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Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez has told ESPN FC that Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui has not told him why he was not selected for the friendlies against Germany and Argentina later this month.

Martinez, 29, won the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012 with Spain and was also in the 2014 World Cup squad, but he missed Euro 2016 with knee and ankle injuries.

And while he has won 18 caps, he has not featured for the national team since the last World Cup and has not spoken to Lopetegui about his snub since the squad for the friendlies was named last week.

Raul will take his first steps in coaching with the former striker preparing to take over as a youth coach at his former club Real Madrid in the summer.

The club legend is due to to gain his relevant coaching badges in April with the Spanish FA elite course that reserves places for former international players or those that have spent 10 years in La Liga.

From there he will take over Madrid’s Juvenil B side (16-18 age group) according to Marca, with current boss Alvaro Benito being promoted to the A team (17-19).

Many strikers have a shelf or perhaps a cabinet to show off their hat-trick match ball collection. Cristiano Ronaldo needs a new house for his.

The former Manchester United superstar hit the 50th of his career on Sunday evening as Real Madrid defeated Girona 6-3 at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo scored four of Real’s six goals to reach yet another personal landmark in an illustrious career that shows no sign of slowing down.

The 33-year-old now has 37 goals for Real Madrid this season and a grand total of 566 club goals during his career. When goals for Portugal are included, he has scored a pretty astonishing 645.

Atletico Madrid’s title hopes appear to be over after two late Enes Unal strikes condemned them to defeat at Villarreal.

Diego Simeone’s side now lie 11 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0 earlier in the day.

Antoine Griezmann had given Atletico the lead by converting a contentious first-half penalty at the Ceramica Stadium.

However, Turkish striker Enes – a summer arrival from Manchester City – struck twice to give Euro-chasing Villarreal a deserved victory.

Winger Vitolo was sent-off for the visitors in the dying stages for shoving an opponent, as Atleti began to lose their cool and Villarreal now move up to 5th in the table.

Atletico Madrid have been drawn against Portuguese club Sporting CP in the quarter finals of this season’s Europa League in Friday’s draw.

Los Rojiblancos defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 8-1 on aggregate to advance to the quarter finals, having previously eliminated Danish club FC Copenhagen.

Lisbon-based Sporting CP defeated Viktoria Plzen in the last 16 round 3-2 on aggregate, while Jorge Jesus’s side currently lie third in Portugal’s Primeira Liga.

The Madrid-based club surprisingly exited the Champions League at the group stage, and last won the Europa League title in 2012.

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Holders Real Madrid will play Juventus in the Champions League quarter final while Barcelona take on Roma and Sevilla were pitted against Bayern Munich.

Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Juve 4-1 in last year’s final but now the Bianconeri will have a shot at revenge, while Barca also face Italian opposition.

The Blaugrana have qualified for 11 consecutive Champions League quarter finals and take on Roma, who are in the last eight for the first time since 2008.

Sevilla will face a tough task against Bayern Munich – one of the tournament favourites – while there is an all-English tie between Manchester City and Liverpool.

Diego Costa has return to the Spain squad for the friendlies against Germany and Argentina, but Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata misses out.

Former Madrid striker Morata replaced Costa at Stamford Bridge last summer, with the latter’s strong form at Atletico Madrid earning him a recall to Julen Lopetegui’s squad.

There is better news for Chelsea though in wing-back Marcos Alonso’s inclusion in the squad, while central midfielder Dani Parejo (Valencia) and Rodri Hernandez (Villarreal) are also included.

Italian-based duo Suso (Milan) and Luis Alberto (Lazio) have both not been called-up following their roles in recent squad, while Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto is also not in the squad.

Lionel Messi has reached another huge landmark following a sublime goal against Atletico Madrid.

The Argentine maestro scored a superb free-kick in Barcelona’s top-of-the-table clash with Diego Simeone’s side to break the deadlock, and in doing so, clocked his 600th career goal.

539 of those strikes have come for Barcelona, with a further 61 coming for Argentina in 747 total games. His free-kick at the Nou Camp was his 32nd in all competitions in 2017/18.

During his spectacular goalscoring career, the Argentinian forward seems to love playing Sevilla the most, who he has scored 29 goals past.

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Ernesto Valverde gets his first league campaign as Barca boss underway in front of a home crowd against Real Betis on August 20, while the division’s first Clasico takes place at the Santiago Bernabeu on December 20.

Meanwhile, local derbies against Espanyol are scheduled for September 10 and February 4, with the first taking place at the Camp Nou.

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