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  • Xavi close to deal with Al Sadd, says Qatari club Yesterday

    Madrid: Barcelona midfielder and former Spain international Xavi is close to agreeing a deal to join Al Sadd, the Qatari side said on Saturday. The 35-year-old has played for Barca a record 751 times since he graduated from the academy to the first team in 1998 but has had limited playing...
  • Barcelona defender Jordi Alba out for 10 days with injury 2 days ago

    Madrid: Barcelona say defender Jordi Alba has a right leg muscle injury and will be sidelined for around 10 days. Tests on Saturday morning "confirmed a Grade 1 injury to the abductor muscle in his right leg," the club says in a statement. Alba asked to be substituted in the 77th minute...
  • Xavi agent declines comment on Al Sadd deal reports 3 days ago

    Madrid: Xavi's agent has declined to comment on reports that the Barcelona midfielder is set to leave the La Liga leaders at the end of the season and sign a lucrative contract with Qatari side Al Sadd. Xavi, 35, has played for Barca a record 751 times since he graduated from...
  • Camp Nou to host Barcelona's Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao 4 days ago

    Madrid: Barcelona will have home advantage for its Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao after Spain's football federation voted on Wednesday for the Camp Nou as the venue. Both finalists had originally asked to play the May 30 decider at Real Madrid's 81,000-seater Bernabeu stadium. However, the venue for Copa...
  • Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen back in training with Barcelona 5 days ago

    Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has trained with his team-mates for the first time since surgery on a hamstring injury, the La Liga leaders said on Wednesday. The Belgium international, who has been unable to make his Barca debut after picking up the injury at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil,...
  • Search teams probe wreckage of German Airbus in French Alps 5 days ago

    France: French investigators on Wednesday searched for the reason why a German Airbus plowed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 on board including 16 teenagers returning from a school trip to Spain. Helicopters flew over the site where the A320 operated by Lufthansa's (LHAG.DE) Germanwings budget airline disintegrated after it...
  • Two minutes when Airbus A320 lost contact may reveal the reason of crash 5 days ago

    Seyne-Les-Alpes (France): A cockpit voice recorder badly damaged when a German jetliner smashed into an Alpine mountainside and a crucial two-minute span when the pilot lost contact are vital clues into what caused the plane to go down, killing all 150 people on board, officials said on Wednesday. Helicopters surveying the...
  • Lionel Messi gets all-clear after tests on bruising from "Clasico" 5 days ago

    Madrid: Lionel Messi can continue training with Argentina's national squad in the United States after tests showed he had not picked up an injury after taking a knock during the 'Clasico' victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona said Tuesday. The Spanish club said in a statement that Messi wenmet for a check-up...
  • Investigators seek clues into why German Airbus crashed killing all 150 on board 5 days ago

    Seyne-les-alpes, France: French investigators will sift through wreckage on Wednesday for clues into why a German Airbus ploughed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 people on board including 16 school children returning from an exchange trip to Spain. The A320 jet operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline was obliterated when...
  • Josep Maria Bartomeu, Sandro Rosell face jail term in Neymar scandal 6 days ago

    Madrid: The Spanish anti-corruption prosecutor has requested jail term for Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the football club's former president Sandro Rosell over charges of tax evasion allegedly committed in the signing of Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. The prosecutor also asked in the indictment submitted to Judge...
  • Barcelona squander head-to-head advantage against Real Madrid 1 week ago

    Barcelona's 2-1 win over Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico' may have put them four points clear at the top of La Liga but they will be kicking themselves for not taking a host of second-half chances and grabbing the head-to-head advantage. If Real manage to draw level on points with their...
  • Suarez is a scorer and someone that can set up chances, says Luis Enrique 1 week ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes that few players would be capable of scoring the Luis Suarez goal that gave them a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico'. Suarez was slow to get into his stride at Barca following a four-month biting ban but his winner in...
  • La Liga: Luis Suarez scores as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 to extend lead 1 week ago

    Luis Suarez scored the winning goal to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over title rival Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday and extend their Spanish league lead to four points. Lionel Messi curled in a perfect free kick for Jeremy Mathieu to head in Barcelona's opener in the 19th minute...
  • Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets given all-clear to face Real Madrid March 22, 2015

    Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has recovered from injury and was fit to face Real Madrid in La Liga on Sunday, the club has confirmed. Busquets suffered an ankle injury in Barcelona's King's Cup victory over Villarreal at the start of March and has missed their last three games. "The first team player...
  • El Clasico: Barcelona aim for decisive blow against Real Madrid March 22, 2015

