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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

Spain's King Felipe VI backs judges during Catalonia visit

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:37 PM

The Spanish monarch's firm stance against independence angers some who say he should not take sides

HIS HIGHNESS. Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attend a memorial mass marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Felipe's grand-father Juan de Bourbon, Count of Barcelona on April 3, 2018 in San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid. Photo by Ballesteros/pool/AFP

Messi hat trick helps Barcelona equal record unbeaten streak

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Barcelona wins its 38th straight game and will look to break the longest unbeaten record set by Real Sociedad in the 1979-1980 season

MAN OF THE HOUR. Leo Messi's hat trick powers Barcelona to equal a record unbeaten streak in La Liga history. File Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Two own-goals help Barca take charge of quarter-final against Roma

Apr 05, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Luis Suarez restores the 3-goal cushion with a late goal in the 87th minute

DAGGER. Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) celebrates a goal with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match between FC Barcelona and AS Roma at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Messi, Busquets set for Barcelona return against Roma

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Barcelona are bidding to reach the last 4 of the Champions League for the first time in 3 years after falling at the quarter-final stage both in 2016 and 2017

RETURN. Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets will be in better shape in Wednesday's match against Roma. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP (Messi) and Jorge Guerrero/AFP (Busquets)

Argentina has a 'debt' to settle at World Cup, says Leo Messi

Mar 30, 2018 - 6:13 PM

'The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals. We haven't been far off,' says Messi

WINNING. Argentina's forward Lionel Messi attends a training session in Madrid on March 25, 2018 ahead of an international friendly football match between Spain and Argentina.  Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Arrest of Catalan leader in Germany ignites wave of protests

Mar 26, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont spent the night in a German jail cell following his arrest after he crossed the border from Denmark, under a European warrant issued by Spain

PRISON. Police officers walk out of the prison of Neumuenster, where former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont is detained, in Neumuenster, northern Germany, on March 26, 2018. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Messi hits Champions League century in emphatic Barca win over Chelsea

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Messi becomes only the second player to reach the milestone in Europe's premier tournament, following Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

100. Lionel Messi's brace marks his centurial honor in the Champions League. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

5 cool gadgets at Mobile World Congress that aren't phones

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Phones are the star of the show but there is no lack of interesting devices found at MWC 2018

BISECU. A host holds a mobile phone used to lock a Bisecu Smart Bike Lock on a bycicle at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's biggest mobile fair, on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP


WATCH: The new ASUS ZenFone 5 unveiled

Feb 28, 2018 - 3:30 AM

ASUS' flagship for 2018 arrives with an iPhone X-like notch, and AI capabilities

ZENFONE 5. ASUS is ready for 2018 with their new device. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


LIVE: ASUS' ZenFone 5 event at MWC 2018

Feb 27, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The stream starts at 2:30 am, Wednesday, February 28

Huawei launches new tablet, laptop in flagship phone hiatus

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:07 PM

Huawei will be launching the P20 smartphone on March 27 instead

Huawei Mate 10 Pro drives a Porsche at MWC 2018

Feb 27, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Huawei's AI-powered smartphone flexes its muscle at the world's biggest phone show

PHONE SMARTS. Picture taken of a Porsche Panamera car driven by the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 26, 2018, on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC). Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


Specs, prices: Alcatel’s 5 new phones unveiled at MWC 2018

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Alcatel licensee TCL has officially revealed its phones for 2018 – the Alcatel 5, 3V, 3X, 3, and 1X

NEW FROM ALCATEL. Alcatel renews its aim at the budget to midrange market with their phones for 2018. All photos from official Alcatel website


Vivo shows off APEX concept with retractable cam, half-screen fingerprint sensor

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The concept phone called the Vivo APEX ambitiously repositions the front-facing camera, fingerprint scanner and earpiece, eliminates any need for bezels

APEX CONCEPT. The concept phone touts a retractable camera and half its screen being capable of identifying fingerprints. Photo from Vivo


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Feb 26, 2018 - 12:55 PM

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Specs, price: The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:18 AM

Check here for a listing of the product specifications and features of Samsung's Galaxy S9

SAMSUNG GALAXY S9. Will you be grabbing one? Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler