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FC Barcelona News: 19 May 2016; Neymar Deal Rumored to be Six Years, Camp Nou Gets New Pitch

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Pitch replacement at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The work to replace the pitch at Camp Nou has begun this Wednesday following the concert by Bruce Springsteen which took place at the stadium last Saturday. The change of surface will be ready for the French League rugby final which is set to take place at Barça’s ground on 24 June.

FC Barcelona releases statement on the prohibition of 'Estelada' flags at the Copa del Rey final | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona expresses, in the most absolute terms, its total and complete disagreement with the announcement prohibiting the display of Estelada flags at the final of the Copa del Rey, to be played this Sunday night. The ban was announced on Wednesday by the Spanish government’s representative in the Community of Madrid.

FC Barcelona hold team lunch at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team had lunch together at the Ciutat Esportiva following Wednesday’s training session. The team is totally focused on Sunday’s cup final against Sevilla in the Vicente Calderón stadium in Madrid. Another title would be the fourth of the campaign following on from the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and La Liga.

Jordi Alba praises Sevilla head of Copa del Rey final | FC Barcelona
Appearing at the presentation of the football camp that bears his name, FC Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba took time out to talk about the team and their final game — Sunday's Copa del Rey final versus Sevilla. "We feel good and our aim is to win the Cup," he said. "It would be great to finish the season with a double."

Gerard Piqué: 'If we play the way we can, we have to win' | FC Barcelona
Barça will be looking to complete a second successive domestic double on Sunday night (9.30pm CET) when they face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final. Four days before the game, centre back Gerard Piqué spoke to the press about that and other matters, and here’s a selection of quotes from his press conference:

Dani Alves' rumoured departure from Barcelona makes no sense for the club - ESPN FC
The thing is, everyone knows how good Alves was, but many seem to have forgotten how good he still is when it matters. Consistency may have become an occasional issue, but when the big games come around, such as Sevilla this weekend, Enrique knows he can count on him.

Unseen footage: Neymar's league title celebrations | FC Barcelona
Following the final whistle in Granada, one of the players who has most enjoyed the squad’s league title celebrations has been Neymar. With his outgoing, playful personality, the Brazilian has been at the heart of the festivities whether they be on the plane, on the streets of Barcelona or in the dressing room immediately after the title victory.

Neymar to sign six-year deal | Football Espana
Neymar is set to renew his Barcelona contract until 2022, a year longer than originally discussed, with the agreement to be confirmed shortly. Mundo Deportivo notes it was expected that Neymar would sign for another five years and it’s said the extra 12 months shows the Brazilian’s commitment to the Catalans, who will raise his transfer clause to €220m.

FC Barcelona promotes the figure of Josep Suñol at the Warsaw Book Fair | FC Barcelona
The seventh edition of the Warsaw Book Fair begins on Thursday at the National Stadium of the Polish capital and will have the city of Barcelona and Catalan literature as special guests. That is why FC Barcelona, as a reference of the region, will be present in Warsaw via the Ramon Llull Institute, with which the club has a close relationship.

More spectacular goals from the youth teams | FC Barcelona
Here we go with another great video of the top five academy goals of the week as picked by Barça TV. We have Lucas de Vega of the U16 team with the opener against Espanyol in the semi-final of the Catalan Championship (which they’d up losing on penalties), and we also have Pau Fernández with a free-kick in the 9-0 defeat by the U12 C team of Vilafranca.

A gesture of solidarity with Kumamoto | FC Barcelona
On 14, 15 and 16 April the ground violently opened in Kumamoto and the city was reduced to rubble. The tremors lasted three days and at one point registered 7.3 on the Richter scale, leaving 41 dead and thousands injured. The city in the south of the country was devastated, with more than 69,000 people evacuated and 160,000 homes without electricity.

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