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Barcelona

5 reasons Barcelona won La Liga

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 By Lee Roden

Treble-chasing Barcelona must address difficulties with youth team

Barcelona are one game away from the treble after winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

The dying days of May saw two branches of FC Barcelona sway in very different directions.

On the 30th, the first team served up another demonstration of its rude health, Lionel Messi's jaw-dropping heroics in the 3-1 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Club suggesting Juventus will have a tough job blocking a second treble in the Catalan club's history.

On the 31st, the team where Messi honed his craft, Barca B, were officially relegated to the Spanish third division. They dropped out of the second...

Barcelona cruise to Copa del Rey win but Champions League test still ahead

First-half goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar would be enough to propel Barcelona 3-1 over Athletic Bilbao, securing the Copa del Rey crown and their continued search of the historic treble.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona claim their 27th Copa del Rey title with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, led by Lionel Messi's two goal effort.
Barcelona continued their quest for the treble with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Even though Barcelona won the Copa del Rey, duly setting up their chance at a treble with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Club, there was relaxation at the Camp Nou on Saturday night.

Nerves didn't jangle, players were caught on their backsides, the Catalans were outperformed by the Basques.

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The Copa Del Rey winners, who will face Juventus next Saturday in Berlin for a "winner takes all" Champions League showdown, strolled around the pitch while their manager, Luis Enrique,...

Messi magical in Barcelona's Copa del Rey triumph over Athletic

First-half goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar would be enough to propel Barcelona 3-1 over Athletic Bilbao, securing the Copa del Rey crown and their continued search of the historic treble.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona claim their 27th Copa del Rey title with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, led by Lionel Messi's two goal effort.
Barcelona continued their quest for the treble with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.

Barcelona won the Copa del Rey after beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi scored a brace, and Neymar chipped in another goal for their team, which enjoyed 74 percent of possession and created 12 goalscoring chances. Barcelona attempted 11 shots and were precise with their accuracy, with seven on target and one that hit the post.

As expected, the Spanish anthem was jeered ferociously by both sets of supporters, a way to express their discontent with the political situation their...

 By Michael Cox

Champions League battles: Javier Mascherano vs. Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano have a lot of history together.

Barcelona and Juventus haven't played each other for 12 years, which is partly what makes this season's Champions League final so intriguing. In a competition packed full of "repeat" ties, this is a genuinely new tactical battle to get excited about.

Nevertheless, various players on opposing sides have faced one another before, when playing for other clubs, or at international level. It means various individual duels are also fascinating -- here are three of the key battles.

Javier Mascherano...

Buffon and Ter Stegen are the rocks at the heart of Juventus and Barcelona

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno reckons Barcelona will have too much for Juventus in the Champions League final.

As Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen clasp hands in Berlin on Sunday for the traditional show of solidarity before a big game, the wonder is whether they will talk about the one piece of common ground between them, beyond the fact they're gracing a stage like the Champions League final.

They're not just at opposite ends of the pitch; they're at opposite ends of their careers, with totally opposing circumstances. It's difficult to think of a contrast between...

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ESPN FC May Player of the Month -- Messi, Ronaldo or Kostic?

The ESPN FC panel respond to your tweets on Arsenal's potential transfers this summer and Lionel Messi's Copa del Rey final performance.

As the calendar turns to June, the bulk of clubs from Europe's big five leagues have adjourned for the season. One club still in action, though, is Barcelona, who will meet Juventus on Saturday in the Champions League final. Aside from being the biggest fixture of the club football season, Saturday also provides the world with one final look at Lionel Messi this campaign.

While the Argentine has racked up three of the past four ESPN FC Player of the Month awards, he has thrown on the afterburners...