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FC Barcelona News: 4 May 2015; Players Train for Europe, Eric Abidal Praises Lionel Messi

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Countdown to FC Barcelona v Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League | FC Barcelona
Camp Nou is set to host a special event on Wednesday 6 May at 8.45pm CET, as FC Barcelona face perhaps their most important game of the season in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals versus Bayern Munich.

Training for Europe | FC Barcelona
The game with Bayern Munich is just around the corner and the Barça first team are going through their final preparations. After having a rest day on Sunday following the remarkable 8-0 win in Cordoba, on Monday they were back to work with their minds on the 8.45pm CET kick-off on Wednesday night.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Bayern München | FC Barcelona
The Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Bayern München is being shown in different countries and on different channels. But don’t worry if it’s not available in your country, because you can always listen to our live English commentary on Radio Barça.

Twenty-one shutouts in La Liga for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's 8–0 rout over Córdoba on Saturday was their 21st league game with a clean sheet, second best in Club history. In the 1986/87 season Barça had 23 shutouts. Claudio Bravo — who appears ready to claim his first Zamora Trophy, awarded for lowest goals-against average — has conceded just 19 goals in 35 games.

Rakitic Busquets Iniesta providing platform for Barcelona - ESPN FC
When Barcelona's strikers score six goals in one game it is easy to overlook what happened in the other lines of the pitch. But beyond the latest affirmation of their firepower up front, the Blaugrana's 8-0 win over Cordoba was another reminder of the estat de gracia -- state of grace, in Catalan -- that the midfield is currently experiencing.

Abidal: Messi is still the best -
Everybody knows the Eric Abidal story. In 2011, while at the top of his game with Barcelona, the French defender was diagnosed with a liver tumour and had to suspend his career to pursue treatment. Then, incredibly, after a liver transplant and a 402-day fight against illness, he made his comeback for Barça on 6 April 2013,which earned him widespread admiration.

The week ahead as FC Barcelona face another pivotal week | FC Barcelona
After FC Barcelona's resounding 8–0 win at Córdoba on Saturday, the team faces a full week of training with two huge games. Bayern Munich visit Camp Nou on Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and then Real Sociedad come to town on Saturday for both team's third to last game in La Liga.

Barcelona hit eight, Real Madrid keep pace in La Liga - ESPN FC
Barcelona won 8-0 at Cordoba on Saturday to remain two points clear atop the La Liga table with just three games to play, but Real Madrid's 3-2 win at Sevilla could yet prove the more significant result in the title race.

Infographic: Everything you need to know about Bayern Munich | FC Barcelona
Find out all the details about Barça's rivals in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League

Rafinha: the latest midfield maestro | FC Barcelona
After a year on loan with Luis Enrique at Celta, Rafa Alcántara is enjoying a successful year back at the Club. In this exclusive video for Barça Fans, we take a look at Barça’s latest midfield gem.

Rival watch: Real Madrid keep pace with FC Barcelona in La Liga, Bayern Munich fall ahead of Champions League tie | FC Barcelona
With the final month of the European footballing season upon us, FC Barcelona couldn't be better positioned to make a trophy haul for the ages. The Catalans have already secured a finals berth in the Spanish Cup — to be played at Camp Nou on 30 May — they currently sit in first place in La Liga with three games to play, while only two UEFA Champions League semi-final matches standing between Barça and the June 6th final in Berlin.

Josep Maria Bartomeu buzzing with confidence | FC Barcelona
"We are in an unenviable situation" said Josep Maria Bartomeu in an interview on Hat-trick Barça on the Esport3 TV channel. "We are three games away from winning the league and in the semi-finals of the Champions League – it’s a gift for football … We don’t have to worry about this team. They play well, they’re convincing, they work hard and the goals are coming. We are very happy with what they are doing."

Liga - Meet Neymar or pocket $10,000? This girl turned down the money | Eurosport
The 16-year-old American won a competition organized by the Brazilian drinks brand Guarana Antarctica and, as a result, was offered either $10,000 (£6,200) or a meeting with Neymar in Spain.

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