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Messi wins 33rd title as Barcelona wins Super Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi won his 33rd title with Barcelona on Sunday to become the most successful player in the Catalan club’s history, reported news agency. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league. Ousmane Dembele scored a late winning goal with a blistering strike from outside the area. The 21-year-old France winger stunned Sevilla’s defense with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when ...

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Messi succeeds Iniesta as new Barcelona captain

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi was named as Barcelona’s captain following the departure of long-serving midfielder Andres Iniesta, while defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were named new vice-captains in a statement by the La Liga champions. Messi, Barca’s all-time top scorer, has been a vice-captain since 2015 and takes the club’s armband from Iniesta, who succeeded Xavi Hernandez as captain in 2015 but left for Japanese club Vissel Kobe in June. Midfielder Sergio Busquets was named first vice-captain, followed by Pique, who has been at Barcelona since 2008. It’s the first time Pique has been named a vice-captain at ...

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No guard of honour for Barca: Zidane

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MNA Sports Desk: Zinedine Zidane says Barcelona do not deserve a guard of honour before the Clasico on Sunday because they refused to give Real Madrid one for winning the Club World Cup. Barca host Real as La Liga and Copa del Rey champions but Zidane’s side will not perform a ‘pasillo’, the tradition of players applauding their opponents onto the pitch. Deportivo La Coruna made the gesture ahead of their game against Barca last weekend while Barca gave Real a guard of honour at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2008, after Los Blancos had already won the league. But Barcelona ...

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Messi hat-trick seals La Liga title for Barca

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona clinched a 25th La Liga title on Sunday after winning 4-2 at Deportivo La Coruna despite throwing away a two-goal lead in a thrilling game which also confirmed Depor’s relegation. Atletico Madrid tightened their grip on second place by winning 1-0 at Alaves with a penalty from Kevin Gameiro, while Valencia’s quest to seal Champions League qualification must wait after they were held to a goalless draw at home to Eibar. Barca only needed a draw to seal the title and they made a perfect start when record signing Philippe ...

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Messi rescues unbeaten Barca

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi rescued Barcelona’s unbeaten season on Saturday as the La Liga leaders scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Sevilla. Messi came off the bench with his team two goals down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Luis Suarez pulled one back in the 88th minute, before the Argentinian struck the equaliser a minute later. Barcelona had not lost a league game this term, or in 13 months, but finishes from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel looked to have sealed Sevilla a stunning victory. But Messi came up trumps again ...

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Messi free kick gives Barcelona win v Atletico

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi put Barcelona on a clear path to the Spanish league title after scoring from a free kick for a third straight game on Sunday. Messi’s goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 win against second-place Atletico Madrid and widened the gap over its closest rival to eight points with 11 rounds remaining. The Argentina forward dipped a shot over the wall in the 26th minute to take his league-leading tally to 24 this season and 32 in all competitions. It was Messi’s sixth goal from a free kick this season, and his third straight after successful free ...

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Barcelona stun Real with 3-0 ‘Clasico’ win

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MNA Sports Desk: Goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal propelled Barcelona to a 3-0 win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday, lifting them 14-points clear of their rivals in the standings. Suarez capitalised on wide open space in Real Madrid’s midfield to knock in a simple pass from Sergi Roberto following a breakaway move in the 54th minute. That opened the scoring after a tense but tight first half in the early afternoon sun at the Santiago Bernabeu. Messi hammered in the second goal from the penalty spot 20 minutes later after Dani Carvajal was sent off for ...

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Messi joins 100-goal club in Europe

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition as Barcelona moved close to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by outclassing Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday despite playing the second half with 10 men. Gerard Pique was sent off two minutes before halftime for two bookings, one for tugging an opponent’s shirt and the other for slapping the ball into the net, but Barca were barely threatened by a hapless Olympiakos side who are badly under-performing in their Greek title defence. The Athens club, who won three league titles and two domestic Cups under current Barca ...

