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FC Barcelona News: 27 May 2011; One Day Left, Barcelona To Sign Kiko Femenia

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Abidal says he's ready and we believe him
Abidal says he's ready and we believe him

Eric Abidal ready to carry Champions League fantasy to final triumph | The Guardian
"I am getting stronger, playing more and more minutes and now I am ready," he says. Maybe even for 90 minutes? "Yes, of course: I'm ready for that if needs be. If Guardiola needs me, I'm here for two, five, 10 or all 90 minutes."

The tale of how Guardiola and Barcelona fell in love | The Independent
"Citizens of Catalunya, now we have it here with us," were Pep Guardiola's words to the celebrating masses on 24 May 1992. Barcelona had been to Wembley and come back with the club's first European Cup.

The Spanish Way to Grow Players on Home Soil | The New York Times
The house, known as La Masia, is the symbolic home of Barcelona’s youth soccer academy, which helped develop eight of the team’s projected starters for Saturday’s match in London against Manchester United in the final of the European Champions League, the world’s most prestigious club tournament.

Barcelona's nights to remember ... and forget | UEFA
From joy in London, Paris and Rome to pain in Berne, Seville and Athens, FC Barcelona have had mixed fortunes in club football's showpiece game as UEFA.com discovers. Wembley is the stage for FC Barcelona's seventh European Champion Clubs' Cup final – and their third in six years. UEFA.com charts the three-time winners' fortunes in the showpiece game.

FCB v Manchester Utd. Did you know… | FCBarcelona
With just a few hours to go before we find out who will win this year’s Champions League final, we look at some of the juiciest trivia surrounding the game at Wembley between FC Barcelona and Manchester United.

Dutch seeds of Barcelona success | FOX Sports
It is as a theoretician that Cruyff has had the greatest impact. When he helmed Barcelona, Cruyff expanded the work of coach Rinus Michels, taking the 4-3-3 formation that was just coming into vogue and making it a system that afforded every player multiple options and outlets every time they received the ball.

Barcelona close in on Hercules' Kiko Femenia - report | Goal
The transfer fee was originally a stumbling block with Pep Guardiola's side unwilling to meet the €10 million release clause inserted in the player's contract by the Alicante-based club. However, it is being reported that Barcelona have increased their €4m plus a Barcelona 'B' player offer.

New season to start on 21st August | LFP
Spain’s national league campaign for the 2011/12 season will get underway on 21st August 2011 and in the case of the Liga BBVA, end on 13th May 2012 with four matchdays to be played mid-week, according to the agreement made on Tuesday, 24th May by the Professional Football League (LFP). The final of the Copa del Rey meanwhile, will be played on Friday 25th May.

Benzema confident of Real stay | ESPN
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema does not think he will be sold this summer despite speculation linking him with an exit. Benzema found some good form in the second half of the season for Los Blancos and his situation is reportedly being monitored by Premier League side Arsenal and Italians Juventus.

Atletico Madrid plot swoop for Flamengo's Ronaldinho - report | Goal
The 2010 Europa League winners are in the market for attacking reinforcements because of the possible departure of Sergio Aguero, and they see the 31-year-old as the perfect replacement in the event the Argentine vacates the Vicente Calderon in the close season.

Official: Renato leaves Sevilla for Botafogo | Goal
Brazilian midfielder Renato has parted company with Sevilla and joined Botafogo on a three-year contract, it has been announced. The 32-year-old's deal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan was set to expire next June, but he has ended the agreement ahead of time so he can return to Brazil.

Getafe confirm signings of Diego Castro & Medhi Lacen | Goal
Getafe president Angel Torres has revealed that they have signed Sporting Gijon’s Diego Castro and Racing Santander’s Medhi Lacen on free transfers. The Getafe chief also added that they plan to recruit Deportivo La Coruna duo Alberto Lopo and Juan Rodriguez.

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