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  • Fledgling Spain face stern test against world champions 4 days ago

    Barcelona- An all-conquering Spain side were on the crest of a wave last time they faced Germany on the way to winning the 2010 World Cup but they now meet on Tuesday in what will be a stern test for a new fledgling team. The indefatigable Carles Puyol scored the only...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona defeat Eibar 3-0 October 19, 2014

    Lionel Messi edged one closer to La Liga's all-time goalscoring record as Barcelona easily beat Eibar 3-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi is now poised to equal Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals that has stood since 1955 next week at rival Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also...
  • Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain October 9, 2014

    Barcelona: Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is part of a fresh generation of Spain players aiming to make an impact in Euro 2016 qualifying and says he would be happy if he achieves half the success of retired great Xavi. It is a new-look Spain that is bidding to win their third...
  • Xavi sets Champions League appearance record October 1, 2014

    Barcelona midfielder Xavi made a record 143rd appearance in the Champions League when he came on as a substitute in the second half of Tuesday's Group F match at Paris St Germain. Xavi, 34, replaced Ivan Rakitic in the 69th minute at the Parc des Princes with Barca trailing 3-2, surpassing...
  • Xavi valuable to Barca assures Luis Enrique September 26, 2014

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has given his backing to Xavi and says the veteran midfielder remains a valuable member of the squad despite having played just 45 minutes in the opening five La Liga games. The 34-year-old has been a fundamental cog for Barcelona and Spain in their recent glory years,...
  • Xavi Hernandez retires from Spanish national team August 5, 2014

    Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says he will not play again for the Spanish national team after a disappointing World Cup. The 34yearold Xavi says "I have taken the decision to leave the selection. I think my time has ended." Xavi was Spain's key playmaker in their unprecedented run of winning the World...
  • Future of Xavi and Alexis Sanchez uncertain at Barcelona July 1, 2014

    Barcelona's sports director says the future of veteran midfielder Xavi Hernandez and forward Alexis Sanchez is uncertain as the Spanish club overhauls its squad. Andoni Zubizarreta says the club will speak with Xavi after his summer holidays to decide "what is best for him and for Barca." Zubizarreta also says the club...
  • As it happened: Netherlands vs Chile and Australia vs Spain, World Cup 2014 June 23, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from both the Group B matches as the Dutch and Chile battle for top spot and Spain look to avoid worst ever WC defence. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The Netherlands and Chile may have already qualified for the World Cup's round of 16, but...
  • World Cup 2014, Spain vs Chile: as it happened June 18, 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 51 defeat by the Netherlands would almost certainly end Spain's title defense. A groupstage 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 mustwin 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 Reinathe 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 tikitaka free...
  • World Cup 2014: Loss to Dutch hardest of my career, says Xavi Hernandez June 14, 2014

    Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez says Friday's 51 World Cup loss to the Netherlands was the hardest of his career. The defending champions were uncharacteristically dominated in their Group B opener, to put themselves in a likely mustwin situation for their next two matches in order to reach the elimination stages. The 34yearold...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Netherlands vs Spain June 13, 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 runnersup the Netherlands, on Friday. The two teams' clash is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa where Spain grabbed a 10 victory with a goal from Andres Iniesta four...
  • Koke looking to do all he can to help Spain in football World Cup June 9, 2014

    Atletico Madrid's 22yearold midfielder Jesus Resurreccion 'Koke' admits that when as a boy he watched the World Cup on TV, he thought it would be "impossible" to play in the tournament, but now he could play a major role in Spain's defence of their World title. Koke showed during Spain's 20...
  • World Cup: Spain's dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil June 5, 2014

    Madrid: Spain's desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas. The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer's global showpiece outside Europe,...
  • Xavi expected to be fit for football World Cup May 19, 2014

