Novak Djokovic has had plenty to say about the blue clay at the Madrid Masters and he was in no mood to change his mind after a minor scare on his first competitive outing on the new surface.
Britain's Andy Murray has suffered a blow in his preparations for the French Open as he was forced to pull out of next week's Madrid Open Friday.
Bayern Munich will enjoy home advantage when they play Chelsea in the European Champions League final after defeating Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu following Wednesday's dramatic penalty shootout.
Spanish King Juan Carlos underwent hip replacement surgery in Madrid Saturday morning following an accidental fall abroad, according to the Royal Household.
Madrid's Huge Wholesale Fish market is a target for unions in the nationwide general strike. Al Goodman explains why.
A Spanish pimp ring is busted. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports women forced into prostitution were marked with a bar code.
A Spanish National Police investigation into two Madrid prostitution rings led to the rescue of a captive 19-year-old woman who was tattooed with a barcode on her wrist after she tried to escape the ring, authorities said Saturday.
Nine suspected Islamist militants went on trial in Madrid Tuesday, charged with plotting terrorist attacks in two Spanish enclaves on Morocco's north coast just across the Mediterranean Sea from the Spanish mainland.
Unions in Madrid hold protests against austerity measures on the eighth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings.
Union protesters marched across Spain Sunday as mourners marked the eighth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings.
Spain on Sunday marks the eighth anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, this year embroiled in controversy over a decision by unions to hold nationwide protests over the economic crisis.
Even when it's not about them it's about them. The big issue in Spain over the last week or so has been the final of the Copa del Rey: wherever you look, they're indulged in the same, familiar argument. Seeped in the same hatred and the same suspicion, it follows familiar lines -- the constant search to feel offended, to demonstrate the other side's moral inferiority. A playground argument: You started it, no you did. You're the bad guys, no you are. Everyone everywhere seems to be talking about the rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and how that will play out at the Spanish Cup final.
Here's a date for your diaries: March 27, 2012. That's the earliest that Real Madrid and FC Barcelona can meet each other again. That's when they will play if they get drawn together in the quarterfinal of the Champions League -- and if the first clash is on the Tuesday. If they meet in the semifinal, they cannot face each other until April 17. If that happens, they will play three times in eight days, or possibly maybe even three times in six, because the second league game will be on April 21 or 22.
Why doesn't José Antonio Reyes get a call-up for the Spanish national team?
It was Fernando Roig who said it best, explaining the truth that lies behind the Spanish League or the LFP. "You go to a league meeting and you discuss things, you explain, you talk about your position for half an hour," the Villarreal president told the radio station Cadena Cope, "and then it turns out to be completely worthless. There you are making proposals, analyzing the situation and it means nothing because the decision has been taken by in some restaurant the day before the meeting. You can talk, but the decision has been made and there is nothing you can do."
Two games, 11 goals and one mighty familiar looking league table. A player's strike denied the Spanish league its opening round of games and put everything back by seven days, turning Week Two into Week One, but it only delayed the inevitable. And the inevitable still arrived with indecent haste, not even hanging on for a fortnight or two. When it did, it brought with it laments and arguments.
Pope Benedict XVI is in Madrid, Spain for World Youth Day. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
Rio de Janeiro will host the next World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday to hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholic pilgrims at the close of this year's event in Madrid.
The mayor of the Spanish capital Madrid confirmed Wednesday the city will bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.
CNN's Al Goodman reports on protesters in Spain rallying against economic changes.
Tens of thousands of protesters converged on central Madrid Sunday as the so-called May 15 movement pushing for political and social change in Spain again took to the streets.
Protesters dismantled a sprawling tent camp in Madrid's central Puerta del Sol plaza on Sunday, nearly a month after it sparked large nationwide demonstrations and similar encampments in other cities to demand changes in Spain's political and economic system.
Spaniards voted Sunday in local and municipal elections forecast to inflict deep losses to the ruling Socialists as a week-long protest over mass unemployment continued.
Economic and political protests continue ahead of Sunday elections in Spain. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
As Madrid marks the anniversary of the 2004 train bombings, an emergency worker returns to the scene for the first time.
