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FC Barcelona News: 12 May 2015; Players Train at Allianz Arena, Dani Alves Set to Sign Two-Year Deal

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Spanish court to rule on planned La Liga strike - ESPN FC
A Spanish court will decide whether football players can go ahead with their planned strike before the final two rounds of the season. The National Court said on Monday it was summoning the Spanish league (LFP) and the Spanish players' union (AFE) to "hear arguments" on Wednesday before ruling on the league's request that the strike be temporarily suspended.

Match Preview: Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Less than a week ago a superb second half from the blaugranes at Camp Nou gave them a 3-0 victory over the German champions in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. Two exquisite goals from Leo Messi in his 100th game in Europe for the blaugranes and an injury time effort from Neymar mean that Pep Guardiola’s Bayern side have it all to do in the second leg in the Allianz Arena in Munich which kicks off at 8.45pm CET.

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FC Barcelona training session in the Allianz Arena | FC Barcelona
After an intense day, FC Barcelona have trained at the Allianz Arena, the venue for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich. Luis Enrique and his squad, who arrived in Germany at around midday local time, performed their usual day before the game session on the pitch where the tie will be decided tomorrow.

When and where to watch the UEFA Champions League semi-final return leg between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Champions League match between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona is being shown in different countries and on different channels. But don’t worry if it’s not available in your country, because you can always listen to our live English commentary on Radio Barça. You can also follow our minute by minute coverage as well as the team and player stats on Barça's official website.

We have to be perfect to get to the final - Mascherano | FC Barcelona
Only 90 minutes separate FC Barcelona from another Champions League final. The game against Bayern Munich is creating enormous expectation for the blaugrana side given the prize is a ticket to the final in Berlin. "The prize is a great one: to play in the Champions League final" admitted Javier Mascherano, assuring everyone "we will do what we have to get there."

Lionel Messi top goal marks maturation into complete player - ESPN FC
It was a rare insight into the thought process of a genius. After Leo Messi had devastated Bayern Munich on the Camp Nou pitch in Barcelona's Champions League semifinal first leg, the Argentine was asked about his magnificent second goal.

Leo Messi, top scorer and top assister in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is an unstoppable talent for any defence. That was the message sent last week by Pep Guardiola in the press room ahead of the first leg of the semi-final between Barça and Bayern. On the field the Argentine demonstrated just how right his former coach was with two goals that brought Camp Nou to its feet – the second in particular – and he also created the third for Neymar. Messi’s exhibition is reflected in the overall statistics for the Champions League in 2014/15.

How Barcelona star Lionel Messi overcame his fears and improved his habits | Sport - English
Messi is changing, in part because of the decisions he is taking which will affect his son's life and he is afraid of making a mistake, like any mortal. These fears are helping him to mature. Sport is, too, in particular that lost final at the World Cup in Brazil.

Ter Stegen: Hard work is paying off | FC Barcelona
"We're in good position. First in La Liga and in the final of the Spanish Cup. It couldn't be better," says FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in an interview with, referring to both his and his team's state of form. "The Champions League is always special. Everyone wants the trophy and that is what we fight for every day," he added.

Luis Enrique wants to win in Munich | FC Barcelona
"Focused, concentrated and ready to win the game," that is how Luis Enrique sees his man ahead of the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich. The 3-0 win in the first leg has not altered his plans. "If we have got this far with good results then we have to do the same. We won’t sit back," warned the Barça coach in his pre game press conference in Munich.

Champions League semis showcase changing role of midfielder - ESPN FC
Then there's Busquets, the only one of this quartet never to have moved sides and therefore absolutely perfect for Barcelona's style of play. The fact that he replaced Yaya Toure during Guardiola's reign was significant, considering his predecessor -- then in his guise as a pure defensive midfielder -- was a more traditional player to have in that position. Guardiola saw something of himself in Busquets, and realised he needed someone who could position himself better and move the ball more quickly.

Pep Guardiola ready to fight against the odds | FC Barcelona
After Barça's 3-0 win in the first leg, Pep Guardiola spoke to the media before Tuesday's second leg at Allianz Arena in Munich. The Bayern Munich coach is aware of the advantage that Barça has, but he trusts the quality and potential of his players: "We can only play our game, not complain about the first leg."

Stats: Is it all over for Bayern at 3-0 down? - UEFA Champions League - News -
After scouring through six decades of results, our statisticians have an answer: Barcelona are 95.2% through, while Bayern have a 4.8% chance of a comeback that will take them to Berlin on 6 June. Or, to put it another way: Barcelona do not merely have one foot in the final but both feet, legs, torso, head and one arm. Only the other arm, which accounts for about 5% of the average body, is not yet there.

Alaba: ‘We’ll beat Barca 4-0’ | Football Espana
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has fanned the flames ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona. The Germans have launched a campaign of optimism as they look to turn round a 3-0 deficit from last week’s clash at the Camp Nou, while Alaba pulled no punches as he looked forward to Tuesday’s game.

Bayern Munich v Barcelona: Reasons why Guardiola's men can upset odds | Football News | Sky Sports
This is not the first time Bayern have had to overturn a considerable deficit in this year’s competition. Their Champions League hopes appeared to be hanging by a thread after their shock 3-1 defeat to Porto in their quarter-final first leg, but they responded in stunning fashion at the Allianz Arena.

Neuer and Alcantara fitness scares for Bayern Munich v Barca - ESPN FC
Manuel Neuer and Thiago Alcantara both missed Bayern Munich's final training session before their meeting with Barcelona but the Bundesliga champions insist the pair will be fit for the fixture. Bayern host Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal looking to overturn a 3-0 loss from their first meeting.

Dani Alves agrees new contract with Barcelona -
Dani Alves has agreed to a new two-year contract with Barcelona and will sign on the dotted line within the next few weeks, sources tell Goal Spain. The Brazil international had looked set to leave Camp Nou on a free transfer at the end of the season after rejecting the Catalan club's previous offer of a one-year extension, with the option of two more if he were to play at least 60 percent of the Blaugrana's games each season.

MSN vs MHE - Which is the greater Barcelona attack? -
It is often easy to live in the moment in soccer. It is easy to believe that what is happening right now is the best thing ever, much better than that other thing that happened in the past. At the moment, Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi are in enthralling form. But have we already forgotten that Barcelona team of 2008-09?

Roma playmaker set to join Luis Enrique at Barcelona | Forza Italian Football
According to reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport, the La Liga outfit are keen to find a goal-scoring alternative for the 35-year-old Xavi, who is expected to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the current campaign. Barcelona continue to be banned from signing any players until January 2016, but this is not expected to deter the Spanish side from making an offer for the player.

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