La Liga

  • Gerardo Martino defends Lionel Messi, takes blame for Barca fall 19-04-2014 11:51 PM

    Spain: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi from criticism for his erratic play during three consecutive losses, while acknowledging he wasn't "satisfied" with his own coaching performance. In the past two weeks, Barcelona have been eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, lost the Copa del Rey...
  • Barcelona lose Carles Puyol to injury for Athletic Bilbao game 19-04-2014 06:00 PM

    Barcelona's injury woes continue to mount as Carles Puyol has been ruled out of the match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. The club said Puyol, who had just been cleared to play before the Copa del Rey final earlier this week, will be unavailable after his troublesome right knee acted...
  • Atletico Madrid close in on La Liga title with win over stubborn Elche 19-04-2014 08:13 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when a Miranda header and Diego Costa's late penalty secured an unconvincing 2-0 win for the leaders at home to Elche on Friday. David Villa had a penalty saved shortly after halftime at a raucous Calderon...
  • Usain Bolt hails Bale's Spanish Cup final stunner 18-04-2014 03:43 PM

    Olympic champion Usain Bolt has hailed Gareth Bale's brilliant winner for Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona, saying it was the kind of goal any sprinter would be proud of. Wales winger Bale picked up the ball wide on the left on the halfway line five minutes...
  • Struggling Barcelona to face Athletic Bilbao without Neymar and Alba 18-04-2014 11:45 AM

    Barcelona's defeat in the King's Cup final means La Liga is their only chance of major silverware and anything other than a home win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday would almost certainly end their dwindling title hopes. The 2-1 reverse to Real Madrid at Valencia's Mestalla stadium on Wednesday capped...
  • Barcelona's Neymar and Alba out for a month with injuries 17-04-2014 11:37 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona will be without Neymar and Jordi Alba for the final month of the season after both were injured during the Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday. Both players will likely miss all five rounds remaining in the Spanish league, further hurting Barcelona's chances of...
  • Future doesn't change with one defeat: Barcelona coach Martino 17-04-2014 08:56 PM

    FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino insisted on Thursday that his side's 1-2 defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday did not mean he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. Goals from Angel Di Maria and Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid...
  • Barcelona facing first trophyless season in six years 17-04-2014 08:36 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona's painful reverse to arch rivals Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final brings to an end a hellish week and leaves them facing their first season without major silverware in six years. Coach Gerardo Martino, in his first term in charge at the Nou Camp, was defiant after...
  • Athletic Bilbao beat Malaga 3-0 to stay 4th in La Liga 15-04-2014 08:28 AM

    Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz scored goals at the start of each half to help the Basque club beat Malaga 3-0 on Monday, strengthening their hold on Spain's final Champions League berth. Bilbao dominated the one-sided match at their New San Mames Stadium, with Malaga never able to counter the...
  • No drastic overhaul needed at Barcelona, says Carles Puyol 14-04-2014 06:54 PM

    The current Barcelona squad have a great deal left to give and there is no need for a sweeping overhaul in the close season, captain Carles Puyol said on Monday. Barca coach Gerardo Martino and his players have come in for some sharp criticism following last week's Champions League exit...
  • Diego Costa injured but Atletico extend lead in La Liga 14-04-2014 08:25 AM

    Barcelona: Diego Costa was carried off with a bloody leg after scoring Atletico Madrid's second goal in a 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe on Sunday, although the team said their star striker escaped without a serious injury. Atletico extended their Spanish league lead to three points with five rounds to...
  • Defiant Gerardo Martino needs to lift Barcelona for Cup final 13-04-2014 02:50 PM

    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 lose, Real Madrid win to move 2nd in Spanish League 13-04-2014 08:34 AM

    Spain: Barcelona compounded their exit from the Champions League by losing 1-0 at Granada on Saturday, letting Real Madrid move ahead into second place in the Spanish league with a 4-0 win over Almeria. Barcelona's stumble ensured the same Atletico Madrid that ousted them from Europe's top-tier competition would maintain...
  • Costa back in Atletico squad for Getafe game 12-04-2014 06:55 PM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid top scorer Diego Costa has been given the all clear by medical staff and included in the squad for Sunday's game at Getafe after shaking off a thigh strain, the La Liga leaders said on Saturday. Brazil-born forward Costa missed Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal, second leg win...
  • Dortmund to buy midfielder Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid 11-04-2014 04:42 PM

    Berlin: Borussia Dortmund will make use of an option to buy on-loan midfielder Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid, making his return to last season's Champions League runners-up permanent, the German club said on Friday. Turkey international Sahin, a product of Dortmund's youth system, joined Real in 2011 but after failing...
  • Atletico Madrid set for tricky trip to Getafe as La Liga battle intensifies 11-04-2014 10:10 AM

