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Andres Iniesta pipped Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to win the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award Thursday.

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SI.com: Grant Wahl: Spain has chance to make history in Euro 2012 title matchupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 12:45:00

KIEV, Ukraine -- What's at stake when Spain meets Italy in the Euro 2012 final here on Sunday? For the Spanish, the final (ESPN/3/Deportes, 2:45 p.m. ET) provides the chance to take their place in soccer lore as one of the greatest national teams in the history of the sport. No country has ever held two European Championships and the World Cup trophy at the same time. And for all the talk of Spain winning without playing at its best, you just can't argue with three major titles in a row.

SI.com: Georgina Turner: Referees miss more penalties than players; Spain, Italy progressupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 20:56:00

Once this tournament is set down in the history books, one of the statistics that will not so much leap off the page as run screaming out, waving its flame-licked limbs about all over the place is that by Day 11 just one penalty had been awarded. And even that was saved, Poland substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton stopping Giorgos Karagounis' effort on Day 1.

Italy were 'courageous and organized'updated: Sun Jun 10 2012 17:27:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto talks to Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri about Italy's battling performance against Spain.

10-man Barca rally to see off Sporting; Ibrahimovic fires rapid hat-trick for Milan updated: Sat Mar 03 2012 17:03:00

Two late goals from Seydou Keita and Xavi Hernandez earned 10-man Barcelona a 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

Abidal pounces late as Barcelona edge 'El Clasico' over Real Madridupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 18:27:00

A late goal from Eric Abidal gave Barcelona a 2-1 comeback victory in the first leg of their Spanish Cup quarterfinal clash with arch rivals Real Madrid.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Ballon d'Or voting perhaps better served by using a secret ballotupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 08:28:00

They say the Ballon d'Or is democratic but it's not. Not really. A proper democratic vote surely relies on a universal, secret ballot. By contrast, one of the things that makes the Ballon d'Or vote so interesting to pick over is the fact that you can pick over it. The real fun comes after Messi and Xavi have stepped down from the podium and the list of voters and votes is handed out.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Tactical switch tilts clásico in favor of Barcelonaupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 15:06:00

There are still those, remarkably, who ask whether tactics really matter, still those who persist with the Luddite insistence that the best players will win out come what may. No matter that Lionel Messi never produces his Barcelona form for Argentina or that Dani Alves regularly flounders for Brazil, Barcelona, these flat-earthers keep saying, win because they have the best players.

Ronaldo grabs hat-trick as Real go top in Spainupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 19:33:00

There were contrasting fortunes for the two superstars of La Liga as Lionel Messi missed an injury time penalty for Barcelona in the Nou Camp to allow Real Madrid to go top as Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a quickfire hat-trick.

Barcelona edge minnows to close on knockout stagesupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 04:40:00

Holders Barcelona made hard work of beating Czech minnows Viktoria Plzen 2-0 in their Champions League Group H clash Wednesday but need just one win to reach the knockout stages.

Ibrahimovic to miss Barcelona clashupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 17:14:00

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of a return to his former club Barcelona when the group stage of the European Champions League kicks off on Tuesday.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Brawl helps heal Spain's internal riftsupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 08:58:00

Peace came via a punch up. Spain came from two goals down to win 3-2 against Chile on Sept. 2, Cesc Fàbregas scored twice to make it five goals in four matches, and Andres Iniesta was so good that one newspaper gave him four marks out of three, the Chile coach saying: "he destroyed us." But that was not the best thing that happened. The best thing that happened was a fight.

