FIFA suspended its ban on FC Barcelona signing new players in the forthcoming offseason as soccer’s ruling body considers an appeal by the Spanish champion.
Spanish soccer champion Barcelona will appeal a ban on trading players for bringing foreign athletes younger than 18 to the academy that trained four-time player of the year Lionel Messi.
Victor Valdes, Barcelona’s first-team goalkeeper for a decade, told a televised news conference he won’t renew his contract which expires next year.
Bayern Munich handed Barcelona its worst European soccer defeat in 16 years to move to the brink of its third Champions League final appearance in four seasons.
Arsenal’s players heeded manager Arsene Wenger ’s advice to keep their nerve as the Gunners rallied to beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Champions League.
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.
Barcelona advanced to the Champions League soccer semifinals for a record sixth straight year after eliminating Paris Saint-Germain on away goals, as Bayern Munich ousted Juventus with a 2-0 win.
Spain beat France 1-0 to move to the top of its group in qualifying for soccer’s 2014 World Cup, while Montenegro rallied for a 1-1 draw with England.
Celtic upset Barcelona 2-1 in soccer’s Champions League, as Manchester United got three late goals to advance to the knockout stage.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.