Spanish court to rule on planned La Liga strike - ESPN FC
A Spanish court will decide whether football players can go ahead with their planned strike before the final two rounds of the season. The National Court said on Monday it was summoning the Spanish league (LFP) and the Spanish players' union (AFE) to "hear arguments" on Wednesday before ruling on the league's request that the strike be temporarily suspended.
Toni Kroos back Real Madrid training Gareth Bale works solo - ESPN FC
Real Madrid were handed a fitness boost for Wednesday's Champions League semifinal second leg against Juventus as Toni Kroos returned to training on Monday, though Gareth Bale was restricted to individual gym work. Germany international Kroos was substituted after 25 minutes of Saturday's 2-2 draw against Valencia, leaving the pitch appearing to hold his thigh.
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez Left Out of Mexico Squad for Copa America - Football News
Real Madrid striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has not been named by Mexico coach Miguel Herrera in his 23-man squad for the Copa America in Chile next month. Hernandez is expected to instead feature in the Gold Cup in July, as Mexico prepare for two tournaments this summer.
James prepares Madrid for momentous night - UEFA Champions League - News - UEFA.com
Speaking in the pre-match press conference, the 23-year-old was looking to bring the campaign to a brilliant conclusion. "Juventus played well [in the first leg] but we have a brilliant challenge to reach the final," noted the Colombian, who has made eight UEFA Champions League appearances this season.
Madrid's midfield mess - Ramos experiment highlights Real flaws - Goal.com
The experiment is not over yet. So said Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti when asked about his decision to play Sergio Ramos in midfield in his side's most important matches over the last few weeks. Ramos was surprisingly selected in midfield for Madrid against Atletico in the sides' Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, when his histrionic reaction to an Arda Turan tackle saw the Turk sent off as the tie swung in Real's favor.
Champions League semifinals: Does playing the second leg at home really give Real Madrid an advantage? - Goal.com
From the quarterfinals on there is an open draw, although the venue of each leg remains a key consideration in any draw analysis. By the time we reach the last four, though, are teams playing the second leg at home really more likely to progress? The simple answer is "not really," with the current trend moving further away from the perception that a home second leg is helpful.
Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Castilla miss out promotion - ESPN FC
Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid Castilla team have failed in their bid to get promoted from Spain's third tier this season. Real's B team, which Zidane coaches and also features teenage starlet Martin Odegaard, have no chance of escaping from the Segunda B division following Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to Guadalajara.
Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Getafe | Sky Sports Football
Getafe remain in danger of being relegated from the Primera Division following their 2-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano on Monday night. Pablo Franco's side knew victory would guarantee them another season in the top flight ahead of the final two rounds of matches but they were undone by a goal in each half as Rayo climbed above David Moyes' Real Sociedad into 11th place.
Iago Aspas eyes Liverpool exit for permanent Sevilla move
Iago Aspas has no intention of returning to Liverpool this summer and plans to make his loan move to Sevilla permanent this summer, the forward has told ESPN FC. Aspas joined Liverpool in summer 2013 for £7.7 million (€9 million) from Celta Vigo, but he made just made six starts in all competitions during the 2013-14 campaign -- and scored just one goal in an FA Cup third-round win over Oldham.
Liverpool track La Real defender | Football Espana
Liverpool are monitoring the progress of Real Sociedad central defender Inigo Martinez and could be set to make a bid for the player this summer. The 23-year-old is a product of La Real’s youth academy and has represented Spain once at senior level, coming on as a second-half substitute for Sergio Ramos in a 2-0 friendly win over Ecuador in August 2013.
Two former Osasuna presidents charged with corruption - ESPN FC
The regional court of northern Navarra says a judge has charged former club presidents Miguel Archanco and Patxi Izco and ex-board members Txuma Peralta, Angel Vizcay, Juan Pascual and Diego Maquirriain with misappropriation of funds, false accounting, falsifying documents and corruption.