Spanish League

  • Banned Suarez may make Barcelona debut in El Clasico 4 days ago

    Madrid: Disgraced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who is serving a four-month ban for a biting incident at the World Cup, could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in El Clasico in October. La Liga announced its fixtures for the season on Thursday and the first meeting of the two Spanish...
  • Atletico Madrid sign goalkeeper Miguel Moya from Getafe June 4, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish champion Atletico Madrid says goalkeeper Miguel Moya has agreed to a transfer from crosstown club Getafe. Moya's arrival could pave the way for the exit of Belgium goalie Thibaut Courtois, who has played at Atletico for the past three seasons on loan from Chelsea. Atletico say Moya has agreed to...
  • Malaga confirm Javi Gracia as first team coach May 30, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish Primera Liga outfit Malaga on Friday confirmed former Osasuna coach Javi Gracia as the successor to Bernd Schuster as first team coach. Gracia has agreed a two-season contract with the club, which ended this season in mid-table after flirting with the bottom three for much of the campaign, reports...
  • New York City FC to sign David Villa: reports May 29, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid forward David Villa is about to sign a three-year contract with New York City FC, according to news reports Thursday. Villa will be transferred to NYCFC in the summer of 2014. Spanish radio station Cadena Cope said that the US club, who are jointly owned by Manchester City...
  • Atletico Madrid sign teenage Argentine forward Angel Correa May 28, 2014

    Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have agreed to sign teenage forward Angel Correa from San Lorenzo in his native Argentina on a five-year contract pending a medical. "Our club has reached agreement with San Lorenzo on the transfer of the young Argentine talent," Atletico said in a statement on their website late...
  • Gerard Pique agrees four-year contract extension with Barcelona May 20, 2014

    Spain: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will tie him to the club until 2019. The Spain international has been an integral part of Barcelona's success, helping the club win two Champions Leagues titles and five of the past six league trophies since his arrival...
  • Lionel Messi signs new contract with Barcelona May 19, 2014

    Lionel Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona on Monday that will reportedly make the four-times World Player of the Year soccer's best-paid player with a net annual salary of 20 million euros ($27.4 million). In a statement the La Liga club said that "Barcelona announces the signing of the agreement...
  • As it happened: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, La Liga title decider May 17, 2014

    La Liga is set for one of its most thrilling finishes as Barcelona host leaders Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all showdown at the Nou Camp. ...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo fit to face Espanyol, says Carlo Ancelotti May 16, 2014

    Real Madrid's top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a series of niggling injuries and is fit to play in Saturday's La Liga game at home to Espanyol, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. The Portugal captain limped out of the 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid on May 7 with an...
  • Lionel Messi to be world's highest-paid footballer May 16, 2014

    Barcelona and Lionel Messi have agreed on an improved contract that will reportedly make the four-time World Player of the Year football's best-paid player with a net annual salary of 20 million euros ($27.4 million). Barcelona did not publish details of the deal but Spanish media said Messi, 26, would remain...
  • Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa set to start against Barcelona May 16, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says striker Diego Costa has recovered from a hamstring injury and will start against Barcelona on Saturday in the Spanish league title decider. Costa missed Sunday's 1-1 draw against Malaga but will return with Atletico on the verge of winning its first league title in...
  • Barcelona ready to seize second chance, says Xavi May 14, 2014

    Barcelona are ready to grasp their second chance with both hands and snatch the Spanish title from Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all clash this weekend, midfielder Xavi said on Wednesday. Barca looked out of the running for top spot a few weeks ago but with the leading three sides in Spain...
  • Atletico Madrid have the character to win La Liga: Jose Sosa May 12, 2014

    Atletico Madrid have the "character and strength" to go to Barcelona this weekend, beat their only remaining title rivals and seal their first La Liga triumph since 1996, according to midfielder Jose Sosa. Spain's top flight has gone down to the wire after leaders Atletico (89 points) and second-placed Barca (86)...
  • Charles scores twice as Celta Vigo defeat Real Madrid 2-0 May 12, 2014

    Celta have recorded a 2-0 surprise win over Real Madrid at the Balaidos in Sunday's La Liga encounter to end the away side's title dreams. Real, who at the start of the match were trailing leaders Atletico Madrid by four points and second-placed Barcelona by one, sent out a host of...
  • Failure at Valladolid would end Real Madrid's title hopes: Ancelotti May 6, 2014

