MADRID - One missed practice was enough to raise concerns about Lionel Messi.Messi's presence in next week's return of the Spanish league was put in doubt by some Barcelona media after he trained separately from the group on ...
Jun 5, 2020
MADRID - Soccer matches and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues at least until the end of the summer, the mayor of Madrid said on Saturday.José Luis Martínez-Almeida told the Onda Cero radio station that ...
Apr 19, 2020
MADRID - The Spanish league and players are still far apart on the size of the salary cuts they need to take to help reduce the financial impact caused by the coronavirus outbreak, with the footballers saying the organization wants them to carry ...
Apr 5, 2020
AS the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic ripple across world football, FIFA sees a "duty" to offer a lifeline from its vast cash reserves.Talks are underway about how the governing body's support fund will be distributed, with the ...
Apr 1, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona has been hit recently by a series of setbacks on the field and conflicts inside the club.And Lionel Messi has had enough of it."We have only had problem after problem since January. What we need is some ...
Feb 21, 2020
MADRID - The Copa del Rey's new single-elimination format claimed its biggest victims on Thursday (Friday, Manila time), with Real Madrid and Barcelona both being eliminated in the quarterfinals.Madrid lost 4-3 to Real Sociedad at home before Barcelona ...
Feb 7, 2020
MADRID - Barcelona halted its struggles under new coach Quique Setién by routing Leganés and advancing to the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Thursday (Friday, Manila time), while Sevilla couldn't get past second-division club Mirandés.After Lionel ...
Jan 31, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - Quique Setién lost his first game after three matches in charge of Barcelona as Valencia beat the defending Spanish champions, 2-0, on Saturday.Valencia striker Maxi Gómez scored once and played a key role in producing an ...
Jan 26, 2020
MADRID - Barcelona made a rare coaching change midway through the season, replacing Ernesto Valverde with former Real Betis manager Quique Setién on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).The move came four days after the loss to Atlético Madrid in the semifinals ...
Jan 14, 2020
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - A Madrid derby will decide the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.Atlético Madrid rallied with two late goals to beat Barcelona 3-2 in a back-and-forth game on Thursday (Friday, Manila time), setting up a ...
Jan 10, 2020
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi celebrated his 700th appearance for Barcelona by putting on another dominant performance as the Spanish club won its Champions League group for a 13th consecutive season.Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund on ...
Nov 28, 2019
ROME - Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the ...
Oct 24, 2019
MADRID - This month's Spanish league "clásico" match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to be postponed until December because of a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital.The league wanted the Oct. 26 game to be moved ...
Oct 18, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi considered leaving Barcelona after being targeted by Spanish tax authorities in the early 2010s.Messi said in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1 on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) that he felt he wasn't treated well ...
Oct 10, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - The Spanish soccer federation has given Barcelona what amounts to a token fine of 300 euros ($329) for negotiating with Antoine Griezmann while he was still under contract with Atlético Madrid.Barcelona paid the France forward's buyout ...
Sep 27, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona says it will become the first sports team in the world to surpass 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) in revenue this season.The Spanish club made the announcement on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) while presenting revenue of 990 ...
Sep 20, 2019
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - A Barcelona official involved in the negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar says the Catalan club is "closer" to reaching a deal for the player's return.Javier Bordas told Spanish media Tuesday there is no agreement ...
Aug 28, 2019
SEVILLE, Spain - There was no lifting of a winner's trophy this time for Lionel Messi.The Barcelona star had to settle on receiving the runner-up plate from Spanish King Felipe VI after Valencia beat his side, 2-1, in ...
May 26, 2019
LIVERPOOL, England - Liverpool delivered the greatest in a long line of famous comebacks to reach the Champions League final on Tuesday, beating Lionel Messi's Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to overturn a three-goal deficit from the first leg.Divock ...
May 8, 2019
CLEVELAND - The Cavaliers are interviewing a coaching candidate with a very familiar name.Former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff is meeting on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) with the Cavaliers about their job, a person familiar with the team's coaching search told ...
May 1, 2019
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