Gulf Times - Barcelona
Al Sadd's Xavi to play on until at least end of year

Al Sadd's Xavi to play on until at least end of year

The World Cup champion and four-times Champions League winner said he feels fit enough to continue playing a little longer.

Messi signs new contract with Barca until 2021

Messi signs new contract with Barca until 2021

Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona until 2021, the Liga leaders confirmed, ending speculation the five-times world player of the year could leave the club he has spent his entire career for free next June.

Spanish PM urges return of 'democratic and free' Catalonia

Spanish PM urges return of 'democratic and free' Catalonia

A day after hundreds of thousands of people marched in Barcelona to demand the release of separatist officials, Mariano Rajoy also urged businesses not to flee the wealthy northern region.

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

A protest is expected in Barcelona Saturday calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders, the day after pro-independence Catalan parliamentarian Carme Forcadell was freed on bail.

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of a unified Spain filled Barcelona's streets on Sunday in one of the biggest shows of force yet by the so-called silent majority that has watched as regional political leaders push for Catalan independence.

Catalan parliament votes to split from Spain

Catalan parliament votes to split from Spain

With thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside, the regional parliament in Barcelona passed a resolution to "declare Catalonia an independent state in the form of a republic".

Spaniards use holiday to show unity amid Catalan crisis

Spaniards use holiday to show unity amid Catalan crisis

The wealthy region's intention to break away has plunged Spain into its worst political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981, with Madrid threatening to sack the Catalan government if it goes ahead.

Spain warns Catalan leader ahead of independence showdown

Spain warns Catalan leader ahead of independence showdown

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont arrived at the regional parliament in Barcelona under the glare of cameras from around the world, ready to address lawmakers.

Xavi open to being Qatar World Cup 2022 coach

Xavi open to being Qatar World Cup 2022 coach

The Barcelona great, 37, who currently plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, told AFP he is "90 per cent" certain to retire at the end of this season and then launch his coaching career.

Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona

Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona

Hundreds of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators packed central Barcelona on Sunday to rally against plans by separatist leaders to declare Catalonia independent following a banned secession referendum.

Catalans rally in fury over independence poll violence

Catalans rally in fury over independence poll violence

Several hundred thousand Catalans rallied on Tuesday in fury at police violence against voters during a banned independence referendum, as Madrid accused regional authorities of "inciting rebellion".

Violence erupts as Catalans vote on split from Spain

Violence erupts as Catalans vote on split from Spain

The Mayor of the regional capital Barcelona Ada Colau issued a statement demanding "an immediate end to police charges against the defenceless population".