América with 2-0 win over Ecuador | FC Barcelona
Barça keeper Claudio Bravo captained a 'la Roja' side that also contained former blaugrana Alexis Sánchez. Second half goals from Arturo Vidal and substitute Eduardo Vargas secured all three points for the side coached by Argentine Jorge Sampaoli as they begin their quest to claim the title of South American champions for the first time in the competition's 99 year history.

Five FC Barcelona players in 2015 Copa América | FC Barcelona
After a last-minute call to replace Brazil's Danilo — who was injured on Sunday in a friendly with Mexico — Dani Alves became the fifth Barça player to be called to play in this summer's tournament, along with fellow Brazilian Neymar, Chile's Claudio Bravo, and Argentina's Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.

Four FC Barcelona players help Spain beat Costa Rica, 2-1 | FC Barcelona
Coach Vicente del Bosque started the FC Barcelona players Marc Bartra and Aleix Vidal, while fellow blaugrana teammates Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets got their opportunity in the second half. Spain overcame an initial 5th minute goal from Costa Rica's Johan Venegas by scoring two goals before the break. Valencia's Paco Alcácer and former Barça player Cesc Fabregas scored for Spain.

Aleix Vidal injured in Spain debut doubtful to face Belarus - ESPN FC
New Barcelona signing Aleix Vidal injured his ankle during his debut for Spain in Thursday's 2-1 friendly win over Costa Rica and now looks unlikely to make the trip for Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Belarus. Vidal, 25, joined Barca from Sevilla last week in a surprise deal for an initial fee of €18 million, while knowing he is unlikely to be able to make his Blaugrana debut until January 2016 due to the Catalan club's FIFA-imposed transfer ban.

London, Paris, Rome, London and Berlin | FC Barcelona
Koeman’s free kick against Sampdoria in extra time at Wembley won Barça the European Cup for the first time in 1992. The second came in 2006 with goals from Eto’o and Belletti defeating Arsenal. Rome 2009 was title number three, with Eto’o scoring again and Messi getting the other, this time against Manchester United, who were the same victims in the final two years later.

Lionel Messi benefiting from new diet - nutritionist - ESPN FC
Nutritionist Giuliano Poser has confirmed that he helped Lionel Messi change his diet, leading to the Barcelona star's outstanding 2014-15 campaign. Messi scored 58 goals and contributed 23 assists as Barcelona won the Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga Treble, making him a huge favourite for the 2015 Ballon d'Or award.

Five Barça goals in Champions League top 10 | FC Barcelona
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced its list of the ten best goals of the 2014/15 Champions League, half of which were scored by FC Barcelona. According to the organisation, two goals each from Ivan Rakitic and Lionel Messi, and another courtesy of Luis Suárez, were among the worthiest of the tournament, which ended with Barça's triumph over Juventus in the 6 June Final in Berlin, Germany.

FC Barcelona Quiz: Fifth Champions League edition | FC Barcelona
13 questions about Barcelona's Champions League season.

Koke: No divide in Spain squad over Pique comments -
"Of course there hasn't been friction between players of Real Madrid and Barcelona," the 23-year-old told Goal. "We are all good friends. All that happened was Pique mentioning Kevin Roldan because he was celebrating and that's that. No one here has given it more importance."

Xavi: Lopo’s claims are nonsense | Football Espana
"It’s nonsense. [What Lopo said] neither has rhyme nor reason," he informed Mundo Deportivo. "Deportivo scored two goals and and we wanted to go for more goals once they equalised. It was my last League match with Barcelona and both my colleagues and I wanted to win."

Player Focus: Vidal Will Have to Wait to Claim Alves' Right-back Crown | WhoScored
The confirmation came a day after Barcelona secured the services of Aleix Vidal from Sevilla, though he won’t be able to make his official debut until next year due to the Blaugrana’s transfer ban. Vidal’s arrival was supposedly set to end Alves’ stay at Camp Nou, so the latter’s decision to stay following the signing of the Spaniard was somewhat surprising.

West Ham keen to sign Alex Song from Barcelona this summer | Sky Sports
West Ham have not given up on their bid to sign Alex Song from Barcelona during the summer transfer window. Song impressed during the first half of a season-long loan last campaign as he helped the Londoners climb fourth in the table but his dip in form coincided with the club’s slide down the table.

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