FC Barcelona News: 21 May 2012; Eric Abidal Released from Hospital, Valencia Deny Jordi Alba Deal

Anims Abidal!

Abidal discharged from hospital after 40 days - Goal.com
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will be discharged from hospital this Monday, 40 days after undergoing surgery, El Mundo Deportivo reports. The Frenchman underwent a liver transplant at the Hospital Barcaclinic on April 10 and had since been working on his recovery.

Eliminating Barça, synonymous with winning the title | FC Barcelona
With the King’s Cup Final on the horizon, Barça have won 13 out of 18 possible titles since the 2008/09 season. Of the five titles that the team didn’t win, the teams that eliminated the Catalans went on to win said titles. The last team to do it was Chelsea.

Lionel Messi edges out Cristiano Ronaldo to win Goal.com's Player of the Season award in La Liga - Goal.com
The wait is over. Last Monday Goal.com asked you to vote for the player you believed had been the best in La Liga during 2011-12. There were four candidates, two from title-winning Real Madrid, one from Barcelona and another from Atletico. They were Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Lionel Messi and Radamel Falcao. And the winner is ... Messi.

The experts in Guardiola finals | FC Barcelona
Considering that the Spanish Supercup is a two-legged affair, Barça have played 14 matches in 11 finals under Pep Guardiola, and have won 11 of them, with just one draw and two defeats. So the game at the Calderón will be the fifteenth final match in four years.

Xavi dismisses rumours of Barca rancour - Soccerway
Reports suggested that the relationship between the duo has turned sour ever since Guardiola announced he is stepping down at season's end, with Vilanova to be his replacement. But speaking ahead of Barca's Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, Xavi has stressed that there is no truth to the rumours.

FIFA.com - Pinto wants fitting finale for Guardiola
Pinto said: "It's hard to define, we don't like that he's leaving. The last match will be sad, we have to win to turn that sadness into joy so we can give him a happy send off. I hope it works out this way, we're motivated. We're all awaiting that moment."

Open letter from President Sandro Rosell to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Wembley Final | FC Barcelona
Today is a day worth remembering, it is a day that’s written in golden letters in our history. Today marks the 20-year anniversary of the Club’s first European Cup title won on May 20, 1992. That day marked the beginning of a journey that, in present day, has turned into the most glorious era in the Club’s nearly 113-year existence.

Valencia deny Alba sale | Sky Sports
Valencia have rejected speculation that a deal has already been agreed with Barcelona for the sale of Spain international Jordi Alba. The left-back has one more season left to run on his contract at the Mestalla and has been strongly linked with a return to Camp Nou this summer.

Palop making history at Seville | LFP
Palop was playing in his seventh campaign, reaching 276 games with Seville, and underlined his position as the goalkeeper with the second most games for Seville, bettered only by Busto, with 399 games.

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