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Ex-NBA superstar Steve Nash urges Mallorca fans to be patient

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Mallorca shareholder Steve Nash has asked fans to be patient.

Former NBA superstar Steve Nash has urged Real Mallorca supporters to be patient and told them that the club's promotion to Spain's top flight will require time.

The 42-year-old Canadian, who retired after 19 years in the NBA, is one of three shareholders of Mallorca.

A fervent football fan, Nash was in the stands during Mallorca's 1-0 home triumph over Alcorcon on Sunday.

Nash said on the club's website: "I know the fans want for this historic club to return to the Primera Division but we want...

Javier Tebas to run La Liga for four more years

La Liga president Javier Tebas has not hidden his desire to have Christmas football become a permanent part of the Spanish calendar.
Javier Tebas ran unopposed for La Liga president.

MADRID -- La Liga has provisionally elected Javier Tebas to a second four-year term as president.

Tebas ran unopposed after Alex Aranzabal ended his proposed candidacy on Tuesday, a day before the deadline for candidates to register.

The Spanish league is composed of 42 first- and second-division teams in Spain.

La Liga said on Wednesday that Tebas will be officially confirmed as president on Oct. 11.

The 54-year-old Tebas is a lawyer. He was first elected league president in 2013, running unopposed. 


Getafe sack Juan Esnaider after poor start to Spanish Segunda campaign

Juan Esnaider
Juan Esnaider struggled to impress.

Spanish second division side Getafe dismissed coach Juan Esnaider on Monday after a poor start to the campaign.

Esnaider, 43, had been in charge of Getafe since replacing Fran Escriba on April 12 but the Madrid outfit, relegated from La Liga after finishing 19th in the standings last season, have lost four of their last five games in all competitions.

Getafe fell 2-0 at home to Girona in the Segunda Division on Sunday, a result that dropped the team to 21st in the 22-team league. They have one win...

Ex-Villarreal coach Marcelino threatens to sue Rayo Vallecano chief

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Marcelino has called for a public apology from Rayo Vallecano's president.

Former Villarreal manager Marcelino has demanded a public apology from Rayo Vallecano president Raul Martin Presa for comparing him to the Lufthansa pilot that deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps that killed 150 people last year.

Martin Presa blamed Marcelino for his team's relegation to the second division after the Villarreal coach fielded a weakened side in a 2-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon in La Liga.

The result helped Marcelino's home club remain in Spain's top...

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Sergio Aguero's brother Gaston 'Kuncito' del Castillo joins Cadiz

Sergio Aguero's younger brother, Gaston "Kuncito" del Castillo, has joined Spanish Segunda side Cadiz on loan from Independiente.

Del Castillo, 19, made his debut in April for Independiente in Argentina's Premier Division and almost joined Italian club Crotone on loan during the summer, only for the deal to fall through.