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FC Barcelona News: 21 May 2015; Xavi Confirms Al Sadd Move, Players Return to Training

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Xavi Hernández: the architect of this Barça | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández Creus is leaving FC Barcelona after 17 years with the first team. One the most legendary figures in the Club’s history says goodbye at the age of 35 with a suitcase full of memories to accompany him on his way. Xavi has been the director of the Barça orchestra since he made his debut for the first team at the age of 18 on 18 August 1998.

Infographic: Xavi Hernández, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
Review the figures put up by Barça's midfield maestro, who is leaving the Club at the end of the season. Figures are provisional, pending the matches versus Deportivo, Athletic Club and Juventus.

Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez confirms Al Sadd transfer - ESPN FC
Xavi Hernandez will leave Barcelona at the end of the season to join Qatari club Al Sadd, the veteran midfielder confirmed on Thursday. Xavi, 35, told a news conference that he would be ending his 24-year association with the club this summer.

Xavi served a big role in Barcelona title return - ESPN FC
Barcelona supporters have had plenty of time to get used to the idea of losing Xavi Hernandez, but that doesn't make it any more pleasant now that the hour has arrived. In truth the midfield genius has already been generous with his time: he was already due to leave in the summer of 2014, before an 11th hour intervention from former teammate Luis Enrique convinced him to backtrack.

Sergio Busquets trains on the side | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are back in the saddle after three days off. The team trained on Thursday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva after celebrating the La Liga title which they won at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday evening. The only absence was Sergio Busquets, who worked out alone.

Lionel Messi's form was key to Barcelona's La Liga win, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid | Sky Sports
Both players scored seven goals in their previous six domestic games – Ronaldo netting two-hat-tricks – but it was Messi who came out on top statistically as Barca clinched the league crown at Atletico Madrid last weekend. The Pro Soccer Development (PSD) stats team analysed the two star players in 13 key areas – and found Messi bettered Ronaldo in eight categories, with the pair tied in two.

Who is Barcelona's Player of the Season? -
Luis Enrique's side was crowned champion of the Primera Division after beating Atletico Madrid on Sunday. The Blaugrana meet Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final at Camp Nou on May 30, before the Champions League showpiece against Juventus in Berlin on June 6 as they aim for a clean sweep of the three major titles on offer.

Barcelona stats eclipse Chelsea, Juventus, Bayern Munich and PSG | Sky Sports
Of the five triumphant sides, three retained their crown from last season, while Chelsea and Barcelona dethroned Manchester City and Atletico Madrid respectively, and all five – after a fashion in PSG’s case – won in an impressive manner.

FC Barcelona have won more league titles and Champion League titles than anyone in the last decade | FC Barcelona
Barça have won six league titles and three Champions League titles in the last decade, more than European rivals such as Real Madrid, Inter, Juventus, Porto, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, PSG and Lyon

Rival Watch: Juventus win the Coppa Italia | FC Barcelona
Juventus have claimed a second trophy of the season after beating Lazio in the final of the Coppa Italia. Barça’s opponents in the Champions League final on 6 June in Berlin were already league champions and on Wednesday they added the Italian Cup to their honours list with a 2-1 win in extra time over Lazio. La Vecchia Signora claimed the trophy for the first time since 1995 and in doing so moved past Roma on the all time list of Coppa Italia winners.

Ten things to know about Juventus | FC Barcelona
La Vecchia Signora. Juventus are known as the ‘Old Lady of Turin’. It is generally believed that the term dates back to the 1920s when the Agnelli (FIAT) family took mover the club. As the owners were known as the vecchios signores, or ‘old gentlemen’, the club became known as the ‘old lady’.

20 May 1992: FC Barcelona win European Cup | FC Barcelona
For the first time in the Club’s history, FC Barcelona claimed the European Cup with a 1-0 victory after extra time over Italian side Sampdoria at Wembley Stadium. It was the third time they had reached the final following the disappointments of Berne in 1961 and Seville in 1986. In 1992 the team, coached at the time by Johan Cruyff, ended that run of defeats in the final thanks to Ronald Koeman’s goal in the 111th minute of the game.

Arsenal and Barcelona-linked Fabinho signs permanent deal at Monaco - HITC Sport
Fabinho had spent the last two seasons on loan from the Portuguese side after a spell in Spain with Real Madrid – where he only played once – but now his future is at Monaco for the next couple of seasons. The 21-year-old defender has signed a four-year-deal with the Champions League quarter-finalists, with his agreeing of terms testament to Monaco’s desire to get the deal done before the summer transfer window opened.

Five best academy goals of May 16 and 17 | FC Barcelona
The ‘Promeses’ show on Barça TV has presented its latest collection of the best five goals from the Barça academy players. Barça B’s Croatian Alen Halilovic takes number one spot this week for his crucial strike to beat Mirandés and maintain the hopes of avoiding relegation. He’s joined by Jandro Orellana and Kun Temenuzhkov of the U16 B team and Marc Guiu and Alexis Olmedo of U10 C, and you can enjoy them all in this video.

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