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La Liga 2023-24

La Liga 2023-24: Barcelona kicks off title defense at…

Barcelona will begin the defence of its La Liga title away to Getafe on the weekend of August 12-13, while Real Madrid starts the new season with a trip to Athletic Bilbao. Atletico Madrid take on newly-promoted Granada in the opening round of fixtures for the 2023-24 season that will finish on May 26. The first Clasico is scheduled for October 29 and will be played at the Olympic stadium on Montjuic, which is serving as Barcelona’s temporary home while the Camp Nou
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Julian Nagelsmann explains Barcelonas’ loss to Bayern

They may well have looked good for the first 50 minutes of the match, but ultimately Barcelona returned to Catalonia last night with another defeat from Bayern Munich questioning how things went wrong this time. There was optimism that Barcelona might be able to reverse the narrative on this occasion following their good form this season and in the first half they missed a number of clear openings to do so. The narrative coming out of Can Barca after the match was that
Luis Suarez Fires Atletico Madrid To Top With Late Double vs Getafe

Luis Suarez Fires Atletico Madrid To Top With Late…

Luis Suarez scored twice, including an injury-time winner, as Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat 10-man Getafe 2-1 and move top of La Liga on Tuesday. Luis Suarez scored twice, including an injury-time winner, as Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat 10-man Getafe 2-1 and move top of La Liga on Tuesday. Hosts Getafe took the lead through Stefan Mitrovic on the stroke of half-time, but the game changed when Carles Alena was sent off in the 74th minute. Reigning champions

Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid sign Barcelona forward on loan

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have re-signed forward Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona on a one-year loan deal. Atletico will pay the player's wages and there is a compulsory clause to make the transfer permanent. The France international scored 133 goals in 257 games for Atletico, leaving in 2019 after Barcelona paid his £107m buyout clause. But the 30-year-old scored just 35 goals in 102 games and managed to win only won the Copa del Rey with Barca. He is the 11th player to

Depay equaliser sends Barcelona top despite late red card

Barcelona moved to the top of La Liga on goals scored as Memphis Depay rescued a point in an entertaining draw at Athletic Bilbao. Depay's ferocious strike cancelled out Inigo Martinez's headed opener after Athletic Bilbao had dominated. Both sides hit the crossbar and passed up numerous chances to claim all three points. Barca defender Eric Garcia was sent off in injury time for fouling Nico Williams when clean through. There is no doubt Ronald Koeman's side are in transition - the loss

Barcelona president Joan Laporta reveals club debt stands at…

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed the Spanish club is 1.35bn euros (£1.15bn) in debt, describing the situation as "very worrying". The club's wage bill currently accounts for 103% of total income. Laporta blames predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu for the debt, accusing him of leaving a "terrible inheritance". Extending Lionel Messi's contract would have made the wage bill accountable for 110% of revenue, which La Liga refused to accept. Messi announced an emotional exit from the Nou Camp last week and signed for Paris
Simeone extends Atletico stay until 2024

Simeone extends Atletico stay until 2024

MADRID: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has prolonged his stay with a three-year contract extension after leading them to a second La Liga title under his tenure, the club said on Thursday (Jul 8). Simeone, who took over Atletico in 2011, has won eight trophies so far in the Spanish capital - more than any other manager in the club's history. "With this contract extension, we continue our exciting project with Diego Pablo Simeone. Fantastic news for the Atleti family," Atletico said in
Modric signs new Real deal until end of next season

Modric signs new Real deal until end of next…

MADRID: Veteran midfielder Luka Modric has signed a contract extension which will keep him at Real Madrid until the end of next season, the La Liga giants announced on Tuesday (May 25). The 35-year-old Croatian international, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2018, has played 391 times for Madrid since joining from Tottenham in 2012. "The Croatian midfielder will remain at our club until 30 June, 2022," Real said in a short statement. Modric has remained a key player for Zinedine Zidane's men
Real sink Granada to keep pressure on Atletico

Real sink Granada to keep pressure on Atletico

Real Madrid swatted aside Granada 4-1 on Thursday to ensure the La Liga title race will go down to the wire. Despite missing a number of first-team regulars, Real started the stronger and first-half strikes from Luka Modric and Rodrygo put the visitors in control. Such was their dominance that even when Jorge Molina halved the deficit on 71 minutes, tapping in after Thibaut Courtois had kept out Luis Suarez's initial effort, they rarely looked troubled. Substitute Alvaro Odriozola restored Real's two-goal advantage,
Atletico edge closer to La Liga title after Real Sociedad win

Atletico edge closer to La Liga title after Real…

MADRID: Atletico Madrid held their nerve to beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Wednesday (May 12) and move within touching distance of winning La Liga. Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa made a dominant first half count for Atletico, who retreated in the second and were left hanging on after Igor Zubeldia blasted in for La Real with seven minutes left. When the final whistle blew, Diego Simeone jogged up the tunnel at the Wanda Metropolitano, punching the air as he went, fully aware how
Barca aim to leapfrog Atletico but Real lie in wait

