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Real Madrid made a stumbling start to their La Liga title defense, as they were held 1-1 by Valencia Sunday in the Santiago Bernabeu.

Latest Stories Euro 2012 Preview: Spainupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 12:02:00

France was the last nation to go into a tournament as reigning world and European champions, but its efforts to win a first "treble" in international history floundered dramatically after finishing last in Group A at the 2002 World Cup.

Villa to miss Spain's Euro defenseupdated: Wed May 23 2012 12:37:00

David Villa was top goalscorer at Euro 2008 as Spain secured a first major championship in 44 years, but the world champions' all-time leading marksman will not be part of next month's title defense in Poland and Ukraine.

Barcelona defender Puyol set to miss Euro 2012 after knee surgeryupdated: Tue May 08 2012 11:46:00

Carles Puyol is poised to miss Spain's defense of their European Championship crown after Barcelona confirmed their captain will be out for six weeks with a knee injury.

Puyol backs Vilanova to 'continue the project'updated: Sat Apr 28 2012 18:00:00

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says Tito Vilanova is "the ideal man" to replace Pep Guardiola as Barcelona coach. Gabriele Marcotti: A dearth of quality center backsupdated: Sun Apr 22 2012 09:09:00

Look around and note who's playing in central defense for the Champions League semifinalists.

Barcelona star Abidal needs new liverupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 06:51:00

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is to undergo surgery to replace his liver, according to a statement released on the Spanish club's website on Thursday.

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. Sid Lowe: Further reflections from the Real Madrid-Barcelona clásicoupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 11:39:00

Some more postgame thoughts following Barcelona's 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the clásico: 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.

Messi and Ronaldo net trebles as Barca and Real bounce backupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 18:35:00

Barcelona and Real Madrid have roared back to form ahead of next week's Champions League challenges, with the Spanish giants recording comfortable victories in La Liga on Saturday. Gabriele Marcotti: 10 Champions League observationsupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 15:27:00

Ten Champions League thoughts from Round 1 of the Group Stage:

Spanish players vote for strike actionupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 14:26:00

Players in the top two tiers of the Spanish league have announced they are to go on strike for the first two weekends of the season. Jen Chang: U.S. vs. Spain play-by-play analysisupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 15:48:00

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Saturday's game beween the U.S. national team and Spain is expected to draw a crowd of over 60,000. Spain of course, is the reigning World Cup champion and has brought a strong squad, although its missing playmaker Xavi and inspirational defender Carles Puyol. The last time these two nations met was in the 2009 Confederations Cup tournament when the U.S. pulled off a huge upset by winning 2-0 and ending Spain's then 35-game unbeaten streak. Spain's playersare a little tired after a long campaign, but expect both teams to play most of their starters for at least the first half. Ben Lyttleton: Breakdown of Barcelona vs. Man United player matchupsupdated: Fri May 27 2011 11:54:00

On the eve of the Champions League final, here's how Barcelona and Manchester United's projected starting lineups stack up against each other: 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. Gabriele Marcotti: Greater use of rotation gives United the edge in freshness over Barcaupdated: Thu May 26 2011 15:46:00

There are many things that set this Barcelona team apart from its predecessors. But one which hasn't often been highlighted -- and which is truly striking -- is that this is a more settled side than any other Champions League finalist in recent years. Not just by a little: by a lot. Ben Lyttleton: Abidal's surprising return from illness lifts Barcelona's spiritsupdated: Sun May 22 2011 12:55:00

The tradition of French players at Barcelona is not a strong one. Ludovic Giuly (2006) and Thierry Henry (2009) may have won the Champions League with the club, but more often the story is one of high hopes and failed expectations: Richard Dutruel, Philippe Christanval, Christophe Dugarry and Emmanuel Petit.

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.

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.

