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FC Barcelona News: 7 June 2015; Barcelona Win Champions League, Complete Second Treble

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FC Barcelona beat Juventus 3–1, claim Champions League title | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona rode goals from Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suárez, and an injury-time clincher by Neymar Jr to claim the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League title on Saturday night at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. The victory gives FC Barcelona their fourth Champions League title in the last 10 years — their fifth in team history — and an unprecedented second treble, adding a layer of reinforced concrete to the Catalans' already rock-solid status as a dynasty for the ages.

Barça make history with second treble! | FC Barcelona
2008/09 and 2014/15 go down in history as the two greatest seasons in FC Barcelona history. After beating Juventus at the Olympiastadion on Saturday night, they have completed the treble of Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League, just like they did under Pep Guardiola six years ago.

Luis Enrique says his team 'spectacular' in Final | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique described his team's performance as "spectacular" after they won the UEFA Champions League for the fifth time in Club history and completed a historic second treble. "I think we played a spectacular final against top opponents like Juventus. We created more chances than them and I think we were better. We deserved to win the final," he said following the game.

FC Barcelona win fifth Champions League | FC Barcelona
One, two, three, four, FIVE!!! London, Paris, Rome, London again and now Berlin - FC Barcelona have beaten Juventus to win their fifth Champions league title (although the competition wasn’t known by that name when they won it for the first time). That means the Catalans now have one more than Ajax, and are now matched with Liverpool and Bayern Munich in the all-time table.

Iniesta more than happy for Xavi to lift the trophy | FC Barcelona
The game’s MVP, Andreas Iniesta started the game as captain, but when he came off in the second half, his replacement Xavi Hernadez took the armband and it was the Catalan midfielder, making his final appearance for the Club, who picked up the trophy, something Iniesta was very clear about: "tonight it was only right that Xavi lifted the trophy. It was a perfect end to a season for any player. Xavi is a unique player and I wish him all the best".

Iniesta plays fourth Champions League Final | FC Barcelona
After playing in Berlin, Andrés Iniesta has become the first Barça player to appear in four Champions League Finals. He is one of three players still in the squad that were around for the 2006 final in Paris, but neither Messi nor Xavi played at Saint Denis.

The best videos of FC Barcelona's fifth Champions League title | FC Barcelona
Relive the emotion from Barça's historic night in Berlin

Barcelona defeat Juventus in Champions League final - ESPN FC
In the stadium where Jesse Owens broke records and Zinedine Zidane butted heads, the best club team in the world was crowned champion of Europe, defeating Juventus 3-1 in the Olympic Stadium. They did it their way. And, by this, I don't mean the "Barcelona way" because, over time, it has come to mean so many different things, stretching principles that may have begun with Johan Cruyff and evolved with Pep Guardiola, but now run the gamut.

Champions League celebrations on social media | FC Barcelona
The triumph in Berlin has unleashed unbridled joy amongst Barça fans.

Canaletes fills with celebrating fans | FC Barcelona
When the final whistle went in Berlin, the Barça fans began to flood into Canaletes for the second Saturday night on the run following last weekend’s Spanish Cup win over Bilbao as what is sure to be another long night of celebrations began!

How Barcelona triumphed over Juventus in Berlin -
Lionel Messi and Neymar both scored ten goals in the UEFA Champions League this season – the first time in the competition's history two players from the same side have reached double figures. The pair finished as joint top scorers with Cristiano Ronaldo, the fifth time Messi has won the prize although the first time he has shared it.

Johan Cruyff's influence, Barcelona win Champions League - ESPN FC
As the great separated themselves from the quite good, stories queued up like goal scorers. The Olympic Stadium had tales to tell, tales good enough to lift the senses. Nine years after the champions of the world emerged here when Italy beat France in the World Cup final, perhaps the all-time football era emerged a touch more clearly.

Champions League Final: In numbers -
The key figures and statistics from Barcelona's 3-1 UEFA Champions League final victory over Juventus.

The FC Barcelona fan mosaic at the Olympiastadion Berlin | FC Barcelona
See what it looked like just before kick-off!

Carlos Tévez and Javier Mascherano, team mates back home but rivals in the Champions League Final | FC Barcelona
Football brought them face to face for the first time when they were both just 17 years old, when Javier Mascherano played for River Plate and Tévez for Boca Juniors. Later they would face each other in the Superclásicos, as the derby between Argentina’s two most popular teams is known.

Juventus $247M vs. Barcelona $382M – the wealth gap between the Champions League finalists -
When Juventus and Barcelona face off in Berlin in Saturday’s Champions League final, it will be a clash of not just two differing football philosophies but also of opposite spending tendencies. While many have pinpointed the contrasting styles of play as a key component of the European showpiece, it is fair to say the two clubs have already gone about constructing their first-team squads in very different ways.

Barcelona and Sevilla set for Tbilisi Super Cup-
After 15 editions of the fixture at AS Monaco FC's Stade Louis II between 1998 and 2012, the venue for the annual meeting of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League winners now changes every year. Following on from Prague's Stadion Eden and the Cardiff City Stadium, Georgia are now set to hold their first UEFA football showpiece after previously hosting the 2013 UEFA Futsal Cup finals (in which FC Barcelona were beaten semi-finalists).

Spain stretches lead as Europe's finest - UEFA Champions League - News -
FC Barcelona secured Spain's 15th European Cup in Berlin, taking the country three victories clear of Italy and England in the competition's all-time standings. It was also the first time the trophy has been won by teams from the same nation two years running in the UEFA Champions League era.

Aleix Vidal to Barca imminent? | Football Espana
Barcelona will announce the €10m signing of Aleix Vidal from Sevilla next week, according to Sport. The Catalans’ search for an alternative to Dani Alves has been well documented this season, and the newspaper claims the Sevilla star, who has been converted into a right-back by Unai Emery, will be their first arrival for 2015-16.

Graeme Souness considers where Barcelona go from here | Sky Sports
So where do they go from here? Can this team - who are currently under a transfer embargo until January - get any better? That was the challenge handed to Sky Sports expert Graeme Souness after he watched their triumph in the Olympiastadion. He pointed to Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano at the heart of the defence as an area for improvement. Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen are also in their defensive ranks but Souness believes that is one area of the squad that could benefit from reinforcements.

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