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  • El Clasico: Luis Suarez to make Barcelona debut after biting ban 5 hours 15 minutes ago

    Luis Suarez's long wait is almost over. The much-maligned forward will play his first minutes on Saturday against Real Madrid after completing his ban for biting an opponent four months ago at the World Cup. "(Suarez) will have some minutes for sure, how many is the million-dollar question," Barcelona manager Luis...
  • Match against Real Madrid always a battle: Andres Iniesta 9 hours 40 minutes ago

    Madrid: Barcelona mid-field maestro Andres Iniesta said that Saturday's much awaited Primera Liga football clash against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu is going to be to one of the toughest games as the two traditional rivals face-off for the first time this season. "It's always a battle. You have to...
  • Goal hungry Messi targets El Clasico 2 days ago

    Lionel Messi took a step closer to the Champions League scoring record against Ajax on Tuesday and now turns his target to the El Clasico with Real Madrid on Saturday and the all-time LaLiga goals tally. His partnership with Neymar is blossoming this season after a slow start and he set...
  • Messi closes on Raul as Barcelona beat Ajax 3-1 in Champions League 3 days ago

    Barcelona: Neymar and Lionel Messi each scored for a fifth consecutive game to help Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday as the Spanish giants returned to winning ways in Europe. Messi started an outstanding performance at Camp Nou by setting up Neymar in the...
  • Champions League: Barcelona need focus on Ajax ahead of El Clasico 3 days ago

    Barcelona need to avoid getting sucked into the Spanish obsession with El Clasico when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday. All eyes in Spain are on leaders Barca's visit to Real Madrid next Saturday which could see the possible debut of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez after...
  • I'm now showing Brazil form with Barcelona, says Neymar 4 days ago

    Neymar is reproducing his Brazil form with Barcelona because the forward said on Monday that he was now feeling more relaxed. Neymar had a difficult first 2013-14 season in Spain with injuries and turmoil over his transfer fee, which was initially said to be worth 57.1 million euros ($72.92 million) by...
  • Luis Suarez feared Barcelona would not sign him after biting ban 4 days ago

    Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup. The Uruguayan signed for Barca from Liverpool for 81 million euros ($103.5 million) despite the ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini when playing against Italy...
  • Lionel Messi nears scoring record with 250th La Liga goal 5 days ago

    Lionel Messi notched his 250th La Liga goal to move one off the all-time league scoring record as leaders Barcelona won 3-0 against Eibar on Saturday ahead of next weekend's Clasico with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his blistering scoring form with two goals as Real swept Levante aside 5-0. They...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona defeat Eibar 3-0 5 days ago

    Lionel Messi edged one closer to La Liga's all-time goalscoring record as Barcelona easily beat Eibar 3-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi is now poised to equal Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals that has stood since 1955 next week at rival Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also...
  • Lionel Messi eyes fresh opportunity for La Liga goals record 6 days ago

    Lionel Messi will have another chance to match or surpass Telmo Zarra's six-decade-old La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when Barcelona host promoted Eibar on Saturday. The Argentina captain and four-times World Player of the Year has netted 249 times in the Spanish top flight since he played his first...
  • Luis Suarez ready for Clasico, says Barcelona coach Luis Enrique 1 week ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says Luis Suarez is looking a lot sharper since he returned to training and will be ready for his debut in the Clasico against Real Madrid next weekend. The Catalan side take on newly-promoted Eibar on Saturday following the international break, but all eyes are already...
  • Lionel Messi eyes record on anniversary as Barcelona seek Clasico boost 1 week ago

    Madrid: In the week that he marked the 10th anniversary of his competitive debut for Barcelona, Lionel Messi could become the all-time top scorer in the history of La Liga. The Argentine made his bow as a 17-year-old in a 1-0 win at city rivals Espanyol on October 16, 2004. Now...
  • Luis Suarez receives Golden Boot, eyes Barcelona debut October 16, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is looking forward to ending his FIFA ban and says he will be fit to face Real Madrid if selected later this month. "There's not long to go and my eagerness to play is always there," Suarez said Wednesday as he picked up a Golden Boot...
  • My El Clasico comeback is fate, says Luis Suarez October 14, 2014

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez is likely to play his first competitive game for Barcelona in La Liga's El Clasico against Real Madrid later this month and he says it is no coincidence his four-month biting ban expires the day before one of biggest fixtures in world soccer. FIFA sidelined the controversial Uruguay...
  • Luis Suarez will be ready for Real Madrid return, says Barcelona director October 13, 2014

