Primera Division

  • Manchester City sign Argentinian midfielder Bruno Zuculini August 9, 2014

    Manchester: Premier League champion Manchester City has completed the signing of midfielder Bruno Zuculini from Argentinian side Racing Club. The 21-year-old Argentine was part of City's pre-season tours of Scotland and the United States and scored in a friendly against Kansas City. Zuculini says he's "looking forward to the experiences which this...
  • Aguero pledges future to City despite Madrid link May 29, 2012

    Manchester: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has committed his future to the club, dismissing speculation that he is set to leave this summer after just one season in the Premier League. The 23-year-old enjoyed a successful debut season at City, scoring 23 league goals, including the crucial last-gasp winner against QPR...
  • Chelsea defender Ivanovic claims Madrid interest May 28, 2012

    London: Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has claimed that he is on Real Madrid's wish-list for the new season. Spanish sources have reported that Ivanovic is high on Jose Mourinho's list of targets as the Portuguese coach looks to fine-tune his squad to give Madrid their 10th Champions League trophy in 2012-13. The...
  • Barca success will continue under Vilanova: Pep May 27, 2012

    Barcelona: Tito Vilanova's step up from assistant to Barcelona coach for next season is a sign of continuity rather than the end of an era, the outgoing Pep Guardiola said after Friday's 3-0 King's Cup final triumph. Guardiola signed off the same way that he started at Barcelona, with a Cup...
  • Mourinho extends contract with Real Madrid May 23, 2012

    Madrid: Jose Mourinho agreed to extend his contract with Real Madrid for two years on Tuesday, tying him to the club until the end of the 2015-16 season. The 49-year-old Portuguese coach led Madrid to their first Spanish league title in four years this season to add to the Copa del...
  • I'm better than Messi at the moment: Ronaldo May 18, 2012

    Madrid: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he is growing weary of the comparisons with Barcelona's Lionel Messi as he feels that they cannot be put side by side because of their differences. The Portugal international believes that both players do the best they can for their respective clubs,...
  • The Guardiola Era: Four years of Barca records May 11, 2012

    As Pep Guardiola prepares for his final two games in charge of Barcelona, irrespective of the result, he can look back in satisfaction at having overseen one of the most successful periods ever in the history of the club. Since taking over as the Barcelona manager in 2008, Guardiola has...
  • 'Less important' Kaka not looking to leave Madrid May 9, 2012

    Madrid: Kaka has insisted that he is eager to stay at Real Madrid beyond the current season as he wants to respect his contract. The Brazil international is continually being linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer transfer window after failing to nail down a regular...
  • Puyol set to miss Euro 2012 after knee injury May 9, 2012

    Barcelona: Barcelona defender Carles Puyol will undergo knee surgery, the Spanish league club said on Tuesday, set to rule the Spain international out of next month's European Championships. Puyol on Saturday finished Barcelona's 4-0 victory over Espanyol with discomfort in his right knee, and subsequent medical tests led the 34-year-old to...
  • Guardiola will always have my respect: Messi May 8, 2012

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi has underlined the impact Pep Guardiola has made on his career over the past four years, with the Barcelona forward speaking of his admiration for the outgoing coach by saying his respect for Guardiola is unconditional. The former midfielder will depart Camp Nou at the end of the...
  • Striker Higuain not for sale, says Mourinho May 7, 2012

    Madrid: Spanish champions Real Madrid have no intention of letting striker Gonzalo Higuain leave, but may need to buy a back-up goalkeeper if Antonio Adan cannot be persuaded to stay, coach Jose Mourinho said. Mourinho told Spanish daily ABC that Argentina forward Higuain, reportedly a target of several clubs including Paris...
  • Ronaldo chases scoring record after league win May 4, 2012

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has led Real Madrid's charge to their first La Liga title in four years, and still has the chance to overhaul Lionel Messi to retain his league topscorer award before the end of the season. The Portuguese forward has rattled in 44 goals, four more than his record-breaking...
  • Champions Madrid, Barca look to bolster records May 4, 2012

    Madrid: With the league title decided, Spanish champions Real Madrid and rivals Barcelona still have some club and individual records to bolster before the end of the season, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue their unprecedented scoring duel. Madrid clinched their record 32nd domestic crown on Wednesday with two rounds...
  • 'Goal-scoring Ronaldo was better at Man United' May 4, 2012

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo's goal-scoring exploits may have inspired Real Madrid to Primera Division glory this season, but Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton believes the Portuguese was a better player when he was at Old Trafford. Ronaldo, who moved to the Spanish capital in 2009, netted his 44th goal of the...
  • Jubiliant Madrid celebrate title at Cibeles May 4, 2012

    Madrid: The rain held off as Real Madrid celebrated a record 32nd Spanish league title at their Plaza Cibeles gathering spot on Thursday, with thousands of jubilant Real Madrid fans converging at the traditional site of Real's title celebrations. The sun came out after a cloudy day of intermittent...
  • La Liga was the toughest of my titles: Mourinho May 4, 2012

