Spain

Friday 17 October 2014

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The Portugal international can become only the third player to score 14 times in the opening eight rounds of the season if he nets in Valencia on Saturday

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The Argentine will equal the Athletic Bilbao icon's tally of 251 goals in the Spanish top flight if he nets twice at Camp Nou on Saturday

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The 33-year-old has been dropped by Vicente Del Bosque in favour of David De Gea but he insists that he still has plenty to offer at international level

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The pair have been accused of defrauding the Spanish state of approximately €4 million earned from image rates and sponsorship deals between 2007 and 2009

Thursday 16 October 2014

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Despite being renowned for popularising the style of football, the Bayern boss has revealed his "loathing" of what some claim he spawned with Barcelona in his new autobiography

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The defender was involved in a dispute with officers in the early hours of Monday morning, but now acknowledges he over-reacted to the situation

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The Italian insists he only ever measures his performance against his own previous accomplishments, while again backing Iker Casillas despite another tough week for the keeper

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ANALYSIS: As part of a special series examining the form of this summer's major signings, Goal takes a look at the Colombia international

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ANALYSIS: As the Argentine forward celebrates a decade of fantastic football since making his debut for the Catalan club, Goal takes a look at his standout games for the Blaugrana

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This extract from Marti Perarnau's new book on Pep Guardiola explores the fascinating long-standing rivalry between two of the game's most successful coaches

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The striker has been on the Camp Nou sidelines since his summer transfer to Spain, due to a four-month biting ban, but he says he is fit to appear at the Santiago Bernabeu

Wednesday 15 October 2014

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The midfielder was "disappointed and desperate" after hearing the news he will be out of action for some time with another serious ligament injury that requires surgery

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ANALYSIS: As part of a special series examining the form of this summer’s major signings, Goal takes a look at the Spain under-21 international…

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The midfielder concedes it was tough to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this year but has no regrets about joining Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich