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FC Barcelona Transfer News - Klopp and Marco Reus Tops Barca's Wish list

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Barca appears to have zoomed in on the coach and player pair of Klopp and Reus as their prime target for this summer's transfer window, or at least the Catalan wants us to think so. With the season suddenly taking a turn for worse, it is natural to hear clamour to replace Martino. It looks like the Catalan media have identified the current Borussia Dortmund coach as the ideal replacement for Martino.

Barcelona linked with Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Chelsea star Juan Mata is reportedly a transfer target for Barcelona but Jose Mourinho may block any move because of his ongoing feud with the Catalan club. Mourinho and Barca enjoyed a less than friendly rivalry during his time as Real Madrid manager and even during his first stint at Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona target Liverpool defender Daniel Agger

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Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger is a transfer target for Barcelona. The Catalan giants launched an official bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz yesterday. At that stage, Agger was widely touted as their preferred backup option if they failed to entice to Luiz to Camp Nou. But the latest reports suggest Barca would like to bolster [.

11-Year-Old Boy Born Without Feet Fulfills Lifelong Dream, Invited To Train With Barcelona (Video)

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By Chris Wright

After a story in a local paper about 11-year old Brazilian Barcelona fan Gabriel a boy born with unformed feet who was still managing to rip it up for his school football team despite the obvious setback caught the eye of someone within the Catalan club's youth ranks, the wee chap was invited to come along on Barca's summer training camp, meaning young Gabriel scored himself a week-long training course with Barcelona in the sunny climes of Rio de Janeiro.

Barcelona Announce Improved Financial Results

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After two seasons in the red, Barcelona ended the 2011/12 season with a record surplus of 48.8 million euros, according to economic vice-president Javier Faus

Last season, Barcelona saw revenue increase to 494.9 million euros (21.5 more than the previous year) Expenses were 441.1 million, a reduction of 30 million euros from the 2010/11 season.

Spanish Pornstar Hopes Naff Music Video Will Get Former Barcelona President Joan Laporta Re-Elected (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Word on the wind is that former Barcelona president Joan Laporta, now a member of the Catalan parliament, is angling for re-election after being succeeded by Sandro Rosell a couple of years ago and one woman is doing her damnedest to make it happen, that woman being Spanish porn star Maria Lapiedra.

Barcelona Closing In On Jordi Alba

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It is looking that Valencia left-back Jordi Alba will be signing for Barcelona after the Euros are finished.

Alba, who is currently away with the Spanish national side ahead of Euro 2012, is reportedly on the verge of joining Barca for a fee in the region of €12 million.

Barcelona striker David Villa is hopeful the deal will be completed for the 23-year-old, who can also play on the left wing saying:

"He's one of the people I get along best with and he has had a spectacular career and it is not only Barcelona that would want him, but every team," the forward told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

Javi Martinez Attempts To Strip Andres Iniesta Of His Shirt During Copa Del Rey Final (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 (both sets of fans Catalan and Basque booed the Spanish national anthem) to win the Copa Del Rey in Pep's final game in charge last night, with Lionel Messi scoring his 73rd goal of the season sandwiched between a brace from Pedro all inside the first 25 minutes.

Javi Martinez Attempts To Strip Andres Iniesta Of His Shirt During Copa Del Rey Final (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 (both sets of fans Catalan and Basque booed the Spanish national anthem) to win the Copa Del Rey in Pep's final game in charge last night, with Lionel Messi scoring his 73rd goal of the season sandwiched between a brace from Pedro all inside the first 25 minutes.

Real Madrid Confirmed La Liga Title After Trashing Bilbao at San Mames

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After three years of wait, Real Madrid eventually bring the La Liga title back to the capital city after confirming their season effort at San Mames stadium this midweek by trashing Athletic Bilbao 3-0.

Although there's still two more games left to play, Madrid's victory kept their seven points gap with Barcelona intact, so considering there's only six more possible points that Barca could earn, Jose Mourinho's side are mathematically un-catchable by the Blaurgrana.

Barcelona Run Riots Against Vallecano as Malaga Stunned Valencia

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Barcelona gets themselves back on winning ways with a massive 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in the weekend and temporarily held Real Madrid's title celebration at least for the next few matches. Lionel Messi and Pedro bagged a brace for the Catalan while the other goals were scored by Thiago, Seydou Keita along with an own goal from Rober.

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Career In Pictures

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TweetPep Guardiola has announced his decision to leave Barcelona at the end of the season prompting a tearful Rolly Pelovangu to look back fondly to his time at the Camp Nou. Josep 'Pep' Guardiola joined La Blaugrana in June 2008 having taken over from Frank Rijkaard after the Catalan giants limped to a poor third [.

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Career In Pictures

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TweetPep Guardiola has announced his decision to leave Barcelona at the end of the season prompting a tearful Rolly Pelovangu to look back fondly at his time at the Camp Nou. Josep 'Pep' Guardiola joined La Blaugrana as coach in June 2008 having taken over from Frank Rijkaard after the Catalan giants limped to a [.

