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Jun 7, 2013

Soccer-Del Bosque to test Spain’s evolution in Brazil

MADRID, June 7 (Reuters) – Vicente del Bosque must fine-tune Spain’s well-oiled winning machine to keep them fresh to defend their world title next year but without losing out on the one trophy that eludes them – the Confederations Cup.

Spain won an unprecedented treble of back-to-back European crowns either side of the 2010 World Cup and as FIFA’s top ranked team have probably been analysed more than any other side.

Jun 2, 2013

Valeron bids tearful farewell as Deportivo relegated

MADRID (Reuters) – Former Spanish international Juan Carlos Valeron, one of La Liga’s most popular players, was unable to control his emotions as he bid farewell to Deportivo La Coruna after they succumbed to relegation again on Saturday.

The 37-year-old playmaker has been at the club for 13 years but could do little as they lost 1-0 at home to Real Sociedad slipping down from 17th into the bottom three on the final day, to make a swift return to the second division.

Jun 2, 2013

Soccer-Valeron bids tearful farewell as Deportivo relegated

MADRID, June 2 (Reuters) – Former Spanish international Juan Carlos Valeron, one of La Liga’s most popular players, was unable to control his emotions as he bid farewell to Deportivo La Coruna after they succumbed to relegation again on Saturday.

The 37-year-old playmaker has been at the club for 13 years but could do little as they lost 1-0 at home to Real Sociedad slipping down from 17th into the bottom three on the final day, to make a swift return to the second division.

Jun 2, 2013

Barca reach 100 points, Sociedad grab fourth spot

MADRID (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.

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.