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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.

May 22, 2013

Soccer-Pellegrini to leave Malaga at end of season

MADRID, May 22 (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.

May 20, 2013

Barca close on 100 points, lift La Liga trophy

MADRID (Reuters) – Champions Barcelona moved a step closer to matching Real Madrid’s La Liga record of 100 points with a 2-1 win over Real Valladolid, that was the prelude to a title party at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Tito Vilanova’s side wrapped up their fourth league crown in five years last weekend, but still have the chance to equal the mark set by Jose Mourinho’s victorious side last season.

May 19, 2013

Soccer-Barca close on 100 points, lift La Liga trophy

MADRID, May 19 (Reuters) – Champions Barcelona moved a step closer to matching Real Madrid’s La Liga record of 100 points with a 2-1 win over Real Valladolid, that was the prelude to a title party at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Tito Vilanova’s side wrapped up their fourth league crown in five years last weekend, but still have the chance to equal the mark set by Jose Mourinho’s victorious side last season.

May 16, 2013

Soccer-Uncertain futures shroud La Liga race for fourth

MADRID, May 16 (Reuters) – Valencia and Real Sociedad are battling it out for fourth place in La Liga and Spain’s last Champions League qualification berth with the futures of both their coaches in the air for next season.

Surprise contenders Sociedad are edging the contest at present due to a superior head-to-head record over Valencia, with the two tied on 59 points in fourth and fifth respectively, and with three games left to play.

May 15, 2013

Mourinho wants to save face with King’s Cup win

MADRID (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho faces ending a season without a major trophy for the first time in a decade if his Real Madrid side fail to beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in the King’s Cup final at the Bernabeu on Friday.

Since starting out in his first full season as a coach with Porto in the 2002/3 campaign, through spells with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real, the Portuguese has amassed two Champions League trophies, a UEFA Cup, seven league titles and six national cups.

May 15, 2013

Soccer-Mourinho wants to save face with King’s Cup win

MADRID, May 15 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho faces ending a season without a major trophy for the first time in a decade if his Real Madrid side fail to beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in the King’s Cup final at the Bernabeu on Friday.

Since starting out in his first full season as a coach with Porto in the 2002/3 campaign, through spells with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real, the Portuguese has amassed two Champions League trophies, a UEFA Cup, seven league titles and six national cups.

May 13, 2013

Champions Barca celebrate with win at Atletico

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona celebrated their 22nd La Liga title with a 2-1 comeback win at Atletico Madrid when a bizarre own-goal from home captain Gabi decided the clash at the Calderon on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao had threatened to spoil Barca’s title party when he struck in the 51st minute, but Alexis Sanchez levelled in the 72nd before David Villa’s miscued shot was diverted into his own net by Gabi eight minutes later.

May 12, 2013

Barca celebrate title with Atletico comeback win

MADRID (Reuters) – A bizarre own-goal from Atletico Madrid captain Gabi helped newly-crowned La Liga champions Barcelona celebrate as they recovered to win 2-1 at the Calderon on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao had threatened to spoil Barca’s title party when he struck in the 51st minute, but Alexis Sanchez levelled in the 72nd before David Villa’s miscued shot was diverted into his own net by Gabi eight minutes later.