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Second string Real Madrid struggle into Copa del Rey quarter-finals

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid fielded an almost unrecognisable team and struggled into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw against second division Numancia.

Already 3-0 ahead from the first leg, coach Zinedine Zidane could afford to rest his superstars with one eye on La Liga, where they are 16 points behind Barcelona, and the Champions League last 16 with a clash against Paris Saint-Germain next month.

This Weekend’s matches In La Liga In Doubt

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Spanish league players remain on strike after league officials and the players' union failed to reach an agreement to end the current work stoppage.

The two sides emerged from Monday's meeting without an agreement, which threatens to delay the second round of games this weekend.

While Levante president Francisco Javier Catala said "something positive came from today's meeting," his players' union counterpart Luis Gil did not sound so optimistic.

Mallorca Enters Voluntary Administration

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A dispiriting final matchday left Mallorca forty seconds away from qualifying for the Champions League. Sevilla manager Antonio Álvarez took a huge gamble late in that match by sending Sevilla youth product Rios Lozano Rodri into the match instead of Luís Fabiano, and Rodri broke the hearts of Los Barralets with an acrobatic goal in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time to defeat Almería 2-3 and finish fourth in La Liga, the final Champions League place.

The 55 clubs Real Madrid has lost to since October 1999

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Sid Lowe's La Liga column in the Guardian shared an interesting statistic this week over 50 clubs have beaten Real Madrid since October 2009 (last 10 years), but Atletico Madrid isn't one of them.

Here's the list in full:

Al Nasr Saudi Club, Al-Ahly, Alavés, Alcorcón, Almería, Anderlecht, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Betis, Boca Juniors, Celta Vigo, Deportivo, Espanyol, Galatasaray, Getafe, Graz, Hannover, Internazionale, Juventus, Las Palmas, Levante, Liverpool, Lokomotiv Moscow, Málaga, Mallorca, Manchester United, Milan, Monaco, Murcia, Nastic, Numancia, Olympiakos, Lyon, Osasuna, PSV, Racing, Rayo Vallecano, Nexaca, Real Sociedad, Real Unión, Recreativo, Roma, Servette, Sevilla, Spartak Moscow, Sporting Lisbon, Tokyo Verdy, Toledo, Valencia, Valladolid, Villarreal, Werder Bremen and Zaragoza.

2009 LLTO Segunda Division Awards: Intro & Best Coach

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Briefly we hear at SATO would like to take you through the Segunda Division of La Liga. We are aware that the second tier is not always as exciting as the moves that clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona are making, but keep in mind that many of the stars of tomorrow are possibly playing in the secondary league today.

2009 LLTO La Liga Awards: Best New Club

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Malaga Club de Futbol is the proud winners of this years LLTO trophy for the Best New Club in Spanish football. And let me tell you, it wasn't even close this year. Malaga was not only the best new club added to the Primera Division, they were the 8th best club overall in La Liga.Â

Malaga was able to out due Sporting Gijon this season who was also new to Primera Division competition.

2009 La Liga Season Review: Numancia

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Team Overview: Numancia, founded in 1945, is considered fairly new to La Liga's First Division competition. The club has only played in the top tier four times in their brief history. The club was Segunda Division Champions last season and they will look to capture their second Segunda Division title next season as the face relegation from La Liga this year.

La Liga Final Roundup - Week 38

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My Catalan isn't great but I believe the picture says "Players, Fans, Everyone United Makes Strength, Thanks To Everyone" Barcelona wrapped up its 19th La Liga title and all the European cup spots are pretty much sewn up. The final week of the La Liga season still has some drama left with 5 teams still fighting to avoid relegation.


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Six games of Round 38 today of the Spanish League that signals theend of the season & decided who will go down to 2ºDivision. REALBETIS joins RECREATIVO & NUMANCIA into 2º Division as the firstfailed to gain the needed 3 points.REAL BETIS drew 1-1 with VALLADOLID to be sent to 2ºDivision next season.

La Liga all about the relegation batttle this weekend

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All-conquering Barcelona may be the talk of Europe, but the spotlight in this weekend's final round of Primera Division fixtures moves away from the Catalan giants and onto battles elsewhere.

Barca this week become the first Spanish team to win the treble of league, cup and European Cup after defeating holders Manchester United in the Champions League final, but the only thing riding on their season finale against Deportivo La Coruna is that their opponents still have an outside chance of getting into the Europa League.

La Liga Roundup - Week 37

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As the calendar gets closer to June this memorable La Liga season nears its amazing end. At this point the main battle is to avoid relegation. Sporting Gijon got a HUGE 2-1 road win against Valladolid in their quest to stay in the Spanish 1st division. Mate Bilic scored the game winner in the 79th minute to give them the points and pull even with Osasuna on points.

