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FC Barcelona News: 30 June 2018; World Cup Last 16 Set to Begin, Barcelona Reject Douglas Loan Offer

France v Republic of Ireland - International Friendly Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

A first look at the remodeled first team dressing room | FC Barcelona
From June, FC Barcelona are offering fans the option of visiting the Camp Nou in a unique way. The creation of the ‘Players Experience Tour’ allows visitors to access the same places as their favourite stars, in small groups. Fans can go into the Barça dressing room, step out onto the pitch and sit in the Ricard Maxenchs press room, amongst many other activities. It’s an experience that will make those who visit feel like new signings or first team members.

Battle of the Blaugranes to kick off World Cup Last 16 | FC Barcelona
The 2018 World Cup has reached its first knockout round, and the bracketing has pitted two of the most prestigious teams against one another. France take on Argentina in a tie that has added interest for Barça fans: Leo Messi will be up against club teammates Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé in the only clash involving Blaugranes on both sides.

Several ways to limit Messi’s impact, says Deschamps | Goal
Didier Deschamps is hopeful France can “mark and neutralise” Argentina’s Lionel Messi on Saturday, but accepts the superstar can provide a “spark” out of very little. France secured their spot in the knockout phase early on and were able to rest players against Denmark in their final group game, something Argentina were unable to do.

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona retirement: Presidential hopeful Victor Font on a new era | ESPN
It’s a prospect which may face Argentina after this summer’s World Cup but it’s one which Barca fans really don’t want to imagine. For any incoming president, though, you have to be realistic. Messi won’t be around forever and there must be plans for life after his genius.

Luis Suarez says Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry is just in La Liga | Sky Sports
Ronaldo’s Portugal take on Suarez and Uruguay in the World Cup last 16 on Saturday and the Barcelona forward insists it is not a personal battle with the Real Madrid forward. ”When it comes to the rivalry with Ronaldo at club level that’s a different thing altogether,” Suarez said on Friday.

Barcelona reject loan offer from Nantes for Douglas | Sport
Various clubs have shown an interest in signing him but only Nantes have made a formal offer for the player.But Barça have rejected Nante’s offer to take Douglas on loan to Ligue 1. The French side’s offer was to take him for one season and pay 50 percent of his salary.

Barca’s Vidal linked to Italy | Football Espana
Out-of-favour Barcelona defender Aleix Vidal has emerged as a transfer target for Italian giants Inter and Roma, according to reports. The 28-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs this month, including a return to Sevilla and a potential move to Valencia, who will compete in next season’s Champions League.

Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell to stand trial | Sky Sports
A Spanish judge has ruled former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is to stand trial on charges of money laundering involving the sale of television rights for Brazil matches. Investigative judge Carmen Lamela issued a ruling on Friday that Rosell, his wife, and four more individuals will stand trial at a date yet to be set on charges of money laundering and forming part of a criminal organisation.

La Masia’s best goals of 2017/18 | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona youth teams were as free-scoring as ever in the 2017/18 season. Some of the standout strikes included Àlex Collado’s great goal from outside the box against Olympiakos in the UEFA Youth League, Cristóbal Muñoz’s precision hit in the La Liga Promises tournament against Roma, and a stunning goal from Guillem Jaime against Betis.

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