Watch Messi Break The All-Time La Liga Scoring Record

Lionel Messi became the top scorer in La Liga history with this 72nd minute goal against Sevilla, his second of the game. It was Messi's 252nd league goal, which topped Athletic Bilbao legend Telmo Zarra's 251, who did most of his damage in the 1940s. A few minutes later Messi got his hat trick, so the new record… » 11/22/14 4:01pm 11/22/14 4:01pm

Former Barcelona Manager Tito Vilanova Dead At 45

FC Barcelona has just announced that former manager Tito Vilanova passed today following a two-and-half-year battle with throat cancer. He was 45 years old. » 4/25/14 12:56pm 4/25/14 12:56pm

Ajax Beat Barcelona To Keep Their Champions League Hopes Alive

Netherlands side Ajax hosted Spanish giants FC Barcelona today in a must-win match to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage alive. AC Milan, ahead of Ajax by a single point, thumped Celtic by three goals in Group H's other match today, which meant that a loss would eliminate them from… » 11/26/13 5:46pm 11/26/13 5:46pm

FC Barcelona announced today that Gerardo "Tata" Martino will be the club's next manager. Last week, Barça manager Tito Vilanova had to step down after suffering a cancer relapse. [Sky Sports] » 7/23/13 9:04pm 7/23/13 9:04pm

PSG Is Threatening To Buy Lionel Messi. Wait. That Can't Happen, Right?

Soccer's the best. One of the reasons it's the best is that there are lots of leagues all over the world with lots of teams within them, and they all come together twice a year during the transfer windows to form one huge clusterfuck. Some of the richest clubs are owned by actual princes and/or oil tycoons, and there… » 7/19/13 4:19pm 7/19/13 4:19pm

Tito Vilanova Leaving As Barcelona Manager After Cancer Relapse

In a press conference, FC Barcelona just announced that manager Francesc "Tito" Vilanova is leaving the club. He was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland in 2011. He only missed 18 days then, but last year he relapsed and missed two months of his first campaign as Barcelona manager last season while undergoing… » 7/19/13 3:41pm 7/19/13 3:41pm

Brazilian Superstar Neymar Headed To FC Barcelona

Neymar, the Brazilian wonderkid who has already cemented himself as one of the world's top soccer players, announced last night that he is signing for FC Barcelona on a five-year deal. Brazilian club Santos accepted a $32 million bid from the Spanish giants for the player. It's one of the earliest bits of news in… » 5/26/13 1:10pm 5/26/13 1:10pm

Rubén Pérez's Long-Distance Golazo Against Barcelona Is Just Ridiculous

This is Real Betis midfielder Rubén Pérez. He decided he'd have a go against Barcelona from like 35 yards out, because he probably dreams about scoring goals like this all the time. The end result is slightly NSFW. » 5/05/13 4:04pm 5/05/13 4:04pm

Without Messi, Barcelona Look All Too Mortal

Barcelona got a satisfying result in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal, drawing Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 in France, but it came at a price. Javier Mascherano went down with a knee injury, and Lionel Messi, the world’s best player, had to leave the game at halftime after injuring his right hamstring.… » 4/11/13 2:23pm 4/11/13 2:23pm

So, How Did The World's Best Soccer Team Manage Without The World's…

Barcelona traveled to Paris yesterday to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of what might be the most intriguing matchup of the Champions League quarterfinals round. PSG, bought by a group of Qatari investors last year, has quickly become one of the richest clubs in the world. This season, they bought… » 4/03/13 6:50pm 4/03/13 6:50pm

FC Barcelona's No Longer Ranked World's Best Club, And You Won't…

FC Barcelona's been struggling. In the past few weeks, they've lost to Real Madrid back-to-back, and haven't beaten their rivals since last August. They were just defeated 2-0 in the Champions League away to an undermanned AC Milan side. They've only won one game in their last four. Messi is hurting, spiritually. And… » 3/09/13 12:37pm 3/09/13 12:37pm

Is This The Beginning Of The End For FC Barcelona?

In tonight's Copa del Rey, Real Madrid traveled to Barcelona and throttled them 3-1 to oust their rivals from the Spanish Cup. It was a shocking result in what many consider to be the world's greatest derby. Since former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola's hiring in 2008, Barça has dominated El Clasico while cementing… » 2/26/13 7:34pm 2/26/13 7:34pm

Lionel Messi Suffers Knee Injury In Meaningless Match; Run At Breaking…

Lionel Messi came into today hoping to break Gerd Müller's 1972 record of 85 goals in one calendar year. Now, after suffering what appears to be a knee injury during this evening's Barcelona-Benfica match, fans are wondering if Messi will even take the pitch again in 2012. » 12/05/12 4:50pm 12/05/12 4:50pm

Americans' Favorite Soccer Clubs, As Determined By FIFA 12 Plays

ESPN FC had a neat piece this week on the ties between soccer video games and soccer fandom, and the idea that even in the days of satellite television, nothing's done more to grow the sport in the United States than gaming. Here's the money quote, from social scientist Rich Luker: » 9/27/12 5:25pm 9/27/12 5:25pm

Lionel Messi Scores Breathtaking Goal On Impossible Free Kick

Real Madrid clinched the Spanish Supercopa with today's victory over Barcelona, but Lionel Messi still did something remarkably Messi-like on this free kick at the end of the first half. Be sure to watch the replay that begins at the 45-second mark to see the way Messi managed to get the ball outside the wall and… » 8/29/12 7:20pm 8/29/12 7:20pm

Watch All 234 Goals Leo Messi Scored To Break The Barcelona Record

It's sometimes easy to forget how good Leo Messi is. He performs extraordinary feats with such regularity they seem routine. Messi scores. Again. Messi dribbles through five defenders and scores. Again. Messi dribbles through five defenders, is hacked mercilessly, refuses to go down, dances around an onrushing… » 3/21/12 1:40pm 3/21/12 1:40pm

Even George Karl Has Jumped Aboard The Messi Bandwagon

As NBA players sent messages of support to Ricky Rubio upon news of his ACL tear, Nuggets head coach George Karl showed his softer side by sporting an FC Barcelona shirt while meeting with the press yesterday. Karl's son Coby played with Rubio on Joventut Badalona after fizzling out in the NBA and escaping the… » 3/12/12 10:15am 3/12/12 10:15am

Lionel Messi Is The First To Ever Score Five Goals In A Champions…

Barcelona made easy work of Leverkusen in the return leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 series, winning 7-1 (10-2 aggregate)—but it was another night to celebrate Lionel Messi, who became the first player to ever score five goals in one Champions League match and the 11th in the history of top-level… » 3/07/12 5:25pm 3/07/12 5:25pm

Barcelona Striker David Villa Snaps Tibia In FIFA Club World Cup Match

Spain's all-time record scorer David Villa will be off the pitch for months after suffering this nasty broken leg during Barcelona's FIFA Club World Cup match against Qatari side Al-Sadd. » 12/15/11 1:15pm 12/15/11 1:15pm

It Took Real Madrid 25 Seconds To Score In El Clásico

A major blunder by Barça's Victor Valdes let Real Madrid's Karim Benzema sneak one into the goal as scoring in one of the most-anticipated matches in recent memory got underway less than a minute into the contest. [ESPN Deportes] » 12/10/11 4:20pm 12/10/11 4:20pm