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La Liga News: 12 January 2017; Atletico Madrid Advance Despite Loss, Villarreal Extend Mario Gaspar

Villarreal v Monaco: UEFA Champions League Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

La Liga to take legal action against FIFA following World Cup expansion | Sky Sports
A senior source at the Spanish league says they will do everything possible to reverse the FIFA Council's decision to increase the size of the tournament from 32 to 48 teams. La Liga warned Gianni Infantino before Tuesday's vote that they would take legal action if the FIFA president went ahead with his plans.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid and Portugal among Laureus nominees | ESPN
Ronaldo's achievements with club and country through the last calendar year see him nominated in the World Sportsman of the Year category, while Madrid winning the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the European Super Cup and Portugal's success at Euro 2016 has them both on the World Team of the Year shortlist.

Atletico Madrid 2-3 Las Palmas (agg: 4-3): Antoine Griezmann hands Atletico narrow progress | Sky Sports
Griezmann shrugged off the disappointment of finishing third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the world's best player at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday to force home the opener four minutes into the second half.

Mario Gaspar, Jaume Costa sign new contracts with Villarreal | ESPN
Villarreal defenders Mario Gaspar and Jaume Costa have signed new contracts with the La Liga club. Mario, 26, has made over 200 appearances for the Yellow Submarine and has agreed new terms running until 2023, while Costa, 28, will remain at the club until 2021.

Verdu joins Qingdao Huanghai | Football Espana
Experienced Spanish midfielder Juan Verdu has signed for Chinese second division side Qingdao Hainiu, where he will be coached by Jordi Vinyals. Verdu spent four years in Barcelona’s ‘B’ side but never made a first-team appearance for the club, although he did go on to have a distinguished career in Spain at Deportivo La Coruna, Espanyol, Real Betis and most recently, Levante.

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