Football in Spain http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23248/all en UPDATE 1-Soccer-New Chelsea signing Ba could play on Saturday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/update-1-soccer-new-chelsea-signing-ba-could-play-saturday <p>(Adds Benitez quotes and team news)</p> <p>LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Demba Ba could play for his new club Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie at Southampton after completing his transfer to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on a 3-1/2-year contract.</p> <p>Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez said on Friday the former Newcastle striker, who is the joint third highest Premier League goal scorer this season, was eligible for the match and could play.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/update-1-soccer-new-chelsea-signing-ba-could-play-saturday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football CDATA Chelsea Contact Details Demba Ba English footballers Football in England Football in Spain Person Career Petr Čech Quotation Rafael Benítez Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:21:02 +0000 5731131 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Soccer-La Liga summaries http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130105/update-2-soccer-la-liga-summaries <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <p>Jan 5 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the La Liga matches on Saturday Saturday, January 5 Deportivo Coruna 1 Pizzi 57 Malaga 0 Halftime: 0-0; Attendance: 28,000 - - - Granada CF 1 Brayan Angulo 50 Red Card: Mikel Rico 34 Valencia 2 Jonas 59, Pablo Piatti 82 Halftime: 0-0; Attendance: 20,000 - - - Levante 3 Christian Lell 26, Vicente Iborra 45, Nabil El Zhar 69 Athleti</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130105/update-2-soccer-la-liga-summaries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aritz Aduriz Association football CDATA Football in Spain La Liga Pablo Piatti Real Madrid C.F. Sport in Spain Vicente Iborra Thomson Reuters Sat, 05 Jan 2013 21:24:03 +0000 5731256 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Soccer-New coach Domingos leads Depor to surprise win http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130105/update-1-soccer-new-coach-domingos-leads-depor-surprise-win <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <p>* Malaga slump 1-0 at Deportivo</p> <p>* Pizzi gets second-half winner (Updates after Deportivo victory)</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 5 (Reuters) - New Deportivo La Coruna coach Domingos Paciencia made a winning start with a surprise 1-0 home victory over high-flying Malaga in La Liga on Saturday.</p> <p>The former Braga and Sporting boss replaced Jose Luis Oltra at the beginning of the week, taking over a side bottom of the table, and guided them to their third win in 20 games in all competitions this season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130105/update-1-soccer-new-coach-domingos-leads-depor-surprise-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao Deportivo de La Coruña Football in Spain La Liga Pablo Piatti Person Career Sport in Spain Vicente Iborra Thomson Reuters Sat, 05 Jan 2013 21:33:29 +0000 5731261 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Guardiola says to return to coaching next season http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/soccer-guardiola-says-return-coaching-next-season <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed he plans to return to management next season after a year's sabbatical.</p> <p>The Spaniard, who turns 42 this month, stepped down at the end of last term after four triumphant years in which Barca won 14 of the 19 trophies they contested, including two Champions League crowns and three La Liga titles.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/soccer-guardiola-says-return-coaching-next-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football CDATA Football in Spain Josep Guardiola La Liga Pep Guardiola Person Career Quotation Sport in Spain Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:54:50 +0000 5731389 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Soccer-Messi wins Player of the Year for fourth time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-1-soccer-messi-wins-player-the-year-fourth-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Brian Homewood</p> <p>ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Argentina's Lionel Messi, still only 25, was named the world's best player for an unprecedented fourth year running on Monday.</p> <p>The award, officially known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or, came after the Barcelona player scored a remarkable 91 goals in 2012, a record for a calendar year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-1-soccer-messi-wins-player-the-year-fourth-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrés Iniesta Association football Ballon d'Or Cristiano Ronaldo Employment Change FIFA Ballon d'Or FIFA World Cup FIFA World Player of the Year Football in Spain Josep Guardiola Lionel Messi Person Career Quotation Ronaldo Xavi Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:47:41 +0000 5731429 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Rayo see off Getafe to stay in hunt for Europe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-rayo-see-getafe-stay-hunt-europe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>MADRID, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Rayo Vallecano stayed in the hunt for a European qualification place when club captain Piti struck twice in a 3-1 win at home to Madrid rivals Getafe on Monday.</p> <p>The victory at a chilly Estadio de Vallecas lifted Rayo above Valencia and Real Sociedad into seventh and they are two points behind sixth-placed Levante, who occupy the second of Spain's two Europa League berths.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-rayo-see-getafe-stay-hunt-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alhassane Bangoura Community of Madrid Football in Spain Getafe Person Career Vallecas Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:02:16 +0000 5731542 at http://www.globalpost.com WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Messi sweeps to fourth successive award http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/wrapup-1-soccer-messi-sweeps-fourth-successive-award <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Brian Homewood</p> <p>ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi, still only 25, was named the world's best player for the fourth time in a row on Monday after a year in which finally produced his best form for Argentina as well as Barcelona.</p> <p>Messi was handed the FIFA Ballon D'Or award after a typically cheesy ceremony which featured a performance from a giant dancing armadillo named Fuleco, the mascot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/wrapup-1-soccer-messi-sweeps-fourth-successive-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrés Iniesta Association football Cristiano Ronaldo Employment Change FIFA Ballon d'Or FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Human Interest Josep Guardiola La Liga Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Person Career Quotation Radamel Falcao García Ronaldo Xavi Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:02:22 +0000 5731545 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Modric adapting to Spain, says Real team mate Alonso http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-modric-adapting-spain-says-real-team-mate-alonso <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>MADRID, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Xabi Alonso has backed Real Madrid team mate Luka Modric to come good despite an indifferent start to the Croatia midfielder's La Liga career.