Javier Mascherano

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Messi scores twice as Barcelona hit Osasuna for seven

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi rewarded a homage by Barcelona fans with two more goals as they thrashed Osasuna 7-1 to move three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

The much-criticised Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer also bagged doubles, whilst Javier Mascherano scored his first Barca goal in seven years with the club from the penalty spot.

Messi scores twice as Barcelona hit Osasuna for seven

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi rewarded a homage by Barcelona fans with two more goals as they thrashed Osasuna 7-1 to move three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

The much-criticised Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer also bagged doubles, whilst Javier Mascherano scored his first Barca goal in seven years with the club from the penalty spot.

Busquets back as Barca seek new miracle

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique welcomed back Sergio Busquets with the Catalans needing another remarkable comeback to oust Italian champions Juventus and reach the Champions League semi-finals at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Juventus claimed a 3-0 lead in last week’s quarter-final first leg, but Barca overcame a 4-0 deficit in the last 16 by beating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 back on home soil.

Barca to target Juve hot-shots Higuain, Dybala

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Barcelona must try to stop prolific Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala when the sides meet in a mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, admits defender Javier Mascherano.

Juventus meet Barcelona for the first time since the 2015 final, when an early Ivan Rakitic strike left Massimiliano Allegri’s men with a mountain to climb before they succumbed 3-1 in Berlin.

‘MSN’ lead Barca rescue mission against PSG

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique put his faith in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar to produce a historic Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in what could be his last European game in charge on Wednesday.

Barca need to do what no side has ever done in the Champions League by overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit, to make the quarter-finals for a 10th straight season.

Alexis Sanchez admits one-mn-euro tax fraud

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Barcelona (AFP) Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez on Monday admitted defrauding Spanish tax authorities of 983,443 euros ($1 million) while playing for Barcelona.

The 28-year-old Chile international's confession could see him receive a fine and possibly a non-custodial prison sentence.

Giving evidence via video link from London, Sanchez "recognised a tax error which he has settled with the Spanish Treasury," a judicial source said.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

Umtiti linked with Barcelona as Enrique searches for recruits

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With rumours surfacing surrounding the future of Javier Mascherano in recent weeks, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is on the hunt for fresh defensive options this summer. Lyon's Samuel Umtiti is the latest name to be linked with a move to the Camp Nou, and if may well not be too long until we see the Frenchman's arrival in Spain.

Wednesday Kickoff: Mascherano, Xhaka and more

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Fresh of their Spanish double, Barcelona is set to lose one of their key defensive figures, while Arsenal has begun their offseason with a high-profile Bundesliga signing.

Barcelona's Javier Mascherano reportedly wants out of the Camp Nou and could be on his way to Juventus. The reigning Serie A champions are said to be prepared to offer the 31-year-old a position in the midfielder, which Mascherano has made clear is his position of choice.

Barcelona win Copa del Rey for 28th time

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Madrid (AFP) Jordi Alba and Neymar struck in extra-time as Barcelona completed a league and Cup double by lifting the Copa del Rey for a 28th time after a 2-0 win over Sevilla in a fiery game that saw three red cards on Sunday.

Javier Mascherano's dismissal just before half-time for pulling down Kevin Gameiro put Barca on the backfoot and they were further depleted when 59-goal top scorer Luis Suarez limped off early in the second period.

Barcelona win Copa del Rey for 28th time

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Madrid (AFP) Jordi Alba and Neymar struck in extra-time as Barcelona completed a league and Cup double by lifting the Copa del Rey for a 28th time after a 2-0 win over Sevilla in a fiery game that saw three red cards on Sunday.

Javier Mascherano's dismissal just before half-time for pulling down Kevin Gameiro put Barca on the backfoot and they were further depleted when 59-goal top scorer Luis Suarez limped off early in the second period.

‘MSN’ lead Barca quest for league and Cup double

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique named the same side that won La Liga last weekend at Granada as the Catalans aim to add the Copa del Rey to their trophy haul this season against Sevilla on Sunday.

