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FC Barcelona News: 12 May 2013; Real Madrid Hand Barça La Liga Title, Full Squad Travels to Madrid


Denis Doyle

Champions! | FC Barcelona
‘Aquest any, també!’ (This year, too!). Barça are mathematically champions of La Liga. Madrid’s draw against Málaga means that the Blaugrana have won the title without even playing. Barça will visit the Vicente Calderón on Sunday as La Liga champions.

Four league titles in five years | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona continue to be the dominant force in La Liga in the 21st century. Since the year 2000 the Blaugrana have won six league titles, followed by Madrid (5), Valencia (2) and Deportivo (1). Barça strengthened their hold on La Liga in the 2008/09 season, since then they’ve claimed four league titles.

The 22 moments that define FC Barcelona's 22nd league title | FC Barcelona
20. Abidal returns (FCB 5 - Mallorca): One year and two months after his liver transplant surgery, Abidal made his miraculous return to professional football: he was subbed in for Gerard Piqué.

Andoni Zubizarreta: "We’ve won the main title again" | FC Barcelona
Speaking on Saturday evening, Andoni Zubizarreta said: "People were talking about the end of a cycle but we’ve won the main title again, the title of consistency. The squad has been able to maintain a cruising speed with an incredible ability to compete".

Sandro Rosell: "I give this season an 'excellent'" | FC Barcelona
Immediately after the league title was confirmed, Club president Sandro Rosell was interviewed on Barça TV. He admitted that, "it’s a very special league title because of what was behind it. It’s one of the most special titles in the history of this Club because of everything that has happened throughout the year, the barriers and difficulties the players and coaches have had to face".

Tito Vilanova takes full squad to Madrid | FC Barcelona
All of the players, including the injured ones, will be flying to Madrid on Sunday, where Barça play Atlético at 19.00. Manager Tito Vilanova has decided to that everybody should be there for what could potentially be a night of celebrations at the Vicente Calderón.

Atlético Madrid-FCB: Champions parade at the Calderón | FC Barcelona
Barça can go out and enjoy the feeling of playing a game as league champions following Real Madrid’s draw at Espanyol last night. The opposition are Atlético Madrid (19.00, Gol T and Canal+ Liga) and the Catalans will be looking for a win to add to the joy of mathematically being confirmed champions the night before.

Vicente Calderón no easy venue for Barcelona | FC Barcelona
On Sunday night, Barça could be celebrating their 22nd Liga title if they beat Atlético Madrid, regardless of Real Madrid’s result away to Espanyol the day before, where a Madrid defeat would hand them the title anyway.

A happy flight to Madrid | FC Barcelona
The Barça players came together this morning just hours after Real Madrid’s draw against Espanyol handed Barça the league title on Saturday evening. The squad is flying to Madrid to take on Atlético in the Calderón (kick-off 7 pm). The mood at the airport was understandably upbeat.

Open top bus tour to celebrate league title on Monday | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is going to share the league championship 2012/13 with the fans and the whole city of Barcelona. The players and coaches will take part in an open top bus tour of the city on Monday 13th May. They will be joined by the women’s football team who have won their league for the second year in a row.

Champions Barca shift attention to transfer market - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"There'll only be a few changes," Barcelona vice-president Josep Bartomeu told Barca TV. "It's a very competitive team and it's very difficult to substitute the pieces." "(Spain goalkeeper) Victor Valdes has told us he doesn't want to continue, so we will try to find a replacement this summer. Also a central defender and a forward."

Real draw at Espanyol to hand Barcelona La Liga title - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Jose Mourinho fielded a weakend team with one eye on next Friday's King's Cup final against Atletico Madrid, Real's last chance for major silverware this season, giving the occasion a sense of anti-climax. Cristian Stuani gave Espanyol the lead after 28 minutes, and although Gonzalo Higuain pulled one back for Real in the 58th it was not enough to stop Barca securing the league trophy.

Official: Varane to have knee surgery | Football Espana
Raphael Varane will miss the Copa del Rey final and will be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury. The French defender limped out of Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Espanyol on Saturday, with initial reports suggesting that the youngster will be out for some time.

Soldado keeps Valencia in hunt for Champions League return - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Los Che banged in two goals in the first half and two in the second in a dominating offensive display. Andrés Guardado, Roberto Soldado and Nelson Valdez all scored for Valencia. Soldado's attacking prowess gave his team a boost, and he ended the contest with two goals to his name. His goals came in the 28th and 34th minutes. Soldado ended the game with 20 completed passes and four total shots.

Bilbao secure vital win | Sky Sports Football
Aritz Aduriz gave the hosts an early lead but then missed a penalty after Andreu Fontas was sent off on 25 minutes. Fernando Llorente doubled the advantage late in the second half but Mallorca forward Giovani Dos Santos made for an exciting finish by netting a superb goal two minutes later.

Valladolid secure safety | Sky Sports Football
Javi Guerra struck three minutes into the second half to score the only goal of the game and take his team onto 43 points, 11 ahead of the Galicians, who still occupy the final relegation spot. The game was a tight affair from start to finish, with neither side taking many risks and few openings appearing.

Arribas earns priceless win | Sky Sports Football
Arribas netted 16 minutes from time as Osasuna ended a five-match winless streak with a deserved triumph that moves them four points above third-bottom Deportivo La Coruna, who lost 1-0 at Real Valladolid earlier in the day. While Saturday's result could help save Osasuna's Primera Division status, it was a blow to Getafe's hopes of getting into Europe next season.

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