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  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Real Madrid's visit to Sociedad 11 hours 12 minutes ago

    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 eight-match ban for Super Cup fracas 5 days ago

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was handed an eight-match 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 3-0 5 days ago

    Spain: Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid won the Spanish Supercup 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in the second leg of the competition in the Vicente Calderon Stadium Friday night. Following a 1-1 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 1-1...
  • 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 26-year-old 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 one-year 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 pre-season friendly game 1-2 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 right-leg 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 2014-15 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 29-year-old 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 tune-up 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 28-year-old Majorcan left-hander 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 four-month ban for a biting incident at the World Cup. Uruguay striker Suarez was given a nine-match international suspension and banned from all football-related 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 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. ...
  • Unheralded Thomas Pieters sets pace at Spanish Open May 17, 2014

    Little-known Belgian Thomas Pieters stole the show in the second round of the Spanish Open in Girona on Friday, surging to the top of the leaderboard with a second consecutive three-under-par 69. The 22-year-old was one stroke ahead of overnight leader Eddie Pepperell of Britain (71) and Dutchman Joost Luiten (69)....
  • Coach Javier Aguirre to leave Espanyol after disappointing campaign May 16, 2014

    Espanyol coach Javier Aguirre will leave at the end of the season when his contract expires after an indifferent campaign in which Barcelona's second club flirted with relegation. Winless since the end of March, Espanyol are 12th with one game left, six points above the drop zone in a crowded lower...
  • 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...