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La Liga News: 1 January 2016; Augusto Fernandez Joins Atletico Madrid, Villarreal Beat Valencia

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Real Madrid 2015 a complete reversal from successful 2014 - ESPN FC
On Dec. 20, 2014, Real Madrid easily defeated Argentina's San Lorenzo to win their fourth world title. One year later, the memories of that final in the cold and inhospitable outskirts of the otherwise enchanting Moroccan city of Marrakesh, as well as those of the glorious months of November and December, feel almost like a dream.

Isco asks to leave Madrid? | Football Espana
Isco has reportedly asked to leave Real Madrid in January if Rafa Benitez stays on as Coach. According to Onda Cero, the midfielder is upset with the 55-year-old for his lack of first-team opportunities this season, having not played a minute of Los Blancos’ last two games.

Real Madrid and Barcelona get calls and Neville winless - ESPN FC
La Real were the better, more coherent side for long spells, only for referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez to award two debatable penalties to the home team, after missing a much clearer foul by Pepe on Jonathas at the other end. Visiting president Jokin Aperribay was so enraged that he told Gonzalez Gonzalez at half-time he was going to make a police report for "robbery".

Augusto Fernandez joins Atletico Madrid from Celta Vigo - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid have finalised the signing of midfielder Augusto Fernandez from La Liga rivals Celta Vigo for a reported fee of €6.5 million. Augusto, 29, is seen as an experienced replacement for long term absentee Tiago Mendes, who is set to miss most of the rest of the season with a fractured tibia.

HOT FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP: Simeone to Manchester United? | Eurosport
Today’s biggest transfer news concerns poor old Louis van Gaal again. Someone is being linked with his job again. According to The Sun, several Manchester United players believe Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will be their new boss at Old Trafford.

Torres more than just goals | Football Espana
Upon his return though, the outlook was a much more auspicious one. Torres’ homecoming saw him join the club during a triumphant period, and it was clear that the 31-year-old wanted to work with the man who had steered his club towards security and success. These are things that Torres never experienced during his first spell with Los Colchoneros, where he had actually started his professional career as they fought for promotion from La Segunda.

Valencia have chance to beat Real Madrid - Gary Neville - ESPN FC
Valencia coach Gary Neville says his team are capable of beating Real Madrid in Sunday's La Liga clash at Mestalla. Neville has had a tough start to his coaching career in La Liga, with Thursday's 0-1 defeat at Villarreal meaning his side have taken just two points from his first three games in charge.

Villarreal beat Valencia through Bruno Soriano goal - ESPN FC
Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano scored with a brilliant free kick to earn a 1-0 win over regional rivals Valencia in La Liga on Thursday. Soriano curled a left-footed strike just inside the far post to claim a deserved winner for the hosts in the 64th minute, after Roberto Soldado had been fouled outside the area.

Real Sociedad president threatens to report referee to police | Sky Sports
The claim was made in the referee's post-match report, stating that Sociedad chief Jokin Aperribay entered his changing room at half-time to complain about key decisions made during the La Liga tie. As reported by Spanish newspaper AS, it is alleged Aperribay told the referee: "This is shameful. You have come here to rob us and I will be filing a complaint to the police."

Yellow card on Real Betis keeper Antonio Adan overturned - ESPN FC
The Spanish Football Federation's disciplinary committee on Thursday overturned the yellow card shown to Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan during Wednesday's 4-0 loss to Barcelona. Referee Bikandi Garrido booked the goalie for colliding with Lionel Messi, when in reality Adan had fairly punched a dangerous Ivan Rakitic cross clear before the collision happened, with both players going for the ball.