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Messi hits four as Barcelona thrash Eibar

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi hits four goals as Barcelona romped to a 6-1 win over Eibar to extend their lead at the top of La Liga on Tuesday and maintain their 100 percent record, reported news agency. The Argentine was at his brilliant best as he lethally picked off the demoralised Basques, opening the scoring with a penalty in the 21st minute after Nelson Semedo was brought down by Alex Galvez. With Barca leading 3-1, Messi struck three more times to help the Catalans reach 15 points from five games, five clear of second-placed Sevilla, having played one match ...

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Ousmane Dembele to sign for Barcelona

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MNA Sports Desk: French starlet Ousmane Dembele brought an end to protracted transfer talks by agreeing a five-year deal with Barcelona worth 105 million euros plus add-ons, the Spanish giants announced Friday. Dembele moves from Borussia Dortmund, where he has been suspended since he boycotted training on August 10 in protest after the German club rejected Barca’s first bid, reported news agency. The add-ons amount to a maximum of 42 million euros, according to Dortmund, which would make it the second biggest transfer in history after Neymar’s move From Barca to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month. It will surpass the ...

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PM condemns Barcelona terror attack

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MNA National Desk: PM Sheikh Hasina has condemned the Barcelona terror attack that claimed 14 lives and injured scores. The foreign ministry said Prime Minister sent a message to Spanish President Mariano Rajoy Brey expressing her sentiment on behalf of the country, reported news gaency. “I am deeply shocked and grieved at the terror attack”, she wrote, “I, along with the people and the government of Bangladesh, strongly condemn such mindless act of cowardice and stand in solidarity with the people and the government of Spain.” “I express our deepest condolences and sympathies to you and the people of Spain. ...

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IS claims Barcelona van attack’s responsibility

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MNA International Desk: A van driver ploughed into crowds of pedestrians on Barcelona’s most popular street in broad daylight on Thursday, killing 13 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. Police announced the arrest of two suspects, identified as a Spaniard and a Moroccan, but said the driver was still on the run. Hours later in Cambrils, a city 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, police said e they shot dead “four suspected terrorists” and left another injured in a “possible terrorist attack.” The incident in Cambrils took place in the early hours of Friday, but police ...

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El Clasico: Barcelona edge out Real Madrid

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MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona drew first blood against Real Madrid ahead of the new season with a 3-2 victory in a pulsating Clasico friendly on Saturday in Miami. The historic rivals will meet again twice in August in the Spanish Super Cup and this International Champions Cup match set the entertainment bar high, with Barcelona maintaining their 100 per cent record in pre-season. Madrid were missing Cristiano Ronaldo, still on holiday, but both teams were close to full strength. Ernesto Valverde, getting a taste of Clasico drama early in his career as Barcelona manager, selected Neymar despite speculation swirling over ...

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Messi keeps Barca alive in 3-2 win over Real Sociedad

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MNA Sports Desk: Two goals and an assist by Leo Messi were what the doctor ordered to keep Barcelona alive and in the running for the La Liga title on Saturday in a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad. The first half was crazy with all five goals coming in the first 45 minutes play and with Real Sociedad playing good soccer and managing to stay in contention for at least a draw until the final whistle. It was Messi who got the home team on the board first in the 17th minute with a mighty and spot-on blast from distance ...

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Barcelona suffer PSG hangover in Deportivo defeat

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MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona suffered a hangover from their remarkable Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain as Alex Bergantinos’s winner 16 minutes from time handed Deportivo la Coruna a famous 2-1 win on Sunday. Joselu had fired Deportivo into a first-half lead before Luis Suarez levelled in the first minute of the second period. However, Bergantinos rose highest from a corner to seal Deportivo’s first victory over Barcelona since 2008. Barca still lead Real Madrid by one point at the top of La Liga, but the European champions now have two games in hand and can go top with victory ...

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Barca capped a historic fightback to thrash PSG 6-1

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MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona capped a sensational Champions League fightback to thrash Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 and reach the quarter-finals on Wednesday. Despite Luis Suarez’s early opener, a Layvin Kurzawa own goal and Lionel Messi’s penalty, Barca, who lost the first leg 4-0, looked down and out when Edison Cavani volleyed home what seemed to be the vital away goal for PSG. However, Neymar restored Barca’s belief as he firstly fired home a sensational free-kick two minutes from time and then converted from the penalty spot. And Roberto capped the biggest comeback in Champions League history when he stretched to turn ...

