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Real Madrid’s stadium to be used in fight against coronavirus

Santiago Bernabéu to store medical materialBarcelona players reject first pay cut proposalCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThe Santiago Bernabéu will be turned into a storage and distribution centre for medical material do…

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The doors have closed on La Liga, just like front doors all over Spain

Footballers train at home as stadiums, schools and parks sit empty. There are army vehicles on the streets. This is real, even if it remains surreal Sevilla midfielder Óliver Torres was at home making dinner when the match he had looked forward to more…

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Real Madrid players in quarantine and La Liga suspended due to coronavirus

Champions League tie with Manchester City in doubtBasketball player had tested positive for coronavirusReal Madrid have gone into quarantine after one of the players in their basketball team tested positive for the coronavirus, leaving all activity at …

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Atlético braced for noisy night at Anfield before going behind closed doors | Sid Lowe

It may be the last time Atlético fans see their team this season and they are hoping they do not get stage fright as Barça didNo Madrileños will be at school on Wednesday but 2,800 of them will be at Anfield. Atlético Madrid were at the airport waiting…

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Invincible Zidane faces ‘hour of truth’ against his old friend Guardiola

Real Madrid’s manager has never lost a Champions League knockout tie but Manchester City’s rarely loses at the Bernabéu “I’m not going to tell you what he told me,” Zinedine Zidane said smiling broadly, a glint in his eye, “but it was very, very intere…

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Messi: Barcelona not in shape to win Champions League but I want to stay

Messi says team must ‘not make so many stupid mistakes’ Forward felt ‘attacked’ and ‘hurt’ by Eric AbidalLionel Messi says he has no intention of leaving Barcelona but has warned that they need to act after a month in which there has been “one problem …

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Celta Vigo give Real Madrid a bloody lip in their survival battle | Sid Lowe

Their 2-2 draw at the Bernabéu lifted Celta back out of the relegation zone; more importantly, it lifted them emotionallyFirst Joseph Aidoo took Zinedine Zidane down, then Denis Suárez and Santi Mina did the same to his defence. The first hit was harde…

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The blame game: how Lionel Messi’s patience finally snapped at Barcelona

Barcelona are in a mess and Eric Abidal’s comments that the players were to blame was simply too much for the ArgentinianQuique Setién scoffed and then started laughing. “No way,” he said. He had been talking for 12 minutes and he was only halfway thro…

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Simeone facing Madrid derby that may make or break him at Atlético | Sid Lowe

Diego Simeone has revived Atlético and given Real the rival they crave but a poor season after the loss of several key players in the summer threatens to derail his projectDiego Simeone was the making of the Madrid rivalry; now, it could be the breakin…

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Espanyol to ban 12 supporters after racist abuse of Athletic’s Iñaki Williams

Espanyol identify fans after ‘exhaustive video analysis’Football has values to defend, says club’s vice-presidentThe Spanish first division club Espanyol will ban 12 supporters after they were identified as having subjected Iñaki Williams to racist abu…

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Former Osasuna official says club fixed La Liga matches in 2013 and 2014

• Ángel Vizcay says Getafe and Real Betis were paid to lose games• Former president Miguel Archanco denies any match-fixingThe Spanish first division club Osasuna fixed football matches in an attempt to avoid relegation over two seasons, a court heard …

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Former Osasuna official says club fixed La Liga matches in 2013 and 2014

• Ángel Vizcay says Getafe and Real Betis were paid to lose games• Former president Miguel Archanco denies any match-fixingThe Spanish first division club Osasuna fixed football matches in an attempt to avoid relegation over two seasons, a court heard …

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Barcelona set to appoint Quique Setién as Ernesto Valverde replacement

Setién most recently managed Real BetisXavi turned down the chance to replace ValverdeBarcelona are set to sack manager Ernesto Valverde and replace him with the former Real Betis coach Quique Setién.Valverde, who had been in charge since the summer of…

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How Barcelona made a right old mess of sacking Ernesto Valverde | Sid Lowe

Late-afternoon on Monday, Ernesto Valverde is still Barcelona’s manager with the world waiting for an end to this public pantomimeBarcelona’s ex-manager took training on Monday morning, if only because he wasn’t the ex-manager just yet. Besides, someon…

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Kieran Trippier puts penalty miss behind him to focus on last-16 draw

‘I was confident but it was a good save,’ says Atlético defenderEnglishman not worried about facing Premier League clubKieran Trippier was denied his first goal for Atlético Madrid when he was unable to score from a penalty in the second minute of thei…

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Kieran Trippier puts penalty miss behind him to focus on last-16 draw

‘I was confident but it was a good save,’ says Atlético defenderEnglishman not worried about facing Premier League clubKieran Trippier was denied his first goal for Atlético Madrid when he was unable to score from a penalty in the second minute of thei…

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Luis Enrique says he sacked Robert Moreno from Spain post for ‘disloyalty’

• Returning Spain manager did not want Moreno as his No 2 again• Luis Enrique claims Moreno asked to stay in charge at Euro 2020Luis Enrique returned to his post as Spain manager and took full responsibility for Robert Moreno’s departure from the natio…

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‘There is a lot of noise over Gareth’: Zidane happy Bale’s back at Real Madrid

• Manager backs Wales forward after criticism over flag• ‘There are a lot of comments outside but I’m not interested’Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale remains part of his plans, despite the fallout that followed him cele…

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Gareth Bale and that ‘Wales, golf, Madrid’ flag: Real are not amused

The banner is a laugh. And yet, importantly, the Welshman surely knows that most in Madrid won’t find it funnyIt was Pedja Mijatovic who started it. One night on the radio, the former Real Madrid player and sporting director said he hadn’t spoken to Ga…

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How Luis Enrique’s Spain return turned from a fiesta into a crisis | Sid Lowe

Robert Moreno always said he would willing step aside for Luis Enrique to retake the reins but something changed and Spain were caught completely off-guardIt should have been the best of news, something to celebrate; instead, the Spanish football feder…