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FC Barcelona News: 4 May 2011; Barcelona Book Spot in London, Real Blame Referee (Again)

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Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid: Barca progress | Zonal Marking
Barcelona rarely looked under real pressure and completed a 3-1 aggregate victory. Pep Guardiola named the expected XI – Andres Iniesta returned from injury to replace Seydou Keita. Javier Mascherano continued at centre-back, with Carles Puyol at left-back.

Glorious moment for Abidal | FCBarcelona
Éric Abidal’s return was the most poignant image of tonight’s Champions League semi final. On March 15 a tumour was detected in his liver, and following his operation and recovery, he was back in action tonight. It was a wonderful surprise to see his name on the team sheet, and Pep Guardiola rewarded him with some time on the pitch.

Five turning points in Clasico series | ESPN
Real Madrid strode into Barcelona's Camp Nou a defeated side before the second leg of their Champions League semifinals, which also served as the final installment in their epic four-game series. In the players' tunnel, Real's Iker Casillas and Alvaro Arbeloa looked decidedly worse for the psychological wear, as though they had no interest in playing the game.

Alonso: Referees to blame for exit | ESPN
"When we scored the first goal it would have been totally different and we feel so many bad decisions have been made against us and we are not happy about that," he told Sky Sports. "We think we did a good job but decisions went against us. We really feel that way.

Barcelona’s Daniel Alves: We know how to lose with grace, unlike Real Madrid | Goal
"After the final of the Copa del Rey [which Madrid won 1-0], we accepted the result because they scored one more goal than us," the Brazil international right-back told reporters. "That is the difference between Barca and other clubs."

Barca 'no' to £40m move for Cesc | Arsenal Insider
Cesc Fabregas won't make a summer switch to Barcelona from the Arsenal, we have been told. Our man on the inside - who works with the players on a weekly basis - says Arsene Wenger is aware that Pep Guardiola has no desire to spend up to £40m on a player who will effectively be a bench-warmer. That is not to say Cesc won't go elsewhere, although it is fair to say probably not Real Madrid!

FIFA sets '12 date for goal-line systems | ESPN
FIFA has set a target date of July 2012 to approve goal-line technology systems that could be introduced before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Soccer's governing organization said Tuesday that candidates must pass two more rounds of tests at a stadium of their choice.

Jose Mourinho comments harmful to Real - Ramon Calderon | BBC
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says the club has been damaged by Jose Mourinho's behaviour during the European semi-finals with Barcelona. Real were dumped out of Europe by their bitter rivals this week but the two ties were overshadowed by the behaviour of fans, players and club officials.

Marcelo Bielsa in the frame to replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid - report | Goal
Former Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa is one of the candidates to replace Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho as head coach at La Liga giants Real Madrid at the end of the season, Marca reports.

Prem clubs flock to Barcelona | Sky Sports
A host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, were present for Espanyol's clash with Athletic Bilbao on Monday. Spanish media are split on who they feel each side were watching but it is believed Carlos Kameni, Pablo Osvaldo, Jose Callejon, Javi Martinez and Iker Muniain were of particular interest.

Tottenham ready to swap Giovani dos Santos or Niko Kranjcar for €15m Sevilla midfielder Diego Perotti | Goal
Tottenham have contacted Sevilla about making a summer move for €15 million midfielder Diego Perotti. Spurs have indicated they would be willing to offer Giovani dos Santos or Niko Kranjcar in part-exchange for the Argentine.

Injury blow for Diego Castro | LFP
Sporting midfielder Diego Castro is suffering from a torn adductor muscle in his right thigh and will be out for ten days, thus missing the next two games, Saturday's against Deportivo and Tuesday's against Málaga.

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