Spanish authorities Monday moved to fine FC Barcelona 66,000 euros ($67,000) and Athletic Bilbao 18,000 euros over last season's Cup final where fans of the Catalan and Basque sides whistled Spain's King Felipe VI.
Barcelona have taken another step towards claiming a season treble after comfortably beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Copa Del Rey final in the Camp Nou.
Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona face each other in the Spanish Copa Del Rey final at the Camp Nou, with the Blaugrana hoping to keep their treble hopes alive, having already won the La Liga.
Luis Suarez is fit to face Athletic Bilbao as Barcelona bid to pick up their second trophy of a potential treble in Saturday’s Kings Cup final, coach Luis Enrique said on Friday. Barcelona striker Luis Suárez once again trained normally today with the squad and only needs the medical green light to be able to play in tomorrow’s Copa del Rey final against Athletic in the Camp Nou. He will likely get the nod from the doctors at the same time as Luis Enrique names his squad.Everything points, then, at the Uruguayan striker, who missed the last two games of the Liga with a slight strain, being in the starting XI for the final. He’s now taken part in three full training session with his teammates. Suarez has been in lethal form over the final months of the season, combining with Lionel Messi and Neymar as the Catalan side’s forward line has propelled Barca towards repeating their 2009 treble triumph.The […]
The Barça coach showed himself to be motivated and exicted for the Cup, a tournament that for him has a ‘special atmosphere’. With Athletic Bilbao their opponents, Barça will be aiming for a 27th victory in the competition and the coach made it clear that both he and the squad were not lacking in motivation. “It’s one of the best games you could possibly play in, for the atmosphere, and because there is a trophy at stake,” commented the blaugrana coach. “[The Copa del Rey final] is one of the most beautiful games you can play, no doubt, because of the atmosphere and we’re playing for a title,” he said at a Press conference. I’m not envious of the players. I stopped playing football years ago. Using motivational videos for players who are already super-motivated could backfire. We’ll try to get the press the right buttons. If you ask any Athletic fan, they also think they’ll will win. Faith is […]
All Spanish football competitions will be suspended later this month in a strike that could ‘indefinitely’ affect La Liga and the Copa del Rey in the final weeks of the 2014-15 season. The strike, set to begin with penultimate round of La Liga games next weekened, originates from a disagreement over television rights with the Spanish football federation unhappy with the government over a revenue distribution dispute. As it stands there are just three games left to play in the Spanish top tier, with Barcelona leading Real Madrid by two points at the summit, while Barca are also set to face Athletic Bilbao in the cup final on May 30. All matches from the May 16 start date of the strike will be suspended including the showpiece Copa Del Rey final at the Nou Camp at the end of the month. This weekend’s fixtures, including Barcelona vs Real Sociedad and Real Madrid vs Valencia will not be affected. The vital […]
Barcelona take on Villarreal in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final clash
Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-final later today. The Catalans host reigning La Liga champions at the Camp Nou for the second time in ten days. Diego Simeone's side lost 3-1 just over a week ago and would be looking to avenge that defeat quickly. Meanwhile Barcelona would be looking to continue their good momentum in this game.
The Portuguese could also be out for the semi-finals of the Champions League
FC Barcelona drew with Real Sociedad in second leg of the Copa del Rey finals with Messi scoring a good goal to set up a date with Real Madrid at the finals.