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FC Barcelona News: 20 May 2015; Copa del Rey Final Referee Announced, Another Loss Brings Barça B Close to Relegation

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Velasco Carballo to ref Cup final | Football Espana
Carlos Velasco Carballo has been appointed to referee the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on May 30. The 44-year-old will be assisted by Roberto Alonso Fernandez and Carlos Yuste Jimenez, while Carlos Del Cerro Grande and Raul Cabanero will act as fourth and fifth officials respectively.

Xavi Hernandez to leave Barcelona this summer - father - ESPN FC
AS has reported that Xavi will announce the Al Sadd move at a news conference on Thursday, and the player's father, Joaquin Hernandez, told Cope Radio: "His ultimate dream would have been to finish his football career here [at Barca], but he is 35 years old and I think there comes a time to say 'enough' to the club.

Xavi Hernández's eighth league title | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández continues to add to his already bursting cabinet full of silverware. Out on the field last Sunday at the Vicente Calderón the man from Terrassa, just outside of Barcelona, enjoyed his eighth league title in 17 seasons as a blaugrana - a great achievement for a player who, aside from being the Barça player who has won most trophies and made most appearances for the Club, has also been the fulcrum of the team in recent years.

Meet the secret hero behind Barca glory - ESPN FC
Physical coach Rafel Pol came to the Camp Nou with Luis Enrique after working under him at both Celta Vigo and Roma. The Mallorcan has an enviable curriculum, boasting an undergraduate in physical sciences from the University of Barcelona, masters in injury prevention in sport from the University of Castilla-la Mancha and professorship in physical preparation from the Real Federación Española de Fútbol.

First league title for 12 FC Barcelona players | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández, the man with more trophies than anyone in the Club’s history, was unable to hold back the tears on the field at the Vicente Calderón after collecting his eighth league title, an achievement that clearly affected the Barça midfielder as he celebrated this latest trophy as if it were his first. For eleven blaugranes, it was indeed their first success in the league as a Barça player - Bravo, Rakitic, Suárez, Rafinha, Mathieu, Ter Stegen, Douglas, Masip and Vermaelen as well as Sandro and Munir from the B squad.

Lionel Messi ruins six weeks of work for waxwork artist as likeness unveiled at Madame Tussauds | Eurosport
Madame Tussauds in New York has unveiled a new waxwork of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.According to the chap in the video below, Madame Tussauds took over 250 measurements and took up to four months to create the likeness of Messi.

'Stop ****ing around, Leo!': How Xavi turned around Lionel Messi's season | Eurosport
El Pais reports that the moment took place following Barcelona's 1-0 defeat in January against David Moyes' Real Sociedad side.At the time, the Catalan giants looked like being outshone by Real Madrid throughout the season - a situation not helped by the simmering feud between Messi and manager Luis Enrique.

Jose Mourinho: Barcelona nothing without Messi | Eurosport
"In 10 years' time, without Lionel Messi, the map of European football is going to change," he told talkSPORT."What Barcelona have won in the last few years was with Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as coach, but it's always with Messi."

Claudio Bravo close to claiming Zamora Trophy | FC Barcelona
Replacing Victor Valdés in between the posts was never going to be an easy task, nevertheless, Claudio Bravo in the league and Marc-André ter Stegen in the Cup and the Champions League have been more than up to the job and have both performed admirably this season. The Chilean keeper is on the verge of claiming the Zamora Trophy.

Barça will wear blaugrana in the Champions League final in Berlin | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will wear their home blaugrana kit in the Champions League final in Berlin against Juventus just as they have done in all their previous finals since Europe’s top club competition was rebranded for the season 1992/93. Barça wore blaugrana in the final at Wembley in 2011, in Rome in 2009, in Paris in 2006.

Stoichkov: ‘Barca will beat Juve’ | Football Espana
"Barcelona will beat Juventus by at least two goals because of all the sacrifices they have made during the season and because they possess more talent," Stoichkov told Onda Cero. "They also have Lionel Messi, who is out of this world and someone who will always be one of the best.

Iniesta believes the team are growing and getting better | FC Barcelona
"I see the team in great shape. We have got better and better. Everything has its own process and a season has its moments. The most important thing is that those on the inside don’t change their direction, we have to be focused on one idea," explained the midfielder. He added: "The team has grown and has surpassed itself. We are in a great position to do something really difficult, we are close knowing that they are two finals."

Barça B – Real Valladolid: hard work not enough (1-3) | FC Barcelona
Barça B’s hard work and desire weren’t enough to see them to a second win on the run as they went down 1-3 to Valladolid at the Mini Estadi on Tuesday evening. An early own goal set Barça back before Dongou equalised in the second half, but then Hernán Pérez and Jeffren struck for the visitors to give them the three points Barça B so desperately needed.

PSG pay sport's highest wages as football dominates top 10 - ESPN FC
Barcelona come fourth and they have spent over eight percent more than last year, moving up from fifth. The La Liga champions' average yearly wage comes in at $8.08m, which is $155,452 per week.

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