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Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus veterans find destiny favours Barcelona - The Guardian

Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus veterans find destiny favours Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Juventus’ goalkeeper could not hold back the Barcelona tide in 3-1 Champions League final defeat
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Juventus 1-3 Barcelona: Champions League final player ratings - The Guardian

Juventus 1-3 Barcelona: Champions League final player ratings - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Andrés Iniesta was man of the match and Gerard Piqué was commanding at the back for Barcelona while Juventus’s Arturo Vidal failed to keep his head
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Juventus 1-3 Barça: Luis Suárez’s strike rewards Barcelona’s dominance to break Juventus - The Guardian

Juventus 1-3 Barça: Luis Suárez’s strike rewards Barcelona’s dominance to break Juventus - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona lifted the Champions League by beating Juventus 3-1 at the Olympiastadion after Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring

 

They came in pursuit of what Gerard Piqué called “perfection” and, once again, they left the distinct sense this is the team that takes football to its highest levels. Lionel Messi and his exquisitely gifted team-mates put on a masterclass at times. They did not seem to care they were facing reputedly the best defence in the competition and it was a thrilling way to complete the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and now the trophy that means more to this institution than anything else.

 

It was not quite perfection, perhaps, bearing in mind that spell in the second half when Álvaro Morata equalised and suddenly, for the first time, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba were emboldened to think they could take control in midfield. That, however, was only a small chunk out of the night. Juventus simply could not cope otherwise with the most devastating forward line on the planet and, on the balance of play, Barça should really have made it a more stress-free occasion before Neymar soothed any lingering nerves with his stoppage-time goal.

 

That was the final kick of the night but the more important goal came off Suárez’s right boot on 68 minutes, following in after Messi’s shot had come back off Gianluigi Buffon and firing the rebound high into the net. That was Buffon’s one mistake of a night when there were other moments to remind us of his enduring brilliance. Yet there was no way his team-mates could leave him so exposed so many times and expect to get away with it. Either Juventus chose a bad night to forget their defensive structure or Messi et al were just too piercingly brilliant. Or maybe a bit of both. Either way, it was remarkable to see how many times a Juventus side with 27 clean sheets this season looked so vulnerable and overrun...

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Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi bring two sides of Argentina to Berlin | Marcela Mora y Araujo - The Guardian

Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi bring two sides of Argentina to Berlin | Marcela Mora y Araujo - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The forward lines of Juventus and Barcelona each feature a brilliant Argentinian, but beyond their nationality Tevez and Messi have little in common
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Pedro agrees new Barcelona contract to end of 2018-19 season - The Guardian

Pedro agrees new Barcelona contract to end of 2018-19 season - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona say Pedro Rodríguez has agreed to sign a new contract that will keep him at the Spanish champions until the end of the 2018-19 season
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How Barcelona’s Luis Enrique proved everyone wrong – and ended the hunting season | Sid Lowe - The Guardian

How Barcelona’s Luis Enrique proved everyone wrong – and ended the hunting season | Sid Lowe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Back in November the knives were out for Barca’s manager with rumbles of discontent over playing style and a rumoured rift with Lionel Messi – now his team are fitter, faster, less predictable and on the verge of winning the treble
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Lionel Messi is ‘an alien that dedicates himself to playing with humans’ says Gianluigi Buffon - The Guardian

Lionel Messi is ‘an alien that dedicates himself to playing with humans’ says Gianluigi Buffon - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has described the Barcelona strikeforce of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez as the ‘strongest in the world’
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Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Barcelona: Lionel Messi double gives Barcelona Cup final win over Athletic Bilbao - The Guardian

Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Barcelona: Lionel Messi double gives Barcelona Cup final win over Athletic Bilbao - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona lifted the Copa del Rey after Lionel Messi scored twice in a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the final at Camp Nou

 

Xavi Hernández’s last game at the Camp Nou ended with him joining Andrés Iniesta and taking a lift to the second floor, collecting the Copa del Rey from King Felipe VI and heading back down again to hand it to their team-mates on the pitch where they had defeated Athletic Bilbao 3-1. All together now, they paraded Barcelona’s second trophy of the season, the 24th of Xavi’s career, making him the most decorated club player in Spanish football history, and there could yet be one more.

 

Barcelona have won the double: in seven days’ time, they face Juventus in the European Cup final seeking to be the first club in history to complete two trebles. Luis Enrique waved away suggestions this was a superb season already, insisting that adjective can be applied only if they are successful in Germany. “And if not, not”, he said. “We will try to enter into history again.”...

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Catalonia separatists pin hopes on September vote after setback - Reuters UK

Catalonia separatists pin hopes on September vote after setback - Reuters UK | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
By Sarah White MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan leaders said on Tuesday they would press ahead with regional elections in September meant as a proxy vote on independence from Spain, despite separatist parties losing in Barcelona's town hall election.

