Real Madrid out to put a stop to their post-break struggles vs. Granada - ESPN FC
"I want a lively Granada performance and a Madrid suffering from the FIFA virus," said Granada manager Abel Resino ahead of his side's visit to the Bernabeu on Sunday. He may be in luck. Real's results around international breaks have been up and down this season.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti: Barcelona defeat will make us stronger - ESPN FC
The Italian, who won the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season, believes that his players will come back stronger. He said: "The defeat was hard, but the sensations were good because they returned to play as we wanted and as we know. That will help us win more in the future."
Is Real Madrid losing its Spanish identity? - Goal.com
The European champion no longer boasts a core of homegrown players or footballers from La Roja and could start with only one first-choice footballer from Spain in 2015-16. It is a two-tier policy. Just like in his first mandate as president, Florentino Perez is aiming to build a Real Madrid side made up of some of the world's finest footballers alongside much of the top talent from Spain.
Varane considering Madrid exit? | Football Espana
The Frenchman is seen as Los Blancos’ third-choice centre-back behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe, the latter of whom is 32 and seemingly on the verge of renewing his contract for another two years. Consequently, both Le10Sport and the Daily Express claim he is thinking about leaving the Spanish capital as he realises he may only be able to play regular first-team football elsewhere.
Simeone: Valencia and Sevilla have grown; it's good for La Liga - Inside Spanish Football Inside Spanish Football
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of their game against Córdoba tomorrow, Simeone insisted that the back end of the campaign is going to be a very challenging one. "We have to take things game-by-game more than ever at this stage of the season, because it’s going to be very tough for us," he admitted, "we have to approach the Córdoba game in the best way possible and compete with the intensity that we have done in previous fixtures."
Moyes wants La Real signings | Football Espana
Real Sociedad boss David Moyes has admitted that his squad are in need of reinforcements ahead of Saturday’s trip to Malaga. The Scot has been vocal in his desire to bring in new players since arriving last November, but he is optimistic the club will be able to make the right moves in the transfer market this summer.
Two quickfire goals allow Rayo Vallecano to come from behind and beat Eibar | Sky Sports Football
Mikel Arruabarrena had given the hosts the lead shortly after the half-hour mark from the penalty spot but Alberto Bueno levelled in the 40th minute and moments later Manucho put Paco Jemez's side in front. The visitors survived a late onslaught to record a third straight victory that takes them on to 38 points for the season.
The Miracle of Llagostera: The tiny Spanish team upsetting all the odds | Eurosport
One of the greatest books ever written about football was by the American author and Richard Nixon chronicler Joe McGinniss. In the late 1990s, he spent a year in Italy to write 'The Miracle of Castel di Sangro' about a team from a town of 5,000 in the mountains of central Italy.They'd risen from regional football to the heights of Serie B, an ascent of epic sporting endeavours culminating in an away victory at Genoa. The dream didn't last, became tainted by corruption and Castel di Sangro slipped back again.