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A man wearing a face mask decorated with the independent flag looks on during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Thousands of Catalans in favour of gaining independence from the rest of Spain are expected to rally Friday afternoon in commemoration of

Catalan separatists rally amid coronavirus crisis in Spain

Sep. 11, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Supporters of Catalonia's secession from the rest of Spain gathered in small groups around the northeast region Friday under orders from event organizers to maintain social distancing amid a spike in coronavirus infections. The rallies were held on Catalonia’s main regional...

Spain's Ansu Fati is airborne as he attempts to control the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Spain and Ukraine at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Nations League: Record-breaker Fati stars in Spain rebuild

Sep. 6, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

Its youngest-ever scorer and two goals from a captain twice his age. Spain couldn't ask for more from its rebuild. The 17-year-old Barcelona forward Ansu Fati scored in Sunday's 4-0 Nations League win over Ukraine and won a penalty for 34-year-old Sergio Ramos too as an influx of young talent blended well with...

Un niño con una camiseta de Lionel Messi observa un partido de fútbol en Banyoles, España, el miércoles 2 de septiembre de 2020. (AP Foto/Emilio Morenatti)

Barcelona fans relieved after Messi says he will stay

Sep. 5, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona fans breathed a collective sigh of relief a day after Lionel Messi said he would wait a year in his desire to seek success elsewhere. Argentine great Messi announced Friday that, despite having told the club he wanted to leave, he would see out the last season on his...

Francisco España, 60, is surrounded by members of his medical team as he looks at the Mediterranean sea from a promenade next to the

Spanish doctors hope beach trips can help ICU virus patients

Sep. 5, 2020 2:28 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — After nearly two months of being sedated and connected to IV lines in a hospital's intensive care unit, Francisco Espana took a moment to fill his ailing lungs with fresh air at a Barcelona beachfront. Lying on a hospital bed at the beach promenade and surrounded by a doctor and...

A worker holds a shirt with the name of Barcelona soccer player Lionel Messi at a F.C Barcelona store in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Barcelona is banking on a face-to-face meeting with Lionel Messi to try to convince him to stay. Talks with Messi’s father-agent are expected this week in Barcelona but the club also hopes to sit down with the player himself.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Messi will stay with Barcelona despite wanting to leave

Sep. 4, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

Lionel Messi made it clear that it was time to move on, seek new challenges and be happy somewhere other than Barcelona. He had won dozens of titles and broken numerous records with the Catalan club but didn't like the direction it was going, so the time had come to try and succeed somewhere else. But despite...

Lionel Messi says in a video he will stay at Barcelona for the upcoming season

Sep. 4, 2020 12:36 PM EDT
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi says in a video he will stay at Barcelona for the upcoming season.
People walk past a poster with the image of Barcelona soccer player Lionel Messi at a F.C. Barcelona store in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Barcelona is banking on a face-to-face meeting with Lionel Messi to try to convince him to stay. Talks with Messi’s father-agent are expected this week in Barcelona but the club also hopes to sit down with the player himself. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

No agreement in meeting between Barcelona and Messi’s father

Sep. 2, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona looked no closer to being resolved after the first meeting between the player's father and club officials on Wednesday ended without an agreement, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person said club president Josep Bartomeu met for more than...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi waves as he arrives at the team hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. The club has confirmed that the Argentina great has sent a note expressing his desire to leave. The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona's humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst in the player's career and in the club's history.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Messi skips required coronavirus testing with Barcelona

Aug. 30, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — In another sign that Lionel Messi’s time with Barcelona is coming to an end, the player did not report for required coronavirus testing scheduled for the whole squad on Sunday. Barcelona said Messi was the only player who did not undergo the tests at the club’s training center....

People disinfect as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Health officials prepare to tighten distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S. Korea sees 299 new cases as virus spikes

Aug. 29, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 299 new cases of the coronavirus as officials placed limits on dining at restaurants and closed fitness centers and after-school academies in the greater capital area to slow the spread of the virus. The 17th consecutive day of triple-digit daily increases brought...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi leaves he pitch at half time during the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP)

Barcelona unwilling to negotiate Messi departure

Aug. 29, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Barcelona is unwavering in its intention to keep Lionel Messi, who told the club earlier this week that he wanted to leave. Spanish media say Messi has contacted the club to try to resolve the situation, but Barcelona confirmed to the Associated Press on Saturday that it will not negotiate to...