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FC Barcelona News: 13 May 2014; Seven Barca Players Included in Spain World Cup Squad, Copa Catalunya Squad Announced

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Seven from FC Barcelona in provisional Spain squad | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro Rodríguez have all been named in the 30-strong provisional list of players in the Spanish squad for the 2014 World Cup. On May 25, manager Vicente del Bosque will need to cut that number down to 23 as he bids to make Spain only the third team ever to retain the title.

Piqué starts training again | FC Barcelona
Of the team's injured players, Gerard Piqué began training on the pitch, though still apart from the rest of the group whilst Neymar and Jordi Alba did specific recovery work. Lucas and Bagnack, from Barça B and Roger Riera from teh Youth A team also took part in this morning's session.

Girona v FC Barcelona: The Catalonia Cup showdown | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will play for La Liga title this Saturday at 6:00 PM CET against Atlético Madrid. But before that, Barça will feature in the semifinal of the Catalonia Cup. The match will be played this evening at 9:45 PM CET away to Girona. A few minutes beforehand, there will be a tribute to Tito Vilanova, who passed away on April 25.

Cuenca, B team and Youth A players make up squad for Girona | FC Barcelona
The squad for Tuesday’s Catalan Cup semi-final in Girona has been announced, with Isaac Cuenca, who has yet to feature for the first team this season, joining a group of B team and Youth A players for the game. The squad: Bañuz, Ortolà, Patric, Ilie, Dongou, Espinosa, Babunski, Bagnack, Samper, Denis Suárez, Dani Nieto, Lucas, Adama, Munir, Cuenca, Godswill, Riera and Kaptoum.

Eleven leagues won at home | FC Barcelona
If Barça claimed their fifth league title of the last six seasons by beating Atletico Mdarid on Saturday, it will be the twelfth time the Club have won the trophy on home soil, with five champions celebrations at the old Les Corts ground and six more at the Camp Nou.

Nine league titles won in the final game of the season | FC Barcelona
The final match day of the season promises to be a nail-biter. The Barça-Atlético match at the Camp Nou will decide the champion of the 2013/14 La Liga competition. It’s an ending to the season that is reminiscent of past seasons.

Barcelona Gerard Pique, Neymar could return for La Liga finale vs. Atletico Madrid - ESPN FC
Pique has been sidelined since cracking a hip in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Atletico on April 1, while Neymar -- the only Barca player to score in five meetings with Los Colchoneros so far this season -- has been out since bruising a foot in the Copa del Rey final defeat to Real Madrid on April 16.

FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid: The last 5 meetings | FC Barcelona
Barça and Atlético Madrid are about to meet for the fifth time this season. They’ve all been incredibly tight affairs, with four games ending in draws and Atlético getting one win in the Champions League quarter finals. There have been two Barça goals compared to three for Atlético. But although there’s not much to choose between the teams in terms of most stats, there are also notable differences in some categories.

Five-year anniversary of the historic Copa del Rey victory over Athletic Club | FC Barcelona
This Tuesday is the five-year anniversary of the unforgettable Copa del Rey final in Valencia against Athletic Club. The month of May that year started out with the legendary 2-6 at the Bernabéu against Real Madrid and the miraculous goal from Iniesta at Stanford Bridge. The Copa del Rey final on the 13th led to the first of the historic treble for Barça that season.

Neymar: 'I will end my career at Santos' - Goal.com
"This is something to think about, I want to play for another team in Brazil, it wouldn't be a problem to sit down and hear an offer," Neymar said. "The club can be from Sao Paulo, from Rio de Janeiro or from any other state of Brazil, the only that is certain is that I will end my career at Santos."

Chelsea agree deal to sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa | Football News | Sky Sports
Chelsea have agreed a £32m deal with Atletico Madrid for striker Diego Costa, according to Sky sources. Costa, who has played a starring role in the Spanish club's run towards a possible La Liga/Champions League double, has long been linked with a move to London, with Jose Mourinho desperate to sign a prolific striker.

Liga stars in Uruguay squad | Football Espana
The South American nation are in the same group as Italy, England and Costa Rica. Three Atletico Madrid players are in the initial squad, with Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez and Cristian Rodriguez all being named. Espanyol’s Cristian Stuani has also been called up by Tabarez.

Four Liga stars in Cameroon squad | Football Espana
Coach Volker Finke has announced his preliminary squad this morning, with five to be cut before the tournament starts on June 12. The African nation have been included in Group A alongside Brazil, Croatia and Mexico. Spanish representation comes from Granada’s Allan Nyom, Sevilla midfielder Stephane Mbia, Alex Song of Barcelona and Osasuna’s Cedric Loe.

Navas included in Costa Rica squad | Football Espana
Costa Rica have named their initial 26-man squad for this summer’s World Cup, with one Liga star. The one Liga representative included in the group is Levante superstar Keylor Navas, who has consistently impressed for the Granotes this term.

Liga duo named in Switzerland squad | Football Espana
Switzerland have named their 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup with two La Liga-based players involved. Valencia defender Philippe Senderos has been included for the tournament, as has Real Sociedad striker Haris Seferovic. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men have been included in Group E alongside France, Ecuador and Honduras.