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Barcelona notched up the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 4-0 home win over Getafe as Alexis Sanchez scored twice on the day that the Spanish club's defender Eric Abidal had a liver transplant.

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Defender Cahill completes Chelsea moveupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 15:28:00

Chelsea have completed the signing of England international defender Gary Cahill from Premier League rivals Bolton Wanderers for a fee of $10.7m.

SI.com: Ben Lyttleton: Blanc to experiment against U.S.updated: Thu Nov 10 2011 10:10:00

France coach Laurent Blanc declared at his Tuesday news conference that he plans to field two different sides for this week¹s friendly matches against USA (Friday) and Belgium (Tuesday). "It will be a young team against USA and a stronger one against Belgium," he said.

Ronaldo treble as Madrid thrash Osasunaupdated: Sun Nov 06 2011 17:28:00

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a superb hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Osasuna 7-1 to increase their lead at the top of the Spanish La Liga to three points following Barcelona's surprise 2-2 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

Messi double as Barcelona set the pace in Spain updated: Sat Oct 15 2011 16:35:00

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Racing Santander 3-0 in the Nou Camp Saturday night to stay top of Spain's La Liga.

Barcelona go top with 1-0 win at bottom side Sporting Gijonupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 07:59:00

Barcelona went top of La Liga with an unimpressive 1-0 win at bottom side Sporting Gijon Sunday.

Euro giants falter as Barca, Real and Milan draw updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 18:52:00

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid were both held in La Liga as they battled to unconvincing draws.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Barca's 3-4-3 formation another tactical weapon for Guardiolaupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 06:57:00

Sometimes soccer can seem a very simple sport. The great Dutch coach Rinus Michels, the father of the Total Football school of the late sixties and early seventies and the man who took that style of soccer to Barcelona, believed that his side should always play one more defender than the other team had attackers. If the opponent played three up, Michels liked four back; if two up, then three back. To an extent, that has been the theoretical orthodoxy ever since.

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.

Messi hails Barca teammates after Champions League victoryupdated: Sun May 29 2011 10:13:00

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has hailed the performance of his teammates after the Spanish giants beat Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday to lift their third Champions League trophy in six seasons.

SI.com: 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:

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.

SI.com: 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.

SI.com: 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.

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.

Barcelona held but go through to Champions League finalupdated: Wed May 04 2011 04:21:00

Barcelona reached the Champions League final after drawing 1-1 with Real Madrid in the Nou Camp Tuesday to go through 3-1 on aggregate.

Abidal returns to Barcelona squad after liver tumorupdated: Mon May 02 2011 17:10:00

Eric Abidal is in the Barcelona squad for their Champions League semifinal second leg against Real Madrid Tuesday, just under seven weeks after having surgery to remove a liver tumor.

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.

Barcelona's Abidal recovering at home after surgeryupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 18:38:00

Barcelona's French international defender Eric Abidal is recovering at home after undergoing emergency surgery on a liver tumor, the Spanish champions have confirmed.

Barcelona star Abidal to undergo liver tumor surgeryupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 15:06:00

Barcelona's French international defender Eric Abidal will undergo emergency surgery Thursday for a liver tumor, the Spanish champions have announced.

SI.com: Ben Lyttleton: Strikes becoming all too synonymous with French playersupdated: Sun Feb 06 2011 15:08:00

The unpleasant memories of France's World Cup fiasco were called to mind in recent weeks when two Ligue 1 players went on strike to force moves from their clubs. The first was Stephane Sessegnon, who had fallen out with Antoine Kombouare, his coach at Paris Saint-Germain, and missed training for three weeks as he agitated for a move to Sunderland. It was only after he returned to the fold that PSG agreed a deal with the Premier League side.

Rare Abidal goal puts Barcelona into last eight of Spanish Cupupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 18:32:00

Barcelona battled into the quarterfinals of the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday night as veteran French defender Eric Abidal scored his first goal for the Spanish champions in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

French soccer players suspended over World Cup fiascoupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 13:51:00

Four members of the French national soccer team were punished by a disciplinary commission Tuesday following an inquiry into the team's much-criticized performance and behavior at this year's World Cup.

Hernandez and Blanco goals sink sorry Franceupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 19:19:00

Mexico dealt a body blow to the World Cup chances of former champions France with 2-0 win over Les Bleus in their Group A clash in Polakwane on Thursday.

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.

Messi hits four for superb Barcelonaupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 17:37:00

Lionel Messi produced a performance of stunning brilliance, scoring all four goals as holders Barcelona beat Arsenal 4-1 to reach the semifinals of the Champions League 6-3 on aggregate on Tuesday.

Ibrahimovic injury allows Bojan to shine in Barcelona victoryupdated: Sat Apr 03 2010 18:59:00

Teenager Bojan Krkic scored twice as Barcelona overcame the pre-match loss of key striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to defeat Athletic Bilbao 4-1 on Saturday night and move three points clear in Spain.

Barca beaten at Atletico Madrid; Real close to within two pointsupdated: Sun Feb 14 2010 20:48:00

Barcelona suffered their first league defeat of the season as they went down 2-1 at Atletico Madrid on Sunday night.

