Barca and Real to face off in Copa del Rey final

Goalscorers Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in action. Photo: AFP

Barcelona set up another Copa del Rey final against rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday after drawing 1-1 at Real Sociedad to win their two-legged semifinal.

Thursday, 13 February, 2014, 10:46am

Barca and Real close in on Copa del Rey final

Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez (L) celebrates with teammates Cesc Fabregas (C) and Pedro Rodriguez. Photo: Reuters

Real Madrid spoiled Atletico Madrid’s short honeymoon as Spanish leaders by winning their Copa del Rey semi-final first leg, while Barcelona also took control of their semi with a win over Real Sociedad.

6 Feb 2014 - 10:28am

Barcelona to face Milan in Champions League group

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi. Photo: AFP

Barcelona will face seven-time winner AC Milan in the Champions League for the third straight season, while Bayern Munich begins the defence of its title in a group containing Manchester City.

Thursday’s draw in Monaco put Barcelona in Group H with Milan, Ajax and Celtic - four teams who have been European champions 16 times between them.

30 Aug 2013 - 9:20am

Barcelona agree to sell David Villa to Atletico for US$6.5m

David Silva, Spain's all-time leading scorer, will move from Barcelona to Atletico for a fee of up to €5.1 million (US$6.55 million). Photo: AP

Atletico will pay €2.1 million this season, a further €2 million if the player continues to play at the Calderon in the 2014/15 season, and another one million if he extends his contract to 2016, Barca said in a statement.

9 Jul 2013 - 9:16am

Barcelona will get money's worth from Neymar, says Brazil coach Scolari

Neymar helped Brazil secure a 4-2 win at the Fifa Confederations Cup match against Italy on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

The 21-year-old scored his third goal in as many Confederations Cup group matches - a thumping freekick - as the Selecao saw off the four-time world champions 4-2 to win Group A with a perfect record.

23 Jun 2013 - 10:41am

Neymar weeps in emotional last match with Santos

Neymar plays his last match with Santos on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Neymar couldn’t hold back the tears in his last match with Santos before joining Barcelona.

Neymar cried profusely as the Brazilian national anthem was sung before the match against Flamengo on Sunday in the first round of the Brazilian league.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Brazil and Santos striker Neymar opts to join Barcelona over Real Madrid


Neymar said he will be joining Barcelona after the Confederations Cup, the latest addition to a star-filled roster that already includes four-time Fifa Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

27 May 2013 - 3:39am

Neymar chooses Barcelona over Real Madrid

Brazil's Neymar, of Santos FC, will join Spanish football club Barcelona for the next five seasons. Photo: AFP

“On Monday, I sign a contract with Barcelona. I want to thank the Santos fans for nine incredible years,” wrote the 21-year-old.

26 May 2013 - 1:45pm

Messi scores twice as Barca close in on title

Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba celebrate a goal. Photo: Reuters

Lionel Messi came off the bench to move Barcelona within two points of clinching the La Liga title with a 4-2 win over Real Betis at Camp Nou. Dorlan Pabon and Ruben Perez had twice given the visitors the lead in the first half either side of Alexis Sanchez's equaliser.

7 May 2013 - 5:34am

Barcelona title a sign Nadal back on track

Rafa Nadal bites his trophy as he celebrates his victory. Photo: AFP

All those months of hard work and rehab are starting to pay off for Rafael Nadal. Yet he is still not sure what this means for the French Open. Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time on Sunday, defeating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 for his fourth title of the year.

30 Apr 2013 - 3:53am

Barcelona title on week-long hold after draw at Bilbao

Lionel Messi helped Barcelona equalise in the 67th minute. Photo: AP

Victory for Barca at the San Mames and defeat for Real in the Madrid derby at the Calderon would have given the leaders an unassailable 16-point advantage with five matches left.

28 Apr 2013 - 11:22am

Atletico look to end 14 years of derby pain


Atletico Madrid captain Gabi believes his side have a great opportunity to end their hoodoo against neighbours Real Madrid when they host the Spanish champions this weekend.

27 Apr 2013 - 5:01am

'Miracle needed' as Bayern rout Barca

Barcelona's assistant coach Jordi Roura has admitted his side need a miracle at the Camp Nou in the return leg after being hammered 4-0 at Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final, first leg.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Barcelona threat to Bayern Munich's Europe dreams


Bayern Munich face the litmus test in their bid to become the first German team to win the treble of European, league and cup titles when they host Spanish giants Barcelona tonight in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

23 Apr 2013 - 5:28am

Marc Bartra vows to stay in Barcelona's starting line-up

FC Barcelona's Marc Bartra. Photo: AP

Injuries to Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano have meant the 22-year-old has started each of Barca's last three league games. And with Adriano suspended for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first-leg against Bayern Munich, he could well partner Gerard Pique in Germany.

20 Apr 2013 - 5:31am