LA LIGA

  • Tide turning against Carlo Ancelotti at faltering Real Madrid 10 hours 36 minutes ago

    With Real Madrid's attack losing its potency and the team faltering in crunch games the tide has started to turn surprisingly rapidly against coach Carlo Ancelotti. Such is the level of expectation at the Bernabeu that winning a coveted 10th European Cup last season and overseeing their Spanish record 22-match winning...
  • Barcelona's Gerard Pique fined for abusing police over parking ticket 18 hours 51 minutes ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was fined 10,500 euros ($11,740) by a Spanish judge on Tuesday for abusing police after the car he was travelling in was given a parking ticket. Pique wrote an apology to the court hearing in Barcelona for the public order offence that took place on October...
  • Luis Enrique unfazed by Luis Suarez petulance Yesterday

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique refused to be drawn on Tuesday over Luis Suarez's petulant reaction to being substituted in the weekend win over Granada. Suarez, who scored one goal and was involved in the other two in a 3-1 victory over the Andalusian side, was clearly not happy as he walked...
  • La Liga: Real Madrid stumble to 1-1 draw with Villarreal 2 days ago

    Barcelona: Real Madrid stumbled to a costly 1-1 draw with Villarreal at home on Sunday to tighten the Spanish league title race. Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid the lead in the 52nd minute with a penalty he earned and converted. But Madrid squandered Ronaldo's league-leading 30th goal of the season when...
  • La Liga: Suarez, Messi score as Barcelona win 3-1 at Granada 4 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona closed within a point of leaders Real Madrid after in-form forward Luis Suarez played a part in all three of their goals in a scrappy 3-1 victory at Granada in La Liga on Saturday. Barca took the lead at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium when Ivan Rakitic smashed the...
  • Must-win La Liga match for Barcelona against Granada 4 days ago

    Barcelona: FC Barcelona travel to struggling Granada FC Saturday knowing anything other than a win will almost certainly mean the end of their challenge for the La Liga. The past seven days have seen the Jekyll and Hyde sides of Barcelona's character as they produced a horrible display at home to...
  • Espanyol beat Cordoba 1-0 in Spanish league 4 days ago

    Barcelona: Espanyol midfielder Abraham Gonzalez scored shortly before halftime to earn his side a 1-0 home win over bottom-placed Cordoba in the Spanish league on Friday. Gonzalez drove in a strike from the edge of the area after striker Felipe Caicedo had headed the ball back to him two minutes before...
  • Sergio Busquets to renew contract with Barcelona through 2019 5 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona say Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Catalan club through 2019. They add that the contract will include an option for an additional year. Busquets is scheduled to sign the deal on Friday. The 26-year-old holding midfielder debuted for Barcelona's...
  • Two late goals give Levante 2-1 win against Granada in La Liga February 24, 2015

    Madrid: Levante scored two late goals on Monday to seal a 2-1 league win over fellow strugglers Granada in a heated encounter that saw three players sent-off. The visitors took the lead when Youssef El-Arabi converted a 13th minute spot kick after Victor Camarasa handled inside the penalty area. The tempestuous encounter...
  • Diego Simeone can be the Alex Ferguson of Spain, says Tiago February 23, 2015

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid's players are hoping coach Diego Simeone can become the club's equivalent of Alex Ferguson, midfielder Tiago has said amid reports the Argentine is poised to sign a multi-year contract extension. Simeone, who took over at the end of 2011, has a deal with the Spanish champions until June...
  • La Liga will be decided on final day, predicts Ancelotti February 23, 2015

    Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points on Sunday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still expects the title to be decided on the final day of the campaign. Real took full advantage of Barca's 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga...
  • La Liga: Ronaldo scores to help Real Madrid win 2-0 at Elche, extend lead February 23, 2015

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored to give Real Madrid a 2-0 win at Elche on Sunday, as the Spanish league leaders capitalised on Barcelona's stumble to increase their advantage to four points. Madrid grasped the opportunity Barcelona had presented them with after a 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga...
  • Barcelona stunned by Malaga at home in Spanish league February 21, 2015

    Malaga stunned Barcelona with a 1-0 victory at Camp Nou on Saturday to end the host's 11-game winning streak and prevent them from taking an overnight lead in the Spanish league. Malaga struck early and hung on after Juanmi Jimenez took advantage of a shared defensive error by Dani Alves and...
  • Under-fire Carlo Ancelotti tells Real Madrid 'I am here to stay' February 21, 2015

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti does not believe his future at the club depends on him winning a trophy this season and says: "I am here to stay". Madrid finished 2014 on the crest of a wave, having set a new Spanish record of 22 straight wins, but less than two...
  • Getafe beat Espanyol 2-1 in the Spanish league February 21, 2015

    Madrid: Forward Pablo Sarabia scored one goal and set up another to help Getafe beat Espanyol 2-1 in the Spanish league on Friday. Getafe outplayed the visitors until the final minutes as Spain coach Vicente del Bosque watched from the stands at Alfonso Perez Coliseum. Sarabia sprinted forward to volley home Alexis...
  • La Liga: Barcelona look to pile pressure on Real Madrid by beating Malaga February 21, 2015

