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FC Barcelona News: 22 May 2015; Players Take Part in Last La Liga Training, Dani Alves Set to Leave

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Xavi Hernández: 17 seasons, 17 key moments | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández draws the curtain on his time as a player at FC Barcelona and cements his place as a true legend in the Club’s long and distinguished history. With 764 games under his belt, nobody else has played as many games in the Barça shirt as the man from Terrassa, just outside Barcelona. Who would have thought it when he made his debut back in 1998 in the Spanish Super Cup.

Xavi's career in tributes as Barcelona legend leaves club after 17 years | Sky Sports
Xavi, 35, announced in a press conference on Thursday that he had been offered a new contract at Barcelona, but admitted it was time to leave the club he had been with since his youth. Xavi has won eight titles with Barcelona and three Champions League trophies, as well as picking up 133 caps for Spain, but who said what about him?

Xavi Hernández: It's time to go | FC Barcelona
"I'd like to announce that I'm leaving Barça after this season. The decision is definitive yet difficult. I think now is the time to leave, that's the way I feel." Thus, with those words and raw emotion, Xavi Hernández, the greatest midfielder in FC Barcelona history, made his farewell to the Club of his life.

Reactions on social networks to Xavi's departure | FC Barcelona
Various figures from the world of football pay tribute to the blaugrana captain.

Xavi: Spain’s greatest ever footballer? | Eurosport
Two days before he partied with his Barcelona team-mates after playing a part in a club record eight league titles, Xavi Hernandez took to the stage at his club’s training ground in front of a packed room of journalists. His wife had commented that he’d been on edge for a few days; his mother, the strongest influence in his life, had finally accepted his decision.

Atletico 0-1 Barcelona: the Messi and Pedro combination wins Barcelona the title | Zonal Marking
We’ve seen this contest many times before – Atletico sit back and counter, Barcelona dominate possession. This was an exaggerated version of that – Barca had 77% possession – and the game was played at a surprisingly high tempo, especially considering the sweltering heat in Madrid. Barcelona’s possession play was highly impressive at times.

Last La Liga training session in 2014/15 season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona worked out on Friday morning in what was the team's final training session before hosting Deportivo La Coruña at Camp Nou on Saturday. Luis Enrique had all of his players available, except for Sergio Busquets, who worked out alone for the second straight day.

When and where to watch Saturday's La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo de La Coruña | FC Barcelona
The league game between FC Barcelona and Deportivo de La Coruña will be shown on a multitude of TV channels worldwide — however, if it is not being shown in your country don't worry because you can always listen to LIVE English commentary from anywhere in the world on Radio Barça, follow minute-by-minute coverage of the game as well as team and player statistics on the Club's official website.

FC Barcelona - Depor Quiz | FC Barcelona
Test your knowledge for the last game of Barça’s league title winning season

Alves to announce Barca exit? | Football Espana
Dani Alves will reportedly hold a Press conference next Tuesday to announce his departure from Barcelona after failing to agree a renewal. The right-back’s camp looked to have made a U-turn on their initial quit threats, but Cadena SER believes he will proceed to take the same route as Xavi Hernandez by confirming his exit in front of the world’s media.

Barcelona tax fraud case switched from Madrid |
A judge ordered last week that the club, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and former president Sandro Rosell stand trial for tax fraud in the signing of Neymar in 2013. However, a court filing released on Friday accepted their appeal that the trial should take place in Barcelona because it is in the club’s accounts where the alleged fraud took place.

Gundogan passes Barca medical? | Football Espana
Ilkay Gundogan has reportedly passed a medical ahead of a January transfer to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund. The midfielder was spotted in Munich last Monday amidst speculation that he met up with representatives from the Catalan giants, and Mundo Deportivo claims he visited the clinic of former Bayern Munich physio Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohflart to undergo a medical examination.

Barcelona angry at reports suggesting Carlo Ancelotti could replace Luis Enrique | Sky Sports
El Pais yesterday reported that Real Madrid manager Ancelotti, who has endured a trophyless season at the Bernabeu, is among several candidates for the Nou Camp job - even though Enrique is on the verge of a treble-winning season. But Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists the speculation is false and has been fabricated to "destabilise" the club with a Copa del Rey and Champions League final to come.

Veljko Paunovic: Halilovic must believe in project -
"I have lived through the same experience Halilovic is having at Barca B. I signed for Atletico and played in the B team as I continued to grow," the Serbia under-21 boss told Goal. "I always say that the most important thing is the project, and that you know what you have to do to make the step up. It doesn’t matter if you are playing for the best team in a country with a competitive league, neither does it matter if you leave a place with a stronger league."

Stoichkov: ‘Madrid should stick to basketball’ | Football Espana
"I think I won more Leagues playing with veterans than Madrid [in seven seasons]," he told Radio4G. "This year, [Madrid] should give more importance to Euroleague basketball because in football they’ll only see the [Champions League] final on television.

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