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FC Barcelona News: 27 May 2013; Barca Beat City Rival RCD Espanyol, Stay on Course for 100-point Season

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Barca stay on course | Sky Sports Football
Barcelona remain on course to match Real Madrid's 100-point record in the Primera Division after comfortably beating local rivals Espanyol away from home. Tito Vilanova's side took the lead through a brilliant goal by Alexis Sanchez, while Pedro Rodriguez made sure of the win by adding a second after Espanyol had been reduced to 10 men thanks to Wakaso Mubarak's dismissal.

Tito Vilanova: "I congratulate Neymar on choosing an athletic project" | FC Barcelona
The manager thanked "the Club and the technical secretariat for seeing in advance that this player would be great. When Barça took an interest in him it’s quite possible that other clubs hadn’t and that helped us [in the negotiations for the player] otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to compete because there were important offers on the table."

Dani Alves: "Neymar is very happy, he knows he's coming to a big club" | FC Barcelona
The Brazilian left back, Dani Alves, congratulated Neymar for joining FC Barcelona. "I spoke with him and he’s very happy that he’s coming to Barcelona, he knows that he’s coming to a big club and he knows how big this team can be," said Alves.

Neymar announces he will make move to Barcelona official on Monday | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian
In the end, Barcelona reportedly agreed to pay Santos and those partners around €28m, plus a further €30m to the player and close to €9m in agents' fees. A down payment of €10m had already been made in January 2011. Neymar will sign a five-year contract on a salary of €7m a season. In total, that means the package is worth more than €100m.

Neymar: "It’s an honour to be able to play with Messi, Xavi and Iniesta" | FC Barcelona
Neymar Da Silva, in his last match for his current team, teared up before kick off between Santos and Flamengo. The soon-to-be FC Barcelona player, who announced his decision to join Barça on Saturday night, played the 90 minutes for Santos in the opening match of the Bresileirao. After the match, Neymar thanked his fans supporting him during his time at Santos, where he featured in 230 matches.

Why Rosell went all out to bring Neymar to Barcelona -
Barcelona finally have their man. Neymar had long looked likely to sign for the Catalan club, ever since negotiations with Real Madrid broke down in 2011 and a down-payment of €10 million was made by Barca to the forward's father. Since then, however, the saga has taken more twists and turns than a dazzling dribble by the player himself. Now it's over, though, and Sandro Rosell's flagship signing is on board at last.

Rosell: "We sign players to improve the team" | FC Barcelona
After the Catalan derby at Cornellà-El Prat, President Sandro Rosell talked about the agreement with Santos for Neymar da Silva. "We don’t sign players to smack people around, we do it to improve our team even more. Each year we try to improve the team and we believe that Neymar can help us with our style [of play], even though this year has been fantastic," he told TV3.

Neymar deal picked up by international press | FC Barcelona
Both the digital and the paper versions of Mundo Deportivo focus on Neymar’s deal with FC Barcelona. The front of the daily shows the Brazilian player in a 2013/14 Barça kit with the title "Neymar: The details of the deal." The website reads: "It’s official: Neymar to Barça."

Espanyol and Málaga to close out the season | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova’s men come into the final week of the season on course to win 100 points in La Liga. Before next weekend’s match, however, the Blaugrana will face off against Espanyol in the final of the Catalunya Cup. The final match of the season will be played on Saturday, at the Camp Nou, against Málaga.

Four years ago... Barça and Guardiola win third European Cup in Rome | FC Barcelona
Guardiola was missing several key defenders against a Manchester United side that looked in control until Eto'o’s goal changed everything. From then on, Barça were vastly superior, and Messi added a second to make it 2-0. On May 27, 2009 Barça not only won the Champions League against the defending champions, but also became the first Spanish club to win the League, Copa del Rey and Champions League in the same season.

Sociedad peg back Madrid in dramatic fashion - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon put Madrid 2-0 up against the run of play, but Xabi Prieto (penalty) and Antoine Griezmann drew Sociedad level.Sami Khedira appeared to have won it with an 80th minute strike but Prieto popped up at the far post in injury time to secure a point for Sociedad.

Falcao 'to have Monaco medical on Monday' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Colombia striker has long been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid with Manchester United and Chelsea mooted as possible destinations. However, it appears that Monaco have jumped to the head of the queue with the newly-promoted team having already recruited the likes of highly-rated Porto pair Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for a combined fee of around £60million.

Bilbao bid farewell | Sky Sports Football
Athletic Bilbao waved goodbye to their 100-year old San Mames home in a most disappointing fashion, as Iker Muniain was sent off in a stoppage-time defeat to Levante. Juanlu volleyed in the only goal of the game from six yards out to claim victory for his side, who moved up to 11th in the Primera Division table, while Athletic slipped down to 13th and saw their faint hopes of claiming a Europa League spot vanish.

Depor on the brink |
Deportivo La Coruna face a nailbiting end to the season after losing at Malaga and missing the opportunity to secure survival. Javier Saviola broke the deadlock right before half-time, while Julio Baptista doubled the lead early in the second half. Diogo Salomao gave Depor hope of getting something from the match by scoring an unorthodox volley, but Isco made sure his and Manuel Pellegrini's final match at La Rosaleda ended well.

Own goal does for Getafe |
Diego Castro's late own goal at Getafe kept Rayo Vallecano's Europa League dream alive but their battle for seventh place in the Primera Division could still be in vain. Rayo came from behind to win the local derby at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez as Alejandro Dominguez cancelled out Rafa Lopez's opener before Castro put through his own net at the death.

Osasuna survive | Sky Sports Football
Alvaro Negredo put European hopefuls Sevilla ahead just after half-time but Patxi Punal drew Osasuna level around the hour-mark and then substitute Alvaro Cejudo curled home a free-kick with 12 minutes remaining to earn the hosts all three points.

Mallorca hanging on | Sky Sports Football
Real Mallorca's hopes of avoiding relegation from the Primera Division remain alive after they played out a goalless draw with Atletico Madrid, but results elsewhere mean they slipped back down to the bottom of the table.

Celta Vigo still fighting | Sky Sports Football
Celta Vigo ensured their fight for Primera Division survival will go down to the final day after claiming an impressive win on the road at Valladolid. Gustavo Cabral opened the scoring in the first half before the highly-rated Iago Aspas doubled the advantage from the spot after the break.

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