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FC Barcelona News: 17 May 2013; Victor Valdes Returns To Training, Copa del Rey Final Set for Today

Alex Grimm

Barça to play their fifth successive Spanish Super Cup | FC Barcelona
As this year’s league champions, Barça will be taking part in next season’s curtain raiser – the Spanish Super Cup - against the winner of Friday’s Spanish Cup Final. It’s the fifth year on the trot that the team have made it through to the game, equalling the record of the 1990-1994 Barça side.

Valdés back on training pitch | FC Barcelona
Victor Valdes was a welcome returnee to the session – working out on the pitch as part of his recovery from the foot and calf injuries which have kept him out of the last two league games. Adriano, Abidal and Dani Alves all worked apart, whilst Messi was with the physio and B team keeper Miguel Bañuz joined the rest of the squad.

FC Barcelona still have records to break in Liga | FC Barcelona
There are still things to achieve though and the team are determined to carry on with their winning record. Having put in the best ever first half to a season, with 55 from a possible 57 points – including six straight wins to start the campaign – the side are still after more records.

Pedro: "The 100 points are a big motivation" | FC Barcelona
Barça have three games to play and nine points at stake, as they aim to round off their title wining season with a 100 point record: "the 100 point record is a motivation for us and an objective we have in mind. We know it will be difficult because the other teams we are playing are still playing for things – but we intend to try".

Seven years ago... Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona Wins its Second Champions League in Paris | FC Barcelona
May 17th is an important day for Barça fans. On this day in 2006 the Club conquered their second European Cup in Paris at the Saint Denis Stadium against Arsenal in a game full of suffering and tension that ended in elation. Despite playing with 10 men after keeper Lehmann had been sent off, Arsenal took the lead in the first half, but after the break in the pouring rain, Eto’o and Belletti turned the game around.

34 years ago... Barça Wins its First European Cup Winners’ Cup | FC Barcelona
An impressive group of some 30,000 Barcelona supporters accompanied the team to its victory; bringing their Senyeres and blue and claret flags across Europe. The European title victory prompted an unprecedented celebration on the streets of Barcelona and in other Catalan cities.

Atlético in with a shout at Real Madrid's home in Copa del Rey final | Sid Lowe | Football |
Sure, Madrid will be at home, on a pitch they know and in a stadium they are familiar with. But this time the stadium will contain at least 30,000 Atlético fans. "And our fans will shout louder," insists João Miranda. Even the royal box will be divided: King Juan Carlos is a Madrid fan while his son Felipe claims to support Atlético.

Ramos and Albiol set to start in final - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Speculation is that despite being named in the 24-man squad for the game, Pepe will not make the line-up, with Raul Albiol expected to deputise in Raphael Varane’s absence. Marcelo has just returned to training this week also, but unlike Ramos, he is seen as unlikely to start tonight.

Simeone confirms Atleti's Copa del Rey XI - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"We didn’t go back to follow on from the footsteps of 1996. I believe that based on what has worked, we had to go," explained Simeone in his pre-match Press conference. "I'm a little old fashioned but I like to go back to the roots. And the roots were back here in preseason, where we began to build the dreams, illusions, work, train.

Monaco keeper: Falcao deal almost done - ESPN FC
"I will tell you what I have heard, and that is that Falcao is 90 per cent at Monaco," he told Sportske Novosti. "For sure, it is what they have told us, with only a small possibility that Monaco could only lose him if Real Madrid were to come in, but that is now unlikely.

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