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  • Sanchez Flores resigns as Getafe boss

    Quique Sanchez Flores confirmed on Thursday that he has resigned as coach of La Liga side Getafe due to personal reasons after less than two months in the job. "I want to communicate my decision today to resign as the coach of Getafe," he said. Sanchez Flores, who enjoyed a successful previous…

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  • Atletico's Simeone targets focused display

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says concentration and control will be key for last season's finalists when they face Bayer Leverkusen away in Wednesday's Champions League last-16, first leg tie. Madrid arrive in Germany in a rich-vein of form with ex-Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic…

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  • FIFA kicks off talks on 2022 World Cup dates

    A FIFA taskforce met Tuesday in Doha to discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter due to scorching summer temperatures in the Gulf state. A shift to November-December is seen as likely but faces resistance from European clubs who fear major disruption to high-profile championships such…

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  • Europe's elite see 20% rise in shirt deals

    The English Premier League and Spain's La Liga led a $130 million (115 million-euro) rise in shirt sponsorship deals for Europe's top championships last year, according to a report released Tuesday. The United Arab Emirates has become the main spender on getting their name on football shirts. The…

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  • Cameroonian Kameni defies Barcelona again

    Paris (AFP) - Former Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni was the standout African in Europe at the weekend as he helped Malaga stun Barcelona in La Liga.

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  • Real Madrid four points clear with win at Elche

    Real Madrid moved four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 win at Elche on Sunday. After passing up a host of chances in the first-half, Madrid finally made the breakthrough when Karim Benzema tapped home from close range 11 minutes into the second period. Cristiano Ronaldo…

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  • Barca must forget Malaga meltdown for City clash - Luis Enrique

    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has said his side must put their shock 1-0 defeat to Malaga behind them as soon as possible with a huge Champions League clash against Manchester City to come on Tuesday. Juanmi pounced on an error from Dani Alves to score the only goal of the game at the Camp Nou on…

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  • Modric will be ready for El Clasico - Ancelotti

    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that midfielder Luka Modric will be fit by the time his side face Barcelona in a crucial La Liga clash on March 22. Modric returned to training this week after three months out due to a torn thigh muscle. The Croatian's influence has been badly missed…

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  • Barcelona target perfect 12 ahead of City trip

    Barcelona can move to the top of La Liga for the first time since early November when they look to stretch their winning run to 12 games against Malaga on Saturday. The Catalans have struck 42 goals in that hot streak to close to within a point of Real Madrid and to the brink of reaching the Copa…

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  • Messi, Luis Enrique truce on shaky foundations

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique appear to have agreed an uneasy truce but hostilities could break out again if the Argentina forward's form dips and the club stumbles as the season reaches a crucial stage. A series of inspirational Messi…

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  • Barca target Latin America with Telefonica deal

    Barcelona have said they are targeting expansion in the Latin American market after agreeing a sponsorship deal with telecommunications giant Telefonica. The Spanish side announced on Monday that Telefonica had bought the club's television rights for next season for a reported 140 million euros…

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  • Messi hat-trick fires Barca, Atletico beaten by Celta

    Lionel Messi marked his 300th La Liga appearance with his 31st Barcelona hat-trick as the Catalans moved within a point of Real Madrid at the top of the table with a 5-0 win over Levante. Barca have now won 11 straight matches in all competitions and never looked in danger despite coach Luis…

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  • Messi to be enjoyed - Luis Enrique

    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique said he is savouring the chance to watch Lionel Messi after the Argentine notched his fifth hat-trick of the season in a 5-0 romp over Levante on Sunday. Messi was at the heart of the action as he teed up Neymar for the opener and then struck three times either side of…

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  • Madrid down Deportivo to ease pain of derby drubbing

    Real Madrid bounced back from their 4-0 derby humiliation by Atletico Madrid last weekend with a 2-0 victory over Deportivo la Coruna to move four points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday. The hosts started nervously but could have been well in front at the break as Cristiano Ronaldo and…

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  • Real Madrid seek response from La Liga derby humiliation

    European champions Real Madrid may still lead La Liga, but an air of crisis has enveloped the club after they were torn apart by local rivals Atletico Madrid in a 4-0 defeat last weekend. Negative press headlines followed not only due to the manner of the defeat, but the timing of a party held by…

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  • Messi magic moves Barca to within a point of Madrid

    Lionel Messi scored once and played his part in four more goals as Barcelona closed to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a commanding performance to beat Athletic Bilbao 5-2 on Sunday. The four-time World Player of the Year opened the scoring with a deflected free-kick and then…

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  • Atletico thrash woeful Real 4-0 in Madrid derby

    Atletico Madrid blew the La Liga title race wide open by extending their unbeaten run over Real Madrid to six games this season with a 4-0 thrashing of the European champions on Saturday. First-half goals from Tiago and Saul Niguez put Atletico in command before Antoine Griezmann and Mario…

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