POTD : The End Of The Guardiola Era

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Pep Guardiola has announced that he will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season. A fitting farewell, to an epic era for the Catalan giants. Let's all give Senor Pep a round of applause! / via Gettyimages

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Gunners boss wished Pep would stay

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger understands Pep Guardiola's decision to step away from football after a highly successful four-year spell at Barcelona but has revealed that he wished for the 41-year old to stay put after the Catalan club's most difficult season during his reign.

Guardiola led Barca to three consecutive La Liga titles as well as two Champions League triumphs before falling short in both competitions this year.

Guardiola Confirmed Barca Exit as Vilanova Set to Replace Him

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Just as it was predicted my many Spanish media, Pep Guardiola has officially confirmed his resignation from Barcelona which will be active by the end of this season, stating the reason was because of tiredness.

In place of the successful coach, Barca have also announced that Guardiola's current assistant, Tito Vilanova, will take the job next summer, ending several speculation from the media that linked the Catalan with Marcelo Bielsa and Andre Villas-Boas.

Important Step Set to be Taken by Guardiola After Champions League Exit

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Barcelona's failure in reaching the Champions League final along with their league defeat against Real Madrid previously, could very well lead into a certain important decision made by the club's management including their tactician, Pep Guardiola.

This indication was hinted by Guardiola himself, who during the press conference after the game between Barcelona against Chelsea, admitted that he will held talks with the Catalan's management to discuss about his and the club's future.

Courageous Chelsea Eliminated Barcelona at Camp Nou

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Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea continue to surprise everyone as they managed to overcome Barcelon'a attacking wave and grabbing a ticket into the final without picking up any defeat in two leg of Champions League semifinal.

After beating the defending champions 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, the Blues' bravery was displayed again at Camp Nou as they successfully held Pep Guardiola's men into a 2-2 draw, despite playing with 10 men for a large part of the game.

What is Pedro's role at Barcelona?

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By Dominic Vieira, writing from Lisbon

Once a nobody, once irreplaceable and now an uncertainty. At the age of 24, the forward from Tenerife has played over 160 matches, kissed all the trophies and set a record which Messi didn't, becoming the first player in history to score in 6 different competitions in one season.

Snapshot: Spanish Paper ‘Sport’ Forced To Alter Cover Due To Xavi/Puyol Crotch Thrust Tiki Taka

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By Chris Wright

Catalan-leaning Spanish rag SPORT had to subtly alter their front cover this morning due to a slight issue with the juxtaposition of Carles Puyol's thrusting crotch and Xavi's gaping mouth in the photo used on their first run.

Before und after...

'Sexo es Vida' indeed!

Xavi Orders for Strong Support as Barca Aim to Secure Two Remaining Trophies

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Barcelona's star midfielder, Xavi Hernandez, once again asked his team's faithful to continue their massive support for Barca's upcoming Champions League semifinal clash against Chelsea at Camp Nou.

Xavi understand that there's still some bitterness felt by the fans especially after El Classico result this weekend, but the Spanish international believes that a strong support will carry Pep Guardiola's squad back on winning ways.

Ramires Ready for Barça Battle

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Chelsea midfielder, Ramires, has insisted that he is confident of dumping Barcelona out of the Champions League, when the Catalan giants welcome the Londoners to the Camp Nou for the second-leg of their semi-final.

The Spaniards will go into the match needing to come back from a 1-0 defeat, if they are to reach the final, and have a chance of defending their title.

Ramires Ready for Barça Battle

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Chelsea midfielder, Ramires, has insisted that he is confident of dumping Barcelona out of the Champions League, when the Catalan giants welcome the Londoners to the Camp Nou for the second-leg of their semi-final.

The Spaniards will go into the match needing to come back from a 1-0 defeat, if they are to reach the final, and have a chance of defending their title.

Barcelona v Chelsea Preview

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Barcelona won't be taking any chances when Chelsea come visiting at the Stamford Bridge tomorrow for their return leg of their semi final Champions League fixture.

The Catalan giants who lost for the first at home this season to Real Madrid over the weekend, will be like wounded lions against a confident Chelsea side who carry a slender 1 goal advantage into tomorrow's match

"We have to congratulate Madrid for their win and the title that they have also won tonight," Guardiola said.

Is Bale target number one?

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The sad story of Eric Abidal is thought to prompt a definitive move from Barcelona for Gareth Bale this summer as reports suggest that Pep Guardiola has identified the Welshman as the club's main target.
According to the report in the Telegraph,
‘there remains a number of potential impediments to the transfer becoming a reality.

Wasteful Barcelona Punished In London

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Barcelona followed Real Madrid's path in the Champions League as just like Jose Mourinho's boys, the Catalan also got beaten in their first leg meeting against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

It can be considered a bitter defeat for Pep Guardioal's men as despite dominating and creating lots of chances, they still ends up losing 1-0 through Didier Drogba's only goal.

