Spain approves new law on the sale of TV rights

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Real Madrid and Barcelona are being stopped from negotiating their own lucrative television rights deals under a new Spanish law. New rules, coming into force in 2016, will see rights to show La Liga pooled and sold collectively, bringing it more in line with the Premier League. The deal, which could see a sharp price increase for broadcasters, will benefit ...

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Champions League: Barcelona v Bayern, Juventus v Real Madrid

Pep celebrating with Barcelona team after the 2011 Champions League at Wembley (Image credit: Getty Images)

Barcelona have been drawn against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals. The other last-four tie sees Juventus – in their first semi-final since 2003 – face Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid, the defending champions. The first legs will be played on 5 and 6 May, with the return matches a week later. In the Europa League, holders Sevilla ...

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Ramos tactical shift key to win – Iker

Iker Casillas

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to deploy defender Sergio Ramos in central midfield was the key to Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, according to captain Iker Casillas. Ramos, who normally plays as a centre-back, was in the thick of the action throughout the quarterfinal, second leg at the Bernabeu before Javier Hernandez struck two minutes from ...

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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid finally crack Atlético resolve

Javier Hernández after scoring the only goal in the 88th minute (Image credit: AFP/ Getty Images)

• Real Madrid finally get better of Atlético in tight quarter-final at Santiago Bernabéu • Javier Hernández scores only goal of the tie late on (88) • Atlético’s Arda Turan collects second yellow card (76) • Madrid into last four for fifth year in a row • The semi-final draw takes place in Nyon on Friday Real Madrid CF finally ...

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Real Madrid v Atlético preview

Real Madrid CF players take part in a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Club Atlético de Madrid
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Real Madrid CF’s Carlo Ancelotti says he has “the best squad in the world” to choose from to face a Club Atlético de Madrid side who are putting their faith in defensive steel. • Madrid and Atlético meet in quarter-final second leg with tie locked at 0-0 • Madrid have not beaten Atlético in seven previous encounters this season • ...

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UEFA Champions League: Barcelona v PSG preview

Paris Saint-Germain players take part in a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against FC Barcelona (Image credit: Getty Images)

Though FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insists he has no special plan for the returning Zlatan Ibrahimović, Laurent Blanc feels the Swede will thrive on having “nothing to lose”. • Luis Enrique: The return of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marco Verratti “doesn’t change matters” • Paris’s Ibrahimović and Verratti are available after serving one-game bans • Barcelona lead 3-1 following the first ...

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Barca keen to show PSG no mercy


Barcelona defender Dani Alves has warned his side against complacency when they host a Paris Saint-Germain side bolstered by the return of key personnel through suspension to the Camp Nou on Tuesday. Two goals from Luis Suarez took Barca to the brink of a seventh Champions League semifinal in eight seasons as they romped to a 3-1 win in the ...

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti blamed for Luka Modric injury


Carlo Ancelotti has caused Luka Modric’s potential season-ending injury by overworking the Real Madrid midfielder, according to Croatia’s national team doctor Boris Nemec. Having been an influential figure in Madrid’s stunning start to the campaign, during which they recorded a 22-game winning run, Modric’s season has been disrupted by a number of lengthy spells on the sidelines. The 29-year-old made ...

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Ancelotti: Madrid might not want me


Carlo Ancelotti has yet to open talks over a new Real Madrid contract and admitted the club “may not call him” over extending his stay at the Bernabeu. Speculation around the Italian coach’s future has been increasing in recent weeks, with his side sitting second behind Barcelona in La Liga. However, with his contract running until June 2016, the 55-year-old ...

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Ronaldo reaches milestone in Madrid win over Malaga

Ronaldo in action against Malaga on Saturday (Image credit: EPA)

Gareth Bale was hauled off, Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty and reached another landmark as Real Madrid defeated Malaga 3-1 in La Liga on Saturday. Pepe returned in place of Raphael Varane at centre-back, having missed Tuesday’s trip to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Alvaro Arbeloa replaced Dani Carvajal. Consequently, Carlo Ancelotti reshuffled his pack, with James ...

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