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Jan 12, 2015

Atletico poised to eliminate Cup holders Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid have the perfect chance to lift morale after Sunday’s La Liga defeat at Barcelona when they play their King’s Cup last 16, second leg at bitter local rivals Real Madrid on Thursday.

Atletico have a 2-0 advantage over the holders from last week’s first leg at the Calderon and knocking Real out of the competition would mark the latest triumph for the Spanish capital’s second club over their neighbours.

Jan 10, 2015

Real back to winning ways against Espanyol

MADRID (Reuters) – La Liga leaders Real Madrid returned to winning ways after two defeats, making light of playing most of the second half with 10 men to triumph 3-0 at home to mid-table Espanyol on Saturday.

Beaten 2-1 at Valencia in La Liga last weekend and 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in a King’s Cup last 16 first leg in midweek, Real took the lead at the Bernabeu when Cristiano Ronaldo set up James Rodriguez to score in the 12th minute.

Jan 10, 2015

Soccer-Real back to winning ways against Espanyol

MADRID, Jan 10 (Reuters) – La Liga leaders Real Madrid returned to winning ways after two defeats, making light of playing most of the second half with 10 men to triumph 3-0 at home to mid-table Espanyol on Saturday.

Beaten 2-1 at Valencia in La Liga last weekend and 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in a King’s Cup last 16 first leg in midweek, Real took the lead at the Bernabeu when Cristiano Ronaldo set up James Rodriguez to score in the 12th minute.

Jan 10, 2015

Luis Enrique finds Messi is ‘more than a club’

MADRID (Reuters) – As a key part of Catalan culture, Barcelona’s proud motto is “more than a club” but it could easily be applied to star player Lionel Messi given the level of control the Argentina forward exerts.

A product of Barca’s youth academy, Messi is worshipped by the fans for underpinning the club’s most trophy-laden era and decisions made by the board of directors seem to be made solely with the intention of keeping him happy.

Dec 22, 2014

Ramos caps ‘best year’ with Club World Cup award

MADRID (Reuters) – Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 “the best year of my life” after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles including a record-extending 10th European crown.

A no-nonsense centre back whose strength in the air regularly yields goals, Ramos scooped the player of the tournament award at the Club World Cup after scoring in the semi-final win against Cruz Azul and the victory over San Lorenzo in Saturday’s final.

Dec 22, 2014

Ramos caps ‘best year’ with Club World Cup award

MADRID (Reuters) – Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 “the best year of my life” after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles including a record-extending 10th European crown.

A no-nonsense centre back whose strength in the air regularly yields goals, Ramos scooped the player of the tournament award at the Club World Cup after scoring in the semi-final win against Cruz Azul and the victory over San Lorenzo in Saturday’s final.

Dec 22, 2014

Soccer-Ramos caps ‘best year’ with Club World Cup award

MADRID, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 “the best year of my life” after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles including a record-extending 10th European crown.

A no-nonsense centre back whose strength in the air regularly yields goals, Ramos scooped the player of the tournament award at the Club World Cup after scoring in the semi-final win against Cruz Azul and the victory over San Lorenzo in Saturday’s final.

Dec 22, 2014

Simeone wants more of the same from ‘fabulous’ Griezmann

MADRID (Reuters) – Antoine Griezmann has taken time to settle at Atletico Madrid but the France forward’s fine hat-trick at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday was more evidence he could be a key man for the Spanish champions this season.

Griezmann is one of several new faces at Atletico, where coach Diego Simeone is attempting to integrate them into the team as they seek to defend the La Liga title they won last term for the first time in 18 years.

Dec 22, 2014

Soccer-Simeone wants more of the same from ‘fabulous’ Griezmann

MADRID, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Antoine Griezmann has taken time to settle at Atletico Madrid but the France forward’s fine hat-trick at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday was more evidence he could be a key man for the Spanish champions this season.

Griezmann is one of several new faces at Atletico, where coach Diego Simeone is attempting to integrate them into the team as they seek to defend the La Liga title they won last term for the first time in 18 years.

Dec 19, 2014

Moyes demands mental toughness from Sociedad players

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Sociedad need to toughen up mentally if they are to reverse a poor away record when they travel to Valencia to face Levante in La Liga on Saturday, according to coach David Moyes.

Sociedad are yet to win away in Spain’s top flight this season and were thumped 4-0 at Villarreal and drew 0-0 at Deportivo La Coruna on their last two trips away from San Sebastian.