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Real Madrid held to see lead cut to four points in Spainupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 18:38:00

Real Madrid saw their lead in Spain's La Liga cut to just four points after being held to a 0-0 draw by Valencia Sunday.

Valencia lead trio of Spanish clubs into Europa League semisupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 18:40:00

Valencia led a trio of Spanish clubs into the semifinals of the Europa League with a 4-0 thrashing of AZ Alkmaar Thursday.

Athletic ability leaves Schalke shell-shocked updated: Thu Mar 29 2012 17:58:00

A glorious attacking display by Athletic Bilbao earned the Spanish side a 4-2 win at Schalke in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals at the Veltins Arena on Thursday.

Football racism: Not Black & White act 2updated: Sat Feb 25 2012 18:06:00

The Beginning -- A look at how English football was born and raised

Controversy as Juve snatch Milan drawupdated: Sat Feb 25 2012 18:06:00

It could prove to be a pivotal moment in the Italian Serie A title race -- Juventus escaped with a 1-1 draw at AC Milan on Saturday after Sulley Muntari's first-half goal was controversially disallowed despite clearly crossing the line.

Messi scores four as Barcelona rout Valencia; AC Milan cruiseupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 05:01:00

Lionel Messi scored four times as Barcelona routed Valencia to keep alive their slim chances of overhauling Real Madrid at the top of Spain's La Liga.

Barcelona through to Spanish Cup finalupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 17:51:00

Barcelona are through to the final of the Spanish Cup after goals from Cesc Fabregas and Xavi Hernandez saw them beat Valencia 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate success.

Inter defeat Genoa to reach last eightupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 17:31:00

Holders Inter Milan are through to the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup, defeating Genoa 2-1 at the San Siro despite coach Claudio Ranieri resting a host of key players.

Juventus return to the top of Serie Aupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 17:42:00

Juventus scored a goal in each half against promoted Novara to return to the top of Serie A Sunday.

Brazil prepares for World Cup in 2014updated: Sat Dec 10 2011 18:38:00

Shasta Darlington talks with Brazil's new Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo about preparations for the World Cup in 2014.

Barca back on top after ending Real's winning streakupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 18:38:00

Barcelona ended Real Madrid's 15-match winning run to snatch back top spot in Spain's La Liga with a 3-1 "El Clasico" victory in the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Real Madrid six clear as Barca crash to first defeatupdated: Sat Nov 26 2011 18:07:00

Real Madrid moved six points clear in Spain after winning a fiery derby match against nine-man Atletico on Saturday and then seeing defending champions Barcelona suffer a shock first La Liga defeat this season.

Mourinho record as Real Madrid survive Mestalla scareupdated: Sat Nov 19 2011 18:37:00

Real Madrid's hopes of winning a first Spanish title since 2008 survived a stern test on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho marked his 50th La Liga match as coach with a tense 3-2 victory at third-placed Valencia.

European round-up: Valencia third in Spain after derby winupdated: Sat Nov 05 2011 19:04:00

Valencia moved above local rivals Levante to claim third place in Spain's La Liga after a 2-0 away victory in Saturday's derby clash.

Messi and Ronaldo net trebles as Barca and Real bounce backupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 18:35:00

Barcelona and Real Madrid have roared back to form ahead of next week's Champions League challenges, with the Spanish giants recording comfortable victories in La Liga on Saturday.

Euro giants falter as Barca, Real and Milan draw updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 18:52:00

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid were both held in La Liga as they battled to unconvincing draws.

Gomez hat-trick sends Bayern top; Valencia mount thrilling comebackupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 18:41:00

A Mario Gomez hat-trick earned Bayern Munich a 3-0 win over Kaiserslautern at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion on Saturday to send them top of the Bundesliga.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Juan Mata transfer to Chelsea doesn't bode well for La Liga's futureupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 20:12:00

Every time they say goodbye, La Liga dies a little. Now Juan Mata has signed for Chelsea from Valencia, just as Sergio Aguero signed for Manchester City from Atlético Madrid. For fans of City and Chelsea, the transfers are fantastically exciting, two great additions to two teams aspiring to win the Premier League. For the Spanish league, they are frightening. Despite the injection of around 75 million euros, the transfers are confirmation of a worrisome trend.

