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Pep Guardiola urges 'brave' Barcelona to attack Real Madrid in Copa del Rey final

Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2011 by YAHOO Sport107 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insists his team will be ready to handle Real Madrid when the two giants meet in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday night. It's the second of four Clasicos between the historic rivals and a chance for Barca to grab some silverware. "I guess it's a final where anything can happen and there will be a very festive atmosphere. We have to encourage our team and have...Full Story »

Barcelona to appeal Iniesta's UEFA suspension

Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport207 hits

MADRID, April 19 (Reuters) - Barcelona have decided to appeal UEFA’s proposal to ban Andres Iniesta for one Champions League match for deliberately collecting a yellow card. The Spain midfielder was cautioned in the first leg of Barca’s quarter-final against Shakhtar Donetsk, which the Spanish club won 5-1, for not retreating the required distance at a freekick, meaning he missed ...Full Story »

Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas: We cannot afford to lose Copa del Rey final to Barcelona

Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport62 hits

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has stressed the importance of winning the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on Wednesday evening. The two teams confront each other for the second time in less than a week at the Mestalla. On Saturday, Madrid welcomed Barca at the Bernabeu and drew 1-1 to remain eight points behind the leaders, but will hope to win the Copa del Rey Cup for the first ...Full Story »

Barcelona appeal proposed Iniesta ban

Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by YAHOO Sport33 hits

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona have appealed a UEFA proposal to suspend Andres Iniesta from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid. UEFA will decide Wednesday whether to ban the Barcelona midfielder for an extra match for allegedly incurring a yellow card on purpose, Barcelona said in a statement on their website. Iniesta picked up the yellow card during Barcelon...Full Story »

Tottenham facing fight to keep Sandro as Barcelona prepare to make move

Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by Talksport.co.uk91 hits

Barcelona are poised to make a move for Tottenham midfielder Sandro following his superb displays for the north London club this season. Sandro, 22, has made an immediate impact at White Hart Lane and played a major role in helping the club reach the quarter-final stage of the Champions League. Reports in Spain state that Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of the Brazilian midfie...Full Story »

Madrid rallies for 1-1 draw against Barcelona

Posted Sunday, April 17, 2011 by YAHOO Sport46 hits

MADRID (AP)—Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty canceled out counterpart Lionel Messi’s as 10-man Real Madrid rallied for a 1-1 draw against Spanish leader Barcelona on Saturday in the first of their four matchups in 18 days. Ronaldo cleanly beat goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the 82nd minute for his first career goal against Barcelona after Daniel Alves was adjudged to have brought...Full Story »

Real Madrid 1 : 1 Barcelona - Ronaldo earns draw

Posted Saturday, April 16, 2011 by PA64 hits

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late penalty to earn 10-man Real Madrid a dramatic 1-1 draw from the Clasico showdown with bitter rivals Barcelona at the Bernabeu. Ronaldo's 82nd-minute spot-kick cancelled out Lionel Messi's 53rd-minute penalty for Barca, which came following an incident that also saw Madrid defender Raul Albiol sent off. Ronaldo's equaliser could prove a crucial morale booster for...Full Story »

Puyol in Barcelona squad for Real Madrid match

Posted Saturday, April 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport33 hits

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Barcelona defender Carles Puyol could play for the first time since January after being included in the squad for Saturday’s Spanish league match at Real Madrid. Puyol hasn’t played for the two-time defending Spanish champions since Jan. 22 due to a left knee injury. Coach Pep Guardiola has used defensive midfielders Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano ...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Barcelona preview - El Clasico saga begins

Posted Saturday, April 16, 2011 by PA177 hits

Real Madrid and Barcelona clash in the first of four mouth-watering meetings between the two arch rivals in three different competitions over the coming weeks as `El Clasico' fever grips Spanish football. The first showdown is in the Primera Division, and just four days after that the European superpowers meet again in the Copa del Rey final before then doing battle twice more in the Champion...Full Story »

Madrid beats Spurs 1-0, makes semi vs. Barcelona

Posted Thursday, April 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport30 hits

LONDON (AP)—Real Madrid completed its untroubled progress past Tottenham into the semifinals of the Champions League on Wednesday when Cristiano Ronaldo gave the record nine-time European champions a 1-0 win in London. Ronaldo’s 40th goal of the season secured a 5-0 aggregate win over Tottenham, ending the English club’s debut campaign in the tournament and ensuring a semifina...Full Story »

