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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

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


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

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

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

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)

Values kids can learn from sports

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:32 AM

These life lessons will remain long after you’ve left the field

Neymar heads to Brazil for 'personal matters'

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Neymar might miss Wednesday's clash with Strasbourg

PERSONAL MATTERS. Neymar heads home to Brazil for personal reasons. Photo from AFP

Barca seeks 'justice' for jailed Catalan ministers

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Fans in Camp Nou clamor for freedom and justice for Catalan

CALL FOR CALM. FC Barcelona calls for solidarity of the affected families due to the prison sentences. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

I'm no Neymar, insists Barca new boy Dembele

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:31 AM

The second most expensive player 20 year old French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele says he still has a lot to learn specially from Barcelona s Lionel Messi

Neymar offers to pay $2.5 million fine to Brazil tax authorities

Aug 12, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Neymar wants to leave the fight with Brazilian authorities behind him as he prepares for a new life with PSG

ALLEZ PARIS. After saying goodbye to teammates, all that's left for Neymar to do is finalize his deal with Paris Saint-Germain. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Messi tax fraud sentence reduced to fine

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:57 AM

Messi and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively

REDUCED SENTENCE. A Spanish court says it has replaced with fines the suspended prison sentences handed down to FC Barcelona's star striker Lionel Messi and his father. File Photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

What's next for Barcelona after losing La Liga?

May 23, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Barcelona has some things to consider in order to get back on their feet after losing the La Liga title to Real Madrid

Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to 33rd La Liga title

May 23, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals this is his best season for Real Madrid as he led the squad to their 33rd La Liga title

Neymar ban dispute rages ahead of El Clasico

Apr 23, 2017 - 11:38 AM

The Brazilian is in the midst of a 3 game suspension for his red card and subsequent sarcastic applause of the officials in Barca s 2 0 defeat to Malaga two weeks ago

WILL NEYMAR PLAY? Barcelona is desperate for the suspended Neymar to play against Real Madrid. File Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

2016 is a year of big money deals in sports

Dec 20, 2016 - 6:19 PM

Let s have a look at the money that flooded into sports in 2016

BIG INCOME. The NBA is one of the sports leagues that enjoyed a spike in TV income in 2016. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Afghan boy who wore plastic bag jersey meets idol Messi

Dec 14, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Six year old Murtaza Ahmadi gets his dream come true after meeting Lionel Messi

Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi poses for a picture with the FC Barcelona team, including his idol Lionel Messi, on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

Neymar nears trial over transfer corruption case

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Should he be found guilty Neymar 24 faces a prison sentence of between 6 months and two years and a heavy fine

TRIAL LOOMS. The possibility of Barcelona superstar Neymar standing trial moves closer as a Madrid judge accepts an appeal by prosecutors for corruption charges to be brought against the Brazilian. LLUIS GENE / AFP

Barca defends Messi social media campaign

Jul 12, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Barcelona starts a social media campaign with the hashtag WeAreAllLeoMessi

PENALTY. Lionel Messi and his father have been sentenced to 21 months in jail and are ordered to pay a $4.1 million USD fine. File photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Neymar to play in Olympics, miss Copa America

Apr 21, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Neymar will try to help Brazil win gold on home turf in August

OLYMPIC DREAMS. Neymar will represent his country on home turf in Rio. Photo by Alejandro Garcia/EPA

WATCH: Barcelona pays tribute to Johan Cruyff

Mar 26, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The Netherlands vs France international game is paused in the 14th minute to honor Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff in an unprecedented show of respect

LEGEND. People visit a memorial event to late Dutch soccer player and coach Johan Druyff's at Camp Nou Stadium, in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 26 March 2016. The memorial space will be open until 29 March. Cruyff died of cancer at the age of 68, his official website announced on 24 March 2016. Photo by Alberto Estevez/EPA

Neymar ordered to appear in Spanish court for fraud

Jan 13, 2016 - 7:18 PM

UPDATED The Brazilian star is called to a Spanish court for alleged fraud surrounding his transfer to Barcelona in 2013

FRAUD? Brazil's Neymar, one of the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 award, is ordered to appear in a Spanish court for alleged fraud related to his transfer to Barcelona. Photo by WALTER BIERI/EPA

Barcelona better than ever, says Messi

Dec 16, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Barcelona who has captured the Champions League Spain s La Liga the Copa del Rey and European Super Cup this year is eyeing a third FIFA Club World Cup

CLUB WORLD CUP. Lionel Messi waves to fans upon his arrival at Narita International Airport in Japan two days ago. The FC Barcelona squad is in Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015. Photo by CHRISTOPHER JUE/EPA

Athletic Bilbao hold Barca to end 31-year trophy drought

Aug 18, 2015 - 7:24 PM

The defeat ends Barcelona s hopes of matching the club record set by Pep Guardiola s side in 2009 of winning 6 trophies in a calendar year

Athletic Club's Aritz Aduriz celebrates after scoring against FC Barcelona during the Spanish Supercup second leg match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao. Photo by TONI ALBIR/EPA

Messi sparkles as Argentina thrashes Paraguay

Jul 01, 2015 - 3:33 PM

The Barcelona superstar tormented Paraguay mercilessly and Argentina advanced to the Copa America final

Lionel Messi reacts during the Copa America 2015 semifinal match between Argentina and Paraguay. Photo by FELIPE TRUEBA/EPA

Luis Suarez 'an accident waiting to happen,' says Premier League head

Aug 14, 2014 - 1:26 AM

Luis Suarez is an accident waiting to happen English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said adding he was glad to see him leave Liverpool

