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 – Lionel Messi and Pedro put Barcelona 2-0 ahead in their away match against Real Sociedad, but the Catalans failed to consolidate their lead and suffered a 3-2 defeat. Click the read more button to find out Barça’s last five defeats in La Liga after a two goal lead.
FOOTBALL - On Sunday, FC Barcelona won 3-1 at Malaga. They now hold an 11-point lead over Atlético Madrid and an 18-point lead over Real Madrid after 19 matchrounds. In the last 15 La Liga seasons only three team failed to win the championship after leading the La Liga table at the half-way point.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi, fresh off his Ballon d’Or winning night, can now focus on this weekend’s match at Málaga CF and raising up his career goal tally even further. The FC Barcelona star needs four goals to reach 200 in La Liga, a platform that only seven players in history have reached.
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona have equalled their own La Liga record by scoring in their 36th consecutive league match. Barça previously set this streak between 1942 and 1944 and can break it in their next match away against Málaga CF, the team which has conceded fewest goals in La Liga this season.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi scored goal number 89 and 90 in this calendar year, as Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid 4-1 on Sunday.
FOOTBALL - On Sunday, Lionel Messi once again cemented his status as one of the all-time greats by scoring his 85th and 86th goals for club and country in the 2012 calendar year, surpassing the previous world record mark of 85 by Gerd Müller from 1972.
FOOTBALL - On Saturday, 1 December, Lionel Messi scored his 83rd and 84th official goals for club and country in the 2012 calendar year, moving him to within one of equalling Gerd Müller’s world record of 85 established in 1972. The Argentine ace still has a possible six matches to play in 2012.
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Levante UD on Sunday saw the Catalan side involved in two more La Liga records. Their 12 wins and one draw from the start of the season matched the best track record after 13 match rounds (by Real Madrid in 1991/1992) and the Catalans also became the first side to score at least four times in four successive top flight away matches.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi added two goals to his career La Liga total raising it to 186 and joining Carlos Santillana, the former Real Madrid stalwart in ninth place all-time. Santillana scored his 186 between 1971 and 1989, Messi needed less than half as many seasons (2004-2012). The Argentine’s next target is Edmundo Suárez’s 195 goals in eighth place all-time.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi scored his 75th and 76th goals of the 2012 calendar year, thereby overtaking the mark of 75 set by Pelé for goals scored for club and country in official matches in a calendar year. Messi can now set his sights on the world record held by Germany’s Gerd Müller.
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona take on Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday, 23 October, and the Argentine ace is one goal away from scoring the 300th of his senior career. As the milestone approaches, we are putting the 299 he has already recorded in perspective.