Feb 21, 2017

Spanish court nixes Neymar, Barcelona appeals

A Spanish court on Monday dismissed appeals from Neymar and Barcelona over alleged fraud and corruption in the Brazilian star’s transfer from Santos in 2013. The decision brings the possibility of the player and club facing trial a step closer. Neymar’s arrival from Brazil’s ...

PSG puts Barca to the sword

Feb 15, 2017

PSG puts Barca to the sword

Two years after being humiliated by Barcelona in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain turned the tables on the five-time champions with a relentless display of skill, energy and determination. Angel Di Maria scored two superb goals and top scorer Edinson Cavani grabbed his 34th ...

Messi, Suarez send Barca to Copa final

Feb 8, 2017

Messi, Suarez send Barca to Copa final

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez teamed up again to send Barcelona to a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final after a combative 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw three players sent off. Suarez fired in a rebound from Messi’s shot to ...

Barcelona, City secure spots in Champions League last 16

Nov 24, 2016

Barcelona, City secure spots in Champions League last 16

Lionel Messi fired Barcelona into the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 2-0 win at Celtic, and the Spaniards were joined in the knockout rounds by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The Argentine star returned from illness to score both goals ...

Oct 12, 2016

Messi returns to training with Barcelona

Lionel Messi returned to training with Barcelona on Wednesday after three weeks out with a groin injury. France international Samuel Umtiti also returned to training according to a statement on the Catalan giants’ website. “Both Leo Messi and Samuel Umtiti, despite neither yet being ...

Barcelona thrashes Celtic in Champions League opener

Sep 14, 2016

Barcelona thrashes Celtic in Champions League opener

Barcelona’s lethal MSN — Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar — dissected Celtic 7-0 while a deluge washed out Pep Guardiola’s eagerly awaited first Champions League game in charge of Manchester City on Tuesday. There was no rain but there was a flood of ...

Sep 13, 2016

Kubo, 15, poised to become youngest player in J. League history

Fifteen-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo will be cleared to play for FC Tokyo’s top-flight team, which could make him the youngest ever to appear in the J. League’s first division, a club source said. Kubo is currently 15 years, 3 months old. Former ...

Messi to miss Venezuela game with groin injury

Sep 3, 2016

Messi to miss Venezuela game with groin injury

Lionel Messi’s triumphant Argentina comeback has been tempered by a groin injury that has forced his withdrawal from Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Venezuela. Messi, who had gone back on his decision to quit the team following its Copa America final defeat in June, ...

Jul 14, 2016

Dallas Cowboys become first franchise worth $4 billion: Forbes

The Dallas Cowboys are the first sports franchise worth $4 billion, according to Forbes. In its annual rankings, Forbes placed the Cowboys ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona after the NFL team had a 25 percent increase in value. Champions League winner Real dropped ...

Neymar expected to stay with Barcelona

Jun 3, 2016

Neymar expected to stay with Barcelona

Neymar is set to renew his contract with Barcelona, while Dani Alves is leaving after winning 23 titles in eight years with the Spanish champion. Barcelona director Robert Fernandez on Thursday put an end to speculation about Neymar’s possible departure, saying the Brazil striker ...

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

May 31, 2016

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

Barcelona’s five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi went on trial on Tuesday along with his father on accusations of defrauding the Spanish state of millions of euros. Argentine-born striker Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi, who have both denied the allegations, ...

Barcelona claims domestic double

May 23, 2016

Barcelona claims domestic double

Barcelona finished its season on a high by capturing the Copa del Rey title to add to its Spanish League trophy won just a week ago. Jordi Alba scored seven minutes into extra time and Neymar sealed the victory late to give Barcelona a ...