    Barcelona: A surging Barcelona have overhauled Real Madrid in the Spanish league standings, and the team now has the chance to open up a significant gap in the second "clasico" of the season on Sunday. Barcelona are on a run of 17 wins in their last 18 games and lead the...
  • Barcelona's Sergio Busquets may be fit for Real Madrid clash March 21, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is optimistic that holding midfielder Sergio Busquets can recover from injury in time for Sunday's "clasico" match against Real Madrid at Camp Nou. Luis Enrique said on Saturday that Busquets "isn't 100 percent but he will be there" for the clash against Barcelona's fierce rival and...
  • Real, Barcelona have 50-50 chance to win El Clasico: Gerard Pique March 21, 2015

    Barcelona: FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insisted on Saturday that his team and Real Madrid have an equal chance of winning Sunday's La Liga blockbuster match the "El Clasico". Barcelona lead Real by one point at the top of the table and host their bitter rivals at the Camp Nou with...
  • Lionel Messi would be in my team ahead of Ronaldo, says Pele March 21, 2015

    Brazil great Pele has stirred the pot ahead of this weekend's Clasico, saying he would rather have Barcelona's Lionel Messi as a team mate than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. The 74-year-old Pele, who scored a record 1,281 goals, mostly for Santos, has watched the two phenomenal goal hunters jousting for the...
  • Real Madrid face Atletico, Barcelona get PSG in Champions League quarters March 20, 2015

    Atletico Madrid were handed a chance to avenge last season's Champions League final defeat by city rivals and record 10-times winners Real after the two sides were drawn together in the last eight on Friday. Paris St Germain and Barcelona were paired together having met in the group stage, with the...
  • Real Madrid need Cristiano Ronaldo at his best for Barcelona March 19, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Madrid need Cristiano Ronaldo to channel his frustration into producing his top form as they face Barcelona in a top-of-the-table 'Clasico' showdown on Sunday that could decide the title race. The Portuguese has struck a moody figure in recent weeks as Real struggled to recapture the blistering form that...
  • Manchester City exit leaves English giants in Champions League cold March 19, 2015

    Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday to leave the English Premier League without a representative in the last eight of Europe's elite club competition for the second time in three years. As three Spanish sides, two French and one each from Germany, Italy and...
  • Pellegrini sees Manchester City progress despite Champions League exit March 19, 2015

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his side are making progress despite being handed a masterclass in Champions League football by Barcelona on Wednesday for the second season in a row. The City boss tried to remain upbeat after his expensively-assembled squad fell to a 1-0 defeat on the night and...
  • Barcelona beat Manchester City 1-0 to enter Champions League quarters March 19, 2015

    Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a convincing 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday that only goalkeeper Joe Hart prevented from becoming a rout, as the Spanish hosts reached the Champions League quarter-finals for a record eighth consecutive season. Faced with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 first-leg loss, Manuel...
  • Champions League: Inconsistent Manchester City take on in-form Barcelona March 18, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona are on another winning run, and that is bad news for Manchester City. The Spanish team has overtaken Real Madrid at the top of the league standings, advanced to the Copa del Rey final and lead Man City 2-1 in the Champions League heading into the second leg...
  • Pellegrini dismisses idea his Manchester City days are numbered March 18, 2015

    Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed a suggestion his days as Manchester City manager may be numbered as his side prepare to try to overturn a 2-1 deficit to Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League last 16, second leg. Pellegrini has a contract with City until the end of next season but a run...
  • Barcelona not taking last eight spot for granted, says Luis Enrique March 17, 2015

    Barcelona are not taking progress for granted despite holding a 2-1 advantage heading into Wednesday's Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Manchester City, coach Luis Enrique said. Only twice in the Champions League era has a team won a knockout round tie after losing the first leg at...
  • Carlo Ancelotti concerned by Real Madrid's second-half stutter March 16, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid will need to play with intensity for 90 minutes and not just the first half if they are to have a chance of beating Barcelona in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico', according to Real coach Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti praised his side for their performance before the break in Sunday's...
  • La Liga: Gareth Bale scores twice as Real Madrid beat Levante 2-0 March 16, 2015

    Barcelona: Gareth Bale struck a brace to end his scoring drought and Real Madrid's winless run with a 2-0 victory over Levante on Sunday, keeping his side a point behind Spanish leader Barcelona before the title rivals meet next week. Bale had been the focus of criticism during Madrid's three games...
  • Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo as Barcelona beat Eibar 2-0 March 15, 2015

    Lionel Messi moved ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo with his 31st and 32nd Spanish league goals of the season as Barcelona won 2-0 at Eibar on Saturday to stay atop the standings. Messi earned and converted a penalty in the 31st minute before netting with a header in the 55th, giving...
  • Barcelona president to stand trial for tax fraud March 14, 2015

    Madrid: A Spanish judge has decided to send Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Rosell and the club to trial over alleged tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar. Bartomeu, Rosell and club are accused of defrauding the tax authorities of around 13 million euros ($13.8 million) between...