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  • Fernando Torres poised to re-join Atletico Madrid Yesterday

    London: Fernando Torres is poised to re-join boyhood club Atletico Madrid after they outlined a deal with AC Milan that should see Alessio Cerci go in the opposite direction. Torres is on a two-year loan from Chelsea but has failed to impress and Atletico are convinced they can rekindle the player...
  • Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid defeat Almeria 4-1 in La Liga December 13, 2014

    Two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid stretch their Spanish record winning streak to 20 matches as it beat Almeria 4-1 in the league on Friday. Madrid bettered the 18-game winning streak set by Barcelona in 2005-06 when they beat Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League on Tuesday. Francisco "Isco" Alarcon...
  • Real Madrid look to continue record winning streak in La Liga December 12, 2014

    Madrid: Fresh from setting a Spanish record with their 19th straight win, Real Madrid can take a step toward the overall record by beating Almeria on Friday. Madrid beat Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday in the Champions League, bettering the 18-game winning streak set by Barcelona in 2005-06. The world record of...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid up to second after home win over Deportivo November 30, 2014

    Atletico Madrid climbed above Barcelona into second in La Liga when Saul Niguez and Arda Turan fired the champions to a 2-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. The match at the Calderon was overshadowed by a street battle between dozens of rival fans a few hours before...
  • What's next on Lionel Messi's record-breaking list November 23, 2014

    Following is a selection of targets and achievements that still elude Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi. Messi on Saturday set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals, surpassing the previous record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades ago. - One glaring absence from...
  • Lionel Messi breaks La Liga's all-time scoring record of 253 goals November 23, 2014

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals when he grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 win at home to Sevilla, the latest milestone for the four-times World Player of the Year. The previous mark was held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra since 1955, which...
  • Lionel Messi's father plays down son's 'Barca exit' comments November 20, 2014

    Lionel Messi's father Jorge has sought to play down comments his son made this week which suggested the four-times World Player of the Year could consider leaving Barcelona. Lionel Messi said in an interview published in Ole newspaper on Tuesday if it was up to him he would stay at the...
  • Former Manchester United manager Moyes takes over as head coach of Real Sociedad November 11, 2014

    Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has agreed to take over as head coach of Real Sociedad until 30 June 2016, the La Liga club announced in a statement on Monday. Moyes, 51, replaces Jagoba Arrasate, who was sacked by the San Sebastian-based club on Nov. 2 after a poor start...
  • La Liga: Levante earn 1-1 draw at Sevilla November 9, 2014

    Seville: Victor Casadesus struck late to give lowly Levante a 1-1 draw at Sevilla in a fierce Spanish league match on Sunday. Sevilla left-winger Víctor Machin headed in Gerard Deulofeu's pinpoint cross in the 31st minute, boosting his team's bid to reach third place behind leader Real Madrid and Barcelona. But Casadesus...
  • Joaquin Larrivey scores as Celta Vigo stun Barcelona 1-0 in La Liga November 2, 2014

    Luis Suarez's home debut with Barcelona was spoiled by Celta Vigo as Joaquin Larrivey scored in the second half to deal the hosts a 1-0 loss that let Real Madrid take the overnight lead of the Spanish league on Saturday. Barcelona's second consecutive loss and first at home in the league...
  • Two-goal Rodriguez hits stunner as Real Madrid thump Granada 4-0 November 1, 2014

    Real Madrid turned up the heat on their La Liga title rivals when James Rodriguez scored twice, including a stunning volley, in a 4-0 win at Granada on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo set the European champions on their way in the second minute at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium when he clipped...
  • La Liga: Five teams jostle at top of tight Spanish league November 1, 2014

    Barcelona: Luis Suarez will make his Camp Nou debut in official competition on Saturday. The Barcelona striker played in a home friendly to start the season while serving out a four-month biting ban. That ended in time for Suarez to set up Neymar's goal in Barcelona's loss at Real Madrid last...
  • James Rodriguez delighted to adapt to life at Real Madrid October 29, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid's Colombian international James Rodriguez said that he has been a fan of the club for virtually all his life. Rodriguez, who joined Real Madrid for 80 million euros after the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, said he had "been with Madrid since the time they had Zinedine Zidane,...
  • Sevilla stun Villarreal 2-1 to move second in La Liga October 27, 2014

    Barcelona: Sevilla scored twice in the final minutes to stun visiting Villarreal 2-1 and move level on points with Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league on Sunday. Villarreal substitute Luciano Vietto appeared to have grabbed the winner at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium with a goal in the 79th minute. But...
  • Real Madrid cut Barcelona's lead to a point, Valencia in third place October 26, 2014

