Messi, Mascherano and Argentina go for Copa América semi-finals

Leo Messi trains with Argentina. / FACEBOOK, LEO MESSI
The Barça players face Colombia at 7.30pm ET after winning Group B

The Sausalito Stadium in the Chilean city of Viña del Mar will host the quarter-finals of the 2015 Copa América between Argentina and Colombia. Two FC Barcelona players in the competition, Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano, are looking to stamp their ticket for the semi-finals. The White and Sky Blue won Group B after beating Uruguay and Jamaica and drawing with Paraguay.

Both Messi and Mascherano have played every minute of the three games in the group stage. Messi scored a goal against Paraguay. The two players are the cornerstones Tata Martino’s squad and both will likely start against Colombia. A win will have them face the winner of the Brazil-Paraguay match.

One of the attractions of the match against Colombia is the encounter between Leo Messi and Jose Pekerman, the current coach of Colombia who, in 2006, as coach of Argentina, called the Barça striker to play in his first World Cup.

Of the four Barça players that are currently in the Copa América, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is already in the semi-finals after Chile beat Uruguay 1–0 in the first quarter-final match. Dani Alves and Brazil look to make the semi-finals when they face Paraguay on Saturday.

Games between Barça and Sevilla typically mean spectacle, intensity and goals

Messi was amazing in the 5-1 defeat of  Sevilla at the Camp Nou last season / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
The Catalans have won 16 of the last 25 encounters between the sides, the Andalusians have won four and there have been five draws with an average of 3.2 goals a game

FC Barcelona and Sevilla are about to play in the European Super Cup for the second time. In 2006, they were the respective winners of the Champions League and what was then known as the UEFA Cup (now the Europa League). The venue that year was Monaco while this time they are off to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on August 11. Members can apply for tickets for that match on Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 1 July 1.

More than three goals a game

From the day Sevilla won the Super Cup 3-0 in August 2006 to the present, the two sides have met 25 times (18 of those games were in La Liga, 4 in the Spanish Cup and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup). Barça have won 16 of those meetings, there have been five draws and Sevilla have been victorious four times. Barça have out-scored the Andalusians 55-26 in those games, which have produced a healthy average of 3.2 goals a match.

Only two of these games between Barça and Sevilla have ended scoreless (a cup game in 2007/08 and a Liga game in 2011/12). One of the most memorable encounters for Barça fans was the Spanish Super Cup of 2011, when the Catalans were beaten 3-1 in Andalusia but turned things around with a 4-0 win in the second leg at the Camp Nou.  

Eleven games unbeaten

The Camp Nou was also witness to a 5-0 win for Barça in 2011 and a 5-1 last season led by an outstanding Messi. The Sánchez Pizjuán, meanwhile, has never been an easy place to go. Barça’s 3-2 win in the Seville stadium in 2010 was especially dramatic, as was the 2-2 draw in the season that just ended. However, Barça will be going to Georgia knowing that they have not lost to their opponents in any of the last eleven games between the sides.

Jordi Alba hoping to hang up his boots at FC Barcelona

Jordi Alba is attending a football clinic in the north of Japan / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The full back is attending a football clinic in Japan, where he’ll be returning for the Club World Cup

Jordi Alba, who arrived in Japan on June 24 to attend a football clinic, has spoken to the local media. When asked about the extension of his Barça contract to 2020, he confessed that although he is only 26, he’s hoping to see out his career at the club. “I want to play for Barcelona for many, many years” he said. “When I was young, I had to leave, but I finally came back to where I wanted to be. I have learned a lot in these three years and we have won several titles. You never know what the future has in store, but if possible I’d like to hang up my boots at Barcelona”.

Alba will be back in Japan for the Club World Cup later this year. “They say there are a lot of Barça fans in Japan” he commented. “More than a personal display, I’d like it to be a collective display from Barça and for us to get a good result in the tournament”.

He also discussed Neymar Jr’s suspension at the Copa America, saying that “I know him very well. He’s a relaxed lad, a hard worker and a good person. The suspension seemed a bit excessive to me”.

Jordi Alba is giving a football clinic in the north of Japan from June 26 to 28, which involves 360 children including 30 from the area affected by the earthquake of 2011.

Agreement with Everton FC for transfer of Gerard Deulofeu

Deulofeu spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Sevilla. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The contract includes a release clause if Barcelona make an offer to Everton meeting certain requirements

FC Barcelona and Everton FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Gerard Deulofeu.

The contract includes a release clause if Barcelona make an offer to Everton meeting certain requirements. FC Barcelona also have a right of first refusal if Everton decide to sell the Player.

FC Barcelona’s Management Commission approved the transfer after receiving a positive report from the Club’s Technical Committee.

Luis Suárez in pictures: the best images of the FC Barcelona striker from the 2014/15 season

Luis Suárez celebrates a goal against Valencia. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Take a look at the best photos of the Uruguayan forward in his first season with Barça

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