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14 hours ago

All eyes on Luis Suarez with Barcelona now at full strength

Despite Barcelona's 4-2 triumph over Espanyol on penalties in the Catalan Super Cup, the ESPN FC crew question the Blaugrana's results against top teams this season.

Still smarting from defeat in the Santiago Bernabeu at the weekend, Barcelona were at least able to focus on a new competition on Wednesday night when they won the inaugural Catalonian Super Cup on penalties after a 1-1 draw with city rivals Espanyol over 90 minutes.

While it will not count at the end of the season as an important title, the game at least allowed several players to get Saturday's loss out of their system and got the club to refocus after the Clasico setback.

Up next is the...

 By Lee Roden
23 hours ago

Some of Barcelona's future stars are more ready than others

Defiant Barcelona manager Luis Enrique looks ahead to his side's Copa Catalunya match against Espanyol.

Barcelona's academy is about to face its most rigorous test. The transfer ban imposed on the club until January 2016 means that in the immediate future, reinforcements must come from within rather than signed from outside. While the Blaugrana have an undeniably exceptional record of promoting youth, they are now forced to do so as a rule rather than through choice -- risking the possibility of moving players up a grade to soon.

Wednesday's Super Copa de Catalunya clash against Espanyol was an ideal...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
1 day ago

Fabio Capello: I tried to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi on loan for Juventus

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley sounds off on the poor officiating in Manchester United's last-gasp draw against Chelsea and explains why Cristiano Ronaldo is head and shoulders above Lionel Messi so far this season.

Fabio Capello has revealed he once asked Frank Rijkaard during a match if he could take Lionel Messi on loan from Barcelona to Juventus.

Messi, 27, is two goals short of breaking Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga record of 251 strikes, and is among the 23 nominees for the 2014 Ballon d'Or having won the award four times already.

Russia coach Capello says he tried to persuade former Camp Nou coach Rijkaard during a Gamper Trophy match in 2005 -- in which Messi impressed with an assist -- to let him take...

1 day ago

Ex-Barcelona president Joan Laporta won't rule out return to board

A judge in Spain has dismissed Barcelona's civil liability case against former club president Joan Laporta and his board.

A day after a Spanish judge found him not guilty of charges he left Barcelona saddled with debt, the Catalan club's former president Joan Laporta said he would not rule out running for his old job in forthcoming elections.

Judge Jose Manuel Martinez Borreguero ruled that neither Laporta nor 16 of his fellow former directors would have to pay the 47.6 million euros sought by the Blaugrana for losses generated when the club was under his control.

The current Barca board, led initially by Sandro Rosell...

By ESPN Staff
1 day ago

Why are Barca struggling vs. top teams?

Despite Barcelona's 4-2 triumph over Espanyol on penalties in the Catalan Super Cup, the ESPN FC crew question the Blaugrana's results against top teams this season.

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