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Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-Spain captain frank about chances in World Cup debut

MADRID, June 4 (Reuters) – Spain captain Veronica Boquete is refreshingly honest about her nation’s chances of lifting the trophy when they make their debut at a Women’s World Cup finals in Canada this month.

“We could say they are zero,” Boquete told Reuters in an interview. “It’s the first time we are playing in a World Cup and there is still a big gulf between us and the main powers due to conditions in the professional game but not due to quality.”

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-Veteran Spain coach finally makes it to World Cup

MADRID, June 4 (Reuters) – It has been a long, hard road for Ignacio Quereda but after almost three decades at the helm the Spain coach will finally see his charges debut at a Women’s World Cup when the tournament in Canada gets underway on Saturday.

Spain, ranked 14th in the world, had a relatively easy run in securing qualification for the first time, finishing top of European Group 2, three points ahead of Italy with nine wins and a draw from 10 games.

May 28, 2015

Proud Basques Bilbao eyeing Cup upset against Barca

MADRID (Reuters) – Athletic Bilbao have proudly resisted pressure to abandon their policy of only recruiting players of Basque origin, making it all the more impressive that they are the club standing between Barcelona and a record-extending 27th King’s Cup.

Treble-chasing Barca host Bilbao, who are second on the all-time winners list with 23 Cups, in the final on Saturday (1930 GMT) having already wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-Proud Basques Bilbao eyeing Cup upset against Barca

MADRID, May 28 (Reuters) – Athletic Bilbao have proudly resisted pressure to abandon their policy of only recruiting players of Basque origin, making it all the more impressive that they are the club standing between Barcelona and a record-extending 27th King’s Cup.

Treble-chasing Barca host Bilbao, who are second on the all-time winners list with 23 Cups, in the final on Saturday (1930 GMT) having already wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years.

May 26, 2015

Real sack coach Ancelotti after mediocre season

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti after the world’s richest club by income failed to win major silverware this season and, according to local media, Napoli’s Rafa Benitez is the favourite to succeed him.

“The board of directors have decided this evening to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his duties,” president Florentino Perez told a news conference on Monday.

May 25, 2015

Analysis – Ancelotti the latest scapegoat for Real supremo Perez

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid fans could be forgiven for wondering whether a new president is needed rather than yet another new coach after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on Monday.

Ancelotti ended 12 years of bitter failure when he led Real to a record-extending 10th European crown in his first term in charge in 2013-14, as well as a King’s Cup triumph.

May 25, 2015

Soccer-Ancelotti the latest scapegoat for Real supremo Perez

MADRID, May 25 (Reuters) – Real Madrid fans could be forgiven for wondering whether a new president is needed rather than yet another new coach after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on Monday.

Ancelotti ended 12 years of bitter failure when he led Real to a record-extending 10th European crown in his first term in charge in 2013-14, as well as a King’s Cup triumph.

May 25, 2015

Soccer-Real sack coach Ancelotti after mediocre season

MADRID, May 25 (Reuters) – Real Madrid have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti after the world’s richest club by income failed to win major silverware this season and, according to local media, Napoli’s Rafa Benitez is the favourite to succeed him.

“The board of directors have decided this evening to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his duties,” president Florentino Perez told a news conference on Monday.

May 25, 2015

Real Madrid sack coach Ancelotti

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti after the world’s richest club by income failed to win major silverware this season and, according to local media, Napoli’s Rafa Benitez is the favourite to succeed him.

“The board of directors have decided this evening to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his duties,” president Florentino Perez told a news conference on Monday.

May 23, 2015

Atletico, Valencia secure Champions League spots

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid secured a berth in the Champions League group stage for next season and Deportivo La Coruna narrowly escaped relegation when they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at champions Barcelona on the final day in La Liga on Saturday.

Atletico made sure of third place thanks to a 0-0 draw at Granada, while Valencia twice had to come from behind to beat Almeria, who were relegated, 3-2 and clinch fourth and a spot in qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition.