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The hour of truth has arrived for the professional teams at FC Barcelona. The end of the season is approaching and now there is a lot at stake in almost every match. Over the next seven days, the football, basketball, handball, roller hockey and futsal teams all have decisive matches.
Bayern and Bilbao for the football team
The football team has two big matches this week. On Tuesday they have the first 90 minutes of their Champions League semi final with Bayern Munich. The venue is the Allianz Arena and a good result will hold them in good stead for a place in the Wembley 2013 final.
Four days later they have the first chance to clinch the Liga title, provided they beat Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid lose the derby with Atlético Madrid at the Calderón. Saturday also marks Barça’s last ever visit to the historic San Mamés stadium before it is demolished.
[+] Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona, Tuesday April 23 at 20.45 (TV3 and La 1)
[+] Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona, Saturday April 27 at 18.00 (GolT and Canal+ Liga)
Basketball team also aiming for London
After taking the series into game five following their impressive win at Panathinaikos, Barça Regal can now seal passage into the Euroleague Final Four with a win on Thursday at the Palau Blaugrana. The famous magic of the Palau will be needed once again to ensure they make it to the final at the O2 in London.
And the week closes on Sunday with the clásico away to Real Madrid.
[+] FCB Regal v Panathinaikos, Thursday April 25 at 20.45 (Esport3)
[+] Real Madrid v FCB Regal, Sunday April 28 at 12.00 (Esport3)
Handball side seeks League title and Euro comeback
Barça Intersport also have a cracking week ahead. On Tuesday, the Asobal leaders could clinch the title outright by winning away to Ademar.
Securing that title would be an excellent way to prepare for the Champions League quarter final against Atlético Madrid. They need to make up a six-point deficit in order to reach the final stages in Cologne, but with the Palau behind them, anything is possible.
[+] Reale Ademar v FCB Intersport, Tuesday April 23 at 21.00 (Sportmania)
[+] FCB Intesport v Atlético Madrid, Saturday April 27 at 19.00 (Esport3)
Barça Alusport seeking second European crown
The futsal team could become champions of Europe this week. The side coached by Marc Carmona start the UEFA Futsal Cup on Friday in Tbilisi (Georgia), a title they won for the first time last year. In the semis they’ll meet Kairat Almaty, and if they reach Sunday’s final the opposition will be the winner of the game between Iberia Star and MFK Dinamo.
[+] Kairat Almaty v FCB Alusport, Friday April 26 at 18.30 (Esport3)
[+] Final, Sunday April 28 at 18.30
Hockey clásico at the Palau
The Palau Blaugrana is not only hosting massive handball and basketball games this week, but also on Friday there’s a top roller hockey encounter in the OK Liga between two of the giants of the sport, FC Barcelona and Reus Deportiu.
[+] FC Barcelona v Reus Deportiu, Friday April 26 at 21.00 (Barça TV)
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