Javier Mascherano

  • 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 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...
  • Mascherano backs Messi after World Cup disappointment August 21, 2014

    Barcelona: Javier Mascherano hasbacked his Argentina team mate Lionel Messi to respond to his World Cup disappointment on the pitch for Barcelona in the new season. Messi was named the best player at the World Cup after Argentina lost the final to Germany, a decision that was widely questioned after the...
  • World Cup 2014: This sadness will last for life, says Mascherano July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said that the sadness caused by losing the World Cup final will last forever. "This sadness will be forever. It was our chance to win the title," Mascherano said after his team lost the World Cup final 0-1 to Germany in extra time, reports...
  • Germany ride on Mario Goetze goal to beat Argentina, win FIFA World Cup July 14, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of...
  • World Cup 2014: Leader of the pack Javier Mascherano keeps lid on expectations July 13, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: It says everything of Argentina's World Cup that should they go on to beat Germany in Sunday's final in Rio, many expect Javier Mascherano, not Lionel Messi to be crowned the tournament's best player. Mascherano's last-ditch tackle to prevent Arjen Robben from putting the Netherlands into the final...
  • World Cup 2014: Javier Mascherano, Argentina's captain without an armband July 9, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Copa America, 2011 - Argentina's Javier Mascherano hands the captain's armband to Lionel Messi after being sent off late in regulation time in the quarterfinal against Uruguay. Argentina lose the ensuing penalty shootout as the host nation is eliminated from the tournament. Since that bitter moment, Messi has held...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentine Mascherano warns against Dutch threat July 9, 2014

    Sao Paolo: Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano warned his team-mates against facing Netherlands in the World Cup semi-finals adding that the Oranje are yearning to win the tournament after losing to Spain in the 2010 final. Mascherano said they know they are playing against a team who are the best in counter-attacking...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina can reach World Cup final, says Javier Mascherano July 7, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano said Argentina have the ability to reach the final of the FIFA World Cup final. Argentina reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 24 years after beating Belgium 1-0, reports Xinhua. "(World Cup) is going on and we cannot stay with...
  • Javier Mascherano signs new deal at Barcelona until 2018 June 8, 2014

    Spain: Barcelona have signed Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano to a contract extension that will keep the player at the club through 2018. Barcelona say in a statement that their agreement with the 30-year old former Liverpool and Corinthians player will retain his buyout clause fixed at 100 million euros ($136 million). Mascherano...
  • Javier Mascherano agrees new four-year Barcelona deal June 8, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has agreed a new deal to stay for a further four seasons, the club said on Saturday, in a move that shows new coach Luis Enrique has a role for him in his side. "Barcelona announce that it has reached an agreement with Javier Mascherano for the...
  • Messi kept scoreless in Argentina warm-up win June 5, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi, looking to score his first World Cup goals since 2006 in Brazil this month, went scoreless as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup warmup on Friday. Messi missed several chances in the first half, was repeatedly fouled and...
  • Messi admits he's not totally fit November 4, 2013

    Madrid: FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi has set the alarm bells ringing at his club with the admission that he is still not in his best physical condition. The footballer, who many believe is the favourite to win a fifth consecutive Balon D'Or award this season, cut a slightly dejected figure...
  • Messi absence a blow but chance to test options: Sabella October 10, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi's injury absence is a psychological blow to Argentina and requires a solution so rivals cannot take advantage, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday. Argentina will also be without Gonzalo Higuain, Fernando Gago and Javier Mascherano against Peru at home on Friday and for their last qualifier in...
  • Argentina won't take foot off the throttle in WC qualifiers October 9, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Argentina will not hold back despite having already qualified for the World Cup finals or lost four top players including Lionel Messi to injury when they host Peru in a qualifier on Friday. Coach Alejandro Sabella also will be without Gonzalo Higuain, Fernando Gago and Javier Mascherano, normal shoe-ins...
  • Barcelona defender Mascherano out for up to 15 days September 25, 2013

