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Messi puts on masterclass for watching Coutinho

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi put on a masterclass in front of new recruit Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona trounced Celta Vigo 5-0 Thursday to ease into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate.

Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first time since his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool.

Messi puts on masterclass for watching Coutinho

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi put on a masterclass in front of new recruit Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona trounced Celta Vigo 5-0 Thursday to ease into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate.

Coutinho, dressed in a black shirt dotted with white stars, was in the stands at the Camp Nou for the first time since his 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool.

Barcelona’s football star Alba steps into Gulf crisis

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Doha (AFP) – Barcelona star Jordi Alba has become the latest Spanish footballer to enter the Gulf diplomatic crisis after he was shown signing a T-shirt of Qatar’s leader on Wednesday.

A video of Alba autographing the image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, which has become the symbol of Qatari resistance during the month-long row between Doha and neighbouring countries, was posted on Twitter.

Barcelona Awarded Utterly Farcical Penalty Against Eibar As Lionel Messi And Co. Fall Short In La Liga Title Race (Photo & Videos)

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Barcelona came from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the La Liga season not that it was enough to prevent rivals Real Madrid from clinching their first title since 2012 with a 2-0 win over Malaga elsewhere.

Barca fell behind to a superbTakashi Inui brace but a late rally, coupled with a few 'favourable' refereeing decisions, saw the Catalans claw back the victory in dramatic fashion.

Leading Barcelona to La Liga glory would be Lionel Messi’s greatest achievement

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After Messi slotted the ball into the corner with his left foot in Sunday’s el Clásico, he went off to the edge of the pitch to celebrate in front of baying Real Madrid fans. Barcelona’s title chances were reignited.

That’s what went through my head in the 92nd minute of Sunday’s Clásico.

Leading Barcelona to La Liga glory would be Lionel Messi’s greatest achievement

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After Messi slotted the ball into the corner with his left foot in Sunday’s el Clásico, he went off to the edge of the pitch to celebrate in front of baying Real Madrid fans. Barcelona’s title chances were reignited.

That’s what went through my head in the 92nd minute of Sunday’s Clásico.

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.

Manchester United keeping a close eye on £25m defender

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Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Barcelona left-back, Jordi Alba, with a view to making a formal move in the summer transfer window.

According to reports from Manchester Evening News, doubts have surfaced over Luke Shaw’s long-term future at Old Trafford.

Shaw’s situation at Old Trafford should worry United fans.

Barcelona Call For Goal Line Technology After Being Robbed At Real Betis

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Barcelona have called for goal-line technology to be used in La Liga after they were denied a clear goal in their 1-1 draw with Real Betis on Sunday.

After Betis had taken a second-half lead through Alex Alegria, Barca thought they had equalised when Aissa Mandi attempted to clear a Jordi Alba shot off the line.

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.

Roberto, Cillessen add to Barcelona injury list

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Barcelona (AFP) Full-back Sergi Roberto and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen have returned to Barcelona from international duty injured, the Spanish champions said on Monday.

Dutch back-up keeper Cillessen is expected to be out for three weeks after suffering an ankle ligament injury while Roberto also faces a spell on the sidelines with a groin injury picked up during training with Spain.

Roberto, Cillessen add to Barcelona injury list

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Barcelona (AFP) Full-back Sergi Roberto and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen have returned to Barcelona from international duty injured, the Spanish champions said on Monday.

Dutch back-up keeper Cillessen is expected to be out for three weeks after suffering an ankle ligament injury while Roberto also faces a spell on the sidelines with a groin injury picked up during training with Spain.

Sunday Ticker: Messi, Bale, EPL and more

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It was a day of blowouts, but also of injuries to star players in La Liga on Sunday.

Barcelona scored six, including a hat trick from Luis Suarez, vs. Athletic Bilbao, but was dealt a blow when Messi left the game at halftime due to a hamstring injury. (REPORT)

Welsh international Gareth Bale left Real Madrid's game early due to injury, and will have tests on his calf on Tuesday.

