Category: La Liga
Published on 11 January 2015

Primeira Liga Review: Sporting march on as Gil Vicente finally win

Primeira Liga Review: Sporting march on as Gil Vicente finally win

The hosts headed into the match two points behind Sporting but looked on as their opponents moved into third thanks to substitute Junya Tanaka netting the decisive goal in the fifth minute of added time.

Sporting are 10 points behind leaders Benfica, who are six clear of nearest rivals Porto.

At the other end of the table, Gil Vicente finally...

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Category: La Liga
Published on 11 January 2015

La Liga Review: Barca clear of Atletico as Sevilla go fourth

La Liga Review: Barca clear of Atletico as Sevilla go fourth

Neymar and Luis Suarez were on target as Lionel Messi orchestrated a dazzling first-half display at Camp Nou.

Rumours of a rift between head coach Luis Enrique and Messi made for numerous uncomfortable headlines in Catalonia this week and the Argentina superstar was in the unfamiliar position of giving away a 57th-minute penalty.

Mario Mandzukic...

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Category: La Liga
Published on 20 December 2014

Real Madrid 2 San Lorenzo 0: Spanish giants complete triumphant 2014

Real Madrid 2 San Lorenzo 0: Spanish giants complete triumphant 2014

Carlo Ancelotti's side have enjoyed a stellar last 12 months that has also seen them lift the UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup.

Victory on Saturday extended Real's remarkable winning run to 22 matches in all competitions as the Spanish giants continue to sweep all before them on all fronts.

Sergio Ramos -...

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Carles Puyol
Category: La Liga
Published on 14 April 2014

Puyol ´would stay´ at Barca

Carles Puyol would consider staying at Barcelona next season if he feels physically capable of another term in Spain’s top flight.

The veteran club captain had previously confirmed his intention to leave Barca at the end of the campaign, having spent his entire career at Camp Nou.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 10 January 2014

La Liga Preview: Atletico Madrid v Barcelona

La Liga's top two meet in an eagerly anticipated match at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday as Atletico Madrid host champions Barcelona.

Gerardo Martino's Barca are top of the table on goal difference alone, and their opponents this weekend have displayed marginally better recent form in the league.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 14 September 2013

Ancelotti denies forcing Ozil exit

Carlo Ancelotti has hit out at Mesut Ozil's claims that he had no place at Real Madrid, insisting the German was not forced out of the club.
There has been an ongoing public row between the two parties since Ozil joined Arsenal on deadline day, fuelled by the playmaker's suggestion that he was shown "a lack of confidence and trust" in his abilities at Madrid.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 20 December 2014

La Liga Review: Catalan clubs triumph

La Liga Review: Catalan clubs triumph

A late brace from Lionel Messi wrapped up Barcelona's 5-0 triumph over lowly Cordoba as Luis Enrique's men scored three times from the 80th minute onwards, while in Madrid, captain Sergio Garcia inspired Espanyol to a 3-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Espanyol left it late, however, with Lucas Vazquez heading the visitors ahead with 14...

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Category: La Liga
Published on 19 March 2014

Ancelotti confident Jese will bounce back

19 March 2014 10:54

Carlo Ancelotti has backed Jese Rodriguez to recover from a season-ending injury – just as the Italian did during his playing career.

Jese sustained knee ligament damage in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League last-16 second-leg clash with Schalke, which Real won 3-1 to seal a 9-2 aggregate success.

The 21-year-old forward,

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Category: La Liga
Published on 29 November 2013

Ronaldo ruled out of Valladolid clash

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Saturday's match against Real Valladolid through injury.

Ronaldo's hamstring problem, which kept him out of Wednesday's 4-1 UEFA Champions League win over Galatasaray, will also see him miss this weekend's home fixture.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 14 August 2013

Preview: Barcelona VS. Levante UD

Barcelona never lost to Levante UD in all their encounters and there is no reason why La Liga’s top team shall wave the white flag in its first match.
Barḉa is in a bit of a hiatus upon entering La Liga. But really, this is nothing that the club cannot handle.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 18 December 2014

Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid: Simeone's men eye fitting response

Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid: Simeone's men eye fitting response

Atletico drew 2-2 with the third-tier side in Thursday's Copa del Rey second-leg meeting, marking their third match without a win.

Progress to the last 16 was assured courtesy of a 3-0 first-leg triumph on the road at the start of the month, but Real Madrid's blistering form in La Liga has put the pressure on Simeone's men to find...

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Category: La Liga
Published on 19 March 2014

Ancelotti welcomes El Clasico timing

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side’s crucial La Liga clash against Barcelona has come at a good time.

The Italian watched his team complete a comprehensive 9-2 aggregate victory over Schalke in the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 with a 3-1 home win on Tuesday.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 01 November 2013

Pique set to return for Espanyol clash

Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique is set to return for Friday evening’s Catalan derby at home to Espanyol, but full-back Adriano Correia is out with a hamstring problem.

