Luis Figo obtains necessary backing to challenge for FIFA job
Luis Figo obtains necessary backing to challenge for FIFA job

Former Portugal international Luis Figo confirmed on Friday he has obtained the backing letters of six national football associations, with five being the minimum, to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

In-form Barcelona putting off-field woes behind them
In-form Barcelona putting off-field woes behind them

Barcelona`s recent strong run is helping the club put a series of off-field problems behind them and suggests they may be starting to move up the gears at exactly the right stage of the season.

Lionel Messi motivates me to scale greater heights: Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi motivates me to scale greater heights: Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Wednesday said his fiercest rival FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi motivates him to reach greater heights.

Lionel Messi more skilful than Cristiano Ronaldo, says Fabio Capello
Lionel Messi more skilful than Cristiano Ronaldo, says Fabio Capello

Who is a better player Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? It's a long running debate in football world. And now the former England manager Fabio Capello also joined the never ending debate on Thursday by stating that the Argentine is more skilful among the two.

Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid have potential to eclipse Pep Guardiola's Barca
Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid have potential to eclipse Pep Guardiola's Barca

Carlo Ancelotti`s record-breaking Real Madrid side are sweeping aside all before them with a brand of counter-attacking football that could see the Spanish giants eclipse the achievements of Pep Guardiola`s Barcelona.

Luis Enrique plays down importance of top spot
Luis Enrique plays down importance of top spot

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Tuesday branded Wednesday`s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain as "not crucial".

Barcelona to rest regulars for King's Cup game
Barcelona to rest regulars for King's Cup game

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is planning to give some of the lesser lights in his squad a chance to impress when the record winners play at third-tier Huesca in the King`s Cup on Wednesday.

Barcelona rest Javier Mascherano for Sevilla clash
Barcelona rest Javier Mascherano for Sevilla clash

Barcelona on Saturday rested Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano for their league clash with Sevilla but were boosted by the return of defender Jeremy Mathieu.

Barcelona target Clasico bounceback on Luis Suarez`s home debut
Barcelona target Clasico bounceback on Luis Suarez`s home debut

Luis Suarez will make his competitive home debut as La Liga leaders Barcelona look to put the disappointment of their defeat to Real Madrid last weekend behind them against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Barca clash an Ajax learning experience, says De Boer

Facing Barcelona is an opportunity for Ajax to learn and realise the level they need to play at to be successful in Europe, the Dutch side`s coach Frank de Boer said on Monday. 

Luis Suarez feared Barca would not sign him after biting ban
Luis Suarez feared Barca would not sign him after biting ban

 Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup. 

Luis Suarez ready for Clasico says Barcelona coach Luis Enrique
Luis Suarez ready for Clasico says Barcelona coach Luis Enrique

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says Luis Suarez is looking a lot sharper since he returned to training and will be ready for his debut in the Clasico against Real Madrid next weekend.

Messi `never imagined` reaching 400-goal mark
Messi `never imagined` reaching 400-goal mark

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi said he could never have envisaged scoring 400 goals in his career after passing that landmark in Barcelona`s 6-0 rout over Granada on Saturday.

Luis Suarez included in Uruguay squad for friendlies
Luis Suarez included in Uruguay squad for friendlies

Luis Suarez has been included in a provisional Uruguay squad for next month`s friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Oman, the Uruguay Football Association (AUF) said on Thursday.

Barcelona held to goalless draw by Malaga

Barcelona dropped their first points of the La Liga season as they were held to an uneventful 0-0 draw away to Malaga on Wednesday.
 

Barcelona eyeing Brazilian footballer Gabriel: Report
Barcelona eyeing Brazilian footballer Gabriel: Report

 Barcelona are eyeing Brazilian prodigy Gabriel as part of the deal that brought Neymar to the Camp Nou last year.

Roy Hodgson urges young English players to move abroad

England manager Roy Hodgson has urged his young international players to move abroad and enrich their football experience rather than sit on the substitutes` bench at Premier League clubs stacked full of overseas signings.

Barcelona need Messi, Neymar, Suarez to mask defensive deficiencies

After a year of political turmoil in the board and court rooms and disappointment on the pitch, Barcelona have not taken a first trophyless season in six years lying down.

Luis Suarez was `very depressed after biting incident

Controversial striker Luis Suarez said he was "very depressed" after the World Cup biting incident that led to the Uruguay international being initially banned from all soccer activities for four months.

Neymar back injury healing ``satisfactorily``

Neymar`s injured back is healing "satisfactorily" although there is no specific date for the Brazil forward to return to training, his club Barcelona said on Tuesday.