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La Liga moves into post-Ronaldo era as Atletico threaten Real, Barcelona

Madrid - The Spanish season kicks off this weekend with La Liga entering a new era following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta, and with Atletico Madrid posing a huge threat to the big two.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric charged with false testimony — prosecutors

Zagreb - Real Madrid's Luka Modric was charged Friday with giving false testimony at the corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb's powerful former chief Zdravko Mamic, prosecutors said.

Barca won't be used as political tool - Bartomeu

Barcelona - Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia's drive to gain independence from Spain.

Spain prosecutors seek Neymar corruption trial

Madrid - Neymar could follow Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi to court after Spanish prosecutors asked for the Brazilian striker to be tried over his murky multi-million-euro transfer to the Catalan giants.

Barcelona agree reported record Nike deal

Barcelona - Barcelona agreed a "long-term" contract extension with American sportswear giants Nike on Saturday, which will reportedly see the Catalan club surpass Manchester United with the most lucrative kit-sponsorship deal in the world.

Valencia's Asian boss admits cultural differences

Singapore - Asian ownership of European football clubs can be tough because of cultural differences, Valencia's Singaporean president said on Friday after a turbulent period at the Mestalla Stadium.

Zidane emerges from Cruyff-tinged Clasico the winner

Barcelona - A night that began with a colourful homage to a legendary Barcelona player turned coach in Johan Cruyff, ended with Real Madrid's own version of a one-time playing great in Zinedine Zidane celebrating his first big victory in management.

Neymar, Barcelona in the dock over murky transfer

Madrid - Barcelona star Neymar and president Josep Maria Bartomeu will be called to give evidence this week in the murky case over the deal which brought the Brazilian to the Catalan giants from Santos in 2013.

Lionel Messi trial for tax fraud to start May 31: court

Barcelona - The trial of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father for tax fraud will begin on May 31 at a court in Barcelona, a regional superior court said WednesdayMessi and his father Jorge have been charged with tax fraud for allegedly failing to declare 4.

Benzema left out of Madrid squad after extortion case charges

Madrid - Karim Benzema has been left out of coach Rafael Benitez's squad for Real Madrid's trip to Sevilla on Sunday just days after he was charged in an extortion case involving a sex tape featuring fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena.

Real Madrid join drive to help refugees

Madrid - Spanish giants Real Madrid will donate one million euros (US$1.1m) to help support projects for refugees in Spain, the club announced on Saturday.

Martino laments Barca's lack of killer instinct

Madrid - Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino rued his side's profligacy in front of goal as their La Liga title hopes were all but ended by a 1-0 defeat away to Granada.

Granada defeat leaves Barca's title hopes in tatters

Madrid - Barcelona's La Liga title hopes suffered a huge blow as they lost 1-0 at Granada on Saturday to slip to a second consecutive defeat.

Granada defeat leaves Barca's title hopes in tatters

Madrid - Barcelona's La Liga title hopes suffered a huge blow as they lost 1-0 at Granada on Saturday to slip to a second consecutive defeat.

Granada defeat leaves Barca's title hopes in tatters

Madrid - Barcelona's La Liga title hopes suffered a huge blow as they lost 1-0 at Granada on Saturday to slip to a second consecutive defeat.

Granada defeat leaves Barca's title hopes in tatters

Madrid - Barcelona's La Liga title hopes suffered a huge blow as they lost 1-0 at Granada on Saturday to slip to a second consecutive defeat.

Tiredness an issue for Barca, Atletico

Madrid - Barcelona and Atletico Madrid bosses Gerardo Martino and Diego Simeone believed their sides struggled physically as they laboured to victories over and Real Betis and Villarreal respectively.

New Barcelona Camp Nou project gets go-ahead

Madrid - A 600 million euro ($827 million) project to renovate Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium has been given the green light by the club's members after a referendum on Saturday.

Bale beauty keeps Madrid on Atletico, Barca's tails

Madrid - Gareth Bale deputised ably for the injured Cristiano Ronaldo with a wonder strike from 35 yards as Real Madrid kept up the pressure on Atletico Madrid and Barcelona with a 4-0 win away to Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Atletico, Barca maintain title push with narrow wins

Madrid - Barcelona remain just one point behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid as they overcame Real Betis 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday.Atletico registered their sixth straight league win earlier in the day with a tense 1-0 victory over Villarreal.

Atletico, Barca maintain title push with narrow wins

Madrid - Barcelona remain just one point behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid as they overcame Real Betis 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday.Atletico registered their sixth straight league win earlier in the day with a tense 1-0 victory over Villarreal.

Atletico maintain title push with narrow Villarreal win

Madrid - Atletico Madrid strengthened their position at the top of La Liga with a tense 1-0 win over Villarreal at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.Raul Garcia headed home the only goal of the game after just 14 minutes from Koke's corner.

Messi penalty edges Catalan derby, moves Barca top

Madrid - Barcelona rounded off a fine week to move top of La Liga as they overcame stiff resistance from local rivals Espanyol to win 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Lionel Messi.

Messi penalty edges Catalan derby, moves Barca top

Madrid - Barcelona rounded off a fine week to move top of La Liga as they overcame stiff resistance from local rivals Espanyol to win 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Lionel Messi.

Title still possible for beaten Madrid, says Ancelotti

Madrid - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side can still win the La Liga title despite losing for a second time in four days as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla.Two goals from Colombian striker Carlos Bacca was enough to hand Sevilla a sixt...

Knee injury rules Valdes out of World Cup

Madrid - Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes was ruled out of the World Cup on Wednesday after suffering cruciate ligament damage in his right knee during his side's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday.The 32-year-old, who has signalled his indication to leave ...

Valdes knee injury mars Barca stroll past Celta

Madrid - Barcelona moved to the top of La Liga with a comfortable 3-0 over Celta Vigo, however their joy was tempered by a serious looking injury to goalkeeper Victor Valdes.Neymar tapped home to give the hosts an early lead before Valdes collapsed to the groun...

Messi will be world's best paid footballer, Barca president says

Barcelona - Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that Lionel Messi will become the world's highest paid footballer once negotiations over his new contract are finalised.The four-time World Player of the Year has a contract with the Catalan giants ...

Ronaldo's comments after Clasico spark 'cry baby' storm

Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo sparked a storm of criticism on Monday for condemning the referee who awarded three penalties in Barcelona's dramatic win over Real Madrid.Ronaldo said after the 4-3 Clasico defeat on Sunday night that referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco...

Spain hails 'historic' Barca-Real duel

Madrid - Barcelona's thrilling 4-3 away victory over Real Madrid was one of the greatest 'clasico' clashes in history, Spain's press said Monday, declaring the La Liga title race now wide open.Barcelona's Lionel Messi, helped by Andres Iniesta, conquered the Be...
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