Griezman scores as Atletico Madrid move into second


Antoine Griezmann is slowly emerging as Diego Simeone’s talisman after scoring yet again in Atletico Madrid’s 3-1 win over Malaga on Saturday. The reigning Liga champions never really hit top gear at the Vicente Calderon and, despite looking comfortable in the first period, Simeone’s men were made to fight for all three points. Malaga travelled to the capital on the back of ...

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Real Madrid’s appeal to CAS on Zidane ban successful


Zinedine Zidane has been cleared to continue in his role as assistant coach of Real Madrid’s reserve team after the club successfully appealed to the Spanish Administrative Court for Sport. Zidane was last month banned from coaching for three months – along with the man he assists, Santiago Sanchez – after he was found to have taken the role without ...

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Athletic Bilbao at their best in 3-1 victory over Espanyol


Athletic Bilbao produced their best performance of the season to see off Espanyol 3-1 at San Mames and extend their impressive run of form. Aritz Aduriz headed the Basques in front just before the half-hour mark and then moments before the break Borja Viguera combined with the striker to score his first goal for Athletic. Ander Iturraspe’s second-half strike was ...

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Messi not looking to leave – Barcelona president


Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted Lionel Messi is happy at the club and blamed outsiders for suggesting he is seeking a move. Messi this week told Ole he wanted to finish his career with Barca, but added “sometimes everything does not always go as you want”, a remark which sparked plenty of speculation when combined with a comment ...

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I tried to sign 15-year-old Messi for Arsenal – Wenger


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tried to sign Lionel Messi when the Barcelona superstar was just 15. Wenger wanted to bring the Argentina striker and Spain central defender Gerard Pique to the club from the Barca Academy at the same time as Cesc Fabregas. In the end, only Fabregas moved, and a recent biography suggests the potential deal for Messi broke ...

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Ex Barcelona president Laporta denies Mourinho signing claim


Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists he has no plan to move for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho if he is re-elected at the Nou Camp. Laporta, who spent seven years at the Barca helm between 2003 and 2010, will be eligible for re-election in 2016. He has confirmed his intention to stand against Sandro Rosell after criticising the current regime ...

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Sami Khedira keen on Real Madrid stay


Sami Khedira cannot see himself leaving Real Madrid in January, saying he still feels he is wanted by the Spanish giants. The Germany international was being linked with a move away from Madrid in the summer, but he says he never once considered moving, nor did he talk to any other club, and he does not plan on doing so ...

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Moyes ready for ‘biggest challenge’ of career at Sociedad


David Moyes has labelled Real Sociedad the “biggest challenge of his career” after he was unveiled as the Primera Division club’s new manager on an 18-month deal. The former Everton and Manchester United manager faced the press in San Sebastian for the first time since his reign at Old Trafford was cut short just 10 disappointing months into a six-year ...

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Valencia upset over high ticket prices


The board of directors at Valencia have made the decision to boycott their local derby at Levante in nine days’ time due to a rise in ticket prices. Tickets for the Primera Division match at the Ciutat de Valencia have been priced at 30 euros for away fans wishing to make the short journey from the Mestalla, but the Los ...

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David Moyes confirmed as new Real Sociedad boss


David Moyes has been confirmed as the new manager of Real Sociedad, signing an 18-month contract. The former Everton and Manchester United manager arrived in San Sebastian on Wednesday afternoon to meet up with the club’s president, before signing the contract with the Primera Division club. Moyes will be officially unveiled on Thursday afternoon after nearly seven months out of ...

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