Luis Enrique concerned Neymar faces a lengthy layoff

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is concerned Neymar may be set for a lengthy layoff after the Brazilian superstar injured his groin before their final Champions League group match. The defending champions were already through to the Champions League's last 16 for the 12th year in succession and ended their group campaign on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

Luis Enrique concerned Neymar faces a lengthy layoff

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is concerned Neymar may be set for a lengthy layoff after the Brazilian superstar injured his groin before their final Champions League group match. The defending champions were already through to the Champions League's last 16 for the 12th year in succession and ended their group campaign on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

Barca hail ‘incomparable’ Messi ahead of 100th Champions League appearance

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and defender Jordi Alba hailed "incomparable" Lionel Messi as the Spanish league giants look to take the first step towards the defense of their Champions League crown against Roma on Wednesday.

Barcelona, 3-1 winners over Juventus in last May's final, are being tipped to become the first team since AC Milan in 1990 to successfully defend their crown.

Barcelona players celebrate fifth Champions League crown – in pictures: Photo, Shoot Special

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Juventus vs Barcelona – 2015 Champions League Final Tactical Preview

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Barcelona’s Jordi Alba ruled out for 10 days after suffering hamstring injury

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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has been ruled out for ten days after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty for Spain.

The injury took place during theEuro 2016 Qualifierbetween Spain and Ukraine on Friday which Spain won by a score of 1-0.

The left-backwas substituted in the 76th minute after feeling pain during a run down the left wing.

Barcelona’s Jordi Alba ruled out for 10 days after suffering hamstring injury

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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has been ruled out for ten days after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty for Spain.

The injury took place during theEuro 2016 Qualifierbetween Spain and Ukraine on Friday which Spain won by a score of 1-0.

The left-backwas substituted in the 76th minute after feeling pain during a run down the left wing.

Manchester City vs Barcelona Tactical Preview: How will the two teams set up?

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5 Things We Learned – PSG 3 Barcelona 2

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Match day two of the UEFA Champions League saw two of Europe's heavyweights slug it out. Barcelona under new coach Luis Enrique was enjoying a relatively untroubled start to the new season whilst a struggling Paris Saint-Germain went into the game without their talisman Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Both teams were unbeaten but the form book tipped the scales in Barcelona's favour.

Why FC Barcelona Could Use a 3-4-3 Diamond Formation

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The Catalan revolution has indeed started after a trophyless season. Tata Martino has been replaced by Luis Enrique as the manager of the club. Stars such as Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez have been sold, whereas the club have bought a series of high profile players like quality midfielder Ivan Rakitic and world-class striker Luis Suarez.

Friday Kickoff: Neymar out for 4 weeks; Guardiola ends rotation policy; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Barcelona didn't just lose the Copa Del Rey to rival Real Madrid on Wednesday evening. They also lost yet another one of their starters to injury.

After undergoing tests on Thursday, Barcelona announced on their website that Neymar has been ruled out for four weeks with a foot injury, potentially ruling him out for the rest of the La Liga season.

Chelsea/Barcelona Best XI: How Mourinho fairs against Barca’s ‘worst team’

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Ok Jose, I'll bite.

The outspoken Chelsea boss has hit the headlines recently with his ill-advised attack on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and now he has stoked the fires ahead of Barcelona's Champions League second round tie against Manchester City by claiming the Spanish giants are currently at their weakest point for 'many years',

"Of course by history Barcelona is the favourite, but this Barcelona, this season, is showing that it is not the same in previous years," Mourinho told ITV,

"Of course, they have [Lionel] Messi he is special and they have more than him.

Shit Lookalikes: Jordi Alba & A Yawning Capybara

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Rosell Named to Catalan Squad for Friendly

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While it's not it's own country, the autonomous community of Spain called Catalonia has it's own national team that plays international games through the year. The Catalan region of Spain is in the northeast of the country and includes the capital city of Barcelona.

Catalonia has a friendly coming up on December 30th against African side Cape Verde.

Bracelona Projected UCL Lineup against Ajax Features Messi and Neymar

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Summer arrival Neymar is set to make his European debut for Barcelona as the Spanish champions open their UEFA Champions League campaign against Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam at home in the Nou Camp.

