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The playmaker came through the ranks at Barcelona while van Gaal was manager at the Camp Nou and reserved praise of the highest order for the Dutch coach

Little maestro hits another remarkable note

Finally after 681 minutes it came. Leo Messi's 54th-minute goal last night was his first in England and it came so soon after it had seemed that he had missed his greatest opportunity to break a duck that had seen him play seven matches for Barcelona and one for Argentina without scoring on English soil.

Xavi warns of United's 'spectacular' standards

Ferguson's side pose a serious threat with range of options and experience, warns Barça playmaker

Barcelona v Manchester United: Champions League final preview

Wembley will host the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United this Saturday.

Andres Iniesta: 'I would look at the Nou Camp and think will I ever make it?'

Andres Iniesta tells Pete Jenson about his struggle to make it at Barça, his respect for Guardiola and his fear of Scholes and Giggs

Real coach pays penalty for refusing to play fair

If they were in school they would be made to sit apart until the end of term. Barcelona and Real Madrid bring out the worst in each other. Barça, anticipating the opposition's over-physical approach, exaggerate the theatrics. Madrid – and more specifically Jose Mourinho – believe the opposition cannot be beaten at football and so do everything in their powers to stifle the beautiful game.

James Lawton: Jose's smile fades as diabolical deal backfires

If there are still questions about Barcelona's reputation as the greatest team we have ever seen, those against Lionel Messi's ability to do anything he chooses seem to shrivel a little more with each new challenge.

Andres Iniesta escapes Champions League ban

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is free to play in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid after escaping punishment from UEFA for allegedly getting deliberately booked.

Barcelona appeal against Andres Iniesta Champions League suspension

Barcelona have decided to appeal UEFA's proposal to ban Andres Iniesta for one Champions League match for deliberately collecting a yellow card.

Barcelona not through yet insists Pep Guardiola

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has warned "this isn't over" despite seeing his side build a 5-1 first leg lead in their Champions League quarter-final tie against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Barcelona hit five to set up likely Real showdown

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Brilliant Barcelona maul Shakhtar

Barcelona 5 Shakhtar Donetsk 1

James Lawton: Rooney's lack of control is a potential tragic waste

He has become sullen, beyond an inherent lack of grace. It is a retreat behind barbed wire

Fall of Giants: That book sounds good

'3D audio' on tablet computers and ebooks are bringing the technology of the movies onto the pages of a novel. Ian Burrell explains how

James Lawton: Forget the hype, Guardiola's Barça are still eclipsed by the true greats

Take at least one step back and it is hard not to believe that the Milan team of Arrigo Sacchi would have started firm favourites against Pep Guardiola's Barça

Xavi: Arsenal played without joy

Wenger and Nasri charged by Uefa for 'inappropriate language' as Barça players criticise Gunners' approach

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