Barcelona

  • Champions League: Bayern edge City; big wins for Roma, Porto 5 hours 11 minutes ago

    Bayern Munich scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 1-0. Bayern defender Jerome Boateng's powerful shot appeared to deflect off team-mate Mario Goetze, rising up and beyond the dive of his former City team-mate Joe...
  • Gerard Pique scores as Barcelona beat APOEL 1-0 in Champions League 3 hours 44 minutes ago

    An under-strength Barcelona got their Champions League campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start when Gerard Pique's header secured a laboured 1-0 win at home to APOEL in their Group F opener on Wednesday. Barca predictably dominated their Cypriot visitors at the Nou Camp and, after waves of attacks, eventually...
  • Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto extends contract 15 hours 18 minutes ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona say midfielder Sergi Roberto has agreed to sign a contract extension that will keep him at the Spanish club until the end of the 2018-19 season. The Catalan club said that the midfielder will put pen to paper on his new deal on September 26 with a buyout clause...
  • Barcelona defender Dani Alves back for Champions League 21 hours 13 minutes ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona defender Dani Alves has recovered from a left knee problem and has been included in the team's squad for their Champions League opener. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has also included Brazilian back Douglas for the first time since his signing. Barcelona play Cypriot club APOEL at Camp Nou on Wednesday. Luis...
  • Champions League: Messi-Neymar connection clicking for Barca before APOEL game Yesterday

    One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona's failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar. Four-times World Player of the Year Messi and Brazil forward Neymar had injury troubles during 2013-14 but when they were fit, Barca fans, expecting the...
  • Barcelona likely to have Dani Alves back for APOEL game Yesterday

    Barcelona should have right back Dani Alves back for Wednesday's Champions League Group F opener against Cypriot side APOEL, coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday. Brazil international Alves has yet to be given the all-clear by club medical staff due to a sore knee and missed Saturday's 2-0 La Liga win...
  • Neymar nets double as Barcelona win against Athletic Bilbao 4 days ago

    Barcelona: Neymar came on as a substitute to score twice from passes by Lionel Messi and give Barcelona a 2-0 win at home over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Saturday. Neymar again started on Barcelona's bench and had to watch Munir El Haddadi create Barcelona's best chances until he...
  • Lionel Messi fit from muscle injury, to play against Athletic Bilbao 4 days ago

    Barcelona say Lionel Messi has recovered from a leg injury and has been included in their squad for Saturday's Spanish league match against Athletic Bilbao. Messi had been sidelined since Aug. 31 when he hurt a right leg muscle during Barcelona's 1-0 win at Villarreal. He played the entire game but...
  • Messi, Neymar fit for Barcelona's La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao 5 days ago

    Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao, with manager Luis Enrique saying on Friday that he has an almost complete squad to choose from. Messi has been recuperating from an adductor muscle injury, while Neymar missed Barca's season-opening win at...
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo 'in optimal condition', says Ancelotti 5 days ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has completely recovered from injury, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday, suggesting the World Player of the Year will feature in Saturday's La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid. Portugal forward Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury at the end of last season and...
  • Madrid derby on the menu in La Liga, Barcelona host Bilbao 5 days ago

    Madrid: The Madrid derby are coming, and Atletico coach Diego Simeone is going to miss it. Simeone is still serving an eight-match touchline ban after being sent off during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup for a vehement protest that included tapping an assistant referee on the head. Atletico beat...
  • Lionel Messi described as 'a little tired' of critics 6 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi has told at least one football official in Argentina that he's "a little tired of" the criticism he's received since the World Cup. Julio Ricardo Grondona, the president of the Arsenal club, described Mess's mood in an interview on Radio Guemes on Thursday. Messi did not play in...
  • Luis Suarez likely to make La Liga debut against Real Madrid 1 week ago

    Madrid: FC Barcelona have confirmed that new signing Luis Suarez will be able to make his debut in the 'Clasico' against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Oct 25. The Spanish Football League, announced the date and time for the much anticipated fixture on Wednesday and for a short...
  • Barcelona defender Mathieu sidelined by ankle injury 1 week ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has a right ankle problem and missed training on Wednesday, as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen continued their recuperation from injury, the La Liga club said. Barca did not specify whether France international Mathieu, who joined Barca from Valencia in the close season and...
  • Messi, Iniesta, Vermaelen back in training with Barcelona September 9, 2014

    Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen returned to training with their team-mates on Monday as they continued their recuperation from minor injuries. "The session, still missing many of the players on international duty, included Messi, Iniesta and Vermaelen, who completed part of the training with the group," Barca...
  • I feel like a footballer again, says Luis Suarez September 5, 2014

    Luis Suarez is starting to "feel like a footballer" once again after being allowed to train with new club Barcelona following his appeal against a FIFA ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last month upheld FIFA's decision to sideline Uruguay striker...
  • Lionel Messi recovering well from hamstring strain, say Barcelona September 5, 2014

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi is recovering well from a hamstring strain that ruled him out of Wednesday's friendly against Germany, his club Barcelona said on Thursday. Messi had been examined by Argentina team doctor Daniel Martinez and Barca medical staff and "both parties agreed that there have been considerable improvements", the...
  • Barcelona beaming, Real Madrid bickering over transfer dealings September 2, 2014

    Barcelona congratulated themselves on Tuesday for a job well done in the transfer window, while rivals Real Madrid were dealing with the fallout from Cristiano Ronaldo's apparent criticism of president Florentino Perez. The world's two richest clubs by income again spent big, with Barca's signings including Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for...
  • Barcelona say new goalie Ter Stegen fit to play September 2, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona say German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been cleared to make his debut for the club after recovering from a back injury. Ter Stegen, who arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach in the offseason, yet to play an official match for the Catalan side after suffering the injuring his back in...
  • Lionel Messi injured in Barcelona win September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi picked up a hamstring strain in Barcelona's 1-0 victory over Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday, the club said. "He has pulled the hamstring of his right leg, it is a minor injury," Barca said in statement. Forward Munir El Haddadi has a bruised calf and tests on both...
  • Lionel Messi sets up Barcelona's 1-0 win at Villarreal September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi set up substitute Sandro Ramirez to score on his league debut and give Barcelona a 1-0 victory at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Sunday. Villarreal held Barcelona in check at El Madrigal Stadium until Messi took Neymar's through-pass and drew out goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo before finding the...
  • Alex Song joins West Ham on loan from Barcelona August 30, 2014

    Spain: Alex Song is returning to the Premier League after Barcelona agreed to loan the Cameroon midfielder to West Ham. Barcelona say they have loaned Song out for this season. Song played for Arsenal for five seasons before joining Barcelona in 2011. He made 65 appearances in two seasons with Barcelona, mainly...
  • Barcelona rest Iniesta for Villarreal clash, Neymar returns August 30, 2014

    Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, nursing a knee injury, will miss Sunday's La Liga clash with Villarreal, his club confirmed on Saturday. "Iniesta will miss tomorrow's game against Villarreal with an injury to his left knee," Barcelona said in a statement. Neymar, who missed the opening day victory at home to Elchethrough an...
  • Champions League draw: Real Madrid get Liverpool; Bayern, City in same group August 28, 2014

    Monaco: Real Madrid will start their Champions League campaign against five-time winner Liverpool, FC Basel and Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad. The 10-time champions, aiming to become the first team to defend the title in 25 years, were drawn into Group B on Thursday. Barcelona and Ajax, both former clubs of Zlatan Ibrahimovic,...
  • Barcelona confirm five-year deal with defender Douglas August 27, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Brazilian defender Douglas for 4,000,000 euros. In a statement, the Catalan club said a performance-based clause could add a further 1,500,000 euros to the transfer fee, as reported. Sao Paulo hold 60 per cent of the player's economic rights with the balance held...
  • Barcelona extend contract of Javier Mascherano August 27, 2014

    FC Barcelona announced on Tuesday that the Spanish football giants have reached an agreement to extend the contract of Argentinean midfielder, Javier Mascherano until the summer of 2018. The move ensures the continuity of the Argentinean, who can play in central midfield, but has spent his recent seasons with Barcelona in...
  • Lionel Messi back to old self under new Barcelona coach August 25, 2014

    Barcelona: Bad World Cup memories be gone. Lionel Messi is back to his match-winning self. Not even a black cat - regarded as unlucky in Spain and other cultures - zigzagging across his path on Sunday could stop Messi from sending the message that the four-time world player of the year...
  • Barcelona made errors over youth transfers, says president August 25, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona made errors in the transfer of under-age players but will go to CAS over the severity of the FIFA transfer ban for two consecutive windows, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Sunday. FIFA upheld a decision last Wednesday to sanction the Catalan club for breaching rules on the international...
  • Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona defeat Elche 3-0 August 25, 2014

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season's disappointments behind him. Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free...