SPANISH LEAGUE

  • Barcelona's Douglas out for 4 weeks due to injury 5 days ago

    Barcelona say Brazilian right-back Douglas will be sidelined for up to a month after he tore a muscle in his left leg in training on Sunday. The 24-year-old was not selected for Sunday's league match at Deportivo La Coruna that Barcelona won 4-0. Douglas has made one start in four appearances this...
  • La Liga: Lionel Messi nets 30th hat-trick as Barcelona crush Deportivo 4-0 6 days ago

    Lionel Messi scored his 30th career hat-trick in all competitions as Barcelona tore Deportivo apart 4-0 at the Riazor. Messi hit twice in the first half to end the game as a contest in short order before a brilliantly-hit third silenced all recent concerns that he was unhappy and wants to...
  • Barcelona looking to improve away form on Coruna trip 1 week ago

    Barcelona: If Barcelona are to overhaul leaders Real Madrid and wrest the La Liga title back from Atletico Madrid for a fifth Spanish top-flight triumph in seven years they will have to improve their form away from home. Barca have won eight out of nine games at their Nou Camp stadium,...
  • La Liga: Bale's free kick helps Real Madrid end 2-game losing run January 10, 2015

    Spain: James Rodriguez scored first after a long pass from Bale was headed back to the Colombian by Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 12th minute. Bale made it 2-0 in the 28th when Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla could only watch as he rifled a left-foot free kick off...
  • David Moyes praises Real Sociedad defence after Barcelona win January 5, 2015

    Real Sociedad coach David Moyes praised his side's determined defending after their 1-0 victory over Barcelona on Sunday. Moyes has had little to cheer about over the last year but was all smiles after his side held on to beat Barca after taking the lead in the second minute through an...
  • Valencia end Real Madrid's 22-win streak, Barcelona stumble against Real Sociedad January 5, 2015

    Valencia ended Real Madrid's 22-game winning streak by fighting back for a 2-1 victory on Sunday, but the blow was softened by Barcelona also stumbling to a 1-0 loss at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league. Cristiano Ronaldo extended his stunning tally to 26 league goals in the 14th minute at...
  • Fernando Torres unveiled in return to Atletico Madrid January 4, 2015

    Madrid: Fernando Torres said on Sunday that he had returned to Atletico Madrid to rekindle his competitive spirit with his boyhood club. Torres was presented to tens of thousands of fans at the packed Vicente Calderon Stadium while waiting for his loan from AC Milan to become official when the Italian...
  • David Moyes says struggling Sociedad can floor Barcelona January 3, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Sociedad coach David Moyes faces his biggest La Liga challenge yet when second-placed Barcelona visit on Sunday and says his players have shown they are capable of beating the best. The former Manchester United manager took charge of the relegation-threatened club in November. Since then they have lost only...
  • Fernando Torres poised to re-join Atletico Madrid December 25, 2014

    London: Fernando Torres is poised to re-join boyhood club Atletico Madrid after they outlined a deal with AC Milan that should see Alessio Cerci go in the opposite direction. Torres is on a two-year loan from Chelsea but has failed to impress and Atletico are convinced they can rekindle the player...
  • Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid defeat Almeria 4-1 in La Liga December 13, 2014

    Two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid stretch their Spanish record winning streak to 20 matches as it beat Almeria 4-1 in the league on Friday. Madrid bettered the 18-game winning streak set by Barcelona in 2005-06 when they beat Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League on Tuesday. Francisco "Isco" Alarcon...
  • Real Madrid look to continue record winning streak in La Liga December 12, 2014

    Madrid: Fresh from setting a Spanish record with their 19th straight win, Real Madrid can take a step toward the overall record by beating Almeria on Friday. Madrid beat Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday in the Champions League, bettering the 18-game winning streak set by Barcelona in 2005-06. The world record of...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid up to second after home win over Deportivo November 30, 2014

    Atletico Madrid climbed above Barcelona into second in La Liga when Saul Niguez and Arda Turan fired the champions to a 2-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. The match at the Calderon was overshadowed by a street battle between dozens of rival fans a few hours before...
  • What's next on Lionel Messi's record-breaking list November 23, 2014

    Following is a selection of targets and achievements that still elude Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi. Messi on Saturday set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals, surpassing the previous record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades ago. - One glaring absence from...
  • Lionel Messi breaks La Liga's all-time scoring record of 253 goals November 23, 2014

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals when he grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 win at home to Sevilla, the latest milestone for the four-times World Player of the Year. The previous mark was held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra since 1955, which...
  • Lionel Messi's father plays down son's 'Barca exit' comments November 20, 2014

    Lionel Messi's father Jorge has sought to play down comments his son made this week which suggested the four-times World Player of the Year could consider leaving Barcelona. Lionel Messi said in an interview published in Ole newspaper on Tuesday if it was up to him he would stay at the...
  • Former Manchester United manager Moyes takes over as head coach of Real Sociedad November 11, 2014

    Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has agreed to take over as head coach of Real Sociedad until 30 June 2016, the La Liga club announced in a statement on Monday. Moyes, 51, replaces Jagoba Arrasate, who was sacked by the San Sebastian-based club on Nov. 2 after a poor start...
  • La Liga: Levante earn 1-1 draw at Sevilla November 9, 2014

    Seville: Victor Casadesus struck late to give lowly Levante a 1-1 draw at Sevilla in a fierce Spanish league match on Sunday. Sevilla left-winger Víctor Machin headed in Gerard Deulofeu's pinpoint cross in the 31st minute, boosting his team's bid to reach third place behind leader Real Madrid and Barcelona. But Casadesus...
  • Joaquin Larrivey scores as Celta Vigo stun Barcelona 1-0 in La Liga November 2, 2014

    Luis Suarez's home debut with Barcelona was spoiled by Celta Vigo as Joaquin Larrivey scored in the second half to deal the hosts a 1-0 loss that let Real Madrid take the overnight lead of the Spanish league on Saturday. Barcelona's second consecutive loss and first at home in the league...
  • Two-goal Rodriguez hits stunner as Real Madrid thump Granada 4-0 November 1, 2014

    Real Madrid turned up the heat on their La Liga title rivals when James Rodriguez scored twice, including a stunning volley, in a 4-0 win at Granada on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo set the European champions on their way in the second minute at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium when he clipped...
  • La Liga: Five teams jostle at top of tight Spanish league November 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez will make his Camp Nou debut in official competition on Saturday. The Barcelona striker played in a home friendly to start the season while serving out a four-month biting ban. That ended in time for Suarez to set up Neymar's goal in Barcelona's loss at Real Madrid last...
  • James Rodriguez delighted to adapt to life at Real Madrid October 29, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid's Colombian international James Rodriguez said that he has been a fan of the club for virtually all his life. Rodriguez, who joined Real Madrid for 80 million euros after the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, said he had "been with Madrid since the time they had Zinedine Zidane,...
  • Sevilla stun Villarreal 2-1 to move second in La Liga October 27, 2014

    Barcelona: Sevilla scored twice in the final minutes to stun visiting Villarreal 2-1 and move level on points with Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league on Sunday. Villarreal substitute Luciano Vietto appeared to have grabbed the winner at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium with a goal in the 79th minute. But...
  • Real Madrid cut Barcelona's lead to a point, Valencia in third place October 26, 2014

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid's 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling 'El Clasico' on Saturday that handed the visitors their first loss of the Spanish league season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first game since a...
  • Levante fire coach Jose Mendilibar in Spain October 21, 2014

    Levante have fired Jose Mendilibar, becoming the second Spanish club in as many days to remove a head coach. The 53-year-old Mendilibar replaced Joaquin Caparros this season but failed to maintain the same level of play, with the team scoring a league-low four goals through eight rounds and sitting next-to-last in...
  • Luis Suarez feared Barcelona would not sign him after biting ban October 20, 2014

    Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup. The Uruguayan signed for Barca from Liverpool for 81 million euros ($103.5 million) despite the ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini when playing against Italy...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona defeat Eibar 3-0 October 19, 2014

    Lionel Messi edged one closer to La Liga's all-time goalscoring record as Barcelona easily beat Eibar 3-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi is now poised to equal Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals that has stood since 1955 next week at rival Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also...
  • Ronaldo brace helps Real Madrid thrash Levante 5-0 October 18, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to extend his scoring streak with Real Madrid to nine straight appearances and help win 5-0 at Levante in the Spanish league on Saturday. Ronaldo opened from the penalty spot in the 13th minute before adding another goal in the 61st, increasing his league-leading tally to 15...
  • La Liga: Manucho's late goal gives Rayo Vallecano 1-0 win at Granada October 18, 2014

    Granada: Manucho scored deep in stoppage time to give Rayo Vallecano a 1-0 win at Granada in the Spanish league on Friday. With Rayo stalled in attack, Manucho went on in the 84th minute and finished off a last-gasp move when the Angolan striker swept Gael Kakuta's pass in off the...
  • Ronaldo nets hat-trick as Real Madrid thrash Athletic Bilbao 5-0 October 6, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo had another hat trick to extend his scoring streak to eight consecutive games and lead Real Madrid to a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday. It was Ronaldo's second treble to go with one four-goal game already this season and gave the Ballon d'Or...
  • Sevilla beat Deportivo 4-1 to go 3rd in La Liga October 5, 2014

    Midfielder Stephane M'Bia scored two goals as Sevilla beat visitors Deportivo La Coruna 4-1 in the Spanish league on Sunday. Also, Moi Gomez scored back-to-back goals in two minutes to help Villarreal win 3-1 at 10-man Celta Vigo, dealing the hosts their first loss of the season. While M'Bia got his double,...