    Barcelona: All eyes will be on Luis Suarez when he returns for Barcelona in the 'Clasico' this month and despite his four-month biting ban, sports director Andoni Zubizarreta expects him to be ready to face Real Madrid. Barca's marquee signing from Liverpool has had to watch from the stands as his...
  • 'El Clasico' at risk if Catalonia becomes independent October 8, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Javier Tebas on Tuesday said that in the hypothetical case of the region of Catalonia becoming independent from Spain, FC Barcelona and Espanyol would not be able to continuing playing football in La Liga. Tebas' words add a new dimension to the ongoing debate over...
  • Free-scoring Ronaldo has Messi's record in his sights October 6, 2014

    Madrid: Not content with setting a record of 17 goals for one edition of the Champions League last season, Cristiano Ronaldo is already well on the way towards breaking Lionel Messi's La Liga best haul of 50 goals in one campaign. Ronaldo netted his third hat-trick this term in Sunday's 5-0...
  • La Liga: Easy win for Barcelona, Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia October 5, 2014

    Barcelona: Record-chasing Lionel Messi and Neymar scored as Spanish league leader Barcelona eased to a 2-0 win at nine-man Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Messi chipped goalkeeper Antonio "Tono" Rodriguez in the 35th minute for his 249th league goal, leaving him two behind the all-time scoring record held by Telmo Zarra since...
  • Lionel Messi, Neymar lead Barcelona to 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano October 4, 2014

    Record-chasing Lionel Messi and Neymar scored as Spanish league leader Barcelona eased to a 2-0 win at nine-man Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Messi chipped goalkeeper Antonio "Tono" Rodriguez in the 35th minute for his 249th league goal, leaving him two behind the all-time scoring record held by Telmo Zarra since 1955. A...
  • Judge refuses to drop Messi tax fraud charges October 4, 2014

    Barcelona: A Spanish judge rejected an appeal filed by Lionel Messi's lawyers on Friday to drop tax fraud charges against the Barcelona star. The judge rebutted the counter demand that Messi be excluded from the case against him and his father, who are accused of withholding 4 million euros ($5.3 million)...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid eye league lead, Barcelona visit Rayo October 4, 2014

    In what is expected to be the most combative match of the weekend in the Spanish league, players are already trading barbs. Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves set the tone by questioning Atletico Madrid's physical style of play, and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion responded that he and his team-mates were used to such...
  • Lionel Messi ordered to appear in court on fraud charges October 3, 2014

    Madrid: FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will have to stand trial on corruption charges after a judge in the Catalan town of Gava rejected the footballer's appeal against having to appear, it was confirmed Friday. Messi had alleged and had been backed up by the Spanish anti-corruption judge that he had...
  • Messi 'not thinking' about looming La Liga scoring record October 2, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi is not thinking about breaking Telmo Zarra's La Liga scoring record of 251 goals despite having closed to within three of the former Athletic Bilbao and Spain forward. Four-times World Player of the Year, Messi has scored five times in Spain's top flight this season, including two against...
  • Barcelona need a new Puyol to fix leaky defence October 2, 2014

    Friday marks 15 years since Carles Puyol made his debut for Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique might be wishing he had someone of the calibre of the shaggy-haired former defender still in his ranks. Puyol, who retired aged 36 at the end of last season after battling a series of injuries,...
  • Xavi sets Champions League appearance record October 1, 2014

    Barcelona midfielder Xavi made a record 143rd appearance in the Champions League when he came on as a substitute in the second half of Tuesday's Group F match at Paris St Germain. Xavi, 34, replaced Ivan Rakitic in the 69th minute at the Parc des Princes with Barca trailing 3-2, surpassing...
  • Terry, Iniesta join Champions League 100 club October 1, 2014

    John Terry became the second Chelsea player this year to make 100 appearances in the Champions League when he captained his side against Sporting Lisbon in their Group G match in Portugal on Tuesday. His team mate goalkeeper Petr Cech, on the bench for the match in Lisbon, achieved the landmark...
  • Champions League: David Luiz scores as PSG shock Barcelona 3-2 October 1, 2014

    Paris: Paris Saint-Germain set this season's Champions League alight on Tuesday with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Lionel Messi's Barcelona in Group F. David Luiz and midfielder Marco Verratti scored their first goals for PSG as the French club produced its best performance of the season to defeat a Barcelona side...
  • Ibrahimovic to miss PSG's match against Barcelona September 30, 2014

    Paris: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for the match against Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain must find a way to cope without him. Ibrahimovic, the French league's top scorer over the past two seasons, has been ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League match with a left heel injury. He missed the last two...
  • Messi continues to develop in Barcelona's attack September 30, 2014

    Paris: Paris Saint-Germain have even more reason to fear Barcelona star Lionel Messi when the teams meet in the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi finds himself in an unusual position of being out-scored by a Barcelona team-mate. But although he is getting fewer goals than Neymar, Messi's overall game continues to...