Barcelona

  • Injured Carles Puyol to miss Barcelona's next league match 20-04-2014 11:24 AM

    Captain Carles Puyol has joined a long list of Barcelona absentees after feeling pain in his knee during training on Saturday, the champions said ahead of Sunday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao. Centre back Puyol, who turned 36 this month, has barely played this season due to...
  • Gerardo Martino defends Lionel Messi, takes blame for Barca fall 19-04-2014 11:51 PM

    Spain: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi from criticism for his erratic play during three consecutive losses, while acknowledging he wasn't "satisfied" with his own coaching performance. In the past two weeks, Barcelona have been eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, lost the Copa del Rey...
  • Barcelona lose Carles Puyol to injury for Athletic Bilbao game 19-04-2014 06:00 PM

    Barcelona's injury woes continue to mount as Carles Puyol has been ruled out of the match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. The club said Puyol, who had just been cleared to play before the Copa del Rey final earlier this week, will be unavailable after his troublesome right knee acted...
  • Struggling Barcelona to face Athletic Bilbao without Neymar and Alba 18-04-2014 11:45 AM

    Barcelona's defeat in the King's Cup final means La Liga is their only chance of major silverware and anything other than a home win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday would almost certainly end their dwindling title hopes. The 2-1 reverse to Real Madrid at Valencia's Mestalla stadium on Wednesday capped...
  • Barcelona's Neymar and Alba out for a month with injuries 17-04-2014 11:37 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona will be without Neymar and Jordi Alba for the final month of the season after both were injured during the Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday. Both players will likely miss all five rounds remaining in the Spanish league, further hurting Barcelona's chances of...
  • Future doesn't change with one defeat: Barcelona coach Martino 17-04-2014 08:56 PM

    FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino insisted on Thursday that his side's 1-2 defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday did not mean he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. Goals from Angel Di Maria and Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid...
  • Barcelona facing first trophyless season in six years 17-04-2014 08:36 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona's painful reverse to arch rivals Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final brings to an end a hellish week and leaves them facing their first season without major silverware in six years. Coach Gerardo Martino, in his first term in charge at the Nou Camp, was defiant after...
  • Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Barcelona to win Copa del Rey 17-04-2014 02:45 AM

    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...
  • El Clasico: Ronaldo to miss final as Barcelona seek Cup consolation 16-04-2014 08:39 AM

    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...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo to miss King's Cup final against Barcelona 15-04-2014 06:49 PM

    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...
  • Real Madrid vs Barcelona - the 'Clasico' in numbers 15-04-2014 05:48 PM

    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...
  • No drastic overhaul needed at Barcelona, says Carles Puyol 14-04-2014 06:54 PM

    The current Barcelona squad have a great deal left to give and there is no need for a sweeping overhaul in the close season, captain Carles Puyol said on Monday. Barca coach Gerardo Martino and his players have come in for some sharp criticism following last week's Champions League exit...
  • Defiant Gerardo Martino needs to lift Barcelona for Cup final 13-04-2014 02:50 PM

    Barcelona's season is threatening to implode with Wednesday's King's Cup final against Real Madrid looming after a nightmare week when they were knocked out of Europe and lost 1-0 at lowly Granada in La Liga. Saturday's defeat at Granada means La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, who were also responsible for...
  • Barcelona lose, Real Madrid win to move 2nd in Spanish League 13-04-2014 08:34 AM

    Spain: Barcelona compounded their exit from the Champions League by losing 1-0 at Granada on Saturday, letting Real Madrid move ahead into second place in the Spanish league with a 4-0 win over Almeria. Barcelona's stumble ensured the same Atletico Madrid that ousted them from Europe's top-tier competition would maintain...
  • It must be hard to be Messi, says Barcelona coach 11-04-2014 06:42 PM

    Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi following sharp criticism of the four-times World Player of the Year's limp performance in Wednesday's Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid. Messi, who has excelled in so many past appearances in Europe's elite club competition, was strangely subdued during the 1-0 reverse...
  • 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...
  • Champions League: Simeone triumphs in tactical battle with Martino 10-04-2014 09:01 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone got his tactics spot on in the battle with Barcelona counterpart and Argentine compatriot Gerardo Martino as his unfancied side dumped their wealthier rivals out of Europe on Wednesday. Barca were unable to cope with a fired-up Atletico in the opening 20 minutes of...
  • Koke's goal sends Atletico to Champions League semis at Barca's expense 10-04-2014 02:59 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Spanish rival Barcelona on Wednesday as Koke's early goal guided his team to a 1-0 win and into the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory. Adrian Lopez filled in for injured striker Diego Costa and created the fifth-minute opener after...
  • Atletico eye Champions League semi-finals at Barca expense 09-04-2014 10:18 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid is on the cusp of reaching the semi-finals of Europe's top-tier competition for the first time in 40 years as they welcome Barcelona to Vicente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday for the return leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. Atletico hold a narrow advantage after scoring an away...
  • Atletico's Diego Costa in fitness battle to face Barcelona 08-04-2014 09:05 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid hope to have talismanic striker Diego Costa back fit against Barcelona on Wednesday when the La Liga leaders bid to pull off another Spanish surprise by reaching the Champions League semi-finals. Spain's Costa has hit 33 goals for Diego Simeone's side in a remarkable season for Atletico,...
  • 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...
  • Lionel Messi strikes twice as Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-1 06-04-2014 01:03 AM

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona secured a 3-1 win over a spirited Betis side at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi converted a 14th-minute penalty and followed up a second spot kick that was blocked by goalkeeper Adan Garrido to seal the lackluster victory in the 86th. Messi recorded...
  • 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...
  • Injuries and off-field problems no excuse, says Barcelona coach 04-04-2014 10:36 PM

    Barcelona cannot use the club's off-field woes or injuries to key players as excuses for failure to win silverware, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday. The Spanish champions were slapped with a transfer ban by FIFA on Wednesday over a breach of rules on the use of foreign players aged...
  • Injury-hit Atletico looking to squad players, says coach 04-04-2014 10:21 PM

    Atletico Madrid will need some of their second-choice players to step up in the remaining weeks of the season following injuries to top scorer Diego Costa and playmaker Arda Turan, coach Diego Simeone said on Friday. Atletico are the surprise leaders in La Liga with seven games left, a point...
  • Barcelona's president hits out at FIFA after transfer ban 03-04-2014 11:49 PM

    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has denounced FIFA for punishing the La Liga club over a breach of rules on the transfer of foreign under-18 players, saying they are victims of a "grave injustice". Soccer's world governing body announced on Wednesday it had banned the Spanish champions from the transfer...
  • Barcelona take on Real Betis to keep title hopes alive 03-04-2014 04:38 PM

    Barcelona have been beset by institutional problems during Gerardo Martino's first season in charge but his record after 50 games shows they are having little impact on the team's performance. The Spanish champions, a point behind surprise leaders Atletico Madrid with seven games left, will be chasing a 38th win...
  • 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...
  • Valdes itching to start recuperation after knee surgery 02-04-2014 09:32 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes has had successful knee surgery in Germany and said he was itching to get home and start his recuperation. The 32-year-old will miss the end of this season, the World Cup finals in Brazil and the start of next term after he tore...
  • 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....