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‘Blood, sweat and tears’ not enough for beaten Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended with a bloodied face, Neymar in tears, but no matter what they tried Barcelona couldn’t break down a Juventus defensive wall as the Spanish champions crashed out of the Champions League.

Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw wasn’t the cause of their demise, but an error-strewn 3-0 first leg defeat that left even Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez too much to do against the team with the best defensive record left in the Champions League.

‘Blood, sweat and tears’ not enough for beaten Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended with a bloodied face, Neymar in tears, but no matter what they tried Barcelona couldn’t break down a Juventus defensive wall as the Spanish champions crashed out of the Champions League.

Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw wasn’t the cause of their demise, but an error-strewn 3-0 first leg defeat that left even Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez too much to do against the team with the best defensive record left in the Champions League.

Neymar misses Barca trip to Deportivo

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will be without Neymar after his Champions League heroics against Paris Saint-Germain when the Spanish champions continue their quest for a third straight La Liga title at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.

Neymar scored twice and set up Sergi Roberto’s remarkable 95th-minute winner as Barca completed the biggest Champions League comeback of all time from a 4-0 first leg deficit in a 6-1 win.

Neymar misses Barca trip to Deportivo

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will be without Neymar after his Champions League heroics against Paris Saint-Germain when the Spanish champions continue their quest for a third straight La Liga title at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.

Neymar scored twice and set up Sergi Roberto’s remarkable 95th-minute winner as Barca completed the biggest Champions League comeback of all time from a 4-0 first leg deficit in a 6-1 win.

Neymar doubtful for Deportivo clash

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are set to be without Neymar after his Champions League heroics against Paris Saint-Germain when the Spanish champions continue their quest for a third straight La Liga title at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.

Neymar scored twice and set up Sergi Roberto’s remarkable 95th-minute winner as Barca completed the biggest Champions League comeback of all time from a 4-0 first leg deficit in a 6-1 win.

Barcelona boos unhelpful: Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique labelled harsh treatment dished out to his players by Barca fans nonsensical as the Spanish champions squeezed past Leganes 2-1 on Sunday.

Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, Barca needed a last minute Lionel Messi penalty to see off a Leganes side without a win since November and on their first ever league visit to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona boos unhelpful: Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique labelled harsh treatment dished out to his players by Barca fans nonsensical as the Spanish champions squeezed past Leganes 2-1 on Sunday.

Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, Barca needed a last minute Lionel Messi penalty to see off a Leganes side without a win since November and on their first ever league visit to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona announce Suarez Cup red card appeal

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will appeal against the second yellow card given against Luis Suarez in their Spanish Cup semi-final that will see the Uruguay forward miss May’s final, the Spanish champions said on Wednesday.

Suarez, whose goal gave Barca a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday that saw them progress 3-2 on aggregate, was sent off late after picking up a second booking for elbowing Koke.

Barcelona announce Suarez Cup red card appeal

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will appeal against the second yellow card given against Luis Suarez in their Spanish Cup semi-final that will see the Uruguay forward miss May’s final, the Spanish champions said on Wednesday.

Suarez, whose goal gave Barca a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday that saw them progress 3-2 on aggregate, was sent off late after picking up a second booking for elbowing Koke.

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.

Barca end Sociedad hoodoo, Atletico cruise

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona ended a decade-long drought without winning away to Real Sociedad on Thursday as Neymar's first-half penalty handed the Spanish champions a 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final, first leg lead.

Atletico Madrid also took a huge step towards the semi-finals as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Kevin Gameiro downed an under-strength Eibar 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

Barca end Sociedad hoodoo, Atletico cruise

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona ended a decade-long drought without winning away to Real Sociedad on Thursday as Neymar's first-half penalty handed the Spanish champions a 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final, first leg lead.

Atletico Madrid also took a huge step towards the semi-finals as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Kevin Gameiro downed an under-strength Eibar 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

Messi reaches 500-goal mark, Bale keeps Madrid top

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi, with his 500th Barcelona goal, and Luis Suarez saved the Spanish champions from a second defeat in six days as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Sevilla on Sunday.

Victory keeps Barca just two points adrift of Real Madrid, who were 3-0 victors over Leganes thanks to a double from Gareth Bale.

