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  • Cristiano Ronaldo can overtake Messi to win more Ballon d'Or: Zidane January 20, 2015

    Paris: Zinedine Zidane insists that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has more to give in the future and will end up winning more Ballon d'Or titles than rival Barcelona star Lionel Messi. "Ronaldo will win more Ballons d'Or," he told Goal.com on Monday. A week ago in Zurich, the 29-year-old Portuguese striker...
  • Barcelona's Douglas out for 4 weeks due to injury January 19, 2015

    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...
  • Fernando Torres finds different Atletico Madrid beast on return January 19, 2015

    Madrid: When Fernando Torres left Atletico Madrid for Liverpool in 2007, the idea of the Spanish capital's second club being favourites to beat record winners Barcelona in a two-legged King's Cup tie would have been unthinkable. Now that the 30-year-old Spain forward is back in his boyhood team on loan, he...
  • La Liga: Lionel Messi nets 30th hat-trick as Barcelona crush Deportivo 4-0 January 19, 2015

    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...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Getafe January 18, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Madrid moved four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring either side of a Gareth Bale strike in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday. It was hardly a vintage performance from the European champions, who have stumbled at the start of...
  • Valencia win as late goals abound in La Liga January 18, 2015

    Barcelona: Alvaro Negredo struck with a header seven minutes from time to secure a 3-2 victory over Almeria to start an exciting Saturday of late winners in the Spanish league. Two other matches were decided in the final minutes, as Felipe Caicedo netted in the 89th to snatch Espanyol a 1-0...
  • Barcelona looking to improve away form on Coruna trip January 17, 2015

    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,...
  • Real Madrid stumble not down to fatigue, says Carlo Ancelotti January 17, 2015

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed suggestions the world and European champions' recent stumble is a result of the physical toll a packed calendar may have taken on his players. Real set a Spanish record for consecutive victories of 22 games in all competitions at the end of last year,...
  • Xavi Hernandez resumes training with FC Barcelona January 17, 2015

    Barcelona: FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who has missed the team's recent games due to a hamstring injury, has resumed training with the rest of the squad and is awaiting medical approval to play on Sunday against Deportivo de La Coruna. Xavi was unavailable for the 18th round match against Atletico...
  • Granada sack coach Joaquin Caparros January 17, 2015

    Madrid: Spanish football club Granada have sacked coach Joaquin Caparros, two days after being knocked out of the Spanish Cup by Sevilla. Reserve team coach Joseba Aguado on Friday took over the team on an interim basis ahead of Sunday's trip to Atletico Madrid, reports Xinhua. Caparros took over the reins at...
  • Big guns ready to fire as La Liga reaches halfway mark January 17, 2015

    The Spanish football season reaches its halfway point this weekend with a crucial set of matches that could prove to be important tests for the top three teams in the La Liga points table. Due to their King's Cup commitments on Thursday, the top three teams - Real Madrid, FC Barcelona...
  • Barcelona president says Lionel Messi committed to staying at club January 15, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona's president says Lionel Messi wants to stay at the Spanish club amid speculation about his future. Josep Bartomeu tells Catalunya Radio that Messi "told me that he wants to finish his career at Barca and his commitment and willingness are maximum. There is no debate about this future." The president...
  • Lionel Messi, Neymar rested for Barca's Cup game at Elche January 15, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has decided to rest Lionel Messi, Neymar and most of his regulars for the King's Cup last 16, second leg match at Elche later on Thursday. Barca have a 5-0 lead from last week's first leg at the Nou Camp and Luis Enrique has called up...
  • Barcelona can't even contemplate selling Lionel Messi: Luis Enrique January 15, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said that the thought of having a team without Lionel Messi is "not even something we contemplate". The future of the Argentina forward has been the subject of much speculation recently, following reports that he had fallen out with Enrique, reported Xinhua. Messi has been linked...
  • Villarreal knock Sociedad out of Copa del Rey, Moyes sent off January 15, 2015

    Barcelona: David Moyes was sent off late in Real Sociedad's 2-2 draw with Villarreal on Wednesday as his side bowed out of the Copa del Rey's last 16. The former Manchester United manager was dismissed for protesting about a refereeing decision. He then climbed over a barrier to take a seat...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo says his son is a Messi fan January 14, 2015

