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Dec 22, 2014

Ramos caps ‘best year’ with Club World Cup award

MADRID (Reuters) – Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 “the best year of my life” after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles including a record-extending 10th European crown.

A no-nonsense centre back whose strength in the air regularly yields goals, Ramos scooped the player of the tournament award at the Club World Cup after scoring in the semi-final win against Cruz Azul and the victory over San Lorenzo in Saturday’s final.

Dec 22, 2014

Soccer-Ramos caps ‘best year’ with Club World Cup award

MADRID, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 “the best year of my life” after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles including a record-extending 10th European crown.

A no-nonsense centre back whose strength in the air regularly yields goals, Ramos scooped the player of the tournament award at the Club World Cup after scoring in the semi-final win against Cruz Azul and the victory over San Lorenzo in Saturday’s final.

Dec 22, 2014

Simeone wants more of the same from ‘fabulous’ Griezmann

MADRID (Reuters) – Antoine Griezmann has taken time to settle at Atletico Madrid but the France forward’s fine hat-trick at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday was more evidence he could be a key man for the Spanish champions this season.

Griezmann is one of several new faces at Atletico, where coach Diego Simeone is attempting to integrate them into the team as they seek to defend the La Liga title they won last term for the first time in 18 years.

Dec 22, 2014

Soccer-Simeone wants more of the same from ‘fabulous’ Griezmann

MADRID, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Antoine Griezmann has taken time to settle at Atletico Madrid but the France forward’s fine hat-trick at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday was more evidence he could be a key man for the Spanish champions this season.

Griezmann is one of several new faces at Atletico, where coach Diego Simeone is attempting to integrate them into the team as they seek to defend the La Liga title they won last term for the first time in 18 years.

Dec 19, 2014

Moyes demands mental toughness from Sociedad players

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Sociedad need to toughen up mentally if they are to reverse a poor away record when they travel to Valencia to face Levante in La Liga on Saturday, according to coach David Moyes.

Sociedad are yet to win away in Spain’s top flight this season and were thumped 4-0 at Villarreal and drew 0-0 at Deportivo La Coruna on their last two trips away from San Sebastian.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-Moyes demands mental toughness from Sociedad players

MADRID, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Real Sociedad need to toughen up mentally if they are to reverse a poor away record when they travel to Valencia to face Levante in La Liga on Saturday, according to coach David Moyes.

Sociedad are yet to win away in Spain’s top flight this season and were thumped 4-0 at Villarreal and drew 0-0 at Deportivo La Coruna on their last two trips away from San Sebastian.

Dec 19, 2014

Atletico’s Simeone pleased with improving Mandzukic

MADRID (Reuters) – Filling the shoes of Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid was always going to be a tall order but coach Diego Simeone is pleased so far with the performances of Mario Mandzukic.

The Croatia forward struck twice in Atletico’s King’s Cup game at home to third-tier Hospitalet on Thursday, a 2-2 second-leg draw that sent the 2013 winners through to the last 16 5-2 on aggregate and earned them a meeting with holders Real Madrid.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-Atletico’s Simeone pleased with improving Mandzukic

MADRID, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Filling the shoes of Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid was always going to be a tall order but coach Diego Simeone is pleased so far with the performances of Mario Mandzukic.

The Croatia forward struck twice in Atletico’s King’s Cup game at home to third-tier Hospitalet on Thursday, a 2-2 second-leg draw that sent the 2013 winners through to the last 16 5-2 on aggregate and earned them a meeting with holders Real Madrid.

Dec 16, 2014

Spanish women shine in dark year for men

MADRID (Reuters) – In a year when the men’s soccer and basketball teams flopped on the biggest stage and Rafa Nadal’s season was wrecked by injury and illness, it was the women who helped protect Spain’s reputation as a nation of sporting excellence.

The standout performers were swimmer Mireia Belmonte, who set two world records at the short course world championships in Doha this month, and badminton player Carolina Marin, who pulled off a huge upset to beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui and win the women’s singles title at the world championships in Copenhagen in August.

Dec 16, 2014

Sport-Spanish women shine in dark year for men

MADRID, Dec 16 (Reuters) – In a year when the men’s soccer and basketball teams flopped on the biggest stage and Rafa Nadal’s season was wrecked by injury and illness, it was the women who helped protect Spain’s reputation as a nation of sporting excellence.

The standout performers were swimmer Mireia Belmonte, who set two world records at the short course world championships in Doha this month, and badminton player Carolina Marin, who pulled off a huge upset to beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui and win the women’s singles title at the world championships in Copenhagen in August.