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FC Barcelona News: 15 April 2014; Preparations for Cup Final in Full Swing, Barça Juvenil A Win UEFA Youth League

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Philipp Schmidli

FC Barcelona Juvenil A are European champions! (0-3) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s youth system received another acknowledgement this Monday 14 April 2014 in Nyon, where the Juvenil A team clinched the first edition of the UEFA Youth League, the premier competition for this age group.

Video highlights of UEFA Youth League Final | FC Barcelona
The Youth A team made history by winning the first ever edition of the UEFA Youth League by beating Benfica 3-0 in the final played in Nyon. The game produced plenty of images that the young players will surely cherish forever.

Josep Maria Bartomeu: "We have a bright future" | FC Barcelona
Josep María Bartomeu, who accompanied Barça’s Juvenil A team in the final of the UEFA Youth League, said that "Barça’s approach is to form players and we want to reach the highest heights." In addition, the FC Barcelona president went on to congratulate the team and the coaching staff for winning the title: "At Barça we take care of formation. We’re doing a magnificent job and I congratulate everyone that’s involved in this work."

Cup Final marks key week | FC Barcelona
First up is the Spanish Cup Final against Real Madrid in Valencia on Wednesday night 9.30 AM CET). Four days later it’s back to league action as fourth place Bilbao visit the Camp Nou (Sunday 9.00 AM CET) for a game Barça must win to keep their title hopes alive.

Cup Final preparations begin | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino led the squad through training on pitch Number One at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning as the players began preparations for Wednesday’s Cup Final against Real Madrid. Gerard Piqué, Marc Bartra and Carles Puyol worked apart from the rest of the squad on their recovery from their injuries.

Josep Maria Bartomeu and Andoni Zubizarreta at training this morning | FC Barcelona
Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke to the players at this morning’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva. Sr Bartomeu also spent a few minutes before the session talking with sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and coach Tata Martino, at the team began preparations for Wednesday’s Cup Final against Real Madrid.

Puyol calls for unity | FC Barcelona
Puyol faced the press after training this morning, claiming: "this is a good time for me to speak. We have a final ahead of us – one of the best possible games- I want to assure the fans that we will be giving everything in the game and if we are all united then it will be easier. The only way forward is to stay united.

FC Barcelona - Real Madrid Cup Final. Did you know... | FC Barcelona
This will be the seventh Cup final between Barça and Real Madrid, the record currently stands at three wins for each team. In regards to finals played in Valencia, the record stands at 2-1 in favour of Los Blancos. Barça have won four of the last five Cup finals they’ve featured in. The only defeat was in 2011.

Ronaldo & Marcelo to miss Copa final | Football Espana
Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo will definitely miss tomorrow’s Copa del Rey final, according to reports. Marca have revealed this morning that the Portugal ad Brazil internationals have been working away from the rest of the Real Madrid squad, and will not be available for the match on Wednesday.

Aduriz bags brace in Bilbao victory | ESPNFC.com
Athletic Bilbao continued their march towards Champions League football next season with a dominant 3-0 home victory over Malaga. Aritz Aduriz scored at the start of each half as Ernesto Valverde's side made light work of the visitors, and Ander Herrera hit the third goal with half an hour remaining, with the help of an error by the normally reliable Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero.