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  • Ronaldo 'almost perfect' - Carvalho

    Ricardo Carvalho has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as "almost perfect" as his Portugal team-mate goes up against his Ballon D'Or rival Lionel Messi of Argentina in a friendly at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, who knows Old Trafford well from his time with Manchester United, is…

  • 10-man Atletico beaten by managerless Sociedad

    La Liga champions Atletico Madrid remain four points behind leaders Real Madrid as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at managerless Real Sociedad after being reduced to 10 men. Sociedad are expected to announce the appointment of former Manchester United manager David Moyes in the coming days and on this…

  • Moyes to take over Real Sociedad - reports

    Madrid (AFP) - Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to make a return to football with La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad, various Spanish media sources reported on Sunday.

  • Ronaldinho abuse reveals soccer racism in Mexico

    Mexican football got a boost in September when former Brazil and Barcelona star Ronaldinho - a two-time FIFA player of the year - joined modest local club Queretaro. Mexico has a history of racism on the pitch. Carlos Trevino, a former official of the Queretaro state government, launched an attack…

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  • Arrasate sacked by Real Sociedad

    La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad have sacked coach Jagoba Arrasate after a disappointing start to the campaign which has left the Basque side in the relegation zone. Former Manchester United boss David Moyes and Alejandro Sabella, who led Argentina to the World Cup final, are reported to be among…

  • Valencia up to second, Sevilla blow chance to move top

    Valencia moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid in second with an impressive 3-1 win away to Villarreal on Sunday. Earlier, Sevilla passed up the chance to move top as they were beaten 1-0 away to Athletic Bilbao thanks to Aritz Aduriz's stunning early strike. The top five remain…

  • Suarez hurt by 'unjust' defeat on home debut

    Luis Suarez remains without a victory in a Barcelona shirt as the Catalans suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Celta Vigo on his home debut on Saturday. Barca had been unbeaten in the league until the Uruguayan's bow away to Real Madrid last weekend, but consecutive defeats have seen them slip to third…

  • Barca target Clasico bounceback on Suarez's home debut

    Luis Suarez will make his competitive home debut as La Liga leaders Barcelona look to put the disappointment of their defeat to Real Madrid last weekend behind them against Celta Vigo on Saturday. The Catalans' defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu was their first in the league since coach Luis Enrique…

  • Sevilla go joint top, Atletico win at Getafe

    Sevilla moved joint top of La Liga alongside Barcelona as two late goals from Denis Suarez and Carlos Bacca gave them a 2-1 win over Villarreal on Sunday. Champions Atletico Madrid also moved to within two pointes of the leaders as they were 1-0 victors at 10-man Getafe thanks to Mario Mandzukic's…

  • Five things we learned from El Clasico

    Real Madrid took the spoils in the first El Clasico of the season as Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut ended in a 3-1 defeat. A ninth consecutive win in all competitions takes Madrid to within a point of Barca at the top of La Liga. Here, AFP sports looks at what else can be gleaned from the victory…

  • Barca beaten by Real Madrid on Suarez debut

    Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 on Saturday thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema. Playing for the first time in a competitive game since being…

  • Messi targets record as Suarez debuts in Spanish El Clasico

    Luis Suarez is free to make his long-awaited debut for Barcelona when the La Liga leaders travel to face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday. Suarez has been restricted to a few friendly games for club and country since sealing a £75 million ($127 million, 95 million…

  • 'Sick' Serie A in fight for survival - Juve boss

    Italian football will die unless fans start flooding back to the stadiums and Serie A regains its global status, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli predicted on Friday. According to Agnelli, Serie A "in 10 years will generate the same revenue as the Bundesliga (in Germany), barely half the Liga…

  • Suarez move great for La Liga, admits Real boss Ancelotti

    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti believes Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona for a club record fee is a boost for La Liga, despite the damage he could cause to Real's title hopes. Suarez looks set to make his debut for the Catalans in Saturday's first El Clasico of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu…

  • Scheduling hands Barca Clasico advantage, fumes Ronaldo

    World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has complained that the timing of the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday gives La Liga leaders Barcelona an unfair advantage. Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-0 away on Wednesday to all but seal their…

  • Beating Madrid matters more than Liga record, Messi says

    Barcelona (AFP) - Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has said victory in the season's first El Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday is more important than the personal glory of becoming La Liga's all-time leading goalscorer.

  • Coach Mendilibar sacked by struggling Levante

    Madrid (AFP) - La Liga strugglers Levante have sacked coach Jose Luis Mendilibar after just two months in charge following their 5-0 thrashing against Real Madrid on Saturday.

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  • Ferrer sacked, Djukic in at La Liga strugglers Cordoba

    Madrid (AFP) - Former Barcelona and Spain defender Albert Ferrer has been sacked by La Liga's bottom club Cordoba and replaced by ex-Valencia boss Miroslav Djukic.