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  • Mandzukic to have surgery on broken nose

    Madrid (AFP) - Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic will undergo surgery on his nose which was broken during the La Liga champions' 3-2 Champions League defeat by Greek side Olympiakos on Tuesday.

  • APOEL next in Messi-inspired Barca's firing line

    Barcelona (AFP) - Barcelona begin their Champions League campaign at home to Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday in fine form having romped to the top of La Liga with three consecutive wins to give Luis Enrique a dream start to his reign.

  • Real Madrid reaction pleases Ancelotti

    Madrid (AFP) - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed the reaction of his side to their disappointing start in La Liga as they thrashed Basel 5-1 in the opening game of their Champions League defence on Tuesday.

  • Who needs PlayStation when you have Messi, says Barca coach

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi as capable of things impossible even on computer game PlayStation after he set up Neymar twice in his side's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Messi has looked back to his best after a disappointing end to…

  • Puebla defenders train in wolf masks to make them more aggressive

    Ronaldinho could make his Liga MX debut against Puebla on Friday and to prepare for this challenge, the Puebla defenders have been training in wolf masks. Yes, wolf masks.

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  • Barcelona to play in Catalan colours

    Barcelona will use a shirt in the red and gold Catalan national colours for their La Liga game on Saturday in a move that could fuel breakaway sentiment in the region. The club announced Thursday, Catalonia's annual commemoration of its loss of sovereignty, that it would change its shirt from its…

  • Carvajal out of Spain opener, doubt for Madrid derby

    Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal will miss out on his first competitive international for Spain as they open their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Macedonia on Monday due to a hamstring injury. The 22-year-old left La Roja's camp in Valencia on Monday morning and is also now a serious…

  • Southampton swoop for Alderweireld, Mane

    Southampton have signed Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan and Senegalese winger Sadio Mane from Red Bull Salzburg, the Premier League club revealed on Monday. Alderweireld, who can play at right-back and centre-back, won La Liga with Atletico last season…

  • Messi injured in Barcelona win

    BARCELONA, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi picked up a hamstring strain in Barcelona’s 1-0 victory over Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday, the club said. “He has pulled the hamstring of his right leg, it is a minor injury,” Barca said in statement. Forward Munir El Haddadi has a bruised calf and…

  • Atletico seal deal for Torino's Cerci

    La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Torino for the signing of Italian international Alessio Cerci, the Spanish club announced on Sunday. The 27-year-old becomes Atletico's 10th signing of the summer as they look to bolster their squad following the departures of Diego…

  • Atletico struggle past Eibar for first win

    La Liga champions Atletico Madrid recorded their first victory of the campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win over newly-promoted Eibar on Saturday. First-half headers from Miranda and Mario Mandzukic ultimately proved decisive, but Atletico were given a scare after Abraham's brilliant strike had…

  • 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,"…

  • 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…

  • Del Piero to sign for upstart Indian league

    Italian World Cup winner Alessandro Del Piero was set to be unveiled as the Indian Super League's latest marquee signing Thursday as organisers spoke of sparking a football "revolution" in the cricket-mad country. Reports said the 39-year-old had agreed to play for the Delhi Dynamos in the 10-week…

  • 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…

  • 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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