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Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid make La Liga a tight race

It was October 1991 and Irene Villa was on her way to school when the ETA car bomb exploded. Her mum lost an arm and a leg and she lost three fingers on one hand and both her legs, arriving at hospital in a coma. At one point, her father suggested to doctors that it would be better not to fight to …

Victor Valdés has knee surgery and is out of Spain's World Cup

• Barcelona keeper sidelined for seven months • Career with Spanish champions looks over<p>The Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés has undergone successful surgery on his knee injury and is expected to be sidelined for seven months, meaning he will miss the World Cup finals with Spain.<p>Valdés tore the …

Chelsea's summer shopping list: Costa, Mandzukic or Falcao?

Diego Costa<p><b>Age</b> 25<p><b>Club</b> Atlético Madrid<p><b>Contract</b> June, 2018<p><b>Caps</b> 2 friendly caps for Brazil, one for Spain<p><b>Price</b> £35-40m<p><b>Overview</b> A key member of the Atlético Madrid team who top La Liga, and a prolific scorer under Diego Simeone this term with a better shot conversion rate than either Cristiano Ronaldo …

Manchester City's Etihad Stadium to be expanded in two phases

<b>The planned expansion of Manchester City's stadium will be split into two halves, the club have confirmed.</b><p>Work to increase capacity from 47,670 to 62,170 will begin imminently but with the South Stand developed first, to make it a 54,000 seat stadium, by the start of the 2015-16 season.<p>Once …

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves defends compatriot Neymar ahead of Atlético

• 'We should not judge him on how much he cost' • 'We always get drawn with the ugliest teams'<p>The Barcelona defender Dani Alves has defended his team-mate and compatriot Neymar, saying the forward has only been criticised in recent weeks following allegations over his controversial summer transfer …

PSG hail Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the sun king of Europe

It was the Lille coach, René Girard, who dared to go against the grain. Or perhaps more accurately, to voice publicly what everyone is privately thinking. Paris Saint-Germain are almost out of sight in Ligue 1, their domestic dominance established courtesy of Qatari billions and a team inspired by …

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry pose real danger to Manchester United

As Bayern Munich prepare to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford, Arjen Robben said: "Its going to be a tough duel."<p>The winger was talking about ensuring the Champions League holders are professional in Tuesday's quarter-final first leg, rather than of the prospect of having Alexander Buttner …

Atletico will look to impose own style on Barca - Simeone | Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone again expects a clash of football styles when his side visit Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.<p>Atletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone controls the ball during a training session at the Vicente Calderon stadium …

Martino: 'We won't abandon style'

<b>Barcelona</b> manager <b>Gerardo Martino</b> has insisted that his side will not abandon their usual playing style when they take on <b>Atletico Madrid</b> in their</b> …

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Toni Kroos will not join Manchester United in the summer, say Bayern

• Kroos will play for Bayern in 2015 as well, says chairman • Midfielder had hinted at a move to the Premier League<p>The Bayern Munich chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has said that there is no chance of Toni Kroos leaving the club in the summer, ending any hopes Manchester United and David Moyes had …

Inter make Dzeko No.1 target as Torres becomes plan B

Manchester City are holding out for an £18 million deal and the Bosnia striker is keen to keep his options open after attracting interest from La Liga and the Bundesliga<p><b>EXCLUSIVE</b><br>By Fabrizio Romano<p>Inter have made Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko their top transfer target and have already held …

Diego Costa is Atletico’s Messi, but can he be the difference against Barcelona?

Diego Simeone called him ‘contagious’ and you won’t find a better description of Diego Costa’s performance against Athletic at the San Mames on …

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Diego Costa injury worries Atlético Madrid before Barcelona game

Spain has a new <i>clásico</i> and so does Europe. The train pulled out of Atocha station at 10.30am on Monday and headed north-east out of the capital. On board were the league leaders, travelling to Camp Nou to face their closest rivals for the Spanish title and their opponents for a place in the …