Spanish League

  • Real Madrid - minor blips or serious signs? 16 hours 33 minutes ago

    "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...
  • Messi, Neymar fit for Barcelona's La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao 4 days ago

    Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao, with manager Luis Enrique saying on Friday that he has an almost complete squad to choose from. Messi has been recuperating from an adductor muscle injury, while Neymar missed Barca's season-opening win at...
  • Real Madrid president Perez plays down Ronaldo spat September 5, 2014

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sought to play down an apparent spat with Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday as he announced the La Liga club's income had surged above 600 million euros ($778 million) in 2013-14. Perez, who has splashed hundreds of millions of euros of the European champions' cash on top...
  • David Zurutuza nets double as Real Sociedad stun Real Madrid 4-2 September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona: Real Madrid collapsed after leading by two goals to lose 4-2 at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Sunday, with the European champions left rudderless without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, finished Barcelona's 1-0 win at Villarreal with a right leg injury after he set up...
  • Lionel Messi sets up Barcelona's 1-0 win at Villarreal September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi set up substitute Sandro Ramirez to score on his league debut and give Barcelona a 1-0 victory at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Sunday. Villarreal held Barcelona in check at El Madrigal Stadium until Messi took Neymar's through-pass and drew out goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo before finding the...
  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Real Madrid's visit to Sociedad August 30, 2014

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo won't play in Real Madrid's first away game of the Spanish league season after Portugal ruled him unfit for their opening 2016 European Championship qualifier. Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has left the Ballon d'Or winner out of his squad for Sunday's game at Real Sociedad. Ancelotti says "we preferred...
  • Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona defeat Elche 3-0 August 25, 2014

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season's disappointments behind him. Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free...
  • Injured Neymar to miss Barcelona's opening game with Elche August 24, 2014

    Neymar will miss Barcelona's opening game of the La Liga season against Elche on Sunday with an ankle sprain, the club has confirmed. "Despite the positive evolution of the grade one sprain to his left ankle he will be absent from tonight's game," read a statement from the club. Neymar was only...
  • Angel Di Maria on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, says Carlo Ancelotti August 24, 2014

    Angel Di Maria is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted on Sunday. "Di Maria has not trained with us today and he came in to say goodbye to the players and people at the club," Ancelotti said. "We are thankful for what he has done at this...
  • Manchester United, PSG target Angel Di Maria as he wants to leave Real Madrid August 21, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Argentina forward Angel Di Maria has asked for a transfer. The 26-year-old Di Maria has spent the last four years at Madrid and helped them win the Champions League last season. Ancelotti says "Di Maria has asked to leave and he has rejected an offer...
  • Champions Atletico Madrid aim to upstage La Liga big spenders again August 20, 2014

    While Real Madrid and Barcelona have once more spent vast sums to win back the La Liga crown, they are set to face dogged competition again from champions Atletico Madrid who have a side built on a fraction of the cost. Atletico became the first team since Valencia in 2004 to...
  • Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti rules out further signings August 17, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotii on Sunday ruled out any further signings before the end of the month. Real Madrid lost a pre-season friendly game 1-2 to Italian side Fiorentina late Saturday night, reports Xinhua. Real Madrid cruised past Sevilla in the European Supercup Tuesday to lift the first title of...
  • Thomas Vermaelen starts Barcelona stint with injury August 11, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona says Thomas Vermaelen has a lingering muscle injury from the World Cup that will keep him from training with his new teammates. Barcelona says Vermaelen still has a right-leg muscle injury from playing for Belgium at the World Cup. The club says the speed of his recovery will determine...
  • Barcelona agree to loan midfielder Ibrahim Afellay to Olympiakos August 10, 2014

    Barcelona have agreed to loan Dutch attacking midfielder Ibrahim Afellay to Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus for the 2014-15 season, the La Liga club said on Sunday. Afellay, 28, joined Barca from PSV Eindhoven in December 2010 but injury wrecked his chances of establishing himself in the first team and he has...
  • Atletico Madrid sign defender Jesus Gamez from Malaga August 8, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish champion Atletico Madrid have reinforced their defense by signing right back Jesus Gamez from Malaga. The 29-year-old Gamez will compete with Spanish international Juanfran Torres for playing time on the right side of Atletico's defense. Atletico did not release the financial details of the transfer. Gamez has been a regular starter...
  • Barcelona's Gerard Pique relishing return of 'angry' Luis Suarez July 31, 2014

