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FC Barcelona News: 3 May 2015; Barcelona Rout Cordoba in Record Equaling Win, Cadete A Celebrate Title

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FC Barcelona thrive in Andalusian heat, rout Córdoba 8–0 | FC Barcelona
It was no surprise that Saturday’s match at the Nuevo Arcángel in Córdoba, Spain, played on a lush oasis of green turf in one of the driest regions of the Iberian Peninsula, actually did take place under conditions likely to be found in the middle of a desert. Although the Andalusian climate is notoriously arid and hot — especially in the summer — the league encounter featured unseasonably high temperatures — 31ºC / 88ºF at kick-off.

FC Barcelona equal biggest road win ever in La Liga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's 8–0 victory in Cordoba on Saturday equals the team's largest margin of victory in the league away from home, tying results from the 1959/60 season at Las Palmas and the 2010/11 at Almería. Martínez, Suarez (3), Evaristo (2), Villaverde, and Gensana scored at Las Palmas while Messi (3), Iniesta, Acasiete (own goal), Bojan, and Pedro (2) did so at Almería. In both seasons Barçawon the league championship.

A strike-rate comparable to Cristiano Ronaldo, yet Luis Suarez brings more than just goals to Barcelona | The National
During his first few months in the side after his comeback in October, he was praised for his team ethic and providing assists. It is only now that the goals have started to come freely while his unselfish attitude has proved contagious. Against Cordoba, Messi also hit a double but despite his competition with Ronaldo to be the league’s top scorer, he turned down the opportunity for a hat-trick by allowing Neymar to take a penalty.

Five keys to FC Barcelona's 8–0 victory over Córdoba | FC Barcelona
Despite having difficulty in finding the net against a Córdoba side with their backs against the wall, Ivan Rakitic’s goal allowed the team to open the scoring before the break, forcing the hosts to open things up in the search for a goal of their own.

Luis Suárez sizes up his, and FC Barcelona's performance in Córdoba | FC Barcelona
"I’m happy for the goals but especially for the team, which is the most important, because we’re the leaders," said Luis Suarez out on the pitch at the Nuevo Arcángel, moments after getting his first Barça hat-trick and contributing to his team’s 8–0 rout over Córdoba.

Luis Enrique analyses FC Barcelona's victory over Córdoba | FC Barcelona
"We go out to win every game, there is no other way to approach them," said Luis Enrique in the pressroom of the Nuevo Arcángel. After routing Córdoba 8–0 on Saturday, the Barça coach said: "Relying on ourselves means winning every game. Today we did that and now we have to wait to see what our opponents do."

Social media reactions to FC Barcelona's 8–0 victory over Córdoba | FC Barcelona
See what the Barça players had to say on their own social media accounts following the big win.

Barcelona reportedly meet with Paul Pogba's agent, keen to agree terms on move from Juventus - HITC Sport
Seemingly prepared to pull out all the stops in their bid to lure Paul Pogba from Juventus, according to Catalan newspaper Sport, Barcelona have held a secret meeting with his agent, Mino Raiola. The agent is apparently conscious that a move to Barcelona is the most appetising option for his client, holding discussions aimed at finding the right formula for all parties to reach an agreement, with the knowledge and blessing of Juventus.

U16 A team wins league | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona U16 (Cadete) A team has won its league title after a comfortable 6-0 win over Damm at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, with goals from Jordi Mboula (2), Abel Ruiz (2), Ricard Puig and Xavier Toldrà. Managed by Quique Álvarez they are winners with two games in hand and thus become the fifth academy team to win their league title for FCB this season.

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