Villarreal to showcase its flair _ and ceramics _ in US

Europe 11/08/19, 05:27

A short drive through the narrow streets of Villarreal can give you an idea about what matters most in this small city in eastern Spain. Only a few buildings stand out — the large ceramics factories that fuel the local economy and the iconic La Cerámica Stadium that is home to ...

Suarez defends himself after missing Copa del Rey final

Soccer 05/26/19, 14:21

Luis Suarez has defended himself from criticism for undergoing knee surgery that prevented him from playing for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.The Uruguayan released a statement Sunday saying he had no option despite the timing of the final, which Barcelona lost 2-1 to Valencia on Saturday.Suarez said he ...

Valverde under pressure after dismal end to Barcelona season

Soccer 05/26/19, 10:14

A couple of weeks ago, few questioned Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona coach.The team had just won a second straight Spanish league title under his command and was close to making it to the Champions League final after beating Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of the semifinals.The team was also ...

Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey

Soccer 05/25/19, 16:06

Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, denying Lionel Messi the chance to lead his team to a fifth consecutive domestic cup title.Strikers Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno scored after defensive errors by Barcelona in a first half dominated by Valencia.Other than the defending of ...

Barcelona wants to redeem itself with Copa del Rey title

Soccer 05/23/19, 07:35

Although Barcelona is still smarting from its collapse at Liverpool two weeks ago, the team has another cup final to play in this weekend.The Spanish champions can complete a second straight domestic double when it faces Valencia on Saturday in the Copa del Rey final."It's the last game of the ...

Valencia could complete comeback after dismal start

Soccer 05/13/19, 10:21

After a dismal start, Valencia is a couple of wins away from completing an unlikely comeback.The club can secure the final Champions League spot in the Spanish league on Sunday, and a week later it will have a chance to win the Copa del Rey title.Not even Valencia's most hardcore ...

Getafe loses to Barca, drops out of Champions League spots

Soccer 05/12/19, 14:24

Getafe lost 2-0 to Barcelona on Sunday, dropping out of the qualification places for the Champions League with one round left in the Spanish league. The modest southern Madrid club had held on to fourth place for 11 of the last 12 rounds, but it will go into next weekend in ...

Suarez out of Copa del Rey final after knee surgery

Sports 05/10/19, 09:23

Luis Suarez will miss the Copa del Rey final after undergoing knee surgery.Barcelona says the striker underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee.The club plays Valencia on May 25 in the Copa del Rey final. It will be trying to win an unprecedented fifth straight ...

Valencia condemns Nazi, monkey gestures by fans at Arsenal

Soccer 05/03/19, 12:15

Valencia has expressed "utter disgust and absolute intolerance" toward the fans who were filmed making Nazi salutes and monkey gestures during a Europa League semifinal.The Spanish club says the "isolated gestures" that circulated on social media after Thursday's game at Arsenal "in no way represent the Valencian fan base."Though the ...

No winners in race for final Champions League spot in Spain

Soccer 04/28/19, 13:01

First it was Valencia. Then Sevilla. And finally Getafe.Three teams fighting for the coveted final Champions League spot in the Spanish league all lost on Sunday, leaving the race wide open.Valencia lost 1-0 to Eibar, Sevilla also lost 1-0 at Girona, and Getafe was defeated 2-1 by Real Sociedad.With three ...

With Messi at his best, Barcelona had no title rival

Soccer 04/27/19, 16:25

Without Cristiano Ronaldo around to at least keep it interesting, a spectacular Lionel Messi had no rival to stop him from helping Barcelona successfully defend its Spanish league title.Barcelona clinched the crown with three rounds left on Saturday, after Messi scored to beat Levante 1-0 at Camp Nou.But this was ...

Sevilla tops Rayo to stay in fight for Champions League spot

Soccer 04/25/19, 15:12

Sevilla routed last-place Rayo Vallecano 5-0 in the Spanish league on Thursday to stay in contention for the final Champions League spot.The home victory moved Sevilla to fourth place, in the final qualification spot for the European competition. It is one point in front of Getafe, which hosts third-place Real ...

Atletico wins, keeps Barcelona from clinching Spanish title

Soccer 04/24/19, 14:31

Atletico Madrid made sure Barcelona has to wait a little longer to celebrate the Spanish league title.With a 3-2 win over Valencia on Wednesday, Atletico cut Barcelona's lead to nine points and kept the Catalan club from clinching the title — at least until the weekend.Barcelona defeated Alaves 2-0 on ...

Arsenal, Chelsea, Valencia, Frankfurt in Europa League SFs

Soccer 04/18/19, 17:02

Chelsea scored three early goals before surviving a second-half scare to advance to the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday with a 4-3 home win over Slavia Prague, and Arsenal beat Napoli 1-0 to make the last four for the second straight year.In the other second-legged quarterfinal games, Valencia ...

Arsenal, Chelsea, Valencia and Benfica win in Europa League

Soccer 04/11/19, 16:33

Arsenal closed in on the Europa League semifinals with a 2-0 home win over Italy's Napoli on Thursday while Chelsea scored late to earn a 1-0 victory at Slavia Prague.Coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Everton on Sunday, Arsenal produced an attacking display that Napoli was not able to ...

Surprising Getafe strengths grip on 4th place in Spain

Soccer 04/07/19, 11:03

Surprising Getafe is standing its ground in the fight for a Champions League spot in the Spanish league.The southern Madrid club defeated red-hot Athletic Bilbao 1-0 on Sunday to strengthen its grip on fourth place with seven matches remaining.Striker Angel Rodriguez came off the bench early in the second half ...

Benzema scores 2 as Madrid recovers to beat Eibar

Soccer 04/06/19, 11:27

Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid recovered from a poor first half to beat Eibar 2-1 at home in the Spanish league on Saturday.The French striker canceled out an opening goal by Eibar's Marc Cardona before grabbing the winner in the 81st minute.Benzema has been Madrid's best player in ...

Valencia hands Madrid its first loss since Zidane’s return

Soccer 04/03/19, 16:42

Valencia beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the Spanish league on Wednesday, handing Zinedine Zidane his first loss since returning as coach.Goncalo Guedes and Ezequiel Garay scored in each half for Valencia at Mestalla Stadium, before Karim Benzema pulled one back for Madrid in second-half injury time.The result extended Valencia's unbeaten ...

Luis Enrique to miss Spain qualifier for personal reasons

Sports 03/26/19, 08:31

Spain coach Luis Enrique will not be with the squad for Tuesday's European Championship qualifying match at Malta because of personal reasons.The Spanish soccer federation did not provide any details, asking for "discretion and respect" for the coach's privacy.Assistant coach Robert Moreno will instead lead the team.The 48-year-old Luis Enrique, ...

Spain edges Norway 2-1 in first Euro 2020 qualifier

Soccer 03/23/19, 16:52

Sergio Ramos' penalty goal ensured Spain beat Norway 2-1 to start its European Championship qualifying campaign on Saturday.The defender converted his spot kick in the "panenka" style — waiting for the goalkeeper to move before chipping the ball down the middle — in the 71st minute at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium.Spain ...

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