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FC Barcelona News: 4 June 2015; 26 Players to Travel to Berlin, Pedro Extends Contract

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Full squad to travel to Berlin | FC Barcelona
After training for the last time at the Ciutat Esportiva, the Barça coaches have announced who will be travelling to the Champions League Final against Juventus in Berlin. Luis Enrique Martínez is taking all 23 members of his first team to the German capital, as well as Munir, Sandro and Samper of the reserves. With no injuries or suspensions to worry about, the FCB manager has a full squad to pick from on Saturday.

Pedro renews contract until 30 June 2019 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has announced that they have reached an agreement with Pedro Rodríguez to renew his contract until 30 June 2019. The striker’s current contract was due to expire on 30 June 2016. His buyout clause will remain at 150 million euros.

Final session at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
Barça trained on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva for the last time before the Champions League Final. All of the first team were present, including Andrés Iniesta, who has been doing individual exercises since the Spanish Cup Final, and they were also joined by reserve team striker Munir.

Ronaldinho eager for FC Barcelona to win fifth European crown | FC Barcelona
Ronaldinho is hoping that FC Barcelona can win their fifth Champions League on Saturday. In a conversation with the club on Twitter, he says "I hope FC Barcelona can win their fifth Champions League!", and also remembers the thrill of winning the title in Paris in 2006: "I have fond memories of that final against Arsenal" he says. "Barça will always be in my heart!"

Del Piero describes admiration of 'extraordinary' Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
Alessandro del Piero was one of the stars of the Juventus team that won the Champions League in 1995/96, and he spoke to ahead of the final in Berlin between the blaugrana and bianconero. Luis Enrique, Messi and Xavi are three of the names he mentions.

Barcelona Juventus Champions League final tale of the tape - ESPN FC
Barcelona have meanwhile become perennials, but the chance to win a fourth title in nine years sees them up against someone other than an English team in final for the first time since Athens. Arsenal in 2006 were beaten, before twinned hammerings of Manchester United in 2009 and 2011.

Juventus v FC Barcelona: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
Juventus and Barça are both going to Berlin to play in the Champions League Final for the eighth time, and here are some juicy nuggets of trivia associated to the biggest game in European club football.

Who will win the UCL final? - ESPN FC
And if Juventus make the mistake of focusing too much on Messi, then Suarez and Neymar will make them pay. I struggle to see how Barcelona won't win their fourth European Cup in 10 seasons, albeit their first in four. The Italians will try to make life difficult but if Barcelona dominate possession as they usually do Juventus will be exhausted and mistakes late on.

Juventus vs. Barcelona summed up in one movie - ESPN FC
Barcelona: The Three Muskateers: Ok, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are actually called the "trident" but with Luis Enrique around to guide the trio they will likely swashbuckle their way through to claim the prize.

Juventus and FC Barcelona, one-two in Ballons d'Or | FC Barcelona
La final de la Lliga de Campions 2014/15 de Berlín enfrontarà dos equips històrics, amb unes plantilles de luxe. Des de sempre, Juventus i Barça han posseït algunes de les principals figures mundials. Així, són dos dels clubs que més vegades han vist com un jugador seu aixecava la Pilota d’Or.

Rafael Marquez: Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba could decide the Champions League final -
I love Barcelona, I love watching them and I am looking forward to a special occasion Saturday when one of my best friends, Xavi, says farewell, when the amazing Leo Messi aims to show us more of his magic, and when Juventus will do all it can to stop them.

How can Juventus stop Lionel Messi? -
How do you stop Lionel Messi? It is a question every coach and defender in the world has pondered over the last decade — but very few have found the answer. Juventus takes on Barcelona in the Champions League final in Berlin on Saturday knowing that it must silence the legendary Argentine if the club wishes to secure a record-breaking treble.

Luis Suarez: Former Liverpool striker has adapted his game at Barcelona | Sky Sports
Sure enough, Suarez soon rediscovered his ruthless streak in front of goal. The former Ajax striker was Europe’s Golden Shoe winner for his tally of 31 in 2013/14, and since February he has scored 19 in 25 appearances for Barcelona, including braces against Manchester City and Paris St Germain and a brilliant winner against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.

