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FC Barcelona News: 1 July 2015; Lionel Messi Shines in Argentina Win, UEFA Investigate Barça

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UEFA: Spanish league must accept World Cup dates -
UEFA told the Spanish league on Tuesday to stop challenging the decision to move the dates of the World Cup in 2022 to November-December. To avoid Qatar’s fierce summer heat, the 2022 World Cup is being moved from its traditional June-July slot, resulting in European competitions stopping for around two months.

UEFA investigating Barca flags | Football Espana
UEFA have opened an investigation into Barcelona fans who displayed pro-Catalan independence flags at the recent Champions League final. European football’s governing body have strict measures in place when dealing with clubs whose fans display banners or flags of a racist, xenophobic or political nature.

Messi and Mascherano into final after comprehensive win over Paraguay (6-1) | FC Barcelona
t will be Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano against Claudio Bravo on Saturday in the Copa América final following Argentina's comprehensive 6-1 victory over Paraguay. Goals in the first half from Rojo and Pastore set them on the road to victory, although Barrios did pull one back just before half time. Nevertheless, the 'albiceleste' imposed themselves on the game in the second half with two goals from Di Maria and strikes from Agüero and Higuaín to set up a final against hosts Chile.

Lionel Messi news: Argentina captain doesn't need goals to be happy - Martino -
"If Messi gives passes that end up in goals then there is no problem," Martino told the press. "What is more important is that he responds to what the game demands. He doesn't look worried to me. He is happy and he has no problems. "He doesn't need to be the team's goalscorer to be happy."

Claudio Bravo the leader of finalists Chile | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo’s Chile team are having an excellent Copa América 2015 as hosts of the tournament. ‘La Roja’ have reached the final for the fourth time and it will be their first since 1987. Excitement is at fever pitch in the country as they seek to win the trophy for the first time in their history.

Quiz: Copa del Rey Final edition | FC Barcelona
On the one-month anniversary of Barca's victory over Athletic Club, we take a look at some of the more curious facts surrounding the Final played at Camp Nou

Pogba, Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez would make Barcelona invincible - Sacchi -
"Pogba is a player who is still improving and, at the age of 22, he is very interesting for plenty of clubs," the former AC Milan coach told Mundo Deportivo. "He has everything to make his mark on an era of football, his potential is so great. "He reminds me of ex-Milan midfielder Frank Rijkaard who played artistically, and with such strength and knowledge of play. Like Frank, Pogba is a powerful player.

The Spanish Cup champions, from the Ciutat Esportiva to Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Excatly one month ago, on 30 May, FC Barcelona won the Spanish Cup on a day that saw harmony between Barça and Athletic Club supporters and they peacefully coexisted in the streets of Barcelona. There were games, music and fun in the morning and travel to the stadium in the afternoon, in anticipation of the referee's opening whistle. But first, everyone awaited the arrival of the two teams.

Why we love transfer rumours - ESPN FC
Every summer transfer window seems to see the same football clubs linked with the same players, or at least the same type of players. Sometimes the deals actually come close to completion, sometimes they never get out of the starting gate. But we treat these little whispers just the same. We luxuriate in them, rolling about and wallowing in them, no matter how implausible they are. This is what we do in the absence of actual football.

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