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  • Ronaldo out of Madrid trip to Sociedad

    World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has not been included in Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's squad for their trip to Real Sociedad on Sunday due to ongoing injury problems. "We have prefered to use this week to allow him to recuperate completely and get back to optimal condition,"…

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  • Tough early away days for Barcelona, Real Madrid

    Barcelona and Real Madrid face difficult trips in their first away games of the La Liga season on Sunday when they travel to Villarreal and Real Sociedad respectively. Luis Enrique enjoyed a trouble free debut as Barca boss last weekend as the Catalans eased past Elche 3-0 despite having Javier…

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  • Juan Arango scores with powerful shot from distance that hits the crossbar twice

    Venezuelan midfielder Juan Arango gave Club Tijuana a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute of their Liga MX match against Leones Negros with a blistering shot that went in off the crossbar.

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  • Barcelona sign Brazilian right-back Douglas

    La Liga giants Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian full back Douglas Pereira from Sau Paulo for an initial fee of four million euros ($5.2 million, £3.2 million), the club confirmed on Wednesday. The 24-year-old will sign a five-year deal and is expected to compete with compatriot…

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  • Real Madrid off to winning start, Atletico held

    Real Madrid got their La Liga campaign off to a winning start as they beat newly promoted Cordoba 2-0 at home, but champions Atletico Madrid were held 0-0 away to Rayo Vallecano on Monday. Without the Manchester United bound Angel di Maria, Real were also far from convincing at the Bernabeu but…

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  • Black cat halts Barcelona's season opener, delights everyone

    Just one minute into Barcelona's La Liga opener against Elche at the Camp Nou, a black cat — perhaps a cousin of Anfield cat — scampered onto the pitch and enthralled on in attendance.

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  • Atletico Madrid capable of another title challenge

    Just days after claiming his side couldn't challenge Spanish football's elite for another season, Diego Simeone's words were shot down by another stellar performance and trophy for his Atletico Madrid side on Friday. Atletico ended the 10-year hegemony of Real Madrid and Barcelona atop La Liga…

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  • Revitalised Barca aiming for a flying La Liga start

    Barcelona will be looking to put a disastrous end to last season behind them when they open their new La Liga campaign at home to Elche on Sunday. Former Barca captain Luis Enrique will take charge of his first competitive game after replacing Gerardo Martino in the dugout, but many of the new…

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  • Bilbao beaten, Valencia hold Sevilla in season opener

    Champions League hopefuls Athletic Bilbao got their La Liga campaign off to a poor start as they were beaten 1-0 at Malaga on Saturday. Liverpool loanee Luis Alberto scored the only goal of the game as he tapped home the rebound after Gorka Iraizoz had saved his penalty 10 minutes before…

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  • Liga MX goalkeeper punches the ball off a defender and in for an own goal

    Morelia had a terrible Friday night, losing 5-1 to Tigres. The first goal they conceded might have been the worst of the lot, though.

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  • Atletico title favourites, claims Barca boss

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said Atletico Madrid are the favourites to retain their La Liga title despite the millions spent by his side and Real Madrid in recent months. "The favourite for the league is Atletico," said Enrique, whose side get their La Liga campaign underway at home to Elche…

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  • Barcelona say Neymar suffers ankle sprain

    Brazilian superstar Neymar has suffered an ankle sprain in training, Barcelona announced Friday, adding to the club's injury woes just two days before opening their new La Liga campaign. Neymar complained of pain in his left ankle at the end of Thursday's training session and tests confirmed he…

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  • 10th European Cup in hand, Madrid turns to Liga

    Real Madrid is set to place an even greater emphasis on winning the Spanish league title after ending its quest for an elusive 10th European Cup last season. For 12 straight years, Madrid's coaches and players had been tasked with winning another Champions League title, a mission that had grown…

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  • Mourinho relishing goalkeeping battle

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will continue to play but expects long-standing number one Petr Cech to stay and fight for his place. Belgium international Courtois, 22, got the nod to start the season after returning to Stamford Bridge from a loan spell…

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  • Spanish strength no worry for Premier League boss Scudamore

    English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insisted Wednesday he was not worried by Spanish "super clubs" Barcelona and Real Madrid buying the world's leading players. Scudamore, speaking ahead of the start of the new Premier League season this weekend, was adamant the English top…

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  • Griezmann looking to learn from Atletico teammates

    France international Antoine Griezmann said Thursday he hopes to learn from his new teammates at Atletico Madrid as he was unveiled as the Spanish champion's new signing before thousands of fans. Griezmann, who impressed for France during the World Cup, has moved to Atletico from Real Sociedad on…

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  • Bebe's greatest moments with Manchester United

    Bebe made seven appearances and scored two goals in his first season with Man United before being sent out on loan for each of the last three seasons — his most successful of which came last season when he scored 14 goals in 39 appearances for Pacos de Ferreira in the Portuguese Liga. Now the…

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