La Liga

  • 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...
  • Injury-hit Atletico looking to squad players, says coach 04-04-2014 10:21 PM

    Atletico Madrid will need some of their second-choice players to step up in the remaining weeks of the season following injuries to top scorer Diego Costa and playmaker Arda Turan, coach Diego Simeone said on Friday. Atletico are the surprise leaders in La Liga with seven games left, a point...
  • Real Madrid to rest Ronaldo for Sociedad game, says Ancelotti 04-04-2014 05:44 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid will rest La Liga top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday's match at Real Sociedad to give him time to recuperate and shake off a knee problem, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Ronaldo, who has scored 28 goals in Spain's domestic league this season and is also...
  • Ronaldo likely to play in must-win game for Real Madrid 04-04-2014 04:06 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to play his side's vital BBVA Primera Liga tie away to Real Sociedad on Saturday night. Ronaldo had been a major doubt for the game after limping out of Real Madrid's 3-0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League with...
  • Barcelona's president hits out at FIFA after transfer ban 03-04-2014 11:49 PM

    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has denounced FIFA for punishing the La Liga club over a breach of rules on the transfer of foreign under-18 players, saying they are victims of a "grave injustice". Soccer's world governing body announced on Wednesday it had banned the Spanish champions from the transfer...
  • Barcelona take on Real Betis to keep title hopes alive 03-04-2014 04:38 PM

    Barcelona have been beset by institutional problems during Gerardo Martino's first season in charge but his record after 50 games shows they are having little impact on the team's performance. The Spanish champions, a point behind surprise leaders Atletico Madrid with seven games left, will be chasing a 38th win...
  • Diego Costa injury not as bad as feared, Atletico say 03-04-2014 12:09 AM

    Atletico Madrid top scorer Diego Costa has strained and not torn a thigh muscle, the La Liga club said on Wednesday, suggesting the Brazil-born forward will not be sidelined for as long as feared. Costa was forced off after 30 minutes of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Barcelona,...
  • Barcelona to appeal FIFA transfer ban, says club 03-04-2014 12:07 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona will lodge an appeal to try to overturn a ban on participating in the transfer market for breaching rules on the international transfer of foreign under-18 players, the club said on Wednesday. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, announced earlier on Wednesday that it had banned Barca from the...