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F.C. BARCELONA

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Formed: 1899Nicknames: Azulgrana (Blue and Reds, Spanish), Blaugrana (Blue and Reds, Catalan)UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)• European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1992, 2006, 2009; (1961), (1986), (1994)• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1979, 1982, 1989, 1997; (1969), (1991)• UEFA Super Cup: 1992, 1997, 2009; (1979), (1982), (1989), (2006)Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)• League title: 21 (2011)• Spanish Cup: 25 (2009)History• Swiss businessman Hans Gamper founded FC Barcelona after placing an advert in a local sports magazine following his arrival in the city. Several football enthusiasts responded to Gamper's notice looking for players and the club held its first official meeting on 29 November 1899. Barça lost their first game 1-0 to a team of English expatriates.• The 1950s brought a surge in popularity – not to mention Liga titles Nos5, 6 and 7 – thanks to the likes of Ladislau Kubala, Estanislao Basora and César Rodríguez. In September 1957 Barça moved to what is now known as the Camp Nou but it was the arrival of Johan Cruyff in 1973 that heralded a new beginning for the club. Along with star turns Carles Rexach, Juan Manuel Asensi and Hugo Sotil, Cruyff immediately won the Liga title.• Johan Neeskens and Hans Krankl were influential as the team defeated Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895 4-3 in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final, Barça winning the trophy again three years later. Defeat by FC Steaua Bucureşti on penalties in the 1986 European Champion Clubs' Cup final eventually brought a return of Cruyff, this time as coach, and the Dutchman built a side that would gain fame as the 'Dream Team'.• Barcelona won a third UEFA Cup Winners' Cup title in 1989, consecutive Liga championships between 1991 and 1994, and, in 1992, Ronald Koeman's extra-time strike secured European Cup final victory against UC Sampdoria. Sir Bobby Robson led Barça to a record-breaking fourth UEFA Cup Winners' Cup win in 1997 though a lull followed until the arrival of club president Joan Laporta in 2003.• Frank Rijkaard led the side to back-to-back Liga titles and goals from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti earned UEFA Champions League glory over Arsenal FC in 2006. Better was yet to come, however, as Josep Guardiola guided Barcelona to an unprecedented six titles in 2009, following that up with Liga successes in 2010 and 2011.Club recordsMost appearances: Xavi Hernández (576)*Most goals: César Rodríguez (235)Record league victory: Barcelona 10-1 CG Tarragona (11 September 1949)Record league defeat: Athletic Club 12-1 Barcelona (8 February 1931)

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MANCHESTER UNITED

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Formed: 1878Nickname: The Red DevilsUEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)• European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1968, 1999, 2008, (2009)• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1991• UEFA Super Cup: 1991, (1999), (2008)Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)• League title: 19 (2011)• FA Cup: 11 (2004)• League Cup: 4 (2010)History• United were formed in 1878 as Newton Heath L&YR FC, a railway works side which joined the English Football League in 1892. The club claimed a place in the First Division in 1906, and in 1907/08 they brought home their first championship before an inaugural FA Cup win in 1909. The next year United moved to Old Trafford and reclaimed the league trophy in their first season at the ground.• A period of relative mediocrity followed, but the club were transformed forever by the appointment of Matt Busby as manager in 1945. The Scot developed a team of youngsters who went on to become English champions three times in the 1950s, yet the Busby Babes era ended prematurely with the Munich air disaster of 6 February 1958 which claimed the lives of 21 people, including eight players.• Busby himself had to recover from serious injuries before rebuilding the squad. The FA Cup was recaptured in 1963 after a 15-year gap, then the league in 1964/65 and 1966/67. Busby's crowning glory came when a team featuring Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law became the first English side to lift the European Champion Clubs' Cup, although the injured Law missed the victory against SL Benfica in the 1968 Wembley final.• Busby finally stood down in 1971 and proved a hard act to follow until the arrival of Alex Ferguson in 1986, the latter's first trophy arriving with the 1990 FA Cup. United followed up with the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup the next season.• After bringing in Eric Cantona, Sir Alex's team ended a 26-year wait by claiming an eighth league title in the inaugural Premier League season of 1992/93. The new competition suited United, who went on to become a hugely dominant force in the domestic game while returning to the European summit in their treble-winning 1998/99 campaign and again in 2007/08. By winning the league for the 19th time in 2010/11, the Red Devils surpassed Liverpool FC as the most successful club in English football.Club recordsMost appearances: Ryan Giggs (875)*Most goals: Bobby Charlton (249)Record victory: United 10-0 RSC Anderlecht (European Champion Clubs' Cup, 26 September 1956)Record defeat: 7-0 on three occasions, most recently at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (League, 26 December 1931)

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LEEEETTTSSSS GOI'VE DECIDED I WILL SUPPORT MAN UNITED MY DECISION WAS SWAYED BY THAT PICTURE OF PUYOL POINTING AT CESChowever f*ck evra that square headed c*nt

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Most goals: César Rodríguez (235)
Messi - 177 (119) , 22 years oldmad tingsecretly i'm routing for United still
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Backing Man U, f*ck the pagans.

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Esta noche estoy Catalan.Dice nada.

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Esta noche estoy Catalan.Dice nada.
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I dislike all this "more than a club" sh*t they ram down our throats, yet then they have some disrespectful petulant cunts in the side.Other than that close game think Barca will JUST nick it, although it would not surprise me with Man Utd win.

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clueless free zonebanned them from here

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MOST EPIC FINAL

Cannot waitLEEEEEGOO

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Piers Morgan>>>

Can you take me a pic of #Messi picking up the CL trophy tonight @themichaelowen - you should get a perfect view from the Bench
:D
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Looking forward to this. Supporting Barca, about to put some bets on.If Barca win in 90 mins PaddyPower are refunding all losing first goalscorer, last goalscrer, correct score and scorecast bets, get on that if you've got a PaddyPower account..

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700 for a ticket? GTFOSAF/Pep have both promised a classic final(I hope it is)Barca to win comfortablyMessi hat-trick(worth the bet at the odds given by WH)

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f*ck off about hatrick.. don't take the piss

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lol at betting against Portuguese, what odds did you get meu amigo?

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lol at betting against Portuguese, what odds did you get meu amigo?
:D:D :D
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No Sepp Blatter tonight after the corruption accusations :D

May 27 - The phenomenal pull of the Champions League was brought into sharp focus today when it was revealed that tomorrow's glamour final between Manchester United and Barcelona will be the richest on record. The two teams will be playing for a staggering €200 million (£173 million/$286 million) windfall comprising prize money, an increase in squad value owing to global exposure, TV rights and brand awareness, with €126 million (£109 million/$184 million) going to the triumphant club and the runner-up netting a cool €73 million (£63 million/£104 million)).http://www.insideworldfootball.com/championsleague/88-champions-league/9256-saturdays-champions-league-final-will-be-the-most-lucrative-on-record
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want united to winthe cheating against real pissed me off too much.

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f*ck BarcaUnited to winbut equallyf*ck the clueless part time united supporters if they think they gonna get bragging rights from this if they win

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f*ck the clueless part time united supporters if they think they gonna get bragging rights from this if they win
lol bare rugby guys that don't even watch football saying they are already at the pub taking up all the seats, if it's packed when i get there imma be pissed
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Lol @ not getting prime real estate if you're going pub man Best to get there early

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i'm going at 6 still but them man been there since 12 lol

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