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  • Uncle Nadal puzzled as Spain pick female Davis Cup captain 9 hours 48 minutes ago

    Toni Nadal has given a lukewarm response to the decision by the Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) to appoint former women's Tour player Gala Leon as Spain's new Davis Cup captain. The RFET handed the 40yearold Leon responsibility for the country's Davis Cup team following Carlos Moya's decision to step aside last...
  • La Liga: Valencia up to second thanks to 30 win at Getafe 10 hours 16 minutes ago

    Madrid: Valencia continued their solid start to La Liga and climbed to second when recent Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set them on their way to a 30 win at Getafe on Monday. Forward Alcacer, who scored on his competitive Spain debut in this month's 51 Euro 2016 qualification victory against Macedonia,...
  • Goals galore as Barcelona blank Levante 50 Yesterday

    Lionel Messi shrugged off a missed penalty and another injury to Neymar by scoring one goal and setting up two more to lead Barcelona to a 50 rout at 10man Levante on Sunday as they stayed top of the Spanish league. Messi set up Neymar for the 34thminute opener before flubbing...
  • Ronaldo nets thrice as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo 82 2 days ago

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez added braces as Real Madrid rolled past Deportivo La Coruna 82 to emphatically end their twogame losing skid in the Spanish league on Saturday. After Madrid romped, defending champion Atletico Madrid slipped to a 22 draw with Celta...
  • Real Madrid minor blips or serious signs? 1 week ago

    "Too many cooks spoil the broth" an age old proverb which might sound veridical to Madridistas at the moment. Real Madrid finished last season as the Champions of Europe, clinching the "La Decima" after a wait of over ten seasons. For the current generation of Madrid fans, it is...
  • Messi, Neymar fit for Barcelona's La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao September 12, 2014

    Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar are fit for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao, with manager Luis Enrique saying on Friday that he has an almost complete squad to choose from. Messi has been recuperating from an adductor muscle injury, while Neymar missed Barca's seasonopening win at...
  • Real Madrid president Perez plays down Ronaldo spat September 5, 2014

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sought to play down an apparent spat with Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday as he announced the La Liga club's income had surged above 600 million euros ($778 million) in 201314. Perez, who has splashed hundreds of millions of euros of the European champions' cash on top...
  • David Zurutuza nets double as Real Sociedad stun Real Madrid 42 September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona: Real Madrid collapsed after leading by two goals to lose 42 at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Sunday, with the European champions left rudderless without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, finished Barcelona's 10 win at Villarreal with a right leg injury after he set up...
  • Lionel Messi sets up Barcelona's 10 win at Villarreal September 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi set up substitute Sandro Ramirez to score on his league debut and give Barcelona a 10 victory at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Sunday. Villarreal held Barcelona in check at El Madrigal Stadium until Messi took Neymar's throughpass and drew out goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo before finding the...
  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Real Madrid's visit to Sociedad August 30, 2014

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo won't play in Real Madrid's first away game of the Spanish league season after Portugal ruled him unfit for their opening 2016 European Championship qualifier. Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has left the Ballon d'Or winner out of his squad for Sunday's game at Real Sociedad. Ancelotti says "we preferred...
  • Atletico's Diego Simeone handed eightmatch ban for Super Cup fracas August 25, 2014

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was handed an eightmatch touchline ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Monday following his dismissal and angry reaction in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid last Friday. The Argentine was sanctioned with four games for slapping the fourth official on the back of...
  • Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona defeat Elche 30 August 25, 2014

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 30 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season's disappointments behind him. Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free...
  • Injured Neymar to miss Barcelona's opening game with Elche August 24, 2014

    Neymar will miss Barcelona's opening game of the La Liga season against Elche on Sunday with an ankle sprain, the club has confirmed. "Despite the positive evolution of the grade one sprain to his left ankle he will be absent from tonight's game," read a statement from the club. Neymar was only...
  • Angel Di Maria on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, says Carlo Ancelotti August 24, 2014

