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FC Barcelona News: 10 May 2016; Lionel Messi Talks Olympic Games, Thomas Vermaelen Declared Fit

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Messi disappointed to miss out on Argentina squad for 'spectacular' Olympics -
Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted he would have liked play at the Olympic Games after he was left out of the squad in order to take part in the Copa America Centenario. Coach Gerardo Martino opted against making Messi - who won gold at the Beijing Games in 2008 - compete at both June's Copa America and the Olympics in August.

Leo Messi: Winning the double would be spectacular | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has his sights set on winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey, an achievement he says would be "spectacular". In an interview with ESPN, the Argentine spoke of his disappointment at not retaining the Champions League, but conceded that "you cannot win it every year".

Barcelona have La Liga Copa del Rey chance despite near-calamitous slump - ESPN FC
A title which some believed they'd won in March had become one of the most fiercely fought races across Europe this season. Defeats to Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Valencia had seen Barcelona's nine-point advantage disappear. Atletico Madrid had pulled level on points, while Madrid were parked just one back.

Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen fit to return - Eurosport
The Belgium international has been sidelined since April 11 with a calf injury. Vermaelen joined his team mates in Monday's training session as Luis Enrique's side prepare for the La Liga finale at Granada on Saturday. Barca beat Espanyol 5-0 on Sunday to remain one point clear of Real Madrid and victory over Granada would secure the title.

Barça's big derby rout, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
What a day it was on Sunday at Camp Nou. In FC Barcelona's final home game of the season, the fans were treated to an afternoon of total football in the form of a 5–0 rout over cross-city rivals RCD Espanyol that brings the league leaders to the brink of another La Liga championship. Here's a look at the most interesting facts and figures from the big win:

Season attendance soars at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
With Camp Nou having lived its final game of the 2015/16 season Sunday, a look at this year's total attendance has revealed that an average of 78,736 spectators came to the stadium over the 19 games played there. That comes to a grand total of 1,495,981 spectators on the season, the highest in the last five.

Luis Suárez becomes joint highest scoring Uruguayan in FC Barcelona history | FC Barcelona
With his two goals against RCD Espanyol on Sunday, Luis Suárez has become the highest scoring Uruguayan in FC Barcelona history. A recent hot-streak in the season run-in, including back-to-back four-goal hauls just a few weeks ago, saw Suárez surpass the 47 goals scored by Ronaldo in the 1996/97 season.

Guillem Balague: Barcelona will win title, but opt against signing Hatem Ben Arfa | Sky Sports
Luis Enrique's players started both halves against Espanyol on Sunday looking like the Barcelona of old. They fell asleep a little bit after scoring the first goal, but their opponents didn't have much of a threat, beyond a little bit of (legal) aggression.

A behind-the-scenes look back at FC Barcelona's 2014 pre-season at St. George’s Park | FC Barcelona
On Monday, it was announced that FC Barcelona would be returning to St. George’s Park during this summer’s pre-season from 25 to 30 July. The team thoroughly enjoyed their time at the English Football Association’s complex back in 2014, Luis Enrique’s first pre-season as manager.

Bank Mega and FC Barcelona officially launched co-branded bank cards | FC Barcelona
Four months after signing an initial co-branding partnership agreement, Bank Mega and FC Barcelona are set to officially launch Mega Barça co-branding products on 9 May 2016. The new products include a credit card, a prepaid card, and other financial products specially designed using official FC Barcelona images and the Club crest.

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