Barca clinch Super Cup as trouble mars El Clasicoupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 06:56:00

Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to claim the Spanish Super Cup in an ill-tempered El Clasico clash.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Tournament of all-time greatest club teams Part IVupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 16:10:00

Editor's note: This is Part 4 of a four-part imaginary tournament between 16 of the all-time greatest club teams in soccer history. Parts 1, 2 and 3 can be found here.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Barcelona moves to ward off Thiago Alcántara's suitorsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 14:27:00

It was the perfect end for the perfect tournament, the moment that many said defined him. Thiago Alcántara saw his opportunity and took the free kick quickly, sending the ball 40 yards, beyond the goalkeeper and into the net. When the backspin on the ball was broken by the net, the score line became 2-0 to Spain and the European U-21 Championships had been secured. The Swiss goalkeeper was caught out a little off his line but the speed of thought and precision of execution still impressed; not least because the goal felt like the culmination of 10 days of wonderful soccer -- the proof that here stood a real revelation, a special talent.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Tournament of all-time great club teamsupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 16:59:00

Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a four-part imaginary tournament between 16 of the all-time greatest club teams in soccer history. You can find Part 2 here.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: The world's best soccer lineup in 2011updated: Mon Jun 20 2011 06:44:00

It sounds like a simple assignment: acting as general manager, assemble a soccer team featuring the best player in the world at each of the 11 positions. But as anyone who follows the sport knows, choosing that team is a complicated exercise. You want to reward the most talented individuals, of course, but you also want a coherent team. What's more, the result represents a sort of personal mission statement. How do I want to see soccer played? Is it possible in the 21st century to combine great aesthetics with winning fútbol?

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Q&A with World Cup winner Andres Iniestaupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 06:51:00

Diminutive midfielder Andres Iniesta will always be remembered for scoring two of the biggest goals in the history of FC Barcelona and Spain's national team: in the 2009 Champions league and 2010 World Cup. SI.com's Richard Deitsch and María Poveda Lloret recently caught up with him:

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Barcelona outclasses Man United with a performance for the agesupdated: Sat May 28 2011 18:19:00

WEMBLEY, ENGLAND -- Surely now the doubters have been won over: this Barcelona is one of the greatest teams there has ever been. In Pep Guardiola's three seasons in charge Barca has twice won the Champions League, and it was denied a hat trick that would have placed it statistically alongside the Ajax and Bayern Munich sides of the seventies only by the combined might of Jose Mourinho and an Icelandic volcano.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Varied tactical options for Man United to deploy against Barcelonaupdated: Thu May 26 2011 15:47:00

Barcelona's team we know; Manchester United's is a matter of speculation, a fact that, in itself, is indicative of two things. First, that Barcelona is the favorite, with such a defined and familiar style of play that, even in this age of rotation, it is possible, as with the greats of the past, to rattle through a first eleven.

Barcelona close to within a point of Spanish crownupdated: Sun May 08 2011 17:10:00

Barcelona need just one point to win Spain's La Liga for the third straight year after a 2-0 win over neighbors Espanyol Sunday night.

Barca coach Guardiola wary after weekend defeatupdated: Mon May 02 2011 15:20:00

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is warning his side against complacency ahead of their Champions League return against arch-rivals Real Madrid Tuesday.

SI.com: Georgina Turner: Real vs. Barcelona play-by-play analysisupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 16:39:00

This is the third of a rapid-fire quartet of clasicos thrown up by the fixture list, and a fascinating one it is too. Barcelona thrashed Real 5-0 earlier in the season and is comfortably considered the best team in the world, but Jose Mourinho has overseen a damaging couple of weeks for Barca's self-esteem. Real came back from behind to secure a 1-1 draw in La Liga, and last week lifted the Copa del Rey thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's extra-time strike. Real's 6-3 thrashing of Valencia confirms Pep Guardiola's outfit as unfamiliar underdogs, with Andres Iniesta's absence through injury only reinforcing that.

Madrid coach Mourinho invokes Einstein ahead of Barcelona semifinalupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 16:00:00

Coach Jose Mourinho has told his Real Madrid players to heed the wisdom of Albert Einstein ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semifinal first leg against Spanish arch-rivals Barcelona.

Barcelona appeal UEFA's proposed Iniesta banupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 11:38:00

Barcelona have launched an appeal against a UEFA proposal to ban Spanish international Andres Iniesta for the first leg of their Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid on April 27.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Barcelona 2011 vs. AC Milan 1990updated: Tue Apr 19 2011 09:06:00

Ask anybody who's done it, and they'll tell you that sustaining success is much harder than achieving it in the first place. The great Hungarian coach Bela Guttmann refused ever to spend longer than three years at a club because he felt that after that he could no longer motivate players. It may be that in the modern world of soccer in which money begets money, success is easier to sustain than previously, at least on a domestic level. On a European scale what that means is a cluster of perhaps eight or so super powers constantly battling for the Champions League, which is surely the main reason no side has successfully defended the title since the AC Milan of Arrigo Sacchi in 1990.

