Barca

  • Lionel Messi set to bag new Barcelona contract 22-04-2014 10:54 AM

    Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has confirmed that club's top Argentine star Lionel Messi will be offered a new contract very soon, while terming the criticism of the club's long-serving star as "harsh". "Messi is under contract until 2018," Bartomeu told TV3. "But we want to improve it to adapt to...
  • Barcelona members back Nou Camp stadium remodelling plans 06-04-2014 09:46 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona's members have backed plans to remodel the club's iconic Nou Camp stadium to increase the capacity of Europe's biggest soccer venue from 98,000 to 105,000 and help boost sponsorship and matchday revenue. Just over 72 percent of Barca's members who took part in a referendum on Saturday voted...
  • Barcelona to appeal FIFA transfer ban, says club 03-04-2014 12:07 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona will lodge an appeal to try to overturn a ban on participating in the transfer market for breaching rules on the international transfer of foreign under-18 players, the club said on Wednesday. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, announced earlier on Wednesday that it had banned Barca from the...
  • FIFA bans Barcelona from signing players for next two years 02-04-2014 03:57 PM

    Zurich: Barcelona were banned by FIFA from signing any players for next season after being found guilty on Wednesday of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations. The heavy sanction, which covers the summer and January transfer windows, followed an investigation into the Spanish champion's signing of players under the age of 18....
  • Barcelona deny Tata Martino's departure rumours 18-03-2014 05:40 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona have acted quickly to dismiss a story that coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino would abandon the football club at the end of the season. Catalan sports network Esport 3 said on Monday that Martino would not be the Barca coach next season given that the Argentinean didn't want to...
  • Alba back in training for Barcelona before Almeria game 28-02-2014 09:14 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona full back Jordi Alba has returned to training following his thigh strain, the Spanish champions said on Thursday. The Spain defender, who spent more than two months on the sidelines before Christmas with a hamstring problem, picked up his latest injury in last week's 2-0 Champions League win...
  • La Liga ready for season's first El Clasico 25-10-2013 12:37 PM

    Madrid: The Spanish league will be dominated by the Barcelona vs Real Madrid 'Clasico'. In other matches, Atletico Madrid host 15th-place Real Betis and fourth-place Villarreal plays eighth-place 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...
  • Lionel Messi back in training after thigh problem 27-08-2013 08:41 AM

    Madrid: Lionel Messi returned to training with his Barcelona team mates on Monday, suggesting the World Player of the Year could play a part in Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg at home to Atletico Madrid. The Argentina forward bruised a thigh in last week's first leg at the Calderon,...
  • Lionel Messi hurts left thigh in draw at Atletico Madrid 22-08-2013 09:47 AM

    Madrid: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi hurt his left thigh during Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid and will undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury. Messi was replaced by Cesc Fabregas at half-time in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. New signing Neymar went on as...
  • Neymar helps Barcelona to 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid 22-08-2013 07:11 AM

    Barcelona: Brazilian forward Neymar came off the bench to head his first competitive goal for Barcelona and rescue a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday. David Villa struck a superb 12th-minute volley against the club he left in the close...
  • Player exodus turns La Liga into a Real-Barca showdown 17-08-2013 10:13 AM

    Madrid: A mass exodus of talent from La Liga means the 2013-2014 campaign looks more than ever to be an exclusive battle for the title between wealthy Real Madrid and Barcelona. For years, the Spanish league has drawn players from all over the world but while Real and Barca, the...
  • Barcelona heading to Israel for 'Peace Tour' 02-08-2013 10:25 AM

    Tel Aviv: Barcelona's star-studded squad will take a break from their regular preseason schedule to visit Israel and the West Bank this weekend on a two-day "Peace Tour." The Spanish champions are due to arrive in Israel on Saturday afternoon, only hours after playing a friendly against Brazilian club Santos...
  • Xavi happy with new coach Martino and Neymar 01-08-2013 12:56 PM

    Madrid: Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez says he is happy at the arrival of coach Tata Matrino after Tito Vilanova's decision to step down due to his treatment for cancer. "We lived a sad circumstance with Tito's relapse and it was the worst news the dressing room could hear, but now...
  • Cesc Fabregas accepts Manchester United offer: report 28-07-2013 11:16 AM

    Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas is on his way to Old Trafford, with Sunday Express Sport reporting that the midfielder has agreed to join Manchester United after a secret meeting between his agent Darren Dein and United's chief executive Ed Woodward. "Woodward came home early from his club's extensive Far East...
  • I want Thiago at Bayern: Pep Guardiola 12-07-2013 09:55 AM

    Bayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola has made his intentions clear. "I would like to get Thiago," the former Barcelona coach has told his new employers. Spain's under-21 international Thiago Alcantara has been EPL champions Manchester United's primary target, but Guardiola says he will want him to play in the midfield...
  • Barcelona at home for first Clasico of the season 09-07-2013 05:50 PM

    Madrid: Champions Barcelona will host Real Madrid for the first time next season on October 26 or 27, the Spanish league said when the 2013-14 fixtures were announced on Tuesday. Tito Vilanova's side face a new opponent in the dugout of their arch-rivals, Italian Carlo Ancelotti, and visit the Bernabeu...
  • Barcelona loan striker Bojan Krkic to Ajax 06-07-2013 03:04 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona have agreed to loan striker Bojan Krkic to Dutch champions Ajax for the upcoming season with an option for another one. The 22-year-old Krkic played the past two seasons on loan in Italy, first with AC Roma and then AC Milan. Ajax have won the Dutch league for...
  • Neymar urges Rooney to join Barcelona, Moyes monitors 01-07-2013 09:13 AM

    Brazilian star Neymar, who signed on the dotted line for Barcelona before helping his country clinch the Confederations Cup beating Spain on Sunday, has urged the reportedly on-sale Wayne Rooney to join him at Nou Camp - The Telegraph has reported. "The style of football we [Barcelona] play and the...
  • 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...
  • Barcelona not to renew Eric Abidal's contract 30-05-2013 05:15 PM

    Madrid: Eric Abidal will be leaving Barcelona after six trophy-laden seasons and having fought back from both a liver tumor and a liver transplant to play again. Abidal, who will turn 34 in July, said Thursday he would have liked to continue playing for the Spanish club. "Football for me...
  • Messi awarded Golden Boot as Europe's top scorer 29-10-2012 07:49 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was presented with his second Golden Boot award on Monday in recognition for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues last season. The 25-year-old Messi scored a Spanish-league record 50 goals for Barcelona, edging out fellow Spanish league star Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid...
  • Ronaldo under fire for 'clasico' flop 12-12-2011 02:56 PM

    Barcelona: Real Madrid have found an unlikely scapegoat for their 3-1 loss to fierce rivals Barcelona - leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo set the Spanish league's all-time scoring record with 40 goals last season, but he had a miserable game on Saturday. The Portugal forward fired several free kicks into...
  • Mourinho blames bad luck for Barca loss 12-12-2011 01:37 PM

    Barcelona: The excuses for Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid are running out. After their latest 3-1 home loss to Barcelona on Saturday, there was no talk of referee bias or the Catalan side's supposed propensity for exaggerating fouls, just the last-ditch explanation left for any loser: pure bad luck. In blaming...