Champions League Semi-Final Preview: Chelsea Must Engage Barcelona In Demonic Anti-Football

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By Chris Wright

"Juan, does this smell of Marmite to you?"

We are on the eve of a biggy people, leaning and listing lazily toward Chelsea versus Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League tomorrow night; Chelsea are a quite good football team and Barca are quite good also, so the good news is that it should be a good match in theory.

10 Excellent Photos Of Young Carles Puyol

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By Chris Wright

Carles Puyol: hewn from the sturdiest Catalan oak, hair like a cascade of spun dynamite fuse, furiously dedicated, insanely committed, Barcelona to the very core and 34 years young yesterday...

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A (very) young Puyol tucks into an ice cream sandwich, 1983

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Barcelona prepare £25m bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz

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Barcelona hope to take advantage of Jose Mourinho's uncertainty over David Luiz's defensive ability by launching a £25m bid for the Chelsea man. The Brazil international is a fans' favourite and enjoyed an impressive season last term, but is still prone to defensive howlers. Former Blues boss Rafa Benitez toyed with using Luiz as a [.

Imagining the Iberian Championship: Catalunya claims Group A

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By Dermot Corrigan, imagining in Madrid

When the Iberian Championships was first mooted (last month, hereon A Football Report), there was some skepticism in Spain as to the concept's viability, given the tightness of the club schedule, rivalries between different footballing authorities with competing jurisdictions, the logistical challenges involved, fraught political atmosphere etc.

Imagining the Iberian Championship

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By Dermot Corrigan, writing imagining in Madrid

While the recently growing calls for Catalan independence have led to a number of very tricky questions for politicians at local, national and European levels to ponder, they have - more importantly of course - also caused football fans to scratch their heads and wonder about the possibles issues that would arise.

POTD : The Catalans, Basques and Galicians Unite For Spain’s National Team

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The Basques, Galicians and Catalan delegates are all coming together to promote solidarity within the Spanish National team at the Euro 2012! Time to leave cultural differences in favour of football, folks! / via Sport.ES

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Liverpool want Barcelona’s Cristian Tello in Pepe Reina deal

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Liverpool will attempt to bring talented Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello to Anfield as part of any deal that takes goalkeeper Pepe Reina to the Spanish champions. Barca want to bring 30-year-old Reina to Camp Nou to replace Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave the club this summer. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to [.

Mourinho Planning to Stay Put

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Jose Mourinho insists his future lies at Real Madrid, despite media reports that have linked the Portuguese manager to a return to England.
The former Chelsea boss was rumoured to be mulling over a return to Chelsea or Manchester City, should the latter fail to win the Premier League, this season.

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Pornstar makes music video to help former Barcelona President Joan Laporta get re-elected

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During Joan Laporta's seven-year reign as President of Barcelona, he brought in Ronaldinho, Deco, Samuel Eto'o, and appointed Pep Guardiola as first team manager. Despite these successes, the Spanish politician was ousted in a storm of controversy by former cohort Sandro Rossell in 2010, and has since become a member of Catalan parliament.

Liverpool Encouraged To 'Seduce' Guardiola

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Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group will have been interested to hear the latest comments from Pep Guardiola who suggested he could consider cutting short his sabbatical from the game.
The former Barcelona manager said that he was going to take a year off from management after an incredibly successful spell in charge of the Catalan club.

What to Watch This Weekend: FA Cup Final, Derby della Madonnina

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Saturday, May 5

FA Cup Final: Liverpool vs Chelsea (12:15pmET, FSC & Fox Deportes): Two teams that have been underwhelming in the league but surprisingly successful in cup competitions.  Liverpool has already won the League Cup, while this is the 1st of two cup finals Chelsea will be competing for this month.

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Real Madrid reportedly suing Catalan TV station over video comparing players to hyenas

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Catalan station TV3 produced a video comparing Real Madrid players' rough treatment of Barcelona's delicate angels to that of hyenas in the wild and now Los Blancos are upset. According to AS, Real Madrid will take legal action against TV3 over the video, which finished with the climactic reveal of Pepe in a Hannibal Lecter mask.

Laporta Slams Lifting Of Mourinho Ban

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We are still six weeks away from the first El Clasico of the season but the rhetoric is already at a mid- season level.

The news that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) had lifted Jose Mourinho's touchline ban imposed on him for poking his finger in the eye of then Barcelona assistant manager Tito Vilanova last season has not gone down well in Catalonia.

Saturday mumblings

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Good morning from a vaguely overcast, but more specifically hungover Edinburgh. I imagine this weather would make for ideal marathon running, or it would at least be much more appropriate than the glaring heat of summer we experienced last weekend, but that would've been much less fun for us spectators, and we all know marathon running is really about the spectators.