Eric Abidal said he’s leaving Barcelona after this season to pursue his career as a soccer player at age 33 after recovering from cancer and a liver transplant in the past two years.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will miss the rest of the Premier League season with a broken right leg, the London soccer club said.
AC Milan’s defensive effort carried the Italian team to a surprise 2-0 victory against Barcelona in their Champions League soccer round-of-16 opener.
Lionel Messi, who broke soccer’s calendar-year scoring record earlier this month, agreed to extend his contract with Barcelona by two years through June 2018.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable Internet links.
Andres Iniesta emerged from under the bodies of his jubilant teammates as the scorer of the latest-ever World Cup winning goal. The Barcelona midfielder says he didn’t do anything special.
Manchester City will face the Spanish, Dutch and German title-holders in the Champions League group stage, while last season’s winner Chelsea will play Juventus, which won Italy’s Serie A in May.
BATE Borisov beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in soccer’s Champions League as Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona won away.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Carles Puyol ’s leaping header guaranteed a new soccer World Cup champion will be crowned in South Africa.
"You are the best."
- Carles Puyol on Jul 11, 2010