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  • Pedro treble as Barcelona enjoy Copa stroll

    Pedro gave Barcelona coach Luis Enrique a reminder of his talents on Tuesday with a hat-trick in the Spanish giant's 8-1 second leg thrashing of third tier Huesca to secure a 12-1 aggregate win in their last 32 Copa del Rey tie. Pedro, who has largely been relegated to the bench for Liga and…

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  • Villarreal end Atletico's 28-match unbeaten home run

    Spanish champions Atletico Madrid suffered their first home league defeat in 28 matches as Luciano Vietto blasted home the winner six minutes from time to hand Villarreal a 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday. An uncharacteristically error-strewn performance from Diego Simeone's men was…

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  • Barcelona slip up in Getafe stalemate

    Barcelona's La Liga title hopes suffered a blow as they fell four points behind leaders Real Madrid after being held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at Getafe on Saturday. In a bitty first half at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez the visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who kept his side on…

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  • Barcelona without Neymar for Getafe clash

    Barcelona have left Brazilian star Neymar out of their squad for Saturday's meeting with Getafe in La Liga "as a precaution". The Catalan club announced that "the Brazilian has a problem with his left ankle and will not travel to Madrid as a precaution," without giving any further details as to…

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  • Real Madrid seeking perfect twenty

    La Liga leaders Real Madrid will look to make it 20 consecutive victories in all competitions as they travel to managerless Almeria on Friday for their final league outing of the year. After downing Celta Vigo last weekend, a comfortable 4-0 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad in midweek saw Los…

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  • Madrid hopeful of Rodriguez return for Club World Cup

    Real Madrid's James Rodriguez has started running again after a calf injury and could return in time to help his side in the Club World Cup next week, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Thursday. The Colombian picked up the injury in last weekend's 3-0 win against Celta Vigo in La Liga and will not…

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  • Newcomer Morales, goalie Hamid win MLS awards

    Chilean midfielder Pedro Morales, who joined the Vancouver Whitecaps last March from Spanish La Liga side Malaga, was named Major League Soccer's Newcomer of the Year on Wednesday. The North American league also named D.C. United's Bill Hamid as MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, with both awards the…

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  • Factbox - Lionel Messi's 10 greatest Barcelona goals

    MADRID (Reuters) - Following is a selection of 10 of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's greatest goals for the Spanish club. Messi on Saturday set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals, surpassing the previous record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades ago. * A…

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  • Factbox - Messi's next targets after La Liga record

    MADRID (Reuters) - Following is a selection of targets and achievements that still elude Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi. Messi on Saturday set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals, surpassing the previous record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades…

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  • Messi sets La Liga record of 253 goals

    BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals when he grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 win at home to Sevilla, the latest milestone for the four-times World Player of the Year. The previous mark was held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra…

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  • Factbox - Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi

    MADRID (Reuters) - Factbox on Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who on Saturday set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals, surpassing the previous record of 251 set by former Athletic Bilbao forward Telmo Zarra six decades ago. Born June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. EARLY CAREER *…

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  • Goal machine Messi leaves La Liga greats trailing

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - If anyone had suggested when a callow teenager called Lionel Messi netted his debut La Liga goal for Barcelona in May 2005 he would equal Telmo Zarra's Spanish top-flight scoring record within a decade they would have been dismissed. Yet that is what the pint-sized…

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  • Ronaldo 'almost perfect' - Carvalho

    Ricardo Carvalho has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as "almost perfect" as his Portugal team-mate goes up against his Ballon D'Or rival Lionel Messi of Argentina in a friendly at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, who knows Old Trafford well from his time with Manchester United, is…

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  • Moyes to take over Real Sociedad - reports

    Madrid (AFP) - Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to make a return to football with La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad, various Spanish media sources reported on Sunday.

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  • Messi targets more history, Suarez a first goal

    Lionel Messi continues his quest to become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga just days after equalling a similar feat in the Champions League when Barcelona visit Almeria on Saturday. Messi drew level with Real Madrid legend Raul on 71 Champions League goals with a brace as Barca bounced…

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  • Ronaldinho abuse reveals soccer racism in Mexico

    Mexican football got a boost in September when former Brazil and Barcelona star Ronaldinho - a two-time FIFA player of the year - joined modest local club Queretaro. Mexico has a history of racism on the pitch. Carlos Trevino, a former official of the Queretaro state government, launched an attack…

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  • Arrasate sacked by Real Sociedad

    La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad have sacked coach Jagoba Arrasate after a disappointing start to the campaign which has left the Basque side in the relegation zone. Former Manchester United boss David Moyes and Alejandro Sabella, who led Argentina to the World Cup final, are reported to be among…

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