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FC Barcelona News: 5 May 2015; Champions League Semi-Final Inches Closer, Last Two La Liga Kickoff Times Announced

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Iniesta sees a passionate tie ahead | FC Barcelona
There are just hours remaining before the Champions League semi-final between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich and the players are mentally preparing themselves for the battle. In an interview with UEFA media, Barça midfielder Andrés Iniesta has made it clear that even though he knows they will have to work hard in the tie, he will try to enjoy it as much as he can: "They are game that are surrounded by tension, for what is at stake and because you are just a step away from a possible final.

Luis Enrique and Guardiola, five years together | FC Barcelona
The game between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich brings together two old friends at the Camp Nou. Luis Enrique and Pep Guardiola spent a total of twenty years between them playing for Barça and overlapped for five of those, from 1996/97 to 2000/01.

FC Barcelona-FC Bayern semi-final under way on social networks | FC Barcelona
The first leg of the Champions League semi-final between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern is already under way on social media. Two days prior to the clash on the field, the respect and friendship between the two clubs can be seen in an exchange of tweets on Twitter.

The Bayern connection: From Mark Hughes to Pepe Reina | FC Barcelona
There are plenty of familiar faces on the Bayern Munich coaching staff (Pep Guardiola, Domènec Torrent and Carles Planchart), and two of the players were also formerly at Barça: Thiago Alcántara and Pepe Reina. Three other players turned out for both clubs during their careers, namely Mark Hughes, Patrick Andersson and Mark Van Bommel.

The Barça-Bayern test | FC Barcelona
Test your knowledge of the two semi-finalists ahead of Wednesday’s first leg at Camp Nou.

Muller: Guardiola knows the recipe for beating Barcelona -
The Catalans have been in excellent form since the turn of the year, overhauling Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as well as knocking both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain out of Europe. However, Muller takes great heart from the fact that Bayern are coached by Guardiola, who won 14 trophies in four seasons at Camp Nou between 2008 and 2012.

Diego Simeone: Bayern injuries are no excuse for Guardiola -
Part of his pre-match planning will focus on Lionel Messi. Guardiola will tell his squad about the qualities, the strengths and the movements of Lionel in the build-up, but once the match gets underway and the ball starts rolling, Messi is a special footballer who is capable of producing something new – however much you explain and tell your players about him.

Pep Guardiola faces biggest challenge yet vs. Barcelona - ESPN FC
The wonder, and real key to the Champions League semifinal between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is whether Pep Guardiola has by now found what he describes as the "flash of inspiration ... the moment that makes sense of my profession."

This will be the FC Barcelona v FC Bayern mosaic | FC Barcelona
When the 22 players come onto the Camp Nou field on Wednesday night, they’ll be welcomed by a spectacular mosaic made up for 94,000 cards showing the Barça and Catalan colours plus the words ‘We are ready’ in reference to the four editions of the Champions League that the club has already won: 1992, 2006, 2009 and 2011.

Rizzoli to ref Barca-Bayern | Football Espana
Italy’s Nicola Rizzoli has been confirmed as the referee for the Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Rizzoli takes charge of Wednesday’s fixture having also officiated the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, as well as Spain’s 5-1 defeat against the Netherlands.

The Spanish League confirm kick off times for the last two league games of 2014/15 | FC Barcelona
After playing Real Sociedad at Camp Nou in Week 36, Barça will face Atlético Madrid in the Vicente Calderón on Sunday 17 May at 7.00pm CET. Then on Saturday 23 May the blaugranes will play their final league game in Week 38 of the season against Deportivo La Coruña at Camp Nou at 6.30pm CET.

Juventus Real Madrid Bayern and Barcelona future stars - ESPN FC
The squads of all four sides are largely populated with players of worldwide renown -- the likes of Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller -- but here we look at four players who could be key figures for their respective clubs in the future.

Del Bosque wants Spanish CL final | Football Espana
"I want a Spanish final, although this can create issues as we have two important games," he said, AS reports. "We have two teams in the semi-finals who have represented us well in Europe for more than a decade and to maintain our hegemony over European football.

Barcelona hope to extend contract of defender Dani Alves | Football News | Sky Sports
"Alves is much closer to staying at the club than to leaving," Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said to Catalan TV station TV3. "We have asked him to stay. We are negotiating with his agent because he is an important player, not just now but for many years."

Bartomeu presides Balearic Islands meeting | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu spent Friday 1 May at the XII Trobada de Penyes Barcelonistes de les Illes Balears in the town of Ferreries, Menorca, and in his speech described how optimistic he feels as the season draws to an end with the first team in contention to win all La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.

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