Levante

  • Real Madrid lure Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Levante August 4, 2014

    Real Madrid have agreed to sign highly-rated Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who shone at the World Cup, from La Liga rivals Levante on a six-year contract, the European champions said on Sunday. "The player will be presented on Tuesday ... on the VIP tribune at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium after...
  • Syria-Iraq 'caliph' incites Muslims to holy war July 2, 2014

    Dubai: The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil. Proclaiming a "new era" in which Muslims will ultimately triumph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued...
  • Iraq insurgents seize oilfields, hit air base as US advisers arrive June 26, 2014

    Baghdad: Militants attacked one of Iraq's largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields on Wednesday as US special forces troops and intelligence analysts arrived to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his job and is under...
  • Papakouly Diop complains of racist abuse from Atletico Madrid fans May 5, 2014

    Madrid: Levante's Senegal midfielder Papakouly Diop has complained of racist abuse from a section of the Atletico Madrid supporters during Sunday's La Liga game. Diop was by the corner flag in front of several thousand travelling Atletico fans at the end of Levante's 2-0 win in Valencia and said he had...
  • Atletico Madrid's loss at Levante tightens title race May 4, 2014

    Barcelona: Atletico Madrid's march to the Spanish league title hit a bump when they lost 2-0 at Levante on Sunday, meaning they must win their remaining two games to clinch the title for the first time since 1996. Levante pressed early and were rewarded when Papakouly Diop's corner kick hit Atletico...
  • Bilbao beat Levante to stay fourth in La Liga April 8, 2014

    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...
  • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group March 8, 2014

    Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, official Saudi television reported citing a statement by the Interior Ministry. The kingdom has also designated Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters are battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as terrorist organisations. Friday's move...
  • 10-man Levante beat Osasuna 2-0 in La Liga March 2, 2014

    Spain: Levante struck early and relied on their staunch defense when reduced to 10 men to beat Osasuna 2-0 at home in the Spanish league on Saturday. Levante's win extended their unbeaten streak to eight consecutive rounds and provisionally lifted them ahead of Sevilla and Valencia into seventh place. First-year coach Joaquin...
  • Levante draw 1-1 at Valladolid in Spanish League February 22, 2014

    Spain: Levante drew 1-1 at Valladolid on Friday to extend their unbeaten streak to seven straight games in the Spanish league. Before the rest of the 25th round of matches are played this weekend, Levante moved provisionally into seventh place. Valladolid remained in the relegation zone with only one win in...
  • Messi sets up four in Barcelona's 4-1 win at Levante January 23, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi marked his 400th game for Barcelona with a master class of passing by setting up four goals to give Cristian Tello a hat-trick in a 4-1 win at Levante in Wednesday's first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final. Denied by the hosts in the first half, Messi...
  • Barcelona face Levante, Real visit Espanyol in Copa del Rey January 22, 2014

    Madrid: The Copa del Rey is back this week, and Barcelona will travel to Levante for the second time in three days. The Spanish league leaders were held to a 1-1 draw at Levante on Sunday, but now play in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. Also, Real Madrid will visit Espanyol for...
  • La Liga: Barcelona held to a 1-1 draw at Levante January 20, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona's potent attack led by Lionel Messi was held to a 1-1 draw at Levante on Sunday, leaving the door open for Atletico Madrid to move ahead at the top of the Spanish league. Atletico enter their game later against Sevilla, one point behind the defending champions. Levante made the...
  • Diego Costa nets two, Atletico beat Levante 3-2 December 22, 2013

    Barcelona: Diego Costa scored his Spanish league-leading 18th and 19th goals to help Atletico Madrid come back to beat a feisty Levante 3-2 on Saturday and provisionally move to the top of the table. Atletico lead Barcelona by three points before their game at Getafe on Sunday, when the defending champion...
  • Villarreal win 3-0 at 10-man Levante to stay fourth November 25, 2013

    Spain: Striker Ikechukwu Uche scored two goals and earned a penalty in Villarreal's 3-0 win against 10-man Levante on Sunday, keeping the promoted side near the top of the Spanish league. Sergio Garcia did one better for Espanyol in its 4-1 victory at 10-man Rayo Vallecano, earning the dismissal of the...
  • Ronaldo's late winner lifts Madrid 3-2 at Levante October 6, 2013

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored deep in injury time to cap Real Madrid's incredible 3-2 comeback victory at Levante on Saturday, when his team went from losing, to drawing, and finally to winning in the last five minutes. At 1-1, Levante's Nabil El Zhar grabbed what looked to be the winner in...
  • La Liga: Levante win 1-0 at Osasuna on late goal September 29, 2013

    Barcelona: Levante won 1-0 at Osasuna in the Spanish league on Sunday with midfielder Jordi Xumetra scoring in the 87th minute following a penalty. Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez blocked Papakouly Diop's spot kick, but Xumetra raced in to slot home the rebound. Osasuna dominated the first half at their Reyno de Navarra...
  • Levante score their first win against 10-man Rayo August 31, 2013

