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Oct 23, 2014

Real, Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

MADRID (Reuters) – Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca team mate Lionel Messi on the brink of equalling the top-flight scoring record.

Watched by millions around the world, meetings between the European heavyweights have, over the years, showcased the spectacular talents of the game’s best, while occasionally being marred by ugly controversy.

Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Real, Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

MADRID, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca team mate Lionel Messi on the brink of equalling the top-flight scoring record.

Watched by millions around the world, meetings between the European heavyweights have, over the years, showcased the spectacular talents of the game’s best, while occasionally being marred by ugly controversy.

Oct 16, 2014

Preview – Messi eyes fresh opportunity for La Liga goals record

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi will have another chance to match or surpass Telmo Zarra’s six-decade-old La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when Barcelona host promoted Eibar on Saturday.

The Argentina captain and four-times World Player of the Year has netted 249 times in the Spanish top flight since he played his first match exactly 10 years ago on a Thursday aged 17.

Oct 10, 2014

Wounded holders Spain in need of Luxembourg tonic

MADRID (Reuters) – A convincing win for Spain away to Luxembourg on Sunday will help put them back on track in Euro 2016 qualifying but anything less will add to the sense of gloom hanging over the European champions.

After a dismal defence of their World Cup crown in Brazil and a friendly defeat to France in Paris last month, Spain’s bid to rebuild as they seek a third straight continental title was rudely interrupted by Thursday’s shock 2-1 defeat against Slovakia in Zilina.

Oct 10, 2014

Soccer-Wounded holders Spain in need of Luxembourg tonic

MADRID, Oct 10 (Reuters) – A convincing win for Spain away to Luxembourg on Sunday will help put them back on track in Euro 2016 qualifying but anything less will add to the sense of gloom hanging over the European champions.

After a dismal defence of their World Cup crown in Brazil and a friendly defeat to France in Paris last month, Spain’s bid to rebuild as they seek a third straight continental title was rudely interrupted by Thursday’s shock 2-1 defeat against Slovakia in Zilina.

Oct 2, 2014

Barca need a new Puyol to fix leaky defence

MADRID (Reuters) – Friday marks 15 years since Carles Puyol made his debut for Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique might be wishing he had someone of the calibre of the shaggy-haired former defender still in his ranks.

Puyol, who retired aged 36 at the end of last season after battling a series of injuries, became a huge fan favourite at the Nou Camp with his swashbuckling captain’s performances and never-say-die attitude.

Oct 2, 2014

Soccer-Barca need a new Puyol to fix leaky defence

MADRID, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Friday marks 15 years since Carles Puyol made his debut for Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique might be wishing he had someone of the calibre of the shaggy-haired former defender still in his ranks.

Puyol, who retired aged 36 at the end of last season after battling a series of injuries, became a huge fan favourite at the Nou Camp with his swashbuckling captain’s performances and never-say-die attitude.

Sep 30, 2014

Preview: Atletico out to prove they have teeth in attack

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s Champions League game at home to Juventus on Wednesday will be a chance for the Spanish champions to prove they have the firepower to challenge in Europe again this season.

Diego Costa, top scorer for Atletico last term when they reached the final of the continent’s elite club competition, has departed for Chelsea and a lack of recent goals had prompted murmurs that the side will struggle without the Brazil-born Spain striker.

Sep 30, 2014

Atletico out to prove they have teeth in attack

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s Champions League game at home to Juventus on Wednesday will be a chance for the Spanish champions to prove they have the firepower to challenge in Europe again this season.

Diego Costa, top scorer for Atletico last term when they reached the final of the continent’s elite club competition, has departed for Chelsea and a lack of recent goals had prompted murmurs that the side will struggle without the Brazil-born Spain striker.

Sep 30, 2014

Soccer-Atletico out to prove they have teeth in attack

MADRID, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s Champions League game at home to Juventus on Wednesday will be a chance for the Spanish champions to prove they have the firepower to challenge in Europe again this season.

Diego Costa, top scorer for Atletico last term when they reached the final of the continent’s elite club competition, has departed for Chelsea and a lack of recent goals had prompted murmurs that the side will struggle without the Brazil-born Spain striker.