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Valencia sack president Murthy after leaked audio recordings

Valencia have sacked president Anil Murthy after leaked audio recordings and the Spanish club’s initial defence of his actions tarnished their reputation, the LaLiga side said on Monday. Official Statement — Valencia CF (@valenciacf_en) May 30, 2022 Spanish newspaper Superdeporte had published audio of Murthy speaking at a work dinner where he allegedly described Liverpool and Newcastle as “shit” cities while also threatening to vilify Valencia players in the media if they forced an exit.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium The club had initially released a statement earlier this month which said Superdeporte had looked to “distort reality” while Murthy described it as a smear campaign. But the club have now changed their tune. “The board of directors of Valencia CF wish...
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Benzema – a talisman for Real Madrid but a divisive figure in France

Three Espanyol defenders converged, like a band of policemen shadowing a slippery pickpocket, onto Karim Benzema, his shaved crown glistening under the lights, his imposing frame in Real Madrid’s turquoise green away shirt shining in the undulating wave of attention. Benzema slipped out, then slipped in, veered closer to the nearest, unsuspecting defender, cushioned the lobbed pass with his right thigh, stuttered and stumbled as he chased the rebound, slunk his right shoulder a tad, as if shrugging a housefly off, before he twisted the ball with the back of his right heel through the agape legs of the defender, Eduardo, towards the path of an onrushing, untracked Casemiro, who slammed the ball past the goalkeeper. Such undefinable moments — a no-look, back-heeled, nut-megged assist — de...
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Ancelotti will ‘probably’ retire after Real Madrid job | Football News – Times of India

ROME: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that he will "probably" retire when he leaves the La Liga champions, but is prepared to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for several years. The 62-year-old Italian became on Saturday the first coach in history to win all five of Europe's top leagues this season with Real, who also face Manchester City on Wednesday in their Champions League semi-final second leg. "After Real, yes, I probably stop," Ancelotti told Prime Video in an interview partially broadcast on Tuesday. "But if Real keep me here for 10 years, I'll coach here for 10 years." The Italian is under contract with the Spanish giants until 2024, after rejoining the club for a second spell in charge last year from Everton. Ancelotti said that he wants to spend more time with his fam...
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Real Madrid win record-extending 35th La Liga title | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Real Madrid secured a 35th La Liga title on Saturday with four games to spare after a 4-0 home win over Espanyol fuelled by two goals from Rodrygo. Needing just one point to clinch the trophy, Madrid struck twice through the Brazilian in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu before goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema. Madrid moved 17 points clear of second-placed Sevilla with four matches to play. Barcelona have a game in hand but are 18 points adrift. 🎶 The winner takes it all...🎶 3⃣5⃣✖🏆 @realmadriden are the club with the most #LaLigaSantander title wins in… https://t.co/4Lf9IEr0z6— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) 1651335559000Given they have been top since November, there was no surprise about Madrid winning a league they have dominated for months, but dips in form from B...
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Barcelona’s American defender Dest out with hamstring injury

Barcelona’s American defender Sergiño Dest has been sidelined because of a hamstring injury, the Spanish club said Monday. Dest injured his right hamstring in the first half of Barcelona’s 1-0 home loss to Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league on Sunday. The club said tests confirmed the injury and it was unclear whether the 21-year-old right back will be able to return before the end of the season. Injury update! Tests carried out on the first team player Sergiño Dest have confirmed that the player has injured the semitendinosus muscle in his right hamstring. The player is unavailable for selection and his recovery will dictate his return. pic.twitter.com/CyMuvETyJ6 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 25, 2022 Barcelona has only five games left in the campaign. It sits second in the S...
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La Liga: Rayo Vallecano stun Barcelona, Real Madrid 1 point from title

With an unprecedented third straight home defeat, Barcelona is unintentionally clearing the way for Real Madrid to clinch the Spanish league title. Barcelona lost 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, marking the first time it lost three in a row at home in all competitions in the same season, and leaving leader Madrid just a point away from winning its second league title in three seasons. Madrid will have its first chance of lifting the trophy Saturday when it hosts Espanyol. Madrid is 15 points ahead of second-place Barcelona with five rounds to go. The Catalan club has the better head-to-head tiebreaker. Fans at the Camp Nou stadium booed the team after the final whistle. “We have been struggling at home,” Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets said. “We’ve been conceding goals early and the...
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Six years and counting: Inaki Williams breaks LaLiga record for most consecutive appearances

Since joining Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao in 2014, 27-year-old Inaki Williams hasn’t missed a LaLiga fixture. It has been 6 years and Williams has gone on to play for Bilbao 333 times and has scored 74 goals and given 44 assists. Before Williams laid claim to this record, Juanan Larranaga of Real Sociedad had played the highest number of uninterrupted fixtures at 202 matches, between 1986 and 1992. Williams who is only the second black footballer to play for Athletic, after Jonas Ramalho, has his contract extended till 2028 and if everything falls in place, he could set a record which will be quite difficult to beat. Inaki Williams has now played in every LaLiga game for the past SIX YEARS! 🤯 224 games in a row. Never injured. Never suspended. Never left out. He needs to be studied...
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Real and Villarreal show La Liga not far behind Premier League, says Xavi | Football News – Times of India