Abidal injury adds to Barcelona woesupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 14:58:00

Barcelona's recent defensive problems have increased further with the news that French international Eric Abidal faces up to two months out of action because of an injury to his left leg.

Barcelona add world title to trophy haulupdated: Sat Dec 19 2009 18:18:00

Lionel Messi scored an extra-time winner as Barcelona came from behind to beat Estudiantes 2-1 in the Club World Cup final on Saturday to confirm the Spanish and European champions as the top team on the planet.

The Barcelona effectupdated: Sat Dec 19 2009 18:18:00

CNN's Tracey Holmes joined a packed crowd in Abu Dhabi for the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match.

Barcelona and Inter Milan both throughupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 03:18:00

Barcelona and Inter Milan both secured their place in the knock-out stage of the Champions League after achieving the Group F wins they needed on Wednesday night.

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.

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.

Champions final bans stand insist UEFAupdated: Mon May 11 2009 14:40:00

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher's worst fears were realised on Monday when UEFA refused to back down over his ban from the Champions League final against Barcelona.

Barcelona must wait to clinch Spanish titleupdated: Sun May 10 2009 16:32:00

Barcelona were stunned by an injury-time equalizer in the Camp Nou on Sunday which means they must wait another week to clinch the Spanish Primera Liga title.

Drobga and Chelsea sweat on UEFA actionupdated: Fri May 08 2009 11:28:00

Chelsea will learn in the "course of the next week" what action will be taken against the Premier League club and individual players after their fiery Champions League exit to Barcelona on Wednesday.

Chelsea debate: Bad decisions or bad losers?updated: Thu May 07 2009 10:12:00

Tom Henning Ovrebo is a name now etched in the minds of European football fans -- mostly for the wrong reasons.

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.

World champs Italy snatch last-8 Euro berthupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 17:35:00

World champions Italy eliminated 10-man France from the European Championships on Tuesday with a 2-0 victory in Zurich that sent them into a quarterfinal clash against Spain.

Barca and Villarreal fail to capitalizeupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 11:33:00

Barcelona once again failed to capitalize on the latest Real Madrid slip-up, with a 0-0 draw against Getafe on Sunday keeping them seven points behind the Primera Liga leaders.

Eto'o leaves Barca with fine braceupdated: Sat Jan 12 2008 18:11:00

Samuel Eto'o continued his comeback with two goals as Barcelona moved to within four points of Spanish league leaders Real Madrid with a 4-0 rout of Murcia on Saturday.

Henry hopes to overcome slow startupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 09:17:00

Thierry Henry has pleaded for patience as he continues to adapt to life in Spain with Barcelona.

Crespo to stay on loan with Interupdated: Wed May 30 2007 12:35:00

Argentina striker Hernan Crespo will remain on loan at Inter Milan next season after parent club Chelsea agreed to honor a deal, the Italian champions said on Wednesday.

Ronaldo double dashes Kyiv hopesupdated: Wed Dec 06 2006 14:54:00

Ronaldo scored two goals in the last four minutes to earn Real Madrid a 2-2 draw against Dynamo Kyiv in their final Champions League Group E match on Wednesday.

Captain Cacapa to make Lyon returnupdated: Tue Dec 05 2006 12:18:00

Lyon captain Claudio Cacapa will return from a lengthy lay-off when the five-times French champions take on Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Trezeguet included in France sideupdated: Thu Jun 22 2006 14:47:00

France coach Raymond Domenech will pair David Trezeguet with Thierry Henry in attack for Friday's World Cup Group G decider against Togo.

Cup hope Abidal ready to defy clubupdated: Mon Feb 27 2006 13:23:00

Olympique Lyon defender Eric Abidal is ready to go against the wishes of his club and play for France on Wednesday if coach Raymond Domenech selects him.

Riquelme heads home for treatmentupdated: Mon Feb 06 2006 09:00:00

Villarreal playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme will travel to Argentina for specialist treatment on a thigh injury that has kept him out of the last two league games, the Primera Liga side said on Monday.

Abidal can expect to miss 12 weeksupdated: Fri Nov 11 2005 11:21:00

Olympique Lyon's France defender Eric Abidal will be out of action for 12 weeks because of a fractured left foot, the French champions said on Friday.

French comeback for striker Anelkaupdated: Tue Nov 08 2005 16:55:00

France striker Nicolas Anelka will start Wednesday's friendly against Costa Rica after his surprise call-up to the team.

Eindhoven win after penalty dramaupdated: Wed Apr 13 2005 17:34:00

PSV Eindhoven sneaked through to the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over French champions Lyon.

Lyon maintain imposing league runupdated: Sat Nov 13 2004 14:33:00

Lyon's march towards a fourth consecutive French league title continued unchecked with a 2-0 home win over Nantes.

Solari deals blow to Real revivalupdated: Wed Sep 22 2004 11:10:00

Real Madrid midfielder Santiago Solari will be out of action for around three weeks after injuring his knee during Tuesday night's 1-0 victory over Osasuna.

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