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FC Barcelona News: 30 April 2016; 18 Make Real Betis Trip, Manel Vich, Stadium Announcer, Passes Away

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FC Barcelona mourns loss of Manel Vich, the voice of the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is in mourning following the death of Manel Vich, the stadium announcer at the Camp Nou for almost sixty years. Because of his delicate health, the 78-year-old was unable to perform his regular duties for the last game at the Camp Nou, against Sporting, and on Friday 29 April, he sadly passed away.

Eighteen man squad for Benito Villamarín visit | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique announced his 18-man squad for the match which is as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Dani Alves, Arda, A. Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Munir, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal. The manager will be without the injured Vermaelen, Mathieu and Sandro while Masip, Douglas and Adriano did not make the cut.

Match preview: Real Betis v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are top of the league with just three games to go. But with Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid hot on their trail, they can’t afford any more setbacks. Next week, Espanyol are at the Camp Nou for the derby, and then they travel to Granada on the final day. But before any of that, there’s a tricky trip to Betis to deal with on Saturday night at 8.30pm CET.

FC Barcelona hold final training session ahead of Saturday's match at Real Betis | FC Barcelona
On Friday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva, FC Barcelona made their final preparations for their third-to-last La Liga game of the season, a clash that will see them square off with Real Betis at the Benito Villamarín Stadium in Seville, Spain, on Saturday night at 8.30pm CET. (See our global guide to worldwide kick-off times and TV listings.)

Luis Enrique buoyant in the face of three must-win games | FC Barcelona
The Catalans and the Colchoneros are now dead even on points, with Barça holding an all too tenuous tie-breaking edge based on superior head-to-head goal differential, a vital statistical lifeline stemming from 2–1 wins over Atlético this season, both at the Calderón, back in early September, and at Camp Nou, back in late January.

Betis a similar bet, both away and at home | FC Barcelona
With 41 points — nine above the relegation zone —and just three league games to play, Betis will be back in the First Division one year after having returned to the top flight. Betis host Barça on Saturday at 8.30pm CET in a Match Day 36 duel with the Catalans competing for the title with Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid. Betis, however, have virtually nothing to play for, thanks in large part to consistent play both at home, and on the road.

Suarez Mk II: Denis can take burden off MSN at Barca in 2016-17 -
If one thing is clear from the recent slump at Barcelona, it is that they need another forward. As Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez returned tired from the international break in late March, everything went wrong. But there is a solution for next season - and his name is Denis Suarez.

Luis Suarez headlines Uruguay's Copa America squad -
Suarez will take centre stage for the 15-time Copa champions in the United States - starting June 3 - having made his return to competitive international football during World Cup qualifying in March. The 29-year-old has 53 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season, while he scored in his competitive international return against Brazil last month.

Barcelona news: Neymar buys new jet for $9.1 million -
Barcelona forward Neymar spent $9.1 million (£6.2 million) on a new jet last year, according to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, meaning that his goalscoring statistics are not the only thing taking off! A document shows that the Brazil international purchased the Cessna 680 aircraft in August 2015 through his company Neymar Sport and Marketing.

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