FC Barcelona News: 24 May 2012; One Day Until Copa del Rey Final, Barça Win La Liga Fair Play Award

Let's just hope the Final won't be as wet as the game at San Mames was.

Abidal: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart" | FC Barcelona
[Abidal] used his official Facebook page to thank everyone for all the messages of support that both he and his cousin received whilst he was hospitalised. Abidal has special words of thanks for "all the staff at the Hospital Clinic" as well as the fellow patients he met while he was in hospital, who he told: "I wish all of you and your families the courage you need".

Last session at the Ciutat Esportiva ahead of Cup Final | FC Barcelona
Guardiola again used the four B team players - Montoya, Bartra, Dos Santos and Tello – as he has done all week , but also brought in two Youth A players, defenders Sergio Ayala and Brian Olivan to augment his available first team squad.

Iniesta: "Athletic Club will push us hard" | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta made it clear that the squad is determined to "make one final effort" in this Friday’s Cup Final in order to finish the season and "round it off with a smile". Iniesta warned though, that Athletic Club are a quality team all over the pitch.

Zubizarreta: "We’re really excited about the Cup" | FC Barcelona
Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta spoke to Barça TV about the upcoming clash with Athletic Club. In an interview with Sandra Sarmiento, the Basque Country born former goalkeeper spoke about the last Cup Final between the two clubs, Athletic Club manager Bielsa, the relations between the two clubs, Abidal’s progress and Guardiola’s farewell.

FC Barcelona win second consecutive Fair Play Award | FC Barcelona
The Fair Play Award, a distinction that the Spanish Football Federation bestows on the cleanest Primera División club in La Liga, has been awarded to FC Barcelona. This year, however, Guardiola’s men share the recognition with Málaga. The Federation evaluates La Liga teams on a point system: three points for a direct red card, two points for two yellow cards and one point for a yellow card.

Guadalajara - Barça B: History repeats itself (2-0) | FC Barcelona
Barça B were once again made to pay for their slow start. Just like on Sunday away to Numancia, the team led by Eusebio Sacristán quickly trailed by 2-0 to Guadalajara. The early goals from Iván Moreno and Jonan condemned Barça B who, despite dominating from the 20th minute onward, never gave the sensation of being able to overturn the adverse result.

Mourinho vows Madrid dominance - Yahoo! Eurosport
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes his team have played the best football in the world this year - and says they will only get better. The Spanish champions on Tuesday announced they had agreed a contract extension that will tie Mourinho, who signed an initial four-year deal when he joined the club in 2010, to the Bernabeu until June 2016.

La Liga's Bosman list - Albelda, Maresca, Palop & all the players available for free in Spain this summer - Goal.com
But while champions Real Madrid and runners-up Barcelona are set to spend big this summer, Spain's financial crisis means other sides will be operating on a shoestring in the transfer market. The good news, though, is that there are plenty of bargains to be had as every club in La Liga, bar the top two, will be releasing players for free this summer.

From Champions League challengers to Spain's second tier - the crippling cost of Villarreal's fall from grace - Goal.com
"You learn from your biggest failures - it makes you stronger. It's going to be a very difficult year but we must fight to return," [Roig] remarked, adding: "We have reduced our budget in previous years and we have to do it drastically this time. It is a restructuring that we had to look at and now we will have to enforce."

Dos Santos move falls through | Sky Sports
"We were very advanced in terms of agreeing for Giovani to play for Villarreal, but that has all collapsed now because they have been relegated," Montes was quoted as saying on the website of Mexican radio station Grupo Formula. "Villarreal being relegated has affected everything - the transfer, the wages. It would have been different had they stayed in the Primera Division."

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