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Apr 3, 2013

EC investigating possible illegal state aid to Real

MADRID (Reuters) – The European Commission is studying information it has on allegations of illegal state aid to Real Madrid and other European clubs, a spokesman for competition policy said on Wednesday.

The nine-times European champions are alleged to have received a favourable deal for land around their Bernabeu stadium from the Madrid city council, as they look to develop a new shopping mall and hotel complex.

Apr 3, 2013

Soccer-EC investigating possible illegal state aid to Real

MADRID, April 3 (Reuters) – The European Commission is studying information it has on allegations of illegal state aid to Real Madrid and other European clubs, a spokesman for competition policy said on Wednesday.

The nine-times European champions are alleged to have received a favourable deal for land around their Bernabeu stadium from the Madrid city council, as they look to develop a new shopping mall and hotel complex.

Apr 3, 2013

Messi scare puts spotlight on Barca’s misfiring strikers

MADRID (Reuters) – While Barcelona await news on the extent of Lionel Messi’s hamstring problem, the spotlight falls on his misfiring strike partners ahead of next week’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris St Germain.

The World Player of the Year limped off at halftime in Tuesday’s 2-2 first-leg draw in Paris, having scored the opening goal, and local media reported he would be out of action for some three weeks.

Apr 3, 2013

Soccer-Messi scare puts spotlight on Barca’s misfiring strikers

MADRID, April 3 (Reuters) – While Barcelona await news on the extent of Lionel Messi’s hamstring problem, the spotlight falls on his misfiring strike partners ahead of next week’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris St Germain.

The World Player of the Year limped off at halftime in Tuesday’s 2-2 first-leg draw in Paris, having scored the opening goal, and local media reported he would be out of action for some three weeks.

Apr 2, 2013

Sneijder has many reasons to smile on Bernabeu return

MADRID (Reuters) – Wesley Sneijder had a smile from ear-to-ear as he spoke confidently about Galatasaray’s intentions of taking the game to Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

The Netherlands playmaker returns to the home of a club he left in 2009 after failing to win a regular first-team place and the scene of his and Inter Milan’s Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich in the 2010 final.

Apr 2, 2013

Soccer-Sneijder has many reasons to smile on Bernabeu return

MADRID, April 2 (Reuters) – Wesley Sneijder had a smile from ear-to-ear as he spoke confidently about Galatasaray’s intentions of taking the game to Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

The Netherlands playmaker returns to the home of a club he left in 2009 after failing to win a regular first-team place and the scene of his and Inter Milan’s Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich in the 2010 final.

Apr 2, 2013

Mourinho defends decision to leave Casillas out again

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to leave 2010 World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas out of his squad again for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg with Galatasaray.

The Spain goalkeeper is fit to train after recovering from a broken finger but will not feature against the Turkish team, having also been omitted for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Real Zaragoza in La Liga.

Apr 2, 2013

Soccer-Mourinho defends decision to leave Casillas out again

MADRID, April 2 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to leave 2010 World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas out of his squad again for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg with Galatasaray.

The Spain goalkeeper is fit to train after recovering from a broken finger but will not feature against the Turkish team, having also been omitted for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Real Zaragoza in La Liga.

Mar 31, 2013

Atletico denied second spot by Valencia

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid missed out on the chance to go second in La Liga when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by improving Valencia on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao cancelled out Jonas’s strike, both goals coming in the first six minutes, leaving Diego Simeone’s side third with 61 points and nine games left in the season.

Mar 31, 2013

Soccer-Atletico denied second spot by Valencia

MADRID, March 31 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid missed out on the chance to go second in La Liga when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by improving Valencia on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao cancelled out Jonas’s strike, both goals coming in the first six minutes, leaving Diego Simeone’s side third with 61 points and nine games left in the season.