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FC Barcelona’s rebirth culminates with Tito Vilanova’s return from illness

Wednesday March 20 2013,
Tags: Barcelona, Tito Vilanova
Barcelona are set to welcome back first team manager Tito Vilanova, after a lengthy absence the Catalan coach is expected to make his return in the near future and Barcelona has marked the good news with some fine performances recently.
The Catalans made a dream beginning to the 2012/2013 campaign which marked their best ever start in La Liga, the Spanish giants captured 28 out of a possible 30 points in the first ten games. Barcelona continue to play the beautiful football they are famous for, but under Tito they have displayed persistence and desire which has helped them to be more ruthless.

However the Spanish technician was unfortunate to be diagnosed with cancer for the second time, and has been absent for the Catalans since December last year. Since his departure Barcelona have experienced an unforeseen decline, and stand in coach Jordi Roura has failed to produce similar results.
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Barcelona vs Milan Preview

Monday March 11 2013,
Tags: FC Barcelona, AC Milan, UEFA Champions League
The Catalan giants will be hoping to pull off a massive comeback against Milan in order to advance to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Match Day Update - Mar 13 15:00 EST
Champions League Starting XI confirmed for Barça vs Milan.

FC BARCELONA:

Valdés; Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Alves; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Villa & Pedro.

AC MILAN:

Abiatti; Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant; Ambrosini; Montolivo, Boateng, Flamini, Niang; & El Shaarawy.

FC Barcelona will be looking to overturn a two-goal deficit when they entertain AC Milan in what promises to be a hotly-contested UEFA Champions League Round of 16 stage second leg at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

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Messi and C. Ronaldo’s stats vs Italian teams: 10 comparisons you should know

Since their debut in the UEFA Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have faced Italian teams on several occasions. In this article, we bring you rare facts you probably never knew.

(2010) Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League.1) Lionel Messi has played approximately 790 minutes of normal time against Italian teams in his career so far, whereas Ronaldo has played a bit more than 1020 minutes up to now.

2) Messi and Ronaldo both faced Italian teams for the first time in the Champions League in 2005. Although he did not score a goal or made an assist, the then-Barcelona starlet enjoyed a 4-1 win over Udinese; while the Manchester United performer underwent a 1-0 loss against Milan, with only 1 shot in the game. Both players were substituted in their respective games minutes after the hour mark.

3) Messi’s first goal against an Italian team came in his sixth meeting, when he entered the scoring sheet against AC Milan on 23 November 2011. More impressively though, Ronaldo’s first goal against an Italian team came in his fourth meeting—against AS Roma on 10 April 2007. The Portuguese star scored a double in that game, as Manchester United won 7-1.

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Champions League: Lionel Messi's top 10 Last 16 stage moments

Ahead of Barcelona’s crunch match against AC Milan in the Champions League’s last 16 on Wednesday, we look at Messi’s best moments in his career so far, at this stage of the competition.

Lionel Messi has scored over 10 goals in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 for FC Barcelona hitherto in his career.Bad injuries in the 2005/06 and 2007/08 seasons did not allow Messi to get the best out of the Round of 16. Blows against Chelsea and Celtic respectively restricted the player’s contributions to his team’s operation in the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Nonetheless, the Guardiola era gave the Argentine a new path to follow; one that would let him showcase his abilities and rip rewards without setbacks. In the next lines, we look at 10 moments in which La Pulga dazzled in the Champions League’s Round of 16.

1) Messi vs Celtic (18’) – 20/2/2008

After Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink daringly stole the lead on 16 minutes at Celtic Park through a powerful header, Lionel Messi ensured his side was back on level terms 2 minutes later – netting his very first goal in the UEFA Champions League’s last 16.

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Copa del Rey: Barcelona vs Real Madrid scheduled for February 26 at 3:00pm (EST) to be aired live on beIN Sport USA.

Monday February 4 2013,
Tags: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Copa Del Rey, beIN Sport
The other semi-final is scheduled to be aired live on February 27th at 4:00pm (EST), also on beIN Sport.
The return leg of the two Copa del Rey semi-finals have been scheduled.

