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FC Barcelona News: 21 May 2014; Barça Present Kits for Next Season, Gerard Pique, Jordi Masip Sign Contract Extensions

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Luis Enrique signs FC Barcelona contract | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday morning at the Camp Nou, Luis Enrique Martínez García signed his contract as the new first team manager of FC Barcelona. The Asturian signed a two-year contract shortly before heading for an official presentation to the media in the Auditori 1899.

Time will tell if Luis Enrique is right for Barcelona by Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
To my eye, Luis Enrique has always reminded me of Roy Keane. Facially and physically they are similar and when the Spaniard was in full flow, bursting forward from midfield to make a tackle, make a goal or tuck the ball away himself, there was a similarly elegant mix of fluency and energy.

How Luis Enrique motivates his players | FC Barcelona
In addition to his career at FC Barcelona, and his work ethic and technical knowledge of the game, Luis Enrique is known as a great motivator. As proof, we’ve found a video that the manager showed his players in 2011 when they were vying for promotion to Segunda A.

Infographic: Luis Enrique's career at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Infographic of Lucho's storied career in Blaugrana. The former player, after spells at Sporting and Real Madrid, went on to captain FC Barcelona and lead the team to two league titles.

Luis Enrique should get ready for a turbulent summer at Barcelona | The National
Coach Gerardo Martino resigned after the match after a season in charge, while club president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced that there would be profound changes at the club. The first of those changes was announced on Monday evening with the news that Luis Enrique will become manager on a two-year contract after he stepped down from being Celta Vigo manager on Friday.

Gerard Piqué signs on till 2019 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona would like to announce they have reached a deal with Gerard Piqué to extend his contract, which runs out on 30 June 2015, for a further four years. The new contract will keep Piqué at the Club until the end of the 2018/19 season and will be signed within the next few days.

Jordi Masip to extend contract to 2017 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona announce that the Club and the player Jordi Masip have agreed to terms to extend the players contract, which was due to expire on June 30 of 2015. The player will ink his new three-year contract in the coming days. His buyout clause will be set at 35 million euros.

Classic and innovative look for FC Barcelona's new 2014/15 home kit | FC Barcelona
Nike and FC Barcelona today unveiled the new home kit for season 2014-15 season, with stars from the present first team and the future of the club uniting as the side look to the future. From the famous La Masia to the iconic Camp Nou, FC Barcelona’s footballers are synonymous for a unique playing style and philosophy for nurturing young talent to craft victory on the pitch.

The latest technological and environmentally sustainable advances for FC Barcelona's new 2014/15 home kits | FC Barcelona
The kits are made from recycled plastic water bottles. The shorts are 100 percent recycled polyester; the shirts are 96 percent recycled polyester, while the socks are 78 percent. Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles, and over the last four years Nike has diverted almost two billion of these bottles from landfills to produce their kits.

10 magic moments for José Manuel Pinto | FC Barcelona
José Manuel Pinto has certainly left his mark on the Club over the six and a half years he’s been here, with an excellent record of just 74 goals conceded in his 90 appearances. With his 48 Spanish Cup appearances, only Ramallets(60) has played more times in goal for Barça in the competition.

Rafinha: "I'm happy and motivated by the coming challenges" | FC Barcelona
Rafinha Alcántara is "happy and motivated" by the "new challenges" that await him at FC Barcelona. That’s what the midfielder said in the closing statement of his farewell letter to Celta Vigo, which was published this afternoon on the player’s Twitter account (@Rafinha).

Lionel Messi: Barcelona 'accomplished nothing' this season -
"It was a tough year and it has not been the best for me," Messi told Mundo Deportivo. "A big team [like Barcelona] is obliged to win titles and this year we accomplished nothing. It was kind of the whole group, though, not just individuals. But it was a letdown for the whole team."

What does the summer hold for Cesc Fabregas? -
When Cesc Fabregas returned to boyhood club Barcelona in the summer of 2011, huge things were expected. It has not quite gone to plan. Having impressed so much as he matured into the captaincy of Arsenal, lighting up the Premier League with his quality on the ball and canny football brain, the expectation was that he would slot back into the set-up at the club which trained him and provide a clear continuity as Xavi grew older.

FC Barcelona v Espanyol: A final to finish | FC Barcelona
The league over, FC Barcelona have just one more game in the 2013/14 season. It’s the final of 25th edition of the Copa Catalunya, which kicks off tonight at 9.30 PM CET in Girona. The opposition, as it was last season, will be Espanyol. A year ago, the final in Lleida ended one goal apiece, and Barcelona won the trophy on penalties.

Gracia confirms Osasuna departure | Football Espana
Osasuna Coach Javi Gracia has confirmed he is leaving the club following their relegation to the Segunda on Sunday. The Pamplona side beat Real Betis 2-1 in their final match of the season, but it was not enough to secure safety after other results went against them. Now, the Spanish Press report that the tactician believes it to be ‘for the best’ that he moves on.

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