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  • Kei Nishikori beats Pablo Andujar to defend Barcelona Open title 7 hours 22 minutes ago

    Spain: Top-seeded Kei Nishikori successfully defended his title at the Barcelona Open by beating Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday's final. The fifth-ranked Japanese fought back from early breaks in both sets to claim his second clay-court title in as many years at the Real Club de Tenis. Nishikori finished off...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo would be great anywhere, Lionel Messi wouldn't: Alex Ferguson 11 hours 37 minutes ago

    London: Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on Sunday said Lionel Messi is purely a Barcelona player but believes Cristiano Ronaldo would be a success anywhere in the world. The Barcelona and Real Madrid forwards have won the last seven Ballon d'Or awards between them, marking the pair as the two...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Messi help Barcelona win, Atletico Madrid beat Elche 20 hours 57 minutes ago

    Neymar scored the opener to continue his rich vein of form as 10-man Barcelona won a one-sided La Liga derby against Espanyol 2-0 on Saturday while Antoine Griezmann's double helped Atletico Madrid beat Elche 3-0. Brazil's Neymar followed his two goals against Paris St Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Messi score in Barcelona's 2-0 win at Espanyol Yesterday

    Lionel Messi helped to set up Neymar's opener before scoring one himself to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Espanyol, provisionally increasing its lead of the Spanish league on Saturday. Luis Suarez, the third member of Barcelona's star-studded attack, played a part in both goals against Barcelona's cross-town rival. Messi's...
  • Kei Nishikori beats Martin Klizan to return to Barcelona Open final Yesterday

    Spain: Defending champion Kei Nishikori is back in the final of the Barcelona Open after beating Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday. The top-seeded Japanese will face either third-seeded David Ferrer or Pablo Andujar in Sunday's final. Klizan had won their only previous match at last year's French Open, but...
  • Nishikori, Ferrer advance to Barcelona Open semi-finals Yesterday

    Barcelona: Defending champion Kei Nishikori made his way into the Barcelona Open semifinals by holding off Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on Friday. Third-seeded David Ferrer also advanced by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (5) as he stayed on course for a fifth final appearance at the tournament. After the...
  • Champions League: Luis Enrique relishes battle with old pal Pep Guardiola 2 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is relishing the chance to pit his wits against Pep Guardiola, the man who turned the Spanish side's style of football into an iconic brand. Barca play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals and Guardiola will return as coach of the German side to the...
  • Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez among other Barcelona players to undergo dope tests 2 days ago

    Sant Joan Despi: A list of 10 players from Spanish football club FC Barcelona including Argentine striker Lionel Messi and Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez underwent drug tests on Friday conducted by European football's governing body, the UEFA, the club said. On the eve of their La Liga game against Espanyol, and...
  • Kei Nishikori beats Roberto Bautista Agut in 3 sets at Barcelona Open 2 days ago

    Defending champion Kei Nishikori made his way into the semifinals of the Barcelona Open by holding off Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on Friday. After the top-seeded Nishikori won the first set easily, Bautista Agut rebounded in the second and got his first break. He then saved three break points...
  • Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola expecting a 'special' game against Barcelona 2 days ago

    Berlin: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday he was happy to have drawn his former club Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and expected the clash to be a special experience for him. The Spaniard, a long-time Barca player, won 14 trophies in a four-year spell as head coach...
  • Champions League: Barcelona face Bayern, Juventus get Real Madrid in semis 2 days ago

    Nyon: Barcelona will play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, pairing coach Pep Guardiola's past and current teams. Guardiola, who spent four trophy-filled years at Barcelona, took over at Bayern in 2013. In the other semifinal, defending champion Real Madrid will face Juventus, with the Italian champions playing at home...
  • Barcelona, Real Madrid face tough away games in Spanish league 2 days ago

    Barcelona: Having booked their spots in the Champions League semifinals, Barcelona and Real Madrid now face tough away fixtures in the Spanish league this weekend with just two points separating the title rivals as the season enters the final stretch. After their 5-1 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona will aim...
  • Rafael Nadal loses to Fognini in straight sets at Barcelona Open 3 days ago

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal's clay-court woes mounted on Thursday at the Barcelona Open with another loss. The eight-time champion lost to Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the third round, a year after his 41-match winning streak ended in the quarterfinals. After losing the first set, Nadal appeared to have rebounded and...
  • Juventus has a couple of canine options for Luis Suarez if needed 3 days ago

    Milan: Juventus has a couple of canine solutions to keep Luis Suarez and his biting at bay if it draws Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals. During an interview with Sky Italia TV late Wednesday, a studio member suggested to goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon that he bring a dog muzzle. Laughing, Buffon then...
  • Kei Nishikori beats Santiago Giraldo to reach Barcelona Open quarter-final 3 days ago

