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Barcelona parts ways with Xavi one month after coach reversed decision to step down

May. 24, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — First, he wanted out. Then he wanted to stay. Finally, Barcelona decided enough is enough and parted ways with coach Xavi Hernandez. One month after Xavi said he would continue as coach despite a disappointing season, the club told the former midfield great...

Louis Vuitton pays homage to Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí in 2025 Cruise Collection

May. 24, 2024 08:12 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Louis Vuitton unveiled its latest fashion designs at Barcelona’s Park Güell on Thursday, providing the clothes with drama to finally match Antoni Gaudí’s architectural masterpiece. Nicolas Ghesquiere’s ambitions for the Parisian house’s 2025 Cruise...

Messi napkin that sealed Barcelona move sells for $965,000 at auction

May. 17, 2024 09:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The famous napkin that linked a young Lionel Messi to Barcelona sold for 762,400 pounds ($965,000) on Friday, British auction house Bonhams said. An agreement in principle to sign the-then 13-year-old Messi was written on the napkin almost 25 years ago at a Barcelona...

Socialists deal blow to separatists in Catalan elections but face uphill task to form government

May. 13, 2024 09:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s ruling Socialist party scored a crucial victory in regional elections in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia, garnering the most seats and dealing a blow to the region’s two main separatist parties that have governed for decades. But candidate...

Catalan separatists lose majority as Spain's pro-union Socialists win regional elections

May. 12, 2024 18:45 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Six years after plunging Spain into its worst political crisis in decades, Catalonia's separatist parties are in danger of losing their hold of power in the northeastern region after the pro-union Socialist Party won the most votes in Sunday's election. The...

Commuter rail service in northeast Spain has been disrupted by theft of copper cables near Barcelona

May. 12, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Commuter rail service serving Barcelona and northeastern Spain has suffered major disruption because of the theft of copper cables from a train installation, Spanish rail authorities said Sunday. Thousands of commuters were stranded at train stations in and...

How far has Spain moved past Catalonia's secession crisis? Voters will decide in regional election

May. 10, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s fugitive former leader, stares confidently out the backseat window of a car, the sun illuminating his gaze in a campaign poster for Sunday’s critical elections in the northeastern Spanish region. The image plays on another...

Spanish prosecutors recommend 2nd investigation into Shakira's taxes be thrown out

May. 08, 2024 07:21 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish state prosecutors recommended Wednesday that an investigating judge shelve a probe into another alleged case of tax fraud by pop star Shakira. The Colombian singer is under investigation for the alleged evasion of 6.7 million euros ($7.2 million) in...

Real Madrid wins its record-extending 36th Spanish league title after Barcelona loses at Girona

May. 04, 2024 18:00 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid put its Spanish rivals out of their misery by clinching the league title on Saturday with four games remaining, just in time to turn its full focus to its Champions League semifinal with Bayern Munich. Madrid did the expected and beat...

Video reviews have changed the face of European soccer. One country is holding out

Apr. 29, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — As the Swedish league got underway this spring, yellow-and-black-clad supporters of Stockholm club AIK held up an enormous banner containing a long, vivid story about the dark forces of modern soccer conquering the world. “The whole world? No!" read the words on...