Mourinho tight-lipped ahead of 'El Clasico' showdownsupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 13:34:00

Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns Saturday in the first of four 'El Clasico' showdowns in 18 days which will define their respective campaigns in Spain and the Champions League. Sid Lowe: Guardiola's transfer spending at Barcelona has been erraticupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 18:43:00

Pep Guardiola said it was the last thing he wanted to see, but no one really believed him. Sure, the trip east won't be much fun, but a matchup against Shakhtar looked like the perfect draw for his Barcelona team in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Van Persie in Arsenal squad for Nou Camp showdownupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 15:03:00

Dutch striker Robin van Persie has returned to the Arsenal squad for their European Champions League clash against Barcelona on Tuesday. Sid Lowe: Barcelona's Team of the Decade, 2000-2010updated: Fri Jan 07 2011 18:48:00

Here's one man's choice for Barcelona's Team of the Decade, 2000-2010: Sid Lowe: La Liga's Team of the Decade, 2000-2010updated: Wed Jan 05 2011 14:27:00

And so, after the Barcelona and Real Madrid Teams of the Decade, here's La Liga's finest XI from 2000-2010. First, though, a few things worth noting about all three teams:

Xavi equals record as Pedro double puts Barcelona further aheadupdated: Sun Jan 02 2011 18:19:00

Spanish champions Barcelona began 2011 with an 11th successive league victory on Sunday night to move five points clear of title rivals Real Madrid.

Messi to miss Barcelona's 2011 openerupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 10:14:00

Spanish champions Barcelona will kick off 2011 without the services of world player of the year Lionel Messi and key defenders Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique. Sid Lowe: Barcelona all smiles after clásicoupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 12:11:00

In the aftermath of Barcelona's incredible 5-0 win over Real Madrid in the clásico Monday, here are some postgame reflections:

Five-star Barcelona thrash Real Madrid in opening Spanish 'Clasico'updated: Mon Nov 29 2010 18:32:00

Barcelona ripped apart Spanish title rivals Real Madrid to take top spot in La Liga with an emphatic 5-0 home victory in the first "Clasico" of the season on Monday night.

Barcelona beat Valencia; AC Milan go top of Serie Aupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 18:01:00

Barcelona produced a masterful second-half display to come from behind and defeat Valencia 2-1 at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

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.

Spain beat Germany to book first ever World Cup final slotupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 07:50:00

The World Cup will have a new winner on Sunday after Spain beat Germany 1-0 to set up a mouthwatering clash with the Netherlands.

Spain beats Germany, heads to finalsupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 07:50:00

The fiesta is on in Spain as fans celebrate their World Cup victory over Germany. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

World Cup: Germany 0-1 Spainupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 05:31:00

At last we have a Spanish side in the World Cup final, and what a side they are! 1-0 doesn't tell the story of their dominance, they played like champions and fully deserved it. It's a shame to lose the Germans, but you can't argue with Paul the Octopus, tweets CNN's Matt Booth.

Xavi and Pedro sign new Barcelona dealsupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 15:26:00

Xavi Hernandez has signed an extended deal with Barcelona that will keep him at the Camp Nou for the rest of his career, the Spanish club have announced.

Messi double edges Barca nearer titleupdated: Wed May 05 2010 07:09:00

Lionel Messi netted a double as Barcelona moved ever closer to retaining the Spanish league title with a 4-1 win over Tenerife at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

Barca defensive poser ahead of Nou Camp showdownupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 15:12:00

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is spoilt for striking choice as his side attempt to overcome a two-goal Champions League semifinal deficit against Inter Milan, but faces a defensive poser with captain Carles Puyol suspended.

Real Madrid go top in Spanish La Liga as Barca heldupdated: Sun Mar 07 2010 17:10:00

Real Madrid came from two goals down to beat Sevilla 3-2 in Spain's La Liga and claim top spot in the standings ahead of arch-rivals and reigning champions Barcelona.

Barcelona drop first home pointsupdated: Sat Jan 02 2010 18:38:00

Barcelona moved three points clear of Real Madrid in the Spanish league despite dropping their first home points of the season on Saturday night.

Barca wait on Messi and Ibrahimovicupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 04:59:00

Barcelona are desperate to call on the services of Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tuesday's vital Champions League group showdown with Inter Milan in the Camp Nou.