    Barcelona: Defending champion Kei Nishikori eased past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open. Nishikori beat Giraldo last year in straight sets at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona to win his first clay-court title, and the top-seeded Japanese had little trouble...
  • Leander Paes-Daniel Nestor crash out of Barcelona Open 3 days ago

    Barcelona: Leander Paes and his doubles partner Daniel Nestor crashed out of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament on Wednesday. The Indian-Canadian third seeded pair lost 5-7, 2-6 to Spaniards Tommy Robredo and David Marrero in a round of 16 match. ...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Nicolas Almagro, Marin Cilic loses in Barcelona Open 2nd round 4 days ago

    Spain: Rafael Nadal avenged last year's loss to Nicolas Almagro by beating his fellow Spaniard 6-3, 6-1 at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, while U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic slumped to a second-round exit. The second-seeded Nadal, who lost last week to Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo semifinals, rebounded with...
  • Marin Cilic loses in straight sets to Victor Estrella at Barcelona Open 4 days ago

    Spain: U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic was eliminated in the second round of the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, losing to Victor Estrella of the Dominican Republic 6-4, 6-4. The 34-year-old Estrella broke Cilic four times on the red clay and finished off the ninth-ranked Croat by holding serve to love in...
  • Barca treble depends on pressing game, says Luis Enrique 4 days ago

    Barcelona's ability to continue dictating play by pushing high up the pitch will determine if they can win a treble, coach Luis Enrique said after they reached the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday. Barca made a slow start to the campaign under their new coach but after beating Paris Saint Germain...
  • Neymar nets twice as Barcelona beat PSG 2-0 to reach Champions League semi-finals 5 days ago

    Neymar scored two goals as Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to seal their return to the Champions League semifinals, joining Europe's elite four teams for the seventh time in eight seasons. Neymar had already netted Barcelona's first goal in their 3-1 first-leg win, and the Brazil striker struck in...
  • Top-seeded Kei Nishikori eases past Teymuraz Gabashvili in Barcelona 5 days ago

    Top-seeded Kei Nishikori began the defense of his Barcelona Open title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia on Tuesday. Nicolas Almagro also advanced to the second round, where he will face eight-time winner Rafael Nadal, after opponent Paolo Lorenzi retired 10 minutes into the match with Almagro...
  • Lionel Messi can play for Barcelona till his retirement, says club President 5 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Tuesday said he would like star player Lionel Messi to play for the club until his retirement. The Argentine has been at the club since he was 13, making his way through the youth system to win six Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and...
  • Champions League: Barcelona keen to show PSG no mercy in 2nd leg 5 days ago

    Barcelona: Luis Enrique will celebrate his 50th match in charge of Barcelona as the club welcome Paris Saint-Germain for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. In that time, the relatively undemonstrative Spaniard has steered his team to 41 wins, three draws and five losses, with 141 goals scored and...
  • I am used to threat posed by Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal 6 days ago

    Barcelona: A red hot Novak Djokovic is being tipped to end Rafa Nadal's stranglehold at Roland Garros in June but the Spaniard dismissed the threat as being no different to those he has faced before. The Serbian world number one has been an unstoppable force in recent weeks, winning 17 matches...
  • I was nervous about playing for Barcelona, says Luis Suarez 6 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted he was nervous at the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar when he joined the club. The Uruguayan, who arrived under a cloud following his ban for biting at last year's World Cup, has made a rapid adjustment to life at...
  • La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid grab big wins 1 week ago

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi set up Luis Suarez's first-minute opener then notched his 400th goal for Barcelona in stoppage time to give the Spanish league leaders a hard-fought 2-0 win over Valencia on Saturday. The 27-year-old Argentine is the all-time leading scorer for both Barcelona and the Spanish league. His 400th goal...
  • Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez score as Barcelona beat Valencia 2-0 April 18, 2015

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi set up Luis Suarez's first-minute opener before adding a goal of his own in stoppage time to give Spanish league leader Barcelona a hard-fought 2-0 win over Valencia on Saturday. Suarez netted his 12th goal in his last 12 appearances to give Barcelona the lead 55 seconds into...
  • La Liga: Barcelona need to avoid another slip against Valencia April 18, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona need to avoid a repeat of their slip against Valencia last season to protect their lead of the Spanish league on Saturday. Barcelona enter the match at Camp Nou strengthened by their 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain, with two spectacular goals from Luis Suarez, in the first leg of...
  • Valencia can show their mettle at Barcelona April 16, 2015

    Madrid: Peter Lim's takeover of Valencia has given the club's long-suffering fans hope the Singapore billionaire's investment will help propel their team back to the top in Spain and make them contenders in Europe again. Saturday's La Liga game at leaders Barcelona is another chance for coach Nuno and the players...