</p> <p>Modric, 27, left Tottenham Hotspur in August and has started only eight of his new club's 18 La Liga matches and three of six Champions League games.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-modric-adapting-spain-says-real-team-mate-alonso" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Sport in Europe Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:15:04 +0000 5731621 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Buonanotte spares Malaga's blushes against lowly Eibar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-buonanotte-spares-malagas-blushes-against-lowly-eibar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Diego Buonanotte saved Malaga from a potential King's Cup humiliation when he scored twice and created another in a 4-1 comeback win at home to third-tier Eibar that put them through to the last eight on Tuesday.</p> <p>Eibar, who are second in their regional section of the Segunda B division and have never played in the top flight, took a surprise lead in the 12th minute of the last 16, second leg at Malaga's Rosaleda stadium for a 2-1 aggregate advantage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/soccer-buonanotte-spares-malagas-blushes-against-lowly-eibar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Sport in Spain Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:00:22 +0000 5731840 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Soccer-Valencia, Malaga through to King's Cup quarters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-soccer-valencia-malaga-through-kings-cup-quarters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Valencia see off La Liga rivals Osasuna</p> <p>* Malaga suffer scare against third-tier Eibar (Adds Valencia-Osasuna, quotes, byline)</p> <p>By Iain Rogers</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Valencia eased past La Liga rivals Osasuna into the quarter-finals of the King's Cup on Tuesday, while Malaga flirted with danger against third-tier Eibar before a flurry of late goals put them safely into the last eight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-soccer-valencia-malaga-through-kings-cup-quarters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Diego Buonanotte Football in Spain Human Interest Roberto Soldado Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 22:45:26 +0000 5731888 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Quaresma agrees deal to join Dubai's Al Ahli http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-quaresma-agrees-deal-join-dubais-al-ahli <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 9 (Reuters) - Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma has ended his turbulent spell at Turkish side Besiktas after agreeing to join Dubai's Al Ahli on an 18-month contract, local media reported on Wednesday.</p> <p>The 29-year-old former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea forward replaced Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana as one of the four foreign players at the club, the National newspaper said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-quaresma-agrees-deal-join-dubais-al-ahli" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Portugal Football in Spain Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 07:15:16 +0000 5731983 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Majority of Real members say Mourinho is bad for image http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-majority-real-members-say-mourinho-bad-image <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Almost two-thirds of Real Madrid's members believe coach Jose Mourinho has a negative impact on the La Liga club's image, according to a survey published in Marca sports daily on Wednesday.</p> <p>Among 704 members asked at the stadium before Sunday's game at home to Real Sociedad, or by telephone, whether the Portuguese's actions and statements were damaging, 61.6 percent answered yes, with 33.1 percent saying no, Marca said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-majority-real-members-say-mourinho-bad-image" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Jose Mourinho UEFA European Football Championship Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:15:37 +0000 5732070 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Barca rest key players for Cup clash, Adriano returns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-barca-rest-key-players-cup-clash-adriano-returns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Holders Barcelona will rest midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta, centre back Gerard Pique and forward Pedro for Thursday's King's Cup last-16 second leg at home to second-division Cordoba, the club said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Barca have a 2-0 lead from last month's first leg and despite the absence of the Spain quartet should have little trouble securing a last-eight meeting with Malaga, who eliminated third-tier Eibar on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-barca-rest-key-players-cup-clash-adriano-returns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:30:24 +0000 5732074 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Messi sends shirt to Mueller after breaking his record http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-messi-sends-shirt-mueller-after-breaking-his-record <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi has sent a signed shirt to Gerd Mueller after the Argentina forward broke the former Germany striker's record for the number of goals scored in a calendar year in 2012.</p> <p>"For Gerd Mueller, my respect and admiration, a hug," Messi wrote on the shirt, which had his name and number 10 on the back.</p> <p>Messi finished last year with 91 goals for Barcelona and Argentina, six more than Mueller netted for Bayern Munich and Germany in 1972.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-messi-sends-shirt-mueller-after-breaking-his-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Spain Human Interest Lionel Messi Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:45:03 +0000 5732076 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into Cup quarters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-ronaldo-hat-trick-fires-real-cup-quarters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo was the decisive figure for the second time in four days as he scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 victory over Celta Vigo that put them in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup on Wednesday.</p> <p>The Portugal forward, runner up to Lionel Messi in Monday's World Player of the Year awards, netted twice inside the first 25 minutes at the Bernabeu as they sought to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/soccer-ronaldo-hat-trick-fires-real-cup-quarters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football FIFA World Cup Football in Spain Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 23:00:36 +0000 5732399 at http://www.globalpost.com