    Angel Di Maria is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted on Sunday. "Di Maria has not trained with us today and he came in to say goodbye to the players and people at the club," Ancelotti said. "We are thankful for what he has done at this...
  • Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid to lift Spanish Super Cup August 23, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid won the Spanish Supercup 21 on aggregate following a 10 win over Real Madrid in the second leg of the competition in the Vicente Calderon Stadium Friday night. Following a 11 draw in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Tuesday night, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti made several changes to...
  • Ronaldo fit for Real's Super Cup decider against Atletico August 21, 2014

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid on Friday, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Thursday. The Portuguese went off as a precaution at half time during the first leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday suffering a hamstring strain during the 11...
  • Manchester United, PSG target Angel Di Maria as he wants to leave Real Madrid August 21, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Argentina forward Angel Di Maria has asked for a transfer. The 26yearold Di Maria has spent the last four years at Madrid and helped them win the Champions League last season. Ancelotti says "Di Maria has asked to leave and he has rejected an offer...
  • FIFA rejects Barcelona appeal against transfer ban August 20, 2014

    Zurich: Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a oneyear ban for breaching rules over the transfer of youngsters. The Spanish giants will now ask sport's highest court to overturn the punishment, which resulted from the signing of 10 players under...
  • Champions Atletico Madrid aim to upstage La Liga big spenders again August 20, 2014

    While Real Madrid and Barcelona have once more spent vast sums to win back the La Liga crown, they are set to face dogged competition again from champions Atletico Madrid who have a side built on a fraction of the cost. Atletico became the first team since Valencia in 2004 to...
  • Real Madrid aim high ahead of Super Cup clash with Atletico Madrid August 19, 2014

    European champions Real Madrid could be without the world's most expensive player in Welshman Gareth Bale and Portuguese defender Pepe when they meet city rivals and domestic champions Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Both players were unable to train on Friday when they nursed injuries...
  • Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti rules out further signings August 17, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotii on Sunday ruled out any further signings before the end of the month. Real Madrid lost a preseason friendly game 12 to Italian side Fiorentina late Saturday night, reports Xinhua. Real Madrid cruised past Sevilla in the European Supercup Tuesday to lift the first title of...
  • Thomas Vermaelen starts Barcelona stint with injury August 11, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona says Thomas Vermaelen has a lingering muscle injury from the World Cup that will keep him from training with his new teammates. Barcelona says Vermaelen still has a rightleg muscle injury from playing for Belgium at the World Cup. The club says the speed of his recovery will determine...
  • Barcelona agree to loan midfielder Ibrahim Afellay to Olympiakos August 10, 2014

    Barcelona have agreed to loan Dutch attacking midfielder Ibrahim Afellay to Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus for the 201415 season, the La Liga club said on Sunday. Afellay, 28, joined Barca from PSV Eindhoven in December 2010 but injury wrecked his chances of establishing himself in the first team and he has...
  • Atletico Madrid sign defender Jesus Gamez from Malaga August 8, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish champion Atletico Madrid have reinforced their defense by signing right back Jesus Gamez from Malaga. The 29yearold Gamez will compete with Spanish international Juanfran Torres for playing time on the right side of Atletico's defense. Atletico did not release the financial details of the transfer. Gamez has been a regular starter...
  • Tests show Nadal recovery from wrist injury on track August 5, 2014

    Rafa Nadal's recovery from a wrist injury that ruled him out of two US Open tuneup events is on track, the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) said on Tuesday after the world number two underwent tests. Nadal sustained the injury during practice late last month and the 28yearold Majorcan lefthander has been...
  • Barcelona's Gerard Pique relishing return of 'angry' Luis Suarez July 31, 2014

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes an "angry" Luis Suarez will be desperate to prove himself when he has served out a fourmonth ban for a biting incident at the World Cup. Uruguay striker Suarez was given a ninematch international suspension and banned from all footballrelated activity for four months by FIFA...
  • Banned Suarez may make Barcelona debut in El Clasico July 25, 2014

    Madrid: Disgraced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who is serving a fourmonth 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 twoseason contract with the club, which ended this season in midtable 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 threeyear 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...