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Category: La Liga

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La Liga could teach the Premier League about being competitive

Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are disproving the theory that ‘anyone can beat anyone’ in the Premier LeagueBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThere are many factors to consider when assessing what makes one league better than another, but over th…

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Real Madrid appoint Santiago Solari as permanent manager

• Solari oversaw four consecutive wins as interim boss• Real Madrid trail league leaders Barcelona by four pointsReal Madrid have confirmed the appointment of Santiago Solari as their permanent manager following his successful spell in caretaker charge…

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Real Madrid appoint Santiago Solari as permanent manager

• Solari oversaw four consecutive wins as interim boss• Real Madrid trail league leaders Barcelona by four pointsReal Madrid have confirmed the appointment of Santiago Solari as their permanent manager following his successful spell in caretaker charge…

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Real Betis’s Barcelona tribute act is even better than the real thing | Sid Lowe

Before the match, Real Betis’s manager had to apologise for his admiration for Barça. After beating them, Barcelona’s players spoke of their admiration for himIn the final moments before the first half began on Sunday afternoon, Real Betis’s manager, Q…

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Real Betis’s Barcelona tribute act is even better than the real thing | Sid Lowe

Before the match, Real Betis’s manager had to apologise for his admiration for Barça. After beating them, Barcelona’s players spoke of their admiration for himIn the final moments before the first half began on Sunday afternoon, Real Betis’s manager, Q…

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European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years

Lionel Messi scores twice in vain for BarcelonaAIK win Swedish title thanks to victory over KalmarBarcelona suffered their first home defeat in La Liga for more than two years, the champions losing 4-3 to Real Betis despite Lionel Messi scoring twice o…

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Six teams, 11 hours, nine goals, and the ghost haunting a Saturday in Madrid

Barcelona finally shrugged off the ghost of Butarque but Atlético and Real had their own battles as La Liga’s threads all came together in Madrid“The Ghost of Butarque: that’s a good name for a novel,” Ernesto Valverde said. It was coming up to midnigh…

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Six teams, 11 hours, nine goals, and the ghost haunting a Saturday in Madrid

Barcelona finally shrugged off the ghost of Butarque but Atlético and Real had their own battles as La Liga’s threads all came together in Madrid“The Ghost of Butarque: that’s a good name for a novel,” Ernesto Valverde said. It was coming up to midnigh…

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Barcelona’s late comeback denies Rayo, Bayern Munich held by Freiburg

• Barcelona 2-1 down before Dembélé and Suárez goals• Dortmund extend Bundesliga lead with Wolfsburg winBarcelona stunned Rayo Vallecano with two late goals to come from behind and win 3-2, extending their La Liga lead in dramatic fashion.The Spanish c…

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Late Sergio Ramos penalty seals win for Real Madrid against Valladolid

Real Madrid’s manager has changed and so has their luck. Their play is another matter, but they have at last won in the league – six matches later. Santiago Solari, the interim manager who replaced Julen Lopetegui and has 10 days left in the job before…

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‘It’s good for the game’: La Liga launches its own petition for US matches

• La Liga say ‘false claims’ have been made about the match• Barcelona plan to play Girona in MiamiFaced with massive opposition from sporting institutions over its plan to play a regular season game between Barcelona and Girona in Miami, La Liga has l…

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Ten young players who have taken Europe by storm this season | Martin Laurence

James Maddison and Richarlison have been brilliant in the Premier League but Germany is the place to be for emerging talentBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredMore than the odd eyebrow was raised when Everton agreed to meet Watford’s lofty £40m valuation o…

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I have found a group in pain, says Real Madrid interim coach Santiago Solari

• Madrid ninth in La Liga after a 5-1 drubbing by Barcelona• Solari: ‘It is a group of champions and warriors’Real Madrid’s interim coach, Santiago Solari, says the squad are hurting but determined to turn around their dismal start to the season.Julen …

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How does Athletic Bilbao’s academy manage to produce 85% of their team?

Athletic Bilbao are almost entirely reliant on their academy for players yet they have never been relegated from La LigaBy Alex Clapham for Caño Football of the Sport NetworkThe sleepy town of Lezama sits 10km outside of Bilbao and is home to just 2,40…

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Real Madrid sack Julen Lopetegui after humiliation at Barcelona

• Lopetegui leaves as head coach after 5-1 defeat at Camp Nou• Chances of Antonio Conte being appointed appear slimReal Madrid have sacked Julen Lopetegui as their head coach following their 5-1 defeat at Barcelona on Sunday. That was Madrid’s fourth d…

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Luis Suárez and Barcelona leave Madrid floundering again in clásico | Sid Lowe

In the last decade, Barcelona had beaten Real Madrid 5-0, 4-3, 3-2, 4-0, 3-1 and 6-2. Now they can add a 5-1 to that listSofi Balbi couldn’t be there the day her husband became only the second footballer to score a hat-trick in 70 clásicos going back a…

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Antonio Conte in talks to replace Lopetegui as Real Madrid manager

• Julen Lopetegui set to be sacked after thrashing at Barcelona• Florentino Pérez could appoint Italian as early as MondayAntonio Conte is the favourite to become the new Real Madrid manager with Julen Lopetegui set to be sacked after the 5-1 defeat by…

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Luis Suárez hits hat-trick as Barcelona demolish insipid Real Madrid

Real Madrid have now won just once in six games – and if this is to be the end for Julen Lopetegui, it was a painful one, leaving his team in ninth place, seven points behind Barcelona. Nor was it just the scoreline; it was the sensations too. In the f…

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Barcelona v Real Madrid: El clásico – live!

All the latest from the 3.15pm GMT kick-off at Camp NouEl clásico feels the pain of Messi and Ronaldo absenceEmail Daniel your thoughts | or tweet him @DanielHarris 2.22pm GMT Barcelona: Ter Stegen, S. Roberto, Alba, Pique, Lenglet, Arthur, Busquets, R…

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El clásico feels the pain of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo absence

Barcelona host a struggling Real Madrid but the absence of the world’s best players marks a dimming of this game’s star powerJulen Lopetegui will make it to the clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Sunday but, for the first time…