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Rakitic won the Europa League with Sevilla last season. PHOTO: Sevilla FC

The signing of Rakitic, the winning basket by Marcelinho Huertas, women's football winning the Queens Cup, and Pablo Alvarez’s contract renewal, are some of the most important news items surrounding FC Barcelona over the last seven days.


Rakitic, new Barça player: On Monday, FC Barcelona announced the signing of the Croatian player, Ivan Rakitic for the next 5 seasons. As part of the deal Barça B player Denis Suarez went on loan to Seville for the next 2 seasons.


Final of the Liga Endesa pretty even: Barça struck first in the series, winning the first match away at Real Madrid, but Madrid tied the series by winning the second match, also in Madrid.  

               


Ignacio Mestre, new general manager: On Monday the Club announced the incorporation of Ignasi Mestre onto the executive structure of FC Barcelona. Also, on Wednesday Emili Sabadell was named director of the first team.


Preseason is taking shape:  During the week the Club announced that the first team will play the Gamper against Club León, and akso the dates of two more friendlies. The Colombino Trophy will kick-off the new preseason and the team will travel to Geneva to play Rafa Benitez’s Naples team.


Inauguration of the Women’s football section in the  museum: On Tuesday a new section of the FC Barcelona Museum was inaugurated, dedicated to the Women’s football section, which dates back to 1970.


Brazil could only draw and Leo put Argentina through: Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa stopped everything the Brazilians threw at him, particularly Neymar who tried so many times to beat him. Brazil need to ensure their qualification for the last 16 in their final group match. Leo Messi scored the only goal, in time added on, which put Argentina through to the last 16.


Spain and Cameroon eliminated; Chile go through: Alexis Sánchez’ Chile beat Spain 2-0, a defeat that meant goodbye to the World Cup Finals. Cameroon were also eliminated, losing to Ivan Rakitic’s Croatian team in the second match of the group phase.


Institutional meeting between Bartomeu and UNICEF: On Wednesday, FC Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, met with Unicef Director, Gérard Bocquenet.

              


Pablo Álvarez contract renewal: This Saturday the contract renewal of Argentine forward for FC Barcelona roller-hockey was officially announced, until 2017.


Womens cup winners: Xavi Llorens’ girls beat Athletic Bilbao, in a penalty shoot-out, in the Final, in Ceuta, winning their fourth Queen’s Cup for FC Barcelona.

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