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Category: La Liga

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The day Kieran Trippier met the fitness coach who strikes terror into players | Sid Lowe

The England full-back will be working with Oscar Ortega, the Atlético Madrid coach who makes players run until they vomitOscar Ortega has a reputation for being a bit of a sadist. Nicknamed El Profe, the teacher, he is part man, part myth, mixing fear,…

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Transfer window: the key deals in Europe away from the Premier League

Europe’s heavyweights have all been busy. Catch up on the big moves in La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1After an underwhelming title race and struggles in Europe, Spain’s top three have all been very busy already. Real Madrid have spent more tha…

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Transfer window: the key deals in Europe away from the Premier League

Europe’s heavyweights have all been busy. Catch up on the big moves in La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1After an underwhelming title race and struggles in Europe, Spain’s top three have all been very busy already. Real Madrid have spent more tha…

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Antoine Griezmann’s move to Barcelona was a year in the making

Atlético Madrid are not happy, even with €120m, and there are doubts that the Frenchman will fit in with Messi and SuárezThe moment of Antoine Griezmann’s departure to Barcelona was broadcast live on television, 393 days after the Frenchman announced h…

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West Ham resigned to losing out to Valencia in Maxi Gómez race

• Valencia understood to have reached deal with Celta Vigo• West Ham were prepared to pay €50m for forwardWest Ham are resigned to losing out to Valencia in the race to sign Maxi Gómez from Celta Vigo.Manuel Pellegrini was desperate to land Gómez after…

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Atlético Madrid accuse Barcelona and Griezmann of agreeing deal in March

Atlético hit out at ‘disrespect’ shown by club and playerFrench forward ordered to report for pre-season trainingAtlético Madrid have accused Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona of showing them a lack of respect by agreeing a move in March. The La Liga sid…

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Iván Zamorano on Ronaldo, Chile at the Copa América and his 1+8 shirt

Zamorano took a break from watching the Copa América to talk about his days with Inter, Real Madrid and the national teamBy Yellow & Green Football for the Guardian Sport NetworkIván Zamorano smiles and lets out a little laugh. “The idea came about…

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Eden Hazard fulfils his dream of a lifetime with Real Madrid move | Sid Lowe

The boy from Belgium is now the man in Madrid after being presented to fans following €150m transfer from ChelseaThe Garden of Eden moved to the Bernabéu. Eden Hazard took a stroll around the grass at his new home, kicking gold and white footballs into…

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Real Madrid make Lyon’s Ferland Mendy their third summer signing

• Left-back moves to the Bernabéu for £42.7m• Atlético expect Antoine Griezmann to move to BarcelonaReal Madrid have signed the Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, making the defender the third summer addition to their squad.While across the city, Atlético c…

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La Liga fined over app that spied on illegal bar screenings of matches

• €250,000 fine imposed by data watchdog • ‘We profoundly disagree with this decision’La Liga has been ordered to pay a €250,000 (£220,000) fine after Spain’s data protection watchdog said its official match-following app had been used to spy on bars t…

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It’s the Sids 2019! The complete review of La Liga’s 2018-19 season

Barça won the league again, Madrid had a nightmare, Getafe were the story of the season and Iago Aspas was Iago AspasSpain organised the biggest party in European football but didn’t bother turning up. The Champions League final is supposed to be Real …

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Spanish footballers arrested over La Liga match-fixing claims

Players and officials from top two divisions reportedly held over La Liga 2 game in May 2018Spanish police have made several arrests following a complaint from La Liga about a game in May 2018 that was possibly fixed by “an organised criminal group”, t…

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Man City chairman accuses rivals of ‘jealousy’ amid financial fair play accusations – video

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Mubarak has responded angrily to Javier Tebas after the La Liga president accused the club of distorting the transfer market and of damaging the European game due to with their ‘petrol and gas money’.Last week, Te…

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Premier League clubs’ record £4.8bn revenues widens gap to rest of Europe

• Figures dwarf record revenues posted by La Liga and Bundesliga• Gulf between Premier League’s top six and rest is also growingThe Premier League’s 20 clubs made record revenues of £4.827bn in 2017?18, paying total wages of £2.8bn, the Guardian’s annu…

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Valencia make a mockery of reason by sealing Champions League place | Sid Lowe

They were four points off relegation in January but Marcelino García Toral clung to his job to enact an incredible turnaroundThere were 60 seconds left in the hardest, most inexplicable season of Marcelino García Toral’s career and things had finally f…

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Real Madrid suffer final day defeat to Real Betis with Gareth Bale stuck on the bench

• Gareth Bale an unused sub as Real Madrid suffer final-day defeat• Loren and Jesé give Real Betis a 2-0 win at the BernabeuLoren Morón and Jesé teamed up to hand Real Betis a famous victory at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid’s disappointing season ended w…

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Ten big games to watch this weekend in the European leagues

The Premier League has ended but there is still a lot at stake in Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey and Italy By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Premier League has come to its conclusion, but there is plenty to play for across Europe. Here are …

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Antoine Griezmann’s exit may lead to summer exodus at Atlético Madrid | Sid Lowe

Forward follows Diego Godín out of the door and others may go too as the break up of Simeone’s successful side continuesAntoine Griezmann said goodbye to Diego Godín on Sunday and to everyone else three days later. Late on Tuesday night, a year after h…

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Antoine Griezmann announces shock departure from Atlético Madrid

Frenchman expected to join Barcelona for €125m (£108m)Forward tells Atléti fans: ‘I’ve made the decision to leave’Antoine Greizmann has announced that he has told Atlético Madrid of his intention to leave the club, opening the door for a €125m (£108m) …

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Twists, turns and tears for Girona on day of drama in La Liga survival fight

The tiny club need a miracle after an afternoon when everything happened at once at the bottom of the table“We dramatise it too much sometimes but that’s why so, so many people love it,” Paco López said. “Football is my passion: it moves me, and there’…