Mata close to Chelsea switch; Kyrgiakos joins Wolfsburgupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 14:26:00

Spain international Juan Mata is poised to Join English club Chelsea after they agreed a deal for the player with Valencia.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Real allows Canales to leave on loan but not without restrictionsupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 10:32:00

So, Sergio Canales will play for Valencia for the whole of the next two seasons. Well, not the whole of them exactly. Canales has moved to Mestalla for two years. According to the agreement reached, Valencia will pay his wages for the two seasons and, at the end of each campaign, it will have a €12 million ($17M) option-to-buy. The other thing the agreement stipulates is that Canales will not be able to play against the club that owns him, Real Madrid. The crapping-yourself-clause strikes again.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Mata looks like latest Valencia star likely to exitupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 11:19:00

Once the tipping point is reached departures become inevitable and the slide becomes harder to arrest than ever; what starts as an emergency solution risks becoming a permanent situation, the enshrinement of inequality and the inability to compete. Handled well, the effects can be palliated but, barring a sudden shift, the trend is unavoidable. Spanish soccer has reached that tipping point. Valencia certainly have.

SI.com: Jen Chang: Galaxy-Red Bulls clash whets the appetite; more Monday musingsupdated: Mon May 09 2011 17:01:00

Some random thoughts coming off the weekend action around the world:

Soccer champ drops trophyupdated: Sat Apr 23 2011 18:32:00

Oops! Soccer champ drops trophy under a bus. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the greatest hits of trophy bloopers.

Messi record as Barcelona bounce backupdated: Sat Apr 23 2011 18:32:00

Lionel Messi scored a record 50th goal this season as Barcelona bounced back from midweek Spanish Cup heartache to maintain an eight-point lead in La Liga on Saturday.

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.

Messi to the rescue as Barca beat Bilbaoupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 17:50:00

Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga on Sunday night with a hard fought 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp.

Nine-man Valencia held by Santanderupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 04:18:00

Fourth-placed Valencia snatched a 1-1 draw at lowly Racing Santander despite having two players sent off on Monday in a result that did little to help either side's Spanish league hopes.

Real go through despite defeat at Levanteupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 17:47:00

Real Madrid went down to a 2-0 second leg defeat to Levante, but still eased into the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup, 8-2 on aggregate.

Real Madrid win to stay in touch with Barcaupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 09:39:00

Real Madrid closed again to within two points of leaders Barcelona with a hard-fought 3-2 win at local rivals Getafe on Monday night with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice.

Bayern Munich seal Gustavo deal as transfer window opensupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 11:18:00

German champions Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of Brazilian defender Luiz Gustavo from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: Valencia's Joaquín on the way backupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 07:20:00

Andrés Iniesta waiting silently for the ball to drop, ready to secure the greatest victory in history -- waiting, as he put it in one interview, for gravity to take hold, for his friend Newton to appear ... David Villa watching, hoping, suspended in time as the ball hits one post, hits the other post and, eventually, sneaks into the corner ... Carles Puyol leaping, head whipping powerfully forward, neck muscles strained, hair everywhere, all Captain Caveman, to smash a header into the German net ... Iker Casillas, on a platform, teammates hanging on to his legs, lifting the World Cup into the air ...

Osasuna battle back for unlikely drawupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 17:53:00

Spanish Primera Liga strugglers Osasuna stunned Champions League-chasing Valencia by coming back from two goals down to earn an unlikely 3-3 draw on Monday.

Man United top group despite being heldupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 17:44:00

Manchester United have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League as Group C winners, despite being held 1-1 at home to Valencia on Tuesday.

Espanyol maintain faultless home formupdated: Sun Nov 21 2010 18:07:00

Espanyol continued their 100 percent home record on Sunday, beating Hercules 3-0 to move up to fourth in the table, one point ahead of Valencia.

