FC Barcelona News: 19 May 2013; Tito Vilanova To Return To New York, Mascherano and Valdes Given Green Light

Jasper Juinen

Vilanova in New York from Monday to Friday | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova has confirmed at a press conference that he will have further treatment for cancer next week in New York. The pioneering treatment has been developed at a specialised centre and is proving particularly effective.

Tito Vilanova: "We owe it to our fans, we have to finish strong" | FC Barcelona
"We have 91 points, and we know we have the chance to reach 100 points. We’ll try to win our remaining three matches. The more goals we score, the better. We can’t stop competing, that’s the only thing I wouldn’t like. We owe our fans and we have to finish the season in strong fashion," said Vilanova.

Green light for Mascherano and Valdés | FC Barcelona
Both Mascherano and Valdés were given the green light to return to competitive play after today’s session. It’s worth noting that the Argentinian tore his MCL during the PSG-Barça play off on April 2nd, while the keeper was recovering from plantar fasciitis. Both players trained with the team.

Valladolid to kick off league celebration | FC Barcelona
After the parade on Monday, the Camp Nou will host the second part of the league title celebration. Curiously, Barça were crowned champions of the Spanish league when they hosted Valladolid at the Camp Nou three years ago.

Leaders from start to finish for the second time | FC Barcelona
For only the second time in history, FC Barcelona has topped the league table for all 38 rounds of the championship. From beginning to end. Barça seized first place in the opening match of the season thanks to 5-1 win against Real Sociedad, with goal difference separating them from the other sides that won their matches.

Spotlight on Real Valladolid | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona arrived in Valladolid on December 22nd of 2012 for the last match of the calendar year. The game against the Pucela ended in a 1-3 for the Blaugrana thanks to a first half strike from Xavi (min 42) and goals from Messi and Tello after the break.

Atlético Madrid the opponent in the Spanish Super | FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid will play FC Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. Atlético beat Real Madrid 2-1 on Friday evening in the Spanish Cup Final to qualify for the Spanish Super Cup for the first time since 1996. They needed extra time to win the Cup for the first time in 17 years.

Transfer news: Santos reveal opening bid from Barcelona for Neymar | Sky Sports
"There is no agreement for Neymar, there are talks, I met [Barcelona's president Sandro] Rosell and [Barcelona's sporting director] Raul Sanllehi last week," he told Radio A Xarxa. "We had a very frank conversation. Talks need to continue because the offer was not good enough."

Barça B - Alcorcón: The two points slip away in the 92nd minute (1-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça B once again saw how the two points slipped away from their grasp in the final minute of a match. Despite putting in a very solid performance in the first half, which included a goal from Sergi Gómez, the Blaugrana conceded a goal to Alcorcón in the second.

Atlético end 14-year Madrid curse with a Copa Del Rey win for the ages | Sid Lowe | guardian.co.uk
Cibeles was all dressed up with nowhere to go. Friday night in Madrid and the goddess of victory had been getting ready for weeks. Those council workers had long been and gone, circling her with barriers three deep and leaving her gleaming. Now she only needed to wait, resplendent atop her chariot. Soon they would come, and in their thousands, just as they do every time Real Madrid win a trophy.

Mourinho has 'badly damaged' Real Madrid's image, claims Juan Carlos - Goal.com
"With Mourinho's tenure, in terms of his performance as a coach, we have to look at hard numbers," the 48-year-old Spaniard stressed. "And if we do that then the balance has not been good. But then again, in terms of other aspects, the balance has been far worse.

Real Sociedad stay on course for Champions League - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
San Sebastian-based Sociedad and Valencia, who won 1-0 at Getafe in the earlier kickoff, are tied on 62 points with two matches left, with the Basques ahead in the standings thanks to a superior head-to-head record. Sixth-placed Malaga's hopes of returning to Europe's elite club competition are over as they are now eight points behind Sociedad and Valencia.

Crucial win for Granada | Sky Sports Football
Granada edged the encounter in every department but the lead given to them by Youssef El Arabi's 23rd-minute goal was being increasingly tested until the decisive incident in the 79th minute, when Fernando Nano felled Yacine Brahimi in the penalty area. Nano saw red and Guilherme Siqueira's cheeky dinked penalty wrapped up three vital points, before Diego Buonanotte added an exclamation mark late on.

Elche back in top flight after 24-year absence - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Alicante-based Elche, who play in green and white, last featured in La Liga in the 1988-89 season and spent seven terms in the third tier in the 1990s. Their golden period came in the 1960s under coach Heriberto Herrera and they finished fifth in the first division in 1963-64 behind Real Madrid, Barcelona, Real Betis and Real Zaragoza.

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