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Watching you Viktor Kassai.
Watching you Viktor Kassai.

Kassai to referee final | Eurosport
Hungarian Viktor Kassai will referee Saturday's Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United at Wembley. The 35-year-old is an experienced official, haven taken charge of more than 60 UEFA fixtures since making his international debut in 2001.

Terry Venables: "Barça play five star football" | FCBarcelona
It’s been 24 years since Terry Venables left the Barça manager’s job, but he’s always kept a close eye on the Club and indeed declares himself a big fan; "Barça play five star football. They don’t just score goals, they also have a very strong defence. They are like a boxer who wins by giving his opponent a series of little jabs, then when he’s groggy, hits them with the knockout blow.

Champions League final: Wembley finally beckons for Barcelona's old romantic Xavi Hernandez | The Telegraph
He cried his eyes out at the time and some hurts really never do quite evaporate. Xavi Hernandez is standing in the Nou Camp, being asked to think back to the first time his beloved Barcelona won the European Cup and still sounds pained that he could not be there to witness history.

Rooney and Chicharito main concerns for Barça | FCBarcelona
Villa, one of the Barça forwards, best explained the virtues of Rooney and Hernández: "They are exceptional players, both of them. They are very different but complementary. They’ve had a great season, but we have every confidence in our defense". Javier Mascherano, former Liverpool player who knows United really well, agrees: "Chicharito gives them depth. Rooney, possession".

Busquets: Barca's ever-willing villain | Eurosport
Carles Busquets will forever be part of Barca's history for the decade he spent at the club as their reserve goalkeeper. His son and current Barca midfielder, Sergio, is infamous for using his hands in different ways. The 22-year-old's role as the villain among Barca's virtuous heroes was inextricably cast when he went down clutching his face after the slightest of contact by Internazionale's Thiago Motta in last season's semi-final.

Players reckon Wembley will be different from Rome | FCBarcelona
"You can never compare one final with another, they are always different games, with different players and hopes". Alves also pointed out the different preparation of the two teams: "we’ve had a week of rest and have been able to prepare our game better, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have done the same. They will come determined to put right what happened in Rome".

Gunners finalise Barca swoops | Sky Sports
Arsenal have finalised the capture of Barcelona starlets Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin. Barca have been left fuming at losing two of their latest top talents from their 'Cadet' squad. Barcelona offered the 16-year-olds contracts at Camp Nou, but both have decided their futures would be best served in England.

Mascherano looks to make amends at Barcelona | UEFA
At the end of his first season at Anfield, Javier Mascherano featured in the Liverpool FC side that lost to AC Milan in the 2007 UEFA Champions League final. Now, as his first Camp Nou campaign draws to a close, he has a second chance to win the trophy as Josep Guardiola's FC Barcelona take on Manchester United FC.

Barcelona B's Luis Enrique in the frame for Roma coaching post - report | Goal
Recent reports from Spain suggested that the 41-year-old was close to signing a deal with Atletico Madrid, but the tactician has denied the rumours, stating: "Atletico are a very good option, since it is a big club and it is a good opportunity to train in the first division. "But I still have three games left with Barcelona B, and when the time comes, we will see."

Real axe Valdano | Sky Sports
Jose Mourinho has seemingly won his power struggle at Real Madrid after the club confirmed the departure of their director general Jorge Valdano. Madrid, like most clubs on the continent, use a coach with somebody above them to organise transfers and player issues. But Mourinho has asked for Madrid to adopt a more 'British' style and their president Florentino Perez has agreed to his request.

Atletico chief: Real don't want Aguero | ESPN
Gil Marin told Spanish newspaper AS: ''He (Perez) has told me he has no intention of signing Aguero and I do not doubt him. Firstly due to the good relationship we have personally and secondly due to the clubs' relationship.''

De Gea - No United deal yet | Sky Sports
De Gea's lawyer released a statement to Spanish news agency EFE which read: "News has appeared in various media outlets today that Atletico Madrid's David De Gea has signed for Manchester United. "I hereby notify you that it is not true a deal has been signed."

Blues linked with Pellegrini | Sky Sports
Pellegrini's agent has indicated the 57-year-old former Real Madrid boss, who was linked with Liverpool last summer, is also on the Blues' radar. Jesus Martinez told Chilean radio station Cooperativa: "It is normal for clubs without a coach, such as Chelsea through intermediaries, to start asking Pellegrini, but he is very comfortable at Malaga and has a contract there.

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