Ex-Barcelona striker David Villa announces move to Vissel Kobe

Soccer / J. League Dec 1, 2018

Ex-Barcelona striker David Villa announces move to Vissel Kobe

Former Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa announced Saturday that he has signed with Vissel Kobe, joining his former teammate Andres Iniesta. The 36-year-old forward is the latest high-profile acquisition by Vissel. Villa, who was watching Vissel's 3-2 win over Vegalta Sendai at Noevir Stadium, got ...

Barcelona back in lead but loses Lionel Messi to injury

Soccer Oct 21, 2018

Barcelona back in lead but loses Lionel Messi to injury

Lionel Messi is expected to be out for three weeks with a fractured right arm, but his last pre-injury contribution was to help send Barcelona back to the top of La Liga on Saturday. Messi scored and then went off injured as Barca beat Sevilla ...

Soccer Oct 17, 2018

Barcelona announces 2019 summer tour to Asia

Barcelona plans to visit China and Japan as part of a preseason tour to Asia next summer, the club announced on Tuesday. After consecutive years traveling to the United States for the International Champions Cup, Barca will return to Asia for the first time since ...

Soccer Sep 19, 2018

Lionel Messi scores hat trick as Barcelona routs PSV Eindhoven

If the World Cup had given the impression that Lionel Messi was slipping down soccer's pecking order, the Argentine star made it clear he remains at the top of his game. Messi scored a record eighth Champions League hat trick on Tuesday in Barcelona's 4-0 ...

Lionel Messi named Barcelona's new captain

Soccer Aug 11, 2018

Lionel Messi named Barcelona's new captain

Lionel Messi was named as Barcelona's captain on Friday following the departure of long-serving midfielder Andres Iniesta, while defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were named new vice captains. Messi, Barca's all-time top scorer, has been a vice-captain since 2015 and takes the club's armband ...

Vissel Kobe's Andres Iniesta arrives in Japan

Soccer / J. League Jul 18, 2018

Vissel Kobe's Andres Iniesta arrives in Japan

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta was greeted by around 300 fans as he arrived at Kansai International Airport on Wednesday to join his new team Vissel Kobe in the J. League. The signing of the 34-year-old, who is believed to have inked a multiyear deal with ...

Luis Enrique hired as Spain's new coach

Soccer Jul 10, 2018

Luis Enrique hired as Spain's new coach

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has signed a two-year deal to take charge of Spain. He replaces Julen Lopetegui, who was fired on the eve of the World Cup after accepting the job at Real Madrid. The move was announced on Monday. Fernando Hierro took temporary control ...