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FC Barcelona News: 18 May 2016; Copa del Rey Final Preparations Continue, Qatar Friendly Postponed

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FC Barcelona back to train for one final challenge | FC Barcelona
It was a great long weekend for FC Barcelona, one in which they flew to Granada on Friday evening, won the La Liga title on Saturday evening, and celebrated it on Sunday evening with a parade through the streets of Barcelona. But now, the time has come to get back to work.

Copa del Rey Final preparations continue | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team have continued with their preparations for the Copa del Rey Final against Sevilla at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday at 9.30pm CET, which will be the last official game of the season for the new Liga champions and offers the chance to win the domestic double for the second year in a row.

FC Barcelona are La Liga’s leading men | FC Barcelona
"We deserve this league championship because of the number of weeks we spent as leaders," said FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique following his team’s 5–0 derby victory at Camp Nou, which put them one win from the title. And that's the way it went, with the Catalans hoisting the league crown the following week after beating Granada by a score of 3–0.

The 10 key facts of FC Barcelona's league season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona retained their league title with Saturday’s win over Granada, in what was a long and tough campaign. Luis Enrique’s side earned the club’s 24th league title success and conjured up some impressive numbers in doing so, no less than the 39-match unbeaten run and Luis Suárez’s 40-goal season.

Leo Messi's four goals against Sevilla as an U19 player | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has a long habit of pestering Sevilla. Since he has been in the first team, the Argentinian has put 25 goals past this weekend’s Copa del Rey final opposition (20 in the league, 3 in the Spanish Super Cup and 2 in the European one). But the story began even earlier, when he scored four goals against them on 15 May 2004 as an U19 player.

Luis Suárez: the recipe for a Golden Shoe | FC Barcelona
With this video, FC Barcelona congratulates a player who has been simply lethal in front of goal all season. Hitting 40 in 35 league matches, 59 in all competitions and 84 since he joined the club, Suárez has been nothing short of incredible for Barça.

Ten years on: How FC Barcelona reacted to #París2006 | FC Barcelona
A collection of tweets published on May 17 in honour of the day that Arsenal were beaten in the Champions League Final held in the French capital.

Ronaldinho and Belletti look back at #Paris2006 | FC Barcelona
On 17 May 2006 FC Barcelona made history by beating Arsenal 2–1 in the Champions League final in Paris. Coached by the Dutchman, Frank Rijkaard, Barça came back from a goal down with a strike from Samuel Eto’o and the game-winner from Juliano Belletti to claim their spot in history.

Five FC Barcelona players named to Spain squad for Euro 2016 in France | FC Barcelona
Spanish national team head coach Vicente del Bosque released a provisional squad list for this summer’s Euro 2016 on Tuesday. Twenty-five players were named to the team for the tournament, to be held in France from 10 June to 10 July. Making the squad were FC Barcelona players Gerard Piqué, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta.

Qatar friendly postponed | FC Barcelona
Qatar Airways, the host and sponsor of the friendly match between FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi FC, which was scheduled to be played on May 24 in Doha, has opted to postpone the game. That same week, the country is also hosting the prestigious Emir Cup Final on May 20, while Barça’s opponents Al-Ahli will be playing in the King Cup on May 27.

Neymar deal after Copa final? | Football Espana
Barcelona hope to begin their summer transfer market after the Copa del Rey Final by announcing the terms of Neymar’s contract renewal. Sport cites a report from Catalunya Radio which claims a meeting was held on Tuesday to discuss the Brazil international’s deal, with the hope of making an announcement shortly after the Cup final between Barca and Sevilla.

Barcelona's Alen Halilovic near season loan to Valencia, agent says - ESPN FC
Barcelona starlet Alen Halilovic is close to joining Valencia on loan for the 2016-17 season, the young Croatian's agent has told Spanish radio. Halilovic joined the Camp Nou outfit from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2014 for an initial fee of €2.2 million, and played one season at Barca B before impressing on loan at Sporting Gijon during the 2015-16 campaign.

Barcelona edge Real Madrid in La Liga as Atletico slip away - ESPN FC
Defending champions Barcelona began sluggishly, allowing Rafa Benitez's Real Madrid side to top the table in the early Autumn but, even with Lionel Messi injured, Luis Enrique's team took over by hammering Los Blancos 4-0 in November's first El Clasico. Then the Catalans' trip to the Club World Cup in December allowed Diego Simeone's much changed Atletico Madrid to take over as leaders at the season's midway point.