 

A leftist coalition led by social activist Ada Colau and backed by new anti-austerity party Podemos beat secessionist forces on Sunday to win the most votes in Barcelona's city council, one of the biggest upsets in local elections held across the country. Support for independence is on the wane in some areas and is fractured among differing separatist camps...

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‘Xavi is eternal. He is football. He has made Barcelona what it is today’ | Sid Lowe - The Guardian

‘Xavi is eternal. He is football. He has made Barcelona what it is today’ | Sid Lowe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Barcelona midfielder Xavi pulled the strings in an unprecedented era of success for club and country and leaves with glowing tributes from those who managed and played alongside him

 

Thiago Alcântara, former Barcelona team-mate “Xavi is eternal. Even when he is not at his very best level physically, he plays a kind of football that gives oxygen to a team, play, speed. It makes me sad to think that I won’t be able to watch Xavi [in Europe] for more time. He’ll always have that level. He is football. He is one of those players that has made Barcelona what it is today”

 

Hristo Stoichkov (on Onda Cero radio), former Barcelona team-mate

“I remember that little lad, fresh-faced, just a kid, coming on at Valladolid and scoring a header – a header that saved that Dutchman’s [Louis van Gaal] neck. If we’re talking about Xavi, we’re talking about a legend in world football, a genuine legend. From the very first game to the very last game he has been the most decisive player at Barcelona, the player who has done more for Barcelona than anyone else, the player who has lifted more trophies than anyone else, ever. That’s Xavi Hernández. There will be a Before Xavi and an After Xavi. It’s not fair that he never won the Balon d’Or, but he was ‘unlucky’ to coincide with Messi. I am sure that one day he will end up coaching Barcelona. There will never be another player like him.”...

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Was this an earthquake in Spanish politics? Not quite, but it’s coming soon | Miguel-Anxo Murado - The Guardian

Was this an earthquake in Spanish politics? Not quite, but it’s coming soon | Miguel-Anxo Murado - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

These elections have further eroded the two main parties’ hegemony. But it’s September’s Catalan vote that could radically alter Spain’s political landscape

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And finally, there’s the unspoken question mark which hangs over Spain’s near future. Despite being left aside for the duration of the campaign it’s still there: the stubborn Catalan issue. At least in theory, there will be a Catalan regional election in September which – if it finally takes place – will be no ordinary vote. The Catalan government intends to turn it into a referendum on independence, no less, and if Sunday’s results are replicated then it may actually win it. Much has been made of the fact that last Sunday the main pro-independence party lost the city of Barcelona. That is certainly a serious blow, but what few seem to have noticed is that the pro-independence camp as a whole has increased its support substantially and has effectively won the election in Catalonia.

 

That doesn’t mean it’s a done deal for the pro-independence parties either. Come September, they may get a majority of seats in parliament but without a majority of votes. In any case, turmoil is almost guaranteed and, depending on what happens next, the national political debate as a whole could abruptly change tack, making the result of the general election in November even more unpredictable. Now, that would be an earthquake.

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Dani Alves hits out at Barcelona for showing him ‘lack of respect’ - The Guardian

Dani Alves hits out at Barcelona for showing him ‘lack of respect’ - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Dani Alves hit out at Barcelona regarding his contract situation and said he would decide his future after the Champions League final on 6 June...

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Barcelona’s Xavi enthusiastic about leaving for ‘thrilling project in Qatar’ - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Xavi enthusiastic about leaving for ‘thrilling project in Qatar’ - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona captain Xavi Hernández has announced he will join the Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer, ending his 24-year run with the Catalan club
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Barcelona’s Luis Suárez, Leo Messi and Neymar too good for Juventus - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Luis Suárez, Leo Messi and Neymar too good for Juventus - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The devastating attacking trident were on superb form yet again in Barcelona’s 3-1 win against Juventus in the Champions League final

 

Just when the rolling tide was black and white, when it was Juventus’s players imploring their fans to raise the volume, as if they even needed asking, when the nerves were Barcelona’s and the tension was rising, just moments after Leo Messi appeared to be struggling, the stride slow and the brow heavy, he was up and running again. Others ran with him. There was space now, for almost the first time, and off Messi went, heading at the defence. He shifted inside and took aim. Gigi Buffon dived to his left and pushed the shot away. And there was Luis Suárez...

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Pique plants Catalan flag in pitch as Barcelona win Champions League - Dailymail

Pique plants Catalan flag in pitch as Barcelona win Champions League - Dailymail | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Following Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Juventus in tonight's Champions League final, Gerard Pique planted a Catalan flag in the centre of the pitch in a clumsy political gesture.

 

Barcelona fans have begun celebrating in Berlin tonight after watching their team mastermind their way to a 3-1 victory in the champions league final - as Gerard Pique ran on to the pitch at full time and planted a Catalan flag in the centre circle.


