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Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Triumphant Luis Enrique won’t say if he will stay at Barca

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique declined to say if he will still be at the helm next season after leading them to a treble in his first season including Saturday’s Champions League triumph over Juventus.

Barca’s 3-1 victory in the final in Berlin meant they became the first team to win their domestic league and Cup and Europe’s elite club competition in the same season on two occasions, repeating their feat from 2009.

Jun 6, 2015

Xavi ends Barca career in style with European triumph

BERLIN (Reuters) – Xavi brought his glittering Barcelona career to a fitting and emotional end when he hoisted aloft the European Cup following a 3-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Considered one of the finest midfielders of all time, Xavi announced last month he was leaving after more than two decades with the club he joined at the age of 11 during which he has won 25 trophies including four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Xavi ends Barca career in style with European triumph

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Xavi brought his glittering Barcelona career to a fitting and emotional end when he hoisted aloft the European Cup following a 3-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Considered one of the finest midfielders of all time, Xavi announced last month he was leaving after more than two decades with the club he joined at the age of 11 during which he has won 25 trophies including four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles.

Jun 6, 2015

Juve risk Barzagli in Champions League final

BERLIN (Reuters) РJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has taken a risk by deploying Andrea Barzagli in central defence in place of the injured Giorgio Chiellini for Saturday’s Champions League final against Barcelona.

Barzagli, who will partner Leonardo Bonucci in the middle, has not played since suffering a thigh strain against Napoli two weeks ago and only returned to training on Wednesday.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Juve risk Barzagli in Champions League final

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has taken a risk by deploying Andrea Barzagli in central defence in place of the injured Giorgio Chiellini for Saturday’s Champions League final against Barcelona.

Barzagli, who will partner Leonardo Bonucci in the middle, has not played since suffering a thigh strain against Napoli two weeks ago and only returned to training on Wednesday.

Jun 5, 2015

Barca not getting carried away before final – Luis Enrique

BERLIN (Reuters) – Barcelona are not getting caught up in the euphoria of their fans as they prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus, coach Luis Enrique said on Friday.

Barca supporters are on a high after their team wrapped up won the La Liga title and King’s Cup last month with the club now on the verge of repeating their historic treble from 2009.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-Barca not getting carried away before final-Luis Enrique

BERLIN, June 5 (Reuters) – Barcelona are not getting caught up in the euphoria of their fans as they prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus, coach Luis Enrique said on Friday.

Barca supporters are on a high after their team wrapped up won the La Liga title and King’s Cup last month with the club now on the verge of repeating their historic treble from 2009.

Jun 5, 2015

Neymar hoping to make an impact in ‘dream final’

BERLIN (Reuters) – When Barcelona thrashed Santos 4-0 in the Club World Cup final in Japan in 2011, then-Santos forward Neymar admitted the Brazilians had been taught a humbling footballing lesson.

Now a key part of the Barca team and on the eve of a Champions League final, Neymar says he is hoping to use what he learned that day in Yokohama, and what he has learned since joining the Catalan giants in 2013, to help fire them to victory against Juventus in Berlin on Saturday.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-Neymar hoping to make an impact in ‘dream final’

BERLIN, June 5 (Reuters) – When Barcelona thrashed Santos 4-0 in the Club World Cup final in Japan in 2011, then-Santos forward Neymar admitted the Brazilians had been taught a humbling footballing lesson.

Now a key part of the Barca team and on the eve of a Champions League final, Neymar says he is hoping to use what he learned that day in Yokohama, and what he has learned since joining the Catalan giants in 2013, to help fire them to victory against Juventus in Berlin on Saturday.

Jun 4, 2015

Allegri goes from pariah to brink of immortality

BERLIN (Reuters) – When Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was greeted with a hail of eggs and spat at on his first day at work he could not have imagined he would lead them to the brink of an unprecedented treble of titles in his first season.

Yet that is what the phlegmatic 47-year-old Italian has achieved since succeeding Antonio Conte in July last year, with Juve already crowned Serie A champions and Italian Cup winners and facing Barcelona in Saturday’s Champions League final.