    Cristiano Ronaldo's son Cris junior is a Lionel Messi fan the boy's father said after they met up with the Argentina captain at the Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday. After Ronaldo was named 2014 Ballon D'Or winner, beating four-time winner Messi into second place, the two players had a...
  • Atletico Madrid must not relax against Real Madrid: Diego Simeone January 14, 2015

    Madrid: Reigning La Liga champion Atletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone has told his players to be humble as they prepare for their vital Kings Cup second leg tie against crosstown rivals Real Madrid on Thursday. Goals from Raul Garcia and Jose Gimenez last week gave Atletico a 2-0 win over their...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's rivalry with Messi useful: Portuguese coach January 14, 2015

    Lisbon: Portugal's national football team coach Fernando Santos has said that Cristiano Ronaldo's rivalry with Argentina's Lionel Messi over the Ballon d'Or award has proved to be "useful". Ronaldo left Barcelona forward Messi in the shade after he won the Ballon d'Or award for the second successive time at the FIFA...
  • Espanyol beat Valencia, Malaga oust Levante in Copa del Rey January 14, 2015

    Barcelona: Late substitute Felipe Caicedo scored twice to give Espanyol a 2-0 win over 10-man Valencia on Tuesday and a place in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. Espanyol advanced 3-2 on aggregate after losing the first leg 2-1 at Valencia. Malaga also moved into the last eight, losing 3-2 to Levante on...
  • David Moyes focused on La Liga but dreaming of Cup final January 14, 2015

    Avoiding relegation from La Liga remains the overwhelming priority for Real Sociedad although the Basque club are still dreaming of reaching the final of the King's Cup, coach David Moyes said on Tuesday. Sociedad, who host Villarreal in their last 16, second leg on Wednesday needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit...
  • Barcelona's Busquets dismisses reports of rift with coach Enrique January 13, 2015

    Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has become the latest to insist that all is well at the club, dismissing reports of a rift between Argentina forward Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique. Messi raised eyebrows on Monday when he told a news conference at the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards ceremony that he...
  • Lionel Messi might leave Barcelona next year January 13, 2015

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi raised eyebrows when he said in passing on Monday that he did not know where he would be next year. Messi was asked during a press conference ahead of the Ballon D'Or Player of the Year ceremony if he wanted to finish his career at Barcelona or...
  • Lionel Messi denies rumours of rift with club January 12, 2015

    Madrid: FC Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has denied trying to destabilise the club or ask for coach Luis Enrique to be sacked. The striker spoke to the club' s TV channel after Barcelona's 3-1 win against reigning champions Atletico de Madrid. He played a major role, scoring one goal and helping set...
  • Manuel Neuer aims to end Ronaldo, Messi grip on FIFA player award January 12, 2015

    World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stands as the only barrier to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi extending their six-year domination of FIFA's player of the year award on Monday. Germany's Neuer is the latest third man on the shortlist trying to break the free-scoring superstars' grip on football's highest individual...
  • Suarez, Messi score as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 in La Liga January 12, 2015

    Lionel Messi scored one goal and set up two more for Neymar and Luis Suarez as Barcelona beat defending champion Atletico Madrid 3-1 on Sunday, rejuvenating their Spanish league title bid amid a chaotic week for the Catalan club. Stifled by Atletico in six winless meetings last season, Messi shredded its...
  • Valencia draw 1-1 at Celta Vigo, Bale's free kick helps Madrid win January 11, 2015

    Barcelona: Gareth Bale scored with an unstoppable free kick to help 10-man Real Madrid end a two-game losing run with a 3-0 win over Espanyol and stay top of the Spanish league on Saturday. James Rodriguez scored first after a pinpoint long pass from Bale was skillfully tapped back to him...
  • 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...
  • Luis Enrique finds Lionel Messi is 'more than a club' January 10, 2015

    As a key part of Catalan culture, Barcelona's proud motto is "more than a club" but it could easily be applied to star player Lionel Messi given the level of control the Argentina forward exerts. A product of Barca's youth academy, Messi is worshipped by the fans for underpinning the club's...
  • In-form Atletico Madrid seek to pile pressure on Barcelona January 10, 2015

    Barcelona: In-form Atletico Madrid will aim to pile pressure on a Barcelona side reeling from a rift between coach Luis Enrique and star player Lionel Messi in a crunch La Liga clash on Sunday. It was an all-or-nothing match last time, the two sides met at the Camp Nou in the...