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FC Barcelona News: 19 May 2014; Real Valladolid and Osasuna Join Real Betis on Way to the Segunda Division

Denis Doyle

Three records in the Martino era | FC Barcelona
Martino led Barça to its longest ever winning start in La Liga. The club won its first eight games. He also goes down as the FCB manager that survived the most official games undefeated since taking over, no fewer than 20 games (14 in the league, 4 in the Champions League and 2 in the Spanish Supercup.

100 goals - who, when and where | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona scored exactly 100 goals in La Liga 2013/14. It was the third season in a row that the first team reached three figures after setting a new record two years ago with 114 and stretching the record even further last season with 115.

Barça's 2013/14 league stats | FC Barcelona
A look back at the 2013/14 league season, shows runners-up Barça finished top of a number of stat tables: passes, dribbling, penalties, fewest shots received, fewest fouls committed, fewest bookings, least possession lost and fewest goal kicks taken.

Neymar's arrival was the beginning of Barcelona's downfall -
It’s immensely difficult to plan, create and execute the greatest football team of the modern era. It’s even more difficult to destroy that vision in 12 months. But Barcelona has somehow managed it, and the degeneration picked up pace from the moment Neymar swaggered into Catalunya.

‘General Simeone’ deserves all the credit but Barca set for major changes | Eurosport
Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone was close to tears as he faced the media in the press room after his side had drawn 1-1 in Camp Nou. The result was enough to make Atletico Madrid champions of Spain for the first time since 1996, to break the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid, rivals with four times Atletico's wage budget. Rivals who'd finished up to 39 points ahead of Spain's third place team in the last five years, statistics which did the La Liga no favours.

Thibaut Courtois will discuss future only after Champions League final | The Guardian
"If I move somewhere, I will play. With my age, what I want, the most important thing for me, is to play. We will see what happens. But Petr [Cech] is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he won the golden glove in the Premier League, and I have a lot of respect for him, so we will see what Chelsea decide and what they plan to do. You guys will see the decision [then]."

Madrid rocked by vast Atletico celebrations | Eurosport
Diego Simeone’s side secured the League crown with a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou yesterday, their first Primera Division since 1996.  The Rojiblancos began their journey of triumph at their Vicente Calderon stadium and headed for the Neptuno fountain in the city centre – the traditional site for all their notable victories.

Fenerbahce set to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Diego Ribas - ESPN FC
Diego Ribas could be the first player to leave Atletico Madrid's La Liga title-winning squad, with the Brazilian reportedly close to a move to Turkish club Fenerbahce. Atletico sealed a first title win in 18 years by drawing 1-1 at Barcelona's Camp Nou on Saturday, and face Real Madrid in next Saturday's Champions League final in Lisbon.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo shares Golden Shoe with Liverpool's Luis Suarez - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the Pichichi award as La Liga's leading scorer, but he had to share the European Golden Shoe with Liverpool's Luis Suarez as injury ruled the Real Madrid star out of Saturday's game against Espanyol.

Sevilla ease past Elche | Sky Sports Football
Sevilla toasted their Europa League triumph with an emphatic 3-1 win over Elche, rounding off the campaign in style at their Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. Midfielder Vicente Iborra tripled his goal tally for the season by opening the scoring for Sevilla and then adding a brilliant third, with Jairo Samperio also getting on the scoresheet on a comfortable night for Unai Emery's side.

Getafe secure survival | Sky Sports Football
Ciprian Marica scored twice as Getafe beat neighbours Rayo Vallecano 2-1 to secure their place in the Primera Division for another year. The Romanian opened the scoring at Vallecas in the first half and then converted a stoppage-time penalty to snatch a win after Roberto Trashorras had equalized for the hosts.

Draw enough for Almeria | Sky Sports Football
Almeria secured their status in the Primera Division for another season after holding Athletic Bilbao to a goalless draw at home. There may have been no goals at the Juegos Mediterraneos stadium but there was no shortage of drama.

Valladolid are relegated | Sky Sports Football
Real Valladolid have been relegated from the Primera Division after a 1-0 home loss to fellow relegation battlers Granada. Stefan Mitrovic's own-goal a minute before the break settled the contest and confirmed relegation for a side who already knew their fate was not in their own hands.

Osasuna down despite win | Sky Sports Football
Osasuna beat Real Betis on Sunday afternoon but it was not enough to keep the Pamplona outfit in the Primera Division as results elsewhere relegated them. In a match which was suspended for more than 35 minutes after a frightening incident in which a section of fencing collapsed, injuring a number of supporters, Osasuna did enough to see off rock-bottom Betis but could not get the help they needed from Real Valladolid, who lost to Granada.

Overcrowding blamed for Osasuna barrier collapse - ESPN FC
Osasuna president Miguel Archanco has blamed the incident in which 10 Osasuna supporters were taken to hospital after a crowd barrier gave way against Real Betis on too many home fans getting into one area of the ground. Play at El Sadar was stopped after 11 minutes, immediately after home striker Oriol Riera had put his side a goal in front to raise hopes of an unlikely relegation escape.

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