Kings Cup

  • Gareth Bale hails perfect night after King's Cup winner April 17, 2014

    Barcelona: Gareth Bale hailed a "perfect night" after his stunning winner for Real Madrid against Barcelona in Wednesday's King's Cup final, his first trophy since moving to Spain for a record fee in the close season. The Wales winger sprinted from the halfway line into the penalty area five minutes from...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo to miss King's Cup final against Barcelona April 15, 2014

    Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on Wednesday after the forward failed to recover from a leg injury. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was hopeful Ronaldo would recover in time, but said the player has been ruled out after not training on Tuesday. Madrid...
  • Defiant Gerardo Martino needs to lift Barcelona for Cup final April 13, 2014

    Barcelona's season is threatening to implode with Wednesday's King's Cup final against Real Madrid looming after a nightmare week when they were knocked out of Europe and lost 1-0 at lowly Granada in La Liga. Saturday's defeat at Granada means La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, who were also responsible for Barcelona's...
  • Barcelona vs Real Madrid King's Cup final set for April 16 in Valencia February 21, 2014

    Madrid: The King's Cup final between record winners Barcelona and Real Madrid has been set for Wednesday April 16 at Valencia's Mestalla stadium, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said on Thursday. The match, a repeat of the 2011 final at the same venue which Real won 10, will take place the...
  • Messi on target as Barcelona set up final with Real Madrid February 13, 2014

    London: Lionel Messi's firsthalf goal earned visiting Barcelona a 11 draw on Wednesday and a 31 aggregate win over Real Sociedad, setting up their fourth King's Cup final in six years. Barca lifted the trophy in 2009 and 2012 but were beaten in the 2011 final by Real Madrid who defeated...
  • Neymar in Barca's squad for King's Cup clash at Sociedad February 12, 2014

    Barcelona: Neymar has been included in the squad for Barcelona's King's Cup semifinal, second leg at Real Sociedad on Wednesday despite not yet receiving the allclear from club medical staff. The Brazil forward trained with the squad on Monday for the first time since injuring his ankle last month and the...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo double sends Real Madrid through to Cup final February 12, 2014

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo netted two early penalties to give Real Madrid a 20 win at King's Cup holders Atletico Madrid on Tuesday which sent them into the final 50 on aggregate. Real, who have not conceded a goal in this season's competition, are likely to meet Barcelona in April's showpiece as...
  • Barca, Real on the brink of Cup final showdown February 11, 2014

    Barcelona and Real Madrid are poised to secure their places in April's King's Cup final this week before turning their attention to the main prize on their agendas: the European Champions League. The record domestic Cup winners with 26 titles, Barca are 20 up on Real Sociedad ahead of their semifinal...
  • Del Bosque not happy with conduct of Spain players February 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is not pleased by the actions of some national team players during an illtempered Copa del Rey semifinal between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Madrid beat Atletico 30 in the firstleg semifinal on Wednesday when Madrid players Alvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos were among those...
  • Bale back in Real Madrid squad for Cup clash with Atletico February 4, 2014

    Madrid: Gareth Bale has recovered from a calf problem and is back in Real Madrid's squad for the first leg of their King's Cup semifinal against holders Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The Wales winger's debut season in Spain has been disrupted by a series of minor injuries after joining from Tottenham...
  • Atletico riding high before King's Cup clash against Real Madrid February 4, 2014

    Three points clear at the top of La Liga, a shrewdlooking signing in the bag and soaring optimism among their fans, Atletico Madrid are on cloud nine ahead of Wednesday's King's Cup semifinal clash against Real. One of Spanish soccer's poorer relations, under inspirational coach Diego Simeone, Atletico are mounting...
  • Atletico Madrid, Barcelona join Real Madrid in Cup semis January 30, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid have a chance to pile more King's Cup misery on neighbours Real after eliminating Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to set up a lastfour clash against the bitter city rivals they beat in last year's final. Atletico's battling 21 comeback victory in a rainlashed quarterfinal, second leg in the...
  • Real Madrid ease past Espanyol into King's Cup semis January 29, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid set up a King's Cup semifinal against holders Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao when they beat Espanyol 10 in their quarterfinal, second leg on Tuesday for a 20 aggregate success. Real lost 21 to Atletico at their own Bernabeu stadium in last year's final and will be keen...
  • Gareth Bale out of Real Madrid's Cup game against Espanyol January 27, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will miss Tuesday's King's Cup quarterfinal second leg at home to Espanyol due to a problem with his left leg, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. The Welsh international's season has been disrupted by several minor injuries since his world record move from Tottenham Hotspur...
  • Lionel Messi in good shape as he targets 400 Barcelona games January 22, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi will reach the milestone of 400 games for Barcelona when they face Levante in the King's Cup on Wednesday and coach Gerardo Martino says he is back in top condition following his hamstring injury. It is over 10 years since the Argentine made his debut for the Catalan...
  • Karim Benzema header sinks Espanyol to put Real Madrid in charge January 22, 2014