Five-goal Barcelona brush off Ukrainian champions in quarterfinal rompupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 16:53:00

Barcelona took a big step towards setting up a semifinal showdown with Spanish rivals Real Madrid by beating Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Villa breaks scoring record as Spain claim comeback victoryupdated: Sat Mar 26 2011 12:02:00

David Villa has become the top scorer in Spanish international history after netting both goals as the world and European champions fought back from going a goal behind to beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Euro 2012 Group I on Friday.

Guardiola agrees new Barcelona contractupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 15:02:00

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola has agreed to stay with the Spanish champions for at least another season, the club announced on Tuesday.

Messi treble gives Barcelona cup cruise; Eto'o double for Interupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 18:58:00

Lionel Messi celebrated his second successive world player of the year award with a hat-trick as Spanish champions Barcelona crushed division two team Real Betis 5-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Wednesday night.

Messi claims World Player of the Year award for second straight yearupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 10:11:00

Lionel Messi was named World Player of the Year for the second straight year Monday, pipping Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi to the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Villa marks milestone as Barcelona demolish Deportivoupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 17:57:00

David Villa continued his remarkable scoring run against Deportivo La Coruna as Spanish champions Barcelona won 4-0 on Saturday night to move five points clear in La Liga.

Five-star Barcelona stay ahead of Realupdated: Sun Dec 12 2010 19:18:00

Barcelona remain two points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of Spain's Primera Liga after producing another stunning performance to thrash Real Sociedad 5-0.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: La Masía nurtures Barcelona's philosophy for technical excellenceupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 16:29:00

In the end, it was Photoshop that did them justice. All of them. It was Photoshop that made the picture complete and the message unequivocal.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Soccer star restores some credibility to the game; NCAA College Cup predictionsupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 09:30:00

After bathing in the cesspool of FIFA politics last week, I'll admit it: I wanted to hear a story that restored some credibility to the great global game of soccer. And wouldn't you know it, I found one, courtesy of Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona, an energetic Baltimore foundation and a 17-year-old high school senior from Suwanee, Ga., named Jordyn Farrell.

Barcelona trio battling to be named world's best footballerupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 09:29:00

Barcelona trio Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi have been shortlisted for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or, the award given to the world's best footballer.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Barca teaches Real a master classupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 18:04:00

Greatness is not measured in medals alone but in style. "Great clubs," Arrigo Sacchi said, "have had one thing in common throughout history, regardless of era and tactics. They owned the pitch and they owned the ball. That means when you have the ball, you dictate play and when you are defending, you control the space."

Villa penalty earns Barca draw in Russiaupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 16:57:00

A second-half penalty from David Villa proved enough to earn Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Rubin Kazan in Group D of the Champions League on Wednesday.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Who should win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or?updated: Wed Sep 15 2010 18:22:00

Who should win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or for the best player of the year in world soccer?

A look back at the 'best World Cup ever'updated: Mon Jul 12 2010 13:22:00

CNN wraps up the best moments from the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

How World Cup victory stirred Spain's forgotten patriotismupdated: Mon Jul 12 2010 13:22:00

It will be an image burned forever into Spain's national consciousness: the sight of captain Iker Casillas in tears after La Roja banished decades of World Cup failure by winning their first title on Sunday night.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Underdog Netherlands nearly pulls off upset in ugly fashionupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 23:19:00

JOHANNESBURG -- For all the controversy and the perceived injustices, for all the bad fouls and dubious decisions, for all the aesthetic/ideological debates about Spain being boring and the Dutch being nasty (or vice versa, if you will), it came down to this:

Spain win World Cup after Iniesta's extra-time goalupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 19:56:00

FINAL RESULT: Spain 1-0 The Netherlands

Dutch legend Cruyff tips Spain to win first World Cup crownupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 15:40:00

Spain will add the World Cup to their European title by beating the Netherlands in Sunday's final, according to Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff.

