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The Argentina international is not for sale at any price says new Barcelona president

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.

Jose Mourinho 'destroying Spanish football' says Gerard Pique

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has accused Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of "destroying Spanish football" after an ill-tempered denouement to the Supercopa final.

Puyol and Casillas back La Liga strike

In a show of solidarity never displayed by their clubs when negotiating TV deals, players from Real Madrid and Barcelona have thrown their weight behind an official strike that will mean no La Liga or Segunda Division matches in the first two weeks of the season in Spain.

Getafe appoint Garcia as coach

Getafe have appointed Luis Garcia Plaza as coach on a three-year deal, the La Liga club said today as they target a top-six finish under new owners.

Copa del Rey final: Real Madrid v Barcelona

Tonight's Copa del Rey final will be the second of four Clasico's between Barcelona and Real Madrid to take place within eighteen days and presents the two clubs with their first opportunity to get their hands on some silverware this season.

Tottenham v Real Madrid player ratings

Man-for-man marking from White Hart Lane

Atletico confident of keeping Aguero

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo expects star striker Sergio Aguero to be at the club next season despite continual transfer speculation surrounding the Argentinian.

Real Madrid coach denies rift with board

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has rubbished talk of a rift between himself and members of the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy.

The most embarrassing defeats in sport

Real Madrid were stunned by third-tier minnows Alcorcon last night in what must be regarded as one of the most embarrassing defeats in sport.

Salgado backs axed team-mate Ramos

Real Madrid veteran Michel Salgado has backed team-mate Sergio Ramos, who was dropped for the weekend win over Athletic Bilbao after criticising coach Bernd Schuster.

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