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Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.

The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

Hope TV rights scandal ‘will not disrupt’ Qatar WCup: FIFA Sec Gen

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Madrid (AFP) – FIFA’s number two Fatma Samoura said Tuesday she hoped the criminal investigations into the sale of World Cup rights to the Qatari-owned beIN Media group will not “disrupt” Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

Swiss prosecutors said last week they had launched a criminal corruption probe targeting Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN media chief, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for World Cups in 2018-2030.

Kane can be Tottenham’s Totti – Pochettino

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Madrid (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes the emotional images of Francisco Totti’s farewell after a 24-year career at Roma could inspire the on-fire Harry Kane to remain a one club man.

Ahead of Spurs’ trip to face Real Madrid on Tuesday, Kane has been linked with a move to the European champions thanks to his stunning form in 2017, scoring as many goals (43) in fewer appearances this calendar year for club and country as Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zidane wary of ‘complete’ Kane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane highlighted the threat posed by Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as the English side travel to the European champions on Tuesday battling for top spot in Champions League Group H.

Kane has scored as many goals (43) this year for club and country as Cristiano Ronaldo but in fewer games, sparking rumours Real could try to poach another rising star from Spurs after taking Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in recent years.

Kane’s Champions League rise faces Real acid test

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Madrid (AFP) – Harry Kane is an admitted follower of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stratospheric stats as he pursues the Portuguese’s status as the best in the world, but for once it is Ronaldo who trails in the race to be the Champions League’s top marksman.

An inspired Kane has transformed Tottenham Hotspur’s European form from last season’s failure to a flying start with five of Spurs’ six goals in victories over Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia.

Valencia storm to second in nine-goal thriller

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Madrid (AFP) – Valencia withstood a late onslaught from Real Betis to move up to second with an enthralling 6-3 win at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday.

The visitors looked to be cruising to a fifth win in eight games this season as Geoffrey Kondogbia, Goncalo Guedes, Rodrigo and Santi Mina fired them into a 4-0 lead with just over 10 minutes to go.

Atletico-Barca ‘spectacle’ overshadows political backdrop

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Madrid (AFP) – Players and coaches of both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona hailed the atmosphere at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday as the thrills of a 1-1 draw drowned out fears the match would be overshadowed by political tension sweeping across Spain.

Barca’s previous match was played behind closed doors as a protest to a violent police crackdown on an independence referendum in Catalonia, deemed illegal by the Spanish government, on October 1.

Atletico-Barca ‘spectacle’ overshadows political backdrop

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Madrid (AFP) – Players and coaches of both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona hailed the atmosphere at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday as the thrills of a 1-1 draw drowned out fears the match would be overshadowed by political tension sweeping across Spain.

Barca’s previous match was played behind closed doors as a protest to a violent police crackdown on an independence referendum in Catalonia, deemed illegal by the Spanish government, on October 1.

Suarez earns Barca point at Atletico, Ronaldo rescues Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Luis Suarez saved Barcelona’s unbeaten La Liga record this season by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Saturday in a match laced with political tension amid Catalonia’s drive for independence.

Saul Niguez’s spectacular strike had given Atletico an early advantage.

Barca met with wash of Spanish flags in Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid ultras waved hundreds of Spanish flags and shouted “Viva Espana” (long live Spain) ahead of their clash with Barcelona on Saturday in a match laced with political tension amid Catalonia’s drive for independence.

The game is Barca’s first trip to the Spanish capital since an independence referendum, deemed illegal by the Spanish government, was marred by violence on October 1.

Late Ronaldo winner rescues Real at Getafe

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck his first La Liga goal of the season five minutes from time to save Real Madrid from losing more ground in the title race with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday.

Real looked on course for a comfortable three points when Karim Benzema fired the visitors into a deserved half-time lead.

Zidane hungry for more ahead of Real century

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Madrid (AFP) – On the eve of his 100th match in charge of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane insisted he maintains the same desire to succeed having already won seven trophies in his short coaching career.

Zidane’s Madrid became the first side to retain the Champions League in May, whilst he also ended a five-year wait to win La Liga last season on top of two European Super Cups, a Club World Cup and Spanish Super Cup.

Zidane hungry for more ahead of Real century

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Madrid (AFP) – On the eve of his 100th match in charge of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane insisted he maintains the same desire to succeed having already won seven trophies in his short coaching career.

