La Liga

  • Barcelona need a new Puyol to fix leaky defence 3 hours 50 minutes ago

    Friday marks 15 years since Carles Puyol made his debut for Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique might be wishing he had someone of the calibre of the shaggy-haired former defender still in his ranks. Puyol, who retired aged 36 at the end of last season after battling a series of injuries,...
  • Messi continues to develop in Barcelona's attack 2 days ago

    Paris: Paris Saint-Germain have even more reason to fear Barcelona star Lionel Messi when the teams meet in the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi finds himself in an unusual position of being out-scored by a Barcelona team-mate. But although he is getting fewer goals than Neymar, Messi's overall game continues to...
  • Valencia draw at Sociedad, slip to second in Spain 3 days ago

    Valencia drew 1-1 at Real Sociedad in an entertaining match featuring a series of great saves to remain undefeated despite slipping to second place in the Spanish league on Sunday. Sociedad started well at their Anoeta Stadium, and Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves had to dive to turn back tries by Carlos...
  • La Liga: Mendez scores in stoppage time to give Almeria 1-0 win over Deportivo 3 days ago

    Almeria forward Edgar Mendez scored in stoppage time to grab a 1-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league on Sunday. Mendez's shot from the edge of the area took a glancing deflection off a defender and went in off the crossbar to silence home fans at Riazor Stadium. Deportivo...
  • Lionel Messi reaches 400th goal, Barcelona rout Granada 6-0 4 days ago

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored his 400th and 401st goals for club and country and Neymar hit a hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Granada 6-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Defending champion Atletico Madrid routed Sevilla 4-0 in the return of coach Diego Simeone, and Cristiano Ronaldo also found the net for...
  • Ronaldo scores as Real Madrid win 2-0 at Villarreal 4 days ago

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his sixth straight game to help Real Madrid win 2-0 at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Saturday. Villarreal attacked well early on at El Madrigal Stadium, as an airplane circled overhead trailing a banner asking Ronaldo to return to former club Manchester United. But Luka...
  • La Liga: Real Madrid bank on Ronaldo in Villarreal clash 5 days ago

    Cristiano Ronaldo is on a goal-scoring streak, Lionel Messi has become Barcelona's best playmaker, and Valencia is leading the Spanish league for the first time in three years. Not to mention that Sevilla haven't lost yet, and Atletico Madrid have come close to perfecting the corner kick. La Liga is only five...
  • Xavi valuable to Barca assures Luis Enrique 5 days ago

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has given his backing to Xavi and says the veteran midfielder remains a valuable member of the squad despite having played just 45 minutes in the opening five La Liga games. The 34-year-old has been a fundamental cog for Barcelona and Spain in their recent glory years,...
  • La Liga: Valencia beat Cordoba to rise to top in Spain 6 days ago

    Valencia remained undefeated and took the lead of the Spanish league on goal difference by beating Cordoba 3-0 on Thursday. Valencia's fourth win in five rounds lifted it to the top of the table ahead of Barcelona and Sevilla on goal difference. Striker Paco Alcacer headed in Valencia's 22nd-minute opener. Left back...
  • Thomas Vermaelen finally fit for Barcelona 1 week ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona say defender Thomas Vermaelen has recovered from a right leg injury that has kept him from debuting with his new club since transferring from Arsenal. Vermaelen has been sidelined since hurting a leg muscle while playing for Belgium in the World Cup, missing Barcelona's first six matches of the...
  • La Liga: Malaga hold Barcelona to a goalless draw 1 week ago

    Madrid: Lionel Messi failed to take his chances as Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw by a disciplined and defensive Malaga side in the Spanish league on Wednesday. Messi missed two opportunities in the first half and never looked comfortable on the ball after the break. Barcelona lead the standings...
  • Celta Vigo secure 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga September 24, 2014

    Madrid: Celta Vigo goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez saved an 89th-minute penalty to secure a 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna, keeping his team undefeated and level on points with Madrid. Manuel "Nolito" Agudo took Joaquin Larrivey's headed pass and fired in Celta's opener in the fourth minute. Isaac Cuenca made it 1-1...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores four as Real Madrid thrash Elche September 24, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo made amends for conceding a penalty by scoring four times as he led Real Madrid to a 5-1 rout of Elche in the Spanish league on Tuesday. Ronaldo fouled Pedro Mosquera while disputing a ball in the box in the 15th minute, allowing Edu Albacar to stroke the penalty...
  • Banned Suarez set to play Barca B friendly with Indonesia September 23, 2014

    Barcelona marquee signing Luis Suarez is set to play a friendly for the club's B team against Indonesia on Wednesday to maintain his fitness until his ban ends in October, coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday. The Catalan club splashed out 81 million euros ($105 million) on the controversial Uruguayan knowing...
  • Neymar's leg injury not serious, back to training September 23, 2014

