FC Barcelona News: 15 May 2014; Carles Puyol Bids Farewell, Neymar Works Out on the Pitch

David Ramos

Neymar back on training ground | FC Barcelona
Barça continued with their preparations for Saturday’s title decider against Atletico Madrid, as the team trained under Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this morning- All 20 available players were at the session, with Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba again training apart as they bid to be fit for Saturday’s game.

Luiz Felipe Scolari denies Brazil want Neymar to miss Atletico Madrid game - ESPN FC
Scolari issued an official statement via the CBF website insisting Neymar's participation could be a major positive for Brazil. "I do not just want him to play, I want them to be champions," Scolari said. "That will lift his morale and his self-esteem and, with that, the Brazil team also wins. It would also help him get back his match-fitness."

#CapitaPuyol: Pay tribute to Puyol by donning his famous hair | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona fans can take to social media to pay tribute to Carles Puyol, who will leave the Club at the end of the season. Fans can give the captain a special send-off by personalising photos with Puyol’s virtual hair. In addition, these photos can be geotagged on a world map, which will show the fans of the FC Barcelona captain from around the world.

Atletico await in Barcelona's final push towards Liga title by Francesc Tomas - ESPN FC
Barcelona have a chance to win La Liga in the decisive match against Atletico Madrid at the majestic Camp Nou on Saturday. Considering the many difficult moments on and off the pitch that the Blaugranas have been forced to endure this season, it is clear that such a unique opportunity must be grabbed with both hands.

Gerard Deulofeu looking to make an impact at Barcelona | Sky Sports
He told RAC 1: "I would like to return to Barca and this is my first option. "I feel very happy with the season I have had at Everton and have great respect for Barcelona. I also know I have to wait until the end of the season and then we will see what happens. "Now I have had a year on loan at Everton I am waiting to be told something. Nobody has said anything to me."

20 years since the 94 La Liga title | FC Barcelona
The 1994 La Liga title win will be remembered mostly for the penalty miss by Miroslav Djukic, the Deportivo Coruña player, which handed the fourth consecutive league title to Johan Cruyff's Barça team. That 14th of May 1994 was once again an afternoon of transistor radios. The Dream Team were up against Seville at the Camp Nou, whilst Deportivo, at the top of the league table, were at home to Valencia.

French speaking clubs meet in Paris | FC Barcelona
Saturday was the date for the official meeting of French speaking FCB supporters clubs, holding its third edition this year. Are where better to hold it than the capital of France. Josep M. Barnils, director of the Social Commission for the international area, presided the event, which was also attended by Supporters Clubs Commission directors Patrick Thonomal and François Arsene.

Penalty joy for Sevilla after goalless draw against Benfica | Sky Sports Football
Both sides had chances in an entertaining encounter but there was nothing to separate them after 120 minutes and Sevilla goalkeeper Beto saved weak spot-kicks from Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo to seal a 4-2 shoot-out success. The result means that Benfica have now lost eight European finals without success since 1962, when departing coach Bela Guttman declared that they would not win a European Cup in 100 years.

Diego Costa the hero of the hour, but Messi can spoil his party | Eurosport
While that ‘deal’ is far from ‘done’, it is certain that the 25-year-old is one of world football’s hottest properties this summer. A relatively late developer who didn’t establish himself in the Atletico starting XI until the age of 24, Costa’s bustling style and take-no-prisoners approach to leading the line is reminiscent of Didier Drogba. It is easy to see why Jose Mourinho is (allegedly) such a fan.

Schuster confirms Malaga departure | Football Espana
Malaga Coach Bernd Schuster has confirmed he is leaving the club after their final match of the season tomorrow. The German’s position has been under scrutiny for some time and, speaking at a Press conference, the tactician revealed he was informed of the inevitable decision to let him go yesterday.

Report: Carlos Vela in line for Arsenal return - Goal.com
The article states that the Premier League club has activated a buyout clause of 4 million euros it holds and that there is little Vela’s current club Real Sociedad can do to stop it. If the deal is finalized, the decision about whether the 25-year-old would stay in North London or be sold on would be taken by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and the player, who has previously talked openly about his problems adapting to life in London.

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