Negredo and Alfaro on target as Sevilla down Valenciaupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 18:01:00

Sevilla moved into sixth in La Liga after beating ten-man Valencia 2-0 at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Spain.

Barcelona beat Valencia; AC Milan go top of Serie Aupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 18:01:00

Barcelona produced a masterful second-half display to come from behind and defeat Valencia 2-1 at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

Pirlo strike sends Milan top; Valencia overcome Bilbaoupdated: Sat Oct 02 2010 18:24:00

A stunning 30-yard strike from Andrea Pirlo sealed victory for AC Milan over Parma on Saturday night.

Real lose top spot after drawing blank at Levanteupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 18:08:00

Real Madrid gave up top spot in Spain's La Liga to Valencia after a disappointing goalless draw at promoted Levante on Saturday.

Valencia kick-off La Liga with victoryupdated: Sat Aug 28 2010 19:14:00

Valencia, Athletico Bilbao and Sevilla all recorded victories on the opening day of the season in Spain's La Liga.

SI.com: Sid Lowe: La Liga 2010-11 season previewupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 13:59:00

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.

Fanzone preview: Spain's La Ligaupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 07:16:00

Together they form the world's greatest team -- but now with the start of the La Liga season it's time for Spain to split into it's two bitter factions as Real Madrid and Barcelona once again fight for supremacy. With the self-proclaimed "Special One," Jose Mourinho, now at the helm for Madrid and football's deadliest striker David Villa signing for Barca, it's going to be an explosive season in La Liga. Fanzone reveals what to expect...

Manchester City add Spain's Silva to expensive squadupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 10:47:00

Manchester City announced a deal to sign Spain international David Silva from Valencia on Tuesday as the big-spending English club continued preparations for success in the Premier League next season.

Barcelona sign striker Villa for $49Mupdated: Wed May 19 2010 07:59:00

Barcelona have signed Spain striker David Villa from league rivals Valencia for $49 million, further boosting an already potent forward line.

Fulham dump Wolfsburg out of Europe; Torres books Atletico returnupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 17:35:00

English Premier League side Fulham claimed another scalp in the Europa League as they dumped German champions Wolfsburg out of the competition.

Unstoppable Messi fires second hat-trick of the weekupdated: Sun Mar 21 2010 20:13:00

World Player of the Year Lionel Messi grabbed his second straight hat-trick in Spain's La Liga to power Barcelona to a 4-2 in over Real Zaragoza on Sunday night.

Magical Messi hits Barcelona hat-trickupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 06:20:00

Lionel Messi scored a sensational second-half hat-trick as Barcelona beat 10-man Valencia 3-0 on Sunday, but they remain behind Spanish Primera Liga leaders Real Madrid, who beat Valladolid 4-1 in the late match.

Ribery strike lifts Bayern Munich to summit of Bundesligaupdated: Sun Feb 28 2010 21:13:00

French star Franck Ribery scored the only goal of Sunday's match as Bayern Munich went to the top of the Bundesliga with a home win over fourth-placed SV Hamburg.

Villa double strike gives Valencia winupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 18:45:00

Valencia have moved four points clear of fourth-placed Sevilla in the Spanish Primera Liga after a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Getafe on Monday evening.

Reserves boss Garrido given Villarreal jobupdated: Mon Feb 01 2010 16:39:00

Spanish club Villarreal will wait until the end of this season to appoint a permanent new manager after deciding to give reserve coach Juan Carlos Garrido the reins on a short-term basis.

Villa double strike gives Valencia victoryupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 17:40:00

David Villa joined Lionel Messi at the top of the Spanish goalscoring charts, hitting his 13th and 14th goals of the season as Valencia moved three points behind second-placed Real Madrid after a 4-1 derby win over 10-man Villarreal.

Late Valencia win sends Genoa crashingupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 18:25:00

A last-minute goal from David Villa gave Valencia a 2-1 Europa League win at Genoa on Thursday, a result that knocked the Serie A side out of the competition after Lille's 3-1 victory over Slavia Prague.

