Lionel Messi is unable to hit the target with this effort during Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Valencia.  Photo: Getty Images

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi hit his 400th career goal for the La Liga leaders deep into stoppage time to seal a 2-0 win over a Valencia side that will ru(...)

Manchester City  midfielder Samir Nasri  listens to  manager Manuel Pellegrini  during a press conference prior to the Barcelona clash.  Photo: Oli Scarffoli/Getty

Samir Nasri believes Manchester City showed Barcelona too much respect in last season’s Champions League and said City “won’t be scared” when the club(...)

Atletico Madrid were reduced to nine men as they were beaten 3-2 by Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey quarter-final second leg at the Vicente Calderon.  (Photograph: Reuters/Sergio Perez)

This game started early – and ended early, too. By half-time Barcelona were 3-2 up at the Vicente Calderón, 4-2 up on aggregate and already into the s(...)

Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lione Messi were all on the scoresheet for Barcelona as they beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 at the Camp Nou. (Photograph: REUTERS/Albert Gea)

The crisis may not yet be over in Catalonia but it was contained here. Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid for the first time in over a year, with a goal e(...)

Barcelona’s player Luis Suarez  scores his first La Liga goal as he slots the ball past  Cordoba goalkeeper Juan Carlos during the Spanish first division game at Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Lionel Messi scored twice and Luis Suarez struck his first La Liga goal as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 on Saturday to finish the year a p(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi collects the ball after scoring his hat trick against Espanyol during their Spanish first division soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick and surpassed 400 club goals as Barcelona came from behind to win the Catalan derby 5-1 against Espanyol in (...)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique (left) celebrates his goal against Apoel Nicosia with Brazilian Neymar da Silva   at Camp Nou. Photograph: Toni Albir / EPA

Barcelona 1 Apoel Nicosia 0Barcelona won their opening Champions League game but that was no more than could be expected. Indeed, it was less than mos(...)

 A Barcelona shirt featuring Luis Suarez’s name at the club store earlier this month. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Luis Suárez will appear before the court of arbitration for sport on August 8th as Barcelona seek to have the Uruguay forward training with them in li(...)

Robin van Persie scores the Netherlands’ opening goal during the World Cup Group B match against Spain  at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Netherlands 5 Spain 1: Redemption for Arjen Robben and the Netherlands arrived in the form of an emphatic reversal of fortunes from the 2010 final and(...)

On this particular occasion at least Louis van Gaal brings something other than his renowned tactical know-how and relentless faith in youth to the party.

The headline writers had Wesley Sneiijder and his Dutch team-mates plotting a revenge mission against Spain in Salvador tonight which might well have (...)