FC Barcelona - the best personalized free web-based Email en en FC Barcelona Real Madrid wins its 1st Spanish title since 2012 MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years on Sunday, and kept rival Barcelona from its third straight championship. Zinedine Zidane's team secured its 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. "To win the title in the last round feels that much b... Sun, 21 May 2017 22:52:00 GMT 2017-05-21T22:52:00Z How Zidane and Ronaldo led Madrid to Spanish league title MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid won its 33rd league title on Sunday to move nine ahead all-time of rival Barcelona. Madrid claimed its first title since 2012 and kept Barcelona from its third straight championship. Madrid stayed in front of its rival during most of the season and capped its title run with a 2-0 win at Malaga in the final roun... Sun, 21 May 2017 22:37:00 GMT 2017-05-21T22:37:00Z Atletico says goodbye to Calderon with 3-1 win over Athletic MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid earned a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in an emotional final game at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Sunday. Fernando Torres scored two goals early in the first half and Angel Correa added another in the second as the hosts said goodbye to the stadium where it has played for the last 50 years. The result lef... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:49:00 GMT 2017-05-21T17:49:00Z Sevilla gives Sampaoli winning send-off from Spanish league BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sevilla routed Osasuna 5-0 on Saturday in what coach Jorge Sampaoli hoped was his last match for the Spanish side before he takes over as the coach of Argentina. Sampaoli announced on Friday that the Argentine Football Association will meet with Sevilla to secure his release from the last year of his contract. Vi... Sat, 20 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-20T21:08:00Z 1 point from Liga title, Real Madrid faces Michel's Malaga BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid enters the final round of the Spanish league just one point away from ending a five-year wait to reclaim the domestic crown. Standing in its way is a Malaga side that has found its stride under former Madrid player Michel Gonzalez. Madrid, which visits Malaga on Sunday in the last round, is three poin... Sat, 20 May 2017 16:11:00 GMT 2017-05-20T16:11:00Z Atletico says goodbye to Calderon, its red & white fortress MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid is bidding farewell to its beloved Vicente Calderon, the modest stadium that for five decades produced one of the greatest atmospheres in soccer and faithfully symbolized the team's persevering spirit. The Spanish league game against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday will be Atletico's last at the old-fashioned venue. "It hurts a bit... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:04:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:04:00Z Neymar gets break from Brazil during friendlies in Australia RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Neymar was left off the Brazil squad that will travel to Australia for a pair of friendly matches next month. Brazil coach Tite said Friday that the Barcelona striker will instead take some much needed vacation to be better prepared for next year's World Cup in Russia. "I heard that whatever was best for Brazil we ... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:52:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:52:00Z Barcelona hoping Ramirez can spoil Madrid's title march BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A year ago, Sandro Ramirez wasn't good enough for Barcelona. Now, the Catalan club is hoping the cast-off forward can upend Real Madrid's march to the Spanish league title. For Barcelona to win a third consecutive league title it needs to beat Eibar at home on Sunday and have Malaga defeat Madrid, which enters the final round needing only one point to... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:22:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:22:00Z Diego Costa, Pedro to lead Spain at Macedonia WCup qualifier MADRID (AP) — Recently crowned English champions Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez will lead Spain's attack in a World Cup qualifier next month. The Chelsea scorers were chosen by coach Julen Lopetegui on Friday when he announced his squad for Spain's June 11 qualifier at Macedonia. Four days prior, Spain hosts Colombia in a friendly. Die... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:09:00 GMT 2017-05-19T11:09:00Z What to watch in Europe's leagues as season reaches climax What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend as season ends in England, Spain, Germany and France: SPAIN The final round is spread across three days, culminating in the title deciders on Sunday evening. Real Madrid needs only a draw to secure its first league title since 2012... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T16:19:00Z Still no place for Benzema in France squad for friendlies PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps gave a vague explanation as to why he again left out Karim Benzema from his squad on Thursday, the day after the Real Madrid striker demanded answers. "I would like to remind you, if needed, that I am the only person who decides, and I make decisions within a sporting framework. I am here to choose players to build a squad, because ... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:20:00 GMT 2017-05-18T13:20:00Z Real Madrid sets its sights on first Liga title in 5 years MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is two games away from a feat it hasn't achieved in almost six decades: Winning the Champions League and the Spanish league in the same year. A draw in Malaga this weekend and a victory against Juventus in Cardiff next month would give Madrid its first double since 1958, when Raymond Kopa and Alfredo Di Stefano were leading the team. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:24:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:24:00Z Madrid a draw away from Spanish title after win over Celta MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has taken Real Madrid to the verge of its first Spanish league title in five years. Ronaldo scored early in each half as Madrid defeated 10-man Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday to retake the league lead from Barcelona and move within a point of winning the title. A draw at mid-table Malaga in the final round o... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:14:00Z Madrid done rotating players as it goes for Spanish title MADRID (AP) — There is no more rest for Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates. Zinedine Zidane is done rotating his squad and will use Ronaldo and the rest of the regular starters when Madrid plays at Celta Vigo with a chance to regain the Spanish league lead and move into position to clinch its first title in five years. A win or a draw ... