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FC Barcelona News: 26 June 2018; Luis Suarez Scores As Uruguay Advance, Spain Struggle to Draw

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Suárez and Uruguay top Group A | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez is through to the round of 16 of the Russia World Cup as his national team finish first in the group. Uruguay maintain their perfect run after their third win in a row with a fantastic performance against the hosts Russia, who went through in second (3-0).

Four more blaugranes into round of 16 | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta started the game and played the full ninety minutes which ended well for Hierro’s men as Aspas scored the equaliser in extra time. In the other game, Iran equalised late on against Portugal. These goals were crucial as they meant Spain topped the group when it looked like they would end up in second place until the final moments.

After the aborted coup to axe boss Jorge Sampaoli it falls on Lionel Messi to rescue them again | Standard
Jorge Sampaoli has left it a little late to discover his ‘Plan A’. Uncertainty has bred chaos and as a result, Argentina stand on the brink of World Cup elimination. They are not even masters of their own fate. Argentina must beat Nigeria by a greater margin than any Iceland victory over Croatia.

My Top 4: Jordi Alba picks his football heroes | FC Barcelona
Only two of his choices played for Barça – the defender and the striker – and both in the Dream Team era. His goalkeeper was a South American who not only stopped but also scored goals, and his midfielder is an Argentinian whose clubs included Valencia and Benfica.

The millions that La Masia produces for Barcelona | Marca
Barcelona are struggling to find the formula to promote their youngsters from the youth set-up to the first team as the days of Xavi, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Victor Valdes, Sergio Busquets and Pedro look to be consigned to the past. Nowadays, it seems impossible that such a wave of young talent would break through and ever since that era there has been a decline.

Qatar Airways could sponsor Barcelona again | Marca
The Board of Directors held talks with Aeroflot, but the Russian company announced a few days ago that it doesn’t intend to invest in Barcelona at this time. Figures that are being considered are somewhere between eight and ten million euros per season, and right now Qatar Airways are the company that have the most options to become that sponsor.

Rodri Tarin leaves Barça B and Vitinho returns to Palmeiras | Sport
Rodri Tarin, who is out of contract on June 30, brings to an end seven years of service to the Catalan club. The Valencia born centre-back wrote an emotional message on his social media accounts to say goodbye to the supporters.