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FC Barcelona News: 5 July 2015; Five Presidential Condidates Confirmed, Claudio Bravo Lifts Copa America Trophy

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Barcelona presidential candidates confirmed -
The names of the five candidates for the Barcelona presidential elections have been confirmed. Josep Maria Bartomeu, Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa, Agusti Benedito and Joan Batiste are the figures who will contest the position in the forthcoming vote, while Jordi Farre and Jordi Majo failed to acquire the necessary backing.

Claudio Bravo Copa América champion (0-0, 4-1 pens.) | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo’s Chile are Copa América champions for the first time in their history following victory over Argentina in a penalty shoot out in the final played in the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. The Barça keeper and Chile captain was the hero in game that ended goalless after 120 minutes of football, saving Éver Banega’s penalty to give former blaugrana Alexis Sánchez the chance to nervelessly score the decisive spot kick for a 4-1 win on penalties.

Bravo joins Sotil, Ronaldo, Giovanni and Rivaldo as Barça Copa América champions | FC Barcelona
The 44th Copa América has taken its place in FC Barcelona’s history. Many Barça players have featured in what is the oldest international competition in world football, but only five of them have had the fortune to lift the trophy. On Saturday in Santiago, Claudio Bravo became the first blaugrana since Rivaldo back in 1999 to join that famous list.

Claudio Bravo: We had to win | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo ended the season by winning the Copa América with hosts Chile and being selected as the best goalkeeper in the tournament. After beating Argentina in the final on penalties, the blaugrana revealed: "We simply had to win."

FC Barcelona's Copa América on social networks | FC Barcelona
A collection of comments posted by the five Barça players in Chile.

Marc Bartra to fight for place at Barcelona - ESPN FC
Spain international Bartra made only 14 La Liga appearances for the Spanish champions last season and he confirmed to Radio Marca last month that the release clause in his contract had dropped to €12 million due to his lack of games. However, the 24-year-old centre-back has told Sport he is now willing to fight to show Luis Enrique his worth.

Sergio Busquets reveals coaching ambitions | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta were the stars of a rather different press conference on Saturday. In the closing ceremony of the Nike Camp Andorra, they answered questions put to them by the children attending the camp. There were some unusual and entertaining questions and answers. For example, Sergio Busquets revealed that in the future he would like "to be a coach."

Best wishes to FC Barcelona's fans in the US on the Fourth of July | FC Barcelona
It’s July 4 in the United States of America and that can only mean one thing: Independence Day. The USA is a country where Barça has one of its largest support bases, and here at we’d like to send our very best wishes to all of our American fans on this special day.

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