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  • Benitez seeks first Madrid win on Bernabeu bow

    Real Madrid will be looking to put a disappointing start to Rafael Benitez's reign in charge behind them when Real Betis visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Benitez's men could only manage a 0-0 draw away to newly promoted Sporting Gijon to start their league campaign last weekend, which…

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  • Messi, Sasic voted UEFA's best players of 2014-2015

    Lionel Messi was Thursday voted UEFA's best player in Europe for 2014-2015 with Germany's Celia Sasic winning the women's award. The Argentina star, who won the Champions League, Spain's La Liga and Spanish Cup with Barcelona, claimed the award for the second time ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and…

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  • Athletic, Dortmund, Southampton in Europa League scramble

    Athletic Bilbao need to turn around a first leg home loss in Thursday's Europa League play-off second leg action to book their spot in the group stage with Borussia Dortmund, Southampton and Ajax also looking to advance. Athletic were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals by Sabin Merino and Kike…

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  • Messi's penalty misery continues

    Madrid (AFP) - Lionel Messi's poor run from the penalty spot continued as Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz saved the four-time World Player of the Year's effort in Barcelona's opening La Liga match of the season.

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  • Griezmann hands Atletico win over Las Palmas

    Atletico Madrid kicked off their La Liga campaign with a 1-0 win over newly promoted Las Palmas, but failed to live up to pre-season expectations in a nervy display. Antoine Griezmann got the only goal of the game with a deflected free-kick after 16 minutes. "We are very happy to win the first…

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  • Neymar back in training but misses trip to Bilbao

    Brazilian star Neymar will miss Barcelona's first La Liga game of the season despite returning to training for the first time in two weeks on Saturday. The 23-year-old has been suffering from mumps and Barca boss Luis Enrique believes it could be some time until he is fully up to speed having…

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  • Barcelona, Real Madrid could have company in La Liga title race

    Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla all made significant upgrades over the summer to challenge the Big Two in Spain.

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  • Atletico still primed to be La Liga's third force

    Ahead of the start of the Spanish league season this weekend, AFP sports looks at the five sides best placed to upset Barcelona and Real Madrid's dominance of La Liga this season. Atletico's remarkable title triumph in 2013/14 is the only time Barca and Madrid have been denied the title for the…

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  • Five notable La Liga transfers for 2015/16

    Barcelona's ban on registering new players didn't prevent the Spanish and European champions from making a pair of big money signings in Turan and Sevilla's Aleix Vidal. Neither will be able to play until January, but the signing of the Turkish international after a hugely successful four-year…

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  • Pique handed four-game La Liga ban

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will miss the first four matches of the new La Liga season for abusing match officials in the European champions' Spanish Super Cup defeat to Athletic Bilbao. Pique was shown a straight red card in the second leg of the tie on Monday, which ended 1-1, for taking his…

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  • Pique denies insulting linesman

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has denied using abusive language towards a linesman that saw him sent-off in his side's Spanish Super Cup defeat to Athletic Bilbao and could see him banned for the first four La Liga games of the season. Pique was shown a straight red card in the second leg of the…

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  • Del Bosque unhappy with late finish to Liga season

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes his side's chances of winning an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship have been hampered by the decision to delay the end of the Spanish league season by a week. A number of significant changes to the calendar were confirmed on Tuesday to…

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  • Peru's Vargas pens two-year Real Betis deal

    Lima (AFP) - Peruvian international defender Juan Manuel Vargas has signed a two-year deal with La Liga side Real Betis, the Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday.

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  • El Clasico dates changed in fixture congestion chaos

    The dates for both El Clasico clashes between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga have been changed just days before the new season is due to get underway. The first fixture between the two giants scheduled for the weekend of November 7/8 at the Santiago Bernabeu will now be played two weeks…

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  • Injured Barcelona full-back Alba out of Super Cup

    Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba will miss Tuesday's European Super Cup against Sevilla with a hamstring injury, the Spanish champions said Thursday. Alba will be sidelined for around two weeks but should be available for the opening weekend of the La Liga season on August 21 and 22. "Tests carried…

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  • Villa sign Spanish defender Crespo

    London (AFP) - Aston Villa's overhauling of their defence after flirting with relegation last season continued on Tuesday with the signing of Spanish defender Jose Angel Crespo from relegated La Liga side Cordoba for a fee reported to be £500,000 ($780,000).

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  • Villarreal make winning start in Emirates Cup

    Spanish side Villarreal kicked off the Emirates Cup with a 2-1 win over Bundesliga runners-up Wolfsburg on Saturday. Marcelino Garcia Toral's team made a flying start in the opening match of the four-team pre-season tournament thanks to first-half goals from Mario Gaspar and Matias Nahuel Leiva at…

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