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  • Barcelona rout Huesca 8-1 in Copa de Rey Yesterday

    Pedro Rodriguez netted a first-half hat trick as Barcelona crushed third-tier Huesca 8-1 in the Copa del Rey, while Valencia joined the Catalans in the round of 16 after an eight-goal thriller with Rayo Vallecano on Tuesday. Celta Vigo and Almeria also advanced from a high-scoring night that saw 24 goals...
  • Manchester City a very difficult team: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique Yesterday

    Geneva: In a repeat of last season's Champions League round of 16 clash, won by Barcelona, the La Liga giants will take on England's Manchester City again, in a "very difficult tie", according to Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. Barcelona got the better of City in last season's Champions League round of...
  • Struggling strikers eclipsed by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo 2 days ago

    London: Is it any wonder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi still set the goal-standard in football? Ascending to their level, or getting anywhere near their scoring rate, seems beyond most contemporaries. Particularly for the strikers whose hype and profiles eclipse their prowess in front of goal. And especially for some of...
  • Champions League last-16 draw: Real Madrid get Schalke, Manchester City face Barcelona 2 days ago

    A Champions League draw heavy with reunions on Monday paired Real Madrid and Barcelona with the same last 16 opponents as last season, and sent Arsene Wenger back to the club where he made his reputation. Defending champion Madrid will play Schalke a year after a 6-1 rout in Germany sparked...
  • La Liga: Barcelona held to goalless stalemate at Getafe 4 days ago

    Madrid: Barcelona lost ground on Real Madrid when they turned in an uninspired performance and slipped to a 0-0 draw at rain-lashed Getafe on Saturday that left them four points behind the in-form La Liga leaders. Real jetted off to the Club World Cup in Morocco after Friday's 4-1 win at...
  • Barcelona striker Neymar sidelined for Getafe game 5 days ago

    Barcelona say Neymar will miss Saturday's Spanish league match against Getafe as a precaution because of a sore left ankle. In a statement released Friday, the Catalan club said the Brazil star's recovery would be monitored to determine when he can begin training again. Neymar, who scored in Barcelona's comeback 3-1 win...
  • Unpredictability is key for Barcelona, says Luis Enrique 5 days ago

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique introduced a new system against Paris St Germain in the Champions League and will continue to alter tactics as they prepare to face Getafe on Saturday. Barca side are on a strong run and achieved their eighth win in a row when they came from behind to...
  • Luis Suarez happy in Messi's shadow, angry at racist label 5 days ago

    Luis Suarez is unconcerned at being overshadowed by Lionel Messi's scoring feats at Barcelona but remains angry about being labelled a "racist" and a "cheat" in England. The former Liverpool striker has made more an impact with his assists since returning from a biting ban at the end of October while...
  • Upbeat Luis Enrique hails Barcelona resolve in PSG win 1 week ago

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was delighted to have ended PSG's unbeaten run in all competitions this season despite being forced to adopt a new system in a landmark Champions League triumph for the Catalans. Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the French side ahead after 15 minutes on Wednesday before the...
  • Champions League: Neymar rocket helps Barcelona secure top spot 1 week ago

    Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in their Champions League showdown for top spot in Group F on Wednesday. Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the French side ahead after 15 minutes with their first threat on goal but Lionel Messi...
  • Defending together key to stopping Ibrahimovic: Luis Enrique December 9, 2014

    Defending as a unit will be the key to stopping Paris St Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday's Champions League Group F showdown, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday. Sweden striker Ibrahimovic, who spent a season at Barca in 2009-10, returned from injury and struck twice in PSG's 2-1 Ligue...
  • Champions League: Barcelona full of confidence ahead of PSG clash December 9, 2014

    Barcelona host Paris St Germain for Wednesday's Champions League Group F showdown on something of a high after securing a seventh straight victory in all competitions on Sunday, according to forward Pedro. Barca appear to have put consecutive La Liga defeats just over a month ago to Real Madrid and Celta...
  • La Liga: Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona thrash Espanyol 5-1 December 7, 2014

    Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to reach the 400-goal mark for Barcelona and spark his team's 5-1 comeback victory over Espanyol in Sunday's Catalan capital derby, keeping the winners in second place in the Spanish league. Messi matched Cristiano Ronaldo's three-goal performance in Real Madrid's win the day before to...
  • La Liga: Barcelona lifted by Iniesta return before derby December 7, 2014

    Barcelona have been boosted by the successful return from injury of talismanic playmaker Andres Iniesta as they prepare to host city rivals Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday. Iniesta played for the first time since damaging a calf muscle at the end of October in Wednesday's 4-0 King's Cup last-32, first...
  • Arsenal suit me better than Barcelona: Alexis Sanchez December 6, 2014

    London: Alexis Sanchez's ability to adapt to English football has been praised by his manager Arsene Wenger but the Chilean has admitted that he believes the Premier League is more suited to his style of play than La Liga. The 25-year-old Sanchez joined Arsenal last summer in a 30 million euros...
  • Sergio Aguero to 'try and convince' Messi to join City December 4, 2014