Luis Suarez has appealed his FIFA ban after biting an opponent in the World Cup. Photo by Emilio Lavandeira Jr/EPA

Spain's Xavi retires with place in football history secure

Aug 06, 2014 - 4:07 PM

Xavi Hernandez who announced his retirement from football this week is credited with helping Spain turn its football program around to win the 2010 World Cup

RETIRED. Xavi Hernandez walks away from the sport after winning the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships with Spain. Photo by Toni Albir/EPA

FC Barcelona Escola returns to the Philippines

Jul 22, 2014 - 5:45 PM

Deadline for early bird registration is on August 7 2014

Bale stunner delivers Copa del Rey joy for Real Madrid

Apr 17, 2014 - 4:06 PM

Real Madrid are champions once again after they defeated rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Final

CHAMPIONS. Real Madrid's Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti (top) is thrown in the air by Real Madrid's players to celebrate their Copa del Rey championship. Photo by Juan Carlos Cardenas/EPA

Atletico in Champions League semis, stops Barca

Apr 10, 2014 - 12:50 PM

Despite missing their top scorer Diego Costa and playing amid an electric atmosphere Atletico Madrid managed to seize a semifinals slot against Barcelona

GOAL. Atletico Madrid's midfielder Koke (L) celebrates with his teammate David Villa (R) after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Barcelona. Photo by Alberto Martin/EPA

Real Madrid very much in title race, warns Barca coach

Mar 29, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Even as Madrid absorbs straight losses Barcelona coach Martino is not one to underestimate their rivals

EL CLASICO. FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) scores the 2-2 equalizer against Real Madrid defenders during their recent 'El Clasico' match-up. Photo by Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Sympathy, aid for Haiyan survivors pour in from sports world

Nov 21, 2013 - 8:52 AM

From the world of basketball football boxing and golf messages of compassion pour in for the 10 million affected by the storm

SPORTS WORLD AID. International sports personalities and organizations vow to help victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Pau Gasol photo from UNICEF.org. Doug Baldwin Jr photo from Seattle Seahawks' official Twitter account

FC Barcelona Escola Camp returns for 2nd edition

Sep 27, 2013 - 7:24 PM

The FC Barcelona Escola Camp returns for a 2nd edition this December

DIRECTOR GENERAL. Merce says they want to be involved in the development of football here. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

Vilanova steps down as Barcelona coach

Jul 20, 2013 - 12:07 PM

Tito Vilanova has stepped down as Barcelona coach to focus on his battle with cancer

Barcelona investment on Neymar will be worth it - Scolari

Jun 23, 2013 - 4:24 PM

Brazil coach Luiz Scolari said that Barcelona would get their money s worth from striker Neymar

BACK ON TRACK. Neymar has delivered goal after goal for Brazil. Photo by EPA/Antonio Lacerda.

Messi is innocent of tax fraud - lawyers

Jun 21, 2013 - 9:31 PM

Leo Messi s lawyers come to the rescue saying they firmly believe that their client is innocent of tax fraud

BLEMISHED? The accusations of tax fraud come as a huge blow to the reputation of Lionel Messi, considered by many as the best footballer today. Photo by EPA/Pier Paolo Ferreri.

Neymar ends drought in style for Brazil

Jun 16, 2013 - 5:08 PM

Neymar ended his goalless spell with a bang in a Confed Cup win over Japan

IN STYLE. Neymar ended his drought with a bang. Photo from Neymar Jr.'s official Facebook page.

How much did Neymar's transfer cost Barcelona?

Jun 04, 2013 - 1:38 PM

FC Barcelona s signing of Brazilian international Neymar has cost the club 57 million euros according to one of the club s top officials

LIVING HIS DREAM. Neymar finally realized his dream of playing for his favorite team. Photo from FC Barcelona's Facebook page.

Barcelona coach confident of returning next season

Jun 01, 2013 - 4:17 PM

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova insisted he would be back to coach the team next season

Neymar inks 5-year pact with FC Barcelona

May 29, 2013 - 12:28 AM

Brazilian star Neymar signed a 5 year deal with FC Barcelona

STAR POWER. Neymar joins a star-studded Barca crew. Photo from FC Barcelona's Facebook page.

Supersub Messi catalyzes Barcelona win

May 06, 2013 - 4:51 PM

Lionel Messi came off the bench to spark Barcelona to a 4 2 win over Real Betis

After humiliation, what's next for Barcelona?

May 03, 2013 - 9:14 AM

After suffering their worst European defeat what s next for FC Barcelona?

HARD DECISIONS. After the humiliation, what's next for Barcelona? Photo from FCB's Facebook page.

Munich completes blowout with romp at Barcelona

May 02, 2013 - 1:04 PM

Bayern Munich beat FC Barcelona 3 0 to advance to the Champions League finals against Borussia

BLOODBATH. Munich dominated Barcelona in every aspect. Photo from FCB's Facebook page.

'Barcelona still the best team in the world'

May 01, 2013 - 10:29 PM

Despite winning handily at home Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes still believes that Barcelona is the best team in the world

NOT TAKING FOES LIGHTLY. Munich will go for the kill against Barcelona. Photo from Munich's Facebook page.

Bayern destroys Barca in CL semis

Apr 24, 2013 - 6:00 AM

Bayern Munich made mincemeat of Barcelona s defense in a 4 0 rout to move one step closer to the Champions League finals

DOMINATED. Mueller celebrates after the 4th goal scored by Munich. Photo by AFP/Odd Andersen.

Messi in lineup for Munich clash

Apr 21, 2013 - 10:11 PM

Lionel Messi has been included in the Barcelona squad for the first leg of their Champions League semis clash against Munich