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FC Barcelona News: 5 June 2015; Players Arrive in Berlin, Carles Puyol Warns Barça of Juventus Quality

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FC Barcelona are in Berlin | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have arrived in Berlin, the site of Saturday's UEFA Champions League Final. The first team left the Ciutat Esportiva at 9.30am CET for Barcelona–El Prat Airport, where the team plane took off at 10.50am CET. Following the two-and-a-half-hour flight, the plane landed at Berlin Schönefeld Airport.

How Barcelona’s Luis Enrique proved everyone wrong – and ended the hunting season | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian
Luis Enrique declared hunting season open in the first week of November and it lasted well into the new year. Barcelona had just been beaten at home by Celta de Vigo, the first time the Galicians had ever won at the Camp Nou, and the Catalans’ coach, who had watched the criticism grow almost from the start, sarcastically foresaw a "nice week" ahead. As it turned out, that was optimistic: it was more than a week and it would get a whole lot "nicer".

Can Messi Neymar and Suarez be stopped in UCL final? - ESPN FC
Of all the individual and collective goal-scoring statistics concerning Barcelona's front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, the most telling figure has barely been mentioned. It's simple: the proportion of goals scored by Barcelona's forwards, and it has never been higher.

Comparing Juventus and FC Barcelona in this year's Champions League | FC Barcelona
We take a quick look at how the Champions League finalists stack up statistically in this year's tournament.

Carles Puyol warns Barcelona of Juventus quality - ESPN FC
Barcelona must be wary of Juventus' team spirit if they want to win the Champions League final, Blaugrana legend Carles Puyol has told L'Equipe. Barcelona start Saturday's showpiece at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin as favourites, but Puyol, 37, warned his former teammates they will take the Serie A champions lightly at their peril.

Gary Lineker talks Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez | FC Barcelona
In the same way that Ronaldinho expressed his support via Twitter, FC Barcelona, through its official account — @fcbarcelona — had an interesting conversation with Gary Lineker — @GaryLineker — in which the former Barça striker expressed his confidence in Barça's game.

Messi Iniesta Xavi can join Champions League greats - ESPN FC
Four tournament wins (equal to the metronome Clarence Seedorf in the modern age) and just two trophies behind the all-time No. 1: Paco Gento, Real Madrid's relentless winger of the 1950s and 1960s. Yet I don't think that will tell the fully accurate story and I have my suspicions that Xavi, and to an even greater extent Messi, agree with me.

Luis Enrique Barcelona few words great deeds Andy Mitten - ESPN FC
Luis Enrique was at his best when talking about tactics, about pressing, the use of Lionel Messi in a team, countering and switching play. He also revealed why he was reluctant to speak to the media, explaining that he felt that, if he spoke to one outlet then he'd be obliged to speak to them all or else he'd be accused of favouring one over another. So he did nothing.

Simeone: Barcelona are much more complete under Luis Enrique -
It will be a fascinating final. No two teams in the Champions League have been more consistent this season than Barcelona and Juventus. Two strong sides, with very different styles, meet in Berlin – and both of them are going for a treble. Barcelona has had a magnificent season. Its attacking strength and growth in defense has helped it to achieve so much already in 2014-15.

Thierry Henry: No luck involved as Juventus and Barcelona chase treble | Sky Sports
The Sky Sports pundit was an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team which won La Liga, the Spanish Cup and the Champions League in 2008/09 and will be in Berlin on Saturday evening to see if they can repeat the feat under Luis Enrique. However, they will come up against another of Henry’s former clubs in Juventus – and the Italian giants are looking to complete a treble of their own.

How will Juve replace Chiellini's leadership? - ESPN FC
Now that he is ruled out, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is likely to replace him with Andrea Barzagli in a 4-3-1-2 formation, a defender of immense composure and glorious experience. Neither a hothead nor an overly feisty player, he is experienced and invaluable. The only problem is that he has only just recovered from injury and may not be up to the task of playing a full 90 minutes.

FC Barcelona quiz: UEFA Champions League Final edition | FC Barcelona
Show us what you know about the Champions League Final.

Xavi and Pirlo, living legends set to meet in Berlin | FC Barcelona
Xavi and Pirlo are two of the greatest midfielders not just of the current era, but of all time. Few players have ever been such masters of the ball, and so capable of producing passes out of nothing. Both at club and international level, these two players have helped to redefine the term ‘midfield general’.

Barcelona instruct Dani Alves to sign their contract offer - ESPN FC
Barcelona have told Dani Alves to sign a new contract at the Camp Nou, rather than look for a move to Manchester United. Alves' current deal expires in the summer and he could make his final appearance for Barca in Saturday's Champions League final against Juventus.

From Laudrup to Ibrahimovic, from Barcelona to Turin | FC Barcelona
Michael Laudrup, Juan Pablo Sorín, Edgar Davids, Lilian Thuram, Gianluca Zambrotta, Thierry Henry, Martín Cáceres and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the eight players that have played for both FC Barcelona and Juventus. Seven of them were in Turin before they donned the FCB jersey. Here’s a look at each of their stories:

How the UEFA Champions League Final is being seen in Italy | FC Barcelona
With the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Barcelona and Juventus less than 72 hours away, we at asked five Italian sports journalists about the big match, set for Saturday 6 June at 8.45pm CET in Berlin, Germany.

ESPN Sport Science: Messi's Magic - ESPN FC
The Sport Science team break down the biomechanics behind Lionel Messi's magical goal in the Copa Del Rey final.

Sporting Genius | Huffington Post
Over the past weekend we have witnessed the best footballer in the world, Lionel Messi, once again showing us what he is capable of with another wonder strike which set Barcelona on their way to winning the Copa Del Rey in Spain. This result also keeps them in contention for the treble of league, domestic cup and champions league trophies this season.

The rise and rise of Rakitic | Football Espana
When Barcelona signed Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla last summer, it was seen as a shrewd acquisition - a snip, even - at €20m. The Croatian had just enjoyed a barnstorming campaign with the Andalucians, his performances being crowned with the Europa League, and his arrival pleased many Catalan fans in light of what he added to their La Liga rivals.

Ilkay Gundogan is like a modern Xavi and would be perfect for Barcelona, says former Borussia Dortmund star Riedle -
Former Borussia Dortmund star Karl-Heinz Riedle believes Ilkay Gundogan would be the perfect signing for Barcelona amid ongoing rumours that the Catalans are keen to sign the Germany international. The 24-year-old recently announced that he will not extend his current contract with BVB - which is due to expire in June 2016 - and he is widely expected to leave the Signal Iduna Park outfit this summer.

Elche relegated from La Liga over unpaid taxes, Eibar promoted | Sky Sports
Elche have been relegated from La Liga over unpaid debts to the tax authorities and Eibar will take their place in Spain's top flight next season. Elche, who finished the season in 13th place in the standings, were punished for "very serious infractions" of Spain's sports law and league rules and also fined £130,000.

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