    Madrid: Jose Mourinho believes winning La Liga was the toughest of the seven league titles he has sealed in coaching stints in his native Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, the Real Madrid manager said on Wednesday. Real wrapped up the title with a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao that maintained their...
  • Madrid ready to seal La Liga title at Bilbao May 1, 2012

    Madrid: Real Madrid can end a four-year wait for a Spanish league trophy by clinching the domestic title with a victory at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, regardless of three-time defending champions Barcelona's result against Malaga. Madrid are seven points clear of their top rivals with three games to play, so even...
  • Barcelona bounce back with 7-0 thrashing of Rayo April 30, 2012

    Barcelona: Barcelona ensured that they suffered no hangover from their week from hell with a resounding 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on Sunday. It has been a harrowing eight days for the Catalans, who saw their Primera Division and Champions League hopes eliminated by...
  • Madrid ease past Sevilla to edge closer to title April 30, 2012

    Madrid: Karim Benzema scored two second-half goals as Spanish leaders Real Madrid closed in on their first league title in four years by strolling to a 3-0 victory over Sevilla on Sunday. The France striker struck twice in quick succession early in the second half as Madrid bounced back from their...
  • Vilanova steps out of Guardiola's shadow at Barca April 29, 2012

    Madrid: Barcelona's new coach is about to become famous for a whole lot more than having his eye poked by Jose Mourinho. Tito Vilanova will step up from his role as assistant at the end of the season and replace Pep Guardiola, who announced on Friday that he was ending his...
  • Vilanova perfect to replace Guardiola: Puyol April 29, 2012

    Barcelona: Tito Vilanova is the ideal person to replace Pep Guardiola as Barcelona coach to continue developing the Catalan club's eye-catching brand of football, captain Carles Puyol said on Saturday. Vilanova is to step up from assistant to take the reins at the Nou Camp next season after Guardiola announced on...
  • Madrid, Barca look to heal European pain April 27, 2012

    Madrid: Real Madrid have little time to mourn their Champions League loss, as they have a chance to wrap up the Spanish league title as early as this weekend. Madrid can secure their record 32nd league crown on Sunday if they beat Sevilla and Barcelona lose at Rayo Vallecano. Madrid lead...
  • Demi-God for his fans, Messi is only human April 27, 2012

    He is the best. There is no one like him. He is already an icon. Not yet 25, and the 'Ballon d'Or' and 'FIFA World Player of the Year' trophies are his favourite toys. But under that skin, he's also a mortal, he is also fraught with frailties that define...
  • Barcelona to miss injured Xavi for 15 days April 27, 2012

    Barcelona: Barcelona playmaker Xavi will be out of action for around 15 days with a damaged left calf muscle, the Spanish champions said on Thursday. The Spain international has been struggling with a calf problem all season and has only completed two of their last eight matches, while looking far from...
  • Guardiola set to leave Barcelona: Reports April 27, 2012

    Barcelona: Rumours swirled around the Spanish press on Thursday that Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, distraught after their Champions League exit and La Liga troubles, may announce on Friday that he is leaving the club at the end of the season. The vastly successful 41-year-old - whose contract expires at the end...
  • Messi tastes rare failure at crucial phase April 25, 2012

    Barcelona: With a Barcelona shirt on, pretty much everything has gone right for Lionel Messi in the past four seasons, a run of form that has helped the Catalan club to 13 trophies and the Argentine to three World Player of the Year awards. Messi, who is yet to convince many...
  • Bilbao win puts Racing on brink of relegation April 23, 2012

    Barcelona: Athletic Bilbao pushed last-placed Racing Santander towards near-certain relegation from the Spanish league on Sunday with a 1-0 away win through an early goal from Gaizka Toquero. The Basque striker ran onto Ander Herrera's through-pass and scored with a shot inside the far post to give Bilbao the victory, lifting...
  • Guardiola concedes league title to Madrid April 22, 2012

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola conceded the La Liga title to Real Madrid in the wake of the Catalan side’s damaging 2-1 defeat in the clasico at Camp Nou on Saturday evening. Goals from Sami Khedira and Cristiano Ronaldo gave Jose Mourinho’s men a commanding seven-point lead at the top of...
  • Mourinho breaks Camp Nou jinx on 10th attempt April 22, 2012

    Barcelona: It took 10 attempts and three clubs for coach Jose Mourinho to finally guide a team to triumph at Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo's 73rd-minute winner lifted Real Madrid to a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Saturday and seven points clear at the top of the Spanish standings...
  • Ronaldo strike seals El Clasico for Real Madrid April 22, 2012

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo's late goal dealt Barcelona their first loss in 55 home games and put Real Madrid on the cusp of breaking the Catalan giants' three-year hold on the Spanish league crown with a record-setting 2-1 win on Saturday. Sami Khedira opened with Madrid's league-record 108th goal of the season...