Chelsea move a gamble I had to take, says Pedro
Chelsea move a gamble I had to take, says Pedro

Chelsea`s new signing Pedro has said he took a "gamble" by leaving Spanish champions Barcelona after eight successful years, but one driven by his desire for more playing time.

Don't struggle to motivate myself, says Lionel Messi
Don't struggle to motivate myself, says Lionel Messi

Argentina's football superstar Lionel Messi said he doesn't struggle to motivate himself for his national team or club, Spanish outfit FC Barcelona, adding his ultimate aim is to keep winning whenever he plays.

Lionel Messi back for Barcelona pre-season training
Lionel Messi back for Barcelona pre-season training

 Spanish football giant Barcelona's talismanic forward Lionel Messi has cut short his holiday to come back and join the treble winners for their pre-season training.

FC Barcelona to appeal UEFA fine
FC Barcelona to appeal UEFA fine

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that the club will appeal against the 30,000 euros fine imposed on the club last week by Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Leaving Barca `brutal` for record-breaking Xavi Hernandez
Leaving Barca `brutal` for record-breaking Xavi Hernandez

 Record-breaker Xavi Hernandez says it will be `brutal` to leave Barcelona after lifting the Champions League trophy on his final appearance in the famous shirt.

Spanish media hails `legendary` Barcelona
Spanish media hails `legendary` Barcelona

 Spanish media hailed "legendary" Barcelona after the Catalan side won the European Cup for the fifth time.

World Cup heartbreak drives Barca`s glory run
World Cup heartbreak drives Barca`s glory run

When Barcelona`s players returned for their first pre-season session under new boss Luis Enrique no one held the bragging rights of coming back from Brazil a newly crowned world champion.

Atletico Madrid primed for further Barca, Real Madrid: Diego Simeone
Atletico Madrid primed for further Barca, Real Madrid: Diego Simeone

Last season`s Spanish champions Atletico Madrid will be ready to pounce again if wealthy heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid show any more signs of weakness, according to coach Diego Simeone.

Pep Guardiola doesn`t leave anything to chance: Lionel Messi
Pep Guardiola doesn`t leave anything to chance: Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi believes former Barca boss Pep Guardiola will not leave anything to chance when he takes his Bayern Munich side to the Camp Nou for the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.

Barcelona attack on fire, defence yet to dispel doubts
Barcelona attack on fire, defence yet to dispel doubts

While there may still be a question mark over treble-chasing Barcelona`s defence, their fearsome attacking trident is firing on all cylinders ahead of Bayern Munich`s visit in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

Free-scoring Real Madrid face tough test at Sevilla
Free-scoring Real Madrid face tough test at Sevilla

Real Madrid have defied injuries to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona and notched up over 100 La Liga goals but they now face arguably the toughest test of their title charge in an away match to Sevilla on Saturday.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar hit century mark
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar hit century mark

Barcelona`s star front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar reached 100 goals in all competitions for the season after all three were on target for the Catalans in the first-half against Getafe on Tuesday.

Real Madrid battling hard to thwart Barcelona treble charge
Real Madrid battling hard to thwart Barcelona treble charge

 Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.

Barca need to rediscover defensive solidity for title charge
Barca need to rediscover defensive solidity for title charge

Barcelona need to rediscover the defensively solidity that has underpinned their championship charge alongside their sharp attack after an error by Gerard Pique in the drawn match against Sevilla reduced their lead to two points at the top of La Liga.

Two-year sentence requested for Barcelona president in Neymar affair
Two-year sentence requested for Barcelona president in Neymar affair

Spanish prosecutors are requesting a prison sentence of two years and three months for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and seven for his predecessor, Sanrdo Rosell, over the so-called Neymar affair, judicial sources said on Monday.

El Clasico, and the contrasting study with Spain's Champions League claims

On the importance of El Classico clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, and Spanish clubs' domination in Europe, specially in UEFA Champions League.

Barca's Thomas Vermaelen targets return to action next month

Barcelona`s Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen is on track to return to action next month after being unable to make his debut for the club due to a hamstring tear that needed surgery.

 Manchester City aim to break new ground by beating Barcaelona
Manchester City aim to break new ground by beating Barcaelona

Manchester City have been on a steep learning curve in the Champions League but Tuesday`s last 16 first-leg clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers a chance to show they are now serious contenders.

La Liga: Barcelona slump to stunning home defeat by Malaga
La Liga: Barcelona slump to stunning home defeat by Malaga

Barcelona`s La Liga title hopes were dealt a huge blow as Malaga stunned the Camp Nou with a 1-0 win on Saturday.

Lionel Messi misses training due to `personal reasons`
Lionel Messi misses training due to `personal reasons`

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi missed training on Monday due to "personal reasons", Barcelona have confirmed.