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Barca’s Champs League exit adds to post-Pep slide

Barcelona's Neymar, left, leaves the pitch as Atletico players celebrate at the end of the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona in the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Atletico defeated Barcelona 1-0. AP

While it may be too soon to call Barcelona’s Champions League exit the end of an era, the Spanish champion doesn’t seem to have recovered from former coach Pep Guardiola’s departure two seasons ago.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Puyol to leave Barcelona at end of season

FC Barcelona's Carles Puyol arrives for a press conference to announce his retirement as a FC Barcelona's soccer player at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Tuesday, March , 2014. The 35-year-old Puyol has spent his entire career with the Spanish league champions, having debuted in 1999. But he has made just 12 appearances this season after battling knee injuries in recent seasons. Puyol has been essential figure in Barcelona and Spain’s recent achievements, as the center back helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup two years after its European Championship triumph. Despite helping take Spain to the top of world football, Puyol has been the warrior defender center to Barcelona’s success, helping the club to 21 trophies including three Champions Leagues. AP

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has decided to leave the club at the end of the season, preferring to take some time off after several injury-filled seasons and putting his football future in doubt.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Ronaldo parades Ballon d’Or, scores in Madrid win

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, top, tries to score in between opposition players during a Spanish La Liga match between Real Madrid and Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday. AP

Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his Ballon d’Or trophy and scored his league-leading 22nd goal, helping Real Madrid to provisionally move top of the Spanish league with a 2-0 win over Granada on Saturday.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Messi feeling ‘low’ over injury – Pique

Lionel Messi . AP FILE PHOTO

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is feeling down after being sidelined for up to eight weeks with a leg injury, teammate Gerard Pique said in an interview published Thursday.

Posted: November 14th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Neymar leads Barcelona to 2-1 win over Madrid

FC Barcelona's Neymar, third left, reacts after scoring against Real Madrid with his teammates Cesc Fabregas, right, Lionel Messi, second right, Daniel Alves, second left, and Sergio Busquets, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. AP

Neymar scored in his first clasico and set up Alexis Sanchez for an exquisite decider as Barcelona beat fierce rival Real Madrid 2-1 at Camp Nou in the Spanish league on Saturday.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Spanish judge rules Messi should not post bail

Lionel Messi . AP FILE PHOTO

A Spanish court declined a request by the State Agency for Tax Administration to set bail for Lionel Messi and his father in a case of alleged tax fraud after ruling that a payment made satisfied the case’s legal requirements on Wednesday.

Posted: September 5th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Barcelona picks Gerardo Martino as coach

Gerardo Martino. AP PHOTO

Barcelona has agreed terms with a relatively unknown Argentine league coach, Gerardo Martino, to follow in the footsteps of two of European football’s most successful coaches.

Posted: July 24th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Madrid defender Ramos suspended for 5 games

FILE Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, right, celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has been suspended for five games after he insulted the referee who sent him off during Wednesday’s victory over Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Football: Messi targets record fourth world player award

FILE - FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right, and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal gesture during their Spanish Supercup first leg soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Record-breaking Lionel Messi is poised to become the first player to win four successive Ballon d’Or awards on Monday, sealing his status as the greatest player of his generation.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

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