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  • Real Madrid defender Pepe sidelined by thigh injury 3 hours 9 minutes ago

    Real Madrid centre back Pepe has returned from international duty with Portugal with a thigh injury, the European champions said on Wednesday. Real did not say how long the 32-year-old would be out of action but local media reported he was likely to be sidelined for around 10 days. He will probably...
  • Real Madrid agree deal to buy Porto defender Danilo Yesterday

    Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Porto to buy their Brazilian fullback Danilo, who will join the La Liga club next season, the European champions said on Twitter on Tuesday. The Spanish giants added the 23-year-old Brazil international, who plays mainly at right back, has a six-year contract until...
  • Zinedine Zidane interested in managing Real Madrid 2 days ago

    Zinedine Zidane has said he would be willing to become Real Madrid head coach although he was not in a hurry. "Of course, if the role is offered to me I would agree to it but once again there is an amazing coach in place," Zidane, the Real Madrid reserve coach,...
  • Xavi close to deal with Al Sadd, says Qatari club 3 days ago

    Madrid: Barcelona midfielder and former Spain international Xavi is close to agreeing a deal to join Al Sadd, the Qatari side said on Saturday. The 35-year-old has played for Barca a record 751 times since he graduated from the academy to the first team in 1998 but has had limited playing...
  • Barcelona defender Jordi Alba out for 10 days with injury 4 days ago

    Madrid: Barcelona say defender Jordi Alba has a right leg muscle injury and will be sidelined for around 10 days. Tests on Saturday morning "confirmed a Grade 1 injury to the abductor muscle in his right leg," the club says in a statement. Alba asked to be substituted in the 77th minute...
  • Xavi agent declines comment on Al Sadd deal reports 5 days ago

    Madrid: Xavi's agent has declined to comment on reports that the Barcelona midfielder is set to leave the La Liga leaders at the end of the season and sign a lucrative contract with Qatari side Al Sadd. Xavi, 35, has played for Barca a record 751 times since he graduated from...
  • Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen back in training with Barcelona 1 week ago

    Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has trained with his team-mates for the first time since surgery on a hamstring injury, the La Liga leaders said on Wednesday. The Belgium international, who has been unable to make his Barca debut after picking up the injury at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil,...
  • Lionel Messi gets all-clear after tests on bruising from "Clasico" March 25, 2015

    Madrid: Lionel Messi can continue training with Argentina's national squad in the United States after tests showed he had not picked up an injury after taking a knock during the 'Clasico' victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona said Tuesday. The Spanish club said in a statement that Messi wenmet for a check-up...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo faces possible sanction for 'Clasico' celebration March 25, 2015

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be sanctioned for his goal celebration when he netted the equaliser in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico' at Barcelona, the president of Spain's professional football league (LFP) said. Ronaldo, not for the first time when he has scored at the Nou Camp, appeared to be urging...
  • Real Madrid suspend member for insulting players after defeat March 24, 2015

    Real Madrid have suspended a club member and banned him from their installations pending an inquiry after three men insulted players and struck at least one of their vehicles as they were leaving the training ground on Sunday. Players including Wales winger Gareth Bale and forward Jese were targeted along with...
  • Josep Maria Bartomeu, Sandro Rosell face jail term in Neymar scandal March 24, 2015

    Madrid: The Spanish anti-corruption prosecutor has requested jail term for Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the football club's former president Sandro Rosell over charges of tax evasion allegedly committed in the signing of Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. The prosecutor also asked in the indictment submitted to Judge...
  • Barcelona squander head-to-head advantage against Real Madrid March 23, 2015

    Barcelona's 2-1 win over Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico' may have put them four points clear at the top of La Liga but they will be kicking themselves for not taking a host of second-half chances and grabbing the head-to-head advantage. If Real manage to draw level on points with their...
  • Suarez is a scorer and someone that can set up chances, says Luis Enrique March 23, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes that few players would be capable of scoring the Luis Suarez goal that gave them a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico'. Suarez was slow to get into his stride at Barca following a four-month biting ban but his winner in...
  • La Liga: Luis Suarez scores as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 to extend lead March 23, 2015

    Luis Suarez scored the winning goal to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over title rival Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday and extend their Spanish league lead to four points. Lionel Messi curled in a perfect free kick for Jeremy Mathieu to head in Barcelona's opener in the 19th minute...
  • Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets given all-clear to face Real Madrid March 22, 2015

    Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has recovered from injury and was fit to face Real Madrid in La Liga on Sunday, the club has confirmed. Busquets suffered an ankle injury in Barcelona's King's Cup victory over Villarreal at the start of March and has missed their last three games. "The first team player...
  • David Beckham backs Gareth Bale to recover from Real Madrid troubles March 22, 2015

    Madrid: David Beckham has backed Gareth Bale to return to his best at Real Madrid, claiming that the Welshman had the "perfect" first season at the club last term. Bale has come under intense scrutiny this season and there have been several reports linking him with a move back to the...
  • El Clasico: Barcelona aim for decisive blow against Real Madrid March 22, 2015