Spain down Chile to secure top spot as both progress to last 16updated: Sat Jun 26 2010 10:21:00

Spain's World Cup campaign finally burst into life as they beat ten-man Chile to finish top of Group H and avoid a last 16 clash with tournament favorites Brazil.

Spain's Iniesta has 'minor muscle injury'updated: Wed Jun 09 2010 14:09:00

Andres Iniesta could miss Spain's opening game at the World Cup after suffering a thigh injury in a warm-up match.

Iniesta to miss Barcelona's title run-in; Sevilla crash at Valladolidupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 18:24:00

Barcelona will be without influential midfielder Andres Iniesta for most of the decisive run-in to the end of this season as the Catalan side seek to retain their Spanish and European titles.

Barcelona boosted by Iniesta return; Arsenal add Song to injured listupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 17:19:00

Barcelona hope to welcome back Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta to their depleted team for Tuesday's second leg of the European Champions League quarterfinal against Arsenal.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: Barcelona calling Fàbregas, but it's not about moneyupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 11:25:00

OK, so since there isn't much going on in the next few months -- Champions League coming back, Copa Libertadores, domestic leagues going down to the wire and that thing we call the World Cup -- it might make sense to get a jump on what could well be one of the stories of the summer: the future of Cesc Fàbregas.

Five in running for World Player awardupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 13:09:00

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been included on the shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

FIFA announce World Player nomineesupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 13:21:00

Cristiano Ronaldo is in the running to win the FIFA World Player of the Year for a second successive year after being named on a 23-man shortlist for this year's award.

Ronaldo strike helps Real join Barcelona at topupdated: Sat Sep 12 2009 18:28:00

Barcelona and Real Madrid made it two wins from two in Spain as star signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored for a second successive match for their new clubs.

Football overachievers: 2008/09updated: Sat Jun 06 2009 12:25:00

It's unlikely there will be many surprises when FIFA comes to naming its World Player of the Year. At the start of the season a betting man could have safely wagered that the likes of Lionel Messi, Kaka and Andres Iniesta would be in the running, and none of them have disappointed this season.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: Guardiola out-coaches the master in Champions finalupdated: Thu May 28 2009 18:04:00

ROME -- The Eternal City was the most appropriate of backdrops for what we witnessed on Wednesday. It was supposed to be a case of the true believers: Barcelona and its quasi-fundamentalist, possession-oriented credo thrown to the lions of Manchester United's top-to-bottom combination of strength, athleticism and quality. It was dogmatism versus pragmatism.

Barcelona celebratesupdated: Thu May 28 2009 08:17:00

Barcelona fans rejoice in victory after their team defeats reigning champions Manchester United in Champions League final.

Barcelona claim Champions League gloryupdated: Thu May 28 2009 08:17:00

Barcelona completed an historic treble with a 2-0 win over holders Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome on Wednesday night.

SI.com: Jonah Freedman: Live commentary of the Champions League finalupdated: Wed May 27 2009 18:38:00

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SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: Breaking down the dream Champions League finalupdated: Tue May 26 2009 13:24:00

SI.com's Gabriele Marcotti breaks down Wednesday's Champions League final matchup between Manchester United and FC Barcelona (ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ET).

Henry and Iniesta return to Barca trainingupdated: Mon May 25 2009 10:31:00

Barcelona duo Thierry Henry and Andres Iniesta continued their respective bids to be fit for the Champions League final as they returned to training on Monday, although not at the same level as their team-mates.

Iniesta and Rio battling to be fit for Romeupdated: Thu May 21 2009 11:37:00

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta and Manchester United central defender Rio Ferdinand gave upbeat fitness updates as they battle to be fit for Wednesday's Champions League showdown in Rome.

