Richard Martin

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24 Sep 2018 | 9:06 PM

Economic benefits key to Turkish plans to host Euro 2024 - bid chief

(Reuters) - Turkey deserves to host the 2024 European Championship because it represents a "new frontier" that will bring great economic gains, the vice-president of the Turkish football federation said, brushing aside concerns over the country's human rights record.

24 Sep 2018 | 5:17 AM

Pique rescues 10-man Barca to draw with Girona

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona’s 100 percent winning start to the season came to a halt on Sunday when they were held to a 2-2 La Liga draw by Girona on Sunday, having been reduced to playing the final 55 minutes with 10 men.

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.