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FC Barcelona News: 19 May 2015; Cuneyt Cakir Named Champions League Final Referee, Players Enjoy Second Day Off

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FC Barcelona's 2014/15 player stats in La Liga | FC Barcelona
At the Vicente Calderón on Sunday, FC Barcelona won the league for the 23rd time, and the first with Luis Enrique on the bench. The Asturian coach used 20 first team players plus two from the reserves (Munir and Sandro) en route to the title. Claudio Bravo and Leo Messi played the most minutes in the championship, 3,330 and 3,285 respectively.

The league conquest at the Calderón by the numbers | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique won his first title as FC Barcelona manager at the Calderón, the same place where Barça also won the league in 2012/13, although the draw between Real Madrid and Espanyol the day before meant that they had actually already mathematically clinched the title before the game started.

World press wowed by Barça's league conquest | FC Barcelona
Barça are splashed all over the papers once again after beating Atlético Madrid to clinch Liga title number 23 in club history. Leo Messi, who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win, was once again at the heart of things – and here’s a round-up of the headlines that appeared in different digital and printed media around the world.

Joyous return to Barcelona | FC Barcelona
After beating Atlético at the Vicente Calderón, the league title celebrations could begin, and everyone was all smiles on the trip back to Catalonia. Captains, coach and president toast the win and there’s also a triumphant arrival home to the la Ciutat Esportiva. Enjoy this video of the 2014/15 champions’ homecoming.

The league title celebrations from the inside | FC Barcelona
The 1-0 victory away at Atlético Madrid led to jubilant scenes involving the Barça squad as they claimed the Club's 23rd league title. The party began out on the field at the Vicente Calderón at the final whistle and continued in the dressing room and then on the trip to airport to catch a flight back to Barcelona.

Lionel Messi has taken his game to a new level for Barcelona - ESPN FC
The wait is over! With a well-fought 1-0 victory against Atletico Madrid on Sunday, Barcelona clinched the Liga title with a game to spare. In what was the only fitting way to seal a remarkable campaign, Lionel Messi netted yet another decisive goal when the Catalans needed it the most.

Barcelona win La Liga Cristiano Ronaldo top scorer - ESPN FC
Barcelona claimed their 23rd La Liga title on Sunday in a way that was very typical of their season, with a solid defence and superstar Lionel Messi making the difference at the other end. The 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid means Luis Enrique has won the title in his first season as coach, while the blaugrana have won seven of the 11 La Liga titles played for since Messi became established in the first team.

Cakir to ref Barca in CL final | Football Espana
Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir has been selected to referee this season’s Champions League final in Berlin on June 6, UEFA have announced. The 38-year-old Turk has taken charge of 70 games in European competition and has overseen four Champions League matches this season.

Barca plan Xavi tribute | Football Espana
Barcelona are planning a special send-off for midfielder Xavi Hernandez when he plays his last La Liga game for the club on Saturday. The 35-year-old is due to hold a Press conference on Thursday, when he is expected to confirm his departure to Qatari club Al Sadd after being at Barca from the age of 11, and the Catalans are working on a tribute to thank him for his years at the club.

La Liga champions Barcelona’s month-by-month season review | Football News | Sky Sports
Barcelona started the season as they meant to go on, easing to a 3-0 win over Elche at the Nou Camp in Luis Enrique’s first game in charge with Lionel Messi scoring a brace and youngster Munir El Haddadi netting the other on his debut. The only downside for the Catalan side was the sending off of Javier Mascherano late in the first half, but they coped just fine without their Argentine enforcer.

Barcelona transform season from trouble to a possible treble | Sid Lowe | The Guardian
Three hundred and 64 days after Atlético went to Barcelona and won the league, Barcelona went to Atlético and won it back again, Leo Messi’s superb goal sufficient to take the title. But maybe 17 May was not the date, after all; maybe 11 January was. The night the crisis was contained, a collective catharsis that became the first day of the rest of their season. There was trouble then; there may be a treble now. Barcelona have won the league and two of their three remaining games are finals.

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