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FC Barcelona News: 6 May 2014; Luis Enrique Tipped for Next Barça Job, Bartomeu Meets FIFA Representatives

Denis Doyle

Meeting between FIFA and FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
This was the first meeting between the two presidents since Sr Bartomeu took over the reins at FC Barcelona. During their meeting, both men agreed that at all levels, football authorities must work together for the benefit of the game and its global development.

Leo Messi still chasing Pichichi award | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is in the mix for the Pichichi title as the Spanish League’s leading goal scorer - something he has already won on three occasions - after his goal against Getafe on Saturday. The Argentinean is three goals behind the current leader Cristiano Ronaldo – who also scored at the weekend

FC Barcelona, one short of a hundred league goals | FC Barcelona
Barça are just one goal off hitting the hundred goal mark in the league again this season. With 99 goals in the 34 games so far played, Martino’s team need one more to reach 100 for the third season on the run, following last season’s record 115 and 114 the year before.

Elche-FC Barelona, Sunday the 11th at 7:00 PM CET | FC Barcelona
The Elche-Barça match, round 37 of La Liga, will be played on Sunday May 11 at 7:00 PM CET. The LFP confirmed the schedule this morning, and announced that FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid will play at the same time. Therefore, Barça’s match will coincide with the Atlético-Malaga and Celta-Madrid games.

Barcelona next manager: Luis Enrique to replace Gerardo Martino as Barcelona meet with former midfield star - Mirror Online
Barcelona's hunt for a replacement for Tata Martino this summer looks set to end with former player Luis Enrique. According to reports in Spain, the current Celta Vigo coach - who made 300 appearances for the Blaugrana, scoring 109 goals - is the number one choice to take over at Camp Nou from the Argentine, who is almost certain to leave Catalunya after just one season.

Messi set to sign Barca extension? | Football Espana
Marca reveal on Tuesday that the Ballon d’Or winner will sit down with the Blaugrana at some point before this weekend, and put pen to paper on a new deal. The contract will see the Argentina international become the highest-paid footballer in the world – he currently earns €16m per year.

Happy Birthday Dani Alves! | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves is celebrating his thirty-first birthday today. The Brazilian, who joined Barça from Seville in 2008, has played in 295 games for the Club - 40 of them this season - and scored 20 goals Alves has won everything with Barça:16 títles including two Champions Leagues (2009 and 2011), four Spanish Leagues (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), four Spanish Super Cups (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014) and two World Club Cups (2010 and 2012).

Five years on from Iniesta's wonder goal at Stamford Bridge | FC Barcelona
On May 6, 2009 Barça enjoyed one of their most magical European nights in the Club’s history. After a goalless draw at the Camp Nou in the first leg, Barça travelled to London to face Chelsea in the second leg, with a place in the Rome final at stake. It was a tough game and after Essien put the hosts one up after nine minutes, Barça found it hard to get their game into full swing, a situation made even tougher by the sending off of Abidal on 66 minutes.

Jonathan dos Santos back training with squad | FC Barcelona
There was a round of applause at the start of training on Pitch Number One at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning when Jonathan dos Santos made his return to training after a six month injury layoff.

Atletico Madrid rule out controversial payments - ESPN FC
The matter received fresh attention when Levante youngster Ruben Garcia joked about the possibility of receiving a "little present" prior to his side's 2-0 victory over Atletico at the weekend. Spanish players' union president Luis Rubiales defended Garcia, but La Liga chief Javier Tebas insisted that "taking money to win a game is forbidden and seriously punished."

Blatter suggests relegation for racism | Eurosport
"I’m very angry," he told L’Equipe. "Teams should be docked points or relegated." Blatter has previously said there would be 'zero-tolerance' for racism at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but UEFA has a history of dishing out paltry fines to clubs found guilty of discriminatory abuse.

Spanish League (LFP) promises tough action on racism - ESPN FC
The issue of racism in La Liga has been highlighted in recent weeks after Barcelona's Dani Alves picked up and ate a banana thrown at home during a game at Villarreal. A subsequent social media campaign launched by Alves' Barca and Brazil colleague Neymar has brought the international spotlight onto the Spanish game, with widespread outrage again last weekend when some Atletico Madrid supporters abused Levante's Papakouli Diop.

Politician criticises Valencia transfer dealings - ESPN FC
Valencia's expected five million euro deal to sign Racing de Avellaneda midfielder Rodrigo de Paul for next season has been criticised by local politician Alfonso Rus, who is involved with one of the groups currently trying to buy Los Che.

Granada snatch late leveller |
Granada coach Lucas Alcaraz had suggested prior to the match that Sociedad had nothing to play for after seeing their Champions Leagues hopes ended, but the hosts had found enough motivation to lead through Carlos Vela's 78th-minute goal as the clock ticked down. But three minutes into time added on Ighalo finished from close range to earn a point which puts Granada three clear of trouble.

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