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:01:00 GMT 2017-05-16T14:01:00Z Monaco coach Jardim staying cautious amid title euphoria MONACO (AP) — Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has a message for anyone else thinking of sending him a celebratory text about the French title: Don't bother. Monaco closed in on the title after beating Lille 4-0 on Sunday, putting it three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain with a goal difference that is plus-17 better and a game in hand. Monaco has to lose its next two games b... Mon, 15 May 2017 14:54:00 GMT 2017-05-15T14:54:00Z Barcelona, Madrid win as title race goes to final round MADRID (AP) — Barcelona and Real Madrid won their matches Sunday with the Spanish league title race now guaranteed to go to the final round. Neymar scored a hat trick for Barcelona in a comfortable 4-1 win at Las Palmas, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of goals for Madrid in a 4-1 home victory over Sevilla. Madrid scored with an u... Sun, 14 May 2017 22:15:00 GMT 2017-05-14T22:15:00Z Pique released from hospital after stomach illness BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says defender Gerard Pique has been released from the hospital a day after needing treatment for a stomach ailment. The club said Sunday that Pique will continue to recover at home. Pique will not play in Barcelona's game at Las Palmas on Sunday and his availability for the team's last Spanish league ga... Sun, 14 May 2017 14:06:00 GMT 2017-05-14T14:06:00Z Barcelona to have women's team in United States BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says it plans to start a women's soccer team in the United States. Barcelona says its board has approved a "development plan" to have a women's team in the National Women's Soccer League. Barcelona says it wants to field the team in 2018. The NWSL is currently composed of 10 teams. Barcelona says it wil... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:30:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:30:00Z Atletico recognizes it needs to improve to succeed in Europe MADRID (AP) — That final hurdle keeping Atletico Madrid from reaching the very top in European soccer is proving to be the most challenging one. Atletico has been contending among the continent's powerhouses the last few years, but it still hasn't been able to take that final leap and break through with the Champions League title. "It s... Thu, 11 May 2017 16:50:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:50:00Z Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe's main leagues BERLIN (AP) — What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ENGLAND Three games left, three points needed. That's the task facing Chelsea in a Premier League title race it has dominated since November. Chelsea's first opportunity to clinch the trophy comes at West Bromwich Albi... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:40:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:40:00Z Juventus beats Monaco 2-1 to reach Champions League final TURIN, Italy (AP) — Dani Alves proved his critics wrong as he inspired Juventus to a 2-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday to send the Italian club to its second Champions League final in three years. Often described as being past his best when he joined Juventus from Barcelona on a free transfer last June, the 34-year-old Alves was often mocked during the season. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 23:17:00 GMT 2017-05-09T23:17:00Z Boro lacked the quality to survive in Premier League LONDON (AP) — Dour, defensive and devoid of wins, Middlesbrough is going down. The northeastern team, which was promoted to the Premier League last year, is heading back to the second division after losing to Chelsea. "Everybody is devastated," Boro manager Steve Agnew said after Monday's 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge. "We've worked so ha... Tue, 09 May 2017 12:16:00 GMT 2017-05-09T12:16:00Z Athletic Bilbao out of Champions League race in Spain MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League ended with a 1-0 loss at Alaves in the Spanish league on Sunday. The defeat left Athletic seven points behind fourth-placed Sevilla with two rounds to go. Sixth-placed Athletic is still in position to qualify for the Europa League, although it is level on point... Sun, 07 May 2017 20:30:00 GMT 2017-05-07T20:30:00Z Messi nets goals 50 & 51, Barca & Madrid stay locked at top BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored his 50th and 51st goals in all competitions to help Barcelona keep the pressure on Real Madrid in the Spanish league's tight title race on Saturday. Neymar and Luis Suarez also struck in a 4-1 victory over Villarreal that increased the combined goal tally of Barcelona's trio of star strikers to 102 in the campaign. ... Sat, 06 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-06T21:08:00Z Barcelona supports vote on Catalan independence BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona football club says it supports holding a referendum on Catalonia's independence from Spain. Barcelona issued a statement on Saturday saying it is joining the "National Pact for the Referendum," a civil society initiative supporting a vote by the wealthy northeastern region. Despite repeated warnings by ... Sat, 06 May 2017 17:28:00 GMT 2017-05-06T17:28:00Z Zidane wary of game against already relegated Granada MADRID (AP) — Now is not the time for Real Madrid to get careless. Zinedine Zidane, the former Madrid great looking to win his first Spanish league title as the team's coach, said Saturday's game against already relegated Granada should not be taken lightly. "It will be even more difficult because Granada doesn't have anything to play f... Fri, 05 May 2017 14:26:00 GMT 2017-05-05T14:26:00Z Judge opens proceedings for Neymar's corruption trial MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has set in motion proceedings for Neymar's trial on corruption and fraud charges related to his transfer to Barcelona four years ago. Neymar's parents, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu, and former president Sandro Rosell will also stand trial, along with Barcelona and Brazilian club Santos. The charges we... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:34:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:34:00Z Barcelona faces Villarreal as it chases Spanish title MADRID (AP) — The pressure is on Barcelona to keep the pressure on Real Madrid. The defending champions, who lead the Spanish league on the head-to-head tiebreaker but have played one game more than Madrid, will need to be at their best on Saturday against a Villarreal team with the league's second-best defense. "We have to win every ma... Thu, 04 May 2017 11:29:00 GMT 2017-05-04T11:29:00Z Higuain and Buffon star at each end as Juventus beats Monaco MONACO (AP) — Striker Gonzalo Higuain displayed some worth for his huge transfer fee and Gianluigi Buffon showed he is still priceless in goal, each starring as Juventus won 2-0 at Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. Higuain scored a goal in each half on Wednesday, doubling his tally from 24 previous matches in the knockout stages... Wed, 03 May 2017 23:59:00 GMT 2017-05-03T23:59:00Z Properly rested, Ronaldo thriving at the right time MADRID (AP) — All that rest has paid off for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward has been pacing himself, skipping games that he would have normally played in previous years, and is peaking at just the right time. On Tuesday, he scored a hat trick for the second straight game in the Champions League, leading Real Madrid to a 3-0 ... Wed, 03 May 2017 13:08:00 GMT 2017-05-03T13:08:00Z