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Barcelona Football Star-special chocolate recipes with a healthy twist

  • Attention Barcelona fans! Looking for chocolate recipes that are perfect for rainy season, are delicious and healthy to give you a boost of energy? Search no further as we got two that are a favourite of Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué and Croatian attacking midfielder Ivan Rakitić
Barcelona Football Star-special chocolate recipes with a healthy twist(Twitter/nsmitrick249)
Barcelona Football Star-special chocolate recipes with a healthy twist(Twitter/nsmitrick249)
Updated on Jul 16, 2021 03:30 PM IST
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Ivan Rakitic ends international career with Croatia

Saying goodbye to the Croatian national team is the most difficult decision in my career,” Rakitic said in a federation statement.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - Croatia Training - HNK Rijeka Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia - October 11, 2018 Croatia's Ivan Rakitic during training Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/File Photo(Action Images via Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - Croatia Training - HNK Rijeka Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia - October 11, 2018 Croatia's Ivan Rakitic during training Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/File Photo(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Sep 21, 2020 08:46 PM IST
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ZAGREB | By Associated Press

Sevilla signs midfielder Rakitic from Barcelona

The 32-year-old Croatian was one of the players that incoming Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said was not in his plans for the future.
File image of Ivan Rakitic.e(Getty Images)
File image of Ivan Rakitic.e(Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 08:04 PM IST
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Seville, Spain | By Associated Press

Suárez, Rakitic, Vidal and Umtiti could be leaving Barcelona

Neither the club nor the coach have said publicly who is staying and who is leaving, but those four players reportedly have already been told that they are not in Koeman’s plans.
Soccer Football - Champions League - Quarter Final - FC Barcelona v Bayern Munich - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - August 14, 2020 Barcelona's Luis Suarez in action, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Manu Fernandez/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Champions League - Quarter Final - FC Barcelona v Bayern Munich - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - August 14, 2020 Barcelona's Luis Suarez in action, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Manu Fernandez/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 07:11 AM IST
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MADRID | By Associated Press

Barcelona lacking spark since season resumed, says coach Setien

Barca needed a late goal from substitute Ivan Rakitic to see off a determined Athletic side and although they picked up a third win in four matches since the season re-started, they again failed to sparkle.
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 24, 2020 01:48 PM IST
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Barcelona | By Reuters

Barcelona beat Athletic 1-0 to move back in front of Madrid

Rakitic broke the deadlock in the 71st minute to leave Barcelona three points in front of Madrid, which can retake the lead with a win because it has better tiebreakers.
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, left, vies for the ball with Athletic Bilbao's Mikel San Jose during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, June 23, 2020.(AP)
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, left, vies for the ball with Athletic Bilbao's Mikel San Jose during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, June 23, 2020.(AP)
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 08:12 AM IST
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Madrid | By Associated Press

Lionel Messi scores as Barcelona tops Leganés in return to Camp Nou

Messi also scored as Barcelona returned to action on Saturday with a 4-0 win at Mallorca in its first game in more than three months following the pandemic break.
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, vies for the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Montfort)(AP)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, vies for the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Montfort)(AP)
Updated on Jun 17, 2020 08:13 AM IST
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MADRID | By Associated Press

Lionel Messi increases goal haul as Barcelona draw with Eibar

Messi struck again a minute later, racing through the middle unchallenged to latch on to a pass from Ivan Rakitic and calmly chip the outstretched keeper Marko Dmitrovic.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 19, 2019 11:53 PM IST
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More than 250,000 welcome Croatia home after FIFA World Cup 2018 final

Hundreds of thousands of people wearing national red-and-white checkered colors and waving Croatian flags poured into the streets in the capital Zagreb to greet the team. Observers described the homecoming event as the biggest ever in Croatia.
Croatian national football team players attend a welcoming ceremony from the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb on July 16.(AFP)
Croatian national football team players attend a welcoming ceremony from the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb on July 16.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 17, 2018 12:56 PM IST
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Zagreb | By Associated Press

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia battle fatigue ahead of England clash

Gareth Southgate’s England is yet to meet a team with the strength of Croatia in the FIFA World Cup 2018, but the latter are coming to the semi-finals on the back of two gruelling encounters.
Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (L) and teammates attend a training session at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 10, 2018, on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England.(AFP)
Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (L) and teammates attend a training session at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 10, 2018, on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 11, 2018 09:49 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Saint Petersburg | By Bhargab Sarmah