The first semi-final will be a highly anticipated broadcast by the global sports media as well as soccer aficionados. Real Madrid travel to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona. The local kick-off time will be 21:00 and will be aired locally on Canal Plus. Fans in the US can tune in to the Copa del Rey Clasico on beIN Sport and beIN Sport en Espanol.
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Where to watch the Copa del Rey El Clasico Live: Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Wednesday January 30 2013,
Tags: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Copa Del Rey, El Clasico 2013, El Clasico
The first leg of the first semi-final for the 2012-13 edition of the Copa del Rey takes place at the Santiago Bernabeu at 3:00PM (EST) on January 30th, 2013

The first El Clasico of 2013 between rival clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will be played today in Madrid with a local kick-off time 9:00PM (3:00 PM NY Time). This vital Spanish Cup match will be viewed by millions of soccer fans world-wide. Sports broadcasters are welcoming this extraordinary clash, sure to capture the imagination of the sports world.

Ten of FIFA's 11 best footballers play for these clubs, including player of the year Lionel Messi and runner-up Cristiano Ronaldo. Both are in stunning form leading up to El Clasico with over 50 La Liga goals scored between them already, seven alone in just the last 90 minutes.

The Copa del Rey has become an even more important tournament this year, since it will likely be the only domestic silverware Madrid can win. Many believed that Barcelona could not continue their successful form after the departure of Pep Guardiola at the end of last season, but surprisingly new coach Tito Vilanova has taken the Blaugrana to new heights.

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Transfer news: FC Barcelona yet to offer Victor Valdes a new contract, says agent

Sunday January 13 2013,
Tags: Transfer, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Victor Valdes, El Clasico 2013
Rumours that Victor Valdes is nearing the end of his Barcelona career have intensified following reports that the club is yet to offer a new contract to the goalkeeper.

Victor Valdes of Barcelona has appeared in transfer speculations this January.Meanwhile, Valdes has been quick to retort as he told the media according to Tribal Football:

“I want to make it clear that I have not declared anything about my future. When it is time I will.”

However, agent Gines Carvajal was keen to give out more details on this transfer-related matter. Explaining the situation to reporters, he stated:

“We have not sat down to speak to Barca about the future of Victor Valdes. We have talked a couple of times to Zubizarreta and we have let him know that we would like to talk to them about Victor's renovation, but there has been nothing more.

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Málaga vs Barcelona Preview

Saturday January 12 2013,
Tags: Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona, Malaga, La Liga, David Villa, Alexis Sanchez
Fresh from their massive triumph in midweek, Barcelona will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in La Liga on Sunday when they come up against fourth place Malaga at La Rosaleda.

Lionel Messi was the scorer of a hat-trick in his last match away to Malaga.Team News & Analysis

There were doubles for Alexis Sanchez and David Villa on Thursday in Barca’s 5-0 win over Cordoba. Yet, the two forwards could miss the challenge against Los Boquerones for fitness reasons. Following the full availability of newly-crowned Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Pedro – who were all absent in the Copa del Rey this week – the manager is expected to rearrange his front again.

The return of these superstars in Vilanova’s team should alleviate concerns caused by the absence of Sergi Roberto. The central midfielder is expected to miss four weeks of action after picking up a hamstring injury against Cordoba.

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Video – Greatest team ever FC Barcelona in ’60 Minutes’ report

Friday January 11 2013,
Tags: Barcelona, 60 Minute, Video, La Masia, Lionel Messi
Watch this 14-minute video featuring a report of FC Barcelona on ’60 Minutes’.

Lionel Messi is the symbol of FC Barcelona's pride.Barcelona are widely considered as the best club football team in history having won a record 14 titles out of a possible 19 during the last four years. In fact, the current generation of players is the fruit of the Catalans’ famous academy, La Masia.

Lionel Messi grabbed his fourth Ballon d’Or award on Monday, January 7, 2012. The Argentine is portrayed as the symbol of FC Barcelona's pride.

Messi's unprecedented fourth Ballon d'Or triumph strengthened Barcelona's authority in the chart as the team with the most Ballon d’Or awards. The Blaugrana have produced 10 Ballon d’Or wins compared to Milan and Juventus (8), Real Madrid (6) and Bayern Munchen (5).

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Lionel Messi 2012: 10 facts and stats on FC Barcelona’s greatest legend

Tuesday January 1 2013,
Tags: Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona, UEFA Champions League, La Liga,
Lionel Messi is easily regarded as football’s greatest player ever. Indeed, seeing the Barcelona playmaker breaking barriers and records has become usual.

Lionel Messi has won Ballon d'Ors, Golden Boots, Champions Leagues, La Ligas, Pichichis and has acquired so many feats.In this article, we look at 10 historical and statistical facts, which underline Messi’s greatness in world football.

