Andres Iniesta

  • Luis Suarez trains for first time with Barcelona August 15, 2014

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez has begun training with Barcelona a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport softened his suspension for biting an opponent in the World Cup. The CAS upheld FIFA's decision to ban Suarez from playing for four months but lessened its restriction on other football-related activities, including practicing...
  • Luis Suarez desperate to start playing again: Andres Iniesta August 12, 2014

    Madrid: Spain and Barcelona star Andres Iniesta said Tuesday that Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is desperate to return to the pitch as soon as possible in order to start playing with his new club. Suarez will know later this week whether or not the Court for Arbitration in Sport in Geneva...
  • Barca need to play like they did in 2008, says Iniesta July 25, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona are looking to recapture the kind of form they hit when former coach Pep Guardiola, the club's most successful manager, took over in 2008, midfielder Andres Iniesta said on Friday. The Catalan club are in the process of rebuilding after they failed to win major silverware last season for...
  • World Cup 2014: Losses bitter pill to swallow, says Andres Iniesta June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta was annoyed after his team's second consecutive loss that got them eliminated from the FIFA World Cup. Title holders Spain suffered a 1-5 thrashing by Netherlands in the opening game of Group B and got eliminated in their second match by Chile, who defeated...
  • World Cup 2014, Spain vs Chile: as it happened June 19, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group B match between Spain and Chile at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio De Janeiro. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Another loss after their humbling 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands would almost certainly end Spain's title defense. A group-stage elimination would make...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain not looking to change the guard just yet June 15, 2014

    Curitiba: The Netherlands' crushing win over Spain has precipitated a question that wasn't expected to come up until after the World Cup - when do Spain's veterans give way to their rising crop of talented youngsters? Coach Vicente del Bosque said changes would be made for the must-win match against Chile...
  • World Cup 2014: Age catches up with Spain, Bosque must look to the future June 14, 2014

    Xavi Hernandez is 34. Iker Casillas is 33. Andres Iniesta is 30. Xabi Alonso is 32. So is David Villa. Even Pepe Reina-the second choice keeper- is 31. Age is catching up with the world champions. Over the last 5 years Spain have dominated opponents with their peculiar brand of tiki-taka- free...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Netherlands vs Spain June 14, 2014

    Spain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defence of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador. Spain, also 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners, arrive in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in...
  • FIFA World Cup: Spain arrive in Salvador for Netherlands tie June 12, 2014

    Salvador: Defending champions Spain arrived here on Thursday in readiness for their World Cup opener against 2010 runners-up the Netherlands, on Friday. The two teams' clash is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa where Spain grabbed a 1-0 victory with a goal from Andres Iniesta four...
  • Spain warm up for WC with 2-0 win over Bolivia May 31, 2014

    Seville: Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta were on target as Spain dominated Bolivia for a 2-0 win on Friday in the first of two international friendlies ahead of their World Cup defense in Brazil. Torres calmly stroked a 51st-minute spot kick down the middle with goalkeeper Romel Quinonez diving right...
  • Spain looks to soothe bruised Barcelona egos for World Cup May 26, 2014

    Madrid: While Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid's internationals recover from their bruising Champions League final, Spain will begin soothing the bruised egos of their Barcelona players following their worst season in six years. Real and Atletico players were given the week to recover from Saturday's final, won 4-1 by Real. Meanwhile,...
  • Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season April 10, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona's Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King's Cup. Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League...
  • FIFA sends message to clubs with Barcelona ban April 5, 2014

    Madrid: FIFA's decision to slap Barcelona with a transfer ban is a clear message to Europe's top clubs to follow the rules when signing international youth players. The governing body of world soccer banned the Spanish champions from any activity in the next two transfer windows for breaching international regulations in...
  • El Clasico: Lionel Messi hat-trick guides Barcelona to 4-3 win at Real Madrid March 24, 2014

    Madrid: Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to give Barcelona a 4-3 win at 10-man Real Madrid in an electrifying and contentious "clasico" match that kept the three-way Spanish league title race wide open. The result means Atletico Madrid now tops the table, with Madrid level on points in second...
  • Barcelona need almost perfect game to beat Real Madrid: Andres Iniesta March 20, 2014

    Barcelona will need an almost perfect performance to win at La Liga leaders Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico' and reignite their title bid, playmaker Andres Iniesta said on Thursday. Real are undefeated in La Liga since Barca beat them 2-1 at the Nou Camp in October and they are four points...
  • Manchester City feared Barca threat, says Andres Iniesta March 6, 2014

