Neymar hits double for Barcelona

Jul 23, 2017

Neymar hits double for Barcelona

Neymar gave Barcelona fans a dazzling reminder of what they could be about to lose on Saturday, scoring twice as the Spanish giants defeated Juventus 2-1 in a preseason friendly. The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar is at the center of frenzied speculation linking him to a ...

Jul 21, 2017

Madrid, Barcelona to square off right after Club World Cup

Real Madrid will host Barcelona in an El Clasico match in late December, just after Madrid returns from playing at the Club World Cup. The Spanish League calendar, released Friday, pits Madrid against Barcelona on Dec. 20, a Wednesday, in the Spanish capital. That will ...

Barcelona president insists Neymar not for sale

Jul 21, 2017

Barcelona president insists Neymar not for sale

Neymar is not for sale, according to Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu. "He is not on the market," Bartomeu told The Associated Press during an interview on Thursday. The 25-year-old Brazilian striker joined Barcelona for the 2013-14 season, and last October the club announced a three-year contract ...

Messi expresses optimism for upcoming season under new manager

Jul 13, 2017

Messi expresses optimism for upcoming season under new manager

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said Thursday he is pinning his hopes on a good start to the season under new manager Ernesto Valverde. The Spanish powerhouse in May confirmed Valverde, who stepped down from his role in charge of Athletic Bilbao, as their new manager ...

Messi wedding held in hometown

Jul 1, 2017

Messi wedding held in hometown

Lionel Messi and his childhood sweetheart married Friday night at a ceremony in his hometown attended by some of the biggest names in soccer. About 250 guests attended the marriage of Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo at a luxury hotel. They included Messi's Barcelona teammates Neymar, ...

Juventus beats Monaco to reach Champions League final

May 10, 2017

Juventus beats Monaco to reach Champions League final

Dani Alves inspired Juventus to a 2-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday to send the Italian club to its second Champions League final in three years. Alves set up Mario Mandzukic's opener in the 33rd minute and got on the scoresheet himself on the stroke ...

15-year-old Kubo receives spot on Japan's Under-20 World Cup squad

May 2, 2017

15-year-old Kubo receives spot on Japan's Under-20 World Cup squad

Fifteen-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo was among 21 named to the Japan squad Tuesday for the upcoming Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. Kubo, dubbed the "Japanese Messi," signed with FC Tokyo's youth team in May 2015 after four years with Barcelona, returning to ...

Monaco, Juventus advance to semifinals

Apr 20, 2017

Monaco, Juventus advance to semifinals

Rising teenage star Kylian Mbappe and resurgent forward Radamel Falcao scored early goals as free-scoring Monaco beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to reach the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday. Dortmund trailed 3-2 from the first leg of the quarterfinal in Germany and conceded twice inside 20 ...

Barca's players hoping for miracle

Mar 6, 2017

Barca's players hoping for miracle

Barcelona striker Neymar vowed his side will throw everything at Paris Saint-Germain in its bid to overturn a four-goal deficit in the Champions League last 16 this week. PSG fired a significant warning of intent throughout Europe with a 4-0 rout of Barca in the ...

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 Santos has ...