Xavi slams Real Madrid for failing to give Iker Casillas much-deserved send-off
Xavi slams Real Madrid for failing to give Iker Casillas much-deserved send-off

Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi has hit out at Real Madrid for failing to give departing captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas the send-off he deserved before his switch to Porto.

I am not Xavi's replacement, says new Barca recruit Arda Turan
I am not Xavi's replacement, says new Barca recruit Arda Turan

Barcelona`s new midfield playmaker Arda Turan has no intention of trying to fill the boots of club legend Xavi following the decorated Spaniard`s departure for Qatar at the end of last season.

Defeated Argentina's search for elusive final key continues
Defeated Argentina's search for elusive final key continues

Former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa says you learn more from defeat than victory.

European champions Barcelona feted on return
European champions Barcelona feted on return

Thousands of fans took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to celebrate their club`s fifth Champions League win, decking the Catalan capital out with flags, shirts, scarves and confetti.

Xavi aims for perfect send off with Champions League win
Xavi aims for perfect send off with Champions League win

 Barcelona midfielder Xavi raised the King`s Cup aloft alongside Andres Iniesta in his final appearance at the Camp Nou on Saturday and now victory in the Champions League would make it a perfect send-off for the club legend.

There will never be another Xavi, Luis Enrique says
There will never be another Xavi, Luis Enrique says

There will never be another player like Xavi and Barcelona will have to adapt accordingly now he is leaving, coach Luis Enrique said after the midfielder`s final La Liga game for the club on Saturday.

Xavi should have won Ballon d'Or: Jose Mourinho
Xavi should have won Ballon d'Or: Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reckons departing Barcelona captain and midfield maestro Xavi Hernandez deserved to have won the world football player award, the Ballon d'Or, at some point during his career.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez propel Barca seven points clear
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez propel Barca seven points clear

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on target as Barcelona moved seven points clear at the top of La Liga with a 4-0 win over Almeria on Wednesday.

La Liga: Barcelona march four points clear at the top
La Liga: Barcelona march four points clear at the top

Barcelona ensured they will be at least a point clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga when they host their arch rivals in next weekend’s ‘Clasico’ after Lionel Messi struck twice in a 2-0 win at Basque minnows Eibar on Saturday.

No place for Cristiano Ronaldo in Andrea Pirlo's Champions League dream team
No place for Cristiano Ronaldo in Andrea Pirlo's Champions League dream team

Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo opted to not include back-to-back Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in his UEFA Champions League dream team. The team, however, has the Real Madrid front-man's eternal rival Lionel Messi, leading the attack.

Lionel Messi, Neymar rested for Barcelona's Kings Cup game at Elche
Lionel Messi, Neymar rested for Barcelona's Kings Cup game at Elche

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has decided to rest Lionel Messi, Neymar and most of his regulars for the King`s Cup last 16, second leg match at Elche later on Thursday.

El Clasico: Barcelona beaten by Real Madrid on Luis Suarez debut
El Clasico: Barcelona beaten by Real Madrid on Luis Suarez debut

Luis Suarez`s Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 on Saturday.

Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain
Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain

 Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is part of a fresh generation of Spain players aiming to make an impact in Euro 2016 qualifying and says he would be happy if he achieves half the success of retired great Xavi. 

Sergi Samper the latest gem from Barcelona production line
Sergi Samper the latest gem from Barcelona production line

One thing that has stood out during the early stages of Luis Enrique`s stint as Barcelona coach is the faith he is placing in recent graduates from the club`s famed "La Masia" academy.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Spain vs Netherlands - As it happened

Live coverage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Group B opener between heavyweights Spain and the Netherlands being played at Salvador`s Arena Fonte Nova, in Brazil.

Spain stalwarts not finished yet, says Del Bosque

Spain coach Vincente del Bosque fired an ominous warning on Thursday to any critics suggesting the dominance of his world and European champions could be about to end.

Xavi expected to be fit for World Cup

Barcelona midfielder Xavi will be fit for the World Cup finals despite suffering a minor back injury, the club announced on Monday.

Barca ready to seize second chance, says Xavi

Barcelona are ready to grasp their second chance with both hands and snatch the Spanish title from Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all clash this weekend, midfielder Xavi said on Wednesday.

Koke can be Spain`s playmaker for next decade, Xavi says

Spain and Barcelona playmaker Xavi has singled out Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke as his successor as the man at the heart of the world and European champions` possession-based playing style.

Barcelona beat Man City, reach Champions League quarter-finals

Leo Messi`s 66th goal ensured that FC Barcelona would be in the quarter-finals of the Champions League as they defeated Manchester City 2-1 to assure a 4-1 aggregate win.