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  • 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...
  • Cesc Fabregas out of Spain's trip to Ecuador with ankle injury August 11, 2013

    Madrid: Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas has dropped out of the squad visiting Ecuador for a friendly next week after injuring his ankle, the world and European champions said on Sunday. Fabregas twisted ligaments in his right ankle during Barca's pre-season 3-1 friendly win over a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on...
  • Cesc Fabregas scores as Barcelona defeat Malaysia 3-1 August 11, 2013

    Malaysia: FC Barcelona concluded their pre-season matches here by defeating a resilient Malaysia 3-1. Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas opened the scoresheet with a header for Barcelona in the 33rd minute on Saturday, reports Xinhua. Malaysia's Amri Yahyah made good use of Jordi Alba's mistake (40th) to provide the home team with...
  • Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas injures ankle in friendly August 10, 2013

    Shah Alam: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has injured his ankle and could pull out of the Spain squad for next week's friendly match against Ecuador. Fabregas was substituted eight minutes from the end of Saturday's 3-1 friendly victory over Malaysia XI and Barcelona says he has sprained his right ankle and...
  • Football Transfers: Latest news and rumours on Thursday August 8, 2013

    IBNLive Sports gives you Thursday's round-up of all the latest transfer news and gossip involving the leading clubs and top players around the world. Cesc Fabregas dismisses Barcelona exit talk Manchester United boss David Moyes is trying to bring the 26-year-old Spain international back to the Premier League. Read more Ireland winger McClean...
  • Cesc Fabregas dismisses Barcelona exit talk August 8, 2013

    Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said his only wish is to succeed with the Spanish champions and has dismissed the idea that he could be lured away to another club. Manchester United boss David Moyes is trying to bring the 26-year-old Spain international back to the Premier League, which he left...
  • Football Transfers: Latest news and rumours on Wednesday August 7, 2013

    IBNLive Sports gives you Wednesday's round-up of all the latest transfer news and gossip involving the leading clubs and top players around the world. After failing to land Fabregas, Manchester United target Fellaini United boss David Moyes has returned to Everton for Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who has a 23.5 million pound...
  • Neymar shines but fails to score on Barcelona home debut August 3, 2013

    Barcelona: Neymar marked his home debut for Barcelona with a fine assist but a goal eluded the Brazil forward as the La Liga champions crushed his former club Santos 8-0 in the Joan Gamper invitational trophy on Friday. The 21-year-old, who completed a high-profile move to Spain at the end of...
  • Football Transfers: Latest news and rumours on Wednesday August 1, 2013

    IBNLive Sports gives you Wednesday's round-up of all the latest transfer news and gossip involving the leading clubs and top players around the world. Manchester United to smash transfer record in Cesc Fabregas bid The Daily Mail believes that United will submit a bid of around 35million pounds for the midfielder, which...
  • Manchester United to smash transfer record in Cesc Fabregas bid July 31, 2013

    Manchester: Manchester United are set to give one last push to sign Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas with a third and final bid, reports the Daily Mail. It is believed that United will submit a bid of around £35million for the midfielder, which would break their transfer record. The Spaniard is David Moyes' prime...
  • Football Transfers: Latest news and rumours on Monday July 29, 2013

    IBNLive Sports gives you Monday's round-up of all the latest transfer news and gossip involving the leading clubs and top players around the world. Pep Guardiola to offer 40 million pounds for David Luiz? The 26-year-old defender has returned for pre-season with Chelsea under new Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho and Guardiola...