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  • Champions League: Chelsea held to a 1-1 draw by Schalke 4 days ago

    Schalke 04 halted the Chelsea juggernaut when they drew 1-1 in their Champions League Group G opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, handing a wake-up call to the London club who had won their first four games of the season. After Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead with his first goal for...
  • Spain's rebuilding off to bad start after 1-0 loss to France September 5, 2014

    Paris: Spain's rebuilding following their shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start, failing even to manage a shot on target as France coasted to a 1-0 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and...
  • Diego Costa nets double as Chelsea beat Everton 6-3 in a goal-fest August 31, 2014

    Liverpool: Diego Costa scored in the first and last minutes to lead Chelsea to a 6-3 win over Everton in a wild shootout Saturday, leaving the title favorites with maximum points from their opening three matches in the Premier League. Chelsea displayed their new-found attacking sparkle with a ruthless performance at...
  • Exclusive: I want to win everything at Chelsea, says Cesc Fabregas August 25, 2014

    After nine glorious years at Arsenal and a three-year stint with Spanish giants Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas is back to the Premier League fold but this time with Chelsea. The Spaniard, who joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2003, scored 57 goals in 303 games for the Gunners and won...
  • Five things to know about the English Premier League August 22, 2014

    Manchester: One round of Premier League games has already backed up many pundits' pre-season predictions, notably that Chelsea and Manchester City are title favorites and Manchester United needed more than just a change of manager to arrest their slump. Strengthened by new attacking signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea delivered...
  • Arsene Wenger has no regrets at rejecting Cesc Fabregas return August 21, 2014

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted on Thursday that it felt strange for him to see Cesc Fabregas playing in a blue Chelsea shirt, but insisted he had no regrets at not re-signing him. Wenger told reporters at a news conference that his only regret was that Fabregas had left Arsenal in...
  • Cesc Fabregas master class backs up Mourinho move August 19, 2014

    Lodon: Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas provided a swift demonstration of why Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was so keen to bring him back to the Premier League as he orchestrated Monday's 3-1 season-opening win at Burnley in commanding fashion. Fabregas spent seven seasons in England with Arsenal before making a move, three...
  • Fabregas impresses, Costa scores in Chelsea's 3-1 win at Burnley August 19, 2014

    Burnley: New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley on Monday. Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas, brought in from Barcelona during the close season, was influential throughout the game, having a...
  • Exclusive: Lampard and Cole will be missed, says Chelsea skipper Terry August 14, 2014

    John Terry's relentless determination shows no sign of going down. His 20-year stint at the Premier League club Chelsea is a living example of that. The most successful captain of all time at Stamford Bridge, the 33-year-old Terry has led Chelsea to three EPL titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups...
  • Ramires, Cesc Fabregas fire Chelsea to Hungary win August 11, 2014

    London: Second-half goals from Ramires and Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea a 2-1 win at Ferencvaros in a game to mark the opening of the Hungarian side's new stadium in Budapest. Former West Brom and Fulham player Zoltan Gera had scored the first goal at the new ground on the quarter-hour mark...
  • World Cup 2014: Chile clash 'life or death', says Cesc Fabregas June 17, 2014

    Curitiba: Spain's next match against Chile is a matter of "life or death" for the holders' World Cup chances, midfielder Cesc Fabregas said on Sunday. Fellow midfielder Xabi Alonso believes it was the world champions' concentration rather than fatigue that betrayed them as they were hammered 5-1 by the Netherlands...
  • Chelsea hope new boy Cesc Fabregas will boost firepower June 13, 2014

    Chelsea will be hoping Cesc Fabregas can boost their firepower after the Barcelona midfielder agreed to sign a five-year deal with the Stamford Bridge club on Thursday. Fabregas, 27, in Brazil with Spain's World Cup squad, will return to London after leaving Arsenal to rejoin his boyhood club in 2011. Spanish media...
  • Chelsea sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona June 12, 2014

    London: Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has joined Chelsea on a five-year contract from Barcelona. The 27-year-old Fabregas previously played for Chelsea's London rival Arsenal. He says, "I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League" and that Chelsea "match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win...
  • Diego Costa looks healthy as Spain tops El Salvador 2-0 June 8, 2014

    Landover: Diego Costa's hamstring withstood 74 minutes on a hot and humid afternoon just six days before Spain open the defense of their World Cup title. He showed bursts of speed, jostled with defenders and drew a penalty when he was the knocked to the ground by the goalkeeper. On Sunday,...
  • Pique caught on camera saying Fabregas 'is leaving' Barca June 5, 2014

