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 Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelino Garcia Toral with Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman (L)(REUTERS)

Barca's Koeman keen for January reinforcements

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 05:51 AM IST
Barca will hold elections on Jan. 24 following Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation last year but the lack of a permanent board means they are presently unable to trade in the transfer market, something Koeman hopes to do at the end of the month.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)

Messi returns for Barca as Koeman warns against dropping more points

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 06:47 PM IST
Barca’s all-time top scorer watched on helplessly from the empty Camp Nou stands as his side struggled against the minnows but Koeman said his captain had been working overtime to return to fitness.
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Eibar's Rafa Soares, left, challenges Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.(AP)
Eibar's Rafa Soares, left, challenges Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.(AP)

Barcelona held 1-1 at home by Eibar without Messi

By Associated Press | BARCELONA, Spain
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:59 AM IST
Halftime substitute Ousmane Dembele salvaged Barcelona a 1-1 draw when he scored in the 67th. That canceled out Kike García’s opener 10 minutes earlier after a ball-control blunder by center back Ronald Araújo.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)

Koeman grateful for Messi support in transitional season for Barca

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 12:01 AM IST
Messi said a young team were growing under the Dutchman as they bid to improve on their current fifth place in La Liga, eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Valencia - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 19, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Valencia - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 19, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)

Messi equals Pele’s 643 club goals, Barcelona held by Valencia

By Associated Press | BARCELONA
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 07:09 AM IST
Messi is Barcelona’s and the Spanish league’s all-time leading scorer. In January 2018, he became the most prolific scorer among Europe’s top leagues when he reached 366 league goals, surpassing Gerd Mueller’s Bundesliga mark of 365.
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Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman watches the match during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)(AP)
Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman watches the match during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)(AP)

Barcelona is different club now, says Koeman

By Reuters | BARCELONA
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 10:38 PM IST
Barca face La Liga leaders Real Sociedad on Wednesday hoping to build on their slender 1-0 victory over Levante after suffering painful defeats by Cadiz and Juventus and making their worst start to a league season in 33 years
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File photo of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(Reuters)
File photo of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(Reuters)

Koeman feeling comfortable at Barcelona despite poor results

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 08:56 PM IST
Barca fell 12 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with last week’s shock 2-1 defeat by Cadiz before losing 3-0 at home to Juventus to surrender top spot in their Champions League group
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi.(REUTERS)

Barcelona loses at Cadiz; Real Madrid wins, Atlético top

By Associated Press | MADRID
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 10:18 AM IST
Real Madrid edged Sevilla 1-0 Saturday for its first win after three straight league setbacks, while Atlético beat Valladolid 2-0 to win its seventh straight league game and Barcelona lost 2-1 at promoted Cádiz to stay far from the top.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi shakes hands with coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi shakes hands with coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)

Koeman frustrated at Barca president’s Messi comments

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:37 PM IST
Barca’s all-time top scorer Messi attempted to leave the Camp Nou in the close season, and is expected to walk away on a free transfer when his current contract expires in June.
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Photo of Lionel Messi(Twitter)
Photo of Lionel Messi(Twitter)

Barcelona rests Lionel Messi again in Champions League

By Associated Press | Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 06:32 PM IST
Messi had already been rested for the match against Dynamo Kyiv in the previous round. Midfielder Frenkie de Jong also had been left out of that match in Kyiv
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Sergio Perez/Files(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Sergio Perez/Files(REUTERS)

Barcelona rest Messi, De Jong in Champions League match

By Associated Press | MADRID
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 06:14 AM IST
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is resting Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the game against Dynamo Kyiv, when the Catalan club can secure a spot in the knockout stage for the 17th straight season.
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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Pre Season Friendly - FC Barcelona v Girona - Johan Cruyff Stadium, Barcelona, Spain - September 16, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi shakes hands with coach Ronald Koeman as he is substituted off(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Pre Season Friendly - FC Barcelona v Girona - Johan Cruyff Stadium, Barcelona, Spain - September 16, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi shakes hands with coach Ronald Koeman as he is substituted off(REUTERS)

Players need more protection, says Barca coach Koeman after resting Messi

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 07:28 PM IST
Koeman said his side’s strong position in Group G was behind him resting Messi and Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong but he also took a swipe at the unforgiving football schedule, saying global organiser FIFA and European counterpart UEFA should take action.
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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)

Barcelona coach Koeman defends Lionel Messi’s angry outburst

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 09:21 PM IST
Koeman said he understood why Messi was visibly angry when journalists asked him about the criticism directed at him by a former agent of teammate Antoine Griezmann when Messi arrived in Spain on Wednesday after a long flight.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi during the match.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi during the match.(REUTERS)

Messi at the double against Betis after starting on bench

By Reuters | BARCELONA
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 10:17 AM IST
Antoine Griezmann, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele also scored for Barca while Antonio Sanabria and Loren Moron replied for Betis, who had Aissa Mandi sent off on the hour-mark.
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Lionel Messi shakes hand with coach Roland Koeman(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi shakes hand with coach Roland Koeman(Getty Images)

Messi not difficult to manage, says Barca coach Koeman

By Reuters | Reuterss
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 03:06 PM IST
Messi, 33, handed Barcelona an official notice in August of his desire to terminate his contract before eventually deciding to stay in Spain for this season.
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Photo of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Miralem Pjanić(FC Barcelona/ Twitter)
Photo of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Miralem Pjanić(FC Barcelona/ Twitter)

