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FC Barcelona News: 24 May 2015; Xavi Bids Farewell to La Liga with Draw, 2015/16 Kits Unveiled

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FC Barcelona v RC Deportivo de La Coruña: a celebration, a tribute, and a 2–2 draw | FC Barcelona
Saturday afternoon was the perfect opportunity for FC Barcelona to enjoy a well-deserved rest stop. Nearing the end of a pleasant ten-month journey and just six days after one its biggest highlights, the time had come to pull off the highway, enjoy the scenery and — with the end of the road on the horizon and as visible as ever — refuel for the final two stops.

Camp Nou welcomes champions with mosaic and banner for Xavi | FC Barcelona
It’s been an emotional afternoon at the Camp Nou as it pays homage to the league champions and living legend, Xavi Hernández, who is playing his last league game after 17 years on the first team books. Deportivo la Coruña applauded the champions onto the field in keeping with Spanish tradition and the stadium expressed its feelings in the form of a huge mosaic with the word 'Campions!'.

#6ràciesXavi: 24 years of unforgettable football | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández lived a life at Barça, coming as a child, with a talent that could already be seen in his first exhibitions at the Miniestadi annexes. He leaves as a football legend, one of the best midfielders to have ever played at Camp Nou. Xavi will not wear the Barça shirt next season, after 17 in the first team (1998-2015) and 24 years in which he propelled football forward with his uncanny ability.

Xavi Hernández says it's been a 'privilege' to play for Barça | FC Barcelona
"It’s been a privilege. I would not have ever imagined leaving the Club like that," admitted Xavi Hernández on the Barça TV program "El Marcador." However, Xavi has not said his last goodbye: "I want to go out with the two remaining titles," and give the fans two more trophies. "We won the league and now we have two finals left. The script is the perfect."

Luis Enrique says Xavi one of a kind | FC Barcelona
He reminded everyone of the value of "this title, which is based on what is done throughout the season. We have been very good all year, though obviously we had better moments than others." Luis Enrique is convinced that this title has even more value "because we have been fighting until the second to last match day against the best Real Madrid in recent years."

Xavi and Barça share the spotlight | FC Barcelona
Xavi played his second to last game in an FC Barcelona shirt. For sure, it was one of his most special. It was his last league game, and although the Spanish Cup final is to be played on Saturday 30 May at Camp Nou, today was the last time for him to play in front of his fans at home.

FC Barcelona's La Liga celebration on social media | FC Barcelona
The players share their triumphant posts with the fans

The new Barça kit for the 2015/16 season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona next season will have a new kit from Nike in which the famous blaugrana stripes will be horizontal by the horizontal stripes of the blaugrana flags that are waved by the fans on match day at Camp Nou. The horizontal stripes have been seen before on kits for the basketball, rugby and track and field teams at FC Barcelona.

The Barça second strip in 2015/16 will be golden yellow | FC Barcelona
The new second strip is golden yellow, a tone associated to Catalonia. There are four vertical red stripes on the back over a golden yellow background from top to bottom. The design is inspired by the way that FC Barcelona fans drape the Catalan flag over their backs like a cape, thus expressing their passion for Catalonia and the club.

Innovation and technology in the shirts | FC Barcelona
Nike’s Dri-FIT technology pushes sweat to the outside of the shirt and shorts, where it evaporates quickly. This means that the players will be able to perform better because they will be drier, cooler and more comfortable. The ventilation holes are laser cut and the mesh panels in key areas of the uniform were designed to improve performance by increasing air circulation around the players’ bodies, while also helping to regulate temperature.

Claudio Bravo wins first Zamora Trophy | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo will have some personal hardware to go along with FC Barcelona's La Liga title this season. The Chilean goalkeeper not only played a huge role in FC Barcelona's league championship campaign this season, but he'll also add his very first Ricardo Zamora Trophy, awarded to the La Liga goalkeeper with the best goals againsta average.

Luis Suarez on course to be fit for Barcelona's finals - ESPN FC
Luis Suarez is on course to be fit for the team's upcoming Copa del Rey and Champions League finals, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said on Saturday. Suarez's hamstring issue meant he missed Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Deportivo La Coruna, during which Lionel Messi scored twice more, and after which departing captain Xavi Hernandez lifted the La Liga trophy before giving an emotional speech from the Camp Nou pitch.

Thomas Vermaelen makes FC Barcelona debut | FC Barcelona
They have not been easy months for the Belgian, who was still suffering from a hamstring injury sustained at the Brazil 2014 World Cup when he arrived. In November, he played a friendly for Barça B against the Indonesian U19 team Sub-19, and underwent surgery on the semitendinosus muscle in his right leg.

Five reasons Barcelona won La Liga - ESPN FC
After years of being left to carry the team's goal-scoring responsibility solely on his shoulders, Messi made a more decisive effort to get his attacking teammates involved this season. No longer hugely concerned about reaching individual records, the diminutive Argentinean was prepared to share the spotlight with Brazilian youngster Neymar and last season's Golden Boot winner, Luis Suarez.

Five truths: Real Madrid would be wise to show faith in Carlo Ancelotti | Eurosport
One down, two to go. Not just for Xavi, but for his all-conquering Barcelona side. It would be a brave man who would bet against Barcelona picking up the treble of Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League over the next fortnight. Fair enough, they drew 2-2 with Deportio in Xavi's final match at the Camp Nou, but there is plenty to play for against Athletic Bilbao and Juventus in the respective finals.

Barcelona tracking Sassuolo fullback | Forza Italian Football
Barcelona have added Sassuolo fullback Sime Vrsaljko to the list of candidates to replace the departing Daniel Alves. The 23-year-old Croatian international has had a superb debut season at the Neroverdi, since making the move from Genoa last summer.

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