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  • Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen back in training with Barcelona Yesterday

    Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has trained with his team-mates for the first time since surgery on a hamstring injury, the La Liga leaders said on Wednesday. The Belgium international, who has been unable to make his Barca debut after picking up the injury at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil,...
  • Lionel Messi gets all-clear after tests on bruising from "Clasico" 2 days ago

    Madrid: Lionel Messi can continue training with Argentina's national squad in the United States after tests showed he had not picked up an injury after taking a knock during the 'Clasico' victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona said Tuesday. The Spanish club said in a statement that Messi wenmet for a check-up...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo faces possible sanction for 'Clasico' celebration 2 days ago

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be sanctioned for his goal celebration when he netted the equaliser in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico' at Barcelona, the president of Spain's professional football league (LFP) said. Ronaldo, not for the first time when he has scored at the Nou Camp, appeared to be urging...
  • Real Madrid suspend member for insulting players after defeat 3 days ago

    Real Madrid have suspended a club member and banned him from their installations pending an inquiry after three men insulted players and struck at least one of their vehicles as they were leaving the training ground on Sunday. Players including Wales winger Gareth Bale and forward Jese were targeted along with...
  • Josep Maria Bartomeu, Sandro Rosell face jail term in Neymar scandal 3 days ago

    Madrid: The Spanish anti-corruption prosecutor has requested jail term for Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the football club's former president Sandro Rosell over charges of tax evasion allegedly committed in the signing of Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. The prosecutor also asked in the indictment submitted to Judge...
  • Barcelona squander head-to-head advantage against Real Madrid 3 days ago

    Barcelona's 2-1 win over Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico' may have put them four points clear at the top of La Liga but they will be kicking themselves for not taking a host of second-half chances and grabbing the head-to-head advantage. If Real manage to draw level on points with their...
  • Suarez is a scorer and someone that can set up chances, says Luis Enrique 4 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes that few players would be capable of scoring the Luis Suarez goal that gave them a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico'. Suarez was slow to get into his stride at Barca following a four-month biting ban but his winner in...
  • La Liga: Luis Suarez scores as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 to extend lead 4 days ago

    Luis Suarez scored the winning goal to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over title rival Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday and extend their Spanish league lead to four points. Lionel Messi curled in a perfect free kick for Jeremy Mathieu to head in Barcelona's opener in the 19th minute...
  • Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets given all-clear to face Real Madrid 4 days ago

    Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has recovered from injury and was fit to face Real Madrid in La Liga on Sunday, the club has confirmed. Busquets suffered an ankle injury in Barcelona's King's Cup victory over Villarreal at the start of March and has missed their last three games. "The first team player...
  • David Beckham backs Gareth Bale to recover from Real Madrid troubles 4 days ago

    Madrid: David Beckham has backed Gareth Bale to return to his best at Real Madrid, claiming that the Welshman had the "perfect" first season at the club last term. Bale has come under intense scrutiny this season and there have been several reports linking him with a move back to the...
  • El Clasico: Barcelona aim for decisive blow against Real Madrid 5 days ago

    Barcelona: A surging Barcelona have overhauled Real Madrid in the Spanish league standings, and the team now has the chance to open up a significant gap in the second "clasico" of the season on Sunday. Barcelona are on a run of 17 wins in their last 18 games and lead the...
  • Atletico Madrid beat Getafe 2-0, stay in touch with top 3 in La Liga 5 days ago

    Barcelona: Midfielder Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion set up two goals to help Atletico Madrid ease to a 2-0 win over crosstown rival Getafe and keep in touch with the top three teams in the Spanish league on Saturday. Atletico overwhelmed the visitors from the start at their Vicente Calderon Stadium with the...
  • Barcelona's Sergio Busquets may be fit for Real Madrid clash 5 days ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is optimistic that holding midfielder Sergio Busquets can recover from injury in time for Sunday's "clasico" match against Real Madrid at Camp Nou. Luis Enrique said on Saturday that Busquets "isn't 100 percent but he will be there" for the clash against Barcelona's fierce rival and...
  • Real, Barcelona have 50-50 chance to win El Clasico: Gerard Pique 5 days ago

    Barcelona: FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insisted on Saturday that his team and Real Madrid have an equal chance of winning Sunday's La Liga blockbuster match the "El Clasico". Barcelona lead Real by one point at the top of the table and host their bitter rivals at the Camp Nou with...
  • Third-placed Valencia surge four points clear of Atletico Madrid 6 days ago

    Resurgent Valencia turned up the heat on Atletico Madrid in the battle for third place in La Liga when Andre Gomes scored and then set up Paco Alcacer for their second goal in a 4-0 stroll at struggling Elche on Friday. Valencia leapfrogged Atletico into third last weekend with their fifth...
  • Lionel Messi would be in my team ahead of Ronaldo, says Pele 6 days ago

