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Feb 27, 2014

Ancelotti shaping up to deliver Real’s coveted ‘decima’

MADRID (Reuters) – When Real Madrid president Florentino Perez showed Vicente del Bosque the door in 2003 he could scarcely have imagined he would still be chasing a 10th European crown more than a decade later.

During two stints at the helm of the world’s richest club, construction magnate Perez has been through seven coaches since Del Bosque was discarded but in Carlo Ancelotti he may finally have found the man who can secure the “decima” that has eluded Real since their last Champions League triumph in 2002.

Feb 27, 2014

Soccer-Ancelotti shaping up to deliver Real’s coveted ‘decima’

MADRID, Feb 27 (Reuters) – When Real Madrid president Florentino Perez showed Vicente del Bosque the door in 2003 he could scarcely have imagined he would still be chasing a 10th European crown more than a decade later.

During two stints at the helm of the world’s richest club, construction magnate Perez has been through seven coaches since Del Bosque was discarded but in Carlo Ancelotti he may finally have found the man who can secure the “decima” that has eluded Real since their last Champions League triumph in 2002.

Feb 24, 2014

Barca pay 13.5 million euros in Neymar tax case

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona have paid 13.5 million euros ($18.53 million) to the Spanish treasury after they were charged last week with tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar.

The Spanish champions reiterated that they did not consider they had committed any offence and said they had made the payment due to a “possible difference of interpretation” about how much they owed after signing Neymar in the close season.

Feb 24, 2014

Soccer-Barca pay 13.5 mln euros in Neymar tax case

MADRID, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Barcelona have paid 13.5 million euros ($18.53 million) to the Spanish treasury after they were charged last week with tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar.

The Spanish champions reiterated that they did not consider they had committed any offence and said they had made the payment due to a “possible difference of interpretation” about how much they owed after signing Neymar in the close season.

Feb 23, 2014

Shock Atletico defeat leaves Real Madrid clear

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title challenge took a nosedive when they slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat at Osasuna on Sunday, leaving Real Madrid three points clear at the top.

Champions Barcelona and Real were held to draws at Osasuna’s El Sadar stadium earlier in the season and Atletico fell behind in the sixth minute when Alvaro Cejudo arrived unmarked at the back post to volley a corner into the net.

Feb 23, 2014

Soccer-Shock Atletico defeat leaves Real Madrid clear

MADRID, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title challenge took a nosedive when they slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat at Osasuna on Sunday, leaving Real Madrid three points clear at the top.

Champions Barcelona and Real were held to draws at Osasuna’s El Sadar stadium earlier in the season and Atletico fell behind in the sixth minute when Alvaro Cejudo arrived unmarked at the back post to volley a corner into the net.

Feb 23, 2014

Martino admits errors after Barca surrender La Liga lead

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted resting key players was a mistake after the champions crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad on Saturday that allowed Real Madrid to pull three points clear at the top.

Martino left playmakers Xavi and Cesc Fabregas out of his starting lineup for the match against fifth-placed Sociedad in San Sebastian and deployed defensive midfielders Sergio Busquets and Alex Song in the centre.

Feb 23, 2014

Soccer-Martino admits errors after Barca surrender La Liga lead

MADRID, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted resting key players was a mistake after the champions crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad on Saturday that allowed Real Madrid to pull three points clear at the top.

Martino left playmakers Xavi and Cesc Fabregas out of his starting lineup for the match against fifth-placed Sociedad in San Sebastian and deployed defensive midfielders Sergio Busquets and Alex Song in the centre.

Feb 20, 2014

Barca, Atletico on a high after European success

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid wobbled in recent weeks but will be brimming with confidence when they return to La Liga action this weekend after rousing performances in the Champions League.

Barca, who won 2-0 at English Premier League side Manchester City and Atletico, who beat Italian club AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro, are tied on 60 points with Real Madrid at the top of Spain’s domestic league with 14 matches remaining.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Barca, Atletico on a high after European success

MADRID, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid wobbled in recent weeks but will be brimming with confidence when they return to La Liga action this weekend after rousing performances in the Champions League.

Barca, who won 2-0 at English Premier League side Manchester City and Atletico, who beat Italian club AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro, are tied on 60 points with Real Madrid at the top of Spain’s domestic league with 14 matches remaining.