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  • 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…

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ronaldo set 8-game Spanish mark of 15 goals

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to set a Spanish league record with 15 goals in the first eight games of a La Liga season as Real Madrid beat Levente 5-0, and Lionel Messi scored in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Elbar to reach 250 league goals and move within one of Telmo Zarra's mark.

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  • Barca, Madrid win ahead of Clasico clash

    Madrid (AFP) - Barcelona maintained their four-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga ahead of next weekend's first El Clasico of the season with a 3-0 win over Eibar on Saturday.

  • Messi eyes record on anniversary as Barca seek Clasico boost

    Madrid (AFP) - In the week that he marked the 10th anniversary of his competitive debut for Barcelona, Lionel Messi could become the all-time top scorer in the history of La Liga.

  • Real Madrid without Benzema and Varane for Levante clash

    Madrid (AFP) - Fever-struck French internationals Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane will likely miss Saturday's La Liga match against Levante, according to coach Carlo Ancelotti.

  • Catalan clubs face La Liga boot if region secedes

    MADRID (AP) -- The president of La Liga says Catalan clubs like Barcelona and Espanyol would be excluded from the country's top soccer league if the region succeeds in its bid for independence from Spain.

    The Associated Press
  • Valencia into second with Sociedad draw

    Madrid (AFP) - Valencia moved back into second place in La Liga as they extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw away at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

  • Messi reaches 400 goals, Neymar hits hat-trick

    Madrid (AFP) - Lionel Messi grabbed his 400th career goal while Neymar smashed a hat-trick as Barcelona stormed back to the top of La Liga with a 6-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday.

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  • Barca held to goalless draw by Malaga

    Madrid (AFP) - Barcelona dropped their first points of the La Liga season as they were held to an uneventful 0-0 draw away to Malaga on Wednesday.