Barcelona Femeni show off their skills in training as they look to make club history in the Champions League

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The Barcelona women's team in training

Barcelona trained on Wednesday ahead of their UEFA Women’s Champions League final against Lyon in Budapest on Saturday.

It will be Barcelona’s first-ever appearance in the final – by contrast, French side Lyon will be in familiar territory as they contest their eighth showpiece in the last decade.

Lyon, who have become the first team to reach four finals in a row, hold the record for Champions League titles (five), consecutive titles (three) and final appearances (eight) – and these have all come since 2010.

Barcelona are Spain’s first representatives in the final, and join a list which includes Germany, France, Sweden, Russia, England and Denmark.


Barcelona could become the first team to win both the men’s and women’s UEFA Champions Leagues, and they will be keen to avenge their quarter-final defeat to Lyon last year.








Check out the video above to see the team in training ahead of their showpiece final.



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Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong waved goodbye to the Ajax fans after his last game at Johan Cruyff Arena.

The Dutchman admitted that he will be joining the Catalan side with great joy after a wonderful season with Ajax.

A 4-1 win over Utrecht in the Eredivisie means that Ajax have all but confirmed their domestic double. Only a miracle where Ajax lose and PSV Eindhoven overcome a goal difference of +14 can prevent De Jong from lifting the league title this season.

Although they were subject to a last-minute heartbreak against Tottenham in the semi-final of the Champions League, the 21-year-old is happy with how the campaign panned out for his team.

“It’s been wonderful, I go to Barcelona with great joy,” De Jong said, according to Marca.

“It’s been a fantastic season, although I would have liked to have said goodbye with three titles, but it wasn’t to be.

“I watched the match between Liverpool and Barcelona. I don’t know if they need me; had they been in the final, they could have won the treble.”

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Ivan Rakitic

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic provided some clarity on his outing in Seville after Barcelona’s 4-0 defeat against Liverpool.

The Croatian had attended the Feria de Abril and was pictured with smiling with fans last Wednesday.

Rakitic was heavily criticised, given the mood in the camp after such a humiliating defeat. He provided some explanation in addition to apologies.

“I don’t have any problem with saying sorry,” he said after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Getafe, according to Marca.

“I’m a father and husband, and family is the most important thing to me.

“I went to Seville to be with my family.

“Someone asked me for a photo and I never say no.

“I accept the opinions, but football is 100 per cent of my life.

“I’m responsible and I only want the best for my team-mates and for me.”

The midfielder also met some members of the Boixos Nois (Barcelona ultras) support group and explained himself to them.

“I don’t know how this got out,” he said.

“They’re two people that I know.

“They were speaking with me, it was positive and they gave me their support.”

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