1) The talisman has scored 303 goals for FC Barcelona overall in official matches and club friendlies as well.

2) The Argentinian star has a total of 319 official goals for both Barca and Argentina.

3) Leo scored a record 73 goals in the 2011/12 season.

4) The 25-year-old is the only player who has topped the UEFA Champions League’s goalscoring chart for 4 consecutive years.

5) Messi is also the youngest player to reach the 200-goal mark – officially breaking that barrier at the age of 24.

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FC Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola said to quit Nou Camp after the end of the season

Thursday April 26 2012,
Tags: Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano, Pep Guardiola
Reports in Spain indicate that having been hit hard after winning so much, Pep Guardiola believes his time has come to leave the Nou Camp.
Pep Guardiola is said to meet with his players on Friday prior to their weekend match against Rayo Vallecano to communicate his decision to them. The club is also expected to confirm the news and its consequences during the pre-match press conference.

Guardiola has been linked with English clubs Chelsea, Manchester United and also the Three Lions. Nevertheless – having tasted ultimate success, the pressure that comes along with it and the pain that follows the inability to keep the momentum – the former Barcelona B coach might just opt to take a break from football.

The Telegraph quoted him saying after the Chelsea match: "I will speak with (assistant manager) Tito and see what we have to do.
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Watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid on TV - The Definitive Guide for tv channel listings for El Clasico 2012

Where to watch FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid 2012 on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 in Spain's La Liga.

Pepe and Fabregas in Clasico - Barcelona vs Real MadridEl Clasico 2012 is taking place on April 21st at 2:00PM EST. It is likely to be the most watched league football match of modern times with an estimated 400 million viewers expected to tune in around the world.

The stakes have never been higher for a La Liga Clasico match as both teams have almost everything on the line in this Spanish derby, not to mention their pride.

Barcelona have the most to lose without a positive result, which for them can only be a home win. The Catalan side have made it a habit recenty by finding ways to beat the Madrid rivals no matter where the venue, but at home at the Camp Nou, Barça reign supreme.

For Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho, a draw will not hurt their La Liga title ambition. The Portuguese tactician has surely made his calculations that maintaining a 4 point lead will do just fine with only 4 fixtures remaining in the league.

Both Spanish giants come from mid-week European Champions League semi-finals defeats. Barcelona lost to Chelsea 1-0 in London, whereas Madrid lost to Bayern Munich 2-1 away from home. Both Barca and Madrid will be looking to return to winning ways on Saturday.

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Lionel Messi becomes FC Barcelona’s all-time top scorer after hat-trick against Granada

Tuesday March 20 2012,
Tags: Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Granada, Cesar Rodriguez
So, Lionel Messi has finally made it… Barcelona’s all-time intimidating record of 232 goals has been broken by the No.10 ace, who netted a hat-trick against Granada in La Liga on Tuesday night.
Cesar Rodriguez was previously the man with the honour, having scored a record 232 goals for the Catalans between 1939 and 1955. But at only 24 years of age, Messi seems to be telling the world that he could go much higher on the ladder of success, having now raised the bar to 234 goals.

Messi - who is temporarily La Liga’s top scorer ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo - first equalled Rodriguez’s record on 17 minutes, thanks to a brilliant shot that saw the ball knock the far post before bouncing in to put Barcelona 2-0 up.

The match happened to be levelled at 2-2 shortly after the hour mark though, but Messi made history by becoming his club’s all-time goalscorer with a second goal that upped his overall tally to 233 goals.
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Where to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid on TV - Copa del Rey - January 25, 2012

Tuesday January 24 2012,
Tags: FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, EL Clasico, Copa del Rey
The second leg of the Copa del Rey Quarter-Final between Spain's top two clubs takes place January 25th in Barcelona. After losing at home in the first leg by a score of 1-2, Jose Mourinho's men will need to pull off a miracle to overcome Messi and company at the dreaded Camp Nou.

Copa del Rey - Quarter Final - real Madrid vs barcelonaThis article is for the January 18 ad January 25th Clasico Matches from the Copa Del Rey.

Visit Barcelona vs Real…

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid Report

FC Barcelona booked their place in the UEFA Champions League Final on Tuesday with a 1-1 second leg draw against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.
After their 2-0 first leg victory at the Bernabeu, Barca earned a 3-1 aggregate victory in a bad tempered affair over two legs.

