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Gerard Pique. (Getty Images)

Davis Cup: Pique says new venues will fix scheduling issues

AP | , Madrid
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2021 08:46 PM IST
  • Expanding the Davis Cup Finals to more venues will help attract more fans and avoid some of the late finishes that hurt the revamped event’s first edition
Gerard Pique(REUTERS)
Gerard Pique(REUTERS)

Barca's Pique investigated for remarks on referees favouring Real Madrid

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 09:17 PM IST
A federation spokeswoman said Barca have been informed of the investigation into Pique, which will determine whether he broke the federation's rules on questioning the honour or impartiality of referees.
Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique(Twitter)
Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique(Twitter)

Gerard Piqué likely out for several months because of knee injury

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 08:04 PM IST
Piqué got injured on Saturday in the second half of Barcelona’s 1-0 loss at Atlético Madrid, its first against the Madrid rival in the Spanish league in more than a decade
Barcelona's Gerard Pique reacts after the the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.(AP)
Barcelona's Gerard Pique reacts after the the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.(AP)

‘We have hit rock bottom’: Gerard Pique embarrassed as Barcelona suffer 8-2 humiliation by Bayern

LISBON, Portugal | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 07:47 AM IST
This was a night of utter misery in Lisbon in the pandemic-enforced single-game reformatting of a knockout stage that has never a seen a team lose so heavily in the Champions League era.If it wasn’t embarrassing enough, Barcelona had to watch Philippe Coutinho inflict the final blows and make the collapse all the more painful.
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann(REUTERS)

Griezmann struggles symptomatic of a Barcelona lacking creativity

Madrid | By AFP
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 10:08 AM IST
When Barca signed Griezmann last summer for 120 million euros from Atletico Madrid, many wondered where the Frenchman would fit into their stacked front line, which would have swelled further had Paris Saint-Germain come to terms over a deal for Neymar.
Andy Murray reacts after the match against Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)
Andy Murray reacts after the match against Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)

New Davis Cup format must be given chance to succeed: Andy Murray

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 03:12 PM IST
The week-long tournament in Madrid’s Caja Magica, involving 18 teams split into six groups of three, is being bankrolled by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s investment firm Kosmos, who are pumping in $3 billion over 25 years.
File image of Neymar celebrating a goal with Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique (L-R).(AP)
File image of Neymar celebrating a goal with Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique (L-R).(AP)

Barcelona players offered to restructure salaries to pay for Neymar return: Pique

Barcelona | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 04:34 PM IST
Barca spent the bulk of the last transfer window trying to lure Neymar back from PSG, two years after he left the Catalans for a world record transfer fee of 222 million euros ($248 million).
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann(REUTERS)
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann(REUTERS)

Barcelona ready to make renewed bid for Atletico’s Griezmann - Media

Barcelona | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2019 04:00 PM IST
Griezmann famously turned down an offer to join Barcelona last season, detailing his internal struggles about whether to make the move in a landmark documentary called The Decision, which was produced by a company owned by Barca’s Gerard Pique.
File image of Gerard Pique(REUTERS)
File image of Gerard Pique(REUTERS)

Pique tells off Catalonia supporters for insulting Spain, calls for respect

Barcelona | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 07:03 PM IST
He was given a raucous reception by supporters but gave a firm response when he heard anti-Spain chants, gesturing towards supporters by wagging his finger and urging them to stop.
File image of Lionel Messi.(Reuters)
File image of Lionel Messi.(Reuters)

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez lead Barcelona to Rayo victory

Madrid | By AFP
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 10:17 AM IST
Raul de Tomas’ scintillating strike gave struggling Rayo a surprise lead at the Camp Nou but Lionel Messi converted a penalty and Luis Suarez finished a brilliant passing move to seal a 3-1 win, after Gerard Pique had headed in an equaliser on Saturday.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.(AFP)
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.(AFP)

Barcelona star Lionel Messi backing teammate Gerard Pique in new Davis Cup venture

