FC Barcelona News: 22 May 2012; New Barça Kit Unveiled, Copa del Rey Final Preparations Continue

Blurred stripes on new first team shirt | FC Barcelona

The kit is made of recycled polyester, a latest generation material that has been hailed as the most ecological garment that Nike has ever produced. Each set of shirt and shorts has been made using as many as thirteen recycled water bottles, a process that reduces energy consumption by 30% in comparison with traditionally produced polyester.

Lionel Messi confirmed as European Golden Shoe winner - Goal.com
Lionel Messi has been confirmed as the winner of the European Golden Shoe award for the continent's top scorer. The mercurial Argentine scored an insurmountable 50 goals in Barcelona's La Liga campaign, finishing the season four goals ahead of the runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barça resume preparations for the Copa del Rey Final | FC Barcelona
The available first-team players, including Pinto and Alexis, both of whom still do not have medical clearance to play, participated in the training session. The Barça B players Montoya, Bartra, Tello and Dos Santos joined their first-team colleagues as well. Pep Guardiola will not be able use Alves, Puyol, Villa, Fontàs and Abidal in the final.

Cesc: "We're ready for the final" | FC Barcelona
Cesc Fàbregas, who will play in his first Copa del Rey final, is counting down the hours to when the referee signals the start of the match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club on May 25 at 22:00. His team-mates have already told him about what kind of atmosphere he should expect in the Cup final, "sometimes it’s better than a Champions League game, and that’s why I’m eager to experience it."

21 of Barça’s Champions League rivals already known | FC Barcelona
With this year’s Champions League and the majority of the domestic European leagues, Twenty-two of the thirty two teams in the Group stages have already been decided, with a further ten to come through the qualifying rounds.

Giovinco has received an offer from Barcelona, says agent - Goal.com
The 25-year-old, who is co-owned by Juventus, is widely expected to leave the Gialloblu in the summer after impressing for the Ennio Tardini outfit during the course of the season. Giovinco's agent says that Barcelona are just one of the sides who have sent offers to his client, but insisted that the player's future will only be decided after Euro 2012.

Barça and Òscar Garcia have reached a mutual agreement to terminate their contract | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has announced that the club has reached an agreement with Òscar García, coach of the Juvenil A team, to end the contract binding the two parties. The club has thereby attended to the request of Òscar García, who wished to terminate his contact in order to focus on a new professional project.

Nuri Sahin determined to prove worth at Real Madrid - ESPN Soccernet
Sahin, 23, joined Madrid from Borussia Dortmund last summer but has been tipped to leave the Bernabeu this summer, with Galatasaray reportedly keen to sign him. However, the Turkey midfielder remains determined to prove himself in Spain and has ruled out a move to his homeland.

Sevilla seeking six new signings for next season - Goal.com
Sevilla coach Michel is hoping that Bryan Rabello will be one of six new arrivals at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this summer. The Chilean teenager, who is currently plying his trade with Colo-Colo, has been heavily linked with the Rojiblancos and, according to Marca, his transfer is effectively a done deal.

European Team of the Season | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Sport UK
It is rare for an established international player to undergo a significant positional change at the age of 27, but that is what has happened to Mascherano, who has transformed himself from a tenacious holding player into one of the classiest centre-backs in the game. With Carles Puyol frequently injured and Gerard Pique dogged by irregular form, it was left to Mascherano to marshal the Barcelona defence.

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