14 hrs ago
Five Champions League stars in the making
The Champions League is back -- but do you know who the rising stars of this year's competition are likely to be? CNN asked one of Europe's leading scouting experts, Tor-Kristian Karlsen, to give us his top five young players to watch out for in this season's competition. "Barcelona's attacking midfielder Halilovic, who made his full international debut Croatia at the age of 16, is currently playing for the Catalan club's B side but is expected to make his way into the first team this season.
15 hrs ago
Tito Vilanova: Barcelona to honour late former manager by renaming their training ground after him
Note: We do not store your email address but your IP address will be logged to prevent abuse of this feature. Please read our Legal Terms & Policies Barcelona have announced that the will rename their training ground after the late Tito Vilanova, their former coach who sadly died earlier this year aged just 45. Vilanova's death brought great sadness not just at the Catalan club, but across the sport worldwide, and the Spanish club's board have agreed that the first team training complex in Ciudad Deportiva de Sant Joan Despi would have its name changed to honour the club's former manager.
Mon Sep 15, 2014
Barcelona Transfer News: Louis Enrique Must Find Way to Keep Xavi at Camp Nou
Munich tried to pry the midfielder away from the Catalans during the summer, and a source told the New York Post 's Brian Lewis that Xavi was very close to signing with New York City FC : is a legend of the game, the type of player top clubs would love to have on their bench for one more season, and teams from Major League Soccer or one of the Arab leagues would pay millions to have him come retire in their colours. The 34-year-old can no longer run with players 10 years younger than he is, but given his playing style, he doesn't have to.
Outsiders have Champions chance
In an era when money is considered king in football, it has been uplifting to see Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid punch above their weight in the Champions League in the past two seasons. Both managed to reach the final having been given only an outside chance of doing so by the bookies at the start of the campaign.
Sun Sep 14, 2014
Iniesta: We always expect the best of Messi & Neymar
The Brazilian scored twice during the victory over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday and the Spanish star says his side can always count on their star forwards Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says his side can always count on Lionel Messi and Neymar to settle matches in their favour. The Catalans have won all three of their games so far this season, including a 2-0 triumph over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday thanks to two lates goals from the Brazilian.
Sat Sep 13, 2014
Messi and Neymar to the fore
Two stunning pieces of skill by Lionel Messi and two languid finishes from substitute Neymar saw Barcelona beat a resilient Athletic Bilbao side to pick up a third consecutive win and stay top of the Primera Division. Ernesto Valverde's side had produced a disciplined performance at the Nou Camp and looked to be heading for a point until a moment of brilliance from Messi released Neymar, who broke the deadlock with nine minutes remaining.
Liga - Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao: LIVE
Montoya gives away possession cheaply as Susaeta collects the ball on the flank but his cross is harmless and Barcelona clear. OVER! Messi creates the best chance of the game so far as he finds Munir behind the Bilbao defence with a wonderfully executed pass but the youngster blasts the ball well over the bar.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Lionel Messi, Neymar fit for Barca's La Liga Bilbao fixture
Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao , with manager Luis Enrique saying on Friday that he has an almost complete squad to choose from. Messi has been recuperating from an adductor muscle injury, while Neymar missed Barca's season-opening win at home to Elche due to an ankle problem and only played the final half-hour of the victory at Villarreal in their second outing.
Liga - Messi, Neymar fit for Barca's game against Bilbao
Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao, with manager Luis Enrique saying on Friday that he has an almost complete squad to choose from. Messi has been recuperating from an adductor muscle injury, while Neymar missed Barca's season-opening win at home to Elche due to an ankle problem and only played the final half-hour of the victory at Villarreal in their second outing.
Value for Money Index: top 50 players analysed
Earlier this week, EA Sports, makers of the hugely successful FIFA series of football games, produced what they claimed was a list of the top 50 players in world football. We've dug a little deeper and used the 50 to determine which players provide the best value for money.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Sergi Samper scout report: Arsenal target is special - but will be...
If Barcelona's 'mes que un club' slogan was written into the middle of a mind map, one of the shoots from it would promote the progression of the club's youngsters into the first team. Most of the staples of their success over the past decade have been players who have graduated with honours from La Masia - from Carles Puyol to Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta to Lionel Messi, the list is exhaustive.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
Will Munir El Haddadi emerge as Barcelona's next great find?
Munir El Haddadi of FC Barcelona looks on beside Andres Iniesta during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Elche. " class="editorial " src="https://s.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2014-09-10/b4297c20-38f8-11e4-bd71-316fd2e3a078_Munir-El-Haddadi.jpg" align="middle" width="630"> A seasonal bible of Spanish football, the 418 page Marca guide to the 2014-15 season went on sale on 15th August on the colourful outdoor newsstands which enliven every Spanish town and city.
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu sidelined by ankle injury
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has a right ankle problem and missed training on Wednesday, as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen continued their recuperation from injury, the La Liga club said. Barca did not specify whether France international Mathieu, who joined Barca from Valencia in the close season and started their opening two La Liga games, would be fit for Saturday's match at home to Athletic Bilbao.
Tue Sep 09, 2014
Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Thomas Vermaelen back in training with Barcelona
The club did not say whether the three players would be fit for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao. Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen returned to training with their team mates on Monday as they continued their recuperation from minor injuries.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
Groundsmen stitch up ITV pundits at England match
And it seems that the Swiss groundkeeping staff in Basel share England fans' feelings about the ITV presenters, as they used the sprinklers to drench the quartet of Chiles, Glenn Hoddle , Ian Wright and Lee Dixon in a moment that fulfils every fan's fantasy. The stream of waffle was halted for one glorious moment as the ground staff in Switzerland had some fun at ITV's expense by "accidentally" firing up the sprinklers ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifying match.
5 Barcelona Weaknesses Other Teams Can Expose This Season
The Luis Enrique era has officially started at Barcelona and fans have a lot to be excited about. However, like any club, Barcelona are not without their weaknesses.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
Manchester City's David Silva insists Spain's...
Despite being thrashed by Holland and outplayed by Chile during the World Cup, Silva says La Roja will persevere with their once vastly successful passing style Spain star David Silva believes the deposed world champions will not abandon their style while attempting to qualify for the 2016 European Championship. Vicente del Bosque's side surrendered the World Cup trophy to Germany without a fight in Brazil, with critics subsequently declaring the once all-powerful 'tiki-taka' system has become a spent force.
FIFA 15 player ratings: Lionel Messi is No 1 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo
FIFA 15 player ratings: Lionel Messi is No 1 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manuel Neuer Cristiano Ronaldo might have beaten Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or earlier this year, but the Barcelona man has gained a measure of revenge on his great rival by winning another accolade. With a score of 93 out of a possible 100 Messi tops the player ratings in video game FIFA 15, which is due for release in the UK on September 26. To get debate among fans raging in advance, makers EA Sports released a countdown of the top 50 players on the newest instalment of the popular franchise.
Fri Sep 05, 2014
Ronaldinho to Basingstoke, Gaddafi to Perugia, Ronaldo to Rangers - ...
Just when you thought that the transfer madness was over for another summer, news broke on Friday that a new club had joined the race to sign Brazil icon Ronaldinho. "Discussions have been had, and there is an offer on the table.
Jose Mourinho reveals his affection for Barcelona manager Luis Enrique
Jose Mourinho reveals his affection for Luis Enrique as Chelsea boss says 'he was my favourite when I was with Barcelona' It's fair to say that Jose Mourinho has probably made more enemies than friends in the game, but new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is not one of them. The Chelsea boss has been singing his counterpart's praises after the friends met at a recent coaches summit hosted by Sir Alex Ferguson.