Lionel Messi hit the post three times as Barcelona opened their La Liga campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Real Betis. The 30-year-old, who was looking for his 350th goal in the competition, was denied by the woodwork before the break and twice after it as Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan enjoyed good fortune at [...]
The Primera División of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), commonly known in English as La Liga has been the strongest league in Europe for the past five years according to UEFA\’s league coefficient, and it has been the top league in Europe for more combined years than any other European league (18 years).
A total of 60 teams have competed in La Liga since its inception. Nine teams have been crowned champions, with Real Madrid winning the title a record 32 times and FC Barcelona 23 times. Real Madrid dominated the championship from the 1950s through the 1980s. Since the 1990s, however, Real Madrid and Barcelona have both dominated, although La Liga has seen other champions, including Atlético Madrid, Valencia CF, and Deportivo de La Coruña.
t has been a long wait as LaLiga returns on Friday night with 19 teams all vying for Real Madrid’s crown, initially at least. With the transfer window still yet to close, we take a look at how every team in the Spanish top-flight in 2017/18 is shaping up for the big kick-off. Alaves The summer was [...]
Real Madrid lifted their second piece of silverware in a week, brushing aside Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate for the Supercopa on Wednesday. Picking up from where they left off in the first leg, Madrid raced to a 2-0 lead against Barca in the first half and made easy work of protecting their advantage. Los Blancos [...]
Sevilla took control of their Champions League playoff against Istanbul Basaksehir, winning 2-1 in Turkey on Wednesday. Afterwards, Eduardo Berizzo praised his Sevilla side for taking ‘an important step’ towards the Champions League group stages thanks to goals from Sergio Escudero and Wissam Ben Yedder. “This was an important step in our ambitions but we [...]
The Spanish Football Federation has upheld its decision to suspend Cristiano Ronaldo for five matches. Ronaldo was suspended for one match after being sent off during Sunday’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup but he was given an additional four-match ban for shoving referee Ricardo de Burgos in the back after he was shown [...]
Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August. The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the [...]
Barcelona’s pursuit of Philippe Coutinho was stepped up on Tuesday morning when club directors arrived in England in an attempt to close the deal so the player can make his debut against Real Madrid on Sunday. Oscar Grau, Raul Sanllehí and Javier Bordas hope to return to Barcelona on Tuesday night with the deal done [...]
Diego Costa was left in limbo on Sunday night after Diego Simeone effectively ruled out a return to Atletico Madrid this summer. Costa does not have a future at Chelsea after falling out with Blues boss Antonio Conte. The striker is desperate to rejoin Atletico, where he was a cult hero before moving to Stamford [...]
Neymar has been unveiled by Paris Saint-Germain following his €222 million move, saying he wanted a ‘new challenge’. The Brazilian striker has swapped Barcelona for Paris in a world record smashing deal, and has signed a £500,000-a-week, five year contract. He said he had not been sure over his future for a long time, but [...]
Athletic Bilbao have been paired with Greek giants Panathinaikos in the playoff round for the Europa League group stage. The Athens-based club finished third in last season’s Superleague Greece, finishing ten points behind champions Olympiakos. The Basques overcame Dinamo Bucharest 4-1 on aggregate to reach this stage of the competition. The first leg will be [...]