Barça celebrate title against Depor and bid farewell to Xavi

Xavi Camp Nou 2015Champions Barça play the final game of La Liga 2014/15 when Deportivo de La Coruña visit Camp Nou tomorrow evening (Saturday 6.30 pm). With the title won there will be a party atmosphere to the occasion and after the match the league trophy will be presented. There will also be the chance for Camp Nou to pay homage to Xavi Hernández who yesterday confirmed he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Continue reading

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Legend Xavi to leave Barça

xavi 3According to RAC 1 Xavi Hernández will leave Barça at the end of the season to take an offer to play in Qatar. The story claims that Xavi made the decision a few weeks ago and now that the league has been won there will be a press conference announced for Thursday where Xavi will officially announce the news. The plan is for the club to pay homage to Xavi’s career before Saturday’s home match with Deportivo de La Coruña.

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Messi goal seals La Liga for Barça

Atletico 0-1 Barça Messi celebrates goal 2015Barça won La Liga 2014/15 tonight after Leo Messi’s 65th minute goal was enough to beat Atlético Madrid 0-1 at the Calderón. real Madrid’s 1-4 victory at Espanyol counted for nothing as Barça’s win takes the new Champions to 93 points, four clear of Madrid with just one more game to play. It is Barça’s 23rd league title and a splendid season can get even better if Barça can go on to win the finals of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Continue reading

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Suárez fit as Barça look to clinch La Liga at the Calderón

Atlético 2-3 Barça 2015Barça take on Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón tomorrow (Sunday 7 pm) hoping to sew up La Liga 2014/15 with a week to spare. A win will confirm Barça’s 23rd Spanish league title while the celebrations will also begin if Real Madrid lose at Espanyol (kick-off at the same time) or if both Barça and Madrid draw their games . If it doesn’t happen tomorrow Barça still have a home game against Deportivo next Saturday to complete the job, making the situation so much in Barça’s favour that many bookmakers are no longer taking bets on the title winner (you’ll get 1/100 at best). Continue reading

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Juve or Madrid?

Champions League Final Berlin 2015Barça’s season is reaching a thrilling climax. La Liga will be ours if we can take three points from the remaining two league games against Atlético and Depor, and then we can enjoy the Copa del Rey Final against Athletic Club followed by the Champions League Final on June 6. Tonight we will know our opponent in Berlin when Real Madrid attempt to overturn Juventus’s 2-1 first leg advantage at the Bernabéu. Continue reading

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Neymar double puts Barça in final

Bayern Barça Neymar celebrates goal 2015Barça reached the Champions League Final tonight after completing a 5-3 aggregate win over Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. Bayern threatened to overturn Barça’s 3-0 advantage from the first leg especially when Mehdi Benatia headed in from a seventh minute corner. However, Barça hit back on the counter with two goals from Neymar Jr which left the Germans needing five goals to go through. A strong second half from the home side had Luis Enrique’s men on the back foot and goals from Lewandowski and Muller gave brief hope to Bayern’s fans. Despite some nervous moments, Barça held on till the end to book a place in Berlin on June 6. Continue reading

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Champions League semi-final second leg preview: Bayern Munich vs Barça

Barça 3-0 Bayern Munich 2015Following the 3-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in last Wednesday’s first leg, Barça are firm favourites to reach the Champions League Final in Berlin on June 6. However, 90 minutes remain in tomorrow’s second leg at the Allianz Arena (Tuesday 8.45 pm) and Bayern’s big wins over Shakhtar in the last 16 (7-0) and Porto in the quarter-finals (6-1) demonstrate the the Bavarians’ strength on their home turf. Luis Enrique has named all 23 first team players plus Samper, Munir and Sandro from Barça B for the game and the group travelled to Munich at lunchtime today. The Barça coach and Javier Mascherano will give a press conference this afternoon and at 7 pm the players will train at the Allianz. Continue reading

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Pedro golazo seals Barça win as Madrid draw with Valencia

Barça 2-0 Real Sociedad Pedro overhead kick Golazo 2015Barça took a massive step towards the Spanish league title today with a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad which was immediately followed by Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Valencia at the Bernabéu. Barça needed to wait until the 51st minute before Neymar Jr scored his 50th blaugrana goal to break the deadlock and the three points were not sealed until Pedro’s brilliant overhead kick five minutes from the end. Barça now need just three points from the remaining two games away at Atlético and at home to Deportivo to be champions. Continue reading

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Real Sociedad next as strike threatens La Liga

Real Sociedad 1-0 Barça Suarez 2015Following Barça’s superb 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday night there is inevitable talk of a treble as bookmakers make Luis Enrique’s men odds-on favourites in all three competitions. It’s back to La Liga now where Barça maintain a two-point advantage over Real Madrid with three games remaining with Barça’s next test tomorrow when Real Sociedad visit Camp Nou (Saturday 6 pm). However, a possible players’ strike for the last two league games of the season and for the Copa del Rey final threatens to disrupt the season’s climax. Continue reading

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Barça stun Bayern with three late goals

Barça 3-0 Bayern 2015Pep Guardiola made two significant statements in his pre-match press conference before tonight’s Champions League semi-final between his ex-team Barça and his current team Bayern Munich. The first was that the game would not end without goals and the second was that it is impossible to stop Leo Messi. He was not wrong: but after 75 minutes and the score at 0-0 it appeared that perhaps Guardiola’s plan all along was to keep the game goalless. Then two goals from Messi in quick succession and an injury time goal from Neymar Jr earned Barça a very healthy 3-0 advantage to take to next Tuesday’s second leg at the Allianz Arena. Continue reading

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