    Madrid: Barcelona's injury crisis deepened on Wednesday after tests confirmed first-choice centre back Javier Mascherano will be out of action for upto 15 days after damaging a thigh muscle in Tuesday's 4-1 La Liga win at home to Real Sociedad. With left back Jordi Alba sidelined and captain Carles Puyol yet...
  • Gerard Martino says Barcelona 'covered' at centre-back August 17, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Gerard Martino says he is satisfied with his central defensive options and is unlikely to add to the signing of Brazil striker Neymar in this transfer window. Barcelona had been seeking a centre-back, but Martino now says that "we have the position covered" ahead of the team's opening...
  • FIFA probes Mascherano's bizarre sending off June 15, 2013

    Zurich: FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Argentina captain Javier Mascherano after he was sent off for kicking the driver of a medical cart in a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Tuesday. The Barcelona midfielder was shown a red card by Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres with four minutes to go...
  • Humbled Barcelona don't need major shake-up: Tito Vilanova May 2, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona's Champions League humbling by Bayern Munich on Wednesday will not prompt wholesale changes to the squad and the 7-0 aggregate reverse would have been avoided had the team not been decimated by injury, coach Tito Vilanova said. Barca suffered their worst ever European defeat over two legs in the...
  • Puyol and Mascherano out of semi-final first leg at Bayern April 19, 2013

    Barcelona: Injured Barcelona centre backs Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano will miss Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Bayern Munich, assistant coach Jordi Roura said on Friday. Club captain Puyol had arthroscopic surgery on the cartilage in his right knee in March and Mascherano damaged ligaments in the same...
  • Mascherano extends stay at Barca till 2016 July 27, 2012

    Madrid: Barcelona's Argentina international Javier Mascherano has agreed to extend his contract with the La Liga team by two years till the end of June 2016, the club said on Thursday. The versatile 28-year-old, who former Barca coach Pep Guardiola converted into a highly effective centre back from a midfielder after...
  • Mascherano sent off after Barcelona defeat February 12, 2012

    Barcelona: Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano was sent off in the tunnel following a heated confrontation with the referee after his side's 3-2 loss to Osasuna on Saturday. The former Liverpool man was yellow-carded on 88 minutes by Jose Romero for protesting a decision, but shortly after the game, he was shown...
  • Liverpool to offer Mascherano mammoth new contract July 14, 2009

    New Delhi: Liverpool are set to offer Javier Mascherano an astronomical pay increase in order to encourage him to remain at Anfield, and resist the charms of Barcelona. British tabloid The Daily Mail is reporting that Mascherano's wife is unhappy in England, and did not want to return after a summer...
  • Liverpool to sell Mascherano at the right price July 3, 2009

    New Delhi: Barcelona are ready to bid for Javier Mascherano, having been told by Liverpool that they would consider a sale at the right place. The Blaugrana have been chasing Mascherano for some time, but Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez had been adamant in his refusal to let the player go....
  • Messi calls for Mascherano to join Barcelona again June 25, 2009

    New Delhi: Lionel Messi has repeated his call for Javier Mascherano to join him at Barcelona amid speculation that the Liverpool midfielder could be set to leave Anfield this summer. The Argentinean forward has voiced his desire for his compatriot to move to the Camp Nou in recent weeks and now...
  • Javier Mascherano eyes Liverpool treble December 20, 2008

    New Delhi: The Reds' Argie middle-man is hoping to wrap up an interesting hat-trick this weekend, when he and his team-mates travel to Ashburton Grove. Despite their recent dip in form - they have failed to win any of their last three domestic games at Anfield - Liverpool head into Sunday's...
  • Mascherano accepts Liverpool captain's armband November 11, 2008

    New Delhi: Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has decided to accept the offer of his country's captaincy. Argentina's new captain will be Javier Mascherano after all. The player had expressed some reservations about taking on the role when it was revealed last week that new coach national team coach Diego Maradona wanted him...