• Messi says I'm tired of being blamed for everything at Barcelona
    (Reuters): A frustrated Lionel Messi said he is tired of being blamed for problems at Barcelona after he was accused by Antoine Griezmann's former agent of making life difficult for the French striker at the La Liga club. Eric Olhats had accused Messi of having too much control at the club, saying his "reign of terror" had made life difficult for Griezmann to adapt since his arrival last year. Messi returned to Barcelona from international duty with Argentina o
  • Alves shares Messi concerns with Barca but urges him to stay
    BARCELONA, November 6 (Reuters): Lionel Messi is as big as his team Barcelona and deserves to have the club's Camp Nou stadium named after him, former team mate Dani Alves has said, adding that the Argentinian will never find a better home than the Catalan side. Alves said he shared Messi's concern over how Barca was being run under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu and said the club should have showed more respect to their all-time top scorer, who threatened to wal
  • Ter Stegen back for Barca after knee surgery
    BARCELONA, November 4 (Reuters): Barcelona have been boosted by the return of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a long injury lay off, as the German was named in the squad for Wednesday's Champions League game at home to Dynamo Kyiv. Barca's number one, who recently signed a contract with the club until 2025, has been out since undergoing knee surgery in August and his side have suffered badly in his absence. They have failed to win their last four La Liga matche
  • Barcelona name acting president after Bartomeu resignation
    BARCELONA, October 28 (Reuters): Barcelona named Carles Tusquets as their acting president on Wednesday, a day after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned in order to avoid facing a vote of no confidence. Barca said in a statement that Tusquets, the chairman of the club's economic commission, would lead the acting board of directors, comprising seven other people, until a new president and board is elected. The acting board has the same functions as an executive board but is lim
  • Barcelona president Bartomeu resigns after Messi row
    BARCELONA, October 28 (Reuters): Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from the club on Tuesday ahead of a vote of no confidence that was due to be held next month after some 20,000 fans signed a petition demanding that he step down. The rest of the board of directors also resigned. "It's a thought-out, serene, informed decision" to resign, Bartomeu said in a televised speech. Bartomeu, 57, has been facing growing resentment in the last year due
  • Koeman plays down Griezmann issues ahead of Clasico
    MADRID, October 23 (Reuters): Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman insisted the club does not have a problem with Antoine Griezmann ahead of Saturday's Clasico showdown with Real Madrid. Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros ($142 million) in 2019, however he has yet to find his feet at the Camp Nou and has not scored for the club so far this season. He was omitted from the starting lineup for Barca's 5-1 hammering of Ferencvaros in the Champions
  • Real Sociedad go top in La Liga as both Real Madrid & Barcelona lose
    Madrid, October 19 (IANS): Real Sociedad have gone to the top of the table after the sixth round of matches in the La Liga last weekend, thanks to a 3-0 win away to Betis. The side from San Sebastian produced an excellent all-round display in a game between the teams who had started the weekend second and third in the table, reports Xinhua news agency. Sociedad opened the scoring on Sunday when Portu headed home Mikel Oyarzabal's cross two minutes before halftime. Oya
  • I'll play Griezmann where I want, says Barca coach Koeman
    BARCELONA, October 17 (Reuters): Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said that he will continue to play Antoine Griezmann in the best possible role for the team rather than the one the forward prefers. Griezmann, who has failed to score for Barca this term, appeared to send a message to Koeman after scoring in France's 2-1 win over Croatia on Wednesday, remarking that national side manager Didier Deschamps knew how to get the best out of him. The Frenchman was playing as a
  • Suarez cried over treatment in final days at Barca
    Reuters Luis Suarez has said he was reduced to tears by Barcelona's treatment of him in his final weeks at the club before leaving for La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid and revealed he was not allowed to take part in training matches. "Those days were very difficult. I cried because of what I was having to go through," Suarez told the Uruguay national team's official media after scoring in Thursday's 2-1 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier. "I didn&
  • Barca post 97 million euros loss for 2019-20 due to COVID-19
    Catalonia, October 5 (Reuters): Barcelona have announced a loss of 97 million euros ($114.28 million) after tax for the 2019/20 financial year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while a projected estimate of breaking the one billion euro mark in revenues was also scuppered. The Catalan club also said in a statement on Monday th
  • Coutinho off the mark but Barca held by Sevilla
