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FC Barcelona News: 18 May 2015; Barça Crowned 2014-2015 La Liga Champions

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Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona: Title taken at the Calderón (0-1) | FC Barcelona
A year ago, Atlético Madrid won the league title with a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou and tonight Barça returned the favour and brought the trophy back home with a 0-1 win at the Vicente Calderón, as they took the first leg of their possible treble with a game to spare.

Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barcelona | The Guardian
A year after Atlético Madrid went to Barcelona and won the league title Barcelona went to Atlético Madrid and won it back. As the final whistle went Barcelona’s players gathered in a circle, substitutes and squad players sprinting to join them, and danced while Gerard Piqué began spraying the Catalan cava. Luis Enrique, the manager who spent much of the season questioned but is now 180 minutes away from leading them to a treble, was not there; he was in the dressing room instead. "This gives us huge satisfaction," he said. "But I prefer private celebrations."

FC Barcelona's seventh league title in ten years | FC Barcelona
Barça have never before known success like this, the most comparable periods previously being that of the Dream team and its four consecutive titles from 1990 to 1994, and the Five Cups team that won four leagues between 1947 and 1953. Real Madrid still have the most Liga titles (32) while the top two are followed by Atlético Madrid (10), Athletic Bilbao (8) and Valencia (6).

Barcelona La Liga title is more than just Lionel Messi - ESPN FC
So don't, please, simply brand this "Messi's title." If this were a movie it wouldn't be a Scorcese, Truffaut, Kubrick, Coen "auteur" movie -- one dominant, instantly identifiable creative signature. No, even if this show has produced the Oscar-winning Best Actor [on-stage Mr Messi please, on stage Mr Messi], it also needs Academy Awards for direction, soundtrack, supporting actor, lighting, screenplay. Plus, there is the huge applause from the audiences.

Five keys to the victory that opened the door to the 2014/15 La Liga title | FC Barcelona
Barça's number ten, striker Lionel Messi, scored the only goal in Sunday's 1–0 victory at the Calderón, a win that clinched La Liga for FC Barcelona. It was in the 65th minutes after an exquisite give and go with Pedro inside the area and a Mesi shot that Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak couldn't stop. It was Messi's 41st league goal, and yet another game-winner.

Unbeatable together! Barça are 2014/15 La Liga Champions | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are the 2014/15 La Liga champions. With one game still to play, Luis Enrique’s team have attained 30 victories, 3 draws, and 4 defeats. Sunday's 1–0 win over Atlético Madrid secured the title. This video takes a look back at the league season and highights the talent, courage, magic and respect of the players.

Luis Enrique thanks everyone who helped win the league | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique was happy, but contained after claiming his first league title with the win over Atlético Madrid at the Calderon tonight: "This is a moment to remember all the people who have helped us win this title, everyone – especially our fans. This team deserved the win and we are all really satisfied to win the league – it’s the title that rewards persistence and we have shown that we are have been at a great level".

Luis Enrique makes a great return | FC Barcelona
On 21 May 2014 Luis Enrique Martínez was presented as the new FC Barcelona first team coach in the 1899 Auditorium at Camp Nou. "It’s an exciting and special day for me. We are starting to build a new Barça," said the Asturian in front of the expectant press. After his time coaching the B team he moved on to Italy to take charge at AS Roma. A sabbatical year was then followed by a season with Celta Vigo and then the return to Camp Nou, only this time as first team coach.

Ten key moments of La Liga 2014/15 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are the new league champions. After a great season in which they have amassed 93 points, Sunday’s win against Atlético Madrid at the Calderón ensured a 23rd championship title. Here we pick out ten key moments of the campaign:

Squad celebrates the title win | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets won his fifth league title on Sunday and his experience lends weight to his insistence that: "the league is the most important competition because it lasts all year and it is a reward for persistence throughout the year. The Champions League is more prestigious, but the league is the most important".

Barcelona take step in treble hunt with La Liga crown - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi's goal midway through the second half has clinched the La Liga title for Barcelona, after a slow-burning afternoon of action saw Barcelona do enough to beat Atletico at the Calderon, meaning Real Madrid's 4-1 win at Espanyol counted for nothing in the race at the top.

The centre of Barcelona awash with fans celebrating Barça's league title | FC Barcelona
Canaletes has become a sea of blaugrana with the team reclaiming the league title that they lost last season in the very last game of the campaign against Atlético Madrid. This Barça side led by Luis Enrique has reignited the fans all over the world and they realise that there are still prizes to be claimed in what remains of the current campaign.

Liga - Who is better? Lionel Messi in 2009 or 2015? | Eurosport
Treble-chasing Barcelona are La Liga champions for the fifth time in seven years after a clinical Lionel Messi strike secured a 1-0 victory away to Atletico Madrid that wrapped up the title with a game to spare on Sunday. Messi combined with Pedro Rodriguez and then slotted home from the centre of the penalty area with 65 minutes gone.

From near disaster to Spanish champions - Messi & Luis Enrique have created another brilliant Barcelona side -
"Of course life is easier with Messi," he told the media. "He does all sorts of things. We see that every day. He is from another planet." It was one of the many occasions in 2015 he has gone on the charm offensive and while his relationship with the Argentine isn’t unbreakable, it is certainly manageable.

Celebrating the title on social media | FC Barcelona
This is how the 23rd League title was celebrated on social networks.

Simeone applauds Barcelona and 'genius' Lionel Messi goal - ESPN FC
"First of all to congratulate Barca, they deserved to be champions, above all for their superb second half of season," Simeone said. "This is absolutely deserved. "We can just congratulate them, they reacted very well from December. They have excellent players who can decide a game in any moment.

Schedule for the final week of the league season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona complete their league programme with a fixture against Deportivo la Coruña at the Camp Nou on Saturday 23 at 6.30pm CET. Luis Enrique has given his players a couple of days to rest after the trip to the Calderón, and as the following schedule shows, they won’t be reporting back for work until Wednesday:

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