    Luis Suarez's stunning goal last weekend was outshone by the exploits of hat-trick man Lionel Messi but the bicycle kick strike could be just what the Uruguay forward needed after a stuttering start in Spain. Messi netted a record-equalling 23rd La Liga treble in the 5-0 victory at home to Levante...
  • Lionel Messi motivated to get back to his best February 20, 2015

    Madrid: FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has admitted that last season saw him well below his best form, but added that had been one of the motivations he had found to return to his top level in 2015. Messi has been on fire since the start of the New Year, something...
  • Real Madrid's Luka Modric back in training after three-month layoff February 20, 2015

    Real Madrid had some positive news on the injury front on Thursday when Croatia midfielder Luka Modric returned to training after a three-month absence with a thigh injury. Real have missed the control Modric gives them in central midfield and his reappearance a day after Wednesday's 2-0 Champions League last 16,...
  • Lionel Messi, Luis Enrique truce on shaky foundations February 19, 2015

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique appear to have agreed an uneasy truce but hostilities could break out again if the Argentina forward's form dips and the club stumbles as the season reaches a crucial stage. A series of inspirational Messi performances have helped Barca put together a streak...
  • Spanish clubs Espanyol, Osasuna deny match-fixing reports February 18, 2015

    Madrid: Spanish football clubs Espanyol and Osasuna have hit back at press reports they are under investigation for fixing a league match in May last year. At separate press conferences on Tuesday both clubs denied any wrongdoing. Osasuna president Luis Sabalza said there is no evidence linking the club with match-fixing, adding...
  • La Liga: Messi nets three in Barcelona's 5-0 rout of Levante February 15, 2015

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi kept up his scoring streak by netting a hat-trick as Barcelona swept aside an outclassed Levante 5-0 in the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi netted his 12th, 13th and 14th goals in Barcelona's 11-game winning run after Neymar had put the hosts ahead. Substitute Luis Suarez finished off...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo slump not a concern, says Carlo Ancelotti February 15, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is not worried by Cristiano Ronaldo's recent sharp drop in form as the holders prepare to play at Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Wednesday. Ronaldo made a blistering start to the season and looked well on the way to breaking the...
  • La Liga: Isco, Benzema score as Real Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 February 15, 2015

    Real Madrid needed goals from Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Karim Benzema to beat a determined Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 Saturday and ensure they remained Spanish league leader. Eager to make up for its humiliating 4-0 loss at Atletico Madrid in the last round, Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both hit...
  • Sevilla beat Cordoba to go 4th in La Liga February 14, 2015

    Sevilla beat Cordoba 3-0 in a one-sided match where both teams ended with 10 men on Saturday, giving them provisional control of fourth place in the Spanish league. Sevilla shrugged off a sluggish start with goals from midfielder Gzregorz Krychowiak and striker Carlos Bacca in the final six minutes of the...
  • Played no part in Neymar signing: Barcelona president February 14, 2015

    Madrid: FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu testified that he had no part in drawing up the contract to sign Brazilian striker Neymar in the summer of 2013. Bartomeu testified before judge Pablo Ruz after being indicted for a possible charge of tax evasion, which saw the club not pay 2.8...
  • Real Sociedad come from behind to draw at Almeria in La Liga February 14, 2015

    Madrid: Real Sociedad twice came from behind to draw 2-2 against Almeria in the Spanish league on Friday. The host took the lead in just the fifth minute after Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli badly mistimed a tackle and brought down Congo forward Thievy Bifouma in the area, with Jose "Verza"...
  • Atletico Madrid even stronger than last season: Juanfran February 14, 2015

    After they sold top scorer Diego Costa and fullback Felipe Luis to Chelsea, some predicted Atletico Madrid would struggle to repeat their achievements in 2013-14 when they won La Liga and reached the Champions League final. The high-profile departures also included goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who returned to parent club Chelsea after...
  • Real Madrid need to keep nerves as Barcelona, Atletico seek to close in February 14, 2015

    Madrid: FC Barcelona have the chance to pile the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid this weekend. Last weekend saw Real Madrid suffer a 0-4 humiliation away to local rivals Atletico Madrid. Barcelona beat Athletic Club Bilbao 5-2 to be just one point short of Real's 54. Atletico need...
  • Barcelona boss reiterates tax fraud denial in Neymar case February 13, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu reiterated at a court appearance on Friday that neither he nor the club intentionally committed tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar. Bartomeu was a vice president under former president Sandro Rosell when Neymar was signed in 2013 and he the club have been...
  • Foreign leagues quake as EPL steamrolls ahead February 12, 2015

    Lay 10 pound notes side by side and end to end, and the cost of broadcasting just one Premier League match to a UK audience would cover the pitch of Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium in Bank of England paper. Heading for twice over. The money Britain's dominant pay TV firm Sky...