Iván Zamorano on Ronaldo, Chile at the Copa América and his 1+8 shirt


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Zamorano took a break from watching the Copa América to talk about his days with Inter, Real Madrid and the national team

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Iván Zamorano smiles and lets out a little laugh. “The idea came about because the best in the world had arrived,” he says with a knowing glance. “I had to hand the No 9 over to him.”

Zamorano was at the top of his game when Ronaldo joined him at Inter in the summer of 1997. He had won the Copa del Rey and La Liga with Real Madrid, picking up the Pichichi prize for top scorer in his last season in Spain before moving to Inter, where he was well on his way to becoming a legend. But he was humble enough to know he had no choice. Zamorano says he “did not play with Continue reading “Iván Zamorano on Ronaldo, Chile at the Copa América and his 1+8 shirt”

Eden Hazard fulfils his dream of a lifetime with Real Madrid move | Sid Lowe


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The boy from Belgium is now the man in Madrid after being presented to fans following €150m transfer from ChelseaThe Garden of Eden moved to the Bernabéu. Eden Hazard took a stroll around the grass at his new home, kicking gold and white footballs into a crowd that was bigger than those that came to see some La Liga matches last season, and then said that he had been waiting for this since he was a kid in La Louvière. Now, at last, the time had come and it was the “right time”, he said, having left Chelsea with the Europa League – even though he admitted this was a move that he had thought he might make 12 months ago.

Still, better late than never. And Hazard insisted it was not too late. “I’m 28 years old, I think I can go to 32, 33 years. It’s a Continue reading “Eden Hazard fulfils his dream of a lifetime with Real Madrid move | Sid Lowe”

Real Madrid make Lyon’s Ferland Mendy their third summer signing


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• Left-back moves to the Bernabéu for £42.7m
• Atlético expect Antoine Griezmann to join Barcelona

Real Madrid have signed the Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, making the defender the third summer addition to their squad.

While across the city, the Atlético chief executive, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, believes Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer – and insisted he has known about the move since March.

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Real Madrid make Lyon’s Ferland Mendy their third summer signing


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• Left-back moves to the Bernabéu for £42.7m
• Atlético expect Antoine Griezmann to join Barcelona

Real Madrid have signed the Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, making the defender the third summer addition to their squad.

While across the city, the Atlético chief executive, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, believes Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer – and insisted he has known about the move since March.

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La Liga fined over app that spied on illegal bar screenings of matches


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• €250,000 fine imposed by data watchdog

• ‘We profoundly disagree with this decision’

La Liga has been ordered to pay a €250,000 (£220,000) fine after Spain’s data protection watchdog said its official match-following app had been used to spy on bars that had been showing games illegally.

Last year, the online newspaper eldiario.es reported that the app allowed the league to remotely activate the microphone on a mobile phone to determine whether the device’s owner was in a bar that hadn’t paid to screen the match. According to the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), such use of the app – which has been downloaded by more than 4 million people – violated transparency principles.

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It’s the Sids 2019! The complete review of La Liga’s 2018-19 season


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Barça won the league again, Madrid had a nightmare, Getafe were the story of the season and Iago Aspas was Iago Aspas

Spain organised the biggest party in European football but didn’t bother turning up. The Champions League final is supposed to be Real Madrid’s place, it’s being held at Atlético’s place, and it’s the place Barcelona were desperate to go to, but none of them will be there on Saturday night. In August, Leo Messi took the mic and vowed to do everything to win that “lovely and longed-for cup”. They were close, but Liverpool scored, Anfield erupted and Rome came rushing back, invading their thoughts. Seventeen days later, Messi admitted it was still on their minds and the following night Barcelona lost the Copa del Rey final, leaving “only” the league title, tossed on the pile.

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Spanish footballers arrested over La Liga match-fixing claims


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Players and officials from top two divisions reportedly held over La Liga 2 game in May 2018

Police investigating an alleged match-fixing ring targeting Spain’s top three football leagues have arrested several people, including current and former players and senior club figures.

The country’s national police force said on Tuesday that its officers had carried out nine searches across Spain in connection with match-fixing, money laundering and criminal gangs.

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Man City chairman accuses rivals of ‘jealousy’ amid financial fair play accusations – video


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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Mubarak has responded angrily to Javier Tebas after the La Liga president accused the club of distorting the transfer market and of damaging the European game due to with their ‘petrol and gas money’.

Last week, Tebas claimed City and Paris Saint-Germain are ‘playthings of a state’ who should be kicked out of European competition for violating Financial Fair Play rules, which both clubs deny. City are owned by Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, and PSG by Qatar Sports Investment, which is linked to the country’s government by Nasser bin Ghanim al-Khelaifi, who is minister without portfolio and president of the French club. The government is headed by the Emir of Qatar. 

Mubarak claimed that Tebas had used ethnicity as a slur against City and PSG, though it is unclear when the Spaniard did this – and added that jealousy among Continue reading “Man City chairman accuses rivals of ‘jealousy’ amid financial fair play accusations – video”

Barcelona’s Josep Maria Bartomeu: ‘We’ll change the Champions League for the better’


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Spanish club’s president wants more matches against Liverpool and Manchester United, three La Liga games a year in other countries and new rules on signing under-16s

According to Josep Maria Bartomeu, the first thing visiting directors ask him when they take up their seat at the Camp Nou before kick-off is almost always: is Messi playing? There’s so much to discuss, from sport to politics, identity and innovation, law and human rights, money too and lots of it, plus plans to change football for ever, but when he says it, it makes sense. His guests are football fans, too, Barcelona’s president says, and if looking at some of the people who buy clubs, that doesn’t entirely convince, 13 hours after Messi’s free-kick against Liverpool it does feel implausible for any conversation to start anywhere else. Including this one.