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2019 08:42 PM IST
Lionel Messi is one of the investors in the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid later this year, according to Barcelona team mate Gerard Pique whose Kosmos company has been instrumental in a revamp for the historic tennis competition
Italy's Marco Cecchinato and Simone Bolelli during a training session ahead of their Davis Cup match against India, in Kolkata.(AP)
Italy's Marco Cecchinato and Simone Bolelli during a training session ahead of their Davis Cup match against India, in Kolkata.(AP)

Liked older Davis Cup format better, says Italy captain Barazzutti

Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 11:52 PM IST
Italy Davis Cup captain Corrado Barazzutti switched from sounding stoic about the absence of top-ranked singles player Fabio Fognini to sceptical when asked about the new format of The World Cup of Tennis that turns 119 this year
Barcelona's Spanish defender Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring.(AFP)
Barcelona's Spanish defender Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring.(AFP)

Gerard Pique’s investment group Kosmos takes over FC Andorra

Barcelona | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2018 07:56 PM IST
FC Andorra, founded in 1942, play in the First Regional Catalan Division and spent 14 seasons in Spain’s regionalised third tier, Segunda Division B.
Levante's Macedonian midfielder Enis Bardhi (L) vies with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish League football match between Levante and Barcelona at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia.(AFP)
Levante's Macedonian midfielder Enis Bardhi (L) vies with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish League football match between Levante and Barcelona at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia.(AFP)

Lionel Messi hat-trick restores Barcelona’s La Liga lead

Madrid | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2018 06:38 AM IST
Lionel arrived in Valencia having scored two free-kicks in last weekend’s derby thumping of Espanyol. He took his goals tally for the season to 20 after a virtuoso display, while also teeing up Luis Suarez’s 35th-minute opener and Gerard Pique’s late fifth.
Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele shoots at goal against Villarreal on Sunday.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele shoots at goal against Villarreal on Sunday.(REUTERS)

Dembele shines as Barca go top with win over Villarreal

Madrid | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2018 09:23 AM IST
Dembele, dropped last month by coach Ernesto Valverde, was making his second consecutive start and repaid the faith by teeing up Gerard Pique’s opening goal in a comfortable 2-0 win at the Camp Nou.
Eindhoven's defender Daniel Schwaab (left) vies with Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) during their Champions League match.(AFP)
Eindhoven's defender Daniel Schwaab (left) vies with Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) during their Champions League match.(AFP)

Lionel Messi guides Barca to top Champions League group

Eindhoven | By AFP
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2018 10:23 AM IST
Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique scored to claim the La Liga outfit’s first win since November 3 across all competitions.
Real Betis' Loren Moron in action with Barcelona's Gerard Pique.(REUTERS)
Real Betis' Loren Moron in action with Barcelona's Gerard Pique.(REUTERS)

Pique admits Barca have defence problems after Betis shock

Barcelona | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2018 12:46 PM IST
Barca trailed 2-0 at halftime and even though Lionel Messi struck twice on his return from injury and Arturo Vidal also scored for the Catalans, Betis became the first side to beat Barca at the Nou Camp since Alaves in September 2016.
Lionel Messi suffered the injury against Sevilla.(Twitter (FCBarcelona))
Lionel Messi suffered the injury against Sevilla.(Twitter (FCBarcelona))

Lionel Messi returns to FC Barcelona training after arm injury

Barcelona | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2018 11:55 PM IST
The club published photos showing Lionel Messi running without a cast on his arm, which he had worn in his recent public appearances at the Camp Nou.
Roger Federer in action at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel.(AP)
Roger Federer in action at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel.(AP)

Federer ignored deadline set by ‘new’ Davis Cup

Basel | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2018 10:45 AM IST
Speaking at the Swiss Indoors tournament where he will play in Sunday’s final against Romanian qualifier Marius Copil, the world number three said that given the impossibly short time frame to make a decision, he opted out of any commitment.
File image Rafale Nadal (L) and Novak Djokovic in action during a match(AFP)
File image Rafale Nadal (L) and Novak Djokovic in action during a match(AFP)