Real stay in touch with Barcelonaupdated: Sat Dec 12 2009 18:47:00

Real Madrid snatched a 3-2 victory at Valencia to remain five points behind Spanish leaders Barcelona, who triumphed 1-0 in the Catalan derby with Espanyol earlier on Saturday night.

Real Madrid booed after cup exitupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 05:16:00

Big-spending Real Madrid have crashed out of the Spanish Cup in the second round for the second year in a row after failing to overturn a 4-0 deficit against third-tier club Alcorcon.

SI.com: Gregory Sica: Top 10 South American transfers to watch in Europeupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 15:32:00

If this summer's transfer window is any indication, we can look forward to one of the most exciting European seasons in decades. With the three most expensive transfers in the history of the game recently made for amounts previously unimaginable, the stakes are higher than ever.

Morientes joins Marseille on free transferupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 09:58:00

Former Real Madrid and Monaco striker Fernando Morientes has returned to French football after joining Marseille on a free transfer

The 20 most wanted footballersupdated: Mon Jul 06 2009 15:43:00

For Europe's biggest leagues the football season has ended, the boring business of kicking a ball about is over, and now the real fun can begin as the transfer window opens.

SI.com: World Soccer: Despite crisis, big names will move in summer marketupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 13:46:00

The summer transfer market is a few weeks away from opening and already the signs are that the global financial crisis is forcing clubs to rethink their annual spending.

Villarreal fight back to move up to fifthupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 09:31:00

Villarreal have moved up to fifth position in the Primera Liga, three points behind fourth-placed Valencia, after coming from behind to defeat relegation-threatened Recreativo 2-1 on Thursday for their first win in six matches.

Barcelona turn on style to thrash Sevillaupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 12:11:00

Barcelona restored their six-point lead at the top of the Spanish Primera with a 4-0 rout of Sevilla at the Camp Nou.

SI.com: World Soccer: Heavily in-debt Valencia may be forced to sell starsupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 17:52:00

"International footballer for hire. Available for birthdays, weddings and bar mitzvahs. Children's parties a specialty. Call Valencia CF and ask for David."

Valencia step up bid for Champs League spotupdated: Sun Apr 19 2009 16:45:00

Valencia beat 10-man Sevilla 3-1 on Sunday to step up their bid for the fourth Champions League qualifying spot from Spain.

Villa confirms his commitment to Valenciaupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 10:37:00

Valencia striker David Villa intends to see out his six-year contract with the Spanish Primera Liga club -- even if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Man City in talks with Valencia over Villaupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 18:23:00

Manchester City beat Aalborg of Denmark 2-0 in their UEFA Cup last 16 first leg tie after it's revealed that the Premier League side are in talks to sign striker David Villa from Valencia.

Inzaghi earns AC Milan UEFA draw at Bremenupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 17:44:00

David Beckham made his European debut for AC Milan as a late substutute on Wednesday when the Italian club returned from Bundesliga hopes Werder Bremen with a valuable UEFA Cup 1-1 first leg draw.

Real Mallorca hit Valencia's Champions bidupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 13:48:00

Valencia's Champions League ambitions suffered a huge setback when they crashed to a shock 3-1 defeat against strugglers Real Mallorca on Sunday.

Espanyol beaten by Ejido in Spanish Cupupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 17:38:00

Third division side Polideportivo El Ejido provided the story in Wednesday's Copa del Rey last 16 first-leg matches, as they stunned Primera Liga Espanyol 3-2.

Barcelona open 2009 with fine home victoryupdated: Sat Jan 03 2009 17:56:00

Barcelona continued their charge towards the Spanish Primera title by opening 2009 with a 3-1 home win over Real Mallorca on Saturday night.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: 20 wishes I hope to see for a Happy New Yearupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 11:25:00

It's that time. So why not make a list of things I hope to see in 2009?

