Barcelona facing first trophyless season in six years

Barcelona facing first trophyless season in six years Barcelona: Barcelona's painful reverse to arch rivals Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final brings to an end a hellish week and leaves them facing their first season without major silverware in six years. Coach Gerardo Martino, in his first term in charge at the Nou Camp, was defiant after the 2-1 defeat at Valencia's Mestalla stadium and suggested he intends to see out his contract, which runs to the...
08:36 AM, Apr 17, 2014

Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Barcelona to win Copa del Rey

Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Barcelona to win Copa del Rey Valencia: Gareth Bale raced away to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid made light of the absence of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 to win a riveting King's Cup final on Wednesday. Wales winger Bale, who joined Real for a world record fee in the close season, galloped down the left wing into the penalty area in the 85th minute at Valencia's Mestalla stadium...
02:45 AM, Apr 17, 2014

El Clasico: Ronaldo to miss final as Barcelona seek Cup consolation

El Clasico: Ronaldo to miss final as Barcelona seek Cup consolation A week ago, Barcelona still had a chance of repeating the historic treble of 2009 but defeats in Europe and La Liga mean Wednesday's King's Cup final against Real Madrid may be their only hope of major silverware this season. A wounded Barca travel to Valencia to meet their arch rivals after crashing out of the Champions League to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and suffering a shock 1-0 reverse at...
08:39 AM, Apr 16, 2014

Real Madrid vs Barcelona - the 'Clasico' in numbers

Real Madrid vs Barcelona - the 'Clasico' in numbers Real Madrid and Barcelona meet in Wednesday's King's Cup final in Valencia in the latest edition of the 'Clasico' between the world's two richest clubs by income. Here are some numbers behind one of soccer's most glamorous fixtures: 0...
05:48 PM, Apr 15, 2014

Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad

Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 teams taking part in the football World Cup starting June, according to the Brazilian financial daily Valor. A sports analysis consultancy has reported that the Spain's squad is worth an estimated 486.9 million euros ($674 million), ahead of 474.1 million euros for Argentina and 470.2 million for hosts Brazil. The company has valued Germany's squad at 445.6 million...
11:32 PM, Apr 14, 2014

It must be hard to be Messi, says Barcelona coach

It must be hard to be Messi, says Barcelona coach Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi following sharp criticism of the four-times World Player of the Year's limp performance in Wednesday's Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid. Messi, who has excelled in so many past appearances in Europe's elite club competition, was strangely subdued during the 1-0 reverse at the Calderon, which sent Atletico through to the last four 2-1 on aggregate. "It is so hard to be...
06:42 PM, Apr 11, 2014

Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season

Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season Barcelona: Barcelona's Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King's Cup. Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League quarter-final by overhauling the league leaders and claiming a fifth domestic title in six years. Atletico have a one-point...
02:02 PM, Apr 10, 2014

Lionel Messi strikes twice as Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-1

Lionel Messi strikes twice as Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-1 Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona secured a 3-1 win over a spirited Betis side at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi converted a 14th-minute penalty and followed up a second spot kick that was blocked by goalkeeper Adan Garrido to seal the lackluster victory in the 86th. Messi recorded his 24th and 25th league goals of the season - pulling him level with Diego Costa as the league's second-leading...
01:03 AM, Apr 06, 2014

FIFA sends message to clubs with Barcelona ban

FIFA sends message to clubs with Barcelona ban Madrid: FIFA's decision to slap Barcelona with a transfer ban is a clear message to Europe's top clubs to follow the rules when signing international youth players. The governing body of world soccer banned the Spanish champions from any activity in the next two transfer windows for breaching international regulations in signing up to 10 youth players. Spanish sports lawyers contacted by The Associated Press on Friday said it was...
08:36 AM, Apr 05, 2014

Neymar rescues Barcelona from defeat against Atletico Madrid in Champions League

Neymar rescues Barcelona from defeat against Atletico Madrid in Champions League Spain: An equaliser from Neymar saw Barcelona salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after a stunning opener by substitute Diego Ribas in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Atletico's chances were dealt a major blow half an hour in when striker Diego Costa came off injured. Barcelona had lost defender Gerard Pique to injury before that. But Diego Ribas stunned the Camp Nou...
03:09 AM, Apr 02, 2014

Lionel Messi gives Barcelona 1-0 win at Espanyol

Lionel Messi gives Barcelona 1-0 win at Espanyol Spain: Lionel Messi converted a late penalty to give Barcelona a contentious 1-0 win at Espanyol on Saturday, provisionally lifting the defending champions to the top of the Spanish league standings. Espanyol's physical style had kept Messi and the visitors in check until defender Javi Lopez handled in the area, and the Argentina forward scored the spot kick for his 23 league goal this season and eighth in his last...
11:47 PM, Mar 29, 2014

Barcelona win sets La Liga up for thrilling finale

Barcelona win sets La Liga up for thrilling finale Madrid: La Liga is set for one of the most exciting finishes in years after Barcelona blew the title race wide open with a win at Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico' that left Atletico Madrid the masters of their own destiny. Not since Real and Barca finished tied on 76 points in 2006-07, with Real crowned champions by virtue of a superior head-to-head record, and Sevilla stayed in the hunt...
04:29 PM, Mar 24, 2014

Clinical Messi outshines Ronaldo in his own backyard

Clinical Messi outshines Ronaldo in his own backyard Lionel Messi lost his World Player of the Year crown to Cristiano Ronaldo but got sweet revenge on Sunday by upstaging the Portuguese forward in his own backyard with a hat-trick that fired Barcelona to a 4-3 victory over Real Madrid. Messi, World Player four times in a row before Ronaldo scooped his second award, levelled an action-packed 'Clasico' at 2-2 just before halftime with an opportunistic strike through a...
03:01 PM, Mar 24, 2014