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Spanish FA chief released on bail

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Madrid (AFP) – Deposed Spanish FA chief Angel Maria Villar was released on bail on Wednesday after two weeks in custody on charges of corruption, according to an AFP journalist.

Villar, 67, was arrested on July 18 on suspicion of falsifying documents, misappropriation of funds, collusion and administrative breaches linked to skimming profits from international friendly games.

Villar resigns from FIFA and UEFA roles

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Lausanne (AFP) – Deposed Spanish football boss Angel Maria Villar, in custody on corruption charges, has resigned as vice-president of both FIFA and UEFA, the two governing bodies announced on Thursday.

The 67-year-old’s near three-decade tenure as head of the Spanish federation ended this week when he was suspended following his arrest on July 18.

Spanish FA chief Villar banned amid graft probe

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar, in custody following his arrest on corruption charges, was suspended for a year on Tuesday by the country’s sports ministry (CSD), a spokesperson told AFP.

The suspension was decided during a meeting of the CSD executive committee in Madrid, after the Spanish administrative sports tribunal opened disciplinary proceedings against Villar.

Spanish FA chief Villar banned amid graft probe

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar, in custody following his arrest on corruption charges, was suspended for a year on Tuesday by the country’s sports ministry (CSD), a spokesperson told AFP.

The suspension was decided during a meeting of the CSD executive committee in Madrid, after the Spanish administrative sports tribunal opened disciplinary proceedings against Villar.

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Friday Kickoff: Suarez, Wenger, Maradona and more

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Spain's governing body upheld a striker's suspension despite an appeal while one manager says he isn't feeling the heat this weekend.

Luis Suarez's ban was upheld by the Spanish federation, meaning the Barcelona striker will miss the Copa del Rey final against Deportivo Alaves. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says he does not feel pressure regarding his job, but the Arsenal manager did admit that the club's season is at stake this weekend against Hull City.

Mid-Day Ticker: Gomez scores again, Tevez out of FA Cup derby and more

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Herculez Gomez is at it again.

A year after Gomez led the Mexican Clausura in goals with 10 for Puebla, the American striker is putting together another strong run of form in the spring, scoring in his second consecutive match in Pachuca's 4-2 loss to Tigres Wednesday night.

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Spanish federation makes it official: Real Madrid is out of Copa del Rey

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Real Madrid have been thrown out of the Spanish Cup after fielding an ineligible player in their tie against third-tier side Cadiz on Wednesday, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Friday.

In the first leg of their fourth-round tie on Wednesday Russian international Denis Cheryshev not only started the match but also opened the scoring in Madrid's 3-1 win.

Spanish federation makes it official: Real Madrid is out of Copa del Rey

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Real Madrid have been thrown out of the Spanish Cup after fielding an ineligible player in their tie against third-tier side Cadiz on Wednesday, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Friday.

In the first leg of their fourth-round tie on Wednesday Russian international Denis Cheryshev not only started the match but also opened the scoring in Madrid's 3-1 win.

La Liga strike averted after Spanish High Court ruling

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Great news for La Liga fans, theSpanish High Court has provisionally suspended the planned player's strike in La Liga thatwas set to begin tomorrow, which means that league action will return on Sunday.

The strike was initially called by both the Spanish Federation and the players union as they disagreed with the government's proposed new law regarding the collective bargaining for TV rights, and had placed the remaining tworounds of league fixturesand the Copa del Rey final in jeopardy.

La Liga strike averted after Spanish High Court ruling

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Great news for La Liga fans, theSpanish High Court has provisionally suspended the planned player's strike in La Liga thatwas set to begin tomorrow, which means that league action will return on Sunday.

The strike was initially called by both the Spanish Federation and the players union as they disagreed with the government's proposed new law regarding the collective bargaining for TV rights, and had placed the remaining tworounds of league fixturesand the Copa del Rey final in jeopardy.

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Your Running Commentary

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The second Clasico in as many weeks takes place at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where Real Madrid will attempt to overturn a 3-2 deficit to bitter rival Barcelona in the second leg of the Spanish SuperCopa (4:30 p.m., ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes).

Barcelona battled back for the opening-leg win after Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the second half last Thursday, getting an equalizer from Pedro a minute later that was followed by consecutive goals from Lionel Messi and Xavi.

Mid-Day Ticker: Martinez to Bayern done; Barca, Madrid hit with bans & more

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Javi Martinez is officially a Bayern Munich player.

After an on-again, off-again transfer saga, the Spanish international has completed his move from Athletic Bilbao to the German giants for a €40 million fee that was necessary to trigger a buy-out clause in his contract.

Super Cup ‘Clasico’ changed due to awards ceremony

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The second leg of the Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been brought forward a day as 11 of the potential participants are up for Europe's player of the year award on August 30.