Xavi Hernández's final surprise after the institutional tribute | FC Barcelona
In this very special photograph, he appears smiling with the trophies won from 8 Ligas, 3 Spanish Cups, 3 Champions Leagues, 6 Spanish Super Cups, 2 European Super Cups and 2 Club World Cups. Those are the incredible haul that he has won in his illustrious career, and hopefully there is still one more to come – another Champions League, this time against Juventus at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Saturday.

For Xavi it's not goodbye, it's 'see you later' | FC Barcelona
In an emotional speech, the first team captain commented on much he would like to leave the club with another Champions League medal in his possession and that "I hope this is not goodbye, but more a case of see you later … I arrived here 25 years ago and never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the things I would experience. I am the one who should be grateful. I am so happy."

Infographic: Xavi's 150 - UEFA Champions League - News -
When FC Barcelona won the Copa del Rey last Saturday, it was the 24th club trophy of Xavi Hernández's incredible career: a record for a footballer in Spain, overtaking Francisco 'Paco' Gento's haul of 23. Nor are those the only startling numbers associated with a player who is without doubt one of the modern greats.

Thierry Henry: The word 'great' does not do Xavi justice | Football News | Sky Sports
"For me, he's Mr Barcelona, like Tony Adams was Mr Arsenal," Henry told Sky Sports. "He won everything that he could win. It's like the maestro with the orchestra, that's what he was for me. He's the type of guy who'll get really upset if he loses a ball in training. That will drive him mad."

The most emotional video of Xavi Hernández's farewell | FC Barcelona
These are, in order of appearance, Manel Fuentes, Juan Vila, Mario Rosas, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodriguez, Lionel Messi, La Quinta de Troya (David Prats, Antonio Hidalgo, Toni Lobo, David Bermudo and Garcia Piveti), Chema Corbella, Louis van Gaal; Justri, Ruben Raul Cholo (friends), Nuria (his wife); Oscar, Ariadne and Alex (brother); Monica, William and Arlet; and Maria Mercedes (mother) and Joaquim (father).

Javier Mascherano on Lionel Messi, his change of style and ultimate 6-a-side team | Football News | Sky Sports
During the season, he's hammered home the idea of pressing, of us once again becoming a team that presses when we lose the ball, and of trying to always keep up a high level of intensity in our game, taking risks in defence, and trying to be compact. These are things this same team did a few years ago under Guardiola.

Alba: Barcelona's most underrated player - ESPN FC
Alba is without a doubt the most underrated player in the Barcelona squad. His influence at both ends of the pitch is such that without him, it would be hard to imagine the Camp Nou giants being only one match away from conquering the Liga, Copa and Champions League treble.

Juventus need perfect display against Barcelona - Tevez - ESPN FC
Tevez -- who has netted seven times in the Champions League this season after ending a five-year drought in the competition, stretching back beyond when he last appeared in the final against Barcelona -- lifted the trophy with Manchester United in 2008 and is bidding to win it for a second time with a different club this weekend.

Barca snub Figo in legends match - ESPN FC
However, one name not included on the latter teamsheet is that of Luis Figo, who was originally set to represent the Barcelona legends until the club themselves waded in and asked that he be removed. Indeed, upon learning that UEFA had invited Figo along as a Barca legend, the Catalan side contacted the organisation directly to ask that the Portuguese great be dropped from the team entirely.

Why Barcelona will be praying that Paul Pogba stays at Juventus -
Madrid was recently moved to deny having made a bid after La Stampa had claimed the Blancos had solidified their interest. A club statement insisted: "Real Madrid have had no contact either with Juventus or the player's agent and, as a consequence, the reports published in this newspaper are completely false."

After Gerson deal, Barcelona court further Fluminense starlets -, all About Brazilian Football
After agreeing a deal for a first option to sign Gerson, Barcelona are keen on snapping up two more of Fluminense’s young stars, according to reports in the Brazilian press. According to Lancenet, the Catalan club could also pay for the first option to sign centre-back Marlon and striker Kenedy.

Barcelona not the only Catalan side facing a do-or-die match at the weekend - Eurosport British
Girona boast a small squad, but it has stayed free of serious injuries, they didn’t fade as expected and have won seven and drawn one of their last eight games. They’ve been winning games with late goals, such as they tense recent derby against neighbours, the mighty minnows Llagostera, which was one of four Girona games attended by this column in recent months.

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