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid's 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling 'El Clasico' on Saturday that handed the visitors their first loss of the Spanish league season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first game since a...
  • Levante fire coach Jose Mendilibar in Spain October 21, 2014

    Levante have fired Jose Mendilibar, becoming the second Spanish club in as many days to remove a head coach. The 53-year-old Mendilibar replaced Joaquin Caparros this season but failed to maintain the same level of play, with the team scoring a league-low four goals through eight rounds and sitting next-to-last in...
  • Luis Suarez feared Barcelona would not sign him after biting ban October 20, 2014

    Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup. The Uruguayan signed for Barca from Liverpool for 81 million euros ($103.5 million) despite the ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini when playing against Italy...
  • Spanish nurse aide declared negative for Ebola virus October 20, 2014

    A Spanish nurse's aide who had contracted Ebola after caring for a patient with the deadly disease, is now free of the virus. She tested negative in the third test. ...
  • La Liga: Neymar, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona defeat Eibar 3-0 October 19, 2014

    Lionel Messi edged one closer to La Liga's all-time goalscoring record as Barcelona easily beat Eibar 3-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday. Messi is now poised to equal Telmo Zarra's milestone of 251 goals that has stood since 1955 next week at rival Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo also...
  • Ronaldo brace helps Real Madrid thrash Levante 5-0 October 18, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to extend his scoring streak with Real Madrid to nine straight appearances and help win 5-0 at Levante in the Spanish league on Saturday. Ronaldo opened from the penalty spot in the 13th minute before adding another goal in the 61st, increasing his league-leading tally to 15...
  • La Liga: Manucho's late goal gives Rayo Vallecano 1-0 win at Granada October 18, 2014

    Granada: Manucho scored deep in stoppage time to give Rayo Vallecano a 1-0 win at Granada in the Spanish league on Friday. With Rayo stalled in attack, Manucho went on in the 84th minute and finished off a last-gasp move when the Angolan striker swept Gael Kakuta's pass in off the...
  • 'El Clasico' at risk if Catalonia becomes independent October 8, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Javier Tebas on Tuesday said that in the hypothetical case of the region of Catalonia becoming independent from Spain, FC Barcelona and Espanyol would not be able to continuing playing football in La Liga. Tebas' words add a new dimension to the ongoing debate over...
  • Spanish nurse is first to contract Ebola outside Africa October 7, 2014

    Madrid: A Spanish nurse who treated two Ebola victims at a Madrid hospital has contracted the virus herself in the first case of contagion outside of Africa, health officials said on Monday. "She is a health professional who took care of the infected with the disease who were repatriated and cared...
  • Ronaldo nets hat-trick as Real Madrid thrash Athletic Bilbao 5-0 October 6, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo had another hat trick to extend his scoring streak to eight consecutive games and lead Real Madrid to a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday. It was Ronaldo's second treble to go with one four-goal game already this season and gave the Ballon d'Or...
  • Sevilla beat Deportivo 4-1 to go 3rd in La Liga October 5, 2014

    Midfielder Stephane M'Bia scored two goals as Sevilla beat visitors Deportivo La Coruna 4-1 in the Spanish league on Sunday. Also, Moi Gomez scored back-to-back goals in two minutes to help Villarreal win 3-1 at 10-man Celta Vigo, dealing the hosts their first loss of the season. While M'Bia got his double,...
  • Getafe salvage 1-1 draw with Cordoba in La Liga October 4, 2014

    Madrid: Getafe substitute Baba Diawara scored two minutes from time to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against Cordoba in the Spanish league on Friday. Midfielder Patrick Ekeng scored in the 78th minute to put Cordoba on the verge of their first victory in their first season in the top flight...
  • Messi 'not thinking' about looming La Liga scoring record October 2, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi is not thinking about breaking Telmo Zarra's La Liga scoring record of 251 goals despite having closed to within three of the former Athletic Bilbao and Spain forward. Four-times World Player of the Year, Messi has scored five times in Spain's top flight this season, including two against...
  • La Liga: Mendez scores in stoppage time to give Almeria 1-0 win over Deportivo September 28, 2014

    Almeria forward Edgar Mendez scored in stoppage time to grab a 1-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league on Sunday. Mendez's shot from the edge of the area took a glancing deflection off a defender and went in off the crossbar to silence home fans at Riazor Stadium. Deportivo...
  • Ronaldo scores as Real Madrid win 2-0 at Villarreal September 27, 2014

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his sixth straight game to help Real Madrid win 2-0 at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Saturday. Villarreal attacked well early on at El Madrigal Stadium, as an airplane circled overhead trailing a banner asking Ronaldo to return to former club Manchester United. But Luka...
  • Uncle Nadal puzzled as Spain pick female Davis Cup captain September 23, 2014

    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...