"UEFA have asked the Spanish federation (RFEF) to change the date for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, from Aug 30th to the 29th.

Vilanova puts Mourinho eye-poke in the past

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Barcelona's new coach Tito Vilanova refused to contribute to the controversy over the lifting of Jose Mourinho's and his bans after last year's infamous eye-poke incident as he started work at the Nou Camp.

Pep Guardiola's former assistant, who has since stepped up to the top job, was deliberately poked in the eye by Real Madrid boss Mourinho during a melee on the touchline at the end of last season's Spanish Super Cup between the sides.

Jose Mourinho’s Eye-Poke Ban Lifted For Spanish Cup

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's ban for poking Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova in the eye last year was lifted Tuesday, clearing the way for the pair to meet at the Spanish Super Cup next month.

Mourinho had been banned for poking Vilanova in the eye during an on-field brawl at the end of a Super Cup match last year.

Sandro Rosell Whining About Referees

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Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has criticised the performance levels of Spanish referees this season.

Rosell's club felt aggrieved by the decision of the Spanish federation's competitions committee not to punish Real Madrid utility man Pepe for appearing to stamp on Barca forward Lionel Messi's hand earlier this month.

Barcelona Kicks Off New La Liga Season Away To Malaga

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Barcelona will begin defence of their La Liga title at Malaga when on the weekend of Aug. 20/21, the Spanish federation (RFEF) said on Wednesday.

Real Madrid will kick-off start the season at home as they will play Athletic Bilbao. Valencia, who finished third last season, will travel to Osasuna.

Barcelona Kicks Off New La Liga Season Away To Malaga

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Barcelona will begin defence of their La Liga title at Malaga when on the weekend of Aug. 20/21, the Spanish federation (RFEF) said on Wednesday.

Real Madrid will kick-off start the season at home as they will play Athletic Bilbao. Valencia, who finished third last season, will travel to Osasuna.

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Spain Names Preliminary Olympics Squad

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Spain has named its preliminary squad for this summer's London Olympics and it includes two members of Spain's Euro 2012 winning side; Juan Mata and Jordi Alba

Mata's involvement is not a surprise after he agreed his commitment to Spain's Olympic plans with Chelsea earlier this summer:

"I have confirmed with Chelsea that I can play the Olympics" said Mata.

Real Madrid And Barcelona Say No To Super Cup In China

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Two weeks ago I wrote how I thought The Spanish Federation (RFEF) had sold out in agreeing to move the Spanish Super Cup to China. Well it seems that Real Madrid and Barcelona agree as the two La Liga giants have refused plans to play the Spanish Super Cup in Beijing, regardless of the previous arrangement made among the Spanish Football Federation and the Chinese promoter United Vansen International Sport.

RFEF Sells Out As Spanish Super Cup Is Heading To China

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The Spanish federation (RFEF) has agreed a preliminary deal with Chinese promoter United Vansen International Sport for the Spanish Super Cup to take place in Beijing beginning in 2013.

The two-legged, season-opening tie, which pits the La Liga champions against the Copa del Rey holders, will be played in the Bird's Nest stadium in the Chinese capital, the federation said in a statement on their website.

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FC Barcelona Banned from Transfer Market by FIFA!

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This news is bad, extremely bad. It ois reported in FIFA's website that FC Barcelona has been banned from the transfer market for two consecutive season after they were found in breach of a number of regulations regarding international transfer of minor players. As per the report Barcelona would not be allowed to sell or buy players until the summer of 2015.

Spain's Villa ruled out for Euro 2012

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David Villa will not be playing for Spain at this summer's European championship.

The injured Barcelona striker has been ruled out of contention for the defending world and European champions, according to a statement released by the Spanish federation on Tuesday.

For Villa, who broke his left leg in the FIFA Club World Cup in December and has not played since, it was always an uncertainty that he would be fit in time for this summer's tournament.

Could Mourinho be facing a 15 match ban?

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According to The Sun, the Sleazy One could be facing up to a 15 match ban for his organ trafficking ways. The Spanish Federation woke up to the world chortling at their lack of spine. At the very least a 4 match ban is contemplated.

“La Roja” Triumph in Times of Crisis: The Spanish National Team and Nationalism After 2010

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On June 7th, the Spanish national team played the second of two international friendlies in the Americas. The first was an energetic 4-0 victory over the United States in Boston; the second, in Caracas, another dominating win against the Venezuelan team.

The match was noteworthy in contrast to the previous set of friendlies played by Spain since the World Cup.

Not even a strike can stop Barcelona

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MADRID. Spain — Barcelona shrugged off a hastily-arranged five-hour train and coach journey to clinch a 3-0 win at Osasuna on Saturday to stay top of the Spanish first division, two points clear of Real Madrid who beat 10-man Valencia 2-0. Lionel Messi scored a second-half brace with his 14th and 15th league goals of [.