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FC Barcelona News: 17 May 2014; Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Neymar Given Medical Clearance Ahead of Title Decider

David Ramos

FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid: Match point | FC Barcelona
Over the last fortnight, Atlético Madrid got only got one point out of six, and Real Madrid just two out of nine. Which means that victory tonight would make Barça champions for the twenty third time. A draw would be enough for Atlético, who are chasing their first league title since 1996, but Barça have the all-important home advantage.

Neymar, Piqué and Alba named in squad | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has named all of his players in the squad, with the sole exception of Víctor Valdés, who is away in Germany receiving treatment for his injury. The full list therefore consists of Pinto, Olazábal, Montoya, Piqué, Cesc, Puyol, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Neymar Jr, Dos Santos, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio Busquets, Song, Jordi Alba, Afellay, Tello, Adriano, Dani Alves, Cuenca and Sergi Roberto.

Past meetings mean nothing now, says Martino | FC Barcelona
Ahead of Saturday evening’s crunch fixture with Atlético Madrid, Gerardo Martino has said that "my heart and soul are set on winning the league." And that’s mainly because of his players who "have had a difficult year. They deserve this because of their dedication, fighting spirit and courage".

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid: Everything you need to know | Eurosport
Only twice in the history of Spain's top flight has the title been decided with a direct head-to-head clash on the last day and when the calendar was set last year few would have expected Atletico to be competing with vastly wealthier rivals Barca for the championship at this stage.

Inside view of the Puyol tribute | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol officially stepped down as a playing member of FC Barcelona on Thursday May 15. These eight minutes of video highlights present exclusive footage from before, during and after the event – including one camera that followed every one of Puyol’s moves on the day he said his goodbyes to the players, staff and fans.

Messi extension comes at right time for Barca by Dermot Ledwith - ESPN FC
They say good news comes in threes. Maybe it is with that in mind Barca announced Friday that Lionel Messi will be signing an improved contract that assuredly will keep him at the club until 2018. With a huge final on Saturday against Atletico Madrid to decide who takes this season's La Liga title, the suspicion is that reports from the past few weeks were correct, and Barca fans really had nothing to worry about.

Welcome to the Qatar Airways - FC Barcelona plane | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday, the first team players, along with president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the vice president for Economic Strategy, Javier Faus, and the CEO Antoni Rossich, were at El Prat Airport to welcome the Boeing 777 that was designed to showcase the partnership between FC Barcelona and Qatar Airways. It was the first time that the plane had landed in the city of Barcelona.

Global sponsorship deal between FC Barcelona and Stanley Black & Decker | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Stanley Black & Decker by which the global tools provider will become an official Club sponsor. The deal relates to the power, hand and security tools pertaining to the brands in the group, namely STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT and FACOM.

Luis Enrique confirms Celta Vigo exit ahead of expected Barcelona switch - ESPN FC
"I cannot confirm or deny anything," Enrique said. "There is nothing to talk about in terms of my future -- today is a sad day. Today I am Celta coach. It will be like this until the end of the season. If in the future a situation presents itself, I will communicate that, but until then it would be ridiculous to comment."

Espanyol coach Javier Aguirre to leave after Real Madrid game | Sky Sports
Espanyol coach Javier Aguirre is to leave the club after Saturday's Primera Division season finale at Real Madrid. The news was confirmed in the team's pre-match press conference on Friday after talks over a new contract proved unsuccessful. "I thank everyone involved in the club for all their support," Aguirre said. "We decided to bring an end to this stage.

Malaga finish with a flourish |
Malaga completed a disappointing campaign on a winning note with a 1-0 victory over Levante in a Friday night encounter that had little riding on it for either side. Malaga finished fourth in 2012 and sixth last term but, after losing a number of key figures last summer including coach Manuel Pellegrini and star playmaker Isco, they have spent much of this season fighting at the wrong end of the Primera Division table.

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