    Barcelona's Andres Iniesta said it was fear that made Manchester City retreat into their shell in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against the Catalans last month. The Spanish champions won the encounter in Manchester 2-0, controlling the middle of the pitch for long periods while City's expensively-assembled team rarely threatened. "They...
  • Andres Iniesta's leg injury not serious January 12, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona say Andres Iniesta's left-knee injury picked up during Saturday's scoreless draw at Atletico Madrid is not serious. The Spanish champions say the speed of Iniesta's recovery "will determine his availability for upcoming games". Iniesta was tackled in the 22nd minute of the match at Vicente Calderon Stadium. He was replaced...
  • Andres Iniesta signs with Barcelona until 2018 December 23, 2013

    Barcelona: Andres Iniesta signed a three-year contract extension on Monday that will keep him at Barcelona at least through the end of the 2017-18 season. The contract includes a clause that from 2018 the midfielder will automatically extend his contract on a yearly basis if he plays in a non-disclosed number...
  • Barcelona to extend Andres Iniesta's contract until 2018 December 19, 2013

    Spain: Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says Andres Iniesta has agreed to extend his contract for three more seasons until June 2018. Rosell says "it's confirmed, we have shaken hands and that's good enough, especially with a person like Andres." The 29-year-old Iniesta came up through Barcelona's youth teams and has helped them...
  • Barcelona need a point and top display against Celtic December 11, 2013

    Madrid: FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino knows his side still have some homework to do when they entertain Glasgow Celtic at the Camp Nou Stadium. Barca's surprise defeat away to Ajax two weeks ago has kept the Spanish club in suspense over topping the pool for an easier draw in the...
  • Barcelona survive early scare to beat Cartagena 4-1 in Copa del Rey December 7, 2013

    Madrid: Barcelona conceded a surprise early goal but a double from Pedro helped them fight back to secure a 4-1 victory at third-tier Cartagena in their King's Cup last 32, first leg on Friday. Coming into the match on the back of consecutive defeats in the Champions League and La...
  • Andres Iniesta skips practice with leg discomfort December 3, 2013

    Spain: Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has missed practice because of an injury worry to his left leg. The Spanish league club say Iniesta skipped Tuesday's session after feeling some discomfort following Sunday's 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao. Iniesta has missed time because of muscle tears in his left leg, including in the...
  • Barcelona beat Granada 4-0 without Messi November 25, 2013

    Barcelona: Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas both earned and converted penalties to help injury-battered Barcelona to a 4-0 win at home over 10-man Granada on Saturday. Injured Lionel Messi watched from the sidelines at Camp Nou as the pair of Spain midfielders took turns drawing fouls from Granada's overly aggressive defenders,...
  • Barca missing Messi mojo before Milan clash November 5, 2013

    Madrid: Lionel Messi has set the bar so high for himself that when he does not score for a few games it prompts an outburst of speculation and head-scratching about what might be ailing the Argentine World Player of the Year. That is the situation Messi's club Barcelona find themselves in...
  • Andres Iniesta to sign new five-year contract with Barcelona October 22, 2013

    Spain: Barcelona say midfielder Andres Iniesta will sign a new five-year contract. Barcelona club vice president Josep Bartomeu tells BTV television "the negotiations are underway and both sides want to sign. Iniesta's new contract will be the maximum allowed of five years." This is the 29-year-old Iniesta's 12th season since debuting with...
  • Spain on the brink of football World Cup qualification October 15, 2013

    Albacete: Andres Iniesta will always have a special place in the hearts of Spanish soccer fans for scoring the dramatic extra-time goal that secured the Iberian nation's first world title in South Africa in 2010. The pale, shy lad from the Manchegan village of Fuentealbilla, now 29, has returned to where...
  • Barcelona confident Andres Iniesta will end his career at club October 8, 2013

    Madrid: Barcelona president Sandro Rosell on Tuesday assured fans that Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta will agree to a new contract which keeps him at the club until the end of his career. Speaking on radio station, Cadena Ser, Rosell was convinced that the 29 year-old whose contract expires at the end...
  • Barca want Iniesta to end his career at the club September 27, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona want Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta to end his career at the Catalan club, coach Gerardo Martino said on the eve of Saturday's La Liga game at Almeria. Recent media reports have suggested the 29-year-old playmaker may be reluctant to renew his contract when it ends in 2015. However, the...
  • Barca second best in possession for first time since 2008 September 22, 2013

    Madrid: Possession-kings Barcelona had less than 50 per cent of the ball for the first time in five years when they won 4-0 at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday. The Spanish champions always take pride in their technical ability and the amount of possession they enjoy but Barca have...
  • Andres Iniesta wants to end career with Barcelona June 26, 2013

    Playmaker Andres Iniesta hopes he remains with Barcelona for the remainder of his club career, suggesting the desire to have his contract renewed after it ends in 2015. The attacking Barca midfielder, who also scored Spain's winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final against Holland, said he can't...