Pique was rested for Tuesday’s 3-0 Primera Division win at Celta Vigo, but is expected to return to the starting lineup for the game at the Camp Nou, as coach Gerardo Martino continues with his rotation policy.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 26 February 2013

Vilanova expects Fabregas to stay

Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova believes that Cesc Fabregas will resist offers to return to England to remain at the Camp Nou next season.
The 26-year-old Spain midfielder has been heavily linked with Manchester United in recent days, but Vilanova expects the former Arsenal man to stay put. He told reporters: "I know he has received offers from other teams.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 31 October 2014

Deportivo La Coruna 1 Getafe 2: Lafita returns to haunt hosts

31 October 2014 23:09

Deportivo La Coruna 1 Getafe 2: Lafita returns to haunt hosts

Angel Lafita scored against his former club as Getafe recorded a 2-1 La Liga triumph over Deportivo La Coruna.

The visitors recorded their second away win on the bounce and it was Lafita’s strike that proved crucial versus the side he represented between 2007 and 2009.

Fredy Hinestroza’s excellent run and cross left

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Neymar
Category: La Liga
Published on 08 March 2014

Barca are not in decline, Xavi insists

8 March 2014 14:37

Barcelona stalwart Xavi does not believe the Catalan giants are beginning to decline after a period of unrivalled success.

Barca secured three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey medals and twice won the UEFA Champions League under the stewardship of former coach Pep Guardiola,

Tito Vilanova carried on that tradition by retaining the...

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Category: La Liga
Published on 19 October 2013

La Liga: Osasuna - Barcelona

Barcelona welcomes back Lionel Messi for Saturday's trip to Osasuna after the striker returned to training on Monday following a thigh injury.

The Argentine missed the club's last two matches, against Celtic in the Champions League and Real Valladolid in La Liga, after aggravating his injury in the 2-0 win over Almeria.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 26 February 2013

Fabregas slams 'absurd' rumours

Former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has poured cold water on suggestions that he wants to leave Barcelona this summer and return to the Premier League.
The 26-year-old Spain international has struggled to establish himself in the Barcelona first team since returning to the Nou Camp a couple of years ago.Manchester United and the Gunners have been linked with Fabregas, who made more than 300 first-team appearances for Arsenal during his eight-year stay with the club.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 25 October 2014

La Liga Review: Real claim Clasico honours

26 October 2014 01:08

La Liga Review: Real claim Clasico honours

Real Madrid came from behind to overwhelm Barcelona en route to a 3-1 El Clasico win in La Liga on Saturday, while Valencia bounced back.

Luis Enrique made the entry to Barcelona’s team sheet that the eyes of the football world were waiting for as Luis Suarez started, having served his four-month ban for biting Giorgio...

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Cristiano-Ronaldo
Category: La Liga
Published on 08 March 2014

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid v Levante

7 March 2014 21:56

Real Madrid will need no reminder of the threat posed by Levante when Joaquin Caparros’ in-form side travel to the Bernabeu on Sunday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side rescued a 3-2 win at Estadi Ciutat de Valencia in October with stoppage-time goals from Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo.

They will enter this weekend’s...

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Gerard Pique
Category: La Liga
Published on 22 April 2014

Pique defends Fabregas

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has defended team-mate Cesc Fabregas after the midfielder was jeered by sections of the Camp Nou crowd.

Fabregas was subjected to whistling from some fans during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 25 February 2014

Barcelona deny wrongdoing in Neymar transfer

Barcelona have again denied any wrongdoing over the transfer of Neymar, but have paid an additional €13.5million to Spanish authorities.

The voluntary payment - which the club says is a gesture to "defend the club's reputation" - comes as investigations continue into allegations of tax evasion.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 14 October 2013

Iniesta quells contract fears

Andres Iniesta has reassured Barcelona fans he has no desire to leave Camp Nou and is confident an agreement on a new contract can be reached.

The 29-year-old Spain international has seen his future with the Catalan capital club come under the microscope because of reports that negotiations with officials had broken down.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 26 February 2013

Vilanova steps down as Barcelona boss

Barcelona have confirmed that Tito Vilanova will step down as manager of the club due to ill health.

The defending La Liga champions have also said that a new appointment will be made next week.

The decision was announced in a press conference on Friday evening attended by Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta, as well as the first team squad.

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Bernd Schuster
Category: La Liga
Published on 15 April 2014

Schuster questions Malaga´s effort

Malaga coach Bernd Schuster bemoaned his team’s lack of effort after their 3-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao on Monday.

Bilbao dominated from start to finish against Malaga to strengthen their hold on fourth spot and the accompanying berth in the qualifying stages of next season’s UEFA Champions League.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 25 February 2014

Atletico president confident of Costa stay

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo believes star striker Diego Costa will remain at the club to cement his place in Spain's squad.

Costa's decision to represent the world and European champions at international level instead of his country of birth, Brazil, caused a stir last October.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 21 September 2013

Atletico Madrid boss defends style of play

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has defended his side's style of play ahead of Saturday's trip to Real Valladolid, insisting his focus is on winning.

Los Rojiblancos are joint top of the Primera Division and got their Champions League campaign off to a flying start by beating Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday.

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Category: La Liga
Published on 26 February 2013

Barcelona’s European hopes dependent on Thiago Silva

Tito Vilanova’s desire to add to Barcelona’s options at the heart of defence has unsurprisingly reignited rumours of a bid for Paris St. Germain’s Thiago Silva.
The Brazilian is held in high regard at the Camp Nou after an inspired performance in Barca’s 2-2 draw with AC Milan in the Champions League in the 2011-12 season, as well as a pair of strong showings in PSG’s quarter-final away-goal defeat to Barca last season.

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