Uefa and FA discuss Eleven Sports showing La Liga on Saturday afternoons

• Service set up by Leeds’ owner Radrizzani breaks broadcast ban
• Uefa talks with English and Spanish FAs over breachUefa is in talks with the English and Spanish Football Associations about Eleven Sports’ breach of the traditional Saturday afternoon broadcast blackout in Britain. The streaming service, founded by Leeds’ owner, Andrea Radrizzani, has twice shown La Liga games at 3.15pm on Saturdays in recent weeks, despite Uefa’s article 48 banning the broadcast of live football between 2.45pm and 5.15pm. Continue reading...

Unai Emery highlights ‘importance’ of claiming Europa League title

A serial winner of the competition during his glittering managerial stint at La Liga outfit Sevilla FC, Unai Emery has highlighted the importance of claiming the Europa League title with Arsenal as it harbours a catalogue of enticing pluses, including a clear route into the following campaign’s Champions League. Emery held a sensationally steely grip […]

A host of Europe’s top football clubs are strangely out of sorts

Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have won 26 European Cups between them. You wouldn’t know it from their form By Martin Laurence for WhoScored It was a weekend of shock results across Europe’s major leagues, with the Bundesliga and La Liga in particular throwing up more surprises. Two titans of the game fell to equally startling defeats on Saturday evening – just as Manchester United were avoiding one of their own at Old Trafford. There was a sense of disbelief from fans at Old Trafford when United went 2-0 down inside 10 minutes to a Newcastle side who had not won all season. It took three players who have been marginalised by José Mourinho this season – Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sánchez – to turn the atmosphere from stunned silence to raucous noise and ensure United avoided dropping into the bottom half of the Premier Continue reading "A host of Europe’s top football clubs are strangely out of sorts"

Alavés revel in beautiful madness and pile pressure on Lopetegui’s Madrid | Sid Lowe

Manu García’s last-gasp goal gave Alavés their first home win over Real since 1931 as the visitors lost their third game in four “I was crapping myself,” admitted Alavés coach Abelardo Fernández. A few metres to his right, so was Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui. When the board went up, a red five glistening in the rain, he shot wild, pained looks, head swivelling from side to side, performed that classic Italian fingertips-to-the-face gesture that says “what the …?!”, some baffling injustice served – artichoke hand, it’s called – and pleaded for more. “Five?!” he shouted, “por favor! por favor!” It was 0-0, Mendizorroza was bouncing, holding on for an historic draw and Lopetegui’s team were approaching seven hours without scoring. He was under pressure, desperate for one last shot at salvation, and five more minutes didn’t feel like long to get a goal. As it Continue reading "Alavés revel in beautiful madness and pile pressure on Lopetegui’s Madrid | Sid Lowe"

La Liga: boring, uncompetitive and all that. Hang on … | Sid Lowe

Just seven weeks in, no one is winless in Spain and no one is unbeaten either. Is this season competitive rather than cheap? On Saturday afternoon, leaders Barcelona only managed a 1-1 home draw against 15th-placed Athletic Club Bilbao and had to come from behind for that; without a win in three, they dropped their seventh point in six days. On Saturday night, Real Madrid failed to score for the second game running, drawing 0-0 with Atlético Madrid; they’ve won just one in four now, while their city rivals left the Bernabéu unbeaten for a sixth successive season but have only won three from seven. And in between those matches, Sevilla beat Eibar at Ipurua, taking them third and on to 17 goals in 10 days, including three against Madrid. Before that, they hadn’t won in three, collecting a solitary point. They hadn’t even scored. On Sunday evening, Alavés Continue reading "La Liga: boring, uncompetitive and all that. Hang on … | Sid Lowe"