Barca aim to leapfrog Atletico but Real lie in…

BARCELONA: After staging a stunning revival to rein in leaders Atletico Madrid, Barcelona can finally go top of La Liga when they host Diego Simeone's side on a mouthwatering weekend as the four teams in the title race come face to face. Atletico lead the standings with 76 points after 34 games heading into Saturday's crunch game away to Barca, who are third on 74. An Atletico slip up will only play into the hands of champions Real Madrid, however, who are second
La Liga launches COVID-19 probe after Messi's Barcelona party

La Liga launches COVID-19 probe after Messi’s Barcelona party

BARCELONA: Spain's La Liga is investigating whether a party organised by Barcelona players at their captain Lionel Messi's home broke COVID-19 protocol. "We're looking into it," La Liga sources told AFP on Tuesday (May 4). Monday's meal brought together Barca players, some accompanied by their partners, at the Argentinian star's house, despite social distancing rules in the Catalonian capital outlawing groups of more than six to meet in private. The party may constitute "a possible breach of COVID-19 protocols", the source suggested. The
Messi double powers Barca to big win over Getafe

Messi double powers Barca to big win over Getafe

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona crushed Getafe 5-2 on Thursday (Apr 22) to stay in the hunt for the La Liga title. Messi gave Barca an early lead with the help of a pin-point pass from Sergio Busquets but Getafe pulled level with an own goal by Clement Lenglet. The visitors then conceded a calamitous own goal when Sofian Chakla's backpass deceived keeper David Soria and trickled over the line. Messi extended Barca's lead before halftime, hitting the post then following
Benzema double sends Real top of La Liga

Benzema double sends Real top of La Liga

MADRID: A first-half double from Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid cruise to a 3-0 victory away to Cadiz on Wednesday (Apr 21) that moved them top of La Liga. The Frenchman's brace came either side of a maiden senior league goal for defender Alvaro Odriozola, as Real moved onto 70 points, level with city rivals Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand, but top due to their better head-to-head record. "We started the game really well, robbing the ball high, that was
Sevilla goalkeeper Bono makes himself the unlikely hero with remarkable last-minute equalizer

Sevilla goalkeeper Bono makes himself the unlikely hero with…

Sevilla grabbed a dramatic last-second equalizer in Saturday's La Liga clash against Valladolid -- and the goal came from the unlikeliest of sources. Losing 1-0 and desperate to try and salvage at least a point from the match, Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine 'Bono' Bounou ran the length of the pitch to join the attack for his team's final corner of the game. After a mix up in the Valladolid defense, the ball found its way to Bono eight yards from goal and the Moroccan
La Liga: New President To Bring Hope Of Recovery At Crisis-Ridden Barce

La Liga: New President To Bring Hope Of Recovery…

The week that began with the former president in prison will end with a new president in power as Barcelona hope Sunday's elections can be a turning point for a club seemingly locked in crisis. Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa were all at Camp Nou on Wednesday to see Barca stage a dramatic comeback against Sevilla, overturning a 2-0 deficit in extra-time to reach the final of the Copa del Rey. But whoever is voted in by Barcelona's 110,000 members has
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Vinicius Jr marked his 100th Real Madrid appearance with…

Madrid dominated the first half with Mariano and Raphael Varane heading off the bar in the space of two minutes. Real Sociedad were much improved after the break and Portu scored an excellent header from Nacho Monreal's cross. Zinedine Zidane changed his front three after 61 minutes and one of the replacements - Vinicius - finished from Lucas Vazquez's cross late on.The draw brought to an end Madrid's five-game winning run in all competitions and means they missed out on the chance to

Ronaldo becomes first player to score 50 Premier League,…

The Portuguese's second-half penalty against Lazio also saw him become the fastest player to reach a half-century of finishes for 25 years Cristiano Ronaldo has written himself into the history books once again after the Juventus striker became the first player to score 50 goals in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. The Portuguese's second-half penalty finish against Lazio saw him clock up a half-century of goals in the Italian top-flight since his arrival in Turin, in addition becoming the fastest player to do so since 1995. In

Real Madrid Claim La Liga 2019-20 Title as Karim…

Real Madrid claimed their 34th La Liga title after the Los Blancos defeated Villarreal at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid on Saturday. With the win, Real Madrid lifted their first La Liga title in three seasons and a second under Zinedine Zidane. Karim Benzema scored a brace to lead Real Madrid to a 2-1 win over Villarreal and they will head into the final day of the season with an unassailable seven-point lead over second-placed FC Barcelona. As Real Madrid sealed

Barcelona to restart La Liga campaign at Real Mallorca…

Barcelona will finally return to La Liga action on June 13 at 10pm CET at Real Mallorca and will follow that up with a home game against Leganes on Tuesday, June 16 at 10pm CET La Liga have confirmed the dates of the first two rounds of fixtures as top-flight football in Spain returns after a near three-month suspension. And here they are… Barcelona will resume top of the table as they seek to successfully defend their title. All teams still have 11