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FC Barcelona News: 26 May 2012; Pep Guardiola's Reign as Barça Manager Ends With Copa del Rey Trophy

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Guardiola departs with Spanish Cup glory - Yahoo! Eurosport
Pep Guardiola ended a sparkling four-year spell in charge of Barcelona by watching his side dismantle Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid. The Barca coach celebrated his 14th trophy courtesy of an astonishing opening 25 minutes in which his side netted three times with Athletic all over the place.

Guardiola: "I'm convinced we're leaving good memories behind" | FC Barcelona
The manager, who was very clam, explained during his last press conference that he’s leaving "happy," especially because he "was able to to be part of this process that started so long ago, but it didn’t start nor does it end with me. I’m leaving something behind for those that take my place." He added: "we didn’t invent anything. Everyone simply implemented their ideas."

Piqué: "It could not have ended better for Pep" | FC Barcelona
"We’re very pleased" and "we deserved this Cup." These were the two sentences that most of the Barça players said after winning the Club’s 26th Copa del Rey title. Gerard Piqué said that the team had placed "a lot of emphasis on this match and that the players were eager" to win the title. He added that "we should always place value on the Cup."

Rosell: "It's the best way to recognise Pep's work" | FC Barcelona
"I want to congratulate Athletic for their values, for what they represent. We can learn a lot from them." He also praised Barça’s players, managers and fans: "I’d also like to thank our managers, players and our fans, who, even though they were fewer, they cheered the team on. We’re very pleased. It’s a great way to finish the year.

Details on the celebration at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The celebration will be streamed live on and on YouTube ( Fans can also follow the celebrations on social networks.

The King of Cups also reigns in Europe | FC Barcelona
Barça’s 0-3 victory over Athletic Club means that the Azulgranas have now won a total of 26 Copa del Rey titles. With this new trophy, FC Barcelona reaffirms its position as the team with the most Cup titles in Europe ahead of the 24 titles won by Benfica.

Pedro eyeing Spain spot after Copa brace - Yahoo! Eurosport
Pedro is confident of making a return to the Spain squad for Euro 2012 after the Barcelona forward netted a double in a 3-0 Copa del Rey final win against Athletic Bilbao. The 24-year-old's season was disrupted by injury but in recent months he has come back into the kind of form that won him a place in the starting side in the 2010 World Cup final.

Graham Hunter -- Messi is still the best in La Liga - ESPN
All those goals, plus 27 assists, meaning that his fingerprints are on more than 100 goals for club and country this term. It is a feat of such magnificence that, for the moment, it's hard to comprehend. The record Messi broke, that of Gerd Muller at Bayern Munich (68 goals), had stood for four decades and those on the list that Muller himself superseded mostly played 30-40 years before that.

Bielsa accepts blame for Copa loss - Soccerway
"I accept that the approach we presented was not successful," said the Argentine, adding that his future with the club will be resolved 'one way or another' next week. "I realise that. I'm the decision-maker. I represent and am responsible for a team that today did not carry through the plan I had established.

FCB B-UD Las Palmas: Barça B aim to finish the season on a high note | FC Barcelona
Barça B will face UD Las Palmas at the Miniestadi in the second to last match of the season with the ambition of breaking their three-match losing streak. This Saturday, at 20:00, Eusebio’s team take on the Islanders in a match where neither side has much at stake.

Bilbao - No Martinez bids | Sky Sports
The defender-come-midfielder has had an outstanding campaign for the club and will be with Spain as they defend their European title in Poland and Ukraine this summer. Barcelona are widely reported to be leading the chase for Martinez, whilst this week Manchester City were strongly linked in the English media. However, Bilbao confirmed to Sky Sports that no offer has been lodged.

Diego: I have not received an offer to stay at Atletico Madrid -
The Brazilian playmaker spent 2011-12 on loan at the Vicente Calderon from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, and has admitted recently that he would like to extend his stay in the Spanish capital. Despite this the former Juventus attacking midfielder has confessed that there is no concrete offer as yet from Diego Simeone’s men.

Rayo end Sandoval's reign - Yahoo! Eurosport
"The club have decided not to renew Sandoval's deal," sporting director Felipe Minambres told a news conference. "We consider it a very difficult decision but it is the best one for the club." Sandoval became a cult figure with fans as he led the Madrid-based club, who are in administration, back into La Liga after an eight-year absence last year but he fell out with the club hierarchy towards the end of the season.

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