Ultimately, it ends there too, via a circuitous route. The morning after Continue reading “Barcelona’s Josep Maria Bartomeu: ‘We’ll change the Champions League for the better’”

Zidane’s shopping list


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Real Madrid have been reduced a mere shadow of their former selves and so Zidane has to go on a bit of a shopping spree if they are to get back to where they were when Ronaldo was on the team. Here’s the shopping list. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic (forward), Real Betis’ Junior Firpo (defence), […]

Real Madrid plumb the depths


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Zidane’s head is bowed in defeat. Barcelona celebrated winning the title with three games to spare and Real Madrid,in the same week,lost 1- 0 to the worst team in the top division.(Rayo Vallecano) “We failed to score, but that wasn’t the only thing. We didn’t produce anything in any department from start to finish, We’ve […]

Barcelona make the extraordinary seem normal to wrap up another title | Sid Lowe


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There was a sense of weakness when Valverde took over but successive La Liga titles have made Barça look untouchable

Not long after their 2-0 victory in Vitoria late on Wednesday, with Barcelona four weeks from the finish and three points from the title, Ernesto Valverde was asked if he would like to win the league the following evening or the following Saturday. “What I like,” he said, “is that I get asked that question.”

It was done, again. And it was done early, again. Barcelona had beaten Real Madrid, beaten Atlético Madrid and beaten everyone else except Athletic Club and Valencia. Now they had beaten Alavés too, affording them the luxury of choice: they could take the title with a win over Levante three days later or they could be handed it with an Atlético defeat against Valencia the next day, watching it on TV – and no Continue reading “Barcelona make the extraordinary seem normal to wrap up another title | Sid Lowe”

Bayern Munich escape with draw after Nürnberg’s late penalty miss


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• Bundesliga title race to go to wire after surprise result
• Dries Mertens equals Diego Maradona’s Napoli record

Bayern Munich stumbled to a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Nürnberg on Sunday to leave the Bundesliga title race wide open with three games left in the season.

Serge Gnabry rescued a point for Bayern with a 75th-minute volley after the hosts, who also saw a last-minute Tim Leibold penalty hit the post, took an unexpected lead after the break through Matheus Pereira.

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Barcelola take 26th La Liga Title


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Barcelona beat Levante 1- 0 to claim their 26th La Liga title.Messi came in as a second half sub and inevitably scored the winner in the 62nd minute. The players brought their kids along to celebrate the title winning moments. Barcelona,like Man City,are on course for a treble,with the Champion’s League and the Copa del […]

Barcelona win La Liga title as Lionel Messi goal secures victory over Levante


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• Catalans retain league with three matches to spare
• Messi comes off the bench to earn win over strugglersLionel Messi fittingly sealed Barcelona’s 26th La Liga title on Saturday by coming off the bench to score the only goal in a 1-0 win over Levante in front of a jubilant Camp Nou crowd, who celebrated a remarkable eighth league crown in 11 years. Barcelona’s captain decided the game and the title in the 62nd minute as he received a header from Arturo Vidal, effortlessly freeing himself from two defenders with his right foot before using his left to plant the ball into the far bottom corner.

Messi had started on the bench along with Sergio Busquets as Ernesto Valverde had one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at home to Liverpool. But the coach inevitably turned to his talisman with the game goalless at half-time, despite Continue reading “Barcelona win La Liga title as Lionel Messi goal secures victory over Levante”

Fulham 1-0 Cardiff, Southampton 3-3 Bournemouth and more – as it happened


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Yes, Getafe really might be on their way to the Champions League | Sid Lowe


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An unlikely dream of joining Europe’s elite were improved by a draw with Real but the fact they wanted more said much

The first time anyone noticed Jaime Mata he was standing there half-naked and even then no one really cared for long. He was a galáctico, sure, but not that kind of galáctico. A university student studying business and international commerce, he was also a pretty average striker at his local club Pegaso Galáctico in Spain’s Tercera División, which despite its name is a long way below the third division: there’s a Second; a Second B, 80 teams spread across four regional divisions; and then Third, with 366 teams in 18 provincial groups. Pegaso were in trouble, so Mata and his teammates posed for two photos: the first on the pitch with their shorts down, the second in the dressing room wearing nothing but pieces of paper to cover Continue reading “Yes, Getafe really might be on their way to the Champions League | Sid Lowe”

Euro roundup: De Ligt scores in Ajax win as Barcelona edge closer to title


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• Barca beat Alavés 2-0, with Luis Suárez on scoresheet
• Ajax move three points clear at top after 4-2 winBarcelona and Ajax both moved closer to winning their domestic league titles as they picked up morale-boosting victories before their Champions League semi-finals against English opposition.

Ajax moved three points clear at the top of the Eredivisie with a 4-2 win against Vitesse Arnhem, warming up for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Tottenham next week with a seventh straight home league victory.

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Huesca and Rayo drag each other towards hell in theatre of the absurd | Sid Lowe


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A frantic Russian roulette-style finale created madcap drama but the worst possible result for the relegation rivals

With time and hope slipping away, the game changed. “There was nothing else for it,” said the Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jémez, “so you go: ‘come on then, let’s play Russian roulette. See if we get lucky.’” A few metres to his right, standing by the bench beneath a blackening sky, Huesca manager Francisco Rodríguez had pretty much the same idea and so did the twenty-two desperate men before them, plus the 10,542 people watching from the stands, chests tightening. “The league was leaving us,” the Huesca manager admitted and they weren’t alone: the league was leaving them both, which is why they ran wild.

“We had to,” he said.

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The Premier League vs La Liga


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