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Catalan leader says violence 'must stop right now'

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Catalan president Quim Torra says, 'we will not permit incidents like those we are seeing in the streets. This has to stop right now. There is no reason nor justification for burning cars, nor any other vandalism.'

ESTELADA. File photo shows a man waving a 'Estelada' (Pro-independence Catalan flag) from a balcony on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Barcelona breaks down impressive Inter Milan

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi team up to propel Barcelona to a win over Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League

BRACE. Luis Suarez bails out Barcelona from Inter Milan's threat. Photo from FC Barcelona Twitter

WATCH LIVE: Barcelona vs Inter Milan UEFA Champions League game

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Bookmark this page to catch FC Barcelona's UEFA Champions League opener over Inter Milan

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE. Barca captain Lionel Messi hopes to impress the home crowd with an opening game win. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Neymar, Barcelona legal battle goes to court after talks collapse

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Football superstar Neymar and his former club Barcelona brace for a multi-million dollar court battle over a contract dispute

Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

WATCH: Messi comeback possible as Barcelona launches Champions League charge

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Lionel Messi joins the squad list as Barcelona opens its Champions League campaign against Borussia Dortmund

GRAND RETURN. Lionel Messi may suit up for Barcelona after being sidelined due to a calf injury. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

I tried to copy Messi and LeBron, says Griezmann after Barca double

Aug 26, 2019 - 2:11 PM

With Lionel Messi still short of fitness following a calf injury, Antoine Griezmann delivers a timely performance for Barcelona

PROVING HIS WORTH. Antoine Griezmann shows why Barcelona acquired him. Photo from Twitter/@AntoGriezmann


Neymar wants Barcelona return, says club vice president

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Barcelona admits Neymar wants to return to the club, but says there's no effort to recruit the football superstar

PAY CUT. Neymar might have to agree to a salary cut if he wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

WATCH: Liverpool stuns Barca to make Champions League final

May 08, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Virtually written off, Liverpool shocks Spanish champion Barcelona to complete one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history

GIANTS. Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates with his teammates after scoring their third goal during their Champions league semifinal match against Barcelona. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

WATCH: Liverpool seeks new 'heroes' with Salah out vs Barcelona

May 07, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Liverpool tries to overturn a 0-3 Champions League semifinal deficit versus Lionel Messi and Barcelona

BIG BATTLE. Barcelona star Lionel Messi (right) challenges Liverpool defender Joel Matip in the Champions League semifinal first leg last week. Photo by javier Soriano/AFP

WATCH: Magical Messi double leaves Liverpool on the brink

May 02, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Lionel Messi puts Barcelona within touching distance of the Champions League final

STELLAR. Barcelona star Lionel Messi (left) challenges Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson in another dominating show during the first leg of their Champions League semifinal match. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Messi fires Barcelona to 8th La Liga title in 11 years

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The Argentine star strikes his league-leading 34th goal to help the Spanish giants wrap up the title with 3 games remaining

MORE TITLES. Lionel Messi adds another championship to his legendary haul. Photo from FC Barcelona's Twitter account (@FCBarcelona)


Liverpool can't wait for 'proper football' showdown vs Barcelona

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:54 PM

After disposing of Porto, Liverpool sets a semifinal clash versus Lionel Messi's Barcelona for the first time in over a decade in the Champions League

OVERPOWERED. James Milner (right) and Liverpool easily dispose of Jesus Corona and Porto in the Champions League quarterfinals. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Valverde: 'No point resting Messi'

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Barca coach Valverde sets his sights on the upcoming Atletico game and the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester United

UNCERTAIN. 'We'll see tomorrow about Leo,' says Ernesto Valverde ahead of the Villarreal match. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Fantastic Messi hat trick blows away Betis

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The Argentinian star puts on a show for Barcelona that even the opponent's fans shower him with applause

SHOWSTOPPER. Lionel Messi steals the spotlight again for Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP


Japan's Arata Isozaki wins Pritzker prize, the 'Nobel' of architecture

Mar 06, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Isozaki is the 46th Pritzker laureate and the 8th Japanese architect to receive the honor. Winners receive a bronze medallion and $100,000.

