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Former Deportivo Alaves defender Aritz Borda joins Western Sydney

Aritz Borda
Aritz Borda, left, played for APOEL, Deportivo Alaves and Muangthong United before joining WSW on Tueasday.

The Western Sydney Wanderers have signed experienced Spanish central defender Aritz Borda for the next two A-League seasons.

The 31-year-old comes to the Wanderers from newly promoted La Liga side Deportivo Alaves, who topped the Segunda Division last season, and is a direct replacement for departed countryman Alberto Aguilar.

The signing leaves the Wanderers with two visa spots remaining, having retained Dimas Delgado and recruited Uruguayan midfielder Bruno Pinatares last week.

Borda has also...

Former Liverpool defender Mauricio Pellegrino named as Alaves manager

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Paul Mariner break down what it means for Atletico Madrid to keep Antoine Griezmann at the Estadio Vicente Calderon until 2021.

Former Liverpool defender and first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino has been named head coach of La Liga new-boys Alaves.

The Argentinian replaces Jose Bordalas, who led the club to the Segunda Division title last season and had seen his contract automatically extended by 12 months following promotion.

Pellegrino leaves his role as head coach of Club Atletico Independiente in his home country after only a year in charge.

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Leganes earn first promotion to top flight as Alaves win Segunda Division

Leganes were promoted to the top flight of Spanish football for the first time in their history after winning on the final day of the Segunda Division season on Saturday.

Pablo Insua scored with a header following a corner in the 48th minute to give Leganes a 1-0 win at Mirandes to clinch promotion to the Primera Division.

Leganes were only promoted to the second tier in 2014 and will now find themselves playing alongside the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid next season.

They nearly were...

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Alaves seal promotion back to La Liga after 10-year absence

Alaves secured their place back in La Liga on Sunday evening with a 2-0 win at home to Numancia.

The Basque side, who were beaten 5-4 by Liverpool in a thrilling UEFA Cup final in 2001, were last in the top flight in 2006 and spent four years in the third tier since then.

The club have only enjoyed 11 seasons in the top division in their 86-year history, but that will become 12 after first-half goals from Manuel Garcia and Raul gave them the victory they needed.

Alaves will seal...

Athletic Bilbao sign Segunda 'pichichi'

Athletic Bilbao have confirmed the signing of last season's Segunda Division top scorer Borja Viguera from Alaves for a fee reported to be around one million euros.

Former Real Sociedad youth-teamer Viguera, 27, scored 25 times for Alaves during the 2013-14 season, even as the Vitoria club struggled against relegation for much of the campaign.

Athletic were widely reported to have agreed a move the Logrono-born centre-forward through recent months, and the transfer was confirmed via a short statement...