FC Barcelona News: 30 April 2014; Dani Alves Rumored to Join Paris Saint-Germain, Luis Enrique Linked to Barça Manager Job

David Ramos

25 years since the Tito Vilanova and Josep Guardiola debuts in the first team | FC Barcelona
May 1st marks the 25th anniversary of the first team debut of Tito Vilanova and Pep Guardiola. CD Banyoles faced FC Barcelona in a game that was part of the events of the 75th anniversary of the Girona club and ended with a very special result: 2-6. This scoreline had not been repeated in the club's history, either in official matches or friendlies, until 20 years and a day later.

Monaco defender Eric Abidal pays tribute to former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova - ESPN FC
"I had to be here. This is an important day," Abidal said. "We loved him a lot, him and his family. FC Barcelona is a big family. We have shared many things over many years and if we lose one of our own then it’s normal that it affects a lot of people. I really had to be here."

Supporters Clubs, mourning Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
With the decease of Tito Vilanova on the afternoon of April 25th, the Barça family, and the world of sport in general, showed their grief. There were three days when football left its colours behind, to pay tribute to the man who was the FC Barcelona coach, winning the League of 100 points. Fans of all clubs went to the installations at the Camp Nou, to the area of condolences that the Club set up in the main stand. More than 50,000 people wanted to pay their last respects to the man from Bellcaire, in the Alt Emporda.

Five class goals, dedicated to Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
Joan González (Infant B), Carles Pérez (Youth B), Roger Martínez (Benjamin B), Javi Espinosa (Barça B) and Adri Arjona (Youth B) were the scorers. Arjona, who scored the best goal with a powerful shot from the edge of the area into the top corner, dedicated his goal to teammate Adrian, son of Tito Vilanova.

FC Barcelona supports Respect and says NO to racism | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona wishes to express its complete support and solidarity with our first team player Dani Alves, following the insults he was subject to from a section of the crowd at El Madrigal on Sunday during the game against Villarreal. FC Barcelona accepts that the perpetrators of these insults are in no way connected to Villarreal and we value very positively the support the club offered to our player.

Alves incident must generate anti-racism momentum by Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
I would never go so far as to say that the racist cretin who tried to humiliate Dani Alves on Sunday night has ended up doing something positive. However, there is the tantalizing thought that part of the punishment may be realizing that it was the offender's moronic behaviour which, finally, galvanized the football community into using their voice. Using their voice, pride, power and unity. What a force that could be.

Alves unites the world of sport against racism | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves reaction in eating the banana that was thrown from the Madrigal stands has travelled around the world. In the last few hours, this particular fruit has become a global symbol of the condemnation of racism. After Alves reaction, social networks were flooded with messages of support for the Brazilian, the most used hashtags being #somostodosmacacos, #weareallmonkeys o #totssommonos.

Banana-eating social media campaign was planned - ESPN FC
Alves did not know the banana would be thrown onto the pitch at Villarreal on Sunday, however, he and Neymar had decided that if an incident occurred, one of them would make sure to eat the fruit on camera. That moment could then be used to kick-start a social media campaign, with professional backing already in place to help ensure maximum impact.

Report: Villarreal supporter who threw banana at Dani Alves is arrested - ESPN FC
The Villarreal fan who threw a banana at Barcelona's Dani Alves last weekend was arrested on Tuesday evening, according to reports in Spain.

FC Barcelona’s Dani Alves Close to Signing For PSG
French newspaper L’Equipe claim that the Ligue 1 champions will table a bid for the Barcelona defender during the off-season, and are confident they can sign their man. The paper believes that the 30-year-old is ‘increasingly receptive to the idea of moving to Paris’.The 30-year-old has long been regarded as one of the best right-backs in European football, but has suffered a dip in form in what has been a disappointing season for Barcelona.

Former player to become new Barcelona manager - [football] direct news
Tata Martino’s days are said to be numbered after a disappointing end to his first season in charge after looking set to miss out on the Spanish league title, losing out in the Copa del Rey final and being eliminated from the Champions League. Barcelona were believed to be reviewing potential candidates and the one who has been chosen by Zubizarreta is former player and B team coach Luis Enrique, according to Efectivament.

Barca beat Arsenal to French defender - [football] direct news
Barcelona's desire to sign a recognised centre-back is set to develop this summer, but reports in Spanish press on Tuesday have claimed that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta have made an offer to Athletic Bilbao for Aymeric Laporte. The young defender has been in superb form this season and has helped the Basque club a current fourth place and his performances have seen Barcelona show heavy interest.

FC Barcelona is opening BBM Channel, a new mobile communication channel | FC Barcelona
In the first phase, the channel will be available in Catalan, Spanish, and English, and soon members and supporters who have installed the application will have at their disposal some exclusive stickers of FC Barcelona players.

Real Madrid humble Bayern Munich to reach final | Sky Sports Football
Real Madrid blew Bayern Munich away to reach the UEFA Champions League final with a 4-0 second leg victory which secured a 5-0 aggregate success.

Suspended Xabi Alonso slams 'unfair' rule - Goal.com
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso said the rule that will see him miss the UEFA Champions League final is 'unfair'. The Spain international picked up his third yellow card of the tournament in Real's 4-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich in their Champions League semifinal second leg at Allianz Arena, completing a 5-0 aggregate win.

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