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Apr 4, 2015

Soccer-Atletico leapfrog Valencia in battle for third

MADRID, April 4 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid turned up the heat on Valencia in the battle for La Liga’s third automatic Champions League berth when club top scorer Antoine Griezmann set them on the way to a 2-0 stroll at bottom side Cordoba on Saturday.

The victory for the champions at Cordoba’s El Arcangel stadium in balmy Andalucia lifted Atletico above Valencia and onto 62 points from 29 matches. Valencia have 60 points in fourth and can reclaim third spot with a win at home to sixth-placed Villarreal on Sunday.

Apr 2, 2015

Barca’s Luis Enrique riding high on Celta return

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique returns to Celta Vigo’s Balaidos stadium on Sunday looking to consolidate a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga against the team he led successfully last season before taking over at the Nou Camp.

Following a three-year stint in charge of Barca’s B team, Luis Enrique’s management career stumbled at AS Roma in 2011-12 before he won plaudits for inspiring modest Celta to a ninth-placed finish in Spain’s top flight last term.

Apr 2, 2015

Preview – Barca’s Luis Enrique riding high on Celta return

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique returns to Celta Vigo’s Balaidos stadium on Sunday looking to consolidate a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga against the team he led successfully last season before taking over at the Nou Camp.

Following a three-year stint in charge of Barca’s B team, Luis Enrique’s management career stumbled at AS Roma in 2011-12 before he won plaudits for inspiring modest Celta to a ninth-placed finish in Spain’s top flight last term.

Apr 2, 2015

Soccer-Barca’s Luis Enrique riding high on Celta return

MADRID, April 2 (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique returns to Celta Vigo’s Balaidos stadium on Sunday looking to consolidate a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga against the team he led successfully last season before taking over at the Nou Camp.

Following a three-year stint in charge of Barca’s B team, Luis Enrique’s management career stumbled at AS Roma in 2011-12 before he won plaudits for inspiring modest Celta to a ninth-placed finish in Spain’s top flight last term.

Apr 1, 2015

Spain not worried by friendly reverse to Netherlands

MADRID (Reuters) – Although Spain’s 2-0 reverse to Netherlands on Tuesday brought back bitter memories of their disastrous 2014 World Cup, coach Vicente del Bosque will not be too worried about a third straight friendly defeat for La Roja.

Netherlands, whose 5-1 drubbing of Spain in the group stage in Brazil last year marked the end of the Iberian nation’s six-year domination of the world game, scored two early goals at the Amsterdam arena and held on against some determined Spain pressure in the second half for a 2-0 success.

Apr 1, 2015

Soccer-Spain not worried by friendly reverse to Netherlands

MADRID, April 1 (Reuters) – Although Spain’s 2-0 reverse to Netherlands on Tuesday brought back bitter memories of their disastrous 2014 World Cup, coach Vicente del Bosque will not be too worried about a third straight friendly defeat for La Roja.

Netherlands, whose 5-1 drubbing of Spain in the group stage in Brazil last year marked the end of the Iberian nation’s six-year domination of the world game, scored two early goals at the Amsterdam arena and held on against some determined Spain pressure in the second half for a 2-0 success.

Mar 25, 2015

Spain new boys out to make a mark against Ukraine

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up several new faces for Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine with forward Juanmi and midfielder Vitolo among those keen to make a mark.

The pair have been impressive for their clubs Malaga and Sevilla respectively this season and could get a chance to shine on the international stage as the European champions look to keep up the pressure on Group C leaders Slovakia.

Mar 25, 2015

Soccer-Spain new boys out to make a mark against Ukraine

MADRID, March 25 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up several new faces for Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine with forward Juanmi and midfielder Vitolo among those keen to make a mark.

The pair have been impressive for their clubs Malaga and Sevilla respectively this season and could get a chance to shine on the international stage as the European champions look to keep up the pressure on Group C leaders Slovakia.

Mar 18, 2015

Atletico shootout success gives Simeone ‘goose bumps’

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted to having “goose bumps” after his side overturned a first-leg deficit and knocked Bayer Leverkusen out of the Champions League on penalties to claim a berth in the last eight on Tuesday.

Atletico lost 1-0 at Leverkusen in the first leg but a first-half goal from Mario Suarez left the rivals locked at 1-1 after extra time in the return match at a typically vibrant Calderon stadium.

Mar 18, 2015

Soccer-Atletico shootout success gives Simeone ‘goose bumps’

MADRID, March 17 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted to having “goose bumps” after his side overturned a first-leg deficit and knocked Bayer Leverkusen out of the Champions League on penalties to claim a berth in the last eight on Tuesday.

Atletico lost 1-0 at Leverkusen in the first leg but a first-half goal from Mario Suarez left the rivals locked at 1-1 after extra time in the return match at a typically vibrant Calderon stadium.