FIFA threaten to throw Spain out of World Cup


Spain’s involvement at the World Cup in Russia next summer is in danger. According to El País, Fifa has sent a letter to RFEF, Spain’s football federation, stating that government interference in the election process of its next president could see them suspended as a member meaning they would not be welcome at the World Cup. According to El País, a proposal by the ...

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Ronaldo brace as Real Madrid thrash Sevilla after first half blitz


Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid put in a sensational first-half performance to blow away Sevilla. Real – only above fifth-placed Sevilla on goal difference before kick-off – led through Nacho’s close-range effort. Ronaldo had only scored two La Liga goals all season before converting Marco Asensio’s through ball and then scoring a penalty. Toni ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Messi to win fifth Ballon d’Or


Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling Lionel Messi’s record after a season that saw him lead Real Madrid to their 12th Champions League title. The 32-year-old, who moved level with Messi at the top of the all-time Champions League group stage goalscorers leaderboard on Wednesday after helping Madrid to beat Borussia Dortmund, was presented with ...

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Real Madrid ‘interested’ in Mohamed Salah, claims Egypt head coach Hector Cuper


Real Madrid are ‘interested’ in signing Liverpool’s goalscoring sensation Mohamed Salah, according to Egypt head coach Hector Cuper. Salah has been a revelation since his £37million move from Roma in the summer – scoring 17 goals in 21 appearances for his new club. It’s only December, but the 25-year-old has already scored more than each of Liverpool’s top scorers from ...

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La Liga: Ronaldo rescues Real, Atletico hit five

Cristiano Ronaldo © Action Images

Cristiano Ronaldo’s first La Liga goal for over a month ensured Real Madrid closed the gap on leaders Barcelona to seven points by squeezing past struggling Malaga 3-2 on Saturday. Ronaldo’s relief was clear to see when he fired home the rebound after seeing his penalty saved by Roberto 15 minutes from time. Atletico Madrid remain tied with Real in ...

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward signs new deal until 2021

Lionel Messi, signing his new deal with Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu, made his debut in 2004 (Image credit: EPA)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with a buyout clause worth 700m euros (£626m). The 30-year-old Argentina international’s deal now runs until the end of the 2020-21 season. Since joining the club at the age of 13, Messi has helped Barcelona win eight Spanish league titles and won the Champions League four times. Messi, whose previous deal ...

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Eduardo Berizzo: Sevilla coach reveals cancer following draw with Liverpool

Sevilla's players celebrated with their manager as they scored the equaliser against Liverpool (Image credit: Getty Images)

Sevilla have confirmed their head coach has been diagnosed with cancer after coming from 3-0 down to draw with Liverpool in the Champions League. Spanish media say Eduardo Berizzo, who is suffering with prostate cancer, told his players at half-time in Tuesday’s game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Sevilla’s players rushed to Berizzo after Guido Pizarro scored an injury-time equaliser ...

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Barcelona appeal Suarez and Pique yellow cards


Barcelona have announced they will appeal the yellow cards shown to Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Leganes. Pique was booked in the first half for a slight pull on Nordin Amrabat, with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde describing the yellow card as “excessive”. Unless his appeal is successful, Pique will miss next Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at ...

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La Liga: Valencia beat Espanyol for eight straight win


Valencia made it a club-record eight La Liga wins in a row as they beat Espanyol to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona. Espanyol had the best first-half chances, with Gerard Moreno and Sergi Darder both hitting the post. Unbeaten Los Che had manager Marcelino sent to the stands moments before Geoffrey Kondogbia’s 25-yard opener. Santi Mina scored a late ...

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Real Madrid captain Ramos broke nose in Atletico derby draw


Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos broke his nose in Saturday’s goalless La Liga draw with Atletico Madrid. The European champions have not revealed a timeframe for the centre-back’s return. Ramos, 31, was accidentally kicked in the face by Lucas Hernandez. He received treatment and played on, but was replaced at half-time. “He couldn’t continue. We’ll have to see how long ...

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