Higuain goal gives Ramos first victoryupdated: Sat Dec 20 2008 16:22:00

A third minute goal from Gonzalo Higuain gave Real Madrid a 1-0 victory over Valencia, coach Juande Ramos' first Primera Liga win since taking charge of the Spanish champions.

Eto'o and Messi give Barca 'Clasico' winupdated: Sat Dec 13 2008 18:22:00

Late goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-0 in 'El Clasico' at a rain-soaked Nou Camp on Saturday to move 12 points clear of their rivals in the Primera Liga title race.

Getafe halt Barca's nine-game winning runupdated: Mon Nov 24 2008 06:18:00

Getafe ended Barcelona's nine-game winning run but were denied an away win at the Camp Nou by Seydou Keita's second-half equalizer for the Spanish Primera leaders on Sunday.

Valencia stay top as Real and Barca closeupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 18:17:00

Valencia stayed top of the Spanish Primera with a 1-1 draw at Recreativo Huelva on Sunday while reigning champions Real Madrid moved to within a point of the leaders with a 3-2 win over Athletic Bilbao in a later match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Fernandes gives Valencia the edge in Spainupdated: Sun Oct 05 2008 17:43:00

Manuel Fernandes' second-half goal gave Valencia a 1-0 victory at Valladolid on Sunday to reclaim top spot in the Spanish league from Villarreal on goal difference.

Torres replaces Bojan in Spanish squadupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 13:44:00

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has recalled Fernando Torres in place of Barcelona's Bojan Krkic in a 21-man squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium.

Villa double puts Valencia top of tableupdated: Fri Sep 26 2008 11:05:00

David Villa sent Valencia to the top of the Spanish Primera Liga by scoring both goals in a 2-0 win at Malaga.

Real Madrid dispatch battling Santanderupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 18:04:00

Ruben de La Red and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored second-half goals on Sunday to help reigning champions Real Madrid beat Racing Santander 2-0 in the Spanish league.

How did your team fare last weekend?updated: Tue Sep 02 2008 13:32:00

The big clubs in Spain and Italy were given rude awakenings, as the Primera Liga and Serie A finally got under way. Here, on CNN.com, we'll be bringing you a weekly review of all the previous weekend's action.

Del Bosque names Bojan in Spanish squadupdated: Thu Aug 14 2008 10:33:00

New Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has named Barcelona teen sensation Bojan Krkic in his squad for next week's friendly against Denmark, the nation's first match since winning Euro 2008.

SI.com: World Soccer: Valencia captain Albelda talks about his bizarre snubupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 14:30:00

Spanish veteran David Albelda should have been lifting the European title along with his countrymen in Austria last month. Instead, he missed his chance to even be a part of the Spanish national team -- the defensive midfielder has been locked out of the first team at Valencia in one of the more bizarre controversies in club soccer.

Flores named as new coach at Benficaupdated: Sat May 24 2008 11:26:00

Former Valencia coach Enrique Sanchez Flores has been named as new coach of Benfica on a two-year contract, the Portuguese side announced on Saturday.

Sevilla fifth in Spain after Fazio doubleupdated: Wed May 07 2008 16:40:00

Argentine Federico Fazio struck twice as Sevilla improved their hopes of a second straight season of Champions League football with a 3-0 win at rivals Racing Santander on Wednesday.

Real Madrid leave it late to clinch titleupdated: Sun May 04 2008 17:32:00

Real Madrid clinched the Spanish championship for the second successive season with a dramatic 2-1 victory at Osasuna on Sunday night.

Camacho double boosts Atletico Euro bidupdated: Sun May 04 2008 06:31:00

Atletico Madrid's 18-year-old midfielder Ignacio Camacho scored twice as his side strengthened their bid to play in the Champions League by beating Recreativo Huelva 3-0 and go five points clear of fifth-placed Racing Santander.

Valencia beat Getafe to win Spanish Cupupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 18:19:00

Juan Manuel Mata and Alexis Ruano scored early goals to help Valencia beat Getafe 3-1 in the Copa del Rey final at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid on Wednesday.

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