Wakaso joins Granada on loan from Panathinaikos


Ghana international  Mubarak Wakaso has joined Granada on loan from Greek side Panathinaikos until June 2017, with the Spanish side reserving an option to buy at the end of the season. Wakaso is no stranger to Spanish football, having had previous spells with Elche, Villarreal, Espanyol and UD Las Palmas. In La Liga he has made a total of 63 appearances to date. The Ghanaian is ...

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Sampaoli on title challenge: “We’re not deluded, it’s a reality


Sevilla have serious aspirations to win La Liga for the first time since 1946 after gate-crashing the usual two-horse race between Real Madrid and Barcelona, their coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Tuesday. Sevilla are second in the standings, one point ahead of champions Barca and one behind Real Madrid, who they beat this month to become the first team to ...

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Barcelona thrash Eibar to keep pace with leaders Real


Defending champions Barcelona maintained the pressure on Spanish title rivals Real Madrid and Sevilla with a routine win at mid-table Eibar. Substitute Denis Suarez, who replaced the injured Sergio Busquets, opened the scoring with a crisp 20-yard drive. Barca increased the tempo after the break, doubling their lead when Lionel Messi cushioned in Luis Suarez’s pass. Luis Suarez robbed defender ...

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Sevilla stay one point behind Real with comeback win over Osasuna


Second-placed Sevilla maintained the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a stirring comeback win at bottom side Osasuna. Sevilla twice fell behind before two late goals moved them back within a point of Zinedine Zidane’s side, who still have a game in hand. Sergio Leon put Osasuna ahead but Sevilla skipper Vicente Iborra levelled moments before the interval. ...

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I’ll stay at Barcelona as long as club want me – Lionel Messi


Lionel Messi has reiterated that he will stay at Barcelona for as long as the club wants him. The Spanish champions recently agreed extensions with Luis Suarez and Neymar, but are yet to reach a deal with Messi, whose contract runs until 2018. Barca’s CEO Oscar Grau has suggested spending caps imposed by La Liga could affect what they are ...

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Neymar most valuable player in Europe – Study


Neymar is the most valuable player in Europe – worth about £216m – according to a new study which values 10 players at more than 100m euros. The Barcelona striker is ahead of team-mate Lionel Messi, who is valued by academics at £149m. The only England players in the top 10 are Tottenham duo Harry Kane (worth £122m) and Dele ...

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Sevilla end Real Madrid’s unbeaten run


Real Madrid’s 40-match unbeaten run was brought to an end as ex-Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner for title rivals Sevilla. Cristiano Ronaldo had put the visitors ahead with a penalty after Dani Carvajal had been fouled by Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico. Sergio Ramos’ late own goal against his former club levelled the scores. Substitute Jovetic ...

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Barcelona close gap on Real Madrid with Las Palmas win


Barcelona moved into second place in La Liga by thrashing Las Palmas 5-0 at the Nou Camp on Saturday. Luis Suarez scored twice – his 101st and 102nd goal for the club – in between a tap in from Lionel Messi before Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal completed the rout. The Uruguayan swept the Catalans into an early but controversial ...

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Martin Odegaard completes loan deal to Heerenveen


Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard was subject to plenty of interest and he’s now completed a loan move to Dutch side Heerenveen. Per Marca, the 18-year-old will now ply his trade in the Eredivisie until the end of next season, and the club are set to unveil him in an official presentation later today. It was speculated that a move ...

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Alcorcon upset Espanyol in Copa del Rey


La Liga side Espanyol were dumped out of the Copa del Rey at the last-32 stage as second-tier Alcorcon forced a penalty shootout victory in Barcelona. Lowly Alcorcon had clinched a 1-1 draw back in the Madrid suburbs and repeated the scoreline at El Prat as Alvaro Gimenez opened the scoring before a last-gasp leveller from Espanyol’s Hernan Perez. No ...

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