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FC Barcelona News: 20, 21 June 2015; Lionel Messi Earns Century in Argentina Win, ter Stegen, Bravo Blank Opponents

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Mascherano and Messi's Argentina top group with win over Jamaica (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi celebrated reaching a century of games for Argentina by helping his side top Group B thanks to a largely unimpressive 1-0 victory over Jamaica. A strike from Gonzalo Higuaín in the first half hands ‘Tata’ Martino’s side a quarter-final against either Ecuador, or any one of Brazil, Peru, Venezuela or Colombia, which will be played on Friday 26 June in Viña del Mar at 8.30pm local time.

Lionel Messi is the world's best player by far - Simeone - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone believes Lionel Messi is on a different level than any other player in the world. The four-time Champions League winner is currently with Argentina at the Copa America in Chile. And former Argentina international Simeone couldn't hold back on his praise for his countryman.

Chile top group with emphatic victory over Bolivia (5-0) | FC Barcelona
Both teams were already through to the last eight of the competition prior to the game due to Ecuador's 2-1 victory over Mexico earlier in the day. Goals from Aránguiz and ex-blaugrana Alexis Sánchez in the first half and another from Aránguiz and then Medel in the second mean the tournament's hosts top their group and will now face one of the third placed sides from either Group B or Group C in a quarter-final that will be played in Santiago on Wednesday 24 June at 8.30pm (local time).

FC Barcelona's ter Stegen and Germany U-21 shutout Denmark, 3–0 | FC Barcelona
The Germany Under-21 squad, led by FC Barcelona's Marc-André ter Stegen, won 3–0 over Denmark in the second game of the group stage of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championships, held in the Czech Republic. The Barça goalkeeper started and played all 90 minutes, and saw far less action than in his team's 1–1 draw with Serbia to open the tournament on Wednesday.

Ten highlights of the 2014/15 Champions League | FC Barcelona
Barça won the Champions League the hard way, beating the holders of all the major European league titles en route to victory. PSG, Manchester City and Bayern Munich were all disposed of before Serie A Juventus were added to the list in the final. We pick five of the most outstanding moments as the Catalans won the trophy for the fifth time in their history:

Ivan Rakitic embraced his Barcelona role - ESPN FC
At the same time, however, it is fair to say that their talents could only shine thanks to the undeniable contribution of non-homegrown midfielders who offered an extra element of directness and physicality. Bernd Schuster in the 1980s, Jose Mari Bakero in the 1990s and Deco in the early 00s were prime examples. Fast forward to the present and, perhaps unsurprisingly, history is repeating itself. That Luis Enrique's team has completed the perfect season by winning the treble is as much to do with Ivan Rakitic as anyone else.

Barcelona president Bartomeu launches re-election campaign - ESPN FC
"We have the treble, and we have the trident," Bartomeu said. "We are closing a winning cycle, and we opened others without making noise. We are the first club in the world in terms of income, we are strong in culture, the language. We are a global club and we are confident about presenting ourselves -- Barca is enviable.

Brazil to appeal against Neymar's Copa America ban | Sky Sports
Neymar was banned for headbutting after the final whistle in Brazil's 1-0 midweek defeat to Colombia and they have a maximum of four games left in the tournament if they are to reach the final. The Brazil captain was initially banned for one game after being sent-off for kicking the ball at Colombia's Pablo Armero. The incident sparked a mass brawl and Neymar headbutted another opposition player for which he received the extra sanction.

Alex Song being tracked by Chelsea and Manchester City | Sky Sports
Chelsea and Manchester City have held talks about signing Alex Song from Barcelona, according to Sky sources. The two Premier League heavyweights are particularly interested in Song because he qualifies as a home-grown player even though he played for Cameroon.

Sergio Ramos will never play for Barcelona - agent - ESPN FC
Sergio Ramos' brother and agent has rejected a claim that the Real Madrid star could be willing to join Barcelona. Barca presidential candidate Jordi Majo said he was offered the chance to sign Madrid defender Ramos, 29, as a "secret weapon" at the election.

Champions League 2015/16 ready to go | FC Barcelona
With FC Barcelona’s victory in the final of the UEFA Champions League in Berlin still fresh in the mind, attention is already turning to next season’s edition of Europe’s premier club competition. It all starts on June 30, with the first qualifying round, and won’t end until May 28 when the San Siro in Milan is the venue for the 2016 Final.