FC Barcelona News: 25 April 2013; Friendly Game in China Cancelled, Real Madrid Humbled in Dortmund

Alex Grimm

Players determined to bounce back | FC Barcelona
Speaking in the mixed zone of the Allianz Arena, Xavi Hernández admitted: "We’re upset. The score line was a bit excessive, but they were better. They have to be congratulated because they were superior, especially physically". This analysis is shared by his teammates, such as Dani Alves: "We have to take our hats off to Bayern for their performance".

FC Barcelona history at Athletic's San Mamés | FC Barcelona
The legendary stadium San Mamés, inaugurated on August 21 of 1913, will be torn down this summer to make way for Athletic Club’s new stadium. This Saturday Athletic and Barça will play for one last time at La Catedral and thus the storied history between the two sides at the San Mamés will come to an end.

Barça to close tour of Asia with matches in Thailand and Malaysia | FC Barcelona
Finally, the friendly planned for Shanghai on 4th August will not take place. The Club, together with the promoter, has decided not to go ahead with the game after coming to the conclusion that it could not be played in perfect conditions. FC Barcelona hopes to arrange another match in China in the future in order to maintain contact with our Chinese fans, which remains a priority for the Club.

Lewandowski stars as Borussia Dortmund beat Real Madrid in Champions League semi | Sky Sports Football
Polish hit-man Lewandowski became the first player in Champions League history to score four goals against Real to leave Dortmund well-placed to reach next month's final and set up the possibility of an all-German final with Bayern Munich. Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed what could prove to be a crucial away goal for Real, but Lewandowski was the hero for Dortmund with a stunning individual performance.

Atletico Madrid complete signing of teenage defender Jose Maria Gimenez | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign teenage defender Jose María Gimenez from Uruguayan club Danubio. The 18-year-old centre-back passed his medical with Atletico on Wednesday before signing a five-year contact with the Spanish club, the Rojiblancos announced on their official website.

Atletico striker Costa cleared to face Real in Madrid derby - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Brazil international had picked up a fifth booking, which triggers an automatic one-game suspension, in Atletico's 1-0 victory at Sevilla on Sunday. Costa, with seven goals in La Liga, is likely to return to partner leading scorer Radamel Falcao at the Calderon, as third-placed Atletico look to overhaul their neighbours in the standings.

Chelsea in pole position for Falcao | Football Espana
Chelsea are in pole position to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, reports in England have suggested today. The Daily Mail have claimed that owner Roman Abramovich has given the go-ahead for a €50m bid for the Colombian striker, and will offer the forward £200,000 a week.

Costa to take Valencia pay-cut - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Superdeporte understand that the 31-year-old’s agent reached an agreement with sporting director Braulio Vazquez over a week ago and, upon waiting three days for clearance from majority shareholders Fundacio VCF’s Vice-President Aurelio Martinez, it will be made official later this week.

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