While Barcelona look as strong as ever, Ajax lost some of their bigger stars in the final days of the transfer window with Christian Eriksen moving to Tottenham in the English Premier League, Toby Alderweireld moving to Atletico Madrid in Spain while Derk Boerrigter joined fellow Group H opponents Celtic.

Barcelona Projected UCL Lineup against Ajax Features Messi and Neymar

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Summer arrival Neymar is set to make his European debut for Barcelona as the Spanish champions open their UEFA Champions League campaign against Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam at home in the Nou Camp.

While Barcelona look as strong as ever, Ajax lost some of their bigger stars in the final days of the transfer window with Christian Eriksen moving to Tottenham in the English Premier League, Toby Alderweireld moving to Atletico Madrid in Spain while Derk Boerrigter joined fellow Group H opponents Celtic.

Barcelona vs Sevilla and Villarreal vs Real Madrid: Gareth Bale Set to Make His Madrid Debut: Open Thread

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Gareth Bale will make his debut for Real Madrid today in the away game versus Villarreal at Estadio El Madrigal. For viewers in the United States, the broadcast begins at 3:55pm ET on beIN SPORT.

Bale is expected to make an appearance as a substitute on the right wing.

The earlier La Liga game features Barcelona against Sevilla, with a broadcast start time of 1:55pm ET, again on beIN SPORT.

Champagne For Everyone! : Busquets, Alba Celebrate Barca’s Spanish Super Cup Win

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Barcelona celebrated their first trophy of the season The Spanish Supercup by uncorking the champagne bottle and spraying it over the pitch (and an annoyed Gerard Pique) after beating Atletico Madrid Nou Camp last night. Um... Felicitacions?!

The gracious Gerardo Martino decided to dedicate his side's Spanish Super Cup win to his predecessor Tito Vilanova, who had to bow down last year.

European Weekend Rewind: Barca score seven on Levante; Man United cruise past Swansea; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For new manager Gerardo Martino, Barcelona's La Liga opener could not have gone any better.

The Spanish champions routed Levante 7-0 on Sunday, starting their domestic title defense in spectacular fashion. Superstar forward Lionel Messi led the way for Barcelona, scoring two goals and playing a large role in two more.

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Spain v Netherlands Line-Up Predictions

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Reigning World and European champions Spain start their tournament the same way their last World Cup campaign ended – against the Oranje.

Defence: There should be little doubt about Spain's back four. Juanfran had an impressive outing against El Salvador, but del Bosque would likely favour Cesar Azpilicueta's workrate.

COMPETITION: Win a Juan Mata Spain shirt

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Spain's provisional 30 man squad has been announced and two United players are involved.

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Reina, De Gea

Defenders: Azpilicueta, Piqué, Ramos, Jordi Alba, Alberto Moreno, Javi Martínez, Albiol, Juanfran, Carvajal

Midfielders: Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Koke, Iturraspe, Xavi, Thiago, Pedro, Navas, Silva, Cesc, Mata, Cazorla, Iniesta

Forwards: Costa, Villa, Torres, Negredo, Llorente

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Finland vs Spain 0-2 Highlights 2013 Jordi Alba Negredo Goals Video

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Controversial Jordi Alba Handball v Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid were up in arms following this handball from Jordi Alba prevented them going into the break 3-2 up only for Barcelona to break and score themselves to end Atletico's Copa del Rey hopes as they lost there focus and went crazy picking up two red cards one of which was in the tunnel at the half-time break.

Linesman Clocks Jordi Alba With Flag v Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba goes down injured after linesman clocks him with his flag unintentionally may I add!

Predicted Starting Lineups For Spain v Netherlands: World Cup Group Stage

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It will be an epic tactical showdown between two of the most prominent managers in the world, not to mention how exhilarating it sounds to have a remake of the 2010 World Cup final on day one. The Group B opening clash would witness some quality matchups, with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie on stage.

L´EQUIPE IDEAL 2013 TEAM WITH JORDI ALBA AS ONLY SPANIARD

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