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes an "angry" Luis Suarez will be desperate to prove himself when he has served out a four-month ban for a biting incident at the World Cup. Uruguay striker Suarez was given a nine-match international suspension and banned from all football-related activity for four months by FIFA...
  • Banned Suarez may make Barcelona debut in El Clasico July 25, 2014

    Madrid: Disgraced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who is serving a four-month ban for a biting incident at the World Cup, could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in El Clasico in October. La Liga announced its fixtures for the season on Thursday and the first meeting of the two Spanish...
  • Atletico Madrid sign goalkeeper Miguel Moya from Getafe June 4, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish champion Atletico Madrid says goalkeeper Miguel Moya has agreed to a transfer from crosstown club Getafe. Moya's arrival could pave the way for the exit of Belgium goalie Thibaut Courtois, who has played at Atletico for the past three seasons on loan from Chelsea. Atletico say Moya has agreed to...
  • Malaga confirm Javi Gracia as first team coach May 30, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish Primera Liga outfit Malaga on Friday confirmed former Osasuna coach Javi Gracia as the successor to Bernd Schuster as first team coach. Gracia has agreed a two-season contract with the club, which ended this season in mid-table after flirting with the bottom three for much of the campaign, reports...
  • New York City FC to sign David Villa: reports May 29, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid forward David Villa is about to sign a three-year contract with New York City FC, according to news reports Thursday. Villa will be transferred to NYCFC in the summer of 2014. Spanish radio station Cadena Cope said that the US club, who are jointly owned by Manchester City...
  • Atletico Madrid sign teenage Argentine forward Angel Correa May 28, 2014

    Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have agreed to sign teenage forward Angel Correa from San Lorenzo in his native Argentina on a five-year contract pending a medical. "Our club has reached agreement with San Lorenzo on the transfer of the young Argentine talent," Atletico said in a statement on their website late...
  • Gerard Pique agrees four-year contract extension with Barcelona May 20, 2014

    Spain: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will tie him to the club until 2019. The Spain international has been an integral part of Barcelona's success, helping the club win two Champions Leagues titles and five of the past six league trophies since his arrival...
  • Lionel Messi signs new contract with Barcelona May 19, 2014

    Lionel Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona on Monday that will reportedly make the four-times World Player of the Year soccer's best-paid player with a net annual salary of 20 million euros ($27.4 million). In a statement the La Liga club said that "Barcelona announces the signing of the agreement...
  • As it happened: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, La Liga title decider May 17, 2014

    La Liga is set for one of its most thrilling finishes as Barcelona host leaders Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all showdown at the Nou Camp. ...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo fit to face Espanyol, says Carlo Ancelotti May 16, 2014

    Real Madrid's top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a series of niggling injuries and is fit to play in Saturday's La Liga game at home to Espanyol, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. The Portugal captain limped out of the 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid on May 7 with an...
  • Lionel Messi to be world's highest-paid footballer May 16, 2014

    Barcelona and Lionel Messi have agreed on an improved contract that will reportedly make the four-time World Player of the Year football's best-paid player with a net annual salary of 20 million euros ($27.4 million). Barcelona did not publish details of the deal but Spanish media said Messi, 26, would remain...
  • Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa set to start against Barcelona May 16, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says striker Diego Costa has recovered from a hamstring injury and will start against Barcelona on Saturday in the Spanish league title decider. Costa missed Sunday's 1-1 draw against Malaga but will return with Atletico on the verge of winning its first league title in...
  • Barcelona ready to seize second chance, says Xavi May 14, 2014

    Barcelona are ready to grasp their second chance with both hands and snatch the Spanish title from Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all clash this weekend, midfielder Xavi said on Wednesday. Barca looked out of the running for top spot a few weeks ago but with the leading three sides in Spain...
  • Atletico Madrid have the character to win La Liga: Jose Sosa May 12, 2014

    Atletico Madrid have the "character and strength" to go to Barcelona this weekend, beat their only remaining title rivals and seal their first La Liga triumph since 1996, according to midfielder Jose Sosa. Spain's top flight has gone down to the wire after leaders Atletico (89 points) and second-placed Barca (86)...
  • Charles scores twice as Celta Vigo defeat Real Madrid 2-0 May 12, 2014

    Celta have recorded a 2-0 surprise win over Real Madrid at the Balaidos in Sunday's La Liga encounter to end the away side's title dreams. Real, who at the start of the match were trailing leaders Atletico Madrid by four points and second-placed Barcelona by one, sent out a host of...