    Barcelona: Levante won their first game of the Spanish league season on Friday when substitute Andreas Ivanschitz scored with the last kick of the game for a 2-1 victory at 10-man Rayo Vallecano. Rayo were down a man from the 60th minute when Alhassane 'Lass' Bangoura was dismissed for kicking Levante's...
  • Gerardo Martino makes protecting Lionel Messi a priority August 19, 2013

    Madrid: The sight of Lionel Messi being substituted against Levante on Sunday was an early indicator that new Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is unafraid of making bold decisions. The 50-year-old Argentine has arrived at the Nou Camp as a disciple of the Catalan club's trademark possession game and has said...
  • La Liga: Barcelona rout Levante 7-0 at Camp Nou August 19, 2013

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up another on Sunday to help mark the debut of Neymar and Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino in a 7-0 thrashing of Levante, ensuring the Spanish champions start their title defense in style. With signature signing Neymar watching from the bench, Messi almost single-handedly...
  • Sevilla sign midfielder Vicente Iborra from Levante August 17, 2013

    Seville: Sevilla have signed holding midfielder Vicente Iborra from fellow Spanish club Levante. Levante say Sevilla met the undisclosed buyout clause. The length of Iborra's contract was also not disclosed. Iborra spent the past six seasons with Levante's first team and had recently been appointed captain after the departure of Sergio Ballesteros. In...
  • Messi fit for Barcelona's Spanish league opener August 17, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona's team doctors have cleared Lionel Messi to play in the club's Spanish league opener against Levante. Barcelona say Messi has recovered from a strained muscle in his left leg from last weekend and will take the field on Sunday. The Argentina forward missed several games at the end of last...
  • Levante hire Joaquin Caparros as coach for 2013-14 June 9, 2013

    Valencia: Levante have hired Joaquin Caparros as coach for the 2013-14 season. Levante announced on Sunday that Caparros would be taking over for Juan Ignacio Martinez, who was not offered a contract extension. The 57-year-old Caparros has coached several Spanish clubs, including Athletic Bilbao, Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla. Most recently, he was...
  • Fixing cloud over Deportivo's win against Levante May 3, 2013

    Madrid: The Spanish football league (LFP) will investigate Deportivo La Coruna's 4-0 La Liga victory at Levante on April 13, a Spanish radio station reported on Thursday. Depor, who are in administration and fighting to avoid relegation, hammered mid-table Levante scoring three times in the first half just over two...
  • Juan Carlos Valeron scores as Deportivo thrash Levante 4-0 April 14, 2013

    Barcelona: Deportivo La Coruna rolled to a 4-0 victory at Levante to provisionally escape the Spanish league's relegation zone for the first time in 18 weeks after their fourth consecutive win on Saturday. Also, Malaga forward Julio Baptista struck in injury time to grab a 1-0 win over visiting Osasuna...
  • Real Madrid beat Levante 5-1 before Galatasaray trip April 6, 2013

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo went on as a substitute to seal Real Madrid's 5-1 win over Levante as they maintained their dominant form on Saturday ahead of their Champions League quarter-final at Galatasaray. Madrid reduced Barcelona's lead in the Spanish league to 10 points before the Catalan side hosted Mallorca later. Gonzalo...
  • Osasuna beat Levante 2-0 with late goals February 26, 2013

    Madrid: Late goals by Masoud Soleimani and Enrique Sola gave Osasuna a 2-0 away win against Levante in the Spanish league on Monday. Soleimani unleashed an unstoppable shot from within the penalty area to beat goalkeeper Kaylor Navas in the 88th minute. Sola struck another powerful shot past Navas in the...
  • Real Sociedad draw 1-1 with 10-man Levante February 17, 2013

    Barcelona: Real Sociedad were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Levante in the Spanish league on Sunday despite having an extra player for the last half hour. Carlos Vela scored his 10th goal of the season to give Sociedad the lead with a penalty in the 18th minute after...
  • Valencia and Levante snatch late wins in Spanish League January 27, 2013

    Barcelona: Valencia and Levante won in dramatic fashion from late goals in the Spanish league on Saturday, lifting the pair of crosstown rivals into Europa League positions. Defender Ricardo Costa headed in Valencia's injury-time winner to cap its 3-2 fightback victory at nine-man Deportivo La Coruna, while Levante edged out...
  • Levante beat 10-man Bilbao 3-1 in Spain January 5, 2013

    Barcelona: Levante beat 10-man Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at home on Saturday to close in on Spain's top-four Champions League places. Levante's sixth win in nine home games this season lifted it to within one point of fifth-place Real Betis and fourth-place Malaga, which play Deportivo La Coruna later. Striker Aritz Aduriz...
  • Barcelona thrash Levante 4-0, extend lead in Spain November 26, 2012

    Barcelona: Andres Iniesta scored one goal and created three more to guide Barcelona to a 4-0 win at Levante on Sunday as Tito Vilanova's team took a major step toward reclaiming the Spanish league title. Lionel Messi was the recipient of two of Iniesta's assists to score in the 47th and...