FC Barcelona News: 22 May 2014; Luis Enrique Presented as Barça Manager, Barcelona Win Copa Catalunya

Alex Caparros

FC Barcelona - RCD Espanyol: Champions from the penalty spot (0-0, 3-2) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona secured its eighth Copa Catalunya. The Blaugrana did it by defeating Espanyol in Girona this evening in a penalty shootout. It was a repeat of last year’s victory in Lleida, when Barça and Espanyol also finished the match level and the title was decided by penalties. Therefore, the Club increases its title lead over Espanyol (6).

Luis Enrique: "We are starting to build a new Barça" | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique Martínez was presented as the new FC Barcelona manager today. And the former player and reserve team coach couldn’t be happier to be back. "This is a very special day. We are beginning the building of a new, exciting Barça" he told the media in a packed Auditori 1899. "I’m not afraid of this. It’s one of the happiest days of my life."

Top 10 statements from Luis Enrique's first press conference | FC Barcelona
"Will I go hard on the players? I don’t know what you mean by that. I’m positive, always positive. I want to help the players because we need to an all-encompassing job on the pitch. Player tend to have an individual focus and my objective is to make them thing collectively. We need to communicate. I will be very demanding in my role."

Luis Enrique seeking the best of Messi | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has told the press how happy he is to be in charge of "the best player in the world." He was speaking, of course, about Leo Messi. "I am delighted to have him in my squad. It is very motivating. I see that the club thinks the same and Messi is pleased to be here. He has said he wants to stay here until he retires. There is a connection between all three parties."

Luis Enrique's managerial career in numbers | FC Barcelona
A statistical review of the new FC Barcelona manager's achievements at Barça B, AS Roma and Celta Vigo.

Ter Stegen to be presented as an FC Barcelona player on Thursday | FC Barcelona
Marc-André ter Stegen will be presented this Thursday as a new FC Barcelona player this Thursday. The 22-year-old keeper is the first signing of ahead of the 2014/15 season, after the arrival of Luis Enrique. The former Borussia Mönchengladbach player is expected to sign his contract at 1:00 PM CET at the Camp Nou. At 1:45 PM CET, the player will pose for the traditional photo shoot on the pitch of the Camp Nou.

New York Times analyses FC Barcelona's evolution | FC Barcelona
"Messi is more than a player, he’s our future and our leader," says Josep Maria Bartomeu in an article this Wednesday published by one of the leading news sources in the United States, The New York Times. The American newspaper says that "Barça is neither broken in spirit nor lacking in knowledge." According to the journalist who wrote the price, Rob Hughes, the Club has chosen "renewal over revolution."

Cardiff confirm signing of striker Javi Guerra | Sky Sports
Cardiff have announced they have agreed a deal to sign Spanish striker Javi Guerra on a three-year contract. The 32-year-old successfully completed his medical with the Welsh outfit this week and will officially join them on July 1 when his contract with Real Valladolid has expired.

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