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  • Madrid look to maintain La Liga title momentum against Villarreal

    European champions Real Madrid will be aiming to maintain their recent winning form when they host high-flying Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Barca's shock 1-0 defeat to Malaga last weekend allowed Madrid to open up a healthy advantage thanks to their best La Liga performance in…

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  • Everton face Ukraine trip in Europa League last 16

    Everton, the lone British representative remaining in the Europa League, were given a testing last-16 tie against Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev after the draw was made on Friday in Switzerland. Roberto Martinez's side have not reached the later stages of a European competition since they won the…

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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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  • 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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  • Lionel Messi is the planet's best player again and the numbers back it up

    The Barcelona star has regained his old Ballon d'Or form, having scored as many or more goals as 60 percent of the teams in La Liga.

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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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  • 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 slump to stunning home defeat by Malaga

    Barcelona's La Liga title hopes were dealt a huge blow as Malaga stunned the Camp Nou with a 1-0 win on Saturday. Juanmi grabbed the only goal of the game after just seven minutes when he pounced on an error by Dani Alves. Thereafter, the hosts failed to break down a well-organised Malaga…

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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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  • 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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  • Ancelotti content with reaction to difficult week

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his players' response to a difficult week on and off the field after beating Deportivo la Coruna to move four points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday. Despite another indifferent performance, goals in either half from Isco and Karim Benzema were…

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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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