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Saul Niguez: I'm 'sorry' Atletico Madrid will knock Elche out of Copa del Rey

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has warned friends and family that his team are serious about winning the Copa del Rey this year as he prepares for a meeting with hometown club Elche in the round of 32.

Saul is a lifelong supporter of Elche, where his father Jose Antonio played as a striker from 1981-88, but Los Franjiverdes have slipped down to the third tier following a forced relegation for financial issues in 2015.

Ahead of Atletico's visit to the east coast town, the Spain international...


Real Madrid must pay €18.4m in land case - Madrid city

Florentino Perez
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was in charge of the club at the time of the land transfer in 1998.

The Madrid city government said on Monday it would give Real Madrid a bill for €18.4 million ($20.6m) in illegal state aid after the European Commission ordered the club to repay the money.

The commission ruled that Real had been given an "unfair advantage" through tax breaks and land transfers.

"The city hall will establish the measures necessary to carry out the decision of the European Commission to recover the aid of €18.4m granted to Real Madrid," the local government said in a...


Real Madrid, Barcelona among La Liga clubs ordered by EU to repay state aid

Real Madrid, Barcelona and five other La Liga clubs were ordered Monday by the European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, to repay money to the Spanish government over various instances of the state providing aid to them.

European champions Real Madrid, Spanish league champions Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna were ordered to repay state tax credits given to them by Spain that date back 20 years.

The initial sum total was estimated to be €68.8 million euros, according to...

 By PA Sport

Cifu joins Malaga on loan from second-tier Elche

Malaga have announced the signing of winger Cifu on loan from Segunda Division side Elche.

The 25-year-old right-sided player will remain at Malaga for the rest of the season and is due to undertake his first training session with his new team-mates on Wednesday after completing his medical tests on Tuesday.

Cifu spent last...