Xabi Alonso's low blow

Posted Wednesday, October 09, 2013 by Marca.com

Xabi Alonso has consigned his foot injury to the past, but is now faced with a more serious test: a persistent groin injury, which he had surgery on last June following a tough season under Mou, during which he played almost the entire year with some discomfort. Despite choosing to go under the knife, the player’s recovery has not been as quick as expected and he is still training daily...Full Story »

Barcelona derby to get that Friday feeling

Posted Wednesday, October 09, 2013 by Marca.com

The Camp Nou is all set to welcome football on a Friday again, after the Spanish FA released the fixture list for the eleventh and twelfth round of 'La Liga' fixtures, which will see the Barcelona derby played at 9 p.m. on Friday 1st November - a public holiday across Spain. The schedule means Barça will have to host its cross-city rival just three days after the trip to Celta. It has be...Full Story »

Rosell: "Neymar wanted to play with Messi"

Posted Wednesday, October 09, 2013 by Marca.com

Sandro Rosell has given some insight into the signing of Neymar to 'El Larguero' radio programme on the Spanish station Cadena Ser: "I spoke with his father when we met in Miami and we closed the deal there. There were four parties that owned his rights as part of the agreement and we had to agree with all of those, but in the end we closed the deal for €57.5 million". The Barcelona Pre...Full Story »

Redknapp on Bale: "The fee is crazy money"

Posted Wednesday, October 09, 2013 by Marca.com

Harry Redknapp, Gareth Bale's former coach at Tottenham, talks about the Welsh player in his book 'Always managing': "I predicted he would be our Cristiano Ronaldo. I had always felt there was more to Gareth than left back, or even left wing. Don't get me wrong, if he wanted to be a left back he could be the best in the world." "The bottom line is that Gareth can play anywhere. I think Carlo ...Full Story »

FOLLOWED BY DIEGO COSTA (31) AND ISCO (27) - Neymar draws the most fouls

Posted Tuesday, October 08, 2013 by Marca.com

Neymar remains the player who has been on the receiving end of the most fouls in La Liga, or at least the ones given by the referees. The Brazilian leads the ranking with 32 fouls on him, although Diego Costa is hot on his heels - another player who gets punished by the opposing defenders. Neymar is also one of the players who provoke the most cards. So far this season, his opponents have rec...Full Story »

Martino: Atletico Madrid can challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid

Posted Tuesday, October 08, 2013 by Goal.com

The 50-year-old believes Diego Simeone's men could challenge the duopoly in Spain for the title following a stunning start to the season Gerardo Martino insists Atletico Madrid have joined Barcelona and Real Madrid as title contenders in La Liga. Diego Simeone's side have begun the season with eight consecutive wins, one of which came in the Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu. Barcelona...Full Story »

Diego Costa filling Falcao's boots

Posted Monday, October 07, 2013 by Marca.com

Diego Costa is grabbing most of the headlines at Atlético. His impressive goal-scoring run in La Liga has made him the current 'Pichichi' - along with Messi, as you would expect -, which has led Del Bosque to consider selecting him for 'La Roja' for his future squads. Costa's run of ten goals in just seven games is simply astonishing. So far this season, the striker has only failed to sc...Full Story »

Varane 'flattered' by Ancelotti praise

Posted Monday, October 07, 2013 by Goal.com

The France international has returned to Real Madrid's starting line-up after a lengthy spell on the sidelines to high adulation from the former Paris Saint-Germain coach Raphael Varane is flattered by Carlo Ancelotti's recognition of the his abilities but is well aware that he is not yet the finished article. The 20-year-old Real Madrid defender made his comeback from a knee injury in the m...Full Story »

Modric: "I can't see us having another trophyless season"

Posted Sunday, October 06, 2013 by Marca.com

Luka Modric is emerging as one of the leaders in the Real Madrid dressing room. Although he has only been at the club for a year, his style and experience are very in keeping with Real's club tradition. Luka gave this interview to Croatian newspaper 'Sportske Novosti', published in his country today. "We started well but lost something during the international break. We need to be more compac...Full Story »

Diego Costa is a great striker, says Courtois

Posted Sunday, October 06, 2013 by Goal.com

The Belgium international has nothing but praise for the in-form hitman, and believes his colleague was perfectly entitled to declare for Spain over his native Brazil Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has lauded team-mate Diego Costa on his sensational start to the season. The 24-year-old striker has filled Radamel Falcao's boots admirably following the latter's summer departure fo...Full Story »

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