Zidane’s Madrid became the first side to retain the Champions League in May, whilst he also ended a five-year wait to win La Liga last season on top of two European Super Cups, a Club World Cup and Spanish Super Cup.

‘Proud’ Pique to carry on for Spain despite Catalonia backing

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Madrid (AFP) – Under-fire Gerard Pique on Wednesday expressed his pride at playing for Spain, insisting he would continue with the Spanish national team despite his outspoken defence of the independence referendum in Catalonia.

“It is not incongruous,” said Pique of his intention to carry on despite his views on the wealthy northeastern Spanish region’s right to self-determination.

‘Proud’ Pique to carry on for Spain despite Catalonia backing

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Madrid (AFP) – Under-fire Gerard Pique on Wednesday expressed his pride at playing for Spain, insisting he would continue with the Spanish national team despite his outspoken defence of the independence referendum in Catalonia.

“It is not incongruous,” said Pique of his intention to carry on despite his views on the wealthy northeastern Spanish region’s right to self-determination.

Proud Pique a lightning rod in Catalonia chaos

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona star Gerard Pique’s tears of sadness and the vast empty stands as his team reluctantly played were two of the defining images of a violence-scarred independence referendum in Catalonia.

Pique, an outspoken defender of the wealthy northeastern Spanish region’s right to self-determination, had been able to cast his vote in an independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid without obstruction on Sunday morning.

Spain replace injured Morata, Iniesta, Carvajal

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain coach Julien Lopetegui drafted in Alvaro Odriozola, Jonathan Viera and Aritz Aduriz on Monday to replace the injured Dani Carvajal, Andres Iniesta and Alvaro Morata respectively for World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel this week.

Lopetegui also has the task of calming tensions around the squad in the wake of Gerard Pique’s statement that he will retire from international football if Lopetegui or the Spanish Football Federation deem his defence of an independence referendum for Catalonia problematic.

Spain replace injured Morata, Iniesta, Carvajal

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain coach Julien Lopetegui drafted in Alvaro Odriozola, Jonathan Viera and Aritz Aduriz on Monday to replace the injured Dani Carvajal, Andres Iniesta and Alvaro Morata respectively for World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel this week.

Lopetegui also has the task of calming tensions around the squad in the wake of Gerard Pique’s statement that he will retire from international football if Lopetegui or the Spanish Football Federation deem his defence of an independence referendum for Catalonia problematic.

Sevilla go second by piling misery on Malaga

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla moved up to second in La Liga as second-half goals from Ever Banega and Luis Muriel ensured a routine 2-0 Andalusian derby victory over winless Malaga on Saturday.

A sixth defeat in seven games pushes Malaga boss and legendary former Real Madrid player Michel ever closer to becoming already the fourth managerial change of the La Liga season.

New Gareth Bale injury a concern for Wales

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale looks set to miss Real Madrid’s La Liga clash with Espanyol on Sunday, sparking fears he could also miss out on two crucial World Cup qualifiers for Wales next week.

Bale limped off with a calf strain after scoring and providing an assist for Cristiano Ronaldo as Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Conte lashes tight turnaround for Man City clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Chelsea boss Antonio Conte blasted Premier League schedulers over his side’s short turnaround from Champions League action before facing high-flying Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

Conte’s men put in a brilliant performance to inflict only Atletico Madrid’s second Champions League defeat on home soil in 24 games on Wednesday, when Michy Batshuayi’s 93rd-minute winner sealed a 2-1 victory.

Batshuayi hands Chelsea deserved win at Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi struck a dramatic winner with the last kick of the game as Chelsea inflicted Atletico Madrid’s first defeat at their new Wanda Metropolitano home on Wednesday with a hugely impressive 2-1 Champions League victory.

Substitute Batshuayi’s late intervention was just rewards for a dominant Chelsea display despite falling behind to Antoine Griezmann’s penalty five minutes before half-time.

Conte challenges Chelsea to make Champions League step up

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Madrid (AFP) – Antonio Conte called on Premier League champions Chelsea to take the step up and prove they can be contenders in the Champions League when they face a daunting trip to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Chelsea made a perfect start on their return to European football’s premier club competition after a year’s absence, with a 6-0 thrashing of Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag two weeks ago.

