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FC Barcelona News: 4 June 2018; Samuel Umtiti Extends Contract, Rafinha Set to Return to Barcelona

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Watch again - Samuel Umtiti extends contract with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
See the entire event as the defender commits to Barça until 2023

Agreement to extend Samuel Umtiti’s contract | FC Barcelona
Umtiti has an omnipotent physical presence, and causes constant headaches for rival forwards. He’s quick, strong in the air and naturally gifted when it comes to playing the ball out of defence on the ground, just the way Barça likes to do things.

QUIZ: What do you know about Samuel Umtiti? | FC Barcelona
Test your knowledge of the French centre back who has extended his contract with FC Barcelona until 2023.

Griezmann ‘decides to stay at Atleti’ | Football Espana
Antoine Griezmann has informed a number of his close friends that he has decided to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer, say reports in Spain. The Frenchman has yet to make public his decision to reject the advances of Barcelona and remain in the Spanish capital, but ABC report this is expected to be clarified soon.

Barcelona ace set to return after impressive loan spell, deadline for €38m exit to pass | Caught Offside
With that in mind, it would have been easy to assume that Inter may look to make his loan move a permanent one, but according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a deadline on June 5 for them to pay out €38m for Rafinha is set to pass as they are said to be unable to commit to paying that fee.

FC Barcelona U12A – Espanyol: Champions of La Liga Promises (1-0) | FC Barcelona
It was a very intense day, with a semifinal victory against Deportivo coming via a penalty shoot-out (4-3), after the game had ended in a 1-1 draw. In the final, Marc Serra’s side dominated from the start, but despite controlling possession, they were unable to find the net in the first half. After the break and thanks to a commanding performance from Jan Quiles, chances began to arrive. Finally, in the 31st minute, Iván Rodríguez scored the decisive goal (1-0).

Barça at the World Cup, Part 2: The unforgettable debut of Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
At just 18 years of age, and only two as a professional player, the Argentine star made national team manager José Pékerman’s team and became the youngest Argentine player to ever appear in a World Cup. Messi was already established on Barça’s first team, and was one of the biggest prospects in international football. Messi, however, did not play in Argentina’s first game, which came against Ivory Coast.

The unprecedented affair between FIFA and Kubala | FC Barcelona
In 1954, an unprecedented scandal broke out. Spain faced Turkey in the pre-qualifying round for the World Cup. Victory for Spain in the first match was cancelled out by a Turkish win in the return game. The winner would then be decided in a third match tie-break. On that day an inexplicable matter would occur, and one hour before the start of the game a ‘FIFA delegate’ appeared in the Spanish team’s dressing room with a telegram that reported a supposedly irregular situation.

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