JAPAN'S PRIDE. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2014 Japanese architect Arata Isozaki poses before a press conference at the "City Life office Tower", a skyscraper that was under construction in Milan. Photo by Giuseppe Cacae/AFP

Neymar's father denies any contact with Barca over return

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Neymar Sr says his son's present and future is with Paris Saint-Germain

RUMOR HAS IT. Despite a blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar is still surrounded with rumors of return to Barcelona. File photo by Franck Fife/AFP


Messi hat-trick restores Barcelona's La Liga lead

Dec 17, 2018 - 12:12 PM

The Argentinian star nets his 31st La Liga hat-trick

SCORING MACHINE. Messi proves unstoppable for Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


2018 MILO-FCB exposes young Filipinos to international football

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

MILO-FCB Road to Barcelona Philippine delegation applies learnings in a friendly match against Fundacion Marcet Football Academy

ONCE-IN-A-LIFTIME. Jelena Soon and Tristan Ybanez of the Philippine delegation carry the flag in the pitch. Photo from Milo press release

Barca suffers 1st league home loss in 2 years, Real boosts Solari hopes

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:26 AM

Barcelona has won 42 straight games at Camp Nou before falling prey to Real Bettis in Lionel Messi's return from injury

Barcelona through to last 16 as Liverpool suffers shock loss

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Still playing minus Messi, Barcelona qualifies for the knockout stage of the Champions League

DRAW. Inter Milan's Kwadwo Asamoah (left) and Barcelona's Malcom go for the ball during their UEFA Champions League Group B match. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Messi could play, but Barca coach taking 'no risks' at Inter

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not rushing Lionel Messi to return from injury against Inter Milan

POSITIVE SIGNS. Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi (R) shoots to score his second goal, their fourth, during the Champions League group B football match match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 3, 2018. File Photo by Ian Kington/IKIMAGES/AFP

Barcelona's support cast show their worth as Messi nears return

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The Argentine superstar would reunite with a team enjoying its strongest run of the season

COMEBACK. Lionel Messi could return earlier than expected after suffering a broken arm. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


Messi returns to training after arm injury

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The Barcelona captain has recovered from an arm injury sustained during a match two weeks ago

COMEBACK. Lionel Messi is expected to suit up in a La Liga game on November 11. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Neymar risks prison over Barca move

Oct 31, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Brazilian football superstar awaits trial over alleged corruption

CONTROVERSIAL. The courts re-examine Brazilian forward Neymar's old case. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Massive police crackdown in Barcelona against 'narcoflats'

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:29 PM

Hundreds of police raid dozens of apartments in central Barcelona used for selling and consuming heroin and other drugs

Barcelona local police officers lead a cuffed suspect during a police operation against drugs consuming and trafficking in 'narco-pisos' or drug-flats on October 29, 2018, in Barcelona. Hundreds of police backed by a helicopter raided dozens of squatted apartments in central Barcelona used for selling and consuming heroin and other drugs. A court in the northeastern Spanish city authorised the search of 40 suspected flats in the central Gotic and Raval neighbourhoods and several arrests are expected, according to a statement from the regional judiciary administration. PAU BARRENA / AFP

Suarez hits hat-trick as Barcelona blows away Madrid

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Five days since the birth of his third child, Luis Suarez makes it an El Clasico to be remembered

RISING TO OCCASION. Luis Suarez stars for Barcelona as the club misses the services of Leo Messi. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


Watch out for 'wounded' Madrid, warns Barcelona coach

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:26 PM

It will be the first Clasico without either Messi or Ronaldo since 2007

ADVERSARIES. Luka Modric (left) looks to lead Real Madrid against its fiercest Spanish rival Barcelona. Photo from La Liga

Barcelona triumphs minus Messi as Dortmund pummels Atletico

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Rafinha replaces Lionel Messi and helps Barcelona pull off a win over Inter Milan in the Champions League

GOAL. Barcelona's midfielder Rafinha (left) celebrates with teammate Philippe Coutinho after scoring against Inter Milan. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Messi injury gives Barca and Dembele chance to prove their worth

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:16 AM

'This is Barcelona, we have a strong team and we have enough not to have to depend on one player,' says Lionel Messi

OUT. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi gestures in pain during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona against Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 20, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/ AFP

Messi to miss 3 weeks after fracturing right arm

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The Barca superstar will be out in next weekend's Clasico against Real Madrid

MAJOR BLOW. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi falls to the ground in pain following a tussle with Sevilla's Franco Vazquez. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP)

LaLiga's most exciting title race in years returns

Oct 19, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Six teams head into the round separated by just two points at the top of a tight early LaLiga table

SURPRISE. Andre Silva (center) helps propel surprising Sevilla to the top of the standings. Photo from La Liga

Barcelona player could face more than 12 years jail for brawl

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:42 AM

Arda Turan was charged by Turkish prosecutors with sexual harassment, unlicensed possession of weapons and causing intentional injury

CAREER IN PERIL. Arda Turan has been considered as Turkey's top footballer. Photo from Turan's Instagram account (@ardaturan)


Catalans march for unity on Spain's national day

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Tens of thousands of Catalans who want their region to remain part of Spain march and wave Spanish and Catalan flags through Barcelona to mark Dia de la Hispanidad

