Chelsea edges Barcelona in friendly

Jul 29, 2015

Chelsea edges Barcelona in friendly

Reigning Premier League champion Chelsea and reigning European king Barcelona exited Tuesday’s friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they return to Europe to defend their crowns. Chelsea captured the International Champions Cup victory 4-2 on penalty kicks after the teams were deadlocked 2-2 ...

Jul 26, 2015

Man United tops Barcelona in International Champions Cup

Wayne Rooney raised both arms in delight after his early goal and Manchester United had many more moments to celebrate in an impressive victory over Champions League holders Barcelona. This time, coach Louis van Gaal praised his second team for its “spirit” four days ...

Jul 20, 2015

Barca coach says Messi needs rest

The logistics of Barcelona’s North American tour are tough enough, so coach Luis Enrique is making no apologies for letting stars, including Lionel Messi, skip the preseason excursion. The Spanish giants landed in Los Angeles on Sunday to begin preparations for a three-match tour ...

Barcelona cruises past Juventus to claim Champions League title

Jun 7, 2015

Barcelona cruises past Juventus to claim Champions League title

Barcelona’s mighty attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar won the Champions League on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Juventus that showed the beauty of fluent and attacking soccer after the days of scandal that have tarnished the sport. The Spanish ...

Allegri hopes Juventus' spirit lifts team in Champions League final

Jun 2, 2015

Allegri hopes Juventus' spirit lifts team in Champions League final

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his team’s strength of character could be the deciding factor in Saturday’s Champions League final against Barcelona. Juventus will undoubtedly be the underdog in Berlin having last won Europe’s elite club competition in 1996, while Barcelona has lifted the ...

Messi goal helps Barcelona clinch Spanish League title

May 18, 2015

Messi goal helps Barcelona clinch Spanish League title

Lionel Messi ended Barcelona’s short-lived trophy drought by scoring the goal that clinched the Spanish League title on Sunday, securing a 1-0 win at dethroned champion Atletico Madrid. Messi slotted in the decisive goal in the 65th minute after working a sublime one-two passing ...

Barcelona reaches CL final despite loss to Bayern

May 13, 2015

Barcelona reaches CL final despite loss to Bayern

Neymar scored two goals and Barcelona did enough to advance to the Champions League final despite losing the second leg of its semifinal 3-2 to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Neymar’s first-half goals made sure Barcelona went through 5-3 on aggregate following its 3-0 victory ...

Brilliant Messi scores pair in victory

May 7, 2015

Brilliant Messi scores pair in victory

Lionel Messi scored two outstanding goals and set up Neymar to add another in injury time as Barcelona handed Bayern Munich and former coach Pep Guardiola a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday. Not even the coach ...

Student kills teacher, wounds four at Barcelona school

Apr 20, 2015

Student kills teacher, wounds four at Barcelona school

A boy under 14 years of age was detained Monday for the suspected killing of a male teacher and the wounding of several other students at a school in Barcelona. Police spokesmen would not confirm whether the unidentified boy was a student at the ...

Suarez strike settles Clasico

Mar 23, 2015

Suarez strike settles Clasico

Luis Suarez scored the winning goal to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over title rival Real Madrid on Sunday in a back-and-forth “Clasico” between the Spanish League’s main title rivals. Suarez broke free from Madrid’s defense to restore Barcelona’s lead in the 56th minute, ...

Barcelona makes CL quarters again

Mar 19, 2015

Barcelona makes CL quarters again

Lionel Messi set up Ivan Rakitic to score the winner as Barcelona beat Manchester City 1-0 on Wednesday night to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a record eighth consecutive season. Faced with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 first-leg loss, Manuel Pellegrini’s ...