EL CLASICO

  • Barcelona coach Enrique backs Suarez after 'El Clasico' setback October 31, 2014

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has backed Luis Suarez after the Uruguay forward came in for criticism for his performance in last weekend's 'Clasico' defeat at Real Madrid. Suarez made his official debut for Barca in the 3-1 reverse at the Bernabeu after his four-month ban for biting an opponent expired the...
  • El Clasico: Lionel Messi did not received pre-match treatment October 27, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona say Lionel Messi did not received treatment before playing a subdued Clasico match against Real Madrid on Saturday. Press reports appeared Monday saying the Argentina forward had received infiltrations - injections by rheumatologists to relieve discomfort - in a heel. Messi had only one good chance when he raced toward...
  • Real Madrid win sets up season-long fight with Barca October 26, 2014

    Barcelona: Real Madrid's commanding 3-1 win over Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday leaves the two Spanish giants poised to dispute the title that escaped them last season. Barcelona arrived in the capital unbeaten and aiming for a win that would have increased their lead over Madrid to seven...
  • Rampant Real Madrid riding high after 'Clasico' triumph October 26, 2014

    Real Madrid's decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu. Toni Kroos, who joined from Bayern Munich while Alonso...
  • Carlo Ancelotti delighted after Clasico win October 26, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed his side after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema gave them a well deserved 3-1 win over arch rivals FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Madrid had fallen behind to an early Neymar goal on Saturday night, but reacted well and...
  • Luis Suarez makes strong return from biting ban October 26, 2014

    Luis Suarez made a strong return from his four-month biting ban on Saturday, showing no signs of being rusty and providing the biggest threat Barcelona could offer in a 3-1 loss at Real Madrid. Suarez set up Neymar's fourth-minute opener and provided the most constant danger up front for the visitors,...
  • El Clasico: Real Madrid come from behind to beat Barcelona 3-1 October 25, 2014

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid's 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling "clasico" match on Saturday in the Spanish league that handed the visitors their first loss of the season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first game...
  • Biting is appalling but harmless, says Luis Suarez October 25, 2014

    Biting opponents may be appalling but it is harmless and should not be punished as severely as a bad tackle, says controversial Barcelona striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan marksmen is set to make his long-awaited Barca debut in El Clasico at Real Madrid later on Saturday after completing a four-month ban...
  • Maestro of clasicos, Lionel Messi leads Barcelona against Real Madrid October 25, 2014

    Barcelona: Accustomed to thriving against his fierce rival, Lionel Messi will again lead Barcelona at Real Madrid as he aims for another scoring record. The big question is whether Luis Suarez will join him or watch from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium bench. Suarez will finish his four-month ban for biting Italy's...
  • El Clasico: Luis Suarez to make Barcelona debut after biting ban October 24, 2014

    Luis Suarez's long wait is almost over. The much-maligned forward will play his first minutes on Saturday against Real Madrid after completing his ban for biting an opponent four months ago at the World Cup. "(Suarez) will have some minutes for sure, how many is the million-dollar question," Barcelona manager Luis...
  • Match against Real Madrid always a battle: Andres Iniesta October 24, 2014

    Madrid: Barcelona mid-field maestro Andres Iniesta said that Saturday's much awaited Primera Liga football clash against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu is going to be to one of the toughest games as the two traditional rivals face-off for the first time this season. "It's always a battle. You have to...
  • My El Clasico comeback is fate, says Luis Suarez October 14, 2014

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez is likely to play his first competitive game for Barcelona in La Liga's El Clasico against Real Madrid later this month and he says it is no coincidence his four-month biting ban expires the day before one of biggest fixtures in world soccer. FIFA sidelined the controversial Uruguay...
  • Banned Suarez may make Barcelona debut in El Clasico July 25, 2014

    Madrid: Disgraced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who is serving a fourmonth ban for a biting incident at the World Cup, could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in El Clasico in October. La Liga announced its fixtures for the season on Thursday and the first meeting of the two Spanish...
  • Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Barcelona to win Copa del Rey April 17, 2014

    Valencia: Gareth Bale raced away to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid made light of the absence of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 to win a riveting King's Cup final on Wednesday. Wales winger Bale, who joined Real for a world record fee in the...
  • El Clasico: Ronaldo to miss final as Barcelona seek Cup consolation April 16, 2014