    Barcelona: A surging Barcelona have overhauled Real Madrid in the Spanish league standings, and the team now has the chance to open up a significant gap in the second "clasico" of the season on Sunday. Barcelona are on a run of 17 wins in their last 18 games and lead the...
  • Atletico Madrid beat Getafe 2-0, stay in touch with top 3 in La Liga March 21, 2015

    Barcelona: Midfielder Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion set up two goals to help Atletico Madrid ease to a 2-0 win over crosstown rival Getafe and keep in touch with the top three teams in the Spanish league on Saturday. Atletico overwhelmed the visitors from the start at their Vicente Calderon Stadium with the...
  • Barcelona's Sergio Busquets may be fit for Real Madrid clash March 21, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is optimistic that holding midfielder Sergio Busquets can recover from injury in time for Sunday's "clasico" match against Real Madrid at Camp Nou. Luis Enrique said on Saturday that Busquets "isn't 100 percent but he will be there" for the clash against Barcelona's fierce rival and...
  • Real, Barcelona have 50-50 chance to win El Clasico: Gerard Pique March 21, 2015

    Barcelona: FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insisted on Saturday that his team and Real Madrid have an equal chance of winning Sunday's La Liga blockbuster match the "El Clasico". Barcelona lead Real by one point at the top of the table and host their bitter rivals at the Camp Nou with...
  • Third-placed Valencia surge four points clear of Atletico Madrid March 21, 2015

    Resurgent Valencia turned up the heat on Atletico Madrid in the battle for third place in La Liga when Andre Gomes scored and then set up Paco Alcacer for their second goal in a 4-0 stroll at struggling Elche on Friday. Valencia leapfrogged Atletico into third last weekend with their fifth...
  • Lionel Messi would be in my team ahead of Ronaldo, says Pele March 21, 2015

    Brazil great Pele has stirred the pot ahead of this weekend's Clasico, saying he would rather have Barcelona's Lionel Messi as a team mate than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. The 74-year-old Pele, who scored a record 1,281 goals, mostly for Santos, has watched the two phenomenal goal hunters jousting for the...
  • Carlo Ancelotti concerned by Real Madrid's second-half stutter March 16, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid will need to play with intensity for 90 minutes and not just the first half if they are to have a chance of beating Barcelona in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico', according to Real coach Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti praised his side for their performance before the break in Sunday's...
  • La Liga: Gareth Bale scores twice as Real Madrid beat Levante 2-0 March 16, 2015

    Barcelona: Gareth Bale struck a brace to end his scoring drought and Real Madrid's winless run with a 2-0 victory over Levante on Sunday, keeping his side a point behind Spanish leader Barcelona before the title rivals meet next week. Bale had been the focus of criticism during Madrid's three games...
  • Real Madrid, Spain's keeping great Antonio Betancort dies at 78 March 15, 2015

    A minute's silence will be held before Real Madrid's La Liga game at home to Levante later on Sunday and the players will wear black armbands following the death overnight of former Real and Spain goalkeeper Antonio Betancort at the age of 78. After joining from Las Palmas in his native...
  • Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo as Barcelona beat Eibar 2-0 March 15, 2015

    Lionel Messi moved ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo with his 31st and 32nd Spanish league goals of the season as Barcelona won 2-0 at Eibar on Saturday to stay atop the standings. Messi earned and converted a penalty in the 31st minute before netting with a header in the 55th, giving...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid's title defense hit by 0-0 draw at Espanyol March 14, 2015

    Atletico Madrid's dwindling hopes to defend the Spanish league title took another blow after a 0-0 draw at Espanyol on Saturday. Atletico dominated the match until defender Miranda earned a direct red card for smashing his arm into Abraham Gonzalez's head in first-half injury time. Espanyol controlled possession the rest of the...
  • Sergio Ramos back in Real Madrid squad for Levante clash March 14, 2015

    Real Madrid have centre back Sergio Ramos back in the squad for Sunday's La Liga game at home to Levante, when Carlo Ancelotti's men will try to end a run of three matches without a win. Ramos has not played since damaging a hamstring in early February and his return is...
  • Valencia beat Deportivo 2-0 to move 3rd in Spanish league March 14, 2015

    Valencia: Dani Parejo and Paco Alcacer scored goals in the second half to help Valencia beat Deportivo la Coruna 2-0 and move into provisional third place in the Spanish league on Friday. Deportivo held its own at Mestalla Stadium through the first half, but Valencia increased the pace after the restart...
  • La Liga: Real Madrid aim to regroup against Levante March 14, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Madrid may face opposition from two sides on Sunday when they host Levante in the Spanish league. Besides the rivals on the field, the team's own fans may be force to be reckoned with. Rarely has a team been booed after qualifying for the Champions League quarterfinals. But the...