    Barcelona: Neymar has trained with Barcelona two days after hurting his left ankle during a 5-0 rout at Levante in the Spanish league. Neymar carried out an individual workout on Monday, and was back with his teammates on Tuesday. The Brazil striker was substituted after scoring during Sunday's match at Levante, after...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid need improvement before Almeria trip September 23, 2014

    When Atletico Madrid won a La Liga and King's Cup double in 1996, hopes were high it would mark the beginning of a golden period for the club known as the "mattress makers". Those hopes were quickly dashed and Atletico were relegated to the second division in 2000 before returning to...
  • La Liga: Valencia up to second thanks to 30 win at Getafe September 23, 2014

    Madrid: Valencia continued their solid start to La Liga and climbed to second when recent Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set them on their way to a 30 win at Getafe on Monday. Forward Alcacer, who scored on his competitive Spain debut in this month's 51 Euro 2016 qualification victory against Macedonia,...
  • Real Madrid's defence needs to improve, says Carlo Ancelotti September 22, 2014

    Madrid: Performances have improved but it is too early to conclude Real Madrid have put their earlyseason stutter behind them, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. Real lost two La Liga matches in a row, at Real Sociedad and at home to Atletico Madrid, before bouncing back with a 51 win...
  • Neymar, Rakitic in doubt for Barcelona trip to Malaga September 22, 2014

    Barcelona pair Neymar and Ivan Rakitic have picked up minor injuries that could sideline them for Wednesday's La Liga game at Malaga, the league leaders said on Monday. Brazil forward Neymar hurt an ankle and had to be substituted early in the second half of Sunday's 50 win at Levante, while...
  • Goals galore as Barcelona blank Levante 50 September 22, 2014

    Lionel Messi shrugged off a missed penalty and another injury to Neymar by scoring one goal and setting up two more to lead Barcelona to a 50 rout at 10man Levante on Sunday as they stayed top of the Spanish league. Messi set up Neymar for the 34thminute opener before flubbing...
  • La Liga: Villarreal fight back to beat Rayo, Almeria win September 21, 2014

    Villarreal roared back from a twogoal deficit to rout Rayo Vallecano 42 in the Spanish league on Sunday. Also, Almeria hung on for a wild 21 win at Real Sociedad to claim its first victory of the season after having both a player and its coach sent off. Rayo looked set to...
  • Ronaldo nets thrice as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo 82 September 21, 2014

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez added braces as Real Madrid rolled past Deportivo La Coruna 82 to emphatically end their twogame losing skid in the Spanish league on Saturday. After Madrid romped, defending champion Atletico Madrid slipped to a 22 draw with Celta...
  • Real Madrid extend contract with Raphael Varene September 19, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish football club Real Madrid announced they had extended the contract of central defender Raphael Varene until the summer of 2020. The 21yearold French international arrived at Real Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011 for 10 million euros (around $12 million) and broke into the first team at...
  • La Liga: Time for Real Madrid to keep the momentum rolling September 19, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid finally got their act together in the Champions League, and now it's time to keep the momentum rolling into the domestic competition following a disappointing start. Madrid won their 10th European title last season and routed FC Basel 51 on Tuesday, but started this year's Spanish league with...
  • James Rodriguez starting to make a mark at Real Madrid September 18, 2014

    Madrid: Expectations were unsurprisingly sky high when Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid from Monaco after top scoring with six goals at the 2014 World Cup. Real, who play at Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga on Saturday, snapped up the golden boot winner for a fee of around 80...
  • Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto extends contract September 17, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona say midfielder Sergi Roberto has agreed to sign a contract extension that will keep him at the Spanish club until the end of the 201819 season. The Catalan club said that the midfielder will put pen to paper on his new deal on September 26 with a buyout clause...
  • Casillas's fall from grace highlights divisions at Real Madrid September 17, 2014

    When Iker Casillas triumphantly hoisted the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft in Kiev after Spain claimed a second consecutive European crown in 2012, he could scarcely have believed that within two years he would be roundly whistled by fans at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium. Born and bred in the Spanish capital and...
  • Real Madrid minor blips or serious signs? September 16, 2014

    "Too many cooks spoil the broth" an age old proverb which might sound veridical to Madridistas at the moment. Real Madrid finished last season as the Champions of Europe, clinching the "La Decima" after a wait of over ten seasons. For the current generation of Madrid fans, it is...
  • Carlo Ancelotti failing to find Real Madrid's missing balance September 15, 2014

    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted that his starladen side needs to find a balance between attack and defence as they were again humbled by local rivals Atletico Madrid 21 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Atletico have yet to be beaten by Real in three meetings already this campaign after...