    Barcelona midfielder Xavi will be fit for the World Cup finals despite suffering a minor back injury, the club announced on Monday. The club said that Xavi, who came on for the final 15 minutes of Saturday's 11 draw with champions Atletico Madrid, had sustained a 'sprained vertebrae'. The recovery time is...
  • Barcelona, Atletico Madrid set for thrilling La Liga showdown May 17, 2014

    La Liga is set for one of its most thrilling finishes when Barcelona host leaders Atletico Madrid in a winnertakesall showdown at the Nou Camp on the final day of the campaign on Saturday. Only twice in the history of Spain's top flight has the title been decided with a direct...
  • Barcelona ready to seize second chance, says Xavi May 14, 2014

    Barcelona are ready to grasp their second chance with both hands and snatch the Spanish title from Atletico Madrid in a winnertakesall clash this weekend, midfielder Xavi said on Wednesday. Barca looked out of the running for top spot a few weeks ago but with the leading three sides in Spain...
  • 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...
  • Koke can be Spain's playmaker for next decade, says Xavi March 30, 2014

    Madrid: Spain and Barcelona playmaker Xavi has singled out Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke as his successor as the man at the heart of the world and European champions' possession-based playing style. Xavi, 34, is winding down his fabulously successful career for club and country and the 22-year-old Koke has emerged as...
  • Xavi dreams of being Barcelona's head coach March 8, 2014

    Playmaker Xavi, who has won 22 trophies in 16 glittering seasons with Barcelona, said on Saturday that he would love to take over as head coach one day. The 34-year-old has made more than 700 appearances for the Catalan club, winning three Champions Leagues and seven La Liga titles since making...
  • Barcelona can't afford any more mistakes, warns Xavi February 26, 2014

    Barcelona playmaker Xavi has warned his team mates they cannot afford any more slip-ups and urged them to stay positive as the season enters a critical period. The holders surrendered the La Liga top spot to Real Madrid at the weekend after a surprise 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad and are...
  • Barcelona players hail Xavi after 700th appearance January 18, 2014

    Lionel Messi and some of his Barcelona colleagues paid warm tribute to team mate Xavi on Friday after he extended his appearances record to 700 in the midweek King's Cup match at Getafe. Spain playmaker Xavi, who will be 34 later this month, joined Barca's academy in 1991 at the age...
  • Barcelona's Xavi ruled out of Getafe game December 21, 2013

    Barcelona: Already missing Lionel Messi and Neymar, Barcelona has also ruled Xavi Hernandez out of Sunday's match at Getafe. Barcelona say Xavi has nagging pain in his right leg and won't play in the Spanish league game. The defending champions were already without Messi and goalkeeper Victor Valdes due to injury, while...
  • Xavi Hernandez to miss Barcelona's Copa del Rey match December 15, 2013

    Spain: Barcelona says midfielder Xavi Hernandez will miss Tuesday's Copa del Rey match due to a leg injury. The team say the Spain international has a muscle pull in his right leg. Barcelona host thirddivision side Cartagena in the return leg of their roundof32 tie after winning their first meeting 41. The Spanish...
  • Barcelona survive early scare to beat Cartagena 41 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 41 victory at thirdtier 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...
  • Alonso contract decision due soon, says Ancelotti December 6, 2013

    Madrid: Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso will decide "very soon" whether to extend his contract beyond the end of this season, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Alonso, who turned 32 last month, missed the start of the current campaign due to injury and Real struggled without his controlling influence...
  • Fast attack may lead us to victory against France: Spain hockey coach December 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Spain coach Xavi Arnau on Thursday said a strong defence and fast attack may lead them to victory against France in the Hockey Junior World Cup which kicks off at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday. "With just a few hours left for the matches to begin,...
  • Ajax end Barcelona unbeaten run to stay in contention November 27, 2013

    Ajax Amsterdam stayed in contention for the last 16 of the Champions League after becoming the first side to beat Barcelona this season with a 21 triumph on Tuesday. Thulani Serero and Danny Hoesen scored to give Ajax a surprise halftime lead, but straight after the break defender Joel Veltman...