Messi reaches 500-goal mark, Bale keeps Madrid top

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi, with his 500th Barcelona goal, and Luis Suarez saved the Spanish champions from a second defeat in six days as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Sevilla on Sunday.

Victory keeps Barca just two points adrift of Real Madrid, who were 3-0 victors over Leganes thanks to a double from Gareth Bale.

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.

Errant Ter Stegen won’t change despite Barcelona defeat

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen insisted he won't change his flamboyant style despite a huge error costing the Spanish champions a 4-3 defeat to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Three Celta goals in 11 first-half minutes from Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and a Jeremy Mathieu own goal had Barca on the ropes before a second-half revival saw Gerard Pique and a Neymar penalty haul the visitors back into the game.

Errant Ter Stegen won’t change despite Barcelona defeat

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen insisted he won't change his flamboyant style despite a huge error costing the Spanish champions a 4-3 defeat to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Three Celta goals in 11 first-half minutes from Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and a Jeremy Mathieu own goal had Barca on the ropes before a second-half revival saw Gerard Pique and a Neymar penalty haul the visitors back into the game.

Luis Enrique takes blame for shock Barcelona loss

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Barcelona (AFP) Barca boss Luis Enrique admitted he must take responsibility for the Spanish champions' shock home defeat to newly promoted Alaves after starting Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on the bench.

Enrique made seven changes on Saturday after many of his squad returned to club duty after taking part in World Cup qualifiers around the world in the past week, whilst Messi was also struggling with a minor groin injury.

Barcelona defender Bartra set for Dortmund

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona centre-back Marc Bartra will join Borussia Dortmund after the German club agreed to pay his release clause, the Spanish champions announced on Friday.

"FC Barcelona announce that German club Borussia Dortmund have informed them of their desire to activate the buy out clause for the player Marc Bartra, according to which the Club is obliged to facilitate the transfer of the player for the price of 8 million euros ($9m)," Barcelona said in a statement on their website.

Barcelona defender Bartra set for Dortmund

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona centre-back Marc Bartra will join Borussia Dortmund after the German club agreed to pay his release clause, the Spanish champions announced on Friday.

"FC Barcelona announce that German club Borussia Dortmund have informed them of their desire to activate the buy out clause for the player Marc Bartra, according to which the Club is obliged to facilitate the transfer of the player for the price of 8 million euros ($9m)," Barcelona said in a statement on their website.

Barcelona edging towards title, says Luis Enrique

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes the Spanish champions took a big step towards retaining their title as they overcame 10-man Betis 2-0.

Enrique's men still need to win their two remaining games against local rivals Espanyol and Granada to be assured of winning the league after Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were also victorious on Saturday.

Barcelona edging towards title, says Luis Enrique

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes the Spanish champions took a big step towards retaining their title as they overcame 10-man Betis 2-0.

Enrique's men still need to win their two remaining games against local rivals Espanyol and Granada to be assured of winning the league after Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were also victorious on Saturday.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger’s agent won’t rule out Barcelona move

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Daniel Agger's agent left the possibility of a move to Barcelona very much open after Liverpool rejected an offer from the Spanish champions. The Denmark international has been linked with a transfer to Camp Nou as the Catalan giants seek to bolster their defensive options. The Reds have rejected an opening bid, believed to be [.

Barcelona expect David Luiz to ask to leave Chelsea on Monday

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Chelsea defender David Luiz will ask to leave the club when he reports for training on Monday morning, Spanish champions Barcelona are hoping. The Catalan giants are convinced that the Brazil international wants to join them this summer. After having a bid for him rejected by the Blues on Wednesday, Barca are expecting Luiz to [.

Cesc Fabregas says he won’t be joining Manchester United

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has put an end to speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. The 26-year-old has been widely linked with a return to the Premier League this summer. But the former Arsenal captain has now pledged his future to Barca. He said: "My dream has always been to play at [.

CL: City drawn in group of champions

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Manchester City will once again face a stiff challenge in the UEFA Champions League as they were drawn against champions from three leagues in a highly competitive Group D.

