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  • Atletico title favourites, claims Barca boss

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said Atletico Madrid are the favourites to retain their La Liga title despite the millions spent by his side and Real Madrid in recent months. "The favourite for the league is Atletico," said Enrique, whose side get their La Liga campaign underway at home to Elche…

    AFP
  • Barcelona say Neymar suffers ankle sprain

    Brazilian superstar Neymar has suffered an ankle sprain in training, Barcelona announced Friday, adding to the club's injury woes just two days before opening their new La Liga campaign. Neymar complained of pain in his left ankle at the end of Thursday's training session and tests confirmed he…

    AFP
  • 10th European Cup in hand, Madrid turns to Liga

    Real Madrid is set to place an even greater emphasis on winning the Spanish league title after ending its quest for an elusive 10th European Cup last season. For 12 straight years, Madrid's coaches and players had been tasked with winning another Champions League title, a mission that had grown…

    The Associated Press
  • Atletico struggle to keep up in arms race with Real, Barca

    Just three months after remarkably breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid's grip on the La Liga title, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has denied any repeat of their miracle championship triumph is possible. "We have to try to compete with Sevilla, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao for the Champions…

    AFP
  • Mourinho relishing goalkeeping battle

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will continue to play but expects long-standing number one Petr Cech to stay and fight for his place. Belgium international Courtois, 22, got the nod to start the season after returning to Stamford Bridge from a loan spell…

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  • Griezmann looking to learn from Atletico teammates

    France international Antoine Griezmann said Thursday he hopes to learn from his new teammates at Atletico Madrid as he was unveiled as the Spanish champion's new signing before thousands of fans. Griezmann, who impressed for France during the World Cup, has moved to Atletico from Real Sociedad on…

    AFP
  • Bebe's greatest moments with Manchester United

    Bebe made seven appearances and scored two goals in his first season with Man United before being sent out on loan for each of the last three seasons — his most successful of which came last season when he scored 14 goals in 39 appearances for Pacos de Ferreira in the Portuguese Liga. Now the…

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  • Translating the revolutionary features of the new Premier League/Serie A/La Liga ball

    Nike has unveiled the Ordem — the ball that will be used in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga for the 2014/15 season that sounds like it might also be a time travel device. This isn't just any old ball, though. It has features. And several of them are brand new innovations to the exciting…

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  • Benfica keeper Oblak heads for Atletico Madrid

    Slovenian international goalkeeper Jan Oblak has agreed a six-year deal with Atletico Madrid, the La Liga champions confirmed on Wednesday. Portuguese champions Benfica said in a statement that the Spanish side paid them the amount specified in the release clause of Oblak's contract: 16 million…

    AFP
  • Deportivo sack coach Vazquez

    Promoted Deportivo La Coruna have sacked coach Fernando Vazquez just weeks before the La Liga season gets underway, the Spanish club confirmed on Tuesday. Vazquez, 59, had expressed his dissatisfaction with the club's recent transfer dealings after leading them back to the top flight in his first…

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  • Portuguese coach Nuno gets Valencia job

    Spanish top flight club Valencia have appointed former Portuguese goalkeeper Nuno as their new coach, the La Liga side confirmed. "Valencia Football Club have reached agreement with Nuno Espirito Santo for a contract until June 30, 2015 with an option for a further season depending on results,"…

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  • Patience pays for willing Griezmann

    France may have failed to find the net in Wednesday's 0-0 draw against Ecuador, but the game provided further proof of Antoine Griezmann's growing importance to his national side. Nominally the left-sided attacked in Didier Deschamps's 4-3-3, the Real Sociedad forward was allowed to roam across…

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  • Belgium seems ideal outsider for this World Cup

    Every World Cup has one of them: an outsider that you cannot help but like as it overachieves, often right into the semifinals. This time, what is there not to like about young Belgium? The Red Devils have reached their first World Cup since 2002, but has a team full of players that have already…

    The Associated Press
  • Beaten Atletico face tough task to stay at top

    By Tim and Hanlon BARCELONA,(Reuters) - It took Atletico Madrid 40 years to reach a second European Cup final and it might be a similarly long wait for a third appearance with wealthy clubs set to poach the La Liga champions' key assets. A week after Diego Godin headed the goal against Barcelona…

    Reuters
  • Tiago says Atletico players are willing to jump off a bridge for 'godlike' Diego Simeone

    With the realization that they've actually won La Liga still setting in and on the eve of a chance to become champions of Europe for the first time, midfielder Tiago explains how Simeone is now making cult leaders jealous.

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  • Ronaldo fit for Champs League; Benzema, Pepe doubt

    Cristiano Ronaldo seems certain to be fit to lead Real Madrid's attack against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday. However, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has lingering fitness doubts about Ronaldo's strike partner Karim Benzema and defender Pepe. ''Cristiano doesn't have any…

    The Associated Press
  • Lionel Messi left out of La Liga team of the season because we're all spoiled by his brilliance

    The same day Lionel Messi signed a new contract that reportedly makes him the highest paid player in the world, he was left out of the Liga BBVA team of the season. This is pretty much a perfect encapsulation of a season in which the numbers were there for Messi, but the recognition wasn't.

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