Luis Suarez is looking for his 60th goal of an incredible season as the Uruguayan is again paired with Lionel Messi and Neymar up front.

‘MSN’ lead Barca quest for league and Cup double

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique named the same side that won La Liga last weekend at Granada as the Catalans aim to add the Copa del Rey to their trophy haul this season against Sevilla on Sunday.

Luis Suarez is looking for his 60th goal of an incredible season as the Uruguayan is again paired with Lionel Messi and Neymar up front.

Rested Barcelona seek to keep record run rolling

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A well-rested Barcelona look to take another step closer to the Spanish title when struggling Getafe visit the Camp Nou on Saturday looking like cannon fodder for the rampant European champions.

Barca haven't lost in a Spanish record 36 games to open up an eight-point lead over Atletico Madrid in the title race with just 10 games remaining.

Rested Barcelona seek to keep record run rolling

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A well-rested Barcelona look to take another step closer to the Spanish title when struggling Getafe visit the Camp Nou on Saturday looking like cannon fodder for the rampant European champions.

Barca haven't lost in a Spanish record 36 games to open up an eight-point lead over Atletico Madrid in the title race with just 10 games remaining.

Barcelona star Javier Mascherano sentenced for tax fraud, jail term unlikely

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Barcelona's Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano has been sentenced to one year in prison for not properly paying taxes in Spain but is unlikely to serve any jail time. Mascherano failed to pay nearly€1.

Javier Mascherano Handed One Year Jail Sentence For Fraud, (Obviously) Unlikely To Serve A Second Of It (Video)

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Barcelona and Argentina midfielder/defender Javier Mascherano is hoping to avoid the one-year jail sentence dished out to the star on Thursday, which relates to a rather sizeable 1.5m euro (£1.1m) tax fraud.

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The 31-year-old had already admitted to two counts of fraud concerning his failure to declare his earnings in 2011 and 2012.

Javier Mascherano avoids prison, accepts suspended sentence for tax fraud

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Barcelona and Argentina's Javier Mascherano accepted a one-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 816,000 euros ($891,000) before a judge on Thursday for committing tax fraud of 1.5 million euros. The plea, agreed between the former Liverpool midfielder's lawyers and the public prosecutor in December, was formally processed in a hearing that lasted barely 10 minutes.

Javier Mascherano avoids prison, accepts suspended sentence for tax fraud

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Barcelona and Argentina's Javier Mascherano accepted a one-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 816,000 euros ($891,000) before a judge on Thursday for committing tax fraud of 1.5 million euros. The plea, agreed between the former Liverpool midfielder's lawyers and the public prosecutor in December, was formally processed in a hearing that lasted barely 10 minutes.

Barcelona Star Sentenced To Jail For Tax Fraud

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In a decision that will send shivers down the back of his teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi, Barcelona star Javier Mascherano has been sentenced to a year in prison and fined €815,000 for two tax offenses.

Mascherano was given four-month and eight-month sentences for the two offences which took place in 2011 and 2012.

Another Barcelona player charged with tax fraud

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Influential Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has become the latest in the line of current Blaugrana stars to be targeted in a case of tax evasion. After Lionel Messi and Neymar, Mascherano is the third South American player plying his trade with the Catalan giants to be charged with tax fraud.

Can Barcelona Retain the Champions League This Season?

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Without further ado which amounts to testing the patience of today's highly impatient football fans the Champions League proper starts tonight. The group stages are barely intriguing compared to the drama that unfolds in the latter stages of the tournament, when emotions run high amid the frenzy of an important away goal or a deadlock-breaker deep into an all-important second leg tie.

Juventus vs Barcelona – 2015 Champions League Final Tactical Preview

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Snapshot: Javier Mascherano Ponders The Meaning Of It All After Barcelona’s Copa Del Rey Win…

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With Lionel Messi once again the star of the show, Barcelona added to their La Liga success this season by winning the Copa Del Rey 3-1 against Athletic Bilbao.

After the celebrations had died down, tough-nut Javier Mascherano showed a deeper side to his character, as he sat alone on the pitch.

