In a goalless yet entertaining game, Brazil were held to a draw in their second 2014 World Cup game against the always difficult Mexico. Both teams failed to capitalize on their chances throughout the 90 minutes. The result keeps Brazil on top of Group A with four points, with Mexico on their tail with four points as well. FC Barcelona’s Neymar Jr. and Dani Alves played the entire game. Continue reading for more details.
Finally some good news regarding the legal predicaments surrounding FC Barcelona and its footballers. The judge presiding over Jorge and Lionel Messi’s tax evasion case in Gavà declared yesterday that Lionel himself will not be held responsible regardless of what the final decision of the court is. The judge asserted that Leo was “unaware and on the margin of the financial and business structure that his financial advisers had created to manage his income and obligatory fiscal payments“. The conclusion is certainly welcomed but not surprising as Jorge Messi himself told the court from the start Leo was uninvolved in this aspect of his life, and those familiar with Messi personally also knew that Leo do not enjoy being involved in these matters.
The case however continues and Jorge Messi is not off the hook. There is also an ongoing case in Argentina where the Messi family are taking legal against their former financial adviser.
The annual Joan Gamper Trophy match is set for August 18th against Mexican club Léon de Guanjuato. Léon is the club of former Barça man Rafa Márquez, who just captained Mexico for record setting fourth consecutive World Cup. Mexico follow the non-straightforward league format familiar in South America, so Léon are the reigning champions of Mexcio’s 2014 closing championship and 2013′s opening championship.
The evening will additionally be utilized to stage testimonials for Carles Puyol and Víctor Valdés.
FC Barcelona (FCB) held a press conference today to announce some changes to the board of directors. First and foremost, Eduard Coll, the director of the handball team as well as vice president of the FCB Foundation, has resigned from the Barcelona board. Catalan daily SPORT report that this is due to disagreements with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Also, Pilar Guinovart, until recently the director of the Social Area, has stepped down, although she will still remain an employee of the club in other capacities. Taking over her responsibilities is Pau Vilanova, who was named as the new social director back in May, but has now officially been introduced as a member of the Barcelona board.
Cesc Fàbregas cleared up the details of his departure during an interview with Cadena Cope program El Partido de los 12. He stated that the decision to leave the club was his, not the club’s as was widely believed. “No, they did not kick me out. I asked to leave the club. The president (Josep Maria Bartomeu) tried to block me leaving, but I made the decision very thoughtfully.” More after the jump.
All of Barcelona’s stars playing with their national teams in Brazil have now debuted at the World Cup, and some of them have even managed to stand out with some impressive performances. Neymar Jr. with Brazil, Alexis Sánchez with Chile, and Leo Messi with Argentina have all managed to collect the MVP award for their countries’ respective openers in the competition. Read more…
For the fourth season in succession FC Barcelona’s first team and B team are awarded the Spanish Football Federation’s Fair Play Award. Barça finished with 79 fair play points, ahead of Real Sociedad (83) and Athletic Bilbao (85) next.
This is Barcelona’s sixth Fair Play crowning, with the 2005/6 and 2008/09 complementing the previous four seasons. Barça B now claim this recognition for the fifth time: 1998/99, 2010/11 under Luis Enrique and then 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14.
FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have finally reached an agreement over the transfer of Ivan Rakitić to FC Barcelona. The 26-year old signed a five-year contract while Barça B’s star midfielder, Denis Suárez, will join the Andalusian club for the next two years on loan. Rakitić led Sevilla to European glory this season after defeating SL Benfica in the Europa League final and is also currently playing with Croatia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He featured in 29 league games with Sevilla this season in which he scored 12 goals and assisted 10.
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Barcelona’s Juvenil A side will need to stage a comeback in next week’s rematch at the Miniestadi in order to book a ticket for the Copa Del Rey Juvenil final in Cartagena, as they were defeated 3-1 by Sevilla in the semi-finals first leg.
The match at the Ciudad Deportiva del Sevilla started very well for the team led by Jordi Vinyals, with the Blaugranas creating and missing some good chances to take the lead. However, as time went on, Sevilla grew into the match, and also had chances to take the lead, mainly through dead ball situations, which were proving quite dangerous. Nonetheless, halftime saw the teams draw a blank, after a well-disputed first half played under the intense summer heat of Andalucía. More after the jump.
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