Gareth Bale Is The Fastest Man Alive, Scores Late To Win Copa del Rey

The final el clásico of the year. A one-off match for the Copa del Rey trophy. A trophy-starved Barça's last legitimate shot for silverware. Star man Cristiano Ronaldo out with an injury. And in the middle of all this, newcomer Gareth Bale decided he'd just outrun everyone. » 4/16/14 6:32pm Wednesday 6:32pm

Atlético Madrid Beat Barça In Champions League, Dream Season Continues

It's all fun and games cheering on plucky upstarts Atlético Madrid, right up until the point they tear out your heart and play keepy-uppy with it. So excuse me if I'm not appropriately excited about Atlético's thoroughly deserved and enjoyable-for-neutrals 1-0 Champions League win over Barcelona. » 4/09/14 5:37pm 4/09/14 5:37pm

Barcelona Slammed With Enormous Transfer Ban For FIFA Rules Violations

Today, FIFA announced unparalleled sanctions against Barcelona for repeated and systemic violations of the international body's youth transfer rules. Barcelona has been banned from any transfer activity for the entirety of next season. This is the coup de grâce in what already has been a monumentally embarrassing season … » 4/02/14 11:48am 4/02/14 11:48am

Watch The Stunning Champions League Strike That Put Atléti Up On Barça

Barcelona welcomed Atlético Madrid to the Camp Nou today in what is becoming a regular rivalry of increasingly large stakes. It was a Champions League matchup this time, as tense and cagey as you'd expect—that is, until Diego decided he'd had enough and straight flattened a ball into the net from about 25 yards. » 4/01/14 5:05pm 4/01/14 5:05pm

Lionel Messi Broke Barcelona's All-Time Goal Record With This Hat Trick

Another game, another broken record in the simply unparalleled career of Lionel Messi. His hat trick against Osasuna yesterday put him atop the all-time Barcelona scoring charts at 371, surpassing Paulino Alcántara's 87-year-old mark of 369. It was a vintage display from a player whose game is only encapsulated by… » 3/17/14 2:28pm 3/17/14 2:28pm

Man City Learned From Barcelona, But Can The Student Kill The Master?

We've finally arrived on the day of the Champions League's return, just a short time away from one of the most intriguing round of 16 matchups in recent memory: Barcelona vs. Manchester City. » 2/18/14 11:41am 2/18/14 11:41am

How Atlético Madrid Is Making La Liga Fun Again

The typical European soccer league hierarchy is in a bit of flux this year. Yes, England's league, as usual, remains the deepest in the world in the midst of an amazingly competitive campaign with more swerves and shifts of momentum than a Gareth Bale free kick. But in Germany—often the most competitive from top to… » 2/11/14 2:47pm 2/11/14 2:47pm

Young Superstars Neymar And Gareth Bale Are The Future Of El Clásico

Tomorrow is El Clásico, a matchup between two of the biggest, most storied clubs in the world: Real Madrid and Barcelona. It's the best rivalry in sports because it's the best kind of rivalry in sports. For 90 minutes, decades of shared history, clashing politics and nationalism will intersect with soccer to create an… » 10/25/13 2:52pm 10/25/13 2:52pm

Facebook Map: The Manchester United States Of America

Champions League action resumes today, but who is America rooting for? The map above, using data provided by Facebook, shows which of the qualifying teams have the most "likes," by state. While Americans like to make fun of all the people overseas who randomly wear Yankees caps, it's a clean sweep in the U.S. for… » 10/22/13 1:50pm 10/22/13 1:50pm

Why Lionel Messi Is Even Better Than You Think

One of the key findings of The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong is that soccer, more than any other team sport, is a weak link game: matches are won and lost, and championships and relegation are secured, by the genius and quality of a club's superstars, but even more so by the leaden boots,… » 9/10/13 10:30am 9/10/13 10:30am

David Villa Just Scored A Golazo In His First Match Against Barcelona

Barcelona sold David Villa to Atlético Madrid this summer, partly because he's old and he never quite recovered after breaking his leg two years ago, and partly to make room for new signing Neymar. But David Villa is a legend, and he's a legend because he's long been one of the best finishers in the world, so in the… » 8/21/13 5:45pm 8/21/13 5:45pm