Suarez ban upheld but player can train with Barcelona


Luis Suarez’s four-month biting ban has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the Uruguay striker can now train with new club Barcelona. A full explanation of the ruling will not be published until a later date. Suarez’s lawyers argued world governing body FIFA’s decision to suspend him from all “football-related activity” for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini ...

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CAS to rule on Luis Suarez appeal against ban on Thursday


The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to announce its decision on Luis Suarez’s appeal against his four-month football ban at 2pm on Thursday. Suarez, 27, was handed the ban from all football activity for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 World Cup victory in June. Suarez’s lawyers have argued that, as the incident took place while the former Liverpool ...

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Gareth Bale targets 6 trophies with R. Madrid


Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale has targeted a clean sweep of six trophies this season. The Welshman, 25, is back in his home country for Tuesday night’s Uefa Super Cup match against Sevilla at Cardiff City Stadium. Real will also compete for the Champions League, La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Fifa Club World Cup and the Supercopa de ...

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Spain’s La Liga works to be a premier soccer league in its own right


Gareth Bale was born in Wales and learned to play professional soccer in the English Premier League. But lately he’s become a passionate advocate for Spain’s La Liga, where he is about to begin his second season with Real Madrid. “The Spanish league is the most exciting and the world’s top players play there,” he told the BBC. “The Premier ...

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Zubizarreta still open to new Barcelona signings

Barcelona's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is still open to more additions if the right players become available.

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has hinted the signing of Thomas Vermaelen may not be the last of the summer. Vermaelen completed his move to Barca on Sunday, signing a five-year contract at the Nou Camp after joining from Arsenal for a fee that could eventually rise to €18.8 million (£15million). The Belgium international joins Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Claudio ...

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Barcelona confirm Vermaelen still has a hamstring injury


Barcelona have confirmed that new £15million signing Thomas Vermaelen is still carrying a hamstring injury. The 28-year-old was presented at the Nou Camp on Sunday after completing his move from Arsenal to the Catalan side and admitted he was not yet 100 per cent fit after getting injured during Belgium’s 1-0 win over Russia in the World Cup, which meant ...

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Atletico Madrid complete Jesus Gamez transfer

Jesus Gamez: Completes move to the Vicente Calderon

Reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have signed full-back Jesus Gamez from Malaga on a three-year contract. The 29-year-old had spent his entire career at La Rosaleda, making 266 league appearances for Malaga, but makes the switch from the south coast to the capital for a shot at defending the Primera Division title. Atletico director of sport Jose Luis Perez ...

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Xavi named Barca captain; Iniesta, Messi, Busquets are vice captains

Leading by example: Barcelona captains (from l-r): Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta

Xavi has been named Barcelona’s new skipper for the forthcoming campaign after getting the nod from his team-mates. The armband has been vacant after Carles Puyol hung up his boots at the end of the season, with a vote determining his successor. Spanish star Xavi topped the poll, which was announced on Thursday, closely followed by Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi ...

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Barcelona striker Suarez’s appeal begins in Switzerland


Luis Suarez has arrived at a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing that will determine whether the Uruguay striker will have to serve a four-month ban for biting an opponent. The former Liverpool player brushed aside photographers and refused to comment as he arrived by taxi at CAS’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The 27-year-old’s legal team are confident the ...

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Shkodran Mustafi joins Valencia from Sampdoria

Shkodran Mustafi won the World Cup this summer before making the move to La Liga.

German international Shkodran Mustafi has completed a move from Serie A side Sampdoria to Valencia in La Liga. The defender signed a contract on Wednesday that will keep him with Valencia until 2019. Mustafi, 22, was named to the German squad that won the World Cup this summer after Marco Reus was injured. He came in as a substitute in two group-stage games ...

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