Captain Puyol signs new Barcelona contractupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 16:28:00

Barcelona have confirmed captain Carles Puyol has signed a three-year extension to his current contract, keeping him at the Nou Camp until 2013. Bryan Armen Graham: U.S. vs. Spain live Confederations Cup blogupdated: Thu Jun 25 2009 11:12:00

FULLTIME: It is finished. Spain's 35-match unbeaten streak ends on a frigid night in Bloemfontein, where the United States men's national team has engineered an improbable 2-0 upset of the reigning European champions. Jonah Freedman: Live commentary of the Champions League finalupdated: Wed May 27 2009 18:38:00

Barcelona vs. Manchester United: Chime with your thoughts on the Champions League final here

Pique backs Barca attack to overcome Chelseaupdated: Tue May 05 2009 13:36:00

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is backing the Catalan side's devastating attack to come out on top in their battle against Chelsea's mean defense in the Champions League semifinal second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Barcelona rout Real in Bernabeu goal feastupdated: Mon May 04 2009 09:46:00

Barcelona produced a dazzling display of attacking football to rout arch-rivals Real Madrid 6-2 in the Bernabeu and all but secure the Primera Liga title.

Barca blow as Marquez ruled out for seasonupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 07:05:00

Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez is set to miss the rest of the season with the knee injury he picked up in their Champions League goalless draw at home to Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Rampant Barcelona hit five past Deportivoupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 13:16:00

Barcelona moved an astonishing 15 points clear at the top of the Primera Liga table after crushing Deportivo La Coruna 5-0 in a devastating display of attacking football at the Nou Camp.

Spain maintain perfect record in Estoniaupdated: Sat Oct 11 2008 18:02:00

European champions Spain continued their impressive World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable 3-0 away win over Estonia in Tallinn in Saturday. Grant Wahl: Breaking down the Euro final between Germany and Spainupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 12:44:00

Let's count the reasons why Germany has no business beating Spain for the Euro 2008 championship on Sunday (ABC, 2:45 p.m. ET): Jonah Freedman: Spain defender Puyol on why this could be the yearupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 12:46:00

If it's international-tournament time, that means Spain is officially on red alert. For all of the quality players and international prestige Spain has earned over the years, its national team still can't win when it counts. Its best finish at the World Cup was way back in 1950, when La Furia Roja finished fourth. Jonah Freedman: No Champs final, but no rest for Barça's weary Puyolupdated: Mon May 19 2008 20:37:00

BARCELONA, Spain -- I never thought I'd travel 6,000 miles to talk MLS with Carles Puyol. But that's exactly what happened last week, purely through coincidence. Gavin Hamilton: Yet another injury to talented Messi is alarmingupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 11:54:00

Lionel Messi left the field in tears during Barcelona's 1-0 win over Celtic in the Champions League last week. His latest injury -- a torn thigh muscle -- was a major blow not only for Barça, which will be without its brightest talent for at least six weeks, but it also raised wider questions about Messi's long-term future.

Real pull away as Barcelona crashupdated: Sun Mar 02 2008 05:28:00

Real Madrid went five points ahead of Barcelona at the top of the Primera Liga, thanks to a scrappy 3-2 win at Recreativo Huelva, where three players were sent off, while neighbors Atletico Madrid beat Barca 4-2.

Baptista ends Barca's home recordupdated: Sun Dec 23 2007 15:30:00

Julio Baptista scored the only goal of the game to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win at bitter rivals Barcelona -- sending the champions seven points clear in the Primera Liga and ending the Catalan side's 100 per cent home record this season.

Away success for Barca and Rangersupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 13:27:00

Barcelona and Rangers both have 100% records in Champions League Group E after registering impressive away victories on Tuesday.

Puyol facing a three-month layoffupdated: Thu Jun 21 2007 15:51:00

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is likely to miss the start of next season after tearing a ligament in his left knee during a post-season friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa on Wednesday.

Ronaldinho, Beckham to face Unitedupdated: Wed Feb 28 2007 10:08:00

Twice World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has been confirmed in a Europe squad to play Manchester United in a jubilee charity match on March 13. The unsung heroupdated: Tue Feb 06 2007 12:45:00

Late last season, Samuel Eto'o was asked the secret of Barcelona's success.

Puyol's father killed in accidentupdated: Sat Nov 04 2006 04:18:00

The father of Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has been killed in an accident at work.

Spanish giants braced for classicupdated: Thu Oct 19 2006 06:17:00

Nothing hurts Real Madrid more than having to live in the shadow of arch-rivals Barcelona.

