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  • Bale, Ronaldo on song as champions Madrid thrash Basel

    Madrid (AFP) - Real Madrid put their La Liga woes behind them to get their defence of the Champions League off to a flying start with a 5-1 hammering of Basel on Tuesday.

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  • 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…

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  • Early La Liga boost on offer for old foes Real, Atletico

    A seventh Madrid derby of the year tops the bill as Spain's four Champions League representatives face off on Saturday ahead of the kick-off of their group stage campaigns in midweek. Real Madrid and La Liga champions Atletico meet again at the Santiago Bernabeu for the third time already this…

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  • 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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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Valencia seal loan deal for City's Negredo

    Valencia have completed the signing of Spanish international Alvaro Negredo on loan from Manchester City. The La Liga club will then be obliged to complete the signing on a permanent basis next summer. "Valencia football club have reached a agreement with Manchester City for the loan, with…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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,"…

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  • 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…

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  • Juan Arango scores with powerful shot from distance that hits the crossbar twice

    Venezuelan midfielder Juan Arango gave Club Tijuana a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute of their Liga MX match against Leones Negros with a blistering shot that went in off the crossbar.

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  • 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…

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  • 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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  • Atletico Madrid capable of another title challenge

    Just days after claiming his side couldn't challenge Spanish football's elite for another season, Diego Simeone's words were shot down by another stellar performance and trophy for his Atletico Madrid side on Friday. Atletico ended the 10-year hegemony of Real Madrid and Barcelona atop La Liga…

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  • Revitalised Barca aiming for a flying La Liga start

    Barcelona will be looking to put a disastrous end to last season behind them when they open their new La Liga campaign at home to Elche on Sunday. Former Barca captain Luis Enrique will take charge of his first competitive game after replacing Gerardo Martino in the dugout, but many of the new…

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