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FC Barcelona News: 13 June 2018; Spain Sack Manager, Youngster Carles Perez Extends Contract

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Spain sack Julen Lopetegui as coach before World Cup after taking Real Madrid job | ESPN
Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain national coach on the eve of the World Cup, one day after agreeing to take over at Real Madrid. In a news conference at Spain’s training base in Krasnodar, Russia, Spanish football association (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales said it was a complicated situation but one that he felt compelled to make.

Andrés Iniesta’s World Cup test | FC Barcelona
Iniesta has another chance to add to his list of achievements this summer in Russia with another victory in the World Cup in his fourth appearance in the tournament, coming on the back of a great season with the blaugranes in which they did the league and cup double.

The premier of the Barça World Cup show | FC Barcelona
Although the 2018 FIFA World Cup is being held in Russia, Camp Nou in Barcelona is where the real scene is. Less than 48 hours before the tournament’s opening match, the surroundings of Europe’s biggest stadium are serving as the backdrop to a whole host of World Cup-related activities, including games, predictions, and fan participation to help ring in the prestigious, quadrennial competition.

11 La Masia products who will be at the World Cup | FC Barcelona
La Masia is where the Barça future stars are made and it has become a byword for excellence in the world of youth football. As you may expect, in the most important international tournament in the game, the World Cup, there are plenty of examples of players who came through the ranks learning the Barça way.

‘Sign Thiago’ - Ter Stegen urges Barca | Football Espana
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has called on his club to attempt to bring Thiago Alcantara back to the club. The 27-year-old, who joined the Bavarian club from Barcelona in the summer of 2013, is keen on a move away this summer according to the well-connected Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk.

Busquets’ message to Bartomeu about his president’s World Cup wish | Sport
Interviewed by ‘Cuatro’, the Barcelona player was speaking in response to Bartomeu’s wish that Argentina won the World Cup for Lionel Messi. ”It’s strange because he has players from different countries and he could’ve been more politically correct. I don’t know, you’d need to ask him about his motives, maybe he has Argentinian family,” joked Busquets.

Cucurella looking for a spot on Valverde’s squad | Marca
Even though he’s one of the most promising players at Barcelona B, Marc Cucurella’s future at the Catalan club is uncertain. Their demotion to Spain’s third division (Segunda division B) is a determining factor since it is apparent that Cucurella is too talented a player for that level of competition.

Carles Perez agrees two-year deal extension with Barcelona | Marca
Barcelona have renewed the contract of talented youngster Carles Perez, who has signed for the next two seasons with an extension option of two more. It has been the club’s third renewal deal in just the past few days.