FIFA World Cup 2018: Home grief for Novak Djokovic for backing Croatia

Several weeks before the FIFA World Cup 2018 started Novak Djokovic posted pictures of himself with Croatian players including midfield stars Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic to his Instagram account.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon on Tuesday.(AFP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon on Tuesday.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 11, 2018 12:33 PM IST
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Belgrade | By Agence France-Presse

Croatia fans, Twitter explode with joy as team reaches FIFA World Cup 2018 semis

The FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinal was locked at 2-2 after extra-time but Croatia held their nerve to win the shootout 4-3 against Russia, with Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic scoring the decisive penalty
Croatia's fans celebrate victory against Russia in the Croatian capital Zagreb's main square after the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinal.(AFP)
Croatia's fans celebrate victory against Russia in the Croatian capital Zagreb's main square after the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinal.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 08, 2018 10:13 AM IST
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia beat Russia on penalties, set up last four tie with England

Russia’s unlikely run came to an end at the quarter-final stage as Croatia once again progressed via a shoot-out.
Croatia national soccer team players celebrate after winning the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi.(AP)
Croatia national soccer team players celebrate after winning the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi.(AP)
Updated on Jul 08, 2018 02:48 AM IST
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Omnisport, Sochi | By Omnisport

FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia vs Croatia, highlights: CRO beat RUS 4-3 on penalties

Get highlights of Russia vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-final match, here. Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties on Saturday.
Get highlights of Russia vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-final match, here. Croatia's Ivan Rakitic celebrates with team mates after scoring the deciding penalty during the shootout against Russia.(REUTERS)
Get highlights of Russia vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-final match, here. Croatia's Ivan Rakitic celebrates with team mates after scoring the deciding penalty during the shootout against Russia.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 08, 2018 02:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shayne Dias

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia advance to quarter-finals after beating Denmark on penalties

Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia defeated Denmark to reach the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-finals in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.
Croatia's Danijel Subasic celebrates with Luka Modric after winning the penalty shootout against Denmark in FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday.(REUTERS)
Croatia's Danijel Subasic celebrates with Luka Modric after winning the penalty shootout against Denmark in FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 02, 2018 02:57 AM IST
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Reuters, Nizhny Novgorod | By Reuters

FIFA World Cup 2018 Croatia vs Denmark live updates: CRO, DEN extra time in progress

Luka Modric of Croatia and Christian Eriksen of Denmark will be key for their teams. Get live score and updates of Croatia vs Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match here.
Luka Modric of Croatia and Christian Eriksen of Denmark will be key for their teams. Get live score and updates of Croatia vs Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match here.(REUTERS)
Luka Modric of Croatia and Christian Eriksen of Denmark will be key for their teams. Get live score and updates of Croatia vs Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match here.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 02, 2018 03:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Himanshu Dhingra

FIFA World Cup 2018: Luka Modric faces final chance at international glory

Luka Modric has never even made it into the top three of football’s most prestigious individual award but, after scoring twice in Croatia’s opening three games in the FIFA World Cup 2018, there is a chance for him finally to put his stamp on a major tournament.
Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric takes part in a training session at the Roschino Arena, outside Saint Petersburg, on June 29, 2018, during the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AFP)
Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric takes part in a training session at the Roschino Arena, outside Saint Petersburg, on June 29, 2018, during the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 30, 2018 12:31 PM IST
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Saint Petersburg, Russia | By Press Trust of India

FIFA World Cup 2018: Shock and anger over Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli’s tactics

Having set the team up in his preferred three-man backline, as opposed to the four defenders used in their opener, Sampaoli played some players out of position in defence
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli reacts during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the FIFA World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on June 21, 2018. Croatia won 3-0.(AP)
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli reacts during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the FIFA World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on June 21, 2018. Croatia won 3-0.(AP)
Published on Jun 22, 2018 11:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Nizhny Novgorod | By Bhargab Sarmah

FIFA World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi goes missing on Argentina’s biggest night

Lionel Messi had a night to forget as Argentina slumped to a 3-0 loss against Croatia on Thursday. Defender Dejan Lovren said they contained him by defending as a team.
Argentina's Lionel Messi looks dejected after the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group D match vs Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on June 21, 2018.(REUTERS)
Argentina's Lionel Messi looks dejected after the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group D match vs Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on June 21, 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 07:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Nizhny Novgorod | By Bhargab Sarmah

Let Jorge Sampaoli say what he wants: Sergio Aguero angry at Argentina FIFA World Cup loss