    BARCELONA, October 5 (Reuters): Philippe Coutinho scored his first league goal since returning to Barcelona to help his side draw 1-1 at home to an excellent Sevilla side in La Liga on Sunday as the Catalans dropped points for the first time under Ronald Koeman. Europa League holders Sevilla took an early lead when Dutch forward Luuk de Jong pounced on a poor headed clearance in the area and smashed into the net, flummoxing Barca keeper Neto. But the Catalans hit back less t
  • Coutinho off the mark but Barca held by Sevilla
    BARCELONA, October 5 (Reuters): Philippe Coutinho scored his first league goal since returning to Barcelona to help his side draw 1-1 at home to an excellent Sevilla side in La Liga on Sunday as the Catalans dropped points for the first time under Ronald Koeman. Europa League holders Sevilla took an early lead when Dutch forward Luuk de Jong pounced on a poor headed clearance in the area and smashed into the net, flummoxing Barca keeper Neto. But the Catalans hit back less t
  • Messi back in scoring business in dream start for Koeman
    BARCELONA, September 28 (Reuters): Lionel Messi was back in scoring business for Barcelona on Sunday, leading them to a resounding 4-0 win at home against Villarreal in a near-perfect La Liga opener for the Catalans under new coach Ronald Koeman. Teenage forward Ansu Fati was in inspirational form for Barca, combining with Jordi Alba to side-foot home first time into the net in the 15th minute and then striking again four minutes later with another ice-cool finish. Fati, the
  • Emotional Suarez proud to have thrived alongside Messi as he heads to Atletico
    BARCELONA, September 24 (Reuters): Luis Suarez highlighted his close friendship with Lionel Messi as he bid a teary farewell to Barcelona on Thursday ahead of his move to La Liga title rivals Atletico Madrid. Messi had failed to dovetail with other top strikers such as Samuel Eto'o, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Villa but took no time at all to gel with Suarez, who became his best friend at the club as well as a prolific strike partner. "When I got to Barcelona every
  • Koeman hints at different approach from Barca after friendly win
    BARCELONA, September 13 (Reuters): Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said his side could play a different style of football to which the club's fans are used to this season after his side earned an underwhelming 3-1 win over Gimnastic de Tarragona in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. The Dutchman lined up with a 4-2-3-1 system with two holding midfielders, a shape rarely used by Barca coaches in the past. He started Sergio Busquets and Carles Alena in the middle in the firs
  • No winners as Messi decides to stay at Barcelona
    (Reuters): Barcelona fans will be celebrating the fact they will get to watch their beloved Lionel Messi for another season after he announced he would be staying at the Nou Camp on Friday. But the result of the high-profile arm wrestle between the world's most iconic soccer player and one of its biggest clubs appears to have ended with neither camp able to claim victory. On the face of it, the 33-year-old six-time world player of the year appears to have backed down in
  • Messi reluctantly staying at Barcelona after all
    BARCELONA, Spain, September 4 (Reuters): Lionel Messi ended speculation about his future at Barcelona by announcing on Friday that he would reluctantly stay for another season rather than tackle his career-long club in court. A week after saying he wanted to leave the Liga side, and with a contract row still raging, the 33-year-old six-time player of the year gave the news Barca fans were hoping for. In doing so, however, the Argentine forward took a big swipe at the club
  • Messi fails to show up for Barca training
    BARCELONA, September 1 (Reuters): Unhappy Lionel Messi missed Barcelona's first training session of the new season on Monday, days after his shock announcement that he wants to leave the only club he has played for professionally. Messi's failure to show up for the session, the first under new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, was widely expected after the 33-year-old Argentine also failed to show up for a pre-season medical on Sunday. Reuters television footage showed
  • Messi can only leave Barcelona if release clause is paid: LaLiga
    Barcelona, August 31 (IANS): Spanish football league LaLiga has said Lionel Messi cannot leave Barcelona on a free transfer by stating his release clause that will have to be paid if he is to severe ties with the club. The Messi transfer saga took another step forward last week with the news that he would not go to the club's training ground to take a planned coronavirus test. Messi and the rest of the Barcelona squad, who played in their ill-fated Champions League campaign,
  • Barca in new turmoil after Messi tells club he wants to leave
    BARCELONA, August 26 (Reuters): Captain Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wishes to leave the club immediately, a source confirmed on Tuesday, deepening the turmoil within the Catalan side less than two weeks after their humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich. The source said the club received a burofax from Messi's lawyers declaring that the player, who has spent his entire career at Barca, wished to leave. A burofax is a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a docu