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The Potters chose not to activate a clause in his contract that would have seen him stay until the end of the season

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Barcelona can trim Real Madrid's lead at the top of La Liga to five points when they host Granada on Tuesday after the Real juggernaut took a skid in a 1-1 draw at home to Malaga on Sunday.

The sale of Sergio Aguero has not eased Atletico Madrid’s debt worries

Spanish successes mask debt crisis

Yesterday, Spain was celebrating having a record five teams in the Champions and Europa League quarter-final draws. But only 24 hours earlier, Spanish football was sent reeling from Government figures that confirmed its clubs owe €752m (£625m) in unpaid tax.

Real Madrid fought back from 2-0 down

Real Madrid make stunning comeback to against Malaga

Holders Real Madrid scored three times in 10 minutes at the Bernabeu last night to beat Malaga 3-2 in their King's Cup last 16 first leg, sparked by a furious dressing down from Jose Mourinho.

Real Zaragoza fire coach Javier Aguirre

Real Zaragoza have rescinded the contract of coach Javier Aguirre, the La Liga club said today, following a woeful run which has left them bottom of the standings.

Gus Poyet takes Brighton training

'The word negrito isn't offensive in Uruguay' - Gus Poyet speaks out

Gus Poyet says he would die in defence of his fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez against the Football Association's charge of racist abuse. The Brighton & Hove Albion manager is not a man given to understatement. He did not intend to pour fuel on the highly inflammable Suarez-Evra situation, he assures me, when he declared last week that he had never responded to insults – even though they had been frequent during his playing days in Spain – by "crying like a baby, like Patrice Evra". All the same, there are dedicated arsonists who get lesser conflagrations going.

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Gus Poyet: 'Negrito isn't offensive. Such people are part of our society. We go to war with them, and at the same time use that word'

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FC Sion lose appeal over transfer ban

The Swiss club FC Sion, who defied Fifa and Uefa statutes by taking a case over a transfer ban to the civil courts, have lost the latest round in their legal battle after an appeal went in favour of football's governing body.

Former Real Madrid director Jorge Valdano predicts 'European league'

The overwhelming dominance of Barcelona and Real Madrid in their domestic league will inevitably lead them to abandon Spain for European competition, former Real director general Jorge Valdano said today.

Spanish football strike called off

The Primera Division season will finally get under way on Saturday after a second weekend of strike action was averted today.

No agreement in Spanish strike talks

Talks today between the Spanish Professional Footballers' Union (AFE) and the Spanish Football League (LFP) intended to avert a strike for the opening two rounds of the Primera Division have failed to find a resolution.

Players dig heels in over Spanish strike action

Talks between the Spanish football league and the country's players' union yesterday failed to avert the strike action called for this weekend's start of the season. "The [union] have dug their heels in," said the league's president, Jose Luis Astiazaran. "There are important differences."

Man City ready to prise title from United

Mexico have included four players suspended for doping at the Gold Cup in their squad to face the United States in an Aug. 10 friendly in Philadelphia where Juergen Klinsmann will make his debut as U.S. head coach.

Mexico recalls players after doping suspension

Mexico have included four players suspended for doping at the Gold Cup in their squad to face the United States in an Aug. 10 friendly in Philadelphia where Juergen Klinsmann will make his debut as U.S. head coach.

Roger Johnson named Wolves captain

Wolves have confirmed that new signing Roger Johnson has replaced Karl Henry as skipper for the 2010-2011 campaign.

Real Madrid complete £27m deal for Fabio Coentrao

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Fabio Coentrao from Benfica on a six-year contract, the Primera Division club have confirmed.

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