At the end of the 2012 Copa del Rey final, when the celebrations had died down, the fans had departed and the press conferences had finished, when the bus waited, engines running, Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola appeared on the pitch at the Vicente Calderon, making his way to the exit. He paused briefly, laid the trophy down among the confetti and posed for one last photograph before walking off through the tunnel. It was past one o'clock in the morning and it was his last match at the club. He wasn't...
Spanish Primera División
Eibar's promising start to the season is a distant memory for coach Gaizka Garitano ahead of Friday's game at Levante.
Sunday's 1-0 home loss to Athletic Bilbao was Eibar's sixth straight defeat and dropped the Basque outfit to 13th in the standings, five points clear of Levante, who are in the relegation zone.
"We are better than what our recent results suggest," Garitano told Spanish sports newspaper Marca. "Right now we are not playing at our best."
Eibar, who gained promotion to the Spanish top...
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is a doubt for his side's Champions League last-16 second leg against Manchester City on March 18.
Barca confirmed following the game that the Spain international had injured ligaments, before giving a further update a day later after the player had undergone tests.
"Tests done on Thursday morning confirmed that Busquets...
James Rodriguez is not expected to be fit in time for the clasico against Barcelona on March 22.
James fractured a metatarsal on Feb. 4 during the Sevilla match and underwent an operation the following day.
The Colombia international was given an estimated recovery time of two months, with doctors predicting he would be able to return to action on April 14 or 15 -- the Champions League quarterfinals.
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To date, the midfielder has missed the Champions League last-16 first leg with Schalke and five...
When Atletico Madrid's squad was disbanded last summer there were a number of players that were going to be hard to replace, however the biggest question marks surrounded how Diego Simeone was going to supplant Diego Costa and his 27 La Liga goals.
Los Colchoneros looked to share the burden, bringing in Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich and a diminutive sidekick in the form of Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad. Initially, there were teething problems; while Mandzukic may have scored on debut...