Atletico’s ‘Circus Maximus’ Metropolitano awaits Chelsea

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Madrid (AFP) – It may lack a final lick of paint but “it appears like the Circus Maximus,” crowed proud Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone at the special atmosphere already produced by his club’s new Wanda Metropolitano home.

The opening of the 68,000 capacity stadium marks heady days for a club that has traditionally lived in the shadow of neighbours Real Madrid, none more so in the Champions League in recent years.

Barca remain perfect in Girona, Real bounce back

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona maintained their perfect start to La Liga with a sixth straight win as Luis Suarez and two own goals secured a 3-0 win at Girona in a match laced with political tension on Saturday.

Real Madrid remain seven points behind Barca thanks to Dani Ceballos’s double on his full debut to bounce back from a shock midweek defeat by Real Betis with a 2-1 win at Alaves on Saturday to move up to fourth.

Diego Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa watched on from the directors’ box as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second in La Liga thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Costa’s drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn’t allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens.

Diego Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa watched on from the directors’ box as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second in La Liga thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Costa’s drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn’t allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens.

Enzo misses out on Zidane family reunion

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Madrid (AFP) – Enzo Zidane was denied the chance to face his father Zinedine and former club Real Madrid as the midfielder was left out of the Alaves squad to face the European champions on Saturday.

The 22-year-old has made just two appearances since leaving Real’s reserve team Castilla to join the Basque side in June.

Enzo misses out on Zidane family reunion

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Madrid (AFP) – Enzo Zidane was denied the chance to face his father Zinedine and former club Real Madrid as the midfielder was left out of the Alaves squad to face the European champions on Saturday.

The 22-year-old has made just two appearances since leaving Real’s reserve team Castilla to join the Basque side in June.

Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa watched on from the directors’ box as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second in La Liga thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Costa’s drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn’t allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens.

Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa watched on from the directors’ box as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second in La Liga thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Costa’s drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn’t allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens.

That’s my boy — Real boss Zidane faces son Enzo

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will go up against his son Enzo for the first time when he takes his struggling Spanish champions to Alaves on Saturday.

Midfielder Enzo, 22, left Real’s reserve team in the close season in search of first-team football at Alaves, where he has made two La Liga appearances so far.

That’s my boy — Real boss Zidane faces son Enzo

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will go up against his son Enzo for the first time when he takes his struggling Spanish champions to Alaves on Saturday.

Midfielder Enzo, 22, left Real’s reserve team in the close season in search of first-team football at Alaves, where he has made two La Liga appearances so far.

‘Now I’m jinxed?’ jokes Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane joked Friday that he was “jinxed” as his team comes under attack for their misfiring start to this season’s la Liga campaign.

“So now I’m jinxed, am I?” the Frenchman said two days after Real suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Real Betis.

Costa to return to Atletico from Chelsea

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Madrid (AFP) – Chelsea and Atletico Madrid announced Thursday that they had reached an initial agreement that would see Diego Costa return to the La Liga club.

“Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa,” the Spanish side said in a statement.

Costa to return to Atletico from Chelsea

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Madrid (AFP) – Chelsea and Atletico Madrid announced Thursday that they had reached an initial agreement that would see Diego Costa return to the La Liga club.

“Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa,” the Spanish side said in a statement.

Griezmann, Oblak star as Atletico beat Athletic Bilbao

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid celebrated being awarded the honour of hosting the Champions League final in 2019 with an impressive 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to move up to second in La Liga.

Angel Correa opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second-half by finishing off a flowing move involving Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez.

Messi hits four as Barca maintain perfect start

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday.

Paulinho and Denis Suarez also netted for the second consecutive game as Barca stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points over Real Madrid, who host Real Betis on Wednesday.

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Spain Training Session Lasts 23 Minutes Before Gerard Pique Forced To Leave With Security Escort (Photos & Video)

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The tension was palpable during Spain's open training session in Madrid on Monday, the very day after the Catalan independence referendum in Barcelona was mired by scenes of police brutality and politically-fuelled violence.

Of course, after he was seen voting in the referendum, it was Barca defender Gerard Pique who bore the brunt of the ire from the dissenting spectators in attendance, emerging from the tunnel at the beginning of the session to a chorus of boos and hisses.