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Messi maintains under-par Barca’s lead over resurgent Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona recorded their best ever start to a La Liga season as coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a successful return to Athletic Bilbao thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Paulinho in a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Valverde has now overseen 12 wins and a draw from his first 13 La Liga and Champions League matches as Barca reestablished their four-point lead at the top of the table over Valencia, who beat Alaves 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Messi maintains under-par Barca’s lead over resurgent Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona recorded their best ever start to a La Liga season as coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a successful return to Athletic Bilbao thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Paulinho in a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Valverde has now overseen 12 wins and a draw from his first 13 La Liga and Champions League matches as Barca reestablished their four-point lead at the top of the table over Valencia, who beat Alaves 2-1 earlier on Saturday.

Barca lack firepower without Neymar – Busquets

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets reiterated his call for the club’s board to strengthen in the transfer market on Tuesday, but warned replacing the departed Neymar will be almost impossible.

The Brazilian’s absence was noticeable as Barca fell to a 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg defeat at home to Real Madrid in the Catalans first game since Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euro fee ($262 million).

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho buy

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho buy

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday after agreeing a 40 million euro ($47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Paulinho Bezerra for 40 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Beaten Barcelona have to buy, Busquets admits

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona have to strengthen a squad depleted by the departure of Neymar, influential midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world record 222 million euro fee, but Barca’s attempts to replace the Brazilian have so far fallen short.

Beaten Barcelona have to buy, Busquets admits

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona have to strengthen a squad depleted by the departure of Neymar, influential midfielder Sergio Busquets admitted after the Catalans suffered a 3-1 home defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world record 222 million euro fee, but Barca’s attempts to replace the Brazilian have so far fallen short.

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.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique lambasted after PSG humbling

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique floundered in the firing line on Wednesday after what he called a “disastrous” 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain left the Spanish champions on the brink of their earliest Champions League exit in a decade.

Enrique confronted a television reporter working for Catalan station TV3 after the match, while his tactics were criticised by Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique lambasted after PSG humbling

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique floundered in the firing line on Wednesday after what he called a “disastrous” 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain left the Spanish champions on the brink of their earliest Champions League exit in a decade.

Enrique confronted a television reporter working for Catalan station TV3 after the match, while his tactics were criticised by Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona clash for Copa del Rey final spot

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets once more as they face old foes Atletico Madrid in a fifth two-legged clash between the sides in four seasons with a place in the Copa del Rey final at stake on Wednesday.

The presence of the Spanish international duo was badly missed as Barca slipped further behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga in a controversial 1-1 draw at Real Betis at the weekend.

Monday Kickoff: Mason, Busquets, Drogba and more

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Ryan Mason is reportedly stable after suffering a frightening injury while Barcelona could be without a key midfielder as the club hopes to push back into the title race.

After suffering a fractured skull in this past weekend's clash with Chelsea, Hull City defender Ryan Mason is speaking with club officials after undergoing successful surgery.

Barcelona, Sevilla maintain pressure on Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all on target as Barcelona shrugged off the loss of the injured Sergio Busquets to remain just two points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 4-0 win at Eibar on Sunday.

Sevilla separate the giants of Spanish football in second, just a point behind Madrid, after twice coming from behind to edge a seven-goal thriller 4-3 at rock-bottom Osasuna.

Barcelona, Sevilla maintain pressure on Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all on target as Barcelona shrugged off the loss of the injured Sergio Busquets to remain just two points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 4-0 win at Eibar on Sunday.

Sevilla separate the giants of Spanish football in second, just a point behind Madrid, after twice coming from behind to edge a seven-goal thriller 4-3 at rock-bottom Osasuna.

Barcelona’s Busquets suffers ankle ligament damage

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets had to be stretchered off just eight minutes into the Catalans' trip to Eibar on Sunday with sprained ligaments in his right ankle.

"Busquets has a sprained external lateral ligament in his right ankle. Tomorrow he will have more tests," Barca's official Twitter account confirmed.

Barcelona’s Busquets suffers ankle ligament damage

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets had to be stretchered off just eight minutes into the Catalans' trip to Eibar on Sunday with sprained ligaments in his right ankle.

"Busquets has a sprained external lateral ligament in his right ankle. Tomorrow he will have more tests," Barca's official Twitter account confirmed.

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.

Should Barca Make a Bid for Oriol Romeu in January?

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So much have changed for Barca this season, especially at the midfield. The midfield which was once the source of everything good at Barca have suddenly turned into a quagmire.

Valencia slam ‘lamentable’ referee in Barca loss

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Madrid (AFP) Valencia's sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch railed against the "absolutely lamentable" display of the referee after Barcelona snatched a controversial 3-2 win at Mestalla on Saturday.