Posiciones en la Liga de España

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Falta 1 Jornada

A solo 1 Jornada de que termine la liga española, casi estan definidos los boletos a las copas europeas y al descenso.

Champions League

Para la Champions League hay 3 lugares directos y estos son para el Barcelona, Real Madrid y Sevilla hasta el momento.

Posiciones en la Liga de España

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Falta 1 Jornada

A solo 1 Jornada de que termine la liga española, casi estan definidos los boletos a las copas europeas y al descenso.

Champions League

Para la Champions League hay 3 lugares directos y estos son para el Barcelona, Real Madrid y Sevilla hasta el momento.

La Liga Roundup - Week 34

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Week 34 of La Liga was headlined by the biggest rivalry in Spanish Football. The Spanish SuperClásico in week 34 was huge with Barca needing a win to stave off Real and Los Merengues needing a win to pull to within 1 point of Barcelona to make the La Liga title race much more interesting.

La Liga Weekend Review

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Barcelona took a giant step towards winning the Primera Division title after crushing arch rivals and nearest challengers Real Madrid 6-2 at the Bernabeu.

Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi both netted braces while Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique were also on the scoresheet as Pep Guardiola's treble-chasers inflicted a first league defeat on in-form Madrid since beating the reigning champions at the Nou Camp in December.

Numancia v Malaga Live

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Click here for a high quality, live stream: Numancia v Malaga Live The chances of surviving in the top league by Numancia were shattered by their defeat to Almeria. Now, Numancia will host Malaga for the match. Malaga might take the match as a very easy task but Numancia is a team which has the capability to [.

Who Will Survive the La Liga Relegation Dogfight?

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Last season it was Real Zaragoza, Murcia and Levante. The season before that it was Celta de Vigo, Real Sociedad and Gimnastic de Tarragona. Who will it be this season? Who will suffer the heartbreak of relegation to the Segunda division?

Here's the ladder as it stands before the kick-off of round 34:

11 Almería 33  -12  40 12 Athletic 33  -10  40 13 Racing 33   2 39 14 Betis 33 -6 37 15 Osasuna 33  -4 36 16 Espanyol 33 -12  35 17 Getafe 33  -9  34 18 Sporting 33 -33  33 19  Recreativo  33  -20  30 20  Numancia 33  -31  28

Racing Santander is six points clear of the drop zone on 39, whilst Almeria and Athletic Bilbao are both on 40.

Real Madrid

Campeonato Espanhol - Liga Adelante - 2012/2013

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1 Elche 16 6
2 Villarreal 14 6
3 Almería 13 6
4 Barcelona B 12 6
5 CE Sabadell 11 6
6 SD Huesca 11 6
7 Girona 10 6
8 AD Alcorcón 10 6
9 Huelva 10 6
10 Numancia 9 6
11 Real Madrid Castilla 9 6
12 Córdoba 8 6
13 Murcia 8 6
14 Racing 7 6
15 CD Lugo 6 6
16 Xerez 6 6
17 CD Mirandés 5 6
18 Sporting Gijón 5 6
19 Las Palmas 5 6
20 Ponferradina 4 6
21 Hercules 3 6
22 CD Guadalajara 1 6

De copas y recuerdos

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Suerte tenemos de que el icono de esta Copa del Rey trabaje para Caja Círculo y no para, es un decir, el Banco Santander, el BBVA o similar: a estas alturas tendríamos la publicidad del Súper Depósito Pablo Infante (habría que darle alguna vuelta más al nombre, lo sé) hasta en la sopa.

Emmanuel Adebayor Scores 5000th Real Madrid Goal, vs Sevilla (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Despite only entering the fray in the 84th minute, Emmanuel Adebayor instantly endeared himself to the Real Madrid support by thudding home a clinical volley on his Bernabeu debut notching the landmark 5000th home goal scored by the prestigious club (Jose Giralt scored the first back in 1903)
in the process.


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08-09 LA LIGA STANDING: 11th

Almería has remained in Spain's top flight since earning promotion for the first time ever in 2007. Almería finished four points above the relegation zone last season thanks in part to the hiring of Mexican international Hugo Sánchez at the beginning of 2009.

Out of Our Hands

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And just like that, the joy evaporates, in the snap of our fingers.

Atletico Madrid's controversial 1-0 victory over our Valencia CF further compounded a recurrent theme this season: we're horribly inconsistent.

We play like the world's greatest team in a 2-2 tie with champions FC Barcelona only to falter to relegation fodder Espanyol.

