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Aug 20, 2015

Soccer-Barca facing tough task to retain La Liga title

MADRID, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Champions Barcelona begin their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday knowing that fellow heavyweights Real Madrid could, unusually, be just one of several challengers for their crown.

Under new coach Rafa Benitez, Real are desperate to recover from a 2014-15 season when they failed to win major silverware and will be looking to FIFA Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo to break more scoring records and hoping world record signing Gareth Bale can rediscover his best form.

Aug 16, 2015

Barca need improvement for Super Cup showdown

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona have leaked eight goals in their opening two official games of the season and will need a drastic improvement in defence if they are to have any chance of denying Athletic Bilbao the Spanish Super Cup.

After edging Sevilla 5-4 to win the European Super Cup last Tuesday, Barca suffered a 4-0 drubbing at Bilbao in Friday’s first leg and host the Basque side for the return on Monday.

Aug 16, 2015

Soccer-Barca need improvement for Super Cup showdown

MADRID, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Barcelona have leaked eight goals in their opening two official games of the season and will need a drastic improvement in defence if they are to have any chance of denying Athletic Bilbao the Spanish Super Cup.

After edging Sevilla 5-4 to win the European Super Cup last Tuesday, Barca suffered a 4-0 drubbing at Bilbao in Friday’s first leg and host the Basque side for the return on Monday.

Jun 25, 2015

Doping – Athletics and cycling back on the defensive

MADRID (Reuters) – The spectre of doping was again looming over athletics and cycling on Thursday with a top running coach, a world champion steeplechaser from Spain and a Tour de France-winning cyclist on the defensive.

American running guru Alberto Salazar, whose British charge Mo Farah is a double Olympic champion, is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a source told Reuters.

Jun 25, 2015

Athletics and cycling back on the defensive

MADRID (Reuters) – The specter of doping was again looming over athletics and cycling on Thursday with a top running coach, a world champion steeplechaser from Spain and a Tour de France-winning cyclist on the defensive.

American running guru Alberto Salazar, whose British charge Mo Farah is a double Olympic champion, is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a source told Reuters.

Jun 12, 2015

Del Bosque urges Spanish unity before Belarus game

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called for “unity” before Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Belarus after defender Gerard Pique was given a hostile reception by some La Roja fans in Leon this week.

Pique, who plays for treble-winning Catalan club Barcelona, angered Spain supporters who are also fans of Real Madrid by mocking Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo after Barca won the Champions League final last weekend.

Jun 12, 2015

Soccer-Del Bosque urges Spanish unity before Belarus game

MADRID, June 12 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called for “unity” before Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Belarus after defender Gerard Pique was given a hostile reception by some La Roja fans in Leon this week.

Pique, who plays for treble-winning Catalan club Barcelona, angered Spain supporters who are also fans of Real Madrid by mocking Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo after Barca won the Champions League final last weekend.

Jun 9, 2015

Butcher’s boy Nolito has Costa Rica in his sights

MADRID (Reuters) – Celta Vigo forward Nolito has come a long way since he earned 30 euros ($33.74) a week as a butcher’s apprentice and should get a chance to show Spain coach Vicente del Bosque what he can do in Thursday’s friendly against Costa Rica.

The match is a useful opportunity for Del Bosque to experiment with Nolito and some of the other new faces in the squad ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier away to Group C rivals Belarus.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Butcher’s boy Nolito has Costa Rica in his sights

MADRID, June 9 (Reuters) – Celta Vigo forward Nolito has come a long way since he earned 30 euros ($33.74) a week as a butcher’s apprentice and should get a chance to show Spain coach Vicente del Bosque what he can do in Thursday’s friendly against Costa Rica.

The match is a useful opportunity for Del Bosque to experiment with Nolito and some of the other new faces in the squad ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier away to Group C rivals Belarus.

Jun 6, 2015

Triumphant Luis Enrique won’t say if he will stay at Barca

BERLIN (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique declined to say if he will still be at the helm next season after leading them to a treble in his first season including Saturday’s Champions League triumph over Juventus.

Barca’s 3-1 victory in the final in Berlin meant they became the first team to win their domestic league and Cup and Europe’s elite club competition in the same season on two occasions, repeating their feat from 2009.