Barcelona - the favourites going into tonight's match - saw off a determined effort from Juventus to reclaim the Champions League trophy from bitter rivals Real Madrid, taking the trophy for the forth time in ten years.

The final whistle at the Olympiastadion saw hectic scenes from the Barcelona players as they jumped, whooped and cheered - throwing manager Luis Enrique into the air in celebration after a monumental first season with the club...

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How do Juventus stop Lionel Messi and Barcelona's front three? | Jonathan Wilson - The Guardian

How do Juventus stop Lionel Messi and Barcelona's front three? | Jonathan Wilson - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
There’s nothing particularly radical about how Barça play these days, but that doesn’t make them any easier to stop
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Luis Suárez’s European journey finds its apex at last in Champions League final - The Guardian

Luis Suárez’s European journey finds its apex at last in Champions League final - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
It has taken time for Luis Suárez to reach the Champions League final but he will start Saturday’s match in Berlin as an integral part of the most feared front three in football
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Barcelona not the only Catalan side facing a do-or-die match at the weekend - Yahoo UK

Barcelona not the only Catalan side facing a do-or-die match at the weekend - Yahoo UK | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Andy Mitten takes a look at Girona, Catalunya's forgotten club, who stand on the verge of historic promotion to La Liga.

 

Barcelona’s team fly to Berlin on Thursday to settle in the German capital ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final. Their fans won’t be far behind and at least 20,000 of them will make the 1,200-mile journey.

 

Barça’s away following is often pitifully small, but it’s better in European competition and they’ve got a proud record of taking tens of thousands to the many finals they reach. Images of the 1979 Cup Winners’ Cup final in Basel, from the days when European Cup finals were what Real Madrid played in and not Barça, are prominent in the Camp Nou museum. Spain wasn’t a democracy back then and foreign travel was rare, but the planes and coaches will speed north through Catalonia towards Berlin.

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Michael Ballack: ‘Barcelona’s front three are a little bit like divas’ - The Guardian

Michael Ballack: ‘Barcelona’s front three are a little bit like divas’ - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The former Germany captain talks about the pressures of playing in a Champions League final, Chelsea’s chances of doing better in Europe next season and why Pep Guardiola is the right man for Bayern Munich
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The best goals of the week: Lionel Messi, Sophie Schmidt and Ruslan Rotan - The Guardian

The best goals of the week: Lionel Messi, Sophie Schmidt and Ruslan Rotan - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Featuring a wondergoal from Leo Messi in the Copa del Rey final, a bullet of a free-kick from Hungary and a clipped volley from the Canada women’s team
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Barcelona’s forward line is an unstoppable Champions League force | Paul Wilson - The Guardian

Barcelona’s forward line is an unstoppable Champions League force | Paul Wilson - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

With Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar, the Champions League final in Berlin will showcase three exceptional and truly creative strikers – the challenge for the Juventus defence is how to deal with Luis Enrique’s forward line It seems a long time ago now but in January, when Manchester City were still just about hanging on to Chelsea’s coat-tails and the purchase of Wilfried Bony was nearing completion, Manuel Pellegrini was asked whether the addition of the Ivorian would make his forward line the most potent in the world.

 

The City manager laughed. “Let me see,” he said when he had regained his composure. “First of all let’s look at Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar, with Pedro as back up. I think we might have a little way to go. I don’t believe we are quite there yet.”...

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Anti-eviction campaigner promises change in Barcelona - AP

Anti-eviction campaigner promises change in Barcelona - AP | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Leading Spanish social activist Ada Colau said Monday the fight against evictions, poverty and corruption will be her priority as new mayor of the country's second city, Barcelona.
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Barcelona's Copa del Rey win sets up possible treble, says Luis Enrique, video - The Guardian

Barcelona's Copa del Rey win sets up possible treble, says Luis Enrique, video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
La Liga champions Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey at Camp Nou on Saturday (30 May)

 

La Liga champions Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey at Camp Nou on Saturday (30 May), bringing them closer to winning three titles this season. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hopes for a repeat performance against Juventus in next week's Champions League final to complete their second continental treble, which they had last completed in 2009.

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Mariano Rajoy disappointed by indignados' election success in Spain - The Guardian

Mariano Rajoy disappointed by indignados' election success in Spain - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
PM struggles to address criticisms of his leadership of the People’s party as leftist parties win in Barcelona and perform well in Madrid
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George Orwell's son embarks on pilgrimage to save war site that inspired Homage to Catalonia - The Independent

George Orwell's son embarks on pilgrimage to save war site that inspired Homage to Catalonia - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

For Richard Blair, the sight of the sandbagged trenches outside the Spanish village of Alcubierre gives rise to strong emotions. It was here that his father, George Orwell, came within millimetres of death as a sniper’s bullet traversed his neck and nearly robbed the world of some of modern literature’s greatest works....

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