Pedro opened the scoring for Barcelona, before Marcelo fired home an equalizer for Los Blancos. Real tried desperately to make the aggregate score closer but spent long spells chasing possession as Barcelona closed out the win n style.

Real started the game strongly with Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo looking particularly threatening. Lionel Messi threatened at the other end for Barca and as the game went on Xavi and Andres Iniesta began to keep possession in familiar fashion.
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UEFA Champions League Clasico Semi-Final - Where to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live

The fourth Clasico of 2011 is upon us, this time Madrid is facing elimination against their biggest foes in the Champions League. Madrid must overcome a 0-2 deficit at the Camp Nou and should line-up with an offensive-minded squad.

Where to watch Champions League Semi-Final Live - Schalke 04-Man Utd

The 2010-11 UEFA Champions League Clasico - Semi-Final between Barcelona-Madrid Live.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - the Champions League semi-final second leg brings us another tense affair as the worlds biggest clubs face off for a chance to play in the Champions League Final.

All…

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid Preview

FC Barcelona will be defending a 2-0 aggregate lead when they face bitter rivals Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg.
This game is guaranteed to be hostile after the events that took place before, during and after the first leg. Real manager Jose Mourinho accused his Barca counterpart Josep Guardiola of criticizing referees “for making a correct decision.” The usually mild mannered Guardiola responded with an expletive riddled tirade that shocked the Spanish media.

The first 75 minutes of the first leg were largely notable for nothing more than niggling fouls and heated debate. At half-time a brawl as the teams entered the tunnel resulted in Barcelona backup goalkeeper Jose Pinto being shown a red card.

In the second half Real defender Pepe received his marching orders for a lunging foul on Dani Alves. Mourinho was sent to the stands for his furious reaction, and gave a scathing press conference claiming he was “disgusted at the world we live in,” and claimed he would like to see Guardiola win “one clean Champions League.”
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UEFA Champions League Clasico SemiFinal - Where to watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona Live

Another Clasico is upon us, this time the stakes have never been higher. Madrid must secure a convincing home win against Barcelona to improve their chances of booking a Champions League Final spot.

Where to watch Champions League Semi-Final Live - Schalke 04-Man Utd

The 2010-11 UEFA Champions League Clasico - Semi-Final between Real Madrid vs Barcelona Live.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 will be marked in history books as the third Clasico of 2011 and the First of of two of the most anticipated Champions League Semi-Finals to take place.

Global…

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Copa Del Rey Final - Where to Watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live - TV schedules.

Don´t miss the biggest club football rivalry in the world as FC Barcelona clash once again with Real Madrid for the 2nd time this week.

Where to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid, the 2011 Copa del Rey final?The 2010-11 Copa Del Rey Final - Barcelona vs Real Madrid 2011

After 18 long waiting years, Real Madrid will once again challenge for the Copa del Rey Trophy. Winning the first trophy with a new club is best done as soon as possible so the team can get used to winning ways and silverware. This is a well known strategy Jose Mourinho has now successfully achieved with former clubs FC Porto, Chelsea FC and Inter Milan. 

This year, Jose Mourinho has found a formidable opponent who stand in his way of all available silverware, not just the Copa Del Rey. Madrid will face Barcelona for the 2nd time in less than a week, but this time it´s not just about avoiding humiliation, there is alot more at stake here. The outcome of the Copa Del Rey Final will set the tone for 2 more Clasicos as both clubs have a date with destiny in the Champions League Semi-final.

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FC Barcelona: Busquets Extends Contract, Pedro Warns Barca Over Complacency

Thursday January 27 2011,
Tags: Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Barcelona, Almeria, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Copa del Rey
Barcelona playmaker Sergio Busquets has extended his contract with the Catalans till 2015, while Pedro has urged his side to stay compact ahead of the return-leg game against Almeria in the Copa del Rey.
Busquets first made his appearance in the senior Barcelona side in the very early stages of the 2008/09 season, and he has since then turned into a key player at the club. On Thursday morning, he expressed his desire to stay longer with the Blaugrana through the extension of his contract, which sees his buyout clause rise from €80million to €150million.

“I am very happy,” he told Barca TV. “It is the best way to start the New Year and great news for everyone.

“I am feeling full of positive sensations. I am still young, I’m only 22, and I look forward to a career full of success. I am at the best club in the world, and I just hope that the years to come will be like those I have had here so far.”
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