Gareth Bale injured as Real and Atlético play out Madrid derby stalemate

For all the talent on the pitch, in the end it was the men wearing gloves who decided the derby. For the sixth successive year, Atlético Madrid left the Santiago Bernabéu unbeaten in the league. Jan Oblak and Thibaut Courtois departed undefeated too: there were three one-on-ones, two for the visitors, one for the home side, but these two goalkeepers, arguably the finest in the world, stood tall. And so a game that Atlético edged in the first half and Real edged in the second, Gareth Bale having been withdrawn injured at half-time, ended even. Atlético started brightly too, Saúl Ñíguez bringing a save from Courtois after just two minutes and Antoine Griezmann’s overhead kick slicing wide three minutes later. The Frenchman probably should have put Atlético ahead on 18 minutes. Released by Koke, dashing through on the left behind the Madrid defence, he ran into the area, where Courtois Continue reading "Gareth Bale injured as Real and Atlético play out Madrid derby stalemate"

Andre Silva Superstar

Silva at Sevilla is playing like a force of nature. He scored a hat trick on his La Liga debut and then a week or so later scored for Portugal in their UEFA Nation’s league game against Italy. The next Cristiano Ronaldo is the murmur from the Portuguese in the stand when he plays for […]

Real Madrid ‘up for the fight’ in derby with Atlético, says Julen Lopetegui

• Real Madrid looking to bounce back after Sevilla defeat
• Marcelo and Isco missing for European championsJulen Lopetegui has said Real Madrid will be “up for the fight” when they take on city rivals Atlético in La Liga on Saturday. Real suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat against Sevilla on Wednesday and are desperate to bounce back against Diego Simeone’s team, who beat them on penalties in the European Super Cup in August. Related: ‘Barça bad, Madrid worse’ – the night the underdogs bit back in La Liga Continue reading...

Arsenal to rival La Liga superpowers for FC Porto captain’s signature

    As per a report published by Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha, Arsenal will supposedly rival La Liga superpowers Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for FC Porto captain Hector Herrera’s signature. Skippering Mexico at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the 28-year-old midfielder was subject to a potential move in the summer transfer window […]

‘Barça bad, Madrid worse’ – the night the underdogs bit back in La Liga

Leganés stunned Barcelona at Butarque before Sevilla smashed Real Madrid at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán – Wednesday night was one to remember in SpainThere are only two teams in Spain and both of them lost on Wednesday night. Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde hadn’t even arrived in the press room at Butarque where his team had just been beaten 2-1 by Leganés when 542km away Real Madrid went a goal down to Sevilla. He hadn’t been sitting there much more than 60 seconds – about the time it had taken Leganés to score twice – when a ripple went round the room, as Madrid went two down. And he’d only just walked out when Madrid conceded a third, Sergio Busquets still standing there through a side door, head bowed, while outside happy fans headed home, car radios on, edging past the multicoloured 10m-high Lega-ness monster rising from its roundabout lake, Continue reading "‘Barça bad, Madrid worse’ – the night the underdogs bit back in La Liga"

European roundup: Bayern’s run ends while Inter scrape past Fiorentina

• Bayern Munich held 1-1 at home by Augsburg
• Inter win 2-1 with help from a VAR penaltyBayern Munich conceded a late equaliser as their perfect start to the season come to an end with a 1-1 draw against Bavarian neighbours Augsburg at the Allianz Arena. The Bundesliga leaders had plenty of chances to put the result beyond doubt, but found the Augsburg goalkeeper Andreas Luthe in good form. Continue reading...

Girona end Barcelona’s perfect beginning

Girona ended Barcelona’s winning streak in the La Liga by holding them to a 2 -2 draw.They actually almost pulled off a shock victory and it was only some late heriocs on the part of Gerard Piqué that got 10-man Barcelona out of trouble before the end. Highlights in spanish..

The heat is on as conflict deepens in fight for Spanish football’s soul | Sid Lowe

Temperatures are rising on and off the pitch, with opposition building to that US plan and kick-off times doing little to help At the one end of the ground that is an end and not just a wall, a small gang of Rayo Vallecano fans in bright high-vis jackets and yellow hard hats started leaping up and down, testing the foundations. Around them, drums beat, flags waved and supporters laughed as they took out their tools to fix the place up, bashing away with inflatable yellow hammers. If it looked silly, it was supposed to – and it was no dafter than the real thing – but at least they were here now. Rayo, promoted in the summer after two years away from primera, hadn’t been home since the opening day of the season. On Saturday, they returned in the way that only they seem to know how – Continue reading "The heat is on as conflict deepens in fight for Spanish football’s soul | Sid Lowe"