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FC Barcelona News: 25 April 2015; One Year Anniversary of Tito Vilanova's Death, Many React to Champions League Draw

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A year since the death of Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
It is now a year since that tragic Friday. During the days that followed thousand upon thousands of Barça fans made their way to Camp Nou to pay their respects to the coach who reached the historic total of 100 points in the league campaign of 2012/13. That achievement led him to being the seventh Barça coach to claim the title in his debut season in charge of the first team.

Squad announced to face Espanyol | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has named the 18 players for the derby between Espanyol and Barça this Saturday at the Camp Nou (4.00pm CET). The players missing out are Masip, Montoya and Douglas as well as the injured Vermaelen.

Meeting between Sergio and Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
Barça and Espanyol meet this Saturday at 4.00pm CET in the Catalan derby, which being a special fixture in the calendar, has its own traditions. One of those is the meeting of the two coaches, in this case Sergio González and Luis Enrique, and the customary photograph at the ground the day before the game.

Luis Enrique wants to see intensity versus Espanyol | FC Barcelona
"There is only one game and it's the one this Saturday. It's a derby, with everything that it means for the fans. It’s a key day for us." "Víctor Sánchez is an important player for them. We know him well because we developed him, but any Espanyol player will be very motivated. We must be aware of what's at stake and of what we do against our opponents."

The Espanyol-FC Barcelona quiz | FC Barcelona
Put yourself to the test ahead of this Saturday’s city derby

FC Barcelona to face Bayern Munich in UEFA Champions League semi-finals | FC Barcelona
The stage is set and the semi-finals for the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League promises to be one for the ages. The luck of the draw — which took place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday at 12.00pm (CET) paired FC Barcelona with Bayern Munich in the first semi-final.

Previous meetings between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have met in three previous ties in European competition with the Bavarians having got the better of the blaugranes on two occasions as well as in the group stage back in 1998/99. Barça’s overall record is one win, two draws and five defeats. In the three ties over two legs that the teams have played, one came in the UEFA Cup in 1995/96 and in the Champions League in 2008/09 and 2012/13, the team that has made it through has gone on to win the competition.

Barca chief: Champions League showdown with Bayern is a gift to football -
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says his club’s Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich will be a gift to the game. The Spanish giants avoided domestic rivals Real Madrid in Friday’s draw for the last four and will welcome former coach Pep Guardiola back to Camp Nou in the last four.

Ludovic Giuly analyses semi-finals versus Bayern Munich | FC Barcelona
Former FC Barcelona player Ludovic Giuly was part of the Club’s delegation in Friday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final draw in Nyon, Switzerland that has brought the blaugranes face to face with Bayern Munich. The Frenchman said he believes that "Barça should not be afraid."

Pep & Thiago on Barca return | Football Espana
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he is ‘glad’ about facing Barcelona following Friday’s Champions League semi-final draw in Nyon. The 44-year-old led La Blaugrana to two European cups between 2008 and 2012 but will return to Camp Nou for the first time since taking charge of the German giants two years ago when both clubs lock horns next month.

Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich: Players' reaction on social media | FC Barcelona
A round-up of content published by FC Barcelona first team players following the Champions League draw on Friday.

UEFA vampires descend on Barcelona training - Inside Spanish Football Inside Spanish Football
Perhaps the even worse news was still to come as the club announced the UEFA Anti-doping selected 10 players from the squad for blood and urine testing; Ter Stegen, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Dani Alves and Jordi Alba.

Who are ya?! Adama Traore | Touchline Talk | Touchline Talk
Born in Barcelona to Malian parents, Adama Traore is a product of the Catalan giants fabled La Masia academy. He made his La Liga debut at the age of 17, replacing superstar Brazilian Neymar during a 4-0 win over Granada, and scored his first goal for Los Cules in an 8-1 destruction of SD Huesca in the Copa del Rey last December.

Ronald Koeman promises to stay Southampton manager
Ronald Koeman has promised not leave Southampton this summer, even if Barcelona were to come calling. Eyebrows were raised by some last summer when the Dutch great took the reins of what many expected to be a sinking ship. Koeman, though, has been a revelation in his first season in English football, not only steering Saints to calmer waters but new heights.

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