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FC Barcelona News: 15 May 2012; Barça Set Goalscoring Records, Villarreal Stun Footballing World

Despite making several questionable plays, Valdes still won the Zamora Trophy for the best goalkeeper of the season.
Despite making several questionable plays, Valdes still won the Zamora Trophy for the best goalkeeper of the season.

Barça win second Pichichi – Zamora double | FC Barcelona
Since the league started in 1929, only twelve teams have produced both the top scorer and the top goalkeeper in the same competition. FC Barcelona is the latest thanks to the 50 goals scored by Messi and the mere 28 conceded by Valdés, who both win their respective trophies after also doing the double in 2009/10. These are the only times FC Barcelona have produced the winners of both accolades.

Zubizarreta: "in the Liga, we lacked the final touch" | FC Barcelona
"It is our obligation to always be fighting for titles. We did very well in the Spanish Supercup. We won the European Supercup. We also performed to our best at the World Clubs Cup. But when it reached the final stages of the league, having won our place in the title challenge, we were beaten at home by Madrid. We couldn’t finish the job."

103 league goals a season | FC Barcelona
The numbers speak for themselves. Guardiola has seen his FC Barcelona team score a remarkable 412 league goals while he has been manager, an average of 103 goals a season and 2.7 goals a game. This is a team that has been breaking records in every department. In the season just ended, the team managed to set a new all-time best of 114 goals in a league season.

Karim Benzema happy to end career at Real Madrid - ESPN Soccernet
"Why not finish my career here? I don't know if I can play for as many years as Raul, though! We'll see," he told RMC. "Everything is going super well for me now. We have won the league and we're all really proud of this team.

Emery set for Spartak job - Yahoo! Eurosport
Spartak Moscow supremo Leonid Fedun believes departing Valencia coach Unai Emery will take charge of the Russian club next term. Emery will depart Valencia this summer having secured a Champions League spot by leading the club to third in Spanish table. They finished three points ahead of Malaga despite losing to Real Sociedad in their final outing on Saturday.

Mayhem in Vallecas as the Yellow Submarine is sunk without trace | Sid Lowe |
In the final weeks, Villarreal passed up chance after chance to clinch survival, paying for over-caution, inviting trouble. Waiting for the whistle was waiting to be hit. Bad luck only goes so far in explaining failure. Falcao scored in the 89th minute, costing them a draw that would have kept them safe. Last week, Jonas scored in the 92nd minute costing them a draw that would have kept them safe.

Villarreal stunned by relegation - Yahoo! Eurosport
The team known as 'Yellow Submarine' because of their canary coloured strip, started the campaign in the Champions League after finishing fourth last year, but went in to Sunday's decider in 16th place and one point above the drop zone. They looked to be safe from the drop as they held Europa League winners Atletico Madrid at bay with minutes left before disaster struck.

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