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Barca moved top of La Liga with 2-1 win against Atletico

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi struck the winner four minutes from time as Barcelona moved top of La Liga on Sunday with a crucial 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid. All the goals came in the final half hour as Rafinha put Barcelona in front before Diego Godin’s header quickly restored parity. However, so often the thorn in Atletico’s side, Messi registered his 27th career goal against Los Rojiblancos to ease the pressure on under fire Barca coach Luis Enrique. Barcelona now lead Real Madrid and Sevilla by two points. Real, though, have two games in hand on their title rivals, ...

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Barcelona slammed after 4-0 embarrassment against PSG

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MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted his side’s Champions League hopes are all but over for this season after they were outclassed 4-0 by a brilliant Paris Saint-Germain in their last 16 first leg on Tuesday. The result leaves PSG on the brink of a place in the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, while Barcelona are staring at their earliest exit since losing to Liverpool in the last 16 in 2007. It was the Catalans’ worst night in Europe since their 7-0 aggregate mauling at the hands of Bayern Munich in the 2013 semi-finals, and no ...

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Ronaldinho returns to Barcelona as club ambassador

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MNA Sports Desk: Ronaldinho has reached an agreement with Barcelona to return to the club in an ambassador role, it was confirmed on Thursday. The former Brazilian international made over 200 appearances for Barca in a five-year spell at the club after joining from Paris Saint-Germain in 2003. After helping the Blaugrana win two league titles and a Champions League he left for AC Milan, before winding down his career back in Brazil, with a brief spell in Mexico. “Ronaldinho will become a club ambassador and representative at various events and activities over the coming years,” Barca said in a ...

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Barcelona beat Espanyol in the Catalan derby

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MNA Sports Desk: Two goals from Luis Suarez and a sparkling Lionel Messi display helped Barcelona to a 4-1 Catalan derby win over Espanyol on Sunday. Suarez scored in each half before Jordi Alba added a third, but it was some amazing footwork from Messi that brought Camp Nou to its feet as the home fans celebrated a victory that takes them back into second place in LaLiga. Barca had not been beaten by their city rivals since 2009 and they looked set to extend that run as soon as Suarez put them ahead following a spectacular long pass from ...

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Barcelona lifting Copa del Rey for 28th time

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MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona completed a league and Cup double by lifting the Copa del Rey for a 28th time after a 2-0 win over Sevilla in a fiery game that saw three red cards on Sunday. Javier Mascherano’s dismissal just before half-time for pulling down Kevin Gameiro put Barcelona on the back foot and they were further depleted when 59-goal top scorer Luis Suarez limped off early in the second period. However, they resisted Sevilla’s pressure after the break and Barca’s numerical disadvantage was cancelled out in stoppage time when Ever Banega saw red for chopping down Neymar. Barcelona ...

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Barcelona secured their sixth La Liga title

MNA Sports Desk: With three goals from Luis Suarez Barcelona secured their sixth La Liga title in eight years, making no mistakes at Granada where they needed a win on the hotly anticipated season finale to see off their rivals in Madrid. Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win. Real registered their 12th consecutive La Liga win, 2-0 at Deportivo la Coruna thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s double, but finished a point behind their bitter rivals. Suarez’s treble also sees him become ...

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Barcelona and Real Madrid take La Liga race to final day

Spanish football league to be decided on the last day of the season as only one point separates leaders Barca from Real and finally, however, Barcelona and Real Madrid take La Liga race to final day. Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title by thrashing local rivals Espanyol 5-0 but Real Madrid stayed only one point behind the leaders after a nervy 3-2 win over Valencia. Atletico Madrid dropped out of the race after losing 2-1 at Levante. Barca top the standings on 88 points, Real moved into second on 87 and Atletico have 85 with one game remaining. ...

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