Four suspected Islamic militants are due to go on trial Thursday afternoon in Madrid for allegedly aiding fugitives from the Madrid train bombings of 2004, a National Court spokesman told CNN.
MADRID -- Jose Mourinho was fighting a losing battle Wednesday night. Not on the pitch, but off it. Real Madrid finally won a knockout tie in the Champions League, the competition that it likes to think it has a hold of and the one that certainly has a hold over it. After six years of failure, it finally reached the quarterfinal, a huge roar greeting the final whistle as it defeated Lyon 3-0. By its own measure -- and the European Cup is the team's measure -- the biggest club of all had stopped being a big club at all. Now, at last, it is back.
Friday marks the seventh anniversary of the Madrid train bombings -- coordinated attacks on four morning-rush commuter trains that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800.
In advance of the seventh anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, ambulance technician Esther Lopez went back for the first time to the scene where she aided the wounded and transported the bodies of the dead.
Police in Spain found the body of missing U.S. college student Austin Taylor Bice, 22 early Tuesday in Madrid, authorities said.
The family of an American college student who has been missing for more than a week in Madrid has hired private investigators from California to help search for him, the student's father told CNN on Monday.
Friends of an American college student who has been missing for a week in Madrid searched for him Saturday near a discotheque where he was last seen.
An American college student has not been seen since early last Saturday after a night out with friends in the Spanish capital. His father, who has since rushed from San Diego, California, to Madrid, is hopeful the police will find him.
Álvaro Arbeloa promised to keep fighting despite Real Madrid's defeat at Almería last Sunday night. Teammate Sergio Ramos shook his head and lamented the result: It's hard, he said after the game, to take this defeat. Kaká, meanwhile, was defiant: "I don't think this defeat is definitive," he was reported as saying in the sports newspaper AS.
Spanish police bust a large drug lab in Madrid. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
Police in Madrid seized what they called the "largest and most sophisticated cocaine laboratory" in Europe known to date, and arrested 25 people, Spain's national police said in a statement on Tuesday.
Here's one man's choice for Real Madrid's Team of the Decade, 2000-2010:
Contrary to what you might have heard, the world will not end on Monday night. The sun will rise on Tuesday morning. And there is life beyond the clásico.* It's just that right now, it doesn't feel like it -- it feels like nothing else matters, like no other games exist, like no other teams do. Every year Barcelona versus Madrid, already the biggest club game in world soccer, seems to get bigger. Even the old title seems worthless now. Derby? No thanks, this is the clásico. It's even moved on from that. Now it's the Super Clásico. Carry on like this and soon we'll run out of superlatives.
An off-duty police officer named Angel leaped off a subway platform Friday in Madrid, Spain, and dragged a fallen man off the tracks just as a train arrived.
Greatness is not measured in medals alone but in style. "Great clubs," Arrigo Sacchi said, "have had one thing in common throughout history, regardless of era and tactics. They owned the pitch and they owned the ball. That means when you have the ball, you dictate play and when you are defending, you control the space."
MADRID -- And so the iron curtain came down. No, not in East Europe; in Northeast Madrid. There is something cinema-esque, something consciously, almost laughably melodramatic about the way prying eyes are kept off the training pitch at Real Madrid's Valdebebas HQ, out near Barajas airport. It's hard to see it happen and not think: Smoke and mirrors. It's hard not to giggle and think of spies and the Communist bloc.
Every summer, football clubs all over the world throw their money away. In Granada CF's case, quite literally. One morning in July, the Spanish second-division team awoke to find that the money earned from season-ticket sales -- which it had handily "stored" in bin bags -- had been thrown out by the cleaner. Already racked by debt and in administration, Granada had lost an estimated $500,000 thanks to a woman with a mop and bucket. Luckily, in the end most the cash was found in a recycling box.
CNN's Don Riddell braves crowds in Madrid as football fans await their country's World Cup finals clash.
Chaos reigned in Madrid Tuesday as a strike shut down the Spanish capital's metro system, forcing roughly 2.5 million riders to fill buses and taxis, reported CNN's sister network CNN Plus.
Afghan and Pakistani government officials will attend for the first time a meeting in Madrid on Monday with special envoys from 33 other nations, including the United States and China, to discuss peace efforts in the war-torn region, a senior Spanish diplomat said.
