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Sep 5, 2013

Soccer-La Liga earns record amount from player sales – study

MADRID, Sept 5 (Reuters) – La Liga clubs earned more from player sales in the close season than any league in history, including a record amount from selling talent to rivals abroad, according to a study published on Thursday.

The figures compiled by Barcelona-based Prime Time Sport underlined how Spanish top-flight teams, excluding wealthy Real Madrid and Barcelona, are increasingly being forced to cash in on top performers to stay afloat.

Sep 4, 2013

In-form Cesc could be key for Spain in Finland

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is missing several key performers for Friday’s World Cup Group I qualifier away to Finland but one player who will be available comes into the match in a rich vein of form.

Cesc Fabregas has impressed for Barcelona during the opening weeks of the La Liga season and could make the difference for the world and European champions as they seek to maintain their grip on top spot ahead of France and take a step closer to securing an automatic berth at next year’s tournament in Brazil.

Sep 4, 2013

Soccer-In-form Cesc could be key for Spain in Finland

MADRID, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is missing several key performers for Friday’s World Cup Group I qualifier away to Finland but one player who will be available comes into the match in a rich vein of form.

Cesc Fabregas has impressed for Barcelona during the opening weeks of the La Liga season and could make the difference for the world and European champions as they seek to maintain their grip on top spot ahead of France and take a step closer to securing an automatic berth at next year’s tournament in Brazil.

Sep 3, 2013

Fellow ‘galacticos’ have not set bar too high for Bale

MADRID (Reuters) – As Real Madrid’s latest world record “galactico” signing, Gareth Bale will inevitably be compared with some of the illustrious names that have pulled on the white shirt of the nine-times European champions before him.

President Florentino Perez smashed the transfer record five times in his relentless pursuit of the elusive “decima”, or 10th continental crown, luring Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and now Bale to the Bernabeu.

Sep 3, 2013

Soccer-Fellow ‘galacticos’ have not set bar too high for Bale

MADRID, Sept 3 (Reuters) – As Real Madrid’s latest world record “galactico” signing, Gareth Bale will inevitably be compared with some of the illustrious names that have pulled on the white shirt of the nine-times European champions before him.

President Florentino Perez smashed the transfer record five times in his relentless pursuit of the elusive “decima”, or 10th continental crown, luring Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and now Bale to the Bernabeu.

Sep 3, 2013

Olympics-Spain seeking lift with Madrid’s 2020 ‘austerity bid’

MADRID, Sept 3 (Reuters) – For a sports-obsessed country in the grip of a debilitating recession and stained by allegations of political corruption, winning the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Madrid is exactly the tonic Spain needs.

At least that is what government and bid officials are arguing as they attempt to convince International Olympic Committee (IOC) members the capital deserves to stage the world’s biggest and most expensive sporting event instead of Istanbul or Tokyo.

Sep 2, 2013

Real Madrid fans flock to welcome record signing Gareth Bale

MADRID (Reuters) – Thousands of Real Madrid fans flocked to the Bernabeu to welcome Gareth Bale on Monday after the nine-times European champions sealed the purchase of the Wales winger from Tottenham Hotspur for what the London club said was a world record fee.

The summer’s longest transfer saga finally ended on Sunday when Spurs announced they had sold Bale to Real for 100 million euros and the La Liga club said he had agreed a six-year contract.

Sep 2, 2013

Real fans flock to welcome record signing Bale

MADRID (Reuters) – Thousands of Real Madrid fans flocked to the Bernabeu to welcome Gareth Bale on Monday after the nine-times European champions sealed the purchase of the Wales winger from Tottenham Hotspur for what the London club said was a world record fee.

The summer’s longest transfer saga finally ended on Sunday when Spurs announced they had sold Bale to Real for 100 million euros (84.62 million pounds) and the La Liga club said he had agreed a six-year contract.

Sep 2, 2013

Soccer-Real fans flock to welcome record signing Bale

MADRID, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Thousands of Real Madrid fans flocked to the Bernabeu to welcome Gareth Bale on Monday after the nine-times European champions sealed the purchase of the Wales winger from Tottenham Hotspur for what the London club said was a world record fee.

The summer’s longest transfer saga finally ended on Sunday when Spurs announced they had sold Bale to Real for 100 million euros ($131.86 million) and the La Liga club said he had agreed a six-year contract.

Sep 2, 2013

Messi leads Barca with treble, Real’s Isco shines

MADRID (Reuters) – World Player of the Year Lionel Messi netted a first-half hat-trick as Barcelona extended their winning start to their La Liga title defence with an action-packed 3-2 win at Valencia on Sunday.

A matter of hours before they sealed the purchase of Wales winger Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid racked up a maximum nine points when they beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at the Bernabeu, while Atletico Madrid also made it three wins in three with a 2-1 success at Real Sociedad.