Last-gasp Barcelona edge through to finalupdated: Thu May 07 2009 09:07:00

A stunning last-gasp strike from Andres Iniesta put 10-man Barcelona in the Champions League final on the away goals rule, giving the Catalan giants a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on a night of high drama at Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona turn on style to thrash Sevillaupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 12:11:00

Barcelona restored their six-point lead at the top of the Spanish Primera with a 4-0 rout of Sevilla at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona and Real Madrid both win in Spainupdated: Sun Apr 12 2009 13:23:00

Barcelona edged closer to lifting the Primera Liga title after defeating Recreativo Huelva 2-0 at the Nou Camp to open-up a nine-point lead over Real Madrid, although the defending Spanish champions restord their six-point defecit on Sunday with their own 2-0 victory over Valladolid.

Eto'o goal keeps Barcelona on winning runupdated: Sun Apr 05 2009 09:28:00

Barcelona kept up their relentless pace at the top of the Spanish Primera Liga with a 1-0 victory at Valladolid on Saturday.

Real Madrid dispatch battling Santanderupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 18:04:00

Ruben de La Red and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored second-half goals on Sunday to help reigning champions Real Madrid beat Racing Santander 2-0 in the Spanish league.

Barcelona secure first victory of seasonupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 17:55:00

Pep Guardiola finally tasted his first competitive win as Barcelona manager after his side beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1 in their opening Champions League Group C match at the Nou Camp.

Torres strike gives Spain final victoryupdated: Sun Jun 29 2008 17:53:00

A first-half goal from Liverpool striker Fernando Torres proved enough to give Spain a 1-0 victory over Germany in the Euro 2008 final in Vienna, ending their 44-year wait for a major tournament success.

Spain stretch unbeaten run to 19 gamesupdated: Thu Jun 19 2008 16:01:00

Dani Guiza and Ruben de la Red scored second-half goals Wednesday to rally Spain to a 2-1 win over defending champions Greece at the European Championship.

SI.com: Soccer America: Spanish midfield riches will test U.S. in friendlyupdated: Tue Jun 03 2008 16:34:00

After a lackluster 2-1 win over Peru last Saturday, Spanish national-team coach Luis Aragonés is likely to make several changes when his troops face the U.S. in their final pre-European Championship warm-up on Wednesday in Santander (live on espn360.com at 4 p.m. ET; on delay on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m.).

Makeshift Barcelona beaten by Deportivoupdated: Sat Apr 26 2008 16:21:00

A makeshift Barcelona side fell to a 2-0 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday -- meaning Real Madrid now have a chance to win the Primera Liga title on Sunday if results go their way.

Barcelona cut Real's lead to fourupdated: Sun Mar 23 2008 17:36:00

Barcelona moved to within four points of Spanish Primera Liga leaders Real Madrid by beating Valladolid 4-1, while Real crashed to a 3-2 home defeat by cup finalists Valencia.

Uche header dents Barca's title hopesupdated: Sun Mar 16 2008 17:56:00

Barcelona's hopes of overhauling Spanish league leaders Real Madrid were severely damaged when Kalu Uche headed an 85th minute goal to give Almeria a 2-2 draw at the Estadio del Mediterráneo on Sunday.

Messi double earns Barca thrilling winupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 17:10:00

A Lionel Messi double secured a 3-2 Champions League victory for Barcelona at Celtic to put the Catalan giants in the driving seat for the last-16 return leg at the Nou Camp in a fortnight.

Barca held in Spanish Cup quartersupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 04:18:00

Villarreal held Barcelona to a goalless draw on Thursday night in the first leg of their Spanish Cup quarterfinal.

Raul double keeps Real home recordupdated: Sat Dec 01 2007 18:06:00

Real Madrid hero Raul Gonzalez scored twice in a 3-1 home win over Racing Santander which saw them extend their lead in the Spanish title race to four points.

Barca close gap on leaders Madridupdated: Sat Nov 24 2007 18:09:00

Second-placed Barcelona kept up the pressure on Spanish leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 win at home to Recreativo Huelva on Saturday.

Henry breaks duck in Barca victoryupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 05:16:00

Barcelona opened their Champions League campaign with a commanding 3-0 victory at home to Lyon, scoring two goals in the final 10 minutes at the Nou Camp.

