FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol: Messi delivers first-leg victory (4-1) | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi scored two goals in the first half and had two assists in the second as FC Barcelona vanquished cross town rivals RCD Espanyol 4–1 on Wednesday night at Camp Nou in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie
Luis Enrique: Score reflects what happened on the field | FC Barcelona
The gravitas of FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was on full display. Sitting straight faced and serious in the press room at Camp Nou after the Catalans erupted for four unanswered goals to summarily dispatch cross-city rivals RCD Espanyol in the first leg of their last 16 tie in the Copa del Rey, the Barça manager was unambiguous.
Gerard Piqué: Despite victory, anything can happen | FC Barcelona
When a centre-back scores a big goal, it’s kind of a big deal. So when Gerard Piqué approached the pool of journalists assembled down the hall from the team’s dressing room following FC Barcelona’s 4–1 victory over RCD Espanyol in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16, to say it created a bit of a stir is an understatement.
Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal make their FC Barcelona debuts | FC Barcelona
Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal were both officially registered as FC Barcelona players on Monday 4 January and the Turk and the Catalan have had to wait just two days to make their debuts in a Barça shirt. After a wait of five months due to the FIFA ban, the two players’ most awaited moment arrived in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16 tie against Espanyol.
‘Violent? There was no blood…’ | Football Espana
Pape Diop denied charges Espanyol took a ‘violent’ approach against Barcelona in their Copa del Rey fixture. ‘You can’t say that…I didn’t see any blood.’ Diop was one of two Espanyol players dismissed in the 4-1 defeat while there were reports of the tensions continuing in the tunnel, with Luis Suarez reported by the referee for sparking a confrontation.
FC Barcelona top IFFHS Club World Ranking 2015 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has topped the Club World Raking for 2015 as published by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). This table is calculated on the basis of results in all official competitions, and after winning five out six major trophies last year, including the World and European titles, it comes as little surprise to see that the Catalans have come out top of the pile.
Luis Suarez faces action over tunnel incident - Goal.com
In the official referee's report, Suarez is accused of provoking a confrontation between players from both clubs in the tunnel. The Uruguayan played a full game in the derby clash, during which Espanyol took the lead through Felipe Caicedo.
Shorty crowned king of the world - How Romario won the Ballon d'Or - Goal.com
On Jan. 11 Brazil captain Neymar will be hoping to upset the odds by edging out Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to claim what would be his first FIFA Ballon d’Or. He would be the sixth Brazilian to be recognised as the world’s best by Fifa and this week Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour are looking back at how his illustrious predecessors conquered the globe to earn the title of the greatest player on the planet.
How will new Barcelona signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal fit in? | Sky Sports
Turan and Vidal were signed last summer from Atletico Madrid and Sevilla respectively, but have had to wait until this month to play because of a FIFA transfer ban imposed on Barca for breaching rules over the signings of under-age players. Turan inherits the No 7 shirt previously worn by Pedro - who joined Chelsea last summer - while Spain wing-back Vidal will wear the No 22 that Dani Alves wore before he switched to No 6.
Video: Goals from previous cup ties between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol | FC Barcelona
Barça and Espanyol meet in what is expected to be a lively Camp Nou for the first leg of their Copa del Rey clash on Wednesday night at 8.30pm CET. It’s a national holiday, King’s Day, in Spain, and Luis Enrique has promised the fans a very special gift.
Thierry Henry still dazzled by FC Barcelona and Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
Former FC Barcelona player Thierry Henry has always been passionate when it comes to Barça. The French striker enjoyed a wonderful spell at the club, and especially in the 2008/09 season, when he joined forces with Samuel Eto’o and Leo Messi in an attack that won all six major trophies and wowed the world with some of the finest football ever seen.
Lee Seung-woo set to finally be given Barcelona chance - ESPN FC
Barcelona youngster Lee Seung-woo will now have the chance to show his worth to senior coach Luis Enrique after the South Korean forward became eligible to play again for the club. Lee's arrival at Barca in 2011 was one of the cross-border youth transfers that led FIFA to impose a ban that prevented the club registering new signings for two transfer windows.