Barcelona beats Shakhtar 1-0 in Champions League

Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by YAHOO Sport40 hits

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP)—Lionel Messi scored his club-record 48th goal of the season Tuesday as Barcelona advanced to the Champions League semifinals with a clinical 1-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk, easily protecting a 5-1 advantage from the first leg. Messi struck in the 43rd minute to send the Spanish champion through to a probable semifinal against archrival Real Madrid, which has a 4-0 edge ...Full Story »

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0 : 1 Barcelona - Barca cruise into last four

Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by PA36 hits

Barcelona secured their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League and a probable showdown with arch rivals Real Madrid after completing a 1-0 win Shakhtar Donetsk. Leading 5-1 from last week's quarter-final first leg at the Nou Camp, Barca weathered an early storm at the Donbass Arena before netting what would prove to be the only goal of the night through Lionel Messi just before half-t...Full Story »

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Barcelona preview - It`s not all over yet - Striker

Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by PA245 hits

Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano remains confident his team can still reach the semi-finals of the Champions League despite needing to produce one of European football's greatest comebacks to get past Barcelona. Shakhtar go into the quarter-final second leg at the Donbass Arena trailing 5-1 from last week's first meeting at the Nou Camp, and it will need something special to prevent 2006 a...Full Story »

Messi: 47 goals in a season for Barcelona again

Posted Monday, April 11, 2011 by Soccerlens.com156 hits

The game against Almeria this weekend confirmed Barcelona’s eight point lead over rival Real Madrid before the El Clasico. What was notable in that game was that Lionel Messi scored his 46th and 47th goals for this season. 47 goals in one season in all competitions is a record that was achieved by the Brazilian Ronaldo back in 1996/1997 – which was equaled by the little Messiah al...Full Story »

Barcelona 3 : 1 Almeria - Messi nets Barca brace past Almeria

Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011 by PA13 hits

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona survived a scare to come from behind and beat bottom club Almeria 3-1 at the Nou Camp and preserve their eight-point lead over fierce rivals Real Madrid at the top of the Primera Division table. Barca had seen Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 at San Mames earlier in the day but found it surprisingly difficult to break down an Almeria side playing their firs...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Almeria preview - Valdes looks beyond Almeria encounter

Posted Saturday, April 09, 2011 by PA20 hits

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has started to provoke bitter rivals Real Madrid ahead of a possible four meetings between the two adversaries starting later this month. Barca lead Madrid by eight points in the Primera Division, but the Catalans travel to the Santiago Bernabeu next weekend for a key league clash before the two sides face off in the final of the Copa del Rey on April 20. And...Full Story »

Barcelona 5 : 1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk - Five-star Barca destroy Donetsk

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by PA47 hits

Barcelona all but secured their spot in the Champions League semi-finals and a probable showdown with arch rivals Real Madrid after building a huge 5-1 first-leg lead over Shakhtar Donetsk. Following on from Madrid's 4-0 thumping of Tottenham, Barca appear to have done all the hard work in their home quarter-final tie after another memorable European night at the Nou Camp. Andres Iniesta, Dani...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk preview - Villa concerned by lack of goals

Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by PA397 hits

Barcelona head into their Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk in buoyant mood, although striker David Villa admits to concern over his recent lack of goals at club level. Barca now boast an eight-point advantage over Real Madrid at the Primera Division summit with only eight games remaining after Pep Guardiola's men took full advantage of Madrid's shock home defeat to Sporting Gij...Full Story »

I was better than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi – Ghana legend Mohammed ‘Polo’ Ahmed

Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2011 by Goal.com370 hits

Barcelona star Lionel Messi may be widely acknowledged as the world’s best player at the moment, but Ghana legend Mohammed ‘Polo’ Ahmed believes that during his playing days he was far better than the Argentina international forward. Messi won FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and the Ballon d’Or in 2009 and 2010. The 23-year-old has also been regularly compared to...Full Story »

Barcelona Take Huge Step towards Retaining Title

Posted Monday, April 04, 2011 by Supersport.com51 hits

FC Barcelona won 1-0 in Villarreal while Real Madrid suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Sporting Gijon on Sunday in Spain's La Liga. Gerard Pique scored Barca's goal in the second half of their difficult game away to the side that had kicked off the day third in the table. Barcelona were missing key players including Xavi Hernandez and Leo Messi, who came into the game as a second half subst...Full Story »

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