    London: Manchester City star forward Sergio Aguero has vowed to try and persuade Argentine team-mate Lionel Messi into signing with the English football club. The two attackers are said to be close friends having been together in the Argentina youth national squad and the senior team. Aguero, who was married to Giannina,...
  • Barcelona defeat Huesca in Copa del Rey December 4, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish soccer giant Barcelona whitewashed third-tier Huesca 4-0 in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring for Barcelona in the 12th minute Wednesday by a free kick which flied into the top left corner beyond Huesca goalkeeper Daniel Jimenez's reach, reports Xinhua. Iniesta, who returned...
  • Barcelona to rest regulars for King's Cup game December 2, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is planning to give some of the lesser lights in his squad a chance to impress when the record winners play at third-tier Huesca in the King's Cup on Wednesday. "It's a good chance to see players who have not had many minutes," Luis Enrique told...
  • Valencia plan life ban for fan who threw bottle at Lionel Messi December 2, 2014

    Valencia will hand out a life ban when they identify the fan who hit Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on the head with a plastic bottle, the club said on Monday. Messi was celebrating Barca's 94th-minute winner with his team mates near the corner flag at the Mestalla stadium on Sunday...
  • Valencia vow to banish fan who threw bottle at Messi December 1, 2014

    Valencia will banish a fan who hit Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on the head with a plastic bottle on Sunday for life once they have been identified, the club said on Monday. Messi was celebrating Barca's 94th-minute winner with his team mates near the corner flag when someone threw the bottle...
  • Sergio Busquets scores as Barcelona beat Valencia 1-0 in La Liga December 1, 2014

    Sergio Busquets' goal deep in injury time to give Barcelona a 1-0 win at Valencia that was overshadowed by a fan's death following a violent clash between supporters of Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. Busquets blasted in a rebound to secure the victory at Mestalla Stadium that kept...
  • Barcelona's Andres Iniesta fit after month out injured November 29, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona says Andres Iniesta has been cleared by doctors to play after being sidelined for a month because of a leg injury. Iniesta injured a muscle in his right leg during Barcelona's 3-1 loss at Real Madrid on October 25. The midfielder has missed five matches for Barcelona and two games...
  • Barcelona face tough Valencia in Spanish league November 28, 2014

    Madrid: Lionel Messi will be looking for a hat trick of hat tricks when Barcelona take on Valencia in the Spanish league on Sunday. The Argentina forward scored three goals last weekend against Sevilla to become the Spanish league's all-time leading scorer with 253. A few days later, he scored another...
  • Barcelona's Luis Suarez endorsed by club legend Luis Suarez November 27, 2014

    Barcelona's Uruguay forward Luis Suarez has been given a ringing endorsement by one of the Catalan club's legendary players following his debut Barca goal on Tuesday - his namesake Luis Suarez. The elder Suarez played for Barca in the 1950s and early 60s, winning France Football's Ballon d'Or in 1960 before...
  • Fantastic to become the highest scorer, says Messi November 26, 2014

    Madrid: FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said his record of becoming the highest scorer ever in the UEFA Champions League is a 'fantastic' achievement. Messi struck a hat-trick in Barcelona's 4-0 away win against APOEL Nicosia that lifted him to 74 goals, ahead of former Real Madrid star Raul Gonzalez...
  • Messi the 'greatest player of all time', says Barca coach November 26, 2014

    Lionel Messi was hailed as the best player ever by Barcelona coach Luis Enrique after setting a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals with a hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 win at APOEL Nicosia. "Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time, football is the king of sports and he...
  • Lionel Messi treble sets Champions League goals record November 26, 2014

    Nicosia: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals when he netted a hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 Group F win at APOEL Nicosia. The Barca and Argentina captain surpassed the record of 71 he jointly held with former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 striker Raul when...
  • Champions League: Record-breaker Messi nets treble as Barcelona down APOEL 4-0 November 26, 2014

    Lionel Messi added the Champions League career scoring record to the La Liga mark he set last weekend, getting his 28th Barcelona hat-trick in a 4-0 win Tuesday night at APOEL Nicosia. The 27-year-old Messi scored in the 38th, 58th and 87th minutes - all with his weaker right foot -...
  • Champions League: Messi chases new record as Barcelona face APOEL November 25, 2014

    After becoming the Spanish league's all-time leading scorer over the weekend, Lionel Messi is chasing another milestone in the Champions League. The Argentina forward is even with Raul Gonzalez's all-time record of 71 Champions League goals, and he could better that on Tuesday when Barcelona travel to Cypriot club APOEL on...
  • Luiz Adriano eyes Champions League record November 24, 2014

    Barcelona: While Lionel Messi tries to break the Champions League's all-time scoring mark on Tuesday, another record could fall when Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano faces Athletic Bilbao. The Brazilian is having a breakout European campaign and has Shakhtar on the cusp of qualifying for the second round for the third...