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Barcelona celebrate double with big party at Camp Nou stadium
Barcelona celebrate double with big party at Camp Nou stadium

Barcelona, May 24 (IANS) The absence of an under-the-weather Lionel Messi and the injured Luis Suarez didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the roughly 40,000 Barcelona fans who gathered at the Camp Nou stadium to celebrate the club's La Liga title and Copa del Rey triumph. The stadium lights dimmed on Monday night and the projection of a video on the 2015-2016 season was followed by a spectacular fireworks display as a prelude to the introdu

May 24 2016
Who said what: World reacts to Barcelona's Copa Del Rey triumph
Who said what: World reacts to Barcelona's Copa Del Rey triumph

Barcelona claimed their seventh domestic double by winning the Copa Del ReyDefending champions Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 in extra time to lift their 28th Copa del Rey title at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid on Sunday night. Both sides saw a man sent off for making last-man tackles in normal time and nothing separated the two until Jordi Alba and Neymar scored in extra time to give Barcelona the win.Lionel Messi was anonymous for m

May 23 2016
Twitter reacts to Lionel Messi's superb assists and Barcelona's Copa Del Rey triumph
Twitter reacts to Lionel Messi's superb assists and Barcelona's Copa Del Rey triumph

2 sublime assists from Messi helped Barcelona win the Copa Del ReyDefending champions Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 in extra time to lift their 28th Copa del Rey title at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid on Sunday night. Both sides saw a man sent off for making last-man tackles in normal time and nothing separated the two until Jordi Alba and Neymar scored in extra time to give Barcelona the win.Lionel Messi was anonymous for most of the game but

May 23 2016
Copa del Rey: Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla - Player Ratings
Copa del Rey: Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla - Player Ratings

Barcelona players celebrate their 28th Copa del Rey triumphBarcelona registered a 2-0 extra-time win over Sevilla to lift their 28th Copa del Rey title – the most by any club. Javier Mascherano was given his marching orders for the Blaugrana in the first-half, while the Los Rojiblancos were down to 9-men for the last few minutes after the sending off of Ever Banega and Daniel Carrico.In a high-octane contest, which witnessed crunc

May 23 2016
Andres Iniesta not planning to play until the age of 40
Andres Iniesta not planning to play until the age of 40

Iniesta will play next seasonAndres Iniesta has been an exceptional player for many years now at Barcelona. His telepathic understanding with Lionel Messi has been one of the most striking features of the Barcelona team in recent years.Iniesta is not a very outspoken person and is a player respected by all parts of the footballing world. He even received a standing ovation from the Bernabeu crowd during Barcelona's 4-0 demolition of rivals Re

Copa del Rey: Barcelona, Sevilla aim for second trophy of season in final
Copa del Rey: Barcelona, Sevilla aim for second trophy of season in final

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez train ahead of the Copa del Rey finalBoth FC Barcelona and Sevilla have the chance to end the season on a high note when they face each other in the Copa del Rey final in the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid on Sunday.La Liga champions Barcelona will go into the final as favourites against Sevilla, who on Wednesday claimed their third successive Europa League crown with a 3-1 win over Liverpool, reports Xinhua.Barce

May 22 2016
Spain announce preliminary 25 man Euro 2016 squad
Spain announce preliminary 25 man Euro 2016 squad

Spain will be looking to win their third consecutive EurosSpain manager Vicente Del Bosque has announced his preliminary 25 man squad for the Euros to be held in France this year. Their squad contains a good mix of youth and experience with many players having had wonderful seasons for their respective clubs. However, it also has some surprising inclusions and omissions.Iker Casillas has not had the best of seasons at Porto, but he is one of

May 17 2016
Who said what: The world reacts to Barcelona winning their 24th La Liga title
Who said what: The world reacts to Barcelona winning their 24th La Liga title

