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Sep 21, 2013

Soccer-Barca second best in possession for first time since 2008

MADRID, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Possession-kings Barcelona had less than 50 percent of the ball for the first time in five years when they won 4-0 at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday.

The Spanish champions always take pride in their technical ability and the amount of possession they enjoy but Barca have been undergoing something of a change in strategy under new coach Gerardo Martino.

Sep 18, 2013

Soccer-Arda inspires Atletico to Zenit win

MADRID, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid proved they are going to be a tough nut to crack in the Champions League as Arda Turan rallied them to a 3-1 home win over Zenit St Petersburg in their opening Group G game on Wednesday.

The Turkish midfielder scored the second in the 64th minute and set up substitute Leo Baptistao for the third in the 80th, after Zenit had fought back strongly to level at 1-1 early in the second half with a thunderous shot from Hulk.

Sep 18, 2013

Ronaldo reminds Bale who is the boss at Real

MADRID (Reuters) – With his hat-trick against Galatasaray, Cristiano Ronaldo reminded new Real Madrid team mate Gareth Bale who is the boss on the pitch, after the Welshman had surpassed him off it as the world’s most expensive player.

The Portuguese forward grabbed three second-half goals as Real romped to a 6-1 away win in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday, taking his tally with the nine-times European champions to 206 goals from 204 games.

Sep 18, 2013

Soccer-Ronaldo reminds Bale who is the boss at Real

MADRID, Sept 18 (Reuters) – With his hat-trick against Galatasaray, Cristiano Ronaldo reminded new Real Madrid team mate Gareth Bale who is the boss on the pitch, after the Welshman had surpassed him off it as the world’s most expensive player.

The Portuguese forward grabbed three second-half goals as Real romped to a 6-1 away win in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday, taking his tally with the nine-times European champions to 206 goals from 204 games.

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.