Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey, but the bigger story was Barcelona's first trophiless season since 2007-08. The bigger question however is whether this lost season represents the fall of the Catalan empire.
Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey on Wednesday and essentially left Barcelona without a trophy in the 2013-14 season. Here are five takeaways from the big game.
Real Madrid and Barcelona will contest the third and final Clasico of the 2013-14 season when they do battle in the Copa del Rey final.
The Swiss enter the World Cup in a rather interesting position. The team was among the top eight sides for the FIFA drawing and was thus seen as a "group leader." However, few would look at Switzerland as an elite soccer country and their history has never really supported this notion either. However, the Swiss were drawn into a relatively easy World Cup group and could prove doubters wrong with a stellar performance. Is Switzerland ready to take the next step?
Who do you think are the crucial players of this year's Copa del Rey final?
This weekend saw a few major surprises in the race for the Spanish league title. Two of the top three contenders picked up victories while the other team suffered yet another disappointment in a horrid season. Who is the favorite to win the title?
England has been a perennial underachiever on the international level, but the team has often managed to get out of the group stage relatively unscathed throughout the last few World Cup tournaments. However, the team faces a monumental challenge in 2014. Will the Three Lions play in the knockout rounds this summer?
The Copa del Rey final will pit Barcelona and Real Madrid against one another for the final time this season. Los Cules won the first two Clasicos of the season, but the irony of the situation is that the two sides facing off on Wednesday enter that match with the same questions that they did heading into that match. Here is how Barcelona and Real Madrid look heading into their big game.
Barcelona's descent into turmoil continued on Wednesday as the team was defeated 1-0 by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. The team has now failed to reach the final in three straight years and had its earliest exit since 2007. While the defeat was not by such a high margin as it was in 2012-13 when Bayern Munich scored a woeful seven goals, the result was equally embarrassing for Los Cules.
The final four are set for the Champions League. Which team is the favorite to take home the trophy? Here is how the final four rank heading into the contest.
Barcelona and Real Madrid will play in a week's time in the Copa del Rey final but there are few unique storylines heading into the tie. Here is a look at some of those unique angles.
The Group of Death is one of the most exciting terms to look out for when the World Cup comes around every year. This season there are arguably three Groups of Death, but now it is time to look back at past World Cups to see what other teams had the misfortune of being placed in hard opening round groups.
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The Europa League returns on Thursday with the final legs of the quarterfinals. Of the remaining ties all but one is up in the air. Here is how the Europa League looks heading into its final leg of the third knockout round.
Barcelona hit a new low on Wednesday when it was eliminated by Atletico Madrid from the Champions League. It was the first time since 2007 that the club failed to reach the semifinals of the tournament.