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FC Barcelona News: 18 May 2014; Barça Lose Title Deciding Game, Tata Martino Confirms Barcelona Exit

David Ramos

FC Barcelona - Atlètic de Madrid: Title slips away (1-1) | FC Barcelona
Only a win would do for Barça and the team pushed for it right till the end – when Pinto went up for a final corner – but despite going ahead through an Alexis goal in the first half, Godin’s headed equaliser after the break proved enough to give the visitors the point and the title.

Tata Martino announces that he will no longer manage FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
"I announce the mutual decision with the Club to no longer manage FC Barcelona," he started. He continued by thanking, "regardless of today’s result," the Club for the support he received throughout the season. "I thank the Club for everything its given me, I thank President Bartomeu, Football Director Zubizarreta and Sandro Rosell for having confidence in me."

Mascherano: "We have to be realistic and rebuild" | FC Barcelona
"A cycle has ended, and the reality is that we have to make changes. The Club will make decisions and will create a competitive team." Saddened by how the season concluded, Mascherano said that "a unique era is over. That’s why it hurts so much because you never want a good thing to end."

Bartomeu: "The following period will bring profound changes" | FC Barcelona
After Bartomeu talked to the press after Gerardo Martino announced the news that he was stepping down as FC Barcelona’s manager. "The news saddens us, we really appreciate him. He’s a great person. He leaves an impressive mark on the team."

Awesome mosaic and 'Cant del Barça' at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The decisive match between Barça and Atlético Madrid kicked off with a massive mosaic and song. The nearly 100,000 Camp Nou faithful came together to made a mosaic that read ‘Som el Barça’ (We are Barça), on a backdrop of blue and red, and yellow. In addition, the fans greeted the team with an a capella rendition of the ‘Cant del Barça’. It was an emotional beginning to the showdown, a showdown that decided the 2013/14 league season.

Atletico's dreams come true at Camp Nou by Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
Little wonder that the Camp Nou applauded at the end. Not every last man, woman and child -- that would be nirvana, which, in football, doesn't exist -- but large swaths of fans identifiably, kitted out either in Barca's blaugrana home shirts or in the almost luminescent second kit which is based on the Catalan flag, clapped long and loud as Spain's new champions celebrated on what is supposed to be hallowed Catalan turf.

Magnificent Atletico Madrid prove that teams still trump superstars | Eurosport
It was one of the greatest achievements in the history of the beautiful game. Plucky Atletico Madrid had taken on the Spanish duopoly and won. Not by throwing millions at the project as per Chelsea and Manchester City – and PSG and Monaco – but by building a team greater than the sum of its parts.

Scale of Atletico's achievement 'barely believable' | Eurosport
The fighting spirit Atletico Madrid have shown all season meant coach Diego Simeone never doubted they would come from behind to draw 1-1 against Barcelona and claim a first La Liga title for 18 years, even if the rest of the footballing world has been left stunned. Barca needed to beat Atletico in a final-day showdown to snatch the title away and Alexis Sanchez gave the hosts hope when he rifled home from an acute angle after 33 minutes at a packed Nou Camp.

How Simeone’s Atletico gave Barcelona and Real Madrid a bloody nose | Eurosport
If anyone had suggested before the start of the La Liga season that Atletico Madrid could pip vastly wealthier rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid to the title they would have been dismissed as hopelessly naive. Predicting that Diego Simeone's side, who wrapped up their 10th domestic league title and their first since 1996 thanks to Sunday's 1-1 comeback draw at Barca, would also be through to the final of Europe's elite club competition would have seen them laughed out of town.

Atletico Madrid worried by Diego Costa, Arda Turan injuries | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid face an anxious wait over two of their key players ahead of next weekend's Champions League final. The newly-crowned Spanish champions lost star striker Diego Costa to a recurrence of a hamstring injury and midfield schemer Arda Turan with a knee problem during the 1-1 draw with Barcelona that secured the title.

Real Madrid 3 Espanyol 1 | Sky Sports Football
Real Madrid signed off a disappointing domestic season with a 3-1 victory over Espanyol on Saturday but of more concern were the doubts raised over the fitness of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo for next weekend's Champions League final.

Valencia 2-1 Celta Vigo |
Valencia marked what could be a bright new dawn for the club with a 2-1 comeback victory over Celta Vigo. Los Che announced earlier on Saturday that Singapore billionaire Peter Lim had completed his takeover of the Mestalla outfit, buying a 70 per cent share from the Valencia CF Foundation. That could prove to be a seminal moment for the debt-ridden club and the team welcomed the news with a battling win over Celta in their final match of what has been a largely disappointing season.

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