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May 23, 2015

Soccer-Atletico, Valencia secure Champions League spots

MADRID, May 23 (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.

May 23, 2015

Soccer-Atletico and Valencia secure Champions League berths

MADRID, May 23 (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 of 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.

May 21, 2015

‘Irreplaceable’ Xavi calls time on Barcelona career

By Iain Rogers

(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 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.