Real Madrid and Villarreal reaching the Champions League semi-finals this week showed the strength of La Liga, Barcelona manager Xavi said on Wednesday as he eyes a return to Europe's elite competition next season. Real knocked out holders Chelsea while Villarreal stunned German champions Bayern Munich to reach the last four of the competition on Tuesday. Xavi could only watch on as his side are in action on Thursday in the second tier Europa League, hosting Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their quarter-final. The tie is level after a 1-1 draw in last week's first leg in Germany. However, Xavi praised his Spanish rivals for their progress and said it showed the quality of the league. "What happened on Tuesday shows that La Liga is not far behind the Premier League," Xavi told a...
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Karim Benzema and Joao Felix shine as Real Madrid and Atletico register La Liga wins | Football News – Times of India

Karim Benzema and Joao Felix ensured Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid claimed morale-boosting victories in La Liga on Saturday before facing the Premier League's heavyweights next week in the Champions League quarter-finals. Benzema missed one penalty but scored two as Real Madrid defeated Celta Vigo 2-1 to get back to winning ways ahead of Wednesday's crunch meeting with Chelsea. And Atletico Madrid sailed past Alaves 4-1 before their trip to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Tuesday, the in-form Felix scoring twice, with Luis Suarez adding a brace of his own after coming on as a substitute. ✅ #AtletiGetafe ✅ #OsasunaAtleti ✅ #AtletiCelta ✅ #RealBetisAtleti ✅ #AtletiCádiz ✅ #RayoAtleti ✅… https://t.co/nK3sWHFuzQ— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) 1648933980000Felix now has seven goals in his ...
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Carlo Ancelotti tests positive for Covid a week before Chelsea first leg | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Carlo Ancelotti has tested positive for Covid-19, Real Madrid announced on Wednesday, with the Italian likely to miss his team's La Liga game against Celta Vigo on Saturday. The 62-year-old's symptoms are "very light", a Real Madrid source confirmed, with the club confident Ancelotti will be able to return in time for next week's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Official Announcement.#RealMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) 1648629292000Ancelotti will return as soon as he stops showing symptoms. He was isolating at home on Wednesday to reduce the risk of further infections at the club, even though protocol in Spain no longer requires people who test positive to self-isolate. Ancelotti is more likely to miss this weekend's lea...
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Benzema ruled out of ‘clásico’ with leg injury

Karim Benzema will miss Real Madrid’s match against fierce rival Barcelona because of a leg injury, coach Carlo Ancelotti said Saturday. Madrid hosts Barcelona on Sunday with an already commanding lead of the Spanish league. Benzema has not yet recovered since hurting his left leg in Monday’s 3-0 win at Mallorca. “He can’t play tomorrow because he has not trained yet and still feels some pain,” Ancelotti said. “It is a small injury but it keeps him from training and, obviously, from playing.” 🔴🎙️ 𝙀𝙉 𝘿𝙄𝙍𝙀𝘾𝙏𝙊 | ¡La rueda de prensa de @MrAncelotti antes de #ElClásico! https://t.co/S2Ri8Wm4kV — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) March 19, 2022 Benzema is having a superb season. He leads the Spanish league with 22 goals. Last week he scored a memorable second-half hat trick to rally Madrid to a...
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La Liga make proposal to help revamp Brazilian league

Spanish league president Javier Tebas on Tuesday presented the league’s business model to Brazilian clubs looking to revamp their championship. Tebas and some of the league’s commercial partners were in Brazil to speak with representatives from the top Brazilian clubs and make a proposal to help bring new investors and boost the Brazilian league. Clubs in the first and second divisions in Brazil have been looking into other proposals as well. They want to modernize the league and adopt a model similar to what most European leagues have been using. The Brazilian league is currently run by the Brazilian soccer confederation. “Our goal is to help develop soccer and its industry,” Tebas said in a statement. “We want to offer all the knowledge we have gained over the years t...
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League says Barcelona is $157 million over spending limit

Barcelona’s spending power has been reduced again, with the club heading into the next transfer window more than 144 million euros ($157 million) over its limit, the Spanish league said Monday. Barcelona is the only club in the first and second divisions of Spain with a negative spending limit after the league updated its figures following the winter transfer window. Real Madrid is at the top of the list with a cap of 739 million euros ($809 million). Barcelona’s limit has been gradually reduced the past few seasons because of its financial struggles. It was at 97 million euros ($106 million) last year. The amount was further reduced this time because the club’s losses were nearly 240 million euros ($262 million) greater than what the league had estimated. The Catalan club will still be...
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La Liga: Villarreal beat Celta before Champions League trip to Juventus