CNN's Pedro Pinto tracks the paths Inter Milan and Bayern Munich took to the Champions League football final in Madrid.
Venus Williams is through to the final of the Madrid Open, where she will face Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai, after crushing Shahar Peer in straight sets on Saturday.
Desperation makes for strange bedfellows. And no, we're not talking about David Cameron and Nick Clegg coming together to find the keys for No. 10 Downing Street after a British general election that left a hung parliament and no outright winner -- although there is certainly plenty of politics involved.
World No. 1 Serena Williams survived the longest match of her career to bounce back from her Rome disappointment and reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday.
With more flights beginning to take off on schedule, airlines are attempting to clear the backlog of passengers who have been waiting for days because of the volcanic ash cloud over Europe.
Real Madrid recovered from going a goal behind to beat rivals Atletico Madrid 3-2 on Sunday to return to the top of the Spanish Primera Liga ahead of Barcelona.
A Spanish court Wednesday convicted five men accused of Islamic terrorist activities that included aiding fugitives from the Madrid train bombings of 2004 and planning other attacks.
The week after Wimbledon, Stacey Allaster was officially named the new CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Since then, a former No. 1 player returned and won the U.S. Open. The Tour's most marketable star blew a gasket in the U.S. Open semifinals, a meltdown that became an international cause célèbre. One Belgian was suspended for an anti-violating simply because she failed to keeps administrator advised of her whereabouts. Another Belgian, a seven-time Grand Slam champ, is returning. And the WTA's title sponsor is, by most accounts, a longshot to renew. Otherwise, it's been an uneventful 150 days.
A Spanish judge indicted seven suspected Islamic militants Monday for allegedly helping some perpetrators of the Madrid train bombings in 2004 to flee Spain after the attacks, according to a copy of the order.
Spanish police have arrested a priest and 33 others in an alleged "marriage of convenience" scam in which mostly Colombians immigrants, linked to drug trafficking, wed Spaniards to get residency papers.
A 92-year-old woman with cocaine strapped to her body flew all the way from Brazil to Spain before police arrested her, in a wheelchair, at Madrid's airport.
Two Somalis suspected of piracy will appear Tuesday before a Spanish judge, hours after they were transported by the military to Madrid, a court spokesman said.
Ed Henry talks to Creshon Saunders about the trip President Obama will take to lobby for the 2016 Olympics in Chicago.
From hot dogs in the American heartland to the sexy samba on South American beaches, from traditional Kabuki theater amid high-tech modernity to European culture and sophistication, four international cities hope to showcase what they have to offer the world on the Olympic stage.
On Friday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will choose the city that will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, the four finalists, will each make a 45-minute presentation before the IOC members Friday afternoon in Copenhagen. They are likely to highlight their bid's assets and address some of the questions raised in the IOC's site evaluation report released earlier this month. The winning city should be announced between noon and 1 p.m. Eastern Time in the U.S.
Just before the first anniversary of a Spanish airliner crash that killed 154 people last August 20 at Madrid's airport, government investigators released a report Monday, saying technical and human errors may have contributed to the accident.
A Moroccan man wanted for links to the Madrid train bombings in 2004 was brought to Spain from France on Wednesday, a Spanish police statement said.
Brazilian playmaker Kaka was officially presented as a Real Madrid player, after being handed the number eight jersey in front of thousands of supporters and a huge media contingent at the club's Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday evening.
CNN's Al Goodman reports why Real Madrid fans are so over the moon for their new superstar.
Andy Murray's title defence at the Madrid Open came to an end late on Friday as he lost his quarterfinal match to Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets.
A Spanish court convicted four men Tuesday but acquitted 10 others of charges that they helped four suspects from the Madrid train bombings to flee.
A Spanish pathologist who specialized in a human strain of mad cow disease died Saturday, and officials suspect the disease played a role in his death, officials said.
If a week is a long time in politics, it can be forever in soccer. Seven days was all it took to completely change attitudes on both sides of Spain's great divide and reopen a title race that appeared all over.
Real Madrid bounced back from their Champions League humiliation by Liverpool to beat 10-man Athletic Bilbao 5-2 in a thrilling and fiery encounter at San Mames.
