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FC Barcelona News: 2 May 2013; Bayern Munich Beat Barcelona, Set Up All-German Champions League Final

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Mike Hewitt

FC Barcelona - Bayern München: Farewell to Wembley (0-3) | FC Barcelona
Without the injured Leo Messi, Tito Vilanova’s side went for the fight back, but a Robben goal at the start of the second half ruined their hopes and settled the tie, with two more goals coming before the end- an own goal by Piqué and another from Müller- to confirm the first ever all-German Champions League final.

Xavi: "Bayern dominate almost every facet of football and we have to congratulate them" | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández was clear and transparent when he talked to the press after this evening’s match against Bayern Munich. "They dominate almost every facet of football and we have to congratulate them," he said.

Tito Vilanova: "I want to congratulate Bayern for reaching the final and for how well they played" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova admitted that Bayern Munich were the superior side throughout the Champions League semi-final tie between the two teams. "I want to congratulate Bayern for reaching the final and for how well they played." When asked about tonight’s match at the Camp Nou the manager explained that Barça "competed in the first half and in the second their early goal really put a lot of weight on us."

Barça pride at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The return leg of the Champions League semi-final between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich brought 95,877 fans to the Camp Nou, making it was the third most attended match of the season for the Blaugrana. At the start of the match, the fans held up a mosaic that read ‘Barça, Pride, Barça’.

FC Barcelona's best legendary goals | FC Barcelona
Today’s Legendary Goals chapter is the perfect episode to bring the video series to a close. Barça TV has selected some of the best goals scored by Amor, Bakero, Begiristain, Eto’o, Guardiola, Henry, Kluivert, Koeman, Laudrup, Luis Enrique, Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Stoichkov and brought them together for the final episode.

24 years since Tito Vilanova’s first team debut | FC Barcelona
Today marks the 24th anniversary of Tito Vilanova’s debut with the Barça first team. Just as May 1st 2’13 is a big day in Tito’s career, so was May Day 1989, when the team visited Banyoles as part of CD Banyoles’ 75th anniversary celebrations. Vilanova came on at half time in the game, which ended 2-6 for Barça.

Liga - Inter consider Barca’s Montoya - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Versatile full-back Zanetti is facing between six and eight months on the treatment table for the Nerazzurri after rupturing his Achilles tendon. The Italians have, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, subsequently drawn up a list of possible replacements to bring in this summer in anticipation of his absence.

Bundesliga domination could force Spanish overhaul - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Barcelona were humbled 7-0 on aggregate by German champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday, the day after Real almost overturned their shock 4-1 first leg defeat away to outsiders Borussia Dortmund, to go out 4-3 overall. Like two ageing and distracted prize-fighters, tired after years of slugging it out between themselves for pre-eminence, Real and Barca have suddenly found themselves outclassed by hungrier and more dynamic opponents.

Utd eye sponsors to fund Ronaldo bid - ESPN FC
Manchester United feel they may finally have the financial package to force Real Madrid’s hand over a summer move for Cristiano Ronaldo, ESPN understands. Speculation intensified in England on Tuesday over the forward’s potential return to Old Trafford, with the Sun reporting details of a bid.

Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela claims return to Arsenal could happen | Sky Sports
This season he has added a further 13 goals in La Liga, in stark contrast to a meagre return of three Premier League goals in a six-year stay at Arsenal that was punctuated by loans at Salamanca, Osasuna and West Brom as well as Sociedad. Vela's form has prompted speculation over a clause in his contract that would allow Arsenal to buy the 24-year-old back.

Levante investigated for match fixing? | Football Espana
The Spanish Football League (LFP) and Players’ Association (AFE) met this week and were reported as discussing the issue of the Week 31 match at Ciutat de Valencia, that saw Los Granotes lose 4-0 to relegation strugglers Depor.