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Antonio Lopez has been paid £250,000 for the painting

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Jose Mourinho pictured during his side's 6-2 win over Malaga

Jose Mourinho booed by his own fans before Real Madrid demolish Malaga 6-2

The Portuguese is expected to join Chelsea this summer

Manager Juergen Klopp leads the Dortmund celebrations

Spain shrinks for seventh quarter

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Cristiano Ronaldo admits Real Madrid almost allowed Champions League tie with Galatasaray to 'get out of hand'

Spanish side move into last four despite defeat in Turkey

Real and Madrid City Council allegedly agreed a favourable deal for land around the Bernabeu stadium

Council deny breaking law in disputed €22m Real Madrid land deal

The Independent’s revealed that the European Commission was investigating contracts between the two parties

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European Commission under fire over €22m Real Madrid illegal state aid deal

Real Madrid alleged to have colluded with city council over price of land around Bernabeu

The Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home of Real Madrid

State aid for Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium? It's all about the Real estate

Spanish club are keen to develop their famous stadium and make it even more lucrative than ever. But do they always play fair?

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The punishments relate to Manchester United's Champions League exit to Real Madrid

2. Let’s hope canny Pulis gets the best out of Owen<br/>
Michael Owen’s arrival at Stoke is intriguing for many reasons. It is further evidence that Tony Pulis, that canny operator, is changing his team’s style. It is confirmation of Stoke’s status as an established top-flight club, and raises the prospect of Owen enjoying an Indian summer to a career that once promised to be among the game’s most glittering but has long been in sad decline. Anyone who remembers the joy Owen brought to the game as an 18-year-old will hope the move is a success for all parties.

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Former Liverpool and England striker announces retirement

Uefa open proceedings against Manchester United after Alex Ferguson no-show and Nani red card reaction

Manchester United lost 2-1 to Real Madrid at Old Trafford

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