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FC Barcelona News: 20 May 2014; Lionel Messi Signs New Contract, Luis Enrique Named Manager, Other Transactions Follow

Sascha Steinbach

Leo Messi signs new deal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona would like to announce that Leo Messi and the Club signed a revised contract this afternoon. The signing took place in the presence of Leo Messi, his father Jorge Messi and the Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu, as well as the sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre and the Club CEO, Antoni Rossich.

Luis Enrique to be presented on Wednesday | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday, 21 May, Luis Enrique Martínez will be presented as the new manager of FC Barcelona’s first team. The Asturian manager will sign his two-year contract at noon. The signing ceremony will take place at FC Barcelona’s offices. One hour later, at 1:00 PM CET, in the Auditori 1899 Luis Enrique will hold his first press conference as FC Barcelona’s manager. The press conference will be streamed live on the Club’s official website and broadcast live on Barça TV.

Luis Enrique signs two year deal as new FC Barcelona manager | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona Board of Directors have this evening confirmed Luis Enrique Martíneza the new first team coach, following a proposal from Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta. Luis Enrique, 44 , will sign a two year deal.

Luis Enrique's managerial track record | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique brought Barça B up into the second division in the 2009/10 season and in their first season in the second tier, his team won a record number of points for the division. He moved to take over at Rome in the 2011/12 season, finishing seventh in the Italian League, reaching the Italian Cup Semi-final and being knocked out of the Europa League.

Luis Enrique, eighth captain to rise to manager | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique will be the eighth Club captain to become first team manager, joining a select group made up of José Nogués, Josep Samitier, Ladislau Kubala, César Rodríguez, Joaquim Rifé, Johan Cruyff and Josep Guardiola. Kubala is the only one of the group to have managed the side on two separate occasions.

Luis Enrique and the new Barça project hog the headlines | FC Barcelona
The new Barça Project has hit the headlines in Catalonia and the rest of the world, with the announcement of Luis Enrique’s appointment and the arrival of ter Stegen, Rafinha and Deulofeu hogging the headlines.

Luis Enrique's in-tray: the five areas Barca's new boss must address -
It's time for change. Barcelona lost La Liga to Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening and coach Gerardo Martino revealed after the match that he will be stepping down with immediate effect. The Argentine will be replaced by Luis Enrique, who announced on Friday that he would no longer be in charge at Celta Vigo after a sole season at the helm of the Galician club and was confirmed by Barca to take over for the next two years after a board meeting in the Catalan capital on Monday.

Ter Stegen arrives, Pinto leaves | FC Barcelona
Marc-André Ter Stegen is one of the new signings for the 2014/15 Barça squad. Football Director Andoni Zubizarreta and the Board of Directors announced the news this afternoon after the extraordinary Board meeting scheduled for earlier this afternoon.

Deulofeu and Rafinha Alcantára to return from loan spells | FC Barcelona
Youngsters Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha Alcantára will be returning to the Club after a year out on loan at Everton and Celta Vigo respectively. The Catalan winger and the Brazilian born midfielder both came up through the Masia and they have put in impressive performances on loan this year.

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba feels Lionel Messi criticism is unjust - ESPN FC
The Spain international said: "It is easy to criticise and make comments, but they are very unjust. He has won the Ballon d'Or four times and for sure he will win more. If they criticise him, what will they say about me?" Alba also said he could not imagine Messi leaving the club, adding: "I do not imagine a future for Barca without him."

Xavi out with back sprain | FC Barcelona
Xavi noticed a pain in his back after Saturday's game and tests this morning revealed a lumbar sprain, which will rule him out for about a week. The Club's medical services have informed the RFEF doctors of the situation in order to coordinate the recovery once the Spanish national team get together for teh World Cup preparations.

Barça to play the Copa Catalunya Final on Wednesday | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have announced the squad to face Espanyol in Wednesday night's Copa Catalunya final in Girona. Sixteen B team players are joined by Youth A youngsters Riera and Kaptoum. The full squad is: Masip, Ortolá, S. Gómez, Patric, Ilie, J. Espinosa, Grimaldo, Babunski, M. Bagnack, Samper, Denis Suárez, D. Nieto, Lucas, Adama, Sandro, Munir, Roger Riera and Kaptoum.

Voting opens for the fifth annual Barça Players Awards | FC Barcelona
The voting period for the 5th annual Barça Players Awards kicked off this Monday. The awards, which are sponsored by the Barça Players Association and Estrella Damm, are given to the FC Barcelona players who displayed the best Fair Play throughout the 2013/14 season.

Changes to the youth system coaching structure | FC Barcelona
In addition to the announcement that Luis Enrique will be FC Barcelona’s new first manager, the Board of Directors also announced additional changes to the Club’s coaching structure. Jordi Roura, first team assistant manager under Tito Vilanova, was named the director of youth football, while the physical fitness manager Aureli Altimira will be the new youth system coordinator.

Atlético Madrid win more than the league with 'impossible' La Liga title | Sid Lowe |
"Madrid is red and white" said Diego Simeone and Madrid was red and white. Outside the Vicente Calderón, up the Paseo de los Melancólicos, along Pontones and Acacias, around Ortega y Munilla and over Embajadores, it was red and white. In the middle, the bus was blue. Spain's new champions were on board and for the first time in a decade they were not from Real Madrid or FC Barcelona.

Berizzo replaces Enrique at Celta Vigo | Eurosport
Following Luis Enrique’s departure to take over at Barcelona, the Celestes have acted quickly in naming a successor.  The 44-year-old, who spent four years at the Balaidos between 2001 and 2005, has been confirmed as the new tactician on a two-year deal.

Gabriel Calderon leaves his post as Real Betis boss | Sky Sports
Gabriel Calderon has left his post as Real Betis manager following relegation to the Segunda Division, the club have confirmed. The former Argentina international, whose contract expired on June 30, only took over at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in January but could not stop the Andalucian outfit going down, winning just four of his league games in charge

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