Lionel Messi converted a 94th-minute penalty in a bad-tempered match overshadowed by a serious knee injury to Barca's Andres Iniesta.

Valencia slam ‘lamentable’ referee in Barca loss

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Madrid (AFP) Valencia's sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch railed against the "absolutely lamentable" display of the referee after Barcelona snatched a controversial 3-2 win at Mestalla on Saturday.

Lionel Messi converted a 94th-minute penalty in a bad-tempered match overshadowed by a serious knee injury to Barca's Andres Iniesta.

‘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.

Brilliant Sergio Busquets: FC Barcelona’s quiet catalyst for success

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Barcelona look to underscore their dominance with a world title in Japan

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Barcelona were mobbed by Japanese fans on Monday after holding their first training session at the FIFA Club World Cup. The European champions, bidding to become the first team to win the competition three times, had a gentle run-out in Yokohama after being greeted like rock stars on their arrival in Japan earlier in the day.

Barcelona look to underscore their dominance with a world title in Japan

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Barcelona were mobbed by Japanese fans on Monday after holding their first training session at the FIFA Club World Cup. The European champions, bidding to become the first team to win the competition three times, had a gentle run-out in Yokohama after being greeted like rock stars on their arrival in Japan earlier in the day.

Barcelona’s best starting XI of all-time

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FC Barcelonahave been truly blessed with some quality, quality players in their history. Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov, Miguel Nadal, Sergio Busquets, Andoni Zubizarreta ... and these are just some of the names who DID NOT make XI!

This side has players from different eras of Barcelona's illustrious history, from the side that dominated La Liga in the post-war years to Johan Cruyff's dream team and Guardiola's all-conquering stars.

Barcelona’s best starting XI of all-time

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FC Barcelonahave been truly blessed with some quality, quality players in their history. Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov, Miguel Nadal, Sergio Busquets, Andoni Zubizarreta ... and these are just some of the names who DID NOT make XI!

This side has players from different eras of Barcelona's illustrious history, from the side that dominated La Liga in the post-war years to Johan Cruyff's dream team and Guardiola's all-conquering stars.

Transfer Ban Finally Impacting Barcelona

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Barcelona have for the most part thumbed their noses at FIFA over their transfer ban,signing both Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal this summer, despite them not being able to play until the new year.

While these are two quality signings that will undoubtably help the European Champions in the second half of the season, there is a lot of football to be played between now and then and the lack of depth in the Barca squad has to worry Luis Enrique.

United target submits transfer request, tells club he’s off

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Barcelona forward Pedro has told his teammates that he will join Manchester United and he's set to submit a transfer request, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Marca, which is traditionally closer to Real Madrid than Barcelona, suggests that the Spain international has decided to leave the Camp Nou this summer and has told the club's board and his teammates that he wants to join United.

Juventus vs Barcelona – 2015 Champions League Final Tactical Preview

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Saluting Ivan Rakitic: Rise Of Unsung Midfield Hero Helps Barcelona Forget Cesc Fabregas

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Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Tactical Preview: Can Pep Guardiola set Bayern up to spring an upset?

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€75m Manchester United target signs big money deal

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Manchester United and Manchester City have been dealt a body blow in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets as the Spaniard is set to sign a contract extension with the Catalan club till 2019 with an option for one more year.

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

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€75m Manchester United target wants to play in the Premier League

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Barely a couple of days after we had reported that Manchester United are interested in the services of Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquests, the player has now himself confessed that he would love to play in the Premier League.

Sergio Busquets renews contract with Barcelona until June 2019

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has renewed his contract and will remain at the club until June 2019, with an additional year as an option. An official announcement is expected in the coming days.

The deal was completed earlier today, and part of the agreement allows the player to control his image rights which will propel him into the same salary bracket as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta.

Sergio Busquets renews contract with Barcelona until June 2019

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has renewed his contract and will remain at the club until June 2019, with an additional year as an option. An official announcement is expected in the coming days.

The deal was completed earlier today, and part of the agreement allows the player to control his image rights which will propel him into the same salary bracket as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta.

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Spain’s Busquets relishes England progress test

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London (AFP) Spain's friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday presents an ideal opportunity to measure the team's progress under new head coach Julen Lopetegui, midfielder Sergio Busquets said on Monday.

Lopetegui was appointed in July following the retirement of Vicente del Bosque, who stood down after Spain followed up a group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup with elimination in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Spain’s Busquets relishes England progress test

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London (AFP) Spain's friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday presents an ideal opportunity to measure the team's progress under new head coach Julen Lopetegui, midfielder Sergio Busquets said on Monday.

Lopetegui was appointed in July following the retirement of Vicente del Bosque, who stood down after Spain followed up a group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup with elimination in the last 16 at Euro 2016.