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Ball possession not producing more goals for Barcelona

Still new and finding his way, Barcelona coach Quique Setien has already had to rely on some timely goals to avoid embarrassing losses.


Gareth Bale returns to Real Madrid after mocking club with banner

Gareth Bale has made his priorities clear. Now Real Madrid will get its turn.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Spanish roundup: Barcelona upset at Levante 3-1; Madrid held 0-0 by Betis

Lionel Messi’s penalty strike to give Barcelona the early lead wasn’t enough once complacency set in.


European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues

What to watch in the leading football leagues in Europe this weekend:


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Spanish roundup: Lionel Messi scores 2, leads Barcelona to 5-1 rout of Valladolid

It was one of those special nights for Lionel Messi, filled with beautiful goals, pinpoint assists and plenty of praise from teammates and opponents.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

La Liga roundup: As clasico postponed, Atletico wins to go top in Spain

Because Barcelona and Real Madrid couldn’t play their clasico due to a big separatist rally in the Catalan capital, Atletico Madrid benefited on Saturday by beating Athletic Bilbao to move …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Spanish league considers legal action over ‘clasico’ change

In the latest twist of a never-ending power struggle, the Spanish league said Wednesday it will consider legal action against the Spanish soccer federation’s decision to play the “clasico” match …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid likely to be moved to December

This month’s Spanish league “clasico” match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to be postponed until December because of a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Spanish soccer league tries again to stage game in Miami

Undeterred by the resistance it faced last season, the Spanish soccer league is trying again to take a regular season game to the United States.


Spain spotlight: Teenager Ansu Fati becomes next promising star

A 16-year-old forward born in Guinea-Bissau has become the next promising soccer star in Spain. Ansu Fati, who made his debut with Barcelona this season, has quickly attracted everyone’s attention …


Eden Hazard seeks 1st goal for Madrid in derby vs. Atletico

Eden Hazard is hoping to score his first goal since joining Real Madrid when it visits Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital derby on Saturday.


Spain spotlight: Zinedine Zidane goes back to formula that helped Madrid succeed

After an up-and-down start to the season, coach Zinedine Zidane is going back to the formula that helped Real Madrid succeed when he first took over three years ago.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Spanish roundup: Brazilian teenagers lead Real Madrid to league lead

Real Madrid’s Brazilian teenagers came through on Wednesday, taking the team to the top of the Spanish league.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spanish roundup: Lionel Messi hurt again as Barcelona beats Villarreal 2-1

Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann gave a glimpse of what the duo can achieve for Barcelona, but the partnership didn’t last long because of another injury to Messi.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019

La Liga roundup: Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema lead Real Madrid to opening win

Zinedine Zidane’s revamped Real Madrid got the spark it needed from a couple of old veterans to start the Spanish league with a win. Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale contributed …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona loses 1st league opener in 10 years

Antoine Griezmann couldn’t make up for Lionel Messi’s absence and Barcelona opened its Spanish league campaign with a 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao. Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz scored the winner …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Bayern Munich agrees to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona

Bayern Munich has agreed to sign Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona. The 27-year-old Coutinho failed to live up to expectations after joining Barcelona in 2017 for a …


European Soccer Weekend: Spanish, German leagues begin

The Spanish league opens with Barcelona playing Athletic Bilbao and Antoine Griezmann set for his debut. Real Madrid plays Celta Vigo. The Bundesliga is also beginning with Bayern Munich hosting …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

France star Antoine Griezmann joins Barcelona from Atletico

Barcelona says France forward Antoine Griezmann has agreed to join the Spanish champions after it paid his buyout clause to free him from rival Atletico Madrid. Barcelona says on Friday …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019

Upset with Barcelona, Atletico says it wants Antoine Griezmann back

Barcelona’s attempt to sign Antoine Griezmann has hit a setback after Atletico Madrid accused the Catalan club of negotiating with the player without its consent before his contract was over. …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

Eden Hazard presented in front of thousands of Madrid fans

Eden Hazard donned Real Madrid’s all-white kit for the first time Thursday as the Belgium forward was presented to tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium following …


Spanish police arrest soccer players for match-fixing

Several soccer players and club executives in Spain have been arrested for suspected match-fixing, Spanish police said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019

Spanish roundup: Valencia grabs final Champions League spot in Spain

Valencia secured its return to the Champions League with a 2-0 win at Valladolid in the final round of the Spanish league. Carlos Soler and Rodrigo scored a goal in …


Diego Simeone to face tough challenge without Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin

Diego Simeone will be put to the test as Atletico Madrid coach. Simeone will begin next season facing the difficult challenge of keeping Atletico competitive despite the departure of star …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

Antoine Griezmann tells Atletico Madrid he is leaving the club

Antoine Griezmann is leaving Atletico Madrid. The France forward says he has decided not to stay for a sixth season with the Spanish club. He says in a video released …


What to watch in Europe’s leading soccer countries

Barcelona is guaranteed to win the Spanish league if it beats Levante on Saturday, but could be gifted the title if Atletico Madrid loses at Valladolid earlier in the day. …


Coaches in Spain under pressure as Liga nears finish

The Spanish league has only four rounds remaining, and some coaches may not make it to the end. Real Betis manager Quique Setien and Girona’s Eusebio Sacristan are under mounting …


Andres Iniesta exit deprives Barca of humble star who kept winning

Andres Iniesta means so much more to Barcelona than the 30-plus titles he helped add to its trophy case. The Spaniard, who is leaving the club at the end of …


Spain Spotlight: More about survival than brilliance as Real Madrid advances

It was more about survival than brilliance this time for Real Madrid. There was no hat trick or bicycle kick from Cristiano Ronaldo. There was no midfield dominance by Toni …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez out 4 weeks with right knee injury

Barcelona says striker Luis Suarez will be sidelined for four weeks. The announcement comes only days before the team is about to start the Spanish league season. Suarez will miss …