Drogba special destroys Barcelonaupdated: Wed Oct 18 2006 16:41:00

A brilliant second-half strike by Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a 1-0 Champions League victory over holders Barcelona at Stamford Bridge 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.

Oubina retained by unchanged Spainupdated: Fri Aug 25 2006 08:13:00

Uncapped midfielder Borja Oubina has kept his place in the Spain squad for their opening Euro 2008 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Northern Ireland.

Espanyol cup complaint dismissedupdated: Fri Aug 18 2006 14:29:00

Espanyol's attempt to have their 1-0 defeat in the first leg of the Super Cup overturned, because they believe Barcelona fielded ineligible players, has been dismissed by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

Barcelona duo miss Spain friendlyupdated: Mon Aug 14 2006 06:07:00

Barcelona players Carles Puyol and Xavi will miss Spain's friendly international against Iceland on Tuesday because of minor injury problems following the club's recent tour of the United States.

Barcelona watched by record crowdupdated: Mon Aug 07 2006 04:15:00

European champions Barcelona attracted a record crowd of 92,650 to the Coliseum in Los Angeles where they were held to a 1-1 draw by Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara in a friendly game on Sunday.

Barca beaten but Eto'o tops list updated: Sat May 20 2006 17:32:00

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o crowned a memorable season by finishing as the Primera Liga's top marksman with 26 goals as he scored in his side's 3-1 defeat at Athletic Bilbao.

Sevilla targeting Champions Leagueupdated: Fri May 12 2006 06:03:00

UEFA Cup winners Sevilla have their eyes on a place in the Champions League when they host Barcelona on Saturday.

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.

Spainupdated: Fri Apr 21 2006 12:04:00

Group H | World ranking: 5

Champs semifinalists rest key menupdated: Thu Apr 13 2006 10:50:00

Spanish rivals Barcelona and Villarreal both rest key men for Friday's Primera Liga clash at the Nou Camp ahead of midweek Champions League semifinals.

Barcelona fight back at Santanderupdated: Sun Apr 09 2006 15:33:00

Lowly Racing Santander gave Barcelona a fright before the Primera Liga leaders came back to draw 2-2 and restore their 11-point lead at the top of the table.

Barca confident despite lean spellupdated: Tue Apr 04 2006 05:07:00

Barcelona are confident they can recover from a recent barren spell in attack and account for Benfica in Wednesday's home Champions League quarterfinal.

Motta and Gomes miss Champs returnupdated: Mon Apr 03 2006 11:32:00

Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta will be out for two weeks after suffering a thigh strain during the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid, club medical staff said on Monday.

Injured Motta may miss Euro clashupdated: Sun Apr 02 2006 06:44:00

Thiago Motta may miss Barcelona's Champions League home quarterfinal second leg against Benfica after appearing to pull a right thigh muscle against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Injuries force out Barcelona pairupdated: Sun Mar 19 2006 14:08:00

Barcelona defenders Rafael Marquez and Edmilson will miss the Champions League quarterfinal against Benfica after picking up injuries on Saturday.

Ronaldinho snuffs out Chelsea bidupdated: Tue Mar 07 2006 16:21:00

A magical goal from Ronaldinho helped Barcelona draw 1-1 with Chelsea on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals and avenge their elimination a year ago.

Ronaldinho heads UEFA's super teamupdated: Mon Jan 16 2006 10:24:00

World player of the year Ronaldinho, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and AC Milan's Andriy Schevchenko were named in UEFA's team of the year on Monday.

Van Bommel eyes Barca cup comebackupdated: Fri Dec 30 2005 16:51:00

Barcelona midfielder Mark van Bommel has received the all-clear to return for next week's Spanish Cup last 16 match against third division side Zamora.

Puyol latest to extend Barca dealupdated: Thu Sep 22 2005 15:44:00

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has extended his contract with the Spanish champions until 2010, the Primera Liga club announced on Thursday.

Spanish inquest into Bosnian upsetupdated: Thu Jun 09 2005 04:42:00

Spain coach Luis Aragones criticized his players in the aftermath of their shock 1-1 home draw against lowly Bosnia-Herzegovina in World Cup qualifying.

