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Barcelona, Real Madrid post thumping wins; Atletico Madrid stay top
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January 17, 2016

Atletico Madrid maintained their two-point lead, Barcelona and Real Madrid win their contests in convincing fashions.

All eyes on Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid play Deportivo La Coruna
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January 7, 2016

Zinedine Zidane has given little indication of the way he plans to breathe new life into Real Madrid.

Barcelona held to goalless draw, Atletico Madrid take provisional lead in La Liga
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January 3, 2016

Barcelona were held to a goalless draw by Espanyol while Atletico Madrid won 1-0 to provisionally go top of the table.

Jose Mourinho not coming back for now: Real Madrid president
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho winks while waiting for the start of the Champions League group G soccer match between Chelsea and FC Porto at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. Mourinho has left Chelsea with the club languishing one point above the relegation zone just seven months after winning the Premier League title, it was reported on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
December 18, 2015

Jose Mourinho’s time at Real was generally considered a disappointment, with only one La Liga title and one King’s Cup to his name.

Roberto Soldado’s lone goal helps Villarreal upset Real Madrid
Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, right, reacts after failing to score against Villarreal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
December 14, 2015

Real Madrid had won five consecutive games since being thrashed 4-0 at home by Barcelona last month.

Barcelona let two-goal lead slip in draw with Deportivo La Coruna
Football Soccer - Barcelona v Deportivo Coruna - Spanish Liga BBVA - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - 12/12/15 Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts. REUTERS/Juan Medina      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
December 13, 2015

A Lionel Messi free kick and a bullet strike from Ivan Rakitic put Barca in control but they eased up to let slip 2-goal cushion.

Days after French suspension, Karim Benzema trains with Real Madrid
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema of France celebrates after scoring against Athletic Bilbao during their Spanish La Liga soccer match, at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, northern Spain. Karim Benzema has been indefinitely suspended from the French national team on Thursday, Dec. 10, over his involvement in an ongoing blackmail case, throwing a major doubt over his international career. The Real Madrid striker has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail, relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape featuring France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.  (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, file)
December 12, 2015

Karim Benzema tweeted that he respects the decision of the France Football Federation.

Real Madrid’s appeal against King’s Cup expulsion rejected
Football Soccer - Real Madrid v Getafe - Spanish Liga BBVA - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 5/12/15. Real Madrid's coach Rafael Benitez and Real Madrid's Denis Cheryshev (R) enter the pitch before the start of the match. REUTERS/Susana Vera
December 11, 2015

Real Madrid president and the club officials have repeatedly said that they were not notified that Denis Cheryshev was banned.

We were the masters of the match: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique defends team
Barcelona's head coach Luis Enrique gestures to the players during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Valencia at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
December 6, 2015

Barca have 34 points from 14 matches, two ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who won 2-0 at Granada.

Barcelona held at Valencia, Karim Benzema brace rallies Real Madrid
Football Soccer - Valencia v Barcelona - Spanish Liga - Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, Spain - 5/12/15. Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

While Barcelona played out a stalemate, rivals Real Madrid registered a 2-0 win.

Barcelona file complaint against former Real Madrid players
Football - Real Madrid v Barcelona - Liga BBVA - Santiago Bernabeu - 21/11/15
Neymar celebrates after scoring the second goal for Barcelona
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November 30, 2015

Barcelona were irked with the way the former players tried to justify Isco’s heated confrontation with Neymar in El Clasico.

Barcelona go past Real Sociedad 4-0; Atletico de Madrid eke out narrow win
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, is congratulated by his teammate Neymar, after scored during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
November 29, 2015

The strikers’ trio at Barcelona made sure that they consolidate their top position in the Spanish La Liga.

Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane ruled out for three weeks with injury
French national soccer team player Antoine Griezmann, right, whose sister escaped from the concert hall where over 80 people lost their lives in the Paris attacks, stretches with Raphael Varane as they take part in a training session with their teammates at Wembley Stadium in London, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Three days after being caught up in a synchronized terrorist attack in Paris that resulted in the death of over 120 people, France’s players have travelled to London to play a friendly soccer match against England at Wembley Stadium, where there will be a beefed-up security presence and increased checks outside the ground. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
November 28, 2015

Raphael Varane joins the list of injured defenders, including Sergio Ramos and Marcelo Vieira.

In Madrid, tensions run high before El Clasico
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November 19, 2015

Tensions are running high for El Clasico with Europe on high alert following last week’s deadly attacks in Paris.

Stiff security measures in place for ‘El Clasico’ in aftermath of Paris terror attacks
An armed police officer stands outside Horseguards on Whitehall in London, Britain November 18, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Europe is on high alert following the deadly bombings and shootings in the French capital last Friday.

Lionel Messi looking sharp but in doubt for El but Clasico, says Luis Suarez
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November 18, 2015

Lionel Messi is in a fitness battle having returned to training on Monday following a knee injury he picked up at the end of September.

No reason to call off El Clasico, says Spain official
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November 17, 2015

Miguel Cardenal said officials would meet on Wednesday to discuss security at the match at Real’s Bernabeu stadium.

