Suarez nets four as Barca cruises

Apr 24, 2016

Suarez nets four as Barca cruises

Spain Luis Suarez continued his goal splurge by scoring four times to help Barcelona stay atop the Spanish league on Saturday, while Real Madrid needed a stellar performance from Gareth Bale to remain in the title hunt. Suarez scored his eighth goal in four ...

Atletico eliminates Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals

Apr 14, 2016

Atletico eliminates Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all failed to deliver as holder Barcelona was dumped out of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday after a stunning 2-0 defeat by Spanish rival Atletico Madrid. Barcelona’s star trio was kept in check by some tough defending ...

Neymar given OK for Rio

Apr 9, 2016

Neymar given OK for Rio

Brazilian superstar Neymar was given the go-ahead to play at the Olympics by his club Barcelona on Friday, but was ordered not to take part in the Copa America, local media reported. Brazil coach Dunga had been hoping to have the influential striker at ...

Suarez scores twice as Barcelona rallies past Atletico

Apr 6, 2016

Suarez scores twice as Barcelona rallies past Atletico

Luis Suarez scored two second-half goals to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 comeback victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday. Fernando Torres opened the scoring in the 25th minute, but quickly went from hero to ...

Apr 5, 2016

Spanish authorities probing Messi over offshore accounts

Spanish tax authorities said Monday they are investigating allegations of tax irregularities involving soccer player Lionel Messi after documents released by an international probe of offshore accounts. Messi’s family released a statement denying wrongdoing and threatened to sue media outlets that released the information ...

Dutch soccer legend Cruyff dies at 68

Mar 24, 2016

Dutch soccer legend Cruyff dies at 68

Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the game with the concept of “Total Football,” has died. He was 68. Family spokeswoman Carole Thate confirmed to The Associated Press that Cruyff had died. Joaquin Munoz of the Cruyff Foundation in Barcelona said he died ...

Mar 19, 2016

Barca, Atletico set for CL showdown

Defending champion Barcelona will play Atletico Madrid in an all-Spanish quarterfinal in the Champions League. Barcelona aims to be the first team to retain the title since the format was created 24 years ago, and Atletico would be the third straight different winner from ...

Big guns send mighty Barcelona past Arsenal, into last eight

Mar 17, 2016

Big guns send mighty Barcelona past Arsenal, into last eight

Barcelona’s big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all scored to beat Arsenal 3-1 on Wednesday, sending the defending champions into the Champions League quarterfinals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate. Leading the tie after Messi scored ...

Barcelona picks Japanese firm to overhaul Nou Camp

Mar 9, 2016

Barcelona picks Japanese firm to overhaul Nou Camp

Spanish powerhouse Barcelona announced Wednesday that the Espai Barca jury has unanimously selected a bid by Japanese architect Nikken Sekkei to complete the overhaul of its iconic Nou Camp stadium in collaboration with Pascual i Ausio Arquitectes. The jury made its decision after a ...

Messi's hat trick helps Barcelona set new unbeaten mark

Mar 4, 2016

Messi's hat trick helps Barcelona set new unbeaten mark

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona defeated nine-man Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to become the first Spanish club to play 35 consecutive matches without a loss, breaking Real Madrid’s record of nearly three decades ago. Midfielder Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, Messi added ...