FC Barcelona News: 14 May 2014; Victor Valdes Says Goodbye in Open Letter, Barça Win in Copa Catalunya Semi-Final

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Letter from Víctor Valdés | FC Barcelona
"The time has come for me to say goodbye to you all. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to say goodbye playing football, as I would have liked, but that’s life at times, and this year has been a bit cruel to me in this regard. I’ve had time to look at where I am and what I’ve become. I can only think about the people who helped me to get where I am today. I dedicate this letter to them.

FC Barcelona - Girona: Convincing performance is rewarded with the final (3-2) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will get the chance to defend the Catalonia Cup title. The youngsters of Barça B and Juvenil A, plus Isaac Cuenca, played a serious game on the pitch of Montilivi. The intensity of their approach allowed them to best Girona in the second semi-final, and now they will face Espanyol in the final - a rematch from last year’s final.

Xavi Hernández: “It's an historic opportunity” | FC Barcelona
"One of the keys to the game is to score first, and get them to move forward more," said Xavi, the player who best appreciates the Barça style of play. The midfielder said that everyone believed that the League Championship was lost: "We really believed we had no chance, but maybe we gave up too soon."

Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba do some work on the pitch | FC Barcelona
Barça are continuing preparations for the decisive match this Saturday at the Camp Nou, a match that will decide La Liga title. The first team trained this Wednesday, in a session led by Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino with their minds only on the game. Isaac Cuenca, who played on Tuesday in the Catalonian Cup match in Gerona, trained with his teammates.

Chronology of an unpredictable La Liga season | FC Barcelona
The 2013/14 season will be remembered for its unpredictability. Barça, Atlético and Real Madrid have made the last nine months exciting and uncertain. Now, with only one match day left on the calendar, only two teams can win the title. They are Barça and Atlético, the two most consistent teams in the league this season.

Adriano and Neymar Jr, FC Barcelona stars on YouTube | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona stars Adriano Correia and Neymar Jr showed that they are also popular on social networks. In addition to being two of the most active FC Barcelona players on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, the two Brazilians also have an official YouTube account.

Last weekend's five top goals from Academy teams | FC Barcelona
The Barça Academy teams are going into the final phases of their respective competitions, and keep on scoring classy goals each week. Last weekend (10-11 of May), the stars were Marc Olmo (Benjamin B), Jordi Mboula (Cadet B), Martí Vilà (Cadet B), Sergio Gómez (Infant A) with an incredible goal, and Eric García (Infant B).

UEFA president Michel Platini calls for zero tolerance on racism | Sky Sports
"It is unacceptable for anyone to be racially insulted or abused inside our stadiums, and we simply cannot tolerate it. "We call on all our member associations and stakeholders to apply a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of discrimination and to follow the UEFA guidelines in sanctioning all guilty parties.

La Liga trio in Croatia squad | Football Espana
A total of three La Liga players have been named in Croatia’s provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic are joined by Getafe’s Sammir in Coach Niko Kovac’s preliminary 30-man party. The Balkan nation will contest the opening match of the tournament against Luis Felipe Scolari’s hosts.

Colombia include Bacca, Sanchez | Football Espana
Colombia Coach Jose Pekerman has named Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca and Elche’s Carlos Sanchez in his provisional 30-man World Cup squad. The duo are the only two players based in La Liga present in a squad tipped by many as dark horses for the tournament in Brazil. Former Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao is also included as he continues his race against the clock to be fit in time, having suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in January.

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