Real Sociedad sacks under-fire coach David Moyes
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November 10, 2015

David Moyes took over at Sociedad almost exactly a year ago after a disappointing spell in charge of Manchester United,

Real Madrid slump to defeat at Sevilla; Barcelona surge to top spot
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Gareth Bale look dejected after the first goal of Sevilla team during their Spanish first division soccer match at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, southern Spain, October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
November 9, 2015

Barcelona lead the table with 27 points from 11 games, three more than Real Madrid while Atletico Madrid are on 23 points.

Valencia score five to go past Celta Vigo
(L-R) Valencia's Daniel Parejo, Andre Gomes and Santos react after their Champions League Group H soccer match against Gent at Ghelamco Arena in Ghent, Belgium, November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman
November 8, 2015

Valencia have not lived up to expectations so far this season following heavy investment in players.

Under fire David Moyes ‘not worried’ about Real Sociedad job
Real Sociedad's head manager David Moyes of Scotland, gestures during their Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Sociedad and Atletico de Madrid, at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.  Atletico de Madrid won the match 2-0. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
November 7, 2015

David Moyes, former Manchester United manager, was considered a risky appointment due to his inability to speak Spanish.

Cristiano Ronaldo tired of Lionel Messi comparisons
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected
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November 6, 2015

Portugal’s star winger Cristiano Ronaldo added that he and Messi are two different persons and have different personalities.

Barcelona strong even without Lionel Messi: Luis Enrique
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November 1, 2015

Barcelona continue to pick up wins despite Lionel Messi’s injury-enforced absence, losing just once since September.

Luis Suarez, Neymar keep Barcelona on track, Real Madrid beat Las Palmas
Barcelona's Neymar, right, celebrates after scoring a goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe, Spain,  Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Despite the absence of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez led Barcelona to 2-0 win.

Jose Maria Gimenez commits howler, Atletico Madrid remain third in La Liga
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October 31, 2015

Jose Maria Gimenez howler gifts Deportivo La Coruna late goal to draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid; latter remain third in table.

Real Madrid won’t rush back injured players, says Rafa Benitez
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October 30, 2015

Real Madrid are joint top on 21 points with Barcelona after nine matches, with the champions playing at Getafe on Saturday.

Luis Suarez hat-trick powers Barcelona to 3-1 win over Eibar
Barcelona's Luis Suarez (R) celebrates his third goal against Eibar during their Spanish first division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
October 26, 2015

This victory takes Barcelona level with Real Madrid on 21 points in the Spanish La Liga table.

Real Madrid stretch lead at top after 3-1 win over Celta Vigo
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October 24, 2015

Real Madrid beat second-placed Celta Vigo 3-1 to go three points clear of the Galicians at the top of the table.

Cristiano Ronaldo hits new high; Neymar leads Barcelona in goal fest
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October 17, 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 324th goal with Real Madrid, to surpass Raul Gonzalez’s mark as the club’s all-time leading scorer.

Luis Suarez, Dani Alves return to Barcelona training
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during a Champions League Group E soccer match between Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Barcelona won 2-1. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Luis Suarez, who had a sore hamstring muscle, was finally back in the field.

Barcelona set to take Arda Turan transfer dispute to CAS
FC Barcelona's Arda Turan, left, talks with his teammate Ivan Rakitic during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.  FC Barcelona will play against Bayer Leverkusen during a Champions League Group E on Tuesday . (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
October 15, 2015

Barceona face transfer ban until January for violation of guidelines and therefore Arda Turan’s transfer stands invalid.

We committed errors: Rafa Benitez unhappy to drop points against Atletico de Madrid
Real Madrid's coach Rafa Benitez gestures to players during their Spanish first division derby soccer match against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, October 4, 2015.   REUTERS/Andrea Comas
October 5, 2015

Real Madrid are joint second in the table with Celta Vigo and Barcelona on 15 points and a win would have seen them leapfrog Villarreal

Luciano Vietto’s late strike helps Atletico de Madrid escape with a draw against Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid's Luciano Vietto (2nd R) celebrates  after scoring a goal during their Spanish first division derby soccer match against Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, October 4, 2015.        REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Luciano Vietto slotted the ball home with seven minutes to go after Karim Benzema had given visitors Real the lead early on.

We are not anywhere near our best at the moment, says Barcelona coach Luis Enrique
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October 4, 2015

With the goal flow slowed, Barcelona’s defending has come under the spotlight.

Barcelona slip to third place in points table after 2-1 loss to Sevilla
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Barcelona remained with 15 points from seven rounds, dropping from second to third place in the standings.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been relentless, season upon season raising that bar: Rio Ferdinand
MALMO : Real Madrid's striker Cristiano Ronaldo arrives to the team's hotel ahead of their Champions League Group A soccer match in Malmo, Sweden, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Real Madrid will play Malmo FF on Wednesday, Sept. 30. AP/PTI(AP9_30_2015_000029A)
October 2, 2015

The ex-England defender noted Cristiano Ronaldo’s growth since arriving at Manchester United as a teenager.