    A week ago, Barcelona still had a chance of repeating the historic treble of 2009 but defeats in Europe and La Liga mean Wednesday's King's Cup final against Real Madrid may be their only hope of major silverware this season. A wounded Barca travel to Valencia to meet their arch rivals...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo to miss King's Cup final against Barcelona April 15, 2014

    Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on Wednesday after the forward failed to recover from a leg injury. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was hopeful Ronaldo would recover in time, but said the player has been ruled out after not training on Tuesday. Madrid...
  • Real Madrid vs Barcelona - the 'Clasico' in numbers April 15, 2014

    Real Madrid and Barcelona meet in Wednesday's King's Cup final in Valencia in the latest edition of the 'Clasico' between the world's two richest clubs by income. Here are some numbers behind one of soccer's most glamorous fixtures: 0 - The number of goals Real have conceded in eight matches on...
  • Barcelona win sets La Liga up for thrilling finale March 24, 2014

    Madrid: La Liga is set for one of the most exciting finishes in years after Barcelona blew the title race wide open with a win at Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico' that left Atletico Madrid the masters of their own destiny. Not since Real and Barca finished tied on 76 points...
  • 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...
  • Ancelotti criticises referee after Clasico defeat October 27, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti complained bitterly about referee Undiano Mallenco after his side lost to FC Barcelona 12 in the all important 'El Clasico' at the Camp Nou Stadium. Goals from Neymar and Alexis Sanchez had put Barca 20 ahead before youngster Jese Rodriguez netted a late consolation for...
  • EL Clasico: Neymar leads Barcelona to 21 win over Real Madrid October 26, 2013

    Barcelona: Neymar scored in his first 'clasico' and set up Alexis Sanchez for an exquisite decider as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 21 at Camp Nou in the Spanish league on Saturday. With Lionel Messi oddly quiet, Neymar opened in the 19th minute from close range after receiving Andres Iniesta's pass as...
  • Puyol ready for El Clasico but wary of Real Madrid October 25, 2013

    Madrid: FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says he doesn't believe that Saturday's Clasico at home to Real Madrid in the Camp Nou Stadium will have much bearing on the final standings of the Spanish Primera Liga title. Puyol returned to action for Barca last Saturday after seven months out of action...
  • La Liga ready for season's first El Clasico October 25, 2013

    Madrid: The Spanish league will be dominated by the Barcelona vs Real Madrid 'Clasico'. In other matches, Atletico Madrid host 15thplace Real Betis and fourthplace Villarreal plays eighthplace Valencia. Here's what to look forward to in this weekend's games: ANCELOTTI'S CLUE Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is still tinkering with his preferred starting...
  • No need to panic before El Clasico, insist Barcelona October 23, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona sought to silence any alarm bells ringing ahead of Saturday's La Liga 'Clasico' at home to Real Madrid after they stuttered to a draw in their Champions League game at AC Milan on Tuesday. Barca needed a Lionel Messi equaliser to rescue a point in the 11 Group H...
  • Barcelona at home for first Clasico of the season July 9, 2013

    Madrid: Champions Barcelona will host Real Madrid for the first time next season on October 26 or 27, the Spanish league said when the 201314 fixtures were announced on Tuesday. Tito Vilanova's side face a new opponent in the dugout of their archrivals, Italian Carlo Ancelotti, and visit the Bernabeu for...
  • El Clasico gives Kaka a chance to revive his career at Real March 1, 2013

    Madrid: Kaka hopes to get a rare chance to impress for Real Madrid when Barcelona visit in La Liga on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho expected to rest players ahead of their Champions League showdown with Manchester United. The Brazilian playmaker is tipped to get a start at the Bernabeu with...
  • Messi, Ronaldo shine as BarcaReal tie ends in a draw October 8, 2012

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were both in superb form as Barcelona and Real Madrid played out an enthralling 22 draw at Camp Nou in the first Liga Clasico of this season. Despite coming as just the seventh fixture of the season, the match was touted as having a potentially...
  • Barca sweat over Pique availability for Clasico October 7, 2012

    Madrid: La Liga leaders Barcelona will wait until the last minute to make a decision on Gerard Pique's fitness for Sunday's visit of champions Real Madrid, said coach Tito Vilanova. The central defender picked up a foot injury in the Champions League two and a half weeks ago and has...
  • La Liga fixtures revealed; El Clasico on Oct. 7 July 10, 2012

    The fixtures for the 201213 Liga season have been released, revealing the dates for the two derby clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Blaugrana will entertain Los Blancos in the league season's first Clasico at home on October 7, with the return fixture taking place at the Santiago Bernabeu on...