Liga: Programma e Risultati 35° Giornata Completa

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09/05/2009Siviglia - Maiorca 3 - 1Athletic Bilbao - Betis Siviglia 1 - 0Valencia - Real Madrid 3 - 010/05/2009Almeria - Sporting Gijon ore 17.00Getafe - Osasuna ore 17.00Recreativo Huelva - Deportivo La Coruna ore 17.00Valladolid - Numancia ore 17.00Malaga - Racing Santander ore 17.00Barcellona - Villarreal ore 19.

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Barça Atlètic Secures Promotion

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What a historic day for Barca fans, Barca Atletic has secured the promotion to Segunda División after a goalless draw against Sant Andreu. Barca B has earlier won the first leg by a solitary, somewhat controversial goal. Barca Atletic has joined Granada, Ponferradina and Alcorcón earning the honour to play in the Segunda División.

Rafael Van der Vaart: £8M Dutch Master Ideal To Replace Alonso At Liverpool

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According to reports in the Spanish, Dutch and German press Rafael van der Vaart will be allowed to leave the Bernabeu for a knockdown fee of just £8m.

The player's stock has definitely fallen since his move to La Liga but the Dutchman would surely be the ideal man to replace the likes of Xabi Alonso at Liverpool.

Sporting Gijon

Spain: Five teams to play relegation roulette

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There are five clubs, separated by two points, who are playing to avoid the final Primera Liga relegation slot. Recreativo Huelva and Numancia have already gone down.

The four matches involving Osasuna, Sporting Gijon, Real Betis, Getafe and Real Valladolid all kick off at 1700 on Sunday, and each club has its future in its own hands.

Congratulations Barca

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It may have been coming for a while but you have to pay tribute to Pep Guardiola's Barcelona for their achievements so far in a season that could still get even better.

Champions and Copa Del Rey winners, his side have dominated the Primera Division this year and are worthy winners. They can, of course, claim a treble with a win over Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome next Wednesday.

Liga: Programma e Risultati 37° Giornata Completa

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23/05/2009Villarreal - Valencia 3 - 1Barcellona - Osasuna 0 - 1Siviglia - Deportivo La Coruna 1 - 0Getafe - Numancia 1 - 0Recreativo Huelva - Racing Santander 0 - 1Valladolid - Sporting Gijon 1 - 2Malaga - Betis Siviglia 1 - 1Almeria - Espanyol 0 - 3Athletic Bilbao - Atletico Madrid 1 - 424/05/2009Real Madrid - Maiorca ore 21.

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El invierno del fútbol

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Pasan las Navidades y sus diferentes personajes cargados de regalos, y otro año más el único que de verdad sale ganando de todo este batiburrillo de envoltorios rasgados, digestiones pesadas y borracheras socialmente aceptadas es el ínclito Ken Follet. Su último engendro, El invierno del mundo, copa, Grey aparte, las listas de tochos más vendidos (y regalados), para desgracia de la Amazonia (la real, no la virtual) y júbilo de sus editores.

Córdoba v Numancia

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Cór blimey, guv'nor Córdoba 1-0 Numancia (10:10:11) We alighted the train before it chugged back out of Córdoba Central, onto the cobbled paths and into the heat of the morning. A day of sightseeing, interspersed with cañas and tapas, was on the agenda. But what was this catching my eye and shining like a beacon: a match day poster for a game?

Spain: La Liga Weekend Wraps + Final Table

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Real Betis was relegated from the Spanish league on Sunday after drawing 1-1 with Valladolid. Many of the 55,150 spectators at Ruiz Lopera stadium wept openly as Betis joined Recreativo Huelva and Numancia in the second division.



CLUB GP W L D PTS GD Barcelona3827568770Real Madrid38251037831Sevilla FC38211077015Atlético Madrid38201176723Villarreal3818911657Valencia38181286214Deportivo La Coruña38161210581Málaga3815131055-4Mallorca381415951-7Espanyol3812151147-3Almeria381318746-16Racing Santander38121610461Athletic Bilbao381218844-15Sporting Gijon381423143-32Osasuna3810151343-6Valladolid381219743-12Getafe3810161242-6Real Betis3810161242-7Numancia381023535-31Recreativo Huelva38821933-23

El triste destino del soriano que tumbó a Guardiola

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Empecemos con las coordenadas temporales y espaciales, como los malos redactores que no saben cómo darle al start de la escritura: 31 de agosto de 2008, estadio de Los Pajaritos; el recién ascendido Numancia abre la primera jornada de Liga contra el Barça; al timón blaugrana, un bisoño Pep Guardiola vestido de marca y de dudas.

Eduardo Alvarez in Spain

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Only one more La Liga match to go and drama keeps mounting, especially in the relegation zone. On Saturday Recreativo and Numancia were finally condemned to play Segunda Divisón football next season, which cleared things up slightly at the bottom half of the table. However, up to five teams will be fighting to avoid the remaining relegation spot until the very last second next weekend.