Eric Abidal

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Barcelona manager Quique Setien talks to his team in a break during their draw with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in Catalonia. Photograph: Getty Images

Leo Messi was the first off the pitch, heading down the tunnel alone as Barcelona’s anthem began echoing around a stadium as vacant as the look in the(...)

 Lionel Messi says Barcelona is his home. Photograph: Getty Images

Lionel Messi says he has no intention of leaving Barcelona but has warned that they need to act after a month in which there has been “one problem aft(...)

Lionel Messi and  team-mate Samuel Umtiti during Barcelona’s training session at Sant Joan d’Espi sports city near Barcelona on Wednesday. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Quique Setién scoffed and then started laughing. “No way,” he said. He had been talking for 12 minutes and he was only halfway through, still trying t(...)

Barcelona manager  Ernesto Valverde reacts after the defeat to Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield in May 2019. photograph:   Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Barcelona’s ex-manager took training on Monday morning, if only because he wasn’t the ex-manager just yet. Besides, someone somewhere had to act with (...)

Xavi won eight LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues and a host of other trophies with Barca

Xavi’s club Al Sadd insist they have had no official approach for the coach to return to his former club Barcelona. Catalan radio station RAC1 and Sp(...)

Barcelona’s  Sergio Busquets slides in to tackle Atletico Madrid’s  Rodri    during the La Liga game at the  Nou Camp at the weekend. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

The last time Manchester United and Barcelona met it ended with a plea for mercy. There were 10 minutes left in the 2011 European Cup final when Wayne(...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

A file photograph of Eric Abidal from June 2013.  Barcelona have denied that they illegally bought a transplant liver for their former defender. Photograph: Luis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

FC Barcelona has emphatically denied reports that its former president, Sandro Rosell, illegally bought a liver for the French defender Eric Abidal si(...)

 Zinedine Zidane  after head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi.  Photograph: Getty Images

The crowd are whistling. Something has happened. Marco Materazzi is on the ground. The match commentators are confused. They think David Trezeguet has(...)

Zach Fagan, once of Arsenal, now playing with Welling United. Photograph: Getty Images

Many are called but few are chosen. Unless of course we’re talking about Premier League football, in which case the equation is even more extreme. Eve(...)

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