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

Soccer 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 ...

Messi to miss Venezuela game with groin injury

Soccer 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, scored ...

Messi tax fraud trial starts in Barcelona

Soccer 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, were ...

Barcelona picks Japanese firm to overhaul Nou Camp

Soccer 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 review ...

Guangzhou ready for Barca

Soccer Dec 16, 2015

Guangzhou ready for Barca

by Andrew McKirdy

Guangzhou Evergrande manager Luiz Felipe Scolari admits that the absence of injured Barcelona superstar Neymar will make little difference to his team's chances of beating the European champions in Thursday's Club World Cup semifinal. Brazilian forward Neymar has been ruled out of Barcelona's tournament opener ...