FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi needs one more goal to equal Alfredo Di Stéfano’s all-time goalscoring record in official El Clásico matches and the Argentine ace will be looking to score that goal when FC Barcelona travel to Real Madrid for their Copa del Rey quarterfinal encounter on Wednesday, 30 January.
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona defeated Málaga CF 4-2 on Thursday, vanquishing their foes 6-4 on aggregate in the quarterfinals of the Spanish domestic cup Copa del Rey and setting up a semifinal tie with Real Madrid. The first of two legs of their fixture will be played in less than a week. Barça’s last goal on this night was their 100th in 34 official matches this season.
Football - On Sunday Cristiano Ronaldo netted three times in Real Madrid’s 5-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna, to score his 17th career hat-trick and his first since 11 April 2012 when he scored 3 goals in Real’s 4-1 win at Atlético Madrid.
FOOTBALL - Pep Guardiola received a fitting parting gift from his Barcelona side after four years highlighted by tremendous success. Under Guardiola, Barça won each of the six trophies available to them at least twice. With 14 trophies he is the most decorated Barça manager in history. Click Read More to see which coaches he leaves trailing in his wake.
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona take on Athletic Bilbao on Friday night with a chance to raise their total of honours this season to four. Although some might consider the blaugrana season as a bit of a failure for not winning La Liga or the Champions League precious few European clubs have won four prizes in a season. And only one has done it twice.
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will contest the final of the Spanish cup - the King’s Cup (Copa del Rey). Barça (25) and Bilbao (23) have won the primary Spanish cup competition more often than any other team. They will both enter their 35th final, leaving either two short of Real Madrid’s record 37 final appearances. The two have met six times in the final with the Catalans leading the series 4-2. Most recently, they met in the 2009 Copa del Rey final with Barça emerging victorious 4-1. Bilbao last beat Barça in a King’s Cup final in 1984.