[VIDEO] The Spanish Cup champions, from the Ciutat Esportiva to Camp Nou

Barça fans await the arrival of their team to Camp Nou. / MIGUEL RUIZ
See the team as they navigate throngs of supporters to arrive to the Stadium for the Final of the Copa del Rey

Excatly one month ago, on 30 May, FC Barcelona won the Spanish Cup on a day that saw harmony between Barça and Athletic Club supporters and they peacefully coexisted in the streets of Barcelona. There were games, music and fun in the morning and travel to the stadium in the afternoon, in anticipation of the referee’s opening whistle. But first, everyone awaited the arrival of the two teams. With Camp Nou‘s main entrance and surrounding streets bursting with crowds, the team made their journey from the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to Camp Nou. In this video you can see and feel what the players experienced on the way to the Cup Final.

Claudio Bravo's Chile into final with win over Peru (2-1)

Bravo against Peru / CONMEBOL.COM
Two goals from Eduardo Vargas see the hosts into the final against a valiant Peru side who had to play 70 minutes with 10 men after first half red for defender Zambrano

Barça keeper has chance to claim fourth title of the season with final to come on Saturday against either Argentina or Paraguay

Claudio Bravo will have the chance to add a fourth trophy to his personal collection for the season thanks to Chile’s 2-1 win over Peru. The Barça keeper could claim the Copa América title with his country and add it to the historic treble of league, Champions League and Cup claimed in his first season as a blaugrana. Two goals from Eduardo Vargas, either side of an equaliser courtesy of an own goal from Gary Medel, gave the hosts victory over a Peru side who had to play 70 minutes with 10 men after a first half red card for defender Zambrano. Chile are now in the final for the first time since 1987 where they await the winners of the other semi-final between Argentina and Paraguay.

Red card turning point

Peru, attempting to go one better this time around after losing to Uruguay in this stage of the competition four years ago in Argentina, were on top in the first quarter of an hour and came closest to opening the scoring early on when Farfán‘s header came back off the post after just nine minutes of the contest. However, Ricardo Gareca’s side suffered a serious setback on 20 minutes when defender Zambrano was given his marching orders for following through and catching Aránguiz in the back with his studs. Chile breathed a sigh of relief and worked their way back into the game. Three minutes before half time, Vargas, who had already missed a good chance to give his team the lead, did put Chile 1-0. A cross from the left by Alexis avoided everyone and cannoned back off the post and Vargas was on hand to scramble the ball over the line.

Hope for Peru

Following the restart Peru continued to hold their own and believe in their abilities to turn the game around. Farfán had a good header saved by Bravo before on the hour mark Gareca’s side finally pulled themselves level. A great run from Advincula ended with his cross being diverted past his own goalkeeper by Medel, under pressure from striker Carrillo. Peru’s joy was short lived, however. Vargas picked the ball up on the edge of the box and swerved an unstoppable shot past keeper Gallese for his fourth goal of the tournament. Chile had chances to kill the game off through Vidal, Alexis and Valdivia but they were not taken. Peru threw themselves forward in search of an equaliser but the effort of playing so long with a man less began to tell in the final minutes and it was the host nation who celebrated at the final whistle as their quest to win the competition for the very first time is still alive.

Claudio Bravo and Chile looking to reach Copa América final

Bravo in action against Uruguay / CA2015.COM
The first semi-final between the hosts and Peru takes place on Monday 8.30pm local time/1.30am Tuesday morning CET

There are just four teams left in the battle for the Copa América title. The first semi-final sees Claudio Bravo’s Chile side take on Peru on Monday at 8.30pm local time/1.30am early hours of Tuesday morning CET.

Claudio Bravo and his side have made it to the last four of the competition for the first time since 1999 and for the eighteenth time in their history. Chile will take on twice winners Peru, who lost at the same stage of the competition four years ago against eventual champions Uruguay and who have exceeded expectations by reaching the semi-finals once again.

The hosts earned their place in the Copa América semi-finals with a hard fought 1-0 win over Uruguay in the previous round. Defender Gonzalo Jara will miss the game against Peru after receiving a three game ban for his part in the dismissal of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani in the quarter-final. Should Chile and Claudio Bravo make it to the final they will face the winner of Tuesday’s semi-final between Messi and Mascherano’s Argentina side and Paraguay.

Xavi comments on ten pictures of his farewell

Xavi on the day of the tribute at the Camp Nou / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The midfielder tells BARÇA MAGAZINE about the special moments from his farewell to the Camp Nou

Barça fans bade farewell to Xavi Hernández on Saturday 23 May after the final league game against Deportivo. BARÇA MAGAZINE has picked ten images from that afternoon and Xavi comments on the emotions that they bring back.

“I was amazed when I saw the banner. I thought ‘oh my, what’s starting here!’ and we hadn’t even lifted the trophy yet, or done the speeches! It was spectacular!”

“This is a spectacular picture. I loved the gift that the club gave me on my farewell. I’m putting it directly in my museum!”

“I asked Leo to let me take it and it was the worst free-kick of my career. It went into the clouds. It was because of the nerves.”

“I was very pleased that Andrés was my substitute. He has treated me spectacularly all my life and throughout these final moments. Ten out of ten.”

“I was thinking about other things and Andrés, who ended the game as captain, put the armband back on me. That’s the footballing and human respect between us. I can leave happy with the job I’ve done and also with the great group of people in the squad. I have felt so much respect from my team-mates over the last few days and I’ll miss them.”

“I can leave happy with the job I’ve done and also with the great group of people in the squad.”

“The lap of honour on my own was hard because I’m shy about these things and I was alone. But when the people cheered and chanted my name it was so nice. It gave me goose-bumps.”

“I saw my family in the box and Núria was crying and it moved me. These have been a lot of years and it hasn’t always been easy, but they have always been there. She is the most important person in my life and we’re going to be parents.”

“I’d thought about that before. To take a picture with the trophy when we were a bit calmer. But then I noticed that they were recording us.”

“These are unconditional supporters, my friends and family that have always been there. All that’s missing are the S’Agaró group. These are friends I’ve been with since school.”