At the end of August the Spanish press were bemoaning the fact that Real Madrid, the European champions, were going into this season with their smallest squad in a decade with just 18 outfield players.
The deep pockets of president Florentino Perