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May 21, 2015

Soccer-’Irreplaceable’ Xavi calls time on Barcelona career

May 21 (Reuters) – If you ask Barcelona and Spain fans about their most cherished footballing memories over the past decade the chances are they will involve an exquisite intervention from midfield maestro Xavi.

Widely regarded as one of the best playmakers the game has produced, Xavi has been the tireless dynamo at the heart of a glittering run for his club and country, effortlessly controlling play in the central areas and able to pierce even the most stubborn defences in a heartbeat.

May 18, 2015

Ancelotti finding some have short memories in Spain

MADRID (Reuters) – If there is one lesson Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has learned during his two seasons in Spain it is that resting on your laurels is not an option at the world’s richest club by income.

After leading Real to a record-extending 10th European crown and a King’s Cup triumph last term, Real have failed to win any of the three major trophies in 2014-15 and speculation has already been swirling for weeks about the Italian’s future.

May 18, 2015

Ancelotti finding some have short memories in Spain

MADRID (Reuters) – If there is one lesson Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has learned during his two seasons in Spain it is that resting on your laurels is not an option at the world’s richest club by income.

After leading Real to a record-extending 10th European crown and a King’s Cup triumph last term, Real have failed to win any of the three major trophies in 2014-15 and speculation has already been swirling for weeks about the Italian’s future.

May 18, 2015

Soccer-Ancelotti finding some have short memories in Spain

MADRID, May 18 (Reuters) – If there is one lesson Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has learned during his two seasons in Spain it is that resting on your laurels is not an option at the world’s richest club by income.

After leading Real to a record-extending 10th European crown and a King’s Cup triumph last term, Real have failed to win any of the three major trophies in 2014-15 and speculation has already been swirling for weeks about the Italian’s future.

May 18, 2015

Messi eulogised after leading Barca to La Liga triumph

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s biggest selling sports daily Marca summed it up in Monday’s headline after Barcelona wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years and their 23rd overall on Sunday: “Messi’s League”.

The Argentina forward scored a typically brilliant goal to secure a 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid exactly a year after last season’s champions pipped Barca to the title with a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp on the final day of the campaign.

May 18, 2015

Soccer-Messi eulogised after leading Barca to La Liga triumph

MADRID, May 18 (Reuters) – Spain’s biggest selling sports daily Marca summed it up in Monday’s headline after Barcelona wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years and their 23rd overall on Sunday: “Messi’s League”.

The Argentina forward scored a typically brilliant goal to secure a 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid exactly a year after last season’s champions pipped Barca to the title with a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp on the final day of the campaign.

May 17, 2015

Review of Barcelona’s La Liga title-winning season

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona made a brisk start to the season with new coach Luis Enrique at the helm in place of Gerardo Martino and a host of additions to the squad, including midfielder Ivan Rakitic and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

They dropped two points in the opening eight games, scoring 22 goals and conceding none, to open a three-point lead over second-placed Sevilla at the top, with Real Madrid, who lost two of their first three matches, a further point behind in third.

May 17, 2015

Debutant Luis Enrique riding high with Barca

MADRID (Reuters) – The enduring image of Luis Enrique for many football fans is the Spain player with blood gushing from his nose after a vicious elbow from Italy defender Mauro Tassotti during the 1994 World Cup quarter-final in Boston.

That could now be replaced by a picture of the beaming Barcelona coach hoisting aloft the La Liga trophy, which they wrapped up with a 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, the first of a possible treble of titles in his first season in charge at the Nou Camp.

May 17, 2015

Soccer-Review of Barcelona’s La Liga title-winning season

MADRID, May 17 (Reuters) – Barcelona made a brisk start to the season with new coach Luis Enrique at the helm in place of Gerardo Martino and a host of additions to the squad, including midfielder Ivan Rakitic and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

They dropped two points in the opening eight games, scoring 22 goals and conceding none, to open a three-point lead over second-placed Sevilla at the top, with Real Madrid, who lost two of their first three matches, a further point behind in third.

May 17, 2015

Soccer-Debutant Luis Enrique riding high with Barca

MADRID, May 17 (Reuters) – The enduring image of Luis Enrique for many soccer fans is the Spain player with blood gushing from his nose after a vicious elbow from Italy defender Mauro Tassotti during the 1994 World Cup quarter-final in Boston.

That could now be replaced by a picture of the beaming Barcelona coach hoisting aloft the La Liga trophy, which they wrapped up with a 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, the first of a possible treble of titles in his first season in charge at the Nou Camp.