UNITY. People wave Spanish and Catalan flags during an anti-separatist demonstration for the unity of Spain marking the Spanish National Day in Barcelona on October 12, 2018. Photo by  Josep Lago/AFP

Messi to star in Cirque du Soleil show

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The football superstar's incredible career highlights the new Cirque du Soleil show next year

SHOWTIME. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi gets to share his story with the famed circus troupe. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP)

Messi, Barcelona outgun Spurs as Neymar bags hat-trick

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Tottenham finds it impossible to subdue Messi as Barcelona ends its three-match winless streak in emphatic style

STELLAR. Barcelona's superstar striker Lionel Messi shoots to score his second goal during their Champions League match versus the Tottenham Hotspur. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

Messi's routine brilliance marks Champions League opener

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Lionel Messi scores a hat trick as Barcelona thrashes PSV Eindhoven

FULL CONTROL. Barcelona's Argentinian star Lionel Messi vies for the ball against PSV Eindhoven's Pablo Rosario during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

No fear for Visayas' football girls

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Both Reyanna Traya and Jodi Banzon aren't worried of getting bruises and scars or even getting hit by flying footballs

GIRL POWER. Reyanna Traya (left) and Jodi Banzon want other girls to get into women's football in the Philippines. Photos by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Barca coach thinks Etheridge can spark PH football fever

Sep 09, 2018 - 2:42 PM

FC Barcelona youth coach Jordi Aguilar wants football to be the number one sport in the Philippines

CATALYST. Neil Etheridge's debut in the Premier League has the potential to make football popular in the Philippines. Photo from Instagram (@neil38etheridge)

Homegrown junior booters eye Europe berth

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:41 PM

After their training camp in Barcelona, Cebuanos Josh Garces and Ethan Roxas want to compete in Europe when they grow up

BIG DREAMERS. Josh Garces (left) and Ethan Roxas return home from Barcelona with dreams of playing football in Europe. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Milo-FC Barcelona vows no repeat of visa problem

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:53 PM

Two junior booters failed to join the Barcelona training stint last year due to visa issues

COMMITMENT. Milo Philippines and FC Barcelona will make sure that all winners will be able to join the training camp in Spain. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Reports say the contentious relationship between France World Cup star Paul Pogba and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho prompted the move

CONTROVERSIAL. Speculations on the departure of French World Cup star Paul Pogba from Manchester United are rife. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Former Barcelona coach Enrique tasked with reviving Spain

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:50 PM

2010 champion Spain crashed out in the last 16 of the World Cup on penalties against the 70th-ranked Russia

NEW FACE. Luis Enrique looks to turn around Spain's fortunes after a heartbreaking World Cup. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP


Rafael Nadal romps to 11th Barcelona title

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:13 AM

The world number one claims his 77th overall crown and hikes his career clay-court match record to 401 wins

UNSTOPPABLE. Spain's Rafael Nadal only needed 77 minutes to claim victory. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Messi hat trick seals Barca's 25th La Liga title in style

Apr 30, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Barcelona bags its 7th title in 10 seasons and extends its unbeaten streak to 41

TOYING WITH DEFENSE. Lionel Messi displayed his offensive prowess in the final, scoring all but one of Barcelona's goals. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

Unstoppable Nadal racks up 400th clay court win

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:43 AM

The world number one sweeps Belgium's David Goffin to clinch record and reach the Barcelona final

TITLE ROUND. Rafael Nadal shoots for his 77th overall career title in the Barcelona final. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Rafael Nadal one win away from 400 record on clay

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:34 AM

The world number remains on track of becoming the fourth male tennis player to win 400 matches on clay surface

ON A ROLL. As Rafael Nadal goes for a record, the Spaniard also looks poised to win his 11th Barcelona crown. Photo by Joseph Lago/AFP

Iniesta breaks hearts with Barca farewell

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:14 PM

The 2010 World Cup hero boasts a decorated career that includes 4 Champions League and 7 Spanish league titles

GIFTED. Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta is tagged as one of the most gifted midfielders of all time. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Messi scores in EU court battle to trademark name

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The ruling comes just as the Argentine star moves past Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football

WINNER. Barcelona's star forward Lionel Messi wins a 7-year legal fight. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Iniesta says 'emotional' final may be his last for Barca

Apr 22, 2018 - 3:21 PM

After a sublime performance, the Barcelona captain weighs an offer from a China club

ONE LAST TIME. Andres Iniesta celebrates Barcelona’s Copa del Rey title romp, but admits it’s possibly his last. Photo by Luis Gene/AFP

Roma dumps Barca out after miracle comeback

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Roma goes through to the UEFA Champions League semis for the first time since 1984

COMEBACK. AS Roma's Greek defender Kostas Manolas celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona. Photo by Isabella Bonotto/AFP