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FC Barcelona News: 18 March 2021; Joan Laporta takes office, Napoli want Junior Firpo

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A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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Joan Laporta takes office as FC Barcelona president - FC Barcelona
The new man in the role begins his second spell at the head of the Club accompanied by the new directors, former presidents, the sportsmen and women and high-profile figures from Catalonia

Laporta: 'I hope it will be a brilliant stage in Barça history' - FC Barcelona
Joan Laporta showed himself to be optimistic in his speech as he took office as the new president of FC Barcelona. At a Camp Nou replete with figures from both the Club and Catalan political and cultural fields, Laporta gave an indication of the direction that will be taken by the new board of directors: get the Club back on track.

Sergiño Dest called up by USMNT for March friendlies - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona defender Sergiño Dest has been called up by the US national team for their upcoming friendlies against Jamaica and Northern Ireland. USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter named the blaugrana right back in a 26 man squad for the two fixtures, the first of which will take place against the Carribeans on 25 March in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The meeting with the Northern Irish will be played in Belfast on 28 March.

Barça leads the way with 17 different league goalscorers - FC Barcelona
When Óscar Mingueza headed in Barça’s third goal against Huesca, it made him the seventeenth different player to score in what has gone of the 2020/21 season

Laporta sends a message to Messi as he's inaugurated as Barça's new president - SPORT
One of Joan Laporta's main objectives as the new president as FC Barcelona is getting the best player of all time, Lionel Messi, to renew his contract. Laporta said as much on Wednesday as he was inaugurated as the new Barça president, with Messi among the 300 guests in attendance at Camp Nou.

Serie A side Napoli still interested in Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo - SPORT
There is a big chance that Junior Firpo leaves FC Barcelona at the end of the season. The left-back is not in Ronald Koeman's plans and the club are looking for a replacement. At the same time, they're looking for a club willing to sign the former Real Betis defender.