Richard Martin

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21 Sep 2018 | 11:24 PM

Spanish federation delays approval of Girona-Barca in Miami

BARCELONA (Reuters) - La Liga's plans to move Girona's fixture with Barcelona on Jan. 26 to Miami hang in the balance after the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) declined to authorise the move until it received more information on the game.

20 Sep 2018 | 8:09 PM

Dembele, Messi partnership fuelling Barca goal rush

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi's blossoming partnership with electric winger Ousmane Dembele has helped Barcelona to four straight wins at the start of the Liga season and the pair will be gunning for more goals at home to fellow Catalan side Girona on Sunday.

19 Sep 2018 | 8:34 PM

Firecrackers and bangers set off outside Juventus players' hotel in Valencia

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus team mates were the target of an attempt to disturb their Champions League preparations for Wednesday's match against Valencia after a group of people set off bangers and fireworks outside their hotel.

19 Sep 2018 | 5:12 AM

Messi hat-trick fires Barca to victory over PSV

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi scored a record eighth Champions League hat-trick as Barcelona kick-started their campaign with a 4-0 home win over PSV Eindhoven, although they had defender Samuel Umtiti sent off late in the second half on Tuesday.

17 Sep 2018 | 10:23 AM

Ronaldo returns to Spain in Juve's Champions League opener

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Fresh from scoring his first goals for Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo makes an eagerly-awaited return to Spain when the Italian champions play Valencia on Wednesday in their opening Champions League group game.

16 Sep 2018 | 6:33 AM

Barca ride luck to sink Sociedad, Real held in Bilbao

SAN SEBASTIAN (Reuters) - Barcelona moved two points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday after riding their luck to come from behind and win 2-1 at Real Sociedad on Saturday while Real Madrid could only draw 1-1 in a highly entertaining game at Athletic Bilbao.

13 Sep 2018 | 9:26 PM

Barca, Real's perfect records at risk in difficult Basque trips

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid and Barcelona's flying starts to the La Liga season will be put to the test on Saturday when they both travel to the Basque country.

13 Sep 2018 | 12:39 AM

Spanish anti-doping agency investigates Russia winger Cheryshev

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's anti-doping agency said on Wednesday it had opened an investigation into Valencia and Russia winger Denis Cheryshev, following remarks from his father Dmitri in the Russian media about an injection the player took to treat an injury.

11 Sep 2018 | 8:30 PM

La Liga applies for permission to play Girona vs. Barca in U.S.

BARCELONA (Reuters) - La Liga's plans to play Girona's fixture with champions Barcelona in Miami moved a step closer after the league's organising body said on Tuesday they have asked for permission from the Spanish football federation to take the game abroad.

7 Sep 2018 | 4:46 PM

'90 percent chance Girona v Barcelona in U.S.' - Tebas

BARCELONA (Reuters) - La Liga chief Javier Tebas has said there is a 90 percent chance the first Spanish top flight game in the United States will be Girona's 'home' match against Barcelona in January and revealed the league will earn 200 million euros ($232.80 million) for playing games in North America.