    Surprise La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have little time to bask in the glory of Wednesday's Champions League win against Barcelona with a tricky trip across town to play relegation-threatened Getafe looming on Sunday. Atletico's stunning 1-0 success at the Calderon sealed a 2-1 aggregate success for Diego Simeone's outperforming...
  • Wounded Barcelona can still rescue season 10-04-2014 02:02 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona's Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King's Cup. Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions...
  • Simeone's Atletico closing on greatest season 10-04-2014 01:27 PM

    A key player in the Atletico Madrid team that won a La Liga and King's Cup double in 1996 and now the club's inspirational coach, Diego Simeone has led his unfancied team to the brink of an even greater achievement. Atletico's stunning 1-0 home win over Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions...
  • Atletico Madrid success built on shaky economic foundations 08-04-2014 03:22 PM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid's emergence as a third force in Spain and contenders among Europe's elite rests on wobbly economic foundations and the edifice could come crashing down if they cannot sustain their remarkable run. The club's success is in large measure down to inspirational coach Diego Simeone, who since taking...
  • Bilbao beat Levante to stay fourth in La Liga 08-04-2014 09:28 AM

    Valencia: Striker Aritz Aduriz scored two goals to help Athletic Bilbao win 2-1 at Levante on Monday, strengthening the Basque side's hold on fourth place in the Spanish league. Bilbao's second victory in their last six games restored their six-point advantage over fifth-place Sevilla as they cling to the last...
  • La Liga: Sevilla thump Espanyol to trim gap to Bilbao 07-04-2014 09:14 AM

    Madrid: Sevilla kept up the pressure on Athletic Bilbao in the battle for Spain's fourth Champions League spot when Kevin Gameiro struck twice in a 4-1 win at home to mid-table Espanyol on Sunday. The victory for fifth-placed Sevilla at a festive Sanchez Pizjuan trimmed the gap to Bilbao to...
  • Pele tells Neymar to stop diving 06-04-2014 11:05 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Pele has accused Barcelona forward Neymar of falling to ground in the hope of winning free-kicks. But the Brazil legend said the 22-year-old is better at keeping his feet compared when he arrived at the Camp Nou last summer, reported Xinhua. "I think Neymar looks to create...
  • Barcelona members back Nou Camp stadium remodelling plans 06-04-2014 09:46 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona's members have backed plans to remodel the club's iconic Nou Camp stadium to increase the capacity of Europe's biggest soccer venue from 98,000 to 105,000 and help boost sponsorship and matchday revenue. Just over 72 percent of Barca's members who took part in a referendum on Saturday voted...
  • Comfortable win keeps Real Madrid in title race 06-04-2014 07:45 AM

    Madrid: Real Madrid overcame a poor first-half showing to eventually run out 4-0 winners at Real Sociedad and keep pace at the top of La Liga. With title rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona both winning earlier on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti's men came into the game under pressure to respond, and...
  • Lionel Messi strikes twice as Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-1 06-04-2014 01:03 AM

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona secured a 3-1 win over a spirited Betis side at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi converted a 14th-minute penalty and followed up a second spot kick that was blocked by goalkeeper Adan Garrido to seal the lackluster victory in the 86th. Messi recorded...
  • Atletico Madrid stay on course for surprise La Liga title 05-04-2014 10:41 PM

    Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when Raul Garcia's header secured a 1-0 win for the leaders at home to seventh-placed Villarreal on Saturday. Atletico were missing top scorer Diego Costa and playmaker Arda Turan through injury but dispatched Villarreal with an efficient,...
  • Iker Casillas backs Madrid goalkeeping rival 05-04-2014 05:04 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has once again given his support to the man who has taken his first team place in league matches this season. Although Casillas is first choice for his club in the King's Cup and Champions League, Diego Lopez has played in goal throughout the...
  • Osasuna win 2-1 at Almeria to escape drop zone 05-04-2014 08:48 AM

    Almeria: Osasuna won 2-1 at Almeria to escape the Spanish league's relegation zone and push the hosts into danger on Friday. Osasuna's first win in seven games lifted them from 18th into a provisional 14th place among a group of teams fighting to avoid the drop. Almeria fell into the...
  • FIFA sends message to clubs with Barcelona ban 05-04-2014 08:36 AM

    Madrid: FIFA's decision to slap Barcelona with a transfer ban is a clear message to Europe's top clubs to follow the rules when signing international youth players. The governing body of world soccer banned the Spanish champions from any activity in the next two transfer windows for breaching international regulations...
  • Injuries and off-field problems no excuse, says Barcelona coach 04-04-2014 10:36 PM

    Barcelona cannot use the club's off-field woes or injuries to key players as excuses for failure to win silverware, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday. The Spanish champions were slapped with a transfer ban by FIFA on Wednesday over a breach of rules on the use of foreign players aged...