Iniesta saves Spaniards in Icelandupdated: Sun Sep 09 2007 09:07:00

Spain were four minutes away from defeat by Iceland in their Group F Euro 2008 qualifier in Reykjavik when Andres Iniesta slid home an equalizer and the 1-1 draw took the Spaniards onto 16 points, level with second-placed Northern Ireland and three behind Sweden.

Maxi Lopez quits Barca for Moscowupdated: Thu Aug 16 2007 21:48:00

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sell Argentine striker Maxi Lopez to FK Moscow for two million euros ($2.70 million), the Primera Liga side has said.

Barcelona edge closer to the titleupdated: Sat May 05 2007 16:05:00

Andres Iniesta and Samuel Eto'o scored second-half goals to push Barcelona closer towards a third successive Primera Liga title with a 2-0 win over Real Sociedad.

Hot Healy fires Irish top of groupupdated: Wed Mar 28 2007 17:45:00

Northern Ireland surged to the top of Euro 2008 qualifying Group F after coming from behind to beat Sweden 2-1 in Belfast.

Substitute Iniesta sinks England updated: Wed Feb 07 2007 16:56:00

Substitute Andres Iniesta cracked a superb winner as Spain beat a toothless England 1-0 in an international friendly at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Barcelona scramble draw at Getafeupdated: Sun Jan 07 2007 13:25:00

An out-of-sorts Barcelona scrambled a barely deserved 1-1 draw at Getafe on Sunday, a result that meant Sevilla retained the Primera Liga leadership despite their 2-1 defeat at Real Zaragoza on Saturday.

Aguero strike denies Barca victoryupdated: Thu Dec 21 2006 17:42:00

Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero forced a 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Thursday leaving the European champions three points adrift of league leaders Sevilla.

Werder win but Chelsea hit last 16updated: Wed Nov 22 2006 15:08:00

Werder Bremen beat Chelsea 1-0 on Wednesday, a result that kept them firmly in the running for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League while sending Chelsea through.

Gudjohnsen helps Barca to go top updated: Sun Nov 19 2006 15:19:00

Two goals from Eidur Gudjohnsen helped put Barcelona back in first place in the Primera Liga as they cruised past Real Mallorca 4-1 away on Sunday.

Garcia, Iniesta out of Spain squadupdated: Mon Nov 13 2006 11:01:00

Liverpool's Luis Garcia and Barcelona's Andres Iniesta have withdrawn from the Spain squad to play Romania in a friendly in Cadiz on Wednesday.

Spain salvage morale with victoryupdated: Wed Oct 11 2006 18:09:00

After two morale-sapping defeats in Euro 2008 qualifiers, Spain salvaged some measure of pride with an impressive 2-1 win at home to Argentina in a friendly international on Wednesday.

Holders Barca hit five past Levskiupdated: Tue Sep 12 2006 16:45:00

Barcelona got the defense of their Champions League crown off to a dream start when they blew away debutants Levski Sofia 5-0.

Morientes missing from Spain squadupdated: Mon May 15 2006 07:22:00

Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes has been left out of the Spain squad for the World Cup finals after coach Luis Aragones preferred to bolster his side's defense.

Xavi reclaims place in Spain squadupdated: Fri May 05 2006 09:16:00

Spain coach Luis Aragones has included Barcelona midfielder Xavi in his 27-man squad for a World Cup get-together on May 8.

Barca face Arsenal in Champs finalupdated: Wed Apr 26 2006 16:36:00

Barcelona reached the Champions League final for the first time in 12 years on Wednesday after a goalless home draw with six-times winners AC Milan sent them through 1-0 on aggregate.

Shevchenko claims win for AC Milanupdated: Wed Oct 20 2004 16:56:00

Andriy Shevchenko's first half header gave AC Milan a 1-0 win over Barcelona in front of a 68,000 and moved them a big step closer to the knockout stages of the premier club competition.

Barcelona earn place in last eightupdated: Wed Jan 14 2004 16:49:00

Teenage midfielder Andres Iniesta netted an early goal Wednesday as Barcelona beat Second Division Levante 3-1 and reached the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on a 3-2 aggregate score.

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