Ronaldo scores as Madrid beat Cordoba in La Liga


European champions Real Madrid began their bid to take the Spanish title from neighbours Atletico Madrid with a nervy opening La Liga win over Cordoba. New signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos were named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a star-studded starting XI for Madrid. The hosts outplayed the newly promoted side before half-time and led through Karim Benzema’s thumping header. Cordoba ...

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Atletico coach Simeone banned for 8 matches


Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been given an eight-match ban for his behaviour in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Simeone, 44, tapped the fourth official on the back of the head after a heated exchange during Atletico’s 2-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) banned him for four games for that act. A ...

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It will be “difficult” to retain La Liga – Simeone


Defending champions Atletico Madrid will find it “very difficult” to stop Real Madrid or Barcelona regaining the Spanish title, says boss Diego Simeone. Atletico clinched their first La Liga since 1996 after a 1-1 draw at Barca on the final day of last season. They have since lost several key men but beat Real in the Spanish Super Cup. “Over one or ...

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Messi scores twice as Barcelona win opener


Lionel Messi scored twice as 10-man Barcelona eased to an opening day win over Elche in Luis Enrique’s first La Liga match in charge. Debutant Munir and Andres Iniesta hit the bar for the hosts before Messi drilled in low from an angle. Seconds later Javier Mascherano was sent off for a professional foul on Garry Rodrigues, but Munir doubled ...

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United agree Angel Di Maria fee


Manchester United and Real Madrid have finally agreed a fee for Angel Di Maria’s pending move to Old Trafford, sources in Spain have told ESPN FC. The English side will pay 75 million euros upfront, with up to 15 million euros of add-ons and incentives attached, split into three potential payments of five million euros. ESPN FC was informed by ...

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I feel like a footballer again – Luis Suarez


Barcelona front-man Luis Suarez said he “feels like a footballer” after he made his Barcelona debut in a friendly against Leon on 18 August. The Uruguayan returned to football following the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as to allow the striker to resume training. Suarez said:  “I feel like a footballer, I can be with my team-mates and be with ...

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Di Maria wants to leave Real Madrid – Ancelotti


Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Angel Di Maria wants to leave Real Madrid and that they are looking for a solution before the end of the summer transfer window. The Argentina international has lost his starting berth at Madrid following the arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this summer and is keen to move on in order to get regular first-team action elsewhere.Di Maria ...

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Real Madrid downplay Cristiano Ronaldo back injury


Real Madrid say the back injury that forced Cristiano Ronaldo off at half-time in the 1-1 Super Cup draw with Atletico Madrid is not a major concern. The world player of the year, 29, was replaced by new signing James Rodriguez, who scored Real’s goal. Manager Carlo Ancelotti said: “Cristiano felt something and was uncomfortable. We’ll evaluate it. He’ll undergo all the ...

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Barcelona to appeal to CAS after FIFA uphold transfer ban

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Barcelona are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA upheld their transfer embargo until January 2016. The world’s football governing body turned down the Catalan club’s appeal to overturn a two-window transfer ban, which was originally imposed in April due to concerns over the ‘international transfer of minors’. Barca spent £128.5m recruiting seven players this summer, including ...

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FIFA committee rejects Barcelona’s appeal against transfer ban


Barcelona will be unable to sign new players in the next two windows after a FIFA committee upheld their transfer ban. The ban, suspended in April pending an appeal, was handed down after Barca were found guilty of breaching rules governing the signing of minors. Barca fought their corner with FIFA’s Appeals Committee but have been told the embargo stands. ...

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