The Jorge Sampaoli-coached Argentina football team have a single point from two rounds of Group D games after Croatia ran riot following Willy Caballero’s horrific error that handed Ante Rebic a spectacular 53rd-minute opener at the FIFA World Cup 2018
Jorge Sampaoli-coached Argentina are on brink of exit from FIFA World Cup 2018.(Reuters)
Jorge Sampaoli-coached Argentina are on brink of exit from FIFA World Cup 2018.(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 04:17 PM IST
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Omnisport, Nizhny Novgorod | By Omnisport

How Lionel Messi’s Argentina can qualify for FIFA World Cup 2018 knock-out round

Lionel Messi’s Argentina look to book their berth in the FIFA World Cup 2018 knock-out round but it will be tough after losing heavily to Croatia on Thursday.
Argentina can still qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 knock-out round despite losing 0-3 to Croatia.(AFP)
Argentina can still qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 knock-out round despite losing 0-3 to Croatia.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 23, 2018 12:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sayan Ghosh

Jorge Sampaoli ‘begs for forgiveness’ as FIFA World Cup 2018 hopes fade

Jorge Sampaoli said that Argentina’s loss against Croatia was his fault entirely and apologised to supporters left in tears in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium on the banks of the River Volga.
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli talks with referee during his team’s FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.(REUTERS)
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli talks with referee during his team’s FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 10:45 AM IST
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Press Trust of India, Nizhniy Novgorod | By Press Trust of India

FIFA World Cup 2018: Zlatko Dalic hails Croatia defenders for stopping ‘best player in the world’ Lionel Messi

Argentina were thrashed 3-0 as goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic as Croatia registered a convincing win to book their berth in the FIFA World Cup 2018 knock-out stages.
Croatia's Domagoj Vida and Sime Vrsaljko celebrate after their win over Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)
Croatia's Domagoj Vida and Sime Vrsaljko celebrate after their win over Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 08:34 AM IST
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Omnisport | By HT Correspondent

FIFA World Cup 2018: Argentina were crying like girls, says Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko

Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko mocked Argentina and said that they were ‘crying like girls’ after their loss in the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday.
Argentina's Lionel Messi and teammates look dejected after their loss against Croatia in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)
Argentina's Lionel Messi and teammates look dejected after their loss against Croatia in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 08:07 AM IST
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Omnisport | By HT Correspondent

Lionel Messi, Argentina beaten in FIFA World Cup, Croatia enter last 16

Croatia defeated Argentina 3-0 to enter the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup with a convincing victory in Group D.
Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with Croatia's Domagoj Vida during the FIFA World Cup Group D game at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Thursday.(Reuters)
Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with Croatia's Domagoj Vida during the FIFA World Cup Group D game at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Thursday.(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 02:22 AM IST
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Reuters, Nizhny Novgorod | By Reuters

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia to consult Ivan Rakitic for advice on thwarting Lionel Messi

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said that he will turn to his Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic for ideas on how to stop Argentina’s Lionel Messi in Thursday’s FIFA World Cup Group D match between the two sides.
Lionel Messi missed a penalty for Argentina in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group D match against Iceland last week.(REUTERS)
Lionel Messi missed a penalty for Argentina in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group D match against Iceland last week.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 18, 2018 02:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent

FIFA World Cup 2018: Youthful Nigeria face experienced Croatia midfield

The opening Group D match pits midfielder John Obi Mikel and the young lineup against Croatia powered by one of the tournament’s strongest midfields: Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, alongside Ivan Rakitic.
Nigeria's players take part in a training session at the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 15, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament.(AFP)
Nigeria's players take part in a training session at the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 15, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament.(AFP)
Published on Jun 16, 2018 05:20 PM IST
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Associated Press, Kaliningrad | By Associated Pres

Luka Modric spearheads Croatia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic named Monday a 24-man 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, which will eventually be reduced by one player, and is led by international stars Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic.
Luka Modric will be a key player for Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(Twitter)
Luka Modric will be a key player for Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(Twitter)
Updated on May 21, 2018 11:32 PM IST
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Reuters, Zagreb | By Reuters

Ousmane Dembele delights Nou Camp as Barcelona roll over Villarreal

Ousmane Dembele scored a brace as Barcelona extended their unbeaten La Liga run to 36 games with a 5-1 win over Villareal at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
Barcelona extended their unbeaten La Liga run to 36 games with a 5-1 win over Villareal at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, with Ousmane Dembele (C) soring twice.(REUTERS)
Barcelona extended their unbeaten La Liga run to 36 games with a 5-1 win over Villareal at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, with Ousmane Dembele (C) soring twice.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 10, 2018 09:26 AM IST
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Reuters, Barcelona | By Reuters
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