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FC Barcelona News: 5 March 2015; Sergio Busquets Escapes Major Injury, Three Kickoff Times Announced

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Busquets out of Rayo game | FC Barcelona
Club doctors confirmed that Sergi Busquets’ ankle injury picked up in the game against Villarreal on Wednesday will rule him out of this Sunday’s league clash with Rayo at the Camp Nou and that his availability beyond that will be carefully monitored.

Villarreal v FC Barcelona (1-3): Cup final no fantasy! | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are headed back to the final of the Spanish Cup. Neymar scored two minutes after the opening kick off and again two minutes from the final whistle to lead the Catalans to a commanding 3–1 win over hosts Villarreal in the return leg of the Cup quarter-final, booking Barça a trip to the title-match where they'll face Athletic Club Bilbao.

FC Barcelona reach fifth final in seven seasons | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have qualified for the final of the Spanish Cup after beating Villarreal in the semi-finals 6-2 on aggregate, sending the Club to its fifth final in seven seasons where they'll seek to win their 27th Cup in team history against Athletic Club Bilbao.

Luis Enrique says finals are there to be won | FC Barcelona
Bartomeu said that he would like the title to be decided "in a big stadium without saying a specific name so that they can get the maximum possible number of viewers. If possible, not far from Barcelona," he added, with the opponent yet to be decided.

Athletic Club Bilbao and FC Barcelona's paths to the final | FC Barcelona
There’ll be another Catalan and Basque final in the Spanish Cup this year, with Barça and Athletic Bilbao facing off for the third time in seven years. Barça have seen off Huesca Elche, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal to reach the final and for the first time since 1926, they have won every game on their way, scoring 31 goals and conceding just five.

Eighth Spanish Cup final between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao | FC Barcelona
After beating Villarreal 3–1, FC Barcelona's opponents in the Spanish Cup final will be Athletic Club de Bilbao, who qualified for the title match after topping Espanyol in the semi-finals. It will be the eighth Cup final between the two teams and the third in six years. It is a game that has become a Spanish Cup classic, with the Catalans, having won five times and lost only twice.

Neymar Jr and Luis Suárez jubilant for first berth in Spanish Cup final | FC Barcelona
After Barça's 3–1 victory at El Madrigal, Neymar Jr said he was proud that the team has reached their fifth Cup final in seven years: "We're very pleased with the work we've done, we knew was a tough game and I want to congratulate the whole team. We'll play to win in the final." Neymar also wanted to commend Villarreal: "They're a great team, they have many quality players and that is why we came out aggressively."

Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde is thrilled after reaching Copa del Rey final | Football News | Sky Sports
Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde is thrilled at his team's achievement in reaching the Copa del Rey final for the third time in the last seven years. The Basque outfit won 2-0 at Espanyol on Wednesday night to progress 3-1 on aggregate and set up a meeting with Barcelona in the cup showdown on May 30.

Barca and Athletic want the Bernabeu | Football Espana
Finalists Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao are both understood to favour Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, although the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) will make their final decision next week after meeting representatives from the clubs. All the potential venues need to have capacities in excess of 50,000, the only requirement set out by the RFEF, with the Bernabeu, Camp Nou, San Mames, Mestalla and La Cartuja all in the frame to hold the prestigious game.

Neymar moves past Romário and Maradona | FC Barcelona
Neymar continues to set new benchmarks with FC Barcelona. With his two goals in Barça's 3–1 win over Villarreal he has now found the net more times with the first team than both Romário and Diego Maradona, who scored 39 and 38 respectively. The current Barça number 11 now has 41 in 74 official matches - of those 41 goals, 26 have come this season and 15 last.

FC Barcelona kick off times against Celta, Almeria and Sevilla announced | FC Barcelona
Kick off times for Barça’s first three games of April – which follow the international break immediately after the Barça-Real Madrid game on March 22 – have been announced:

Manhester City beat Leicester 2-0 | FC Barcelona
Manuel Pellegrini took the decision to rest captain Vincent Kompany , Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko for the game, which the Sky Blues desperately needed to win after defeats to Barça and Liverpool last week explaining "we had to freshen up the team mentally and physically after two difficult games".

James Rodriguez injury means Real Madrid star is set to miss clasico v Barcelona - ESPN FC
James fractured a metatarsal on Feb. 4 during the Sevilla match and underwent an operation the following day. The Colombia international was given an estimated recovery time of two months, with doctors predicting he would be able to return to action on April 14 or 15 -- the Champions League quarterfinals.

Pepe to pen new Madrid deal | Football Espana
Real Madrid defender Pepe’s new contract agreement with the club is only a matter of time, according to Marca. The Portuguese’s current arrangement expires in June 2016 and two years ago he was reportedly set to join Manchester City, with only doubts over Raphael Varane’s recovery from injury and Carlo Ancelotti’s insistence he remain in the Spanish capital keeping him at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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