    Brazil great Pele has stirred the pot ahead of this weekend's Clasico, saying he would rather have Barcelona's Lionel Messi as a team mate than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. The 74-year-old Pele, who scored a record 1,281 goals, mostly for Santos, has watched the two phenomenal goal hunters jousting for the...
  • Carlo Ancelotti concerned by Real Madrid's second-half stutter March 16, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid will need to play with intensity for 90 minutes and not just the first half if they are to have a chance of beating Barcelona in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico', according to Real coach Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti praised his side for their performance before the break in Sunday's...
  • La Liga: Gareth Bale scores twice as Real Madrid beat Levante 2-0 March 16, 2015

    Barcelona: Gareth Bale struck a brace to end his scoring drought and Real Madrid's winless run with a 2-0 victory over Levante on Sunday, keeping his side a point behind Spanish leader Barcelona before the title rivals meet next week. Bale had been the focus of criticism during Madrid's three games...
  • Real Madrid, Spain's keeping great Antonio Betancort dies at 78 March 15, 2015

    A minute's silence will be held before Real Madrid's La Liga game at home to Levante later on Sunday and the players will wear black armbands following the death overnight of former Real and Spain goalkeeper Antonio Betancort at the age of 78. After joining from Las Palmas in his native...
  • Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo as Barcelona beat Eibar 2-0 March 15, 2015

    Lionel Messi moved ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo with his 31st and 32nd Spanish league goals of the season as Barcelona won 2-0 at Eibar on Saturday to stay atop the standings. Messi earned and converted a penalty in the 31st minute before netting with a header in the 55th, giving...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid's title defense hit by 0-0 draw at Espanyol March 14, 2015

    Atletico Madrid's dwindling hopes to defend the Spanish league title took another blow after a 0-0 draw at Espanyol on Saturday. Atletico dominated the match until defender Miranda earned a direct red card for smashing his arm into Abraham Gonzalez's head in first-half injury time. Espanyol controlled possession the rest of the...
  • Sergio Ramos back in Real Madrid squad for Levante clash March 14, 2015

    Real Madrid have centre back Sergio Ramos back in the squad for Sunday's La Liga game at home to Levante, when Carlo Ancelotti's men will try to end a run of three matches without a win. Ramos has not played since damaging a hamstring in early February and his return is...
  • Valencia beat Deportivo 2-0 to move 3rd in Spanish league March 14, 2015

    Valencia: Dani Parejo and Paco Alcacer scored goals in the second half to help Valencia beat Deportivo la Coruna 2-0 and move into provisional third place in the Spanish league on Friday. Deportivo held its own at Mestalla Stadium through the first half, but Valencia increased the pace after the restart...
  • La Liga: Real Madrid aim to regroup against Levante March 14, 2015

    Barcelona: Real Madrid may face opposition from two sides on Sunday when they host Levante in the Spanish league. Besides the rivals on the field, the team's own fans may be force to be reckoned with. Rarely has a team been booed after qualifying for the Champions League quarterfinals. But the...
  • Five Spanish footballers charged in possible match-fixing scandal March 14, 2015

    Madrid: Five Spanish footballers were charged with match-fixing on Friday. A judge in the northern province of Navarre indicted the five, who were named as Jorge Molina and Jordi Figueras of Betis Seville, Sergio Garcia, the captain of Espanyol, Patxi Puñal, formerly of Osasuna, and Antonio Amaya, a former Betis player...
  • Barcelona president to stand trial for tax fraud March 14, 2015

    Madrid: A Spanish judge has decided to send Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Rosell and the club to trial over alleged tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar. Bartomeu, Rosell and club are accused of defrauding the tax authorities of around 13 million euros ($13.8 million) between...
  • Barcelona well able to cope with forced absences, says Luis Enrique March 13, 2015

    Barcelona have enough depth in their squad to cope with the forced absences of midfielder Sergio Busquets and fullbacks Dani Alves and Jordi Alba, coach Luis Enrique said on Friday. Barca are a point clear of second-placed Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with 12 games left but will...
  • Gareth Bale's Spanish adventure turning sour at Real Madrid March 12, 2015

    Gareth Bale may have been warned by his new employers about how fickle the Real Madrid fans can be when he signed for the Spanish giants for a world record fee in 2013. Just how fickle is now painfully clear to the Wales winger, who has become a target for supporters...
  • Barcelona's 'MNS' is better than Real Madrid's 'BBC', says Neymar March 11, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona's Neymar reckons the club's forward line, which also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, is superior to Real Madrid's attacking trio, fanning debate over whose is best. On recent form, Barca's South Americans, known in Spain as 'MNS', have the edge over Real's European strike-force of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim...
  • Getafe beat last-place Cordoba 2-1 in Spanish league March 10, 2015

    Madrid: A late goal by Juan Rodriguez gave Getafe a 2-1 comeback win over last-place Cordoba on Monday in the Spanish league. Romanian forward Florin Andone had given the hosts the lead in the 77th minute but Getafe equalized when Cordoba defender Federico Vico scored an own goal 10 minutes later,...