• Atletico sign Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla

    Atletico Madrid will sign French forward Kevin Gameiro from fellow La Liga side Sevilla, the Champions League runners-up announced on Saturday. The fee was undisclosed, but media reported that the capital city side paid about 32 million euros ($35.8m, £27m) for Gameiro's services. Gameiro will…

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  • Santander bank to sponsor Spanish football league

    Santander, the eurozone's largest bank, will sponsor the Spanish league for at least the next three seasons, the two sides announced Thursday. The Spanish bank will take over from BBVA, its main domestic rival, which has held the naming rights to La Liga since the 2008/09 season but decided last…

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  • Spanish football league chief happy for Messi to stay

    Spanish League president Javier Tebas said Wednesday he does not consider Lionel Messi to be a criminal and was happy for the Barcelona star to remain in La Liga. Tebas also reminded critics that Messi is appealing against the decision of a Spanish court which sentenced him to 21 months in prison…

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  • Liga president fears Messi could leave after fraud verdict

    The president of the Spanish football league says he is worried that Lionel Messi could leave to play in another country after being found guilty of tax fraud. Javier Tebas has also defended Messi's innocence two days after a court ruled the Barcelona forward and his father defrauded the Spanish…

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  • Valencia sign Portugal winger Nani

    Madrid (AFP) - Portuguese international winger Nani has reached an agreement to join La Liga side Valencia from Fenerbahce on a three-year deal, the Spanish club confirmed on Tuesday.

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  • Chivas and Morelia play to 1-1 draw in Colorado

    Keepers Rodolfo Cota of Chivas de Guadalajara and Carlos Rodriguez of Club Morelia were outstanding in the second half, and the Liga MX sides played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly Saturday night. The exhibition was in preparation for the Liga MX Apertura, which starts July 15. After…

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  • Soccer: Neymar signs five-year contract extension with Barcelona

    (Reuters) - Brazilian striker Neymar has extended his contract with Barcelona until June 2021, the Catalan club said in a statement on Friday. Neymar, who joined Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos in 2013, scored 31 goals in all competitions last season to help Barcelona win the La Liga title.

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  • Dani Alves eyes Champions League glory with Juventus

    Brazil international Dani Alves said Tuesday that his ultimate goal was to win the Champions League with his new Serie A club Juventus. "Juventus have a dream which is to win the Champions League, and I want to help them achieve this," Alves told a press conference after signing a two-year deal…

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  • Factbox: Profile of Lionel Messi

    (Reuters) - Factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who said he was quitting international soccer after Sunday's loss on penalties to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final and failing again to lift a major trophy with his national team. EARLY CAREER * Joined Barcelona as a…

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  • Fireworks flare up as threat to games, fans at Euro 2016

    It's a sight almost never seen by television viewers watching the English Premier League or Spain's La Liga all season. Tune in to the European Championship and it seems common. When UEFA opened wide-ranging disciplinary charges against Croatia on Saturday, and added one against Turkey, that made…

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  • Sanchez Flores named new Espanyol coach

    Chinese-owned Espanyol have appointed former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores as their new coach, the La Liga outfit revealed on Thursday. Espanyol, who are majority-owned by Chinese entertainment company Rastar Group, said Sanchez Flores had signed "a three-year deal" to replace Romanian…

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  • 'Croatian Cruyff' Modric is pillar of Euro 2016 bid

    Luka Modric started playing football during Croatia's independence war and the country's notoriously fervent fans expect the world-class playmaker to launch their offensive at Euro 2016. Croatia are looking to the 30-year-old to lift them as he has Real Madrid amid a rollercoaster season in La…

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  • Heat is on Konoplyanka to help Ukraine at Euro 2016

    Ukraine's great hope Yevhen Konoplyanka chose La Liga, dismissing England's more physical Premier League, and has since become a bench-warmer at Sevilla. The 26-year-old winger attracted interest from big clubs across the continent with dashing displays with Dnipro on their run to the final of the…

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  • Goalkeeper Beto quits Sevilla

    Sevilla's Portuguese goalkeeper Antonio Alberto Bastos, known as "Beto", announced Tuesday he has quit the La Liga side after three and a half years during which he won three Europa League titles. "Today is a very sad day for me," Beto wrote in a farewell letter published on Sevilla's website as…

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  • Defense first as coaches' Serie A roots inspire 'catenaccio'

    If recent form is any indication, the San Siro stadium should be a fitting setting for a Champions League final between two defensive-minded teams. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has made no secret of his squad's ''catenaccio'' tendencies, conceding just 18 league goals in 38 Spanish Liga…

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  • Saviour Galca released by Espanyol

    Madrid (AFP) - Espanyol escaped relegation from La Liga this season but have decided against prolonging the contract of Constantin Galca, the interim coach that saved them, the Spanish club said on Friday.

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  • Torres ready to eclipse Chelsea title feat

    Fernando Torres is dreaming of eclipsing his Champions League triumph with Chelsea and making history for the second time in the competition by leading Atletico Madrid to victory over Real Madrid on Saturday. Torres won the elite European title with the London side in 2012 when they beat Bayern…

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  • Ten-man Barca claim double with King's Cup win over Sevilla

    By Rik Sharma MADRID (Reuters) - Ten-man Barcelona retained the King's Cup with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla to complete a domestic double thanks to extra-time goals by Jordi Alba and Neymar at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Sunday. Luis Enrique's La Liga champions had Javier Mascherano sent off…

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  • 'MSN' lead Barca quest for league and Cup double

    Madrid (AFP) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique named the same side that won La Liga last weekend at Granada as the Catalans aim to add the Copa del Rey to their trophy haul this season against Sevilla on Sunday.

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  • Barcelona, Sevilla aim for successful end in Copa del Rey

    Important titles secured, Barcelona and Sevilla aim to sweeten already successful seasons in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday. Barcelona is defending its domestic cup trophy at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, a week after winning its second straight Spanish league title. The Liga champions…

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