FC Barcelona News: 20 May 2013; Barça Celebrate Title With Win, Victor Valdes Reaches Milestone

David Ramos

FC Barcelona - Valladolid: No easing up from the Champions (2-1) | FC Barcelona
The game was a tester physically, played in the pouring rain, and mentally with the title already won, but Barça did the job and took a two goal lead into the break – thanks to a Pedro strike and an own goal from Marc Valiente. Valladolid managed to pull a goal back from the penalty spot late on but nothing was going to stop Barça from celebrating the title in front of the Camp Nou faithful with a win.

Jordi Roura: "We've had to overcome many difficulties to win this league title" | FC Barcelona
"To start, I want to thank the people who came out this Sunday, it was a terrible day, but they came and they endured until the end. Throughout the year the fans have been with us. Thank you for cheering us on." Those were the first words out of Jordi Roura’s mouth in the post-match press conference after tonight’s match against Valladolid.

Barcelona celebrate La Liga success but health worries cast doubt over Vilanova future - Goal.com
Press speculation in Spain on Sunday suggested Barca may look for a coach to take over for next season if the oncologic cancer immunotherapy treatment does not prove successful, but sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta refuted claims that the Catalan club may replace their coach.

Víctor Valdés enters the 500 club | FC Barcelona
Víctor Valdés took his place among a select group of FC Barcelona players this Sunday as he completed his 500th match in the Blaugrana strip. Up until today, only Xavi, Puyol and Migueli had accomplished this feat.

Tito Vilanova: "Here you have it!" | FC Barcelona
The rain that soaked pitch during the match between FC Barcelona and Valladolid was quickly forgotten when the league champions trotted out onto the pitch after the match. It was time to celebrate the well earned title after a season marked by many difficulties. "It’s a real joy and pleasure to offer you this Liga.

Javier Mascherano: "We should to be satisfied with La Liga" | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano returned to FC Barcelona’s starting line-up after he picked up a knee injury which effectively kept him off the pitch for six weeks. "The truth is that these past six weeks have been very hard for me, it’s always difficult and tough when you get injured, especially when the team is in such a crucial stretch of the season," said the Argentinian.

Scolari: Neymar will be a Barcelona idol - Soccerway
"He is an example to follow as a sportsman," Scolari told Canal+. "I have spoken to Sandro Rosell about how he behaves on the training pitch and about his personality. And he really is an example to follow. "Barcelona are clearly leading the race for his signature. He would be a great signing for Barcelona.

21 years ago... FC Barcelona wins its First European Cup with a Legendary Goal at Wembley | FC Barcelona
The course of FC Barcelona’s history changed forever on May 20 of 1992. Johan Cruyff’s last instruction to his players before they stepped onto the pitch was: "Go out and enjoy it". The match went to extra time after a scoreless draw. In the 111th minute, Ronald Koeman’s brilliant free kick clinched Barça’s first European Cup victory.

Leo Baptistao to Atleti imminent | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano are reportedly on the verge of confirming Leo Baptistao’s transfer to the Vicente Calderon. Speculation as been ongoing since the turn of the year that the two Madrid sides had reached an agreement for a summer move for the player, priced at around the €6m mark.

Decision on Campbell future this week - ESPN FC
"In the coming days, Arsenal will make a decision about this," Batica said. "Joel is very happy at Betis but, at the same time, all options are open - staying in Seville, returning to London, or another loan to a European team. The argument with most weight will be how much time he gets to play, with regular games so that Joel can keep progressing."

Rayo survive Levante fightback | Sky Sports Football
Top scorer Piti gave Paco Jemez's side a first-half lead which was cancelled out by Robert Acquafresca but then quickly restored by Franco Vazquez. Piti struck again, this time from the penalty spot, to increase Rayo's advantage but Vicente Iborra set up an exciting finish to the game by scoring with four minutes remaining.

Depor survival ambitions alive | Sky Sports Football
Deportivo La Coruna kept their ambitions of surviving in the Primera Division alive with a tense victory over Espanyol at Riazor. The Galicians took the lead through a wonderful goal by Bruno Gama five minutes into the second half, with Nelson Oliveira making sure of the points with his fine lob in stoppage time.

Narrow win for Bilbao | Sky Sports Football
Helder Postiga headed Zaragoza into the lead after 14 minutes but an equaliser from Fernando Llorente on 80 minutes and then a stoppage-time winner from Ibai Gomez condemned them to defeat. Zaragoza now occupy the final relegation spot and are one point behind Deportivo La Coruna, their main rivals to avoid the drop who beat Espanyol.

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