Barcelona’s midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to announce his departure on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has announced he will join Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer, ending his 24-year run with the Catalan giants.The Spanis(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates his goal against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish first division soccer match at Vicente Calderon stadium. Photo: Andrea Comas/Reuters

A year after Atletico Madrid went to Barcelona and won the league title, Barcelona went to Atletico Madrid and won it back. As the final whistle went(...)

Pep Guardiola speaks to Lionel Messi at half-time during the Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena. Photo: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

“Raus mit applaus!” was the headline in the German tabloid Abendzeitung after Bayern Munich’s energetic but ultimately rather meek and bloodless exit (...)

Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, Sebastian Rode, Xabi Alonso and Javi Martinez look dejected at the end of their Champions League semi-final. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Bayern Munich 3 Barcelona 2On a muggy, absorbing, oddly processional night at the Allianz Arena Barcelona reached their eighth European Cup final with(...)

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is intent on preventing Bayern Munich starting as well as they did against Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Barcelona want to avoid their Champions League semi-final second leg at Bayern Munich turning into a frantic encounter that could jeopardise their thr(...)

FC Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Leo Messi jubilates his first goal against Bayern Munich during the Uefa Champions League semifinal first leg match. Photo: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Perhaps the most striking thing about Lionel Messi’s second goal against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night was its gentleness. There(...)

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique first met Guardiola when they both played on Spain’s gold-medal winning football team at the Barcelona ’92 Olympics. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barça beat Córdoba 8-0 at the weekend. The team is humming, and its coach knows it. When Luis Enrique spoke about the draw for tonight’s Champions Lea(...)

Special game, but Barcelona are  strongest, says Bayern  manager Pep Guardiola. Photograph: John Walton/PA

Pep Guardiola faces an emotional return to Barcelona after his current club, Bayern Munich, were drawn to face them in the semi-final of the Champion(...)

Barcelona forward Neymar  scores his second goal during the Champions League quarter-final second leg against  Paris Saint-Germain at the Nou  Camp. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona 2 PSG 0 (Barcelona win 5-1 on agg)Barcelona are in the semi-final of the Champions League for the sixth time in seven years. For Paris Saint(...)

Neymar gave Barcelona the lead in their 3-1 win away at PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals. Photograph: Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Barcelona 3Barcelona’s claim on this competition can feel irresistible on nights such as this. The Catalans prospered here where(...)