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Sep 1, 2013

Bale to be measured against Ronaldo and Neymar

MADRID (Reuters) – Gareth Bale will have to find his place within a star-studded Madrid line-up quickly because the world’s most expensive player is sure to be compared constantly with his new team mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Neymar.

As if that were not enough, the name of David Beckham will also be thrown into the mix as the 24-year-old Welshman arrives 10 years after the former England captain and marketing machine left the Premier League for La Liga.

Sep 1, 2013

Soccer-Bale to be measured against Ronaldo and Neymar

By Mark Elkington

MADRID, Sept 1(Reuters) – Gareth Bale will have to find his place within a star-studded Madrid line-up quickly because the world’s most expensive player is sure to be compared constantly with his new team mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Neymar.

As if that were not enough, the name of David Beckham will also be thrown into the mix as the 24-year-old Welshman arrives 10 years after the former England captain and marketing machine left the Premier League for La Liga.

Aug 24, 2013

Vela earns Sociedad a draw, Valencia lose

MADRID (Reuters) – Carlos Vela helped Real Sociedad overcome a European hangover when he grabbed a second-half equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at promoted Elche in La Liga on Saturday.

Valencia, expected to challenge Sociedad for a top-four finish next May, lost 3-1 at Espanyol despite having taken an early lead though Helder Postiga.

Aug 24, 2013

Soccer-Vela earns Sociedad a draw, Valencia lose

MADRID, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Carlos Vela helped Real Sociedad overcome a European hangover when he grabbed a second-half equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at promoted Elche in La Liga on Saturday.

Valencia, expected to challenge Sociedad for a top-four finish next May, lost 3-1 at Espanyol despite having taken an early lead though Helder Postiga.

Aug 22, 2013

Neymar makes case for starting place at Barca

MADRID (Reuters) – Neymar’s first competitive goal for Barcelona and an injury worry for Lionel Messi puts the Brazil forward in the running for a place in the starting line up at Malaga in La Liga this weekend.

The 21-year-old, who cost Barca 57 million euros, came on as a second-half substitute and nodded in at the back post as the champions came from behind to draw 1-1 at King’s Cup winners Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Wednesday.

Aug 22, 2013

Soccer-Neymar makes case for starting place at Barca

MADRID, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Neymar’s first competitive goal for Barcelona and an injury worry for Lionel Messi puts the Brazil forward in the running for a place in the starting line up at Malaga in La Liga this weekend.

The 21-year-old, who cost Barca 57 million euros, came on as a second-half substitute and nodded in at the back post as the champions came from behind to draw 1-1 at King’s Cup winners Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Wednesday.

Aug 20, 2013

Casillas situation at Real a worry for Del Bosque

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will be watching for Carlo Ancelotti’s next Real Madrid starting XI with greater interest than usual after the Italian opened the La Liga campaign with Iker Casillas on the bench.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper, long-standing captain for both club and country, saw Diego Lopez surprisingly chosen ahead of him at home to Real Betis on Sunday, Ancelotti’s competitive debut at the helm.

Aug 20, 2013

Soccer-Casillas situation at Real a worry for Del Bosque

MADRID, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will be watching for Carlo Ancelotti’s next Real Madrid starting XI with greater interest than usual after the Italian opened the La Liga campaign with Iker Casillas on the bench.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper, long-standing captain for both club and country, saw Diego Lopez surprisingly chosen ahead of him at home to Real Betis on Sunday, Ancelotti’s competitive debut at the helm.

Aug 19, 2013

Giovani inspires Villarreal to comeback win

MADRID (Reuters) – Giovani dos Santos scored a late equaliser and set up the winner as Villarreal came from behind to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory at another promoted club Almeria in La Liga on Monday.

The Mexico forward, a new signing for the team known as the Yellow Submarine, who return to the top flight after a season in the second division, marked his competitive debut by burying a low cross in the 83rd minute.

Aug 19, 2013

Soccer-Giovani inspires Villarreal to comeback win

MADRID, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Giovani dos Santos scored a late equaliser and set up the winner as Villarreal came from behind to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory at another promoted club Almeria in La Liga on Monday.

The Mexico forward, a new signing for the team known as the Yellow Submarine, who return to the top flight after a season in the second division, marked his competitive debut by burying a low cross in the 83rd minute.