FC Barcelona News: 8 June 2012; Jordi Alba Talks Postponed, Carles Planas Extends Contract

Happy 28th birthday Javier!

Valencia president postpones Alba talks with Barcelona - Goal.com
According to El Economista, the Che supremo was supposed to sit down with Blaugrana sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta and vice-president Josep Mario Bartomeu at a Catalan restaurant on Thursday evening. However, the venue of the sit-down was leaked to the press and Llorente, perturbed by the heavy media presence, decided to propose a rain check.

Messi beats his personal record for matches played | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has made sixty-eight appearances and scored a record-breaking 73 goals. This Saturday he is set to establish a new personal record of 69 matches played if he takes part in the friendly between Argentina and Brazil in New York.

20 years since winning the 1992 league title | FC Barcelona
The legendary Barça Dream Team, managed by Johan Cruyff, started the season badly, with a number of unexpected setbacks that meant they trailed the league leaders, Real Madrid, by eight points by matchday 14. However, that Barça team was destined for glory and gradually reduced the gap on their great rivals, so much so that by the last day of the season the title was still undecided.

Leaders in statistics | FC Barcelona
Barça will remember the 2011/12 season as the year Leo Messi’s 50-goal haul won him the Pichichi Award and as the year that Víctor Valdés won his fifth Zamora Trophy. However, FC Barcelona also led in many other statistical La Liga categories, both on the individual and collective levels.

Planas extends contract through 2014 | FC Barcelona
The Barça B player Carles Planas has extended his contract with FC Barcelona through the 2013/14 season. The player’s buyout clause is set at 12 million euros while he’s a Barça B player and it will jump to 30 million euros if he’s promoted to the first team.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi downplays Jose Mourinho's achievements - ESPN Soccernet
"Mourinho will not go down in football history," he told Reserved Area on Canal+. "For me, Guardiola is the best and has been the best during the four years he spent in charge. "He has revolutionised football. Chelsea won the Champions League this year and yet Barca remain the benchmark for world football."

Mourinho leads Preciado tributes - Yahoo! Eurosport
In his letter, Real Madrid coach Mourinho said: "Manolo was always an honourable opponent, who I got to know well when he came to visit us in March. "He had everything that I like in a person and in sportsmen: character, openness and the courage to fight against blows. We have been left by a football figure and above all by a very special person. My memory of him will be heartfelt and permanent."

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