Andres Iniesta

  • Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season 10-04-2014 02:02 PM

    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...
  • FIFA sends message to clubs with Barcelona ban 05-04-2014 08:36 AM

    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...
  • El Clasico: Lionel Messi hat-trick guides Barcelona to 4-3 win at Real Madrid 24-03-2014 03:28 AM

    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 20-03-2014 11:18 PM

    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...
  • Manchester City feared Barca threat, says Andres Iniesta 06-03-2014 11:16 PM

    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...
  • Andres Iniesta's leg injury not serious 12-01-2014 07:48 PM

    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...
  • Andres Iniesta signs with Barcelona until 2018 23-12-2013 06:36 PM

    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...
  • Barcelona to extend Andres Iniesta's contract until 2018 19-12-2013 08:01 PM

    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...
  • Barcelona need a point and top display against Celtic 11-12-2013 01:32 PM

    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...
  • Barcelona survive early scare to beat Cartagena 4-1 in Copa del Rey 07-12-2013 12:32 PM

    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 03-12-2013 06:32 PM

    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...
  • Barcelona beat Granada 4-0 without Messi 23-11-2013 10:26 PM

    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...
  • Barca missing Messi mojo before Milan clash 05-11-2013 08:37 AM

    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...
  • Andres Iniesta to sign new five-year contract with Barcelona 22-10-2013 05:54 PM

    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...
  • Spain on the brink of football World Cup qualification 15-10-2013 08:40 AM

    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...
  • Barcelona confident Andres Iniesta will end his career at club 08-10-2013 07:35 PM

    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...
  • Barca want Iniesta to end his career at the club 27-09-2013 10:42 PM

    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,...
  • Barca second best in possession for first time since 2008 22-09-2013 02:30 PM

    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...
  • Andres Iniesta wants to end career with Barcelona 26-06-2013 10:31 AM

    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 see...
  • Top-guns Brazil, Spain ready to light up Confederations Cup 14-06-2013 12:52 PM

    Rio de Janerio: On the field, the Confederations Cup can give Brazil's national team a major boost in their quest to win a sixth World Cup title next year. Off the field, the eight-team tournament will offer the first hints about where the country stands in their preparations for the...
  • Jose Mourinho damaged Spanish football, says Andres Iniesta 09-06-2013 06:32 PM

    Madrid: Jose Mourinho did more harm than good to Spanish football during his controversial three-year tenure as coach of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta was quoted as saying on Sunday. Portuguese Mourinho quit Real three years before the end of his contract after a 2012-13 campaign without...
  • Andres Iniesta welcomes Neymar to Barcelona 03-06-2013 03:37 PM

    Barcelona: With Neymar set to become his Barcelona teammate, Andres Iniesta is already predicting a bright future for both the Brazil sensation and the Spanish club. Iniesta says that Neymar is coming "to the best place to grow," and that he expects the 21-year-old star to become even better when...
  • Spain not yet on Brazil's level: Andres Iniesta 21-05-2013 03:15 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Andres Iniesta says Spain cannot yet claim to be on the same pedestal as Brazil in football's international hierarchy. The Barcelona midfielder has been a key member of a Spain team that has won the two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. Iniesta said Brazil had...
  • Messi nets two to push Barcelona to the verge of title 06-05-2013 08:03 AM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi netted two goals within 15 minutes of coming on as a substitute to give Barcelona a 4-2 comeback win over Real Betis on Sunday and push his team to the brink of the Spanish league title. After his teammates had rallied back twice to level at 2-2,...
  • Barcelona, Real Madrid enter uncertain era 03-05-2013 06:29 PM

    Barcelona: With both Barcelona and Real Madrid still smarting from their respective Champions League collapses, the talk is already turning to what changes can be made - maybe even need to be made - for next season. Both Spanish teams lost to German opposition in the semi-finals. Bayern Munich routed...
  • Style of winning is more important, says Xavi Hernandez 18-04-2013 01:41 PM

    Madrid: FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has made a passionate defence of his side's passing style of football as they prepare for the run-in to the end of the season. Barcelona are almost assured of winning Spain's BBVA Primera Liga thanks to an impressive 13-point lead over Real Madrid, but...