Pique confident of luring Nadal and Djokovic to revamped Davis Cup

Madrid | By AFP
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2018 11:15 PM IST
Pique was speaking on Wednesday in Madrid, where the tournament finals will be contested over a week in November 2019, as part of a host of controversial changes to the format of the 118-year-old competition.
France won the Davis Cup in 2017.(REUTERS)
France won the Davis Cup in 2017.(REUTERS)

Madrid to host new-format Davis Cup in 2019 and 2020

Madrid | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2018 04:30 PM IST
Under a format proposed by the Kosmos group, headed by Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, and adopted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in August, the competition will bring together 18 nations in one place for a week at the end of the tennis season.
Barcelona's French defender Samuel Umtiti (R) congratulates Barcelona's Spanish defender Gerard Pique for his goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Girona FC at the Camp Nou(AFP)
Barcelona's French defender Samuel Umtiti (R) congratulates Barcelona's Spanish defender Gerard Pique for his goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Girona FC at the Camp Nou(AFP)

Gerard Pique rescues point for 10-man Barcelona against Girona

Barcelona | By AFP
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 02:22 PM IST
A point may not be viewed as a bad return either for Barca, having played through the best part of an hour with 10 men, but changes made by coach Ernesto Valverde failed to hit the mark.
David Haggerty (R), President of the International Tennis Federation poses with with Gerard Pique, Founder of Kosmos sports group during the ITF annual general meeting in Orlando, Florida.(AFP)
David Haggerty (R), President of the International Tennis Federation poses with with Gerard Pique, Founder of Kosmos sports group during the ITF annual general meeting in Orlando, Florida.(AFP)

Major Davis Cup shake-up approved

Orlando | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 11:17 PM IST
ITF president David Haggerty supported the revamp proposed by Kosmos, a group led by Barcelona football star Gerard Pique -- who flew in from Spain for the vote -- and backed by Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, that has vowed $3 billion over 25 years to support the new event.
Lionel Messi was named Barcelona’s second captain in 2015.(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi was named Barcelona’s second captain in 2015.(Getty Images)

Lionel Messi named Barcelona captain

Barcelona | By Omnisport
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 06:06 PM IST
Barcelona will have four captains for the 2018-19 season following Andres Iniesta’s departure, with Lionel Messi at the top of the list.
Spain coach Luis Enrique talks to journalists during his official presentation as new head coach in Las Rozas.(AP)
Spain coach Luis Enrique talks to journalists during his official presentation as new head coach in Las Rozas.(AP)

Evolution, not revolution key to Spain’s success, says new head coach Luis Enrique

Las Rozas de Madrid | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2018 11:35 PM IST
Luis Enrique is promising evolution rather than revolution with Spain - and hopes Gerard Pique will be part of the national team’s future.
The new Davis Cup event represents a huge revamp for a competition which has been in existence since 1900 but has suffered in recent years with top players not competing.(Getty Images)
The new Davis Cup event represents a huge revamp for a competition which has been in existence since 1900 but has suffered in recent years with top players not competing.(Getty Images)

Revamped Davis Cup could be held in Madrid or France next year

Reuters, Madrid | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2018 01:37 PM IST
In February the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced a shake-up of Davis Cup and the formation of an 18-nation World Cup of Tennis Finals played in one location, after agreeing a 25-year, $3 billion partnership with investment group Kosmos, founded and chaired by Pique.
The 16 Davis Cup (in pic) World Group nations will automatically qualify for the proposed World Cup of tennis finals, and a further two countries will be selected. Former India Davis Cup skipper Anand Amitraj feels it would kill the entire purpose and charm of Davis Cup.(Getty Images)
The 16 Davis Cup (in pic) World Group nations will automatically qualify for the proposed World Cup of tennis finals, and a further two countries will be selected. Former India Davis Cup skipper Anand Amitraj feels it would kill the entire purpose and charm of Davis Cup.(Getty Images)

World Cup of tennis in one week is a horrible idea: Anand Amritraj

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 04:28 PM IST
The ITF Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the proposal to create a season-ending World Cup of Tennis featuring 18 nations with the matches to be played over a week at a single venue, and for India Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj feels it is a bad idea.
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