    Real Madrid must win Wednesday's La Liga game at relegation-battling Valladolid or their hope of snatching the title from Atletico Madrid or Barcelona will be over, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday. Real missed a chance to wrest the initiative from leaders Atletico and second-placed Barca when they were held to...
  • Barcelona's title defense hit by 2-2 draw to Getafe May 3, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona conceded a second goal to Getafe forward Angel Lafita in injury time to stumble to a 2-2 draw at home on Saturday, dealing a major blow to their hopes of defending the Spanish league title. Lionel Messi volleyed in Dani Alves' pass to open the scoring in the 23rd...
  • Messi caps brilliant comeback to keep Barcelona in the title race April 28, 2014

    Atletico Madrid moved one step closer to their first Spanish league title in 18 years on Sunday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Valencia, while Lionel Messi completed Barcelona's wild 3-2 comeback win at Villarreal to keep alive their chances of repeating as champion. Diego Simeone's side moved six points clear...
  • Atletico Madrid beat Valencia 1-0 to move closer to La Liga title April 27, 2014

    Spain: Atletico Madrid moved even closer to their first Spanish league title in 18 years on Sunday with a 1-0 victory at Valencia. Raul Garcia scored with an expert header in the 43rd minute, and Atletico's defense did the rest as it gave Valencia no chance to rally at their Mestalla...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid rout Osasuna 4-0 April 27, 2014

    Spain: Cristiano Ronaldo scored two long-range goals to help Real Madrid rout Osasuna 4-0 on Saturday and stay in the Spanish league title chase while resting several first-choice players for their European clash at Bayern Munich. With Gareth Bale recovering from the flu and Karim Benzema on the bench, all of...
  • La Liga: No rest for weary Atletico as Valencia trip looms April 25, 2014

    Atletico Madrid must put their Champions League ambitions to one side when they look to maintain their surprise La Liga title surge in a tough trip to Valencia on Sunday. They are on the verge of winning their first league title for 18 years and breaking the stranglehold of the country's...
  • Barcelona lose, Real Madrid win to move 2nd in Spanish League April 13, 2014

    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 the...
  • Lionel Messi strikes twice as Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-1 April 6, 2014

    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 his...
  • Atletico Madrid stay on course for surprise La Liga title April 5, 2014

    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, if...
  • Real Sociedad held to 1-1 draw at Osasuna March 30, 2014

    Spain: Real Sociedad were held to a 1-1 draw at Osasuna on Sunday, missing the chance to climb closer to the top four in the Spanish league. Osasuna ended a five-game losing streak but fell into the relegation zone after Valladolid beat 10-man Almeria 1-0 at home. Sociedad started well at Reyno...
  • Real Sociedad, Villarreal win to stay in European hunt March 28, 2014

    Spain: Real Sociedad beat Valladolid 1-0 while Villarreal held on for a 1-0 win at Getafe in the Spanish league, both victors staying in the hunt on Thursday for a place in European competition next season. Sociedad remained in sixth place with Villarreal a point behind in seventh, both in Europa...
  • El Clasico: Lionel Messi hat-trick guides Barcelona to 4-3 win at Real Madrid March 24, 2014

    Madrid: Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to give Barcelona a 4-3 win at 10-man Real Madrid in an electrifying and contentious "clasico" match that kept the three-way Spanish league title race wide open. The result means Atletico Madrid now tops the table, with Madrid level on points in second...
  • Barcelona need almost perfect game to beat Real Madrid: Andres Iniesta March 20, 2014

    Barcelona will need an almost perfect performance to win at La Liga leaders Real Madrid in Sunday's 'Clasico' and reignite their title bid, playmaker Andres Iniesta said on Thursday. Real are undefeated in La Liga since Barca beat them 2-1 at the Nou Camp in October and they are four points...
  • Record-breaking Messi bags hat-trick as Barcelona rout Osasuna 7-0 March 17, 2014

    Spain: Lionel Messi set another scoring record by netting a hat-trick to pace Barcelona's 7-0 rout of Osasuna in the Spanish league on Sunday, ensuring the defending champions stayed in striking distance of leader Real Madrid before their critical "clasico" match next week. The three goals bring Messi's career tally for...
  • Barcelona fall to shock defeat against Valladolid March 8, 2014

    Spain: Barcelona's title defense took a blow on Saturday when they stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Valladolid, missing the chance to move to the top of the Spanish standings ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi was the only Barcelona player who looked...
  • Injury-hit Barca visit Valladolid as La Liga title race heats up March 7, 2014

    While Barcelona come to terms with the news that talismanic defender Carles Puyol will leave the club in the summer they have more immediate concerns at the back for Saturday's trip to Real Valladolid (1500). Puyol, who has been battling with knee problems for the past few seasons, is again injured...