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Rebels in Spain have the best hands for football’s biggest game of poker | Sid Lowe

There has been criticism, but don’t expect fans to mobilise in huge numbers against their own clubs, not like in EnglandPoor Roberto Carlos. It was his first and hopefully his last day in the job, and he had to deal with that. At the end of every game,…

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Clásico conquerors complete Zidane’s latest comeback for Real Madrid | Sid Lowe

Having been well off the pace in January, Real beat Barcelona to briefly return to the top of La Liga on Saturday“I’ve been locked up for two weeks, as if I was in a cage, and I feel like a fight,” Zinedine Zidane said, so he went out and found one. Ha…

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Kroos’ double deflection deflates Barça, decides clásico and sends Real top

Six months later, Real Madrid returned to the top of the table and at the cost of their two great rivals. As a storm tore through Valdebebas, the 12th ground to host this fixture throughout history, they defeated Barcelona 2-1 to overhaul Atlético Madr…

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La Liga finds no evidence Juan Cala racially abused Mouctar Diakhaby

League studied audio and used lip-reading expertsSpanish federation also looking into the incidentLa Liga has found no evidence that Juan Cala racially abused Mouctar Diakhaby after investigating the events that led to Valencia walking off the pitch in…

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Roberto Soldado: ‘I can’t believe I’m meeting Manchester United again’

Striker with overachievers Granada is excited by Europa League clash and loving football after contemplating retirement“Remember it? Do I?!” Roberto Soldado says and then he starts laughing. The last time he played Manchester United was New Year’s Day …

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Juan Cala denies racial abuse of Mouctar Diakhaby amid Valencia criticism

Cádiz player claims he is the subject of a ‘public lynching’ Diakhaby speaks publicly for first time since Cádiz matchMouctar Diakhaby and Juan Cala have spoken publicly for the first time since Valencia’s players walked off the pitch in protest at rac…

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Alguacil unable to contain passion as Real Sociedad quench trophy thirst | Sid Lowe

The manager made headlines for switching to ‘fan mode’ after winning the Copa del Rey having endured all the lean times“If you’ll allow me,” Imanol Alguacil said, as if there was anything they wouldn’t allow him any more. He was one of them after all, …

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Valencia stand with Diakhaby but their show of unity is undermined | Sid Lowe

The La Liga side rightly left the pitch against Cádiz over alleged racial abuse, so why did they end up coming back on?Every time the camera focused on Mouctar Diakhaby sitting in the stands, and Juan Cala still on the pitch, it felt worse. An opportun…

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Valencia walk off against Cádiz after Diakhaby accuses opponent of racist abuse

La Liga match stopped for 20 minutes following allegationDiakhaby substituted after incident with Juan CalaValencia walked off the pitch in protest at alleged racist abuse directed at defender Mouctar Diakhaby by Cádiz’s Juan Cala on Sunday afternoon, …

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Valencia walk off against Cádiz after Diakhaby accuses opponent of racist abuse

La Liga match stopped for 20 minutes following allegationDiakhaby substituted after incident with Juan CalaValencia walked off the pitch in protest at alleged racist abuse directed at defender Mouctar Diakhaby by Cádiz’s Juan Cala on Sunday afternoon, …

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‘Special’ Karim Benzema defies time and critics to lead Real Madrid | Sid Lowe

Zinedine Zidane cannot hide his admiration for French striker as Real prepare for Liverpool in the Champions LeagueZinedine Zidane does a nice line in gentle smiles and gentler put?downs, little glimpses of what a hassle the whole dealing-with-the-medi…

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Real Sociedad beat Athletic to claim Copa del Rey and Basque glory

2020 final: Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real SociedadMikel Oyarzabal scores penalty in 63rd minuteReal Sociedad’s reign as Copa del Rey holders will be the briefest in history but it will last for ever. Mikel Oyarzabal, the 23-year-old captain of the club he j…

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A final like no other: la Real, Athletic and the biggest Basque derby ever | Sid Lowe

Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao’s delayed Copa del Rey final will be an historic occasion – even without any fans to witness itThey have waited a long time for this, just not for it to be like this. Saturday night’s Copa del Rey final between Real So…

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Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos out of Champions League tie with Liverpool

Madrid captain ruled out of quarter-final with calf injuryRamos sidelined for a month and will also miss clásicoThe Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, will miss the Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool after sustaining a calf injury that is…

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Diego Llorente: ‘I didn’t realise how different Bielsa is in his training’

Leeds defender on his manager’s unusual methodology, how a documentary series helped him to settle and overcoming adversityIt took Diego Llorente 72 days to make his debut for Leeds United and another 52 to reappear. When he finally managed his first s…

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Diego Llorente: ‘I didn’t realise how different Bielsa is in his training’

Leeds defender on his manager’s unusual methodology, how a documentary series helped him to settle and overcoming adversityIt took Diego Llorente 72 days to make his debut for Leeds United and another 52 to reappear. When he finally managed his first s…

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Tasos Bakasetas makes wasteful Spain pay penalty with leveller for Greece

The team that cut through Germany crashed into Greece. Spain began a new World Cup qualifying campaign exhibiting some old, familiar flaws. Possession was not enough and nor was the Álvaro Morata goal that gave them a first-half lead, seeming to set th…

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No agreement for Xabi Alonso to coach Borussia Mönchengladbach

Former Liverpool midfielder had been linked with roleNumerous clubs have enquired about the Real Sociedad B coachXabi Alonso is not set to become manager of Borussia Mönchengladbach for next season, despite reports claiming the former Liverpool, Real M…

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‘Strikers are lucky’: Bono tastes goal-scorer’s euphoria and saves Sevilla | Sid Lowe

Yassine Bono netted a dramatic equaliser against Valladolid, a moment of joy and drama that will live long in the memory“Where are you going?” asked Marcos Acuña. Yassine Bono didn’t reply, he just kept on running, but the answer was soon revealed: to …

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Frédéric Kanouté: ‘We’re citizens and human beings before sports people’ | Sid Lowe

La Liga ambassador, who once ‘banged in goals like crazy at Sevilla’, believes that if his voice can be heard it should be “I was shocked by the beauty,” Frédéric Kanouté says. His first glimpse was 15 years ago but it lingers in the mind’s eye, more s…