Barcelona looks to turn things around in Spanish league

By Associated Press | Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 10:02 PM IST
Barcelona is already six points behind second-place Madrid, and another slip would open up a worrying gap — despite having a game in hand.
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FC Barcelona’s Pedri.(Twitter)
FC Barcelona’s Pedri.(Twitter)

‘A star is born’ - Pedri dazzles for Barca in Turin

By Reuters | Turin
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 06:06 PM IST
Given a second start in a row despite looking fazed in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid, Pedri played with ambition and bravery against the Italian champions, driving Barca’s play with slick passing and confident dribbling.
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Getafe v FC Barcelona - Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe, Spain - October 17, 2020 FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman during the match REUTERS/Juan Medina(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Getafe v FC Barcelona - Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe, Spain - October 17, 2020 FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman during the match REUTERS/Juan Medina(REUTERS)

Koeman will miss fans for 1st ‘clásico’ as Barcelona coach

By Associated Press | Barcelona
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 09:08 PM IST
“Nothing has changed much. These are two great clubs who always have to play to win. The only difference is the lack of public,” Koeman said Friday, looking back to the clásicos he played in as a Barcelona defender in the early 1990s.
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Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum reacts after conceding their sixth goal.(Pool via REUTERS)
Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum reacts after conceding their sixth goal.(Pool via REUTERS)

‘Nothing concrete’ in Barca talk, says Liverpool’s Wijnaldum

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 01:18 PM IST
The 29-year-old was reported to be one of Ronald Koeman’s primary targets in the close season but Wijnaldum said there was “nothing concrete”.
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Celta Vigo v FC Barcelona - Estadio de Balaidos, Vigo, Spain - October 1, 2020. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi reacts. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Celta Vigo v FC Barcelona - Estadio de Balaidos, Vigo, Spain - October 1, 2020. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi reacts. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal(REUTERS)

Messi has given maximum since ending transfer saga, says Barca coach Koeman

By Reuters | BARCELONA
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 06:13 PM IST
Messi gave an outstanding performance in Barca’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Thursday after playing the whole second half with 10 men, crushing any fears that the Argentine might lack commitment after the club refused to let him leave.
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Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez.(REUTERS)
Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez.(REUTERS)

Barcelona and Suárez quickly moving on after tough breakup

By Associated Press | Madrid
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 05:43 PM IST
Suárez thrived in his debut with Atlético Madrid on Sunday, scoring twice in a 6-1 rout of Granada in the Spanish league and showing that he will be a good fit in Diego Simeone’s team. A few hours later, Barcelona had no problems scoring goals in a 4-0 defeat of Villarreal, performing well under new coach Ronald Koeman.
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Lionel Messi with the ball against Roma.(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi with the ball against Roma.(Getty Images)

Lionel Messi back in scoring business in dream start for Koeman

By Reuters | Rome
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 01:45 PM IST
Lionel Messi was back in scoring business for Barcelona on Sunday, leading them to a resounding 4-0 win at home against Villarreal in a near-perfect La Liga opener for the Catalans under new coach Ronald Koeman.
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Luis Suarez of Barcelona.(Getty Images)
Luis Suarez of Barcelona.(Getty Images)

Atlético tries to grab opportunity to sign Luis Suárez

By Associated Press | Madrid
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 07:37 PM IST
Then Luis Suárez suddenly became available, and Atlético didn’t waste any time going after the talented striker who thrived with Barcelona but was not wanted by incoming coach Ronald Koeman.
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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)

Suarez cuts Barcelona contract, agrees Atletico Madrid terms: reports

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 06:00 PM IST
Suarez, 33, who has one year to run on his Barcelona contract, agreed a deal with the club to cut it short, reports said.
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Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the pre-season friendly match against Girona.(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the pre-season friendly match against Girona.(Getty Images)

Lionel Messi nets two in Barcelona’s win over Girona in friendly

By Associated Press | Barcelona, Spain
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 08:56 AM IST
Messi netted two goals and set up one more in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Girona, Barcelona’s second training match since Koeman took over as coach.
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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman poses with a Barcelona shirt during the unveiling(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman poses with a Barcelona shirt during the unveiling(REUTERS)

Koeman status as Barca great on the line in testing season

By Reuters | Barcelona
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 04:08 PM IST
Among the Dutchman’s many tasks is to ensure Lionel Messi stays motivated after the club’s talisman sensationally tried to leave the club last month before deciding to stay for at least one more season
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi during training.(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi during training.(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi back training with rest of Barcelona squad

By Press Trust of India | Barcelona
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 06:05 PM IST
Messi had been practicing separately from the group since returning to the club on Monday. He had not been with the squad since announcing he wanted to leave and then deciding to stay to avoid a legal dispute with Barcelona.
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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Alaves - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - August 18, 2018 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Alaves - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - August 18, 2018 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo(REUTERS)

Understanding Messi’s stalemate with Barcelona

By Bhargab Sarmah | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 10:03 AM IST
The development means Messi won’t be joining Ronald Koeman’s side for its first pre-season training session on Monday.
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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Alaves - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - August 18, 2018 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Alaves - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - August 18, 2018 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi will not attend Barcelona training on Monday, Spanish media report

By Reuters | MADRID
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 07:19 AM IST
La Vanguardia reported Messi will send another burofax, the method by which he told the club he wanted to leave, to inform them of his decision not to join his team mates for the first training session under new coach Ronald Koeman.
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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Granada - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - January 19, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Granada - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - January 19, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi’s departure jeopardizes Barcelona’s restructuring plan

By Press Trust of India | Madrid
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 06:24 PM IST
Barcelona was basing its revamp on Messi, hoping he would help the team rebuild with new players and a new coach.
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