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Boardroom turmoil, troubling finances and Messi’s influence: why Barcelona are a mess

Missing out on the Spanish title is perhaps Barça’s smallest problem – decline is setting in and most key players are above 30. This will take a long time to sort outLeo Messi was the first off the pitch, heading down the tunnel alone as Barcelona’s an…

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Real the big winners after Barcelona are held at home by Atlético Madrid

Barcelona met Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou and neither of them won. Six hundred kilometres away, Real Madrid did. An own goal and three penalties, one of them retaken to bring the total to four, delivered a draw that suited no one except the team wa…

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Real the big winners after Barcelona are held at home by Atlético Madrid

Barcelona met Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou and neither of them won. Six hundred kilometres away, Real Madrid did. An own goal and three penalties, one of them retaken to bring the total to four, delivered a draw that suited no one except the team wa…

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Karim Benzema backheel sums up La Liga weekend of beauty and brilliance | Sid Lowe

The Frenchman’s assist has put Real Madrid on course for the title, but it wasn’t even the most dazzling piece of skill on an extraordinary weekend in SpainSometimes there’s so much brilliance you don’t even know where to begin, let alone which words t…

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After three years, a month and a day, Bruno Soriano is a footballer again | Sid Lowe

La Liga’s ‘To return is to win’ slogan was never so apt as for Villarreal’s stalwart who played for the first time since May 2017If the Estadio de la Cerámica had been full, 23,500 people would have risen as one. In their absence, around 200 people did…

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Real Madrid back on top … as are the VAR rows and talk of conspiracies | Sid Lowe

Out came the accusations and the warriors. After months away because of a pandemic, it’s back all rightOn the weekend that Spain moved into the “new normal”, Real Madrid returned to the top of the table and everyone got back to what they missed most: t…

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Carlo Ancelotti: ‘There is a very big problem in America. And police are part of that’

The Everton manager on the killing of George Floyd, racial inequality, and returning to football in the Mersey derby “Look,” says Carlo Ancelotti, leaning towards the screen, a glint in his eye and a grin beginning to creep across his face. “I used to …

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Carlo Ancelotti: ‘There is a very big problem in America. And police are part of that’

The Everton manager on the killing of George Floyd, racial inequality, and returning to football in the Mersey derby “Look,” says Carlo Ancelotti, leaning towards the screen, a glint in his eye and a grin beginning to creep across his face. “I used to …

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Leganés try not to go quietly as La Liga returns to Covid-ravaged city | Sid Lowe

Having endured the toughest time of any city in Spain, the football team immediately found themselves up against itIn the final second before the football began again, with 22 men back in position after 98 days away, a voice among them gave one last in…

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Can you hear the drums, Fernando: Sevilla triumph on silent return

Sevilla are breaking the rules already but who can blame them? The leaflet of instructions handed to every club on the eve of La Liga returning to action insists “players should avoid or minimise physical contact with celebrations”, yet when the time f…

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Fuenlabrada’s José Ramón Sandoval: ‘My first task was to win the players over from home’

The Spanish second-tier side appointed Sandoval on the eve of lockdown. He got to know his players via Zoom but is finally on the training pitchJosé Ramón Sandoval has been Fuenlabrada’s manager for 11 weeks but hasn’t taken charge of a single game. He…

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‘We marked an era’ – 60 years on from when Real won 7-3 at Hampden | Sid Lowe

Pepe Santamaría recalls how going 1-0 down to Frankfurt led to one of the greatest performances exactly 60 years ago“The shirt must be there among my stuff somewhere, but what’s definitely there is the memory and that’s what makes me happiest,” says Pe…

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Unai Emery: ‘Arsenal couldn’t protect me. Truth is, I felt alone’

The former Gunners manager on his struggle with Özil, the language barrier and decisions that went against himThe plane from Baku flew through the night with no trophy on board and landed at 8am. Unai Emery went home to Cockfosters, slept for three hou…

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Happy conception day: Andrés Iniesta calls boys born because of his goal

Iniesta’s late Barcelona winner at Chelsea led to birth rate spike‘Has your mum shown you the goal?’ he asks one 10-year-oldLionel Messi rolled the ball into the path of Andrés Iniesta and, suddenly, there was life. Quite literally. It was 6 May and it…

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Spain’s footballers to return to training this week, La Liga confirms

Return is start of month-long process towards playingPlan is to start first and second division in mid-JuneLa Liga has confirmed that Spain’s footballers will go back to training this week, the first step in a month-long process towards a return to com…

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Spain’s footballers to return to training this week, La Liga confirms

Return is start of month-long process towards playingPlan is to start first and second division in mid-JuneLa Liga has confirmed that Spain’s footballers will go back to training this week, the first step in a month-long process towards a return to com…

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Juan Antonio Pizzi: ‘Bobby Robson led Barcelona through the hardest era in 20 years’

Former Barcelona player and Chile coach on Camp Nou life, Guardiola and why Sánchez could yet shine for Manchester United“Most of the time, you fail; there are many more defeats than victories,” Juan Antonio Pizzi says. He is right, even when it comes …

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Esteban Granero: how midfielder is fighting coronavirus with AI | Sid Lowe

Marbella’s former Real Madrid player founded an artificial intelligence company for football but has a model for this crisisEsteban Granero has some good news, a little light at the end of a long, dark tunnel in Spain, where the coronavirus crisis has …

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Gareth Bale donates £1m to fight coronavirus in Spain and Wales

Real Madrid forward gives £500,000 to NHS in CardiffBale donating same amount to health service in MadridGareth Bale will hand over £1m to fund the fight against Coronavirus in Wales and Spain. The Real Madrid forward and his wife Emma have made a £500…

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Andrés Iniesta: ‘We can go for walks but when can we hug each other?’

The former Barcelona midfielder, now at Vissel Kobe in Japan, eagerly awaits the resumption of the season after the coronavirus crisis and says he has no plans to slip quietly into retirement“Every time I see a photo of a game or a full stadium, I feel…