Madrid plans a quiet ceremony for fifth anniversary of train bombings. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
For five years, the horrible memory has lingered in the minds of Madrid's commuters, quietly riding their trains into the heart of the city. The pain is easing, but it's a nagging ache just the same.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was set to address an international meeting on combating hunger in Madrid on Tuesday, the first such event since the global financial crisis hit hard.
CNN's Lonzo Cook was there as thousands of protesters marched through the streets of London against the action in Gaza.
Thousands of demonstrators in Madrid Sunday called for a halt to Israel's attacks on Gaza, in a protest whose sponsors included Spain's ruling Socialist Party.
A heavy snowstorm caused chaos Friday at Madrid's Barajas Airport, where flights were suspended for hours before Europe's fourth-busiest airport reopened in the late afternoon.
A suspected Colombian drug boss was shot dead Thursday in a hospital in Madrid, CNN sister station CNN+ reported, citing police sources.
A Moroccan court sentenced a Moroccan man to 20 years in prison for his role in the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in a case built on evidence from Spanish police, a Spanish court spokeswoman said Friday.
These are difficult days for the Calderóns -- Ramón, the Real Madrid president, and Vicente, the Atlético Madrid stadium -- as both are forced to defend their honor in the face of what they deem to be "conspiracies" against them.
Real Madrid have agreed to sign Netherlands striker Klaus-Jan Huntelaar from Ajax for an initial euro20 million ($25.4 million).
Raul Gonzalez scored an early goal to help Real Madrid beat BATE Borisov 1-0 in Group H to earn a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Third-division Real Union upset Real Madrid 3-2 in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, continuing the Spanish champions' poor record in the competition they have not won since 1993.
Alessandro Del Piero and Amauri scored early in each half as Serie A hopes Juventus grabbed the lead in their Champions League group with a vital 2-1 home win against Real Madrid.
A judge in Spain has freed most of 12 suspected Islamic terrorists he ordered to be arrested a week earlier, saying there was not enough evidence to hold them, an official said Tuesday.
The Spanish judge investigating an August plane crash that killed 154 people in Madrid will question three mechanics on suspicion of manslaughter, a Madrid Superior Court spokesman said Thursday.
A Madrid court says the judge probing the Spanair plane crash that killed 154 people in August has called in three mechanics for questioning on suspicion of manslaughter
A Spanish court on Tuesday agreed to temporarily extradite a man convicted in the 2004 Madrid train bombings to Morocco, where he faces charges in connection with the Casablanca bombings in 2003, a court spokeswoman told CNN.
Jose Maria "Guti" Gutierrez scored the 5,000th Spanish league goal in Real Madrid's history to help the defending champions beat newly-promoted Numancia 4-3 on Sunday for their first win of the season.
Relatives of a woman killed in a Spanish airline crash were erroneously given the remains of another victim, and then were asked by authorities to return them, CNN partner network CNN+ reported Thursday.
A woman who survived last week's Spanair airline crash in Madrid left the hospital Tuesday, saying she was "born again" by the disaster.
A woman who survived this week's devastating plane crash in Madrid said Saturday the aircraft struggled to gain altitude
A Spanair MD-82 airliner was not on fire as it took off from Madrid's airport but lifted off slightly into the air, fell back to the ground and caught fire only after skidding off the side of the runway, a source familiar said Friday.
DNA tests will be needed to identify many of the 153 people killed in a Spanish plane crash, officials said Thursday.
A gauge indicating that overheated air was entering a Spanair jetliner forced pilots to abandon a takeoff about an hour before the plane crashed in flames, but airline officials refused to speculate on the cause of the accident that killed 153 people
An investigation is underway into what caused the plane to crash upon takeoff
The MD-82 model plane which crashed in Madrid Wednesday killing 'most' of the 172 people onboard has been the workhorse of many U.S. carriers for years, CNN Aviation Correspondent Richard Quest says.
Spain expelled a Syrian Tuesday who was convicted last year but later acquitted on appeal of a role in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, a Spanish Interior Ministry spokeswoman said.
Joyous Spanish fans partied hard into the early hours Monday morning after their side defeated Germany 1-0 to claim their first major football title in 44 years.
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