The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
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.
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has been cleared to play, 10 months after undergoing a liver transplant, the Spanish soccer club said on its website.
French soccer players returning from their early exit from the World Cup said the team agreed unanimously to strike in support of Nicolas Anelka , who was sent home for fighting with the coach.
Coach Josep Guardiola led the celebrations after Barcelona beat archrival Real Madrid to a place in the Champions League final.
Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona dominated 10-man Arsenal 3-1 to reach the Champions League soccer quarterfinals, where the title favorite will be joined by Shakhtar Donetsk.
Barcelona rallied from a goal down to win 2-1 at Real Madrid last night in the opening game of their quarterfinal in Spanish soccer’s Copa del Rey.
Lionel Messi’s Barcelona won its fourth Spanish soccer championship in five years, and 22nd in total, after second-place Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Espanyol.
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is recovering well after a liver transplant yesterday, Europa Press reported, citing the European soccer champion’s president Sandro Rosell.
Five members of the 2010 French World Cup team will appear in front of a disciplinary committee for their role in a players’ strike during the tournament.