    Gerard Pique has been caught on camera apparently telling Spain coach Vicente del Bosque that Barcelona team mate Cesc Fabregas is poised to leave the La Liga side. Fabregas returned to boyhood club Barca in 2011 after an eight-year stint at Arsenal and he has been linked with a move back...
  • Lionel Messi scores brace in Cup on injury return January 9, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi came off the bench and scored twice on his return from injury and Cesc Fabregas also netted a double as Barcelona strolled to a 4-0 win at home to Getafe in their King's Cup last 16, first leg on Wednesday. Messi was given a rousing ovation by the...
  • Cesc Fabregas bullish on Lionel Messi's return to action January 3, 2014

    Lionel Messi will be "like a bull" when he returns after almost two months out with a thigh injury, his Barcelona team mate Cesc Fabregas predicted ahead of Sunday's La Liga match at home to Elche. Messi flew back to the Catalan capital on Wednesday from his native Argentina, where he...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Fabregas, Pique in Barcelona team against Granada November 22, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona say midfielder Cesc Fabregas and defender Gerard Pique have recovered from injuries and will be available for Saturday's game against Granada. While the pair of Spain internationals return, midfielder Xavi Hernandez will not be included in the squad after failing to recover from a muscle strain to his left...
  • Cesc Fabregas back in training for Barcelona November 19, 2013

    Madrid: Cesc Fabregas has returned to training as the Barcelona midfielder continues his recovery from a knee injury, the La Liga leaders said on Monday. Fabregas damaged ligaments in his right knee in the 4-1 win at Real Betis on November 10 and had to withdraw from the Spain squad for...
  • Martino, Fabregas worried over Lionel Messi's latest injury November 12, 2013

    Madrid: FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino and midfielder Cesc Fabregas have expressed concern over the muscle problems affecting striker Lionel Messi. Messi was forced out of his side's 4-1 win away to Betis on Sunday night with an injury to his left hamstring. It is the latest in a series of...
  • Lionel Messi injured but Barcelona cruise to win at Betis November 11, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona lost Lionel Messi to another leg injury but still had more than enough firepower to win 4-1 at struggling Real Betis and capitalize on a stumble by title rival Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Things looked grim for the defending champions when Messi suffered his third leg injury of the...
  • Barcelona cruise past Celta Vigo, extend lead in La Liga October 30, 2013

    Barcelona: Cesc Fabregas scored two goals and played a part in Alexis Sanchez's opener to steer Barcelona to a 3-0 victory at Celta Vigo on Tuesday and keep the pressure on the Spanish league leader's title rivals. The defending champion's 10th win in 11 rounds provisionally lifted them four points clear...
  • Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas says Arsenal 'in his heart' October 25, 2013

    London: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes Arsenal are now looking strong enough to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2004 and he hopes they do because the club "is in my heart". The Spain midfielder, who played 303 games for Arsenal in his eight years there before...
  • Late Fabregas strike earns Barcelona 1-0 win over Celtic October 2, 2013

    Glasgow: Cesc Fabregas's finely crafted late goal earned Barcelona a 1-0 win over 10-man Celtic although they clearly missed the mercurial talent of the injured Lionel Messi in their Group H Champions League game in Glasgow on Tuesday. The Spanish champions, surprisingly beaten 2-1 in the corresponding match last season, created...
  • Messi-less Barca look to Neymar to avoid Celtic shock October 1, 2013

    Barcelona are preparing to unleash the speedy Neymar on Celtic in the Champions League, hoping the 'next Lionel Messi' can inspire them in the absence of the real one when they face the team who stunned them last season. World Player of the Year Messi was ruled out with a hamstring...
  • Rodriguez scores hat-trick as Barcelona thrash Rayo Vallecano 4-0 September 22, 2013

    Spain: Pedro Rodriguez scored three goals and Victor Valdes saved another penalty in Barcelona's 4-0 win at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, keeping the defending Spanish league champions perfect through five rounds. Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th...
  • In-form Cesc Fabregas could be key for Spain in Finland September 4, 2013

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is missing several key performers for Friday's World Cup Group I qualifier away to Finland but one player who will be available comes into the match in a rich vein of form. Cesc Fabregas has impressed for Barcelona during the opening weeks of the La Liga...
  • Which Barcelona will we see in Malaga? August 24, 2013

    Madrid: Will the real Barcelona stand up to be counted on Sunday when Tata Martino's side make the potentially tricky trip to play Malaga in the La Rosaleda Stadium? The past seven days have seen two different Barcas: the side that swept Levante aside 7-0 on the opening day of the...