Hit by injuries, Barca turns again to youth factory
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With its top scorers hit by injuries, Barcelona has returned to basics.
Gone are the days when Barcelona's youth training academy produced star after star, churning...
Messi rests for Man United as Barca draws 0-0 at Huesca
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi and most of his regular fellow starters resting up for Manchester United, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde tried to get a glimpse of the club's...
Messi to sit out league match ahead of ManU visit
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has left forward Lionel Messi off his squad for this weekend's Spanish league match, giving him more rest before the visit of Manchester...
Suarez scores 2 as Barca rallies late to beat Rayo 3-2
MADRID (AP) — Luis Suarez netted his second goal of a 3-2 comeback win at Rayo Vallecano in the 90th minute on Saturday, extending his scoring run with Lionel Messi injured.
Rayo was winning the Spanish league match 2-1 until the 87th when substitute Ousmane Dembele drilled in a headed back pass by defender Gerard Pique, who joined the attack.
Suarez then scored his second goal to complete the fightback when he was left unmarked to stab in Sergi Roberto's cross at the far post.
With Messi out, Suarez takes leadership role for Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Even though it ended up a blowout, there was a moment in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Real Madrid on Sunday when the result seemed in the balance.
Madrid had just pulled a goal back after overcoming the control Barcelona had imposed to take a 2-0 lead into halftime, and the hosts didn't have Lionel Messi to come to the rescue.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Real Madrid and Barcelona hope the international break will help them turn things around in Spain.
Barcelona hasn't won in four straight league games, while Madrid is winless in four matches in all competitions.
Second-place Barcelona hosts leader Sevilla on Saturday, with Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez likely to be available after recovering from injuries.
Spain depleted for UEFA Nations League game against England
MADRID (AP) — Spain will be without some key players when it hosts England in the UEFA Nations League, including Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, Dani Carvajal, and Diego Costa.
Spain coach Luis Enrique left all three off on Thursday because of injuries. Sergi Roberto and Inigo Martinez are also out hurt.
Luis Enrique leaves out Koke, Alba and Aspas in 1st call-up
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach on Friday, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas.
Enrique called up 24 players for the team's matches against England and Croatia in the Nations League.
"I'm not trying to revolutionize, only to improve," Enrique said. "We shouldn't make comparisons to the previous squad. We are not inferior to any other national team, but we still have things to improve."
World Cup winners Griezmann, Dembele lift Atletico, Barca
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored second-half goals to give Atletico Madrid and Barcelona 1-0 victories over promoted teams on Saturday.
Dembele rifled in a headed pass from Sergi Roberto in the 57th minute to help defending champion Barcelona triumph at Valladolid and secure a second victory in as many Spanish league games this season.
Own goals help Barcelona win 3-0 at Girona to increase lead
GIRONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona was helped by two own goals from Girona as it eased to a 3-0 win and kept its perfect record in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Barcelona increased its lead of the league to four points after Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 to leapfrog the Andalucian club into second place.
Barcelona went ahead at Montilivi Stadium when Girona defender Aday Benitez deflected Jordi Alba's off-target shot back into his net.
Neymar made the difference for Barcelona this time
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Already a star, Neymar went supernova.
Displaying his unique creative talent, speed and audacity, Camp Nou witnessed the blossoming of a true team leader on Wednesday.
"The best match of my career," said Neymar, who scored two goals and set up two more as Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the second leg to become the first team to overhaul a 4-0 loss in the Champions League.
Barcelona makes history with 6-1 comeback win over PSG
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona needed a miracle to make history Wednesday. Three, to be precise.
Just minutes away from elimination, Barcelona had to conjure up three instant goals and it was Neymar who stepped up.
Messi, Suarez finish off Atletico, Barca reaches Copa final
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez teamed up again to send Barcelona to a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final after a combative 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw three players sent off.
Suarez fired in a rebound from Messi's shot to put Barcelona ahead, but the Uruguay striker will miss the final after being dismissed for a second booking in the 90th minute of a game that helped his team to a 3-2 victory on aggregate.
Barcelona and Atletico to meet in Copa del Rey semifinals
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will meet in the Copa del Rey semifinals, and Celta Vigo will face Alaves.
Atletico will host the first leg against the two-time defending champions next week at a date to be determined.
Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto says "we know each other very well. I'm sure it will be complicated, as it always is against them."
Javier Mascherano keeps on proving his worth to Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Javier Mascherano's weight in the Barcelona team is measured by much more than his goals — or lack of.
The club's fans are more than happy to overlook the fact he has never scored in nearly 300 appearances, because few players are as important to the Spanish champion.
Having already proved his flexibility over the years, the 32-year-old Mascherano is now learning another position.