Midfielder Dani Parejo again came to the rescue of Villarreal’s misfiring forwards, scoring in a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the last game before Unai Emery’s side faces Juventus in a Champions League showdown. The Spanish league win followed a defeat at Osasuna that had ended a five-match unbeaten run for Villarreal. Parejo also scored two weeks ago to help Villarreal fight back for a 1-1 home draw with Juventus in the first leg of their round-of-16 matchup. The second leg is on Wednesday in Turin. Villarreal is one of the top-scoring teams in the Spanish league this season, but it wasted several chances against Celta before Parejo broke through. Parejo struck the 65th-minute winner after Manuel Trigueros set him up with an exquisite pass with his back to his fellow midfielder. “I don’...
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‘Not impossible’ for resurgent Barcelona to win La Liga: Xavi Hernandez | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: La Liga has adopted a familiar look with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid back in the top four and both teams might now begin to believe they can finish second as Sevilla continue to stumble. Barcelona, in particular, look primed for a late surge after winning four games on the bounce, their January signings giving them a boost just when they needed it most. They still have seven points to overturn to reach second but Xavi Hernandez's side do have a game in hand, as well as a meeting with Sevilla to come next month at Camp Nou. Such is the optimism around Barcelona that Xavi was even asked on Wednesday if they could yet win the title, although for Real Madrid to spurn a 15-point advantage with 11 games to go, 12 in Barca's case, seems unthinkable. "Mathematics say that we can win t...
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La Liga: Athletic Bilbao register astounding 3-1 win over Levante

Athletic Bilbao rebounded from a poor streak with a 3-1 win over last-placed Levante in the Spanish league on Monday. Mikel Vesga, Inaki Williams and Oier Zarraga scored in the final half-hour to give Athletic the home win and move the Basque Country club closer to the European places. Athletic, sitting in eighth place, was coming off elimination against Valencia in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, where it was trying to reach its third straight final after losing the last two. It lost to Barcelona 4-0 in its previous league game. “We needed this victory to help us recover from the disappointing loss in the Copa,” Vesga said. “We will keep fighting for the European places until the end.” Athletic is eight points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid in the final Champions league ...
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La Liga: Late own-goal end Athletic Bilbao’s unbeaten run in Spain

An unfortunate own-goal by goalkeeper Unai Simón ended Athletic Bilbao’s unbeaten run as the club fell to a 3-2 loss to Mallorca in the Spanish league. Athletic rallied from two goals down in the second half but conceded in the 88th minute when Takefusa Kubo’s shot from close range hit the post and bounced off Simón’s head before going back into the net. The goal ended Athletic’s five-match unbeaten run in all competitions and kept the Basque Country club from moving closer to the European qualification places in the Spanish league. It stayed in eighth place, two points from seventh-place Villarreal and five from fourth-place Barcelona in the final Champions League place. It was the second win in a row for 15th-place Mallorca after it had lost four straight in the league. The victory m...
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PSG vs Real Madrid Live Streaming, Champions League, Round of 16: When and where to watch

Paris Saint-Germain’s dream of winning a first Champions League title faces a potentially rude awakening against 13-time champion Real Madrid. PSG has struggled all season against teams that play quickly on the counterattack and Madrid is arguably the best around at swift transition play. However, those attacks rely heavily on star forward Karim Benzema’s movement, touch and awareness. He is in the Madrid squad but doubtful to play as he works his way back from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since last month. Madrid hasn’t reached the final since completing a straight hat trick of European Cups in 2018. Now Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti travels to face the side he once coached with only one win in four matches in all competitions. Without Benzema it will be more di...
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La Liga: Barcelona score late, stay unbeaten against rival Espanyol

One more minute and Espanyol’s 13-year winless streak against crosstown rival Barcelona in the Spanish league would finally be over. Sixty more seconds and its 23-match winless run against the Spanish powerhouse would finally come to an end. But Espanyol couldn’t stop a goal by Luuk de Jong in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time, and had to settle for a 2-2 draw Sunday that extended its unsuccessful run in the Catalan derby. The draw came as a relief for Barcelona but halted its good run after consecutive league victories against Alavés and defending champion Atlético Madrid. “It was a step backward in the fight for the league,” Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández said. “It’s going to be hard, but we have to keep fighting until the end.” The result was enough to move the Catalan c...
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Asensio stunner helps Real Madrid beat Granada to extend lead at the top in La Liga | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Marco Asensio's second-half goal secured three points for Real Madrid as they won 1-0 at home against Granada, who put in an almost-perfect defensive performance in LaLiga on Sunday. Asensio found a way past Granada’s defensive wall with a brilliant angled shot from outside the box. After second-placed Sevilla drew 0-0 at Osasuna on Saturday and third-placed Real Betis lost 2-0 at home against Villarreal, Real Madrid extended their lead at the top to six points. Missing four key starters, Real Madrid completely dominated the match and finished with almost 70% possession and 10 shots on target against only three from Granada. Manager Carlo Ancelotti came into the match facing a selection headache. Karim Benzema, LaLiga's top scorer with 17 goals, was missing his second consecutiv...