Plugging The Leaks: How The Barcelona Defence Turned From Inadequate To Indestructible

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Wednesday Kickoff: Bayern Munich, 'Chicharito', Dortmund and more

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Following their controversial defeat to Real Madrid, several Bayern Munich players took things a step too far.

Police reportedly intervened after three Bayern Munich players, Robert Lewandowski, Thiago and Arturo Vidal, stormed into the referee's lockerroom following their elimination from the Champions League on Tuesday.

Friday Kickoff: Mascherano, Sturridge, FIFA and more

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Friday is here, marking the beginning of a long weekend of soccer action and the return of the German Bundesliga, but it's not a good day for one Barcelona player, who was sentenced to one year in jail because of tax fraud.

On Thursday, defender Javier Mascherano was sentenced to a year in prison for avoiding tax payments in Spain; however, he is not expected to serve time in jail.

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Argentina Fan Gets Tattoo Tribute To Infamous Sliding Tackle That Split Javier Mascherano’s Anus In Twain (Photo)

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Javier Mascherano was forced to relive painful memories over the weekend when he came face to face with a tattoo tribute to his goal-denying sliding tackle at the 2014 World Cup.

With the score locked at 0-0 and mere seconds of normal time left to play in Argentina's drab semi-final against the Netherlands, Mascherano made up several metres on Arjen Robben to slam the door shut in dramatic fashion.

Argentina coach Bauza calls for World Cup ‘risks’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Lionel Messi and Argentina's stars will have to take "risks" to beat Colombia and keep their World Cup hopes alive, coach Edgardo Bauza said ahead of their must-win clash on Tuesday.

Messi used expletives to Argentinian media to highlight his anger after the Albiceleste lost 3-0 to Brazil last week.

Argentina coach Bauza calls for World Cup ‘risks’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Lionel Messi and Argentina's stars will have to take "risks" to beat Colombia and keep their World Cup hopes alive, coach Edgardo Bauza said ahead of their must-win clash on Tuesday.

Messi used expletives to Argentinian media to highlight his anger after the Albiceleste lost 3-0 to Brazil last week.

Copa America 2016 Group D Primer: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Panama

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All the team info, TV schedules and players to look for in Group D featuring Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Panama.

ARGENTINA

Nickname - La Albiceleste

FIFA Ranking - 1st

Head Coach - Gerardo Martino

Best Copa Finish - Champions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991 and 1993)

Roster Breakdown - 4 Domestic, 6 England, 4 Spain, 3 Italy, 2 France, 2 Mexico, 1 Portugal, 1 China

Player You Should Know - Javier Mascherano, MID/DEF, Barcelona (ESP) - Yes, there might actually be someone on Argentina more important than Lionel Messi.

22 Years, 6 Finals, 6 Defeats: Argentina Lose Another Final As Agonising Wait Continues

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Barca, Sevilla stalemate goes to extra-time

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Madrid (AFP) The Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Sevilla went to extra-time on Sunday as neither side could score a goal in 90 minutes despite both teams being reduced to 10 men.

Barca's Javier Mascherano was first to see red for bringing down Kevin Gameiro nine minutes before half-time.

Barca, Sevilla stalemate goes to extra-time

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Madrid (AFP) The Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Sevilla went to extra-time on Sunday as neither side could score a goal in 90 minutes despite both teams being reduced to 10 men.

Barca's Javier Mascherano was first to see red for bringing down Kevin Gameiro nine minutes before half-time.

Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez set to play in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial match

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Former Liverpool strikers Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have been tipped to return to Anfield next month to feature in Steven Gerrard's scheduled testimonial according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Torres in particular, enjoyed a fantastic partnership with Gerrard in his Liverpool days before his £50million transfer to Chelsea, a move that was said to have broken Gerrard's heart.

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Argentina squad announced for WCQs v Chile and Bolivia

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Argentina squad announced for WCQs v Chile and Bolivia

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Argentina squad v Brazil & Colombia: Messi and Agüero injured, Higuaín back in

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Does FIFA’s war on Third-Party Ownership spell the end for the ‘Porto model’?

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