    Barcelona: Real Madrid continued their impressive start to the new year with Karim Benzema giving them a 10 victory in the King's Cup quarterfinal firstleg tie away to Espanyol on Tuesday. Benzema's 25thminute goal meant Real have come out on top in each of their six games since Christmas, a burst...
  • Anirban Lahiri signs off at third place in King's Cup January 19, 2014

    Hua Hin: Anirban Lahiri rounded off the season with yet another top3 finish as the Indian golfer carded a fourunder 68 to end third at the USD 1 million King's Cup Golf Hua Hin here on Sunday. Lahiri totaled nineunder 279 and was three shots behind winner, Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng...
  • Lahiri tied seventh, Gangjee 10th at King's Cup January 18, 2014

    Hua Hin: Anirban Lahiri grabbed birdies on three of the four parfive holes to card a oneunder 71 under tough scoring conditions and force his way into top10 at the King's Cup Golf here on Saturday. On a day when swirling wind speed reached as high as 36 kph during the...
  • Barcelona players hail Xavi after 700th appearance January 18, 2014

    Lionel Messi and some of his Barcelona colleagues paid warm tribute to team mate Xavi on Friday after he extended his appearances record to 700 in the midweek King's Cup match at Getafe. Spain playmaker Xavi, who will be 34 later this month, joined Barca's academy in 1991 at the age...
  • Lahiri tied 14th after round two of King's Cup January 17, 2014

    Hua Hin (Thailand): Anirban Lahiri dropped a bogey at the very end to finish with a card of oneunder 71 and lie tied 14th place at the halfway stage of the $1 million King's Cup Golf here on Friday. Lahiri at fourunder 140 was the best among the four Indians, who...
  • Barcelona's Neymar suffers ankle injury January 17, 2014

    Barcelona: Neymar lasted less than 25 minutes of his return to Barcelona's starting lineup for their King's Cup last 16 clash at Getafe as he was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury. It is the latest setback for the Brazil forward who had not started a match for...
  • Lahiri tied eighth despite late double bogey in King's Cup golf January 16, 2014

    Hua Hin: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri seemed headed for a fine and flawless outing before a late double bogey blotted his first round card in the King's Cup at Hua Hin on Thursday. Lahiri, starting on the 10th, was fiveunder through 15 holes before dropping a double bogey on the seventh,...
  • Highflying Atletico knock Valencia out of Cup January 15, 2014

    Barcelona: Secondhalf headers from Diego Godin and Raul Garcia gave holders Atletico Madrid a 20 win over Valencia and a place in the King's Cup quarterfinals by 31 on aggregate. Atletico, fresh from a draw with Barcelona at the weekend that kept them level on points with the champions at the...
  • Barcelona, Madrid look to seal quarterfinal berth in Copa del Rey January 14, 2014

    Madrid: The Copa del Rey is on the schedule this week in Spain with Barcelona and Real Madrid closing in on the quarterfinals following opening victories. Defending champions Atletico Madrid hold an awaygoals advantage over Valencia, while lowertier clubs Alcorcon and Racing Santander look to reach the quarterfinals. Here are five things...
  • Barca's Neymar out of Getafe Cup clash due to illness January 8, 2014

    Madrid: Brazil forward Neymar has been withdrawn from Barcelona's squad for their King's Cup last 16, first leg at home to Getafe later on Wednesday after coming down with gastroenteritis. Neymar was examined by club medical staff and told he needed time to recover and was replaced in the squad by...
  • Lionel Messi cleared to play against Getafe in King's Cup January 7, 2014

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been given the allclear by medical staff and included in the squad for Wednesday's King's Cup last 16, first leg at home to Getafe, the club said on Tuesday. The Argentine World Player of the Year has not featured for the Spanish champions since straining a...
  • Real Madrid see off Olimpic threat, Atletico advance December 19, 2013

    Barcelona: There was no dream ending for Olimpic de Xativa after an efficient performance from a secondstring Real Madrid secured a 20 win at the Bernabeu which sent them through to the King's Cup last 16 on Wednesday. A 00 home draw had built up Olimpic's hopes of an unlikely upset...
  • Barcelona stroll past Cartagena into King's Cup last 16 December 18, 2013

    Madrid: Barcelona eased into the King's Cup last 16 when goals from Pedro, Cristian Tello and Neymar secured a 30 secondleg victory at home to thirdtier Cartagena on Tuesday for a 71 aggregate success. Barca had to come from a goal down to win the last 32, first leg at the...
  • Olimpic plotting Real upset in King's Cup December 17, 2013

    Madrid: Olimpic de Xativa will look to match the stunning giantkilling feats of fellow thirdtier sides Alcorcon and Real Union when they play at Real Madrid's Bernabeu arena in the second leg of the King's Cup last 32 on Wednesday. The team from the town of Xativa near Valencia, known as...
  • Injuryhit Barcelona have Alba back for King's Cup December 5, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona welcome back Jordi Alba for their King's Cup clash at Cartagena on Friday but the Spanish champions still have several players unavailable through injury. Alba, out of action since September with a hamstring strain, returns at a difficult time for the Catalan club, who hope a victory over lowerleague...