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FC Barcelona News: 12 May 2011; Barcelona Crowned Champions, Luis Enrique to Coach Atlético Madrid


Barcelona secure 21st league title | Eurosport
Barcelona secured their third consecutive La Liga title with a 1-1 draw against Levante at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. Seydou Keita gave the visitors the lead with a bullet header in the 27th-minute, powering the ball into the top-left corner of Gustavo Munua's goal from the edge of the area after a sublime assist from Xavi.

This is a very happy moment for all Barcelona fans - Sandro Rosell | Goal
"As the club's president, I'm very proud with what we've achieved. All the members and fans have every reason to be proud as well. It's hard to find the right words and describe how I feel. Our players have shown important values on the pitch that they learned at La Masia."

Guardiola hails Barca's toughest title | Eurosport
"Winning the league was been extremely tough and we are very pleased," Guardiola said. "We have been tremendous for three quarters of the season but in the last quarter we have struggled to score goals. "If we have experienced a dip in form towards the end of the season, it is because of the inhuman schedule over the last two years. We have barely stopped."

Meet the champions: Barcelona's La Liga winners | Goal
Lionel Messi has been the star again, but there is quality throughout this incredible side. Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Dani Alves, Pedro and David Villa have all made significant contributions for the Catalans, who many believe to be the best team ever.



How Barcelona won the 2010-11 La Liga title | Yahoo
Barcelona won their third consecutive La Liga title on Wednesday, making it a hat-trick of league crowns for coach Pep Guardiola in his first three seasons in charge. Following is an analysis with five main reasons for their success.

From Villa’s first league to Maxwell’s seventh | FCBarcelona
Barça and Pep Guardiola have won their third league title in a row to further expand the legacy on display in the FCB Club Museum. In 111 years, Barcelona have now celebrated 21 league titles. But it’s not just about the club, the achievement has also extended the players’ individual honours.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst: Barcelona's Eric Abidal is a winner both on and off the pitch | Goal
He told Sport, "What can you say about Abidal? Nothing that hasn't already been said. I'm happy for him and the team. He is a footballer who has become respected worldwide. He's a winner, on and off the field, and he has won the most difficult match."

Luis Enrique to be confirmed as new Atletico Madrid coach - report | Goal
The 41-year-old has since been praised for his good work with Barca's reserves, and has been linked with several La Liga sides after announcing his decision to leave the Catalans this summer. Getafe, Sevilla and Valencia were all interested in securing his services, but it appears Enrique has now opted to sign a contract with Atletico Madrid instead.

Record breaking league season | FCBarcelona
Most goals scored by home produced players: In round 35, of Barça’s 92 goals, 68 were scored by home produced players (31 Messi, 13 Pedro, 8 Iniesta, 5 Bojan, 3 Xavi, 3 Piqué, 2 Thiago Alcántara and 1 Busquets, Jeffren and Puyol).

Ronaldo: I don't care about records | ESPN
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is not "obsessed" with breaking individual records and is only driven by the prospect of winning trophies for the team. Ronaldo, 26, took his La Liga goal tally for the season to 36 with a stunning hat-trick against Getafe on Tuesday - three days after he hit four against Sevilla.

Sergio Ramos holds onto trophy | ESPN
This time, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos held on tight to the Copa del Rey trophy. The trophy officially was presented to the fans in Madrid. "Thank you very much for all being here with us," Ramos told the crowd. "Don't worry, the cup's secure, it won't fall."

Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez signs contract extension to 2016 - report | Goal
Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez has extended his contract at the Basque club until 2016, pouring cold water on rumours linking the midfielder with a move elsewhere in the summer. The 22-year-old has featured in the San Mames first team since 2006 and excellent performances have seen him force his way into the Spanish international fold, where he has gained three caps to date.

Gunners check on Rondon | Sky Sports
The Venezuelan forward has enjoyed a standout season in Spain, notching 14 goals in 29 appearances. He only made the step up into the Primera Liga last summer, having honed his skills at Aragua and Las Palmas. His efforts this season have seen his reputation enhanced considerably, with scouts from across Europe having flocked to Malaga to see him in action.

Muscle tear rocks Rondón | LFP
Málaga striker Salomón Rondón suffered a muscular injury in Tuesday's Week 36 meeting against Sporting. Initial tests suggest that Rondón may have torn a muscle in his left leg but he is due to undergo further tests, including a magnetic scan on Thursday.


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