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SI.com: Sid Lowe: La Liga meeting agenda wilts when confronted by Real and Barcaupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 09:01:00

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."

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Five things to watch in the Champions League finalupdated: Thu May 26 2011 15:43:00

It's here: the biggest game of the year in world club soccer. Five things to watch for in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United (2 p.m. ET, Fox):

Late Messi strike gives Barcelona victoryupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 20:54:00

Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game with 14 minutes remaining to give Barcelona a 1-0 win at Valencia on Wednesday and send them 10 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish League.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Spanish League's attempt to take credit for Spain's success is farcicalupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 11:29:00

Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan. As the bandwagon passed this summer, it felt like the whole of Spanish soccer -- the whole of Spanish society, in fact -- sought to jump on board. When Spain paraded through a celebrating Madrid, people were queuing up to demand a paternity suit to prove that they had fathered the World Cup winners. And now, as La Liga takes its traditional and frustrating break for international football a single week into the season, the arguments have been revisited. The child is mine. No, mine. Mine. Mine!

Guardiola extends Barcelona contractupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 10:28:00

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has signed a one-year contract extension with the Spanish champions.

Messi named World Player of Yearupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 17:24:00

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named FIFA World Player of the Year in Zurich on Monday, capping a remarkable 2009 for the Argentina star.

Football coaches: Head of the class 2008-09updated: Sat Jun 06 2009 12:20:00

It was a season of the usual highs and lows for football coaches across Europe and the world.

S. Korea makes UEFA historyupdated: Fri May 29 2009 07:51:00

Man U's S. Korean midfielder became the first Asian player in the Champions League final. CNN's Sohn Jie-Ae reports.

'Angry' Manchester United fan kills four in bus attack, police sayupdated: Fri May 29 2009 07:51:00

A man "angered" by Manchester United's defeat to Barcelona in the final of the Champions League killed four people when he drove a minibus into a crowd celebrating the Spanish side's victory, police in Nigeria have told CNN.

Arshavin keen to play in Spanish leagueupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 06:07:00

Andrei Arshavin, one of the stars as Russia have progressed to the semifinals of the Euro 2008 championships, is keen to join a club in Spain, rather than England or Germany, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Real crash to defeat at Deportivo Corunaupdated: Sun Mar 16 2008 05:20:00

Real Madrid's title bid stuttered with a 1-0 defeat at Deportivo Coruna while Saturday's Spanish League action was marred by further crowd trouble at Real Betis which saw their home game against Athletic Bilbao abandoned.

SI.com: Chris Ekstrand: Not your average NBA rookiesupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 21:55:00

The top two scorers in the Spanish League last season are coming to an NBA arena near you this fall. Luis Scola and Juan Carlos Navarro have lots of things in common, but name recognition among NBA fans isn't one of them. That will change once the NBA season gets rolling Oct. 30.

SI.com: Marty Burns: Gasol's close friend set to join Grizzliesupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 01:34:00

Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro is known as "La Bomba" for his long-range shooting and ability to hit driving floaters. Now he's about to drop a bomb on any team hoping to pry Pau Gasol from Memphis.

Deco misses Portugal Euro doubleupdated: Mon Mar 19 2007 15:29:00

Barcelona midfielder Deco has withdrawn from Portugal's squad for their Euro 2008 qualifiers against Belgium and Serbia in order to have surgery on his right hand.

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Beckham ball fetches 28,000 eurosupdated: Thu Jul 22 2004 09:02:00

The ball skied over the crossbar by David Beckham in England's Euro 2004 penalty shootout defeat to Portugal was sold for 28,050 euros on Thursday.

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