Barcelona celebrated a 24th La Liga title with a 3-0 win over GranadaBarcelona won their 24th La Liga title with a 3-0 win over Granada at Los Carmenes. Despite Real Madrid defeating Deportivo la Coruna 2-0, the Blaugrana reaped the rewards of an on fire Luis Suarez to win away at Granada, thus ending the Spanish league season with 91 points, with Los Blancos finishing a point behind on 90.Assisted by some wonderful play from

May 14 2016
La Liga: Stats, records set and milestones achieved in the 2015/16 season
La Liga: Stats, records set and milestones achieved in the 2015/16 season

Barcelona won the 2015/16 La Liga title with 91 pointsBarcelona held on to make it five wins in the last five games to clinch the La Liga title on the final day of the season. With Real Madrid breathing down their neck following a collapse that saw the Catalan club win just a point from an available 12 points between March and April, Luis Enrique’s men defended their title with a one-point lead in the final standings. Along the way, th

May 14 2016
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and others to play a charity match in Turkey
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and others to play a charity match in Turkey

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar will all feature in the matchWorld football superstars including Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Didier Drogba are scheduled to play a match in Turkish Mediterranean resort of Antalya on July 16, Turkish club Antalyaspor announced on Friday.The players will come to Turkey to mark the 10th anniversary of a foundation carrying the name of Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o, who plays for Antalyaspor, reports Xin

May 13 2016
Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol: Player ratings
Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol: Player ratings

Messi, Suarez and Neymar all scored for BarcelonaBarcelona thrashed local rivals Espanyol 5-0 at the Camp Nou to stay in the hunt for their 24th La Liga title.In-form striker Luis Suarez was on the scoresheet again as he struck twice in the second half to put the match well beyond Espanyol’s reach. Messi opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick while Neymar bagged a late goal.Rafinha made his return from a severe knee injury and didn&r

May 9 2016
Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol: 5 talking points
Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol: 5 talking points

Barcelona are one step closer to the La Liga title after the winLeague leaders Barcelona tightened their grip on the Spanish title with a comfortable 5-0 victory over local rivals Espanyol at the Camp Nou.La Liga’s top scorer Luis Suarez struck twice on the day, taking his tally to 37 league goals for the season. Forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar, along with substitute Rafinha also got on the scoresheet, with each of them finding the back of

May 9 2016
Cesc Fabregas snubs Xavi and Iniesta while revealing the best midfielder he's played with
Cesc Fabregas snubs Xavi and Iniesta while revealing the best midfielder he's played with

Cesc Fabregas spent an unhappy 3 seasons at Barcelona alongside Xavi and IniestaChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed that former Arsenal teammate Mathieu Flamini is the best midfielder he has ever played with. Fabregas’s choice is particularly surprising given that he spent 3 seasons alongside Xavi and Iniesta at Barcelona, while also ignoring Pep Guardiola and opting for Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger while naming his best manage

May 2 2016
Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona: 5 talking points
Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona: 5 talking points

Suarez scored the second goal of the game for BarcelonaBarcelona secured a hard-earned 2-0 victory over Real Betis as the Seville side put up a tough fight, even after having their German centre-back Heiko Westermann sent off early on in the game. The win at the Benito Villamarin stadium saw the Catalans regain the top spot in La Liga after both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid spent brief spells at the top of the table.The visitors took the lead

May 1 2016
Luis Enrique responsible for Barcelona’s April slip up
Luis Enrique responsible for Barcelona’s April slip up

Pique celebrates scoring against Madrid9.45 pm 02 April 2016, when Gerard Pique headed FC Barcelona to a 1-0 lead in the El Clasico derby, the Catalans went 13 points ahead of Real Madrid and 9 points ahead of Atletico Madrid. I was there chanting “Pique Pique” from the stands. The world seemed so beautiful.15 days and 30 minutes later, i.e. 10.15 pm, 17 April 2016, Gerard Pique missed an open goal (ironically the

Apr 29 2016
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