The defending English champions will square off against German league and cup winners Borussia Dortmund, Dutch Eredevisie winners Ajax, and Spanish champions Real Madrid.

Resilient Real beat Barca to Super Cup

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Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo struck within eight first half minutes to guide Spanish champions Real Madrid to a famous Super Cup win on away goals.

Copa Del Rey holders Barcelona came into Wednesday's second leg holding a 3-2 advantage from the first leg at Camp Nou, but their lead quickly turned into deficit at the Bernabeu.

Kaka To Sao Paulo?

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According to reports in the Spanish media on Tuesday, Kaka's wife says that the former World Footballer of the Year is set to return to Brazil,

Caroline Celico told Brazilian magazine RG that she and her husband had no plans to move anywhere else.

"We are planning the return to Sao Paulo with all the family," Celico said.

Who are this year’s Champions League favourites?

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With the 2012-13 season underway, the Champions League group stages are not too far away from being drawn. Holders Chelsea will look to defend their crown, but will have a host of European giants eager to claim glory.

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Liverpool want Barcelona’s Cristian Tello in Pepe Reina deal

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Liverpool will attempt to bring talented Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello to Anfield as part of any deal that takes goalkeeper Pepe Reina to the Spanish champions. Barca want to bring 30-year-old Reina to Camp Nou to replace Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave the club this summer. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to [.

Transfer Totty: Short & Sweeties

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Update: Espanyol completed the signing of Portuguese winger Simao Sabrosa from Turkish giants Besiktas yesterday; Daniele De Rossi confirmed this morning that he won't fly the AS Roma coop for Man City, causing our eyes to well up in sentimental glee; and Luka Modric is/was reportedly in Madrid to finalize his move from Tottenham to the Spanish champions, [.

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Tough Draw For Madrid In Champions League

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Real Madrid head the Group of Death in this year's Champions League group stage draw, whilst Barcelona face a more favourable passage.

Jose Mourinho's Spanish champions will face off with English champions and heavily financed Manchester City.

Dutch champions Ajax are also in Group D and face Real at the group stages for the third successive season.

Modric’s Madrid move finally happens with Tottenham relenting over valuation

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One of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer has come to an end, as Tottenham have announced that they have agreed to sell star playmaker Luka Modric to Real Madrid. After tense negotiations between the sides, Spurs have relented in their inflated asking price for the Croatia international, with a deal believed to be worth around £33 million settled upon.

Who Are Ya? Nuri Åžahin (Liverpool)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Nuri Åžahin Age: 23 Position: Central midfielder Signed from: Real Madrid Fee: Season-long loan deal Did you know? Despite being born in West Germany, growing up in the country, coming through the youth ranks at Borussia Dortmund and being a German citizen, Åžahin has opted [.

Liverpool in Spain to hijack Sahin from Arsenal

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It is crunch time for Real Madrid's Turkish international midfielder Nuri Sahin. Jose Mourinho has left the 23-year old in no doubt about his chances of first team football with the Spanish champions this season by playing him as cover at left back during Madrid's pre-season. He will be left back on the bench if [.

Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal sets Van Persie price, Mourinho says Kaka can leave, and more

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If Manchester United wants Robin Van Persie, they are going to have to pay more than any other team in the running for the Dutch striker's services.

United manager Alex Ferguson revealed on Wednesday that his team had made a bid for Van Persie, but reports suggest Arsenal won't sell Van Persie to Manchester United for less than £25 million, if not more.

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Thiago Alcantara cropped out of Barcelona advert. Is Man Utd move imminent?

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Rumours that Thiago Alcantara is close to joining Manchester United have been given extra weight after the Barcelona youngster was cropped out of an advert for the club's new kit. The midfielder was originally featured alongside Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Carlos Puyol in an advert released by the Spanish champions.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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American fans of Manchester United who were disappointed by the club's absence from the World Football Challenge can get their preseason fix on Sunday morning, as the Red Devils travel to Norway to take on Valerenga in a nationally-televised friendly.

Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, newly-signed Shinji Kagawa, and the rest of Manchester United will face off against the Norwegians in a preseason friendly in Oslo that could see former Los Angeles Galaxy striker Chad Barrett appear for Valerenga against the English giants.