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Jun 1, 2013

Soccer-Barca reach 100 points, Sociedad grab fourth spot

MADRID, June 1 (Reuters) – Champions Barcelona matched La Liga’s record tally of 100 points in a season and achieved a club-best total of 115 goals after sweeping aside Malaga 4-1 at the Nou Camp in their final game on Saturday.

In his first campaign Barca coach Tito Vilanova equalled Real Madrid’s points haul set under Jose Mourinho and beat predecessor Pep Guardiola’s club record of 114 goals in a season, both set last year.

May 31, 2013

Monaco’s money snares ultimate predator Falcao

By Mark Elkington

(Reuters) – The news that one of the world’s most sought-after strikers Radamel Falcao has moved to Monaco, who are not even in European competition next season, will have many fans scratching their heads and asking ‘Why?’.

The answer, though, is easy.

The Colombia forward, known as ‘The Tiger’, has joined for a transfer fee reported by media to be more than 50 million euros (42.6 million pounds) and for a net annual salary of 14 million euros at a Ligue 1 club situated in a special tax status area.

May 31, 2013

Soccer-Monaco’s money snares ultimate predator Falcao

May 31 (Reuters) – The news that one of the world’s most sought-after strikers Radamel Falcao has moved to Monaco, who are not even in European competition next season, will have many fans scratching their heads and asking ‘Why?’.

The answer, though, is easy.

The Colombia forward, known as ‘The Tiger’, has joined for a transfer fee reported by media to be more than 50 million euros ($64.80 million) and for a net annual salary of 14 million euros at a Ligue 1 club situated in a special tax status area.

May 30, 2013

La Liga braces for nerve-wracking season finale

MADRID (Reuters) – Champions Barcelona have the chance finish with a record-equalling 100 points in La Liga’s final round of matches, but the main drama will be in the fight to avoid the three relegation berths on Saturday.

Barca coach Tito Vilanova has already secured a league crown in his first season at the helm, but can ensure a special place in the history books with a win at home to Malaga (1700 GMT) that would see them match Real Madrid’s record points haul from last season.

May 30, 2013

Soccer-La Liga braces for nerve-wracking season finale

MADRID, May 30 (Reuters) – Champions Barcelona have the chance finish with a record-equalling 100 points in La Liga’s final round of matches, but the main drama will be in the fight to avoid the three relegation berths on Saturday.

Barca coach Tito Vilanova has already secured a league crown in his first season at the helm, but can ensure a special place in the history books with a win at home to Malaga (1700 GMT) that would see them match Real Madrid’s record points haul from last season.

May 30, 2013

Malaga’s Pellegrini has verbal agreement with City

MADRID (Reuters) – Departing Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini hopes a verbal agreement with Manchester City will turn into a firm offer, he said in an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero on Wednesday.

“I have a commitment to make Manchester City my priority. I have a verbal agreement with them and I hope it is carried out,” the Chilean said.

May 30, 2013

Soccer-Malaga’s Pellegrini has verbal agreement with City

MADRID, May 30 (Reuters) – Departing Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini hopes a verbal agreement with Manchester City will turn into a firm offer, he said in an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero on Wednesday.

“I have a commitment to make Manchester City my priority. I have a verbal agreement with them and I hope it is carried out,” the Chilean said.

May 23, 2013

Espanyol seek help from pigeons for city derby

MADRID (Reuters) – The adorning of Barcelona’s famous statue of Christopher Columbus with a giant replica of the team’s new shirt design has helped wind up their derby rivals Espanyol for Sunday’s clash at Cornella-El Prat.

The champions, with 94 points, are looking to match Real Madrid’s record La Liga mark of 100 achieved last season, and have to win their remaining two games away this weekend and at home to Malaga on June 1.

May 23, 2013

Soccer-Espanyol seek help from pigeons for city derby

MADRID, May 23 (Reuters) – The adorning of Barcelona’s famous statue of Christopher Columbus with a giant replica of the team’s new shirt design has helped wind up their derby rivals Espanyol for Sunday’s clash at Cornella-El Prat.

The champions, with 94 points, are looking to match Real Madrid’s record La Liga mark of 100 achieved last season, and have to win their remaining two games away this weekend and at home to Malaga on June 1.

May 22, 2013

Pellegrini to leave Malaga at end of season

MADRID (Reuters) – Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has announced that he will leave the La Liga side at the end of the season, a club spokesman said on Wednesday.

The Chilean has been linked with a move to Premier League Manchester City who are looking for a manager after sacking Roberto Mancini.