Rijkaard hopes Barca heed warningupdated: Fri Apr 15 2005 07:19:00

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard will be hoping the Primera Liga leaders can rediscover their form with a victory over Getafe at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Beckham rules out early retirementupdated: Mon Nov 15 2004 12:25:00

England captain David Beckham has denied reports he plans to quit international soccer after the 2006 World Cup and says he wants to win a century of caps.

Inzaghi is ready to face Barcelonaupdated: Tue Oct 19 2004 08:18:00

The battle for control of Champions League Group F match begins in earnest on Wednesday when AC Milan face Barcelona at Rome's San Siro stadium.

Arsenal blow as Vieira ruled outupdated: Mon Oct 18 2004 14:49:00

Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira misses Wednesday's Champions League clash against Panathinaikos, and is doubtful for Sunday's Manchester United clash.

Serbia top group as Spain are heldupdated: Wed Oct 13 2004 16:27:00

A 5-0 win over San Marino moved Serbia and Montenegro to the top of World Cup qualifying group five as Spain were held to a goalless draw by Lithuania in Vilnius.

Etxeberria poised to miss showdownupdated: Thu Jun 17 2004 10:51:00

Spain's Joseba Etxeberria will almost certainly miss the Euro 2004 showdown against Portugal through injury, coach Inaki Saez has said.

Valeron strike is enough for Spainupdated: Sat Jun 12 2004 16:37:00

Juan Carlos Valeron came off the bench to give Spain a 1-0 victory over Russia in their Euro 2004 opener, restoring the order in Group A after Greece's stunning win over Portugal.

Spain feel pressure to beat Russiaupdated: Fri Jun 11 2004 09:44:00

Spain hope to shake off their reputation as slow starters when they begin their Euro 2004 campaign against Russia in Faro on Saturday.

Spain on the defensive for finalsupdated: Thu May 20 2004 09:00:00

Spain coach Inaki Saez omitted strikers Mista of Valencia and Arsenal's Jose Antonio Reyes from his Euro 2004 squad on Thursday, naming eight defenders.

Ronaldinho fires Barcelona to winupdated: Sun May 16 2004 16:08:00

Barcelona stepped up the pressure on Real Madrid in the race for the runners-up place in the Primera Liga after they claimed a 1-0 win at home to Racing Santander.

Relieved Figo is cleared for Realupdated: Thu Apr 29 2004 14:35:00

Real Madrid midfielder Luis Figo can play in this weekend's clash at Deportivo Coruna after his red card in Sunday's 2-1 home defeat by Barcelona was withdrawn.

Injured Puyol ruled out for Spainupdated: Mon Apr 26 2004 11:54:00

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol is out of Spain's friendly with Italy on Wednesday after limping out of Barca's clash with Real Madrid on Sunday.

Furious Figo blasts Liga refereesupdated: Mon Apr 26 2004 08:48:00

Luis Figo says referees are unfairly punishing Real Madrid following his red card in Madrid's 2-1 home defeat by archrivals Barcelona on Sunday.

Injury rules Garcia out of squad updated: Sat Apr 24 2004 10:45:00

Barcelona winger Luis Garcia will miss Sunday's league match against Real Madrid and is set to pull out of the Spain squad to play Italy next week with a groin strain.

Ronaldinho sent off after scoringupdated: Sat Apr 10 2004 14:08:00

Ronaldinho scored a 31st minute goal but was later sent off as Barcelona won 3-1 at lowly Valladolid.

Puyol adds to Barcelona's problemsupdated: Thu Jan 15 2004 11:52:00

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol will be out for up to six weeks after suffering a fractured cheekbone in the club's King's Cup win over Levante on Wednesday.

Barcelona slump to surprise defeatupdated: Thu Jan 08 2004 17:03:00

Midfielder Alberto Rivera converted a 10th-minute penalty to earn Division Two leaders Levante a 1-0 win over Barcelona in the third round, first leg of the Spanish King's Cup.

Racing send Barcelona on the slideupdated: Sun Jan 04 2004 16:34:00

Barcelona continued their slide into mid-table obscurity after slumping to a 3-0 defeat away to a lively Racing Santander in the Primera Liga on Sunday.

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