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FC Barcelona News: 30 May 2015; Full Squad Called Up for Copa del Rey Final, Santos Seek Damages Over Neymar Deal

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Full squad of 23 picked for cup final | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has picked his full squad of all 23 available players for the Spanish Cup Final against Athletic Bilbao, to be played at the Camp Nou at 9.30pm CET this Saturday evening. These include Luis Suárez, who has been declared fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

Copa del Rey Athletic Bilbao Barcelona things to know - ESPN FC
This is the Camp Nou, sure. But it is not their Camp Nou, not exactly. Instead of driving into the underground car park at the stadium, like they do most weeks, Barcelona's players will meet at the training ground and go by bus from there. And when they arrive, they will head to the other dressing room, because Athletic are the older club and the older club get the home dressing room. The pictures, prayers and paraphernalia in the Barcelona dressing room will not be theirs this time.

Spanish Cup final preview: Athletic Club v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
With the league championship already in the bag, Barça attempt the second leg of an historic treble this Saturday with the Spanish Cup final against Athletic Bilbao (9.30pm CET). The two teams have won the competition more times than anyone else in Spanish football and therefore have long historical links with the domestic Cup.

The week leading up to the Cup final | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao meet on Saturday at Camp Nou in the Spanish Cup final. The Catalans and the Basques will battle it out for the trophy with the balugranes looking to do the double after already having claimed the league title. We take a look back at the events of the week leading up to the final, from the pre match press conferences to the Fan Zone situated in the city.

Special jersey for Spanish Cup Final | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will wear a special shirt with the logo of the competition on Saturday to mark the Final of the Spanish Cup against Athletic Club. The chest of the jersey will feature the names of the two finalists, the date of the final and the place where it is being played — Camp Nou.

Luis Enrique recognises the magic of the Cup | FC Barcelona
With Athletic Bilbao their opponents, Barça will be aiming for a 27th victory in the competition and the coach made it clear that both he and the squad were not lacking in motivation. "It’s one of the best games you could possibly play in, for the atmosphere, and because there is a trophy at stake," commented the blaugrana coach.

Iniesta and Busquets size up Spanish Cup Final | FC Barcelona
There are no favourites in a final, but that has not stopped both FC Barcelona and its fans from dreaming of the second title of the season. Athletic Club, however, "will make things very difficult and will demand of us maximum effort," warned Andrés Iniesta, who appeared Friday alongside Sergio Busquets in the pre-Final press conference. "They won’t hand us the ball and in a final anything can happen, so we can’t underestimate Athletic," added Busquets.

For Athletic coach Valverde it is a 'unique opportunity' | FC Barcelona
"For us it is a unique opportunity." That is how Athletic coach Ernesto Valverde defined the Spanish Cup final between his team and Barça that will be played on Saturday at Camp Nou. On the subject of playing on blaugrana territory, the Basque coach was clear: "I am of no doubt that it is one of the most difficult challenges facing Athletic Club in its history."

Infographic: Everything you need to know about Athletic Club Bilbao | FC Barcelona
Get the scoop about FC Barcelona's Spanish Cup Final opponents

Whistling national anthem at Copa del Rey final sanctions - ESPN FC
Basque and Catalan fans inside the Camp Nou on Saturday evening are widely expected to interrupt the playing of the Spanish anthem, as happened previously when Barca and Athletic met in the 2009 and 2012 deciders, when then king Juan Carlos was also whistled by supporters from both teams.

Santos seek damages from Barcelona and Neymar over 'short-changed' transfer deal | The National
Santos president Modesto Roma Junior said the Spanish investigation into alleged tax fraud in Neymar’s transfer had revealed that the real fee paid for him was at least 83.4 million euros - far higher than the 57 million euros that Barca insist they paid. "Santos believe that Barcelona, Neymar and his company violated the transfer contract and demand payment for damages, plus interest," Roma said.

Barcelona to poach Arsenal teen - Standard Digital News
Willock is seen as being one of Arsenal's best prospects while Edwards has been talked up as a major talent by former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood. Barcelona's international scouting chief Ariedo Braida has identified the pair as they look to strengthen their set-up.

La Liga to restart August 15 | Football Espana
The 2015-16 La Liga season will begin on the weekend of August 15 and 16 following approval from the League’s executive committee. The dates now only need the green light from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in order for the fixture draw to proceed. Meanwhile, a new committee has also been established to negotiate the one-off sales of television rights with broadcasters.

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