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Soccer - Spanish players, officials held on suspicion of match-fixing

28 May 2019

MADRID Spanish police arrested several first- and second-division soccer players and officials on Tuesday on suspicion of forming a match-fixing group to profit from betting on games, the police said.

Simeone pledges future to Atletico despite player exodus

22 May 2019

MADRID Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has pledged his future to the Liga club despite an expected exodus of senior players from the Estadio Metropolitano in the close season.

Ronaldo rubbishes Super League idea, defends Barcelona season

09 May 2019

MADRID Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has rubbished the idea of a European Super League replacing the Champions League, suggestingthat Europe's top clubs are using it as a means of extracting more money for themselves.

Smarting Barcelona host Champions League chasing Getafe

09 May 2019

MADRID Unlikely Champions League hopefuls Getafe will visit Barcelona in La Liga this weekend hoping to further compound the Catalan outfit's misery following their shock exit from Europe at the hands of Liverpool.

Courtois backs VAR introduction to Champions League

12 Feb 2019

MADRID Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has backed the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) into the Champions League ahead of their last-16 first leg at Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Barca president says La Liga should play three games overseas

12 Feb 2019

MADRID Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has suggested that La Liga, Spanish football's top flight, should host three games per season overseas.

Ramos leads rejuvenated Real in 600th appearance

12 Feb 2019

MADRID When Real Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat against CSKA Moscow in their last Champions League group game in December they looked far removed from the defending champions, let alone like the side that had just won the competition for the third straight time.

Five talking points from the weekend in La Liga

10 Dec 2018

MADRID Lionel Messi was at his scintillating best for Barcelona as they moved clear at the top of the table, while Atletico swept aside fifth-placed Alaves and Gareth Bale scored his first league goal for 99 days as Real Madrid snuck past bottom of the table Huesca. Here are five talking points from the La Liga weekend.

Five talking points from the weekend in La Liga

29 Oct 2018

MADRID La Liga leaders Barcelona thrashed great rivals Real Madrid to all but seal coach Julen Lopetegui's fate while surprise package Alaves kept the heat on the Catalans by downing Villarrealto move second.

Replacing Ronaldo has proved tougher than Real Madrid expected

26 Oct 2018

MADRID When Real Madrid sold Cristiano Ronaldo in July, fans and local media alike all asked the same question: how do you replace him?

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