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Apr 8, 2014

Atletico success built on shaky economic foundations

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s emergence as a third force in Spain and contenders among Europe’s elite rests on wobbly economic foundations and the edifice could come crashing down if they cannot sustain their remarkable run.

The club’s success is in large measure down to inspirational coach Diego Simeone, who since taking charge in late 2011 has moulded an unspectacular squad into a unit capable of challenging the continent’s richest clubs, including La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Apr 8, 2014

Soccer-Atletico success built on shaky economic foundations

MADRID, April 8 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s emergence as a third force in Spain and contenders among Europe’s elite rests on wobbly economic foundations and the edifice could come crashing down if they cannot sustain their remarkable run.

The club’s success is in large measure down to inspirational coach Diego Simeone, who since taking charge in late 2011 has moulded an unspectacular squad into a unit capable of challenging the continent’s richest clubs, including La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Apr 7, 2014

Sevilla thump Espanyol to trim gap to Bilbao

MADRID (Reuters) – Sevilla kept up the pressure on Athletic Bilbao in the battle for Spain’s fourth Champions League spot when Kevin Gameiro struck twice in a 4-1 win at home to mid-table Espanyol on Sunday.

The victory for fifth-placed Sevilla at a festive Sanchez Pizjuan trimmed the gap to Bilbao to three points ahead of the Basque club’s game at Levante on Monday.

Apr 6, 2014

Soccer-Sevilla thump Espanyol to trim gap to Bilbao

MADRID, April 6 (Reuters) – Sevilla kept up the pressure on Athletic Bilbao in the battle for Spain’s fourth Champions League spot when Kevin Gameiro struck twice in a 4-1 win at home to mid-table Espanyol on Sunday.

The victory for fifth-placed Sevilla at a festive Sanchez Pizjuan trimmed the gap to Bilbao to three points ahead of the Basque club’s game at Levante on Monday.

Apr 5, 2014

Atletico stay on course for surprise La Liga title

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid remained on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when Raul Garcia’s header secured a 1-0 victory for the leaders at home to Villarreal on Saturday as closest rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid also won.

Lionel Messi struck twice for Barca in a laboured 3-1 home success against bottom side Real Betis as the champions stayed hard on Atletico’s heels, a point adrift with six matches left including a clash between the sides at the Nou Camp on the final day of the season.

Apr 5, 2014

Soccer-Atletico stay on course for surprise La Liga title

MADRID, April 5 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid remained firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when Raul Garcia’s header secured a 1-0 win for the leaders at home to seventh-placed Villarreal on Saturday.

Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona in a laboured 3-1 home victory over bottom side Real Betis as the champions stayed hard on Atletico’s heels, a point behind with six matches left including a clash between the sides at the Nou Camp on the final day of the season.

Apr 3, 2014

Martino record bears comparison with Barca’s best

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona have been beset by institutional problems during Gerardo Martino’s first season in charge but his record after 50 games shows they are having little impact on the team’s performance.

The Spanish champions, a point behind surprise leaders Atletico Madrid with seven games left, will be chasing a 38th win under the Argentine at home to bottom side Real Betis on Saturday to keep alive their chances of a fifth title in six years.

Apr 3, 2014

Soccer-Martino record bears comparison with Barca’s best

MADRID, April 3 (Reuters) – Barcelona have been beset by institutional problems during Gerardo Martino’s first season in charge but his record after 50 games shows they are having little impact on the team’s performance.

The Spanish champions, a point behind surprise leaders Atletico Madrid with seven games left, will be chasing a 38th win under the Argentine at home to bottom side Real Betis on Saturday to keep alive their chances of a fifth title in six years.

Apr 3, 2014

Ronaldo knee problem a concern for Portugal

MADRID (Reuters) – However much Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted there was no cause for concern, the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo limping off near the end of Wednesday’s Champions League match will have set alarm bells ringing in his native Portugal.

The national team captain, the leading marksman in both La Liga and the Champions League this term, will need to maintain his scintillating goal-scoring form if Portugal are to advance to the later stages of the World Cup finals in Brazil starting in June.

Apr 3, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo knee problem a concern for Portugal

MADRID, April 3 (Reuters) – However much Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted there was no cause for concern, the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo limping off near the end of Wednesday’s Champions League match will have set alarm bells ringing in his native Portugal.

The national team captain, the leading marksman in both La Liga and the Champions League this term, will need to maintain his scintillating goal-scoring form if Portugal are to advance to the later stages of the World Cup finals in Brazil starting in June.