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On this day…La Liga champions with Frank Rijkaard! – FC Barcelona
14 May 2005 saw Barça claim their first league title in six seasons and a first under the Dutch coach with a draw at Levante

Stat of the Day | 10: Puyol’s seasons as captain – FC Barcelona
The centre back wore the Barça armband between 2004 and 2014, and is the player with the most campaigns as captain in club history

Nelson Semedo leaves the door open to return to Benfica – SPORT
Nelson Semedo has not forgotten his time at Benfica and is even thinking about returning there at some point. He spoke to the club’s TV channel. “I would like to return at a time when I can give everything and help the team, not just to get money like some people do,” said Semedo.

New coronavirus tests for Barcelona squad – SPORT
Barcelona players will have new coronavirus tests on Friday. It will be the second ones they have taken since footballers came out of their confinement.

Robert explains the signing of Paco Alcacer and Andre Gomes – SPORT
Barca’s former sporting director Robert Fernandez spoke to Superdeporte in an interview. He was asked about the signings of Valencia duo Paco Alcacer and Andre Gomes.

Rivaldo: Barca must forget about signings, focus on now – SPORT
“The club should focus more on the present and on what is left to play in La Liga, there will be time later to talk about transfers,” said Rivaldo.

Juventus advise Barcelona they will not let De Ligt go – SPORT
Juventus have made their stance clear on Matthijs de Ligt. They consider him non-transferrable and will not include him in any negotiations with Barcelona. They consider him a sure bet for the future.

Lionel Messi Barcelona may benefit from pause in play – ESPN
Speaking to Spanish outlet Sport, the Argentina captain said: “Maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us, but let’s see if the competitions we’re in can get started again first. Then we will be able to see the level we are at of how far we can go once we get started again.”

Messi: The confinement was tough, but physically I feel very good – MARCA
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has admitted that the coronavirus-enforced confinement was difficult, but he is now looking forward to football getting back underway in the near future.

Alena: I haven’t been myself at Real Betis, I have to improve – MARCA
Carles Alena has given an honest reflection of his time at Real Betis. The midfielder moved to the Estadio Benito Villamarin on loan from Barcelona in January and hasn’t quite hit the heights he would’ve hoped for.

Barcelona’s health and safety plan for all club facilities – MARCA
The Barcelona board have put in place a plan that will see all of the club’s facilities follow strict safety protocols.

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