Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona’s  coach and legendary former player, poses next to a poster reading “welcome back”, during his presentation ceremony at the Camp Nou last November. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP/via Getty Images

In June 2020, Noelia Romera was fired by Barcelona because she was doing her job. Romera was the club’s compliance officer. Week after week, she wen(...)

 Ronald Koeman: the writing was on the wall for the head coach at Barcelona for months and defeat at league minnows Rayo Vallecano proved the final straw.  Photograph:  Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Rayo Vallecano scored and The Final Countdown began. The last goal Barcelona conceded under Ronald Koeman was met by Europe booming round Vallecas. (...)

A report into the state of the Camp Nou showed 44 structural “issues” that would have imperilled fans. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

The Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, is falling apart. Barça’s chief executive Ferran Reverter took over the day-to-day running of the club in July(...)

 Lionel Messi officially remains a free agent, out of contract for 20 days now and formally unattached to Barcelona for the first time since he joined at 13. File photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi is unemployed. Don’t worry: he will still be at Barcelona next season, or he should be, and he will certainly be okay. The question now m(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Athletic Bilbao with Pedri. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty

Lionel Messi’s wife collected him from Barcelona’s El Prat airport in mid-November after playing a couple of international games in South America. Mes(...)

Catalan police raided the offices of FC Barcelona on Monday, carrying out several arrests just six days ahead of the club’s presidential elections. Photograph: Getty Images

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was arrested on Monday after Catalan police officers searched the La Liga club’s offices, Spanish rad(...)

Many of those settling in to watch Sunday night’s television interview with Lionel Messi did so in search of optimism, reasons for hope. File photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP via Getty Images

In four days’ time Lionel Messi can begin negotiating with any team he likes, but he won’t. That’s the good news for Barcelona fans, and there is more(...)

 FC Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from his position on Tuesday, together with the rest of the board. He also announced before leaving that Barcelona has accepted the invitation to join a proposed European Super League. Photograph: EPA

Josep Maria Bartomeu was on his way out when he casually tossed in a match and closed the door behind him. It was barely 30 seconds in a 30-minute val(...)

Barcelona  president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned along with the board of the club. Photograph: German Parga/EPA

Josep María Bartomeu’s last act as the president of Barcelona was to announce the club’s participation in a European Super League. Bartomeu revealed (...)

Barcelona’s star forward Lionel Messi runs for the ball next to Sevilla’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando in a recent   Spanish league match at the Camp Nou stadium. Photograph: LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images

FC Barcelona, one of the world’s wealthiest football clubs, has revealed the massive impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its business, posting a €10(...)

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