BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When Barcelona hosts Manchester United on Tuesday, it will field three players who helped the Spanish team beat the English side in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League...
Messi rests for Man United as Barca draws 0-0 at Huesca
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi and most of his regular fellow starters resting up for Manchester United, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde tried to get a glimpse of the club's...
Messi to sit out league match ahead of ManU visit
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has left forward Lionel Messi off his squad for this weekend's Spanish league match, giving him more rest before the visit of Manchester...
Barcelona held by Athletic for 3rd straight setback in Liga
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi rested for most of the match, Barcelona was held to 1-1 by Athletic Bilbao at home on Saturday in its third straight setback in the Spanish league.
Messi came off the bench in the second half to set up a late equalizer by Munir El Haddadi, but he wasn't able to lead the defending champions to victory at Camp Nou Stadium.
The result was enough to keep Barcelona in the lead after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid went 0-0 in the derby.
Busquets signs new contract with Barcelona through 2023
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Sergio Busquets has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Spanish champion through the 2022-23 season.
Barcelona adds his buyout clause has increased from 200 million euros ($234 million) to 500 million euros ($584 million).
The Spanish international's previous deal was scheduled to finish in 2021.
Luis Enrique leaves out Koke, Alba and Aspas in 1st call-up
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach on Friday, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas.
Enrique called up 24 players for the team's matches against England and Croatia in the Nations League.
"I'm not trying to revolutionize, only to improve," Enrique said. "We shouldn't make comparisons to the previous squad. We are not inferior to any other national team, but we still have things to improve."
Barcelona unable to find its stride in Champions League
MADRID (AP) — Suddenly, the Champions League has become a tough challenge for Barcelona.
The Spanish club thrived in nearly every competition it played over the last few years but has failed to succeed recently in the top European club competition.
Lionel Messi and his teammates lost to Roma 3-0 on Tuesday in Italy, relinquishing a 4-1 first-leg win and getting eliminated in the quarterfinals for the third straight season.
MADRID (AP) — With doubts about Lionel Messi's fitness, Barcelona will host Roma in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Messi is expected to play in the first leg at Camp Nou, but he hasn't started in three consecutive matches because of a leg muscle problem and it remains uncertain if he can play at full strength for 90 minutes.
Barcelona wins at Eibar 2-0 before trip to Chelsea in CL
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi looks ready for London.
Barcelona's star helped to set up two goals to beat 10-man Eibar 2-0 on Saturday as the Spanish leaders warmed up for their visit to Chelsea in the Champions League.
Barcelona broke its mini-slump of back-to-back draws to remain unbeaten through 24 rounds and extend its advantage over second-place Atletico Madrid to 10 points.
Barcelona visits Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in the opening leg of the round of 16.
Messi, Suarez strike after Villarreal reduced to 10 men
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona needed an overzealous tackle by an inexperienced Villarreal opponent to help keep its five-point lead at the top of the Spanish league on Sunday.
Barcelona was struggling to break down Villarreal until 22-year-old Daniel Rabaseda earned a direct red card for a studs-first tackle into the ankle of Sergio Busquets.
Barcelona game played without fans amid Catalonia vote
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona joined the protests against the Spanish government's attempt to halt Catalonia's independence vote on Sunday by preventing fans from entering Camp Nou Stadium for its Spanish league game against Las Palmas.
The club made the decision to play behind closed doors after its request to postpone the game was denied by the Spanish league. Barcelona said playing in an empty stadium was a way to show its discontent with the incidents in Catalonia.
Barcelona and Madrid win in day marked by Catalonia protests
MADRID (AP) — In a day marked by demonstrations over Catalonia's disputed independence vote, Barcelona won its seventh game in a row and Real Madrid earned its first victory at home in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 3-0 to stay perfect with two goals by Lionel Messi and one by Sergio Busquets in a game played in an empty Camp Nou Stadium to protest the Spanish government's attempt to halt Catalonia's referendum.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It's been more than a month since four Arab nations cut land, sea and air routes to Qatar, but in the gas-rich Gulf nation's glimmering malls and luxury hotels there is little sign of hardship.
High-end clothing stores hawk the latest summer trends. Grocery stores are brimming with meats and cheeses from Europe and Turkey, and just last month the country's main port received 4,300 cars and sheep from Australia.
Barcelona clueless, and Luis Enrique takes the blame
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona didn't have a clue, and it showed.
Even with Lionel Messi playing alongside Luis Suarez and Neymar up front, Barcelona was outsmarted and outplayed at nearly every turn by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday, losing 4-0 in the first leg of the last 16.
"We were expecting something else. We were prepared for a different game," Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said. "They played better than us and had a better tactical plan than we did."
Iniesta, Busquests fit for Barcelona match against Atletico
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona midfielders Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets have recovered from injury in time for the return leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique included both Spain players in his squad for Tuesday's match at Camp Nou.
Barcelona won the first leg 2-1 without either of its midfield mainstays.
Barcelona without Iniesta and Busquets in Copa del Rey match
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona will be without key midfielders Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in its match against Real Sociedad in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Busquets is sidelined because of a right ankle injury sustained in a Spanish league game on Sunday, while Iniesta still haven't recovered from a left calf ailment picked up in the first leg at Real Sociedad last week.
Barcelona won 1-0 and is the favorite to reach the semifinals for the seventh straight season.
Barcelona midfielder Busquets sidelined with ankle injury
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets has sprained ligaments in his right ankle.
The club didn't say how long Busquets is expected to be sidelined, but he will likely miss at least two weeks because of the injury sustained in the 4-0 win at Eibar in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Busquets had to leave the field on a stretcher after a hard challenge by a defender less than 10 minutes into the match.
Buffon not past sell-by-date despite error against Spain
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Even the best can make mistakes.
Veteran Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made a rare error on Thursday which almost cost his team the match before Daniele De Rossi's late penalty rescued a 1-1 draw against Spain in their World Cup qualifier.
Spain had dominated but rarely tested Buffon, thanks to Italy's strength in defense, until the Juventus goalkeeper's howler in the 55th minute.