FC Barcelona News: 21 May 2013; Barça's Next Season Kits Revealed, Jose Mourinho To Leave Real Madrid

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Barca offer up ‘Homage to Catalonia’ with new kits | World of Sport - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
La Blaugrana will maintain blue and red colouring for the home jersey, as well as switching back for next season to a regular and more traditional striped pattern, with a yellow V-shaped collar marked out. The shorts and socks are blue, with the socks including yellow detailing. The away style, as reported as far back as last September, adopts the colours and design of the Senyera, the flag that represents four of Spain’s autonomous communities.

The highlights of the league title celebrations | FC Barcelona
On Sunday, FC Barcelona received the 22nd league championship trophy in a celebration held in the Camp Nou after the final whistle of the match against Valladolid. The stadium was a fitting backdrop to the party to celebrate the success.

Three points away from best home record | FC Barcelona
After the win against Valladolid, Barça have accumulated 17 victories and 1 draw in 18 league games in the Camp Nou. If they beat Málaga in the last game, they will have equalled the Club’s record of points in a 20-team First Division set in the 2009/10 season.

Four training sessions and a derby | FC Barcelona
With just two league matches left, the players can face the last lap of the season with the league title already in the bag. However, the work continues with four training sessions this week and a derby game on Sunday in the Cornellà-El Prat stadium (kick-off 8 pm).

Azulgrana RoundUp, Week 31 - Messi: "I'm only focused on staying at FC Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi sat down with Televisión Azteca’s Inés Sainz last week to give his take on FC Barcelona’s 2012/13 season. "I was very happy to win La Liga," starts Messi, "the Spanish league is a very important competition because of the rivals we had to go up against, like Real Madrid; they are one of the best teams in the world."

Piqué: "I give our season a high mark" | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué has taken a look back over the season for Barça TV. The defender was interviewed for ‘El Marcador’ following the win against Valladolid and the celebration of the league title with the fans. "The fans were looking forward to enjoying the league with us and once again they proved it by coming on a difficult day".

Barcelona's Muniesa faces uncertain future - Goal.com
"The fact is that I know nothing," the 21-year-old told Marca. "I would like to stay, I have always said that. "But here they haven't told me anything. I live in hope. If I am not here, I'll play somewhere else, but my future is uncertain.

Mourinho's act at Real had worn beyond thin - ESPN FC
His unnecessary inability to avoid feuding with Iker Casillas will forever remain an unsightly scar on Jose Mourinho's reign at Real Madrid which, perhaps, awards ultimate victory in the battle of wills between two Iberian footballing powerhouses to Casillas in that Mourinho's failure and departure were announced on the Madrid captain's 32nd birthday.

In Mourinho's departure, both sides can shoulder the blame - Sid Lowe - SI.com
Pérez called the conversations with Mourinho "frank," but his tone was conciliatory. He said they had talked about the things they could improve, which was an odd thing to say: after all, they won't be improving anything together. "We decided it was best to end the relationship," Pérez said.

'The Special End' for Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Marca's cover said [in English] 'The Special End', while AS' headline read 'Lots of noise, but few nuts' - a Spanish version of 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Diego Torres of El Pais, who often has an 'inside-line' to the Bernabeu dressing-room, wrote that "Of all the coaches who have been awarded three years to work at Madrid, Mourinho has the worst results in terms of trophies won."

Love over money – why Mourinho had to leave Real Madrid | Early Doors - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
And it was a job well done, initially. Mourinho put Raul and Guti in their places, restored a winning mentality to a squad who had coasted for too long, and brought back the Liga title in record-breaking fashion. European performances improved, although without full conquest, and it seemed the club were on track to usurp or at least match Barca.

Atletico give green light for Falcao exit - Goal.com
Atletico Madrid general manager Miguel Angel Gil Marin has stated that any decisions attacker Radamel Falcao will make regarding his future will be backed by the club - even if it means allowing him to leave. The Colombia star has scored on 28 occasions during his 33 appearances this season, heavily contributing to Atleti's third-place finish as well as securing the Copa del Rey trophy.

Mallorca keep their hopes alive | Sky Sports Football
Mallorca moved to within three points of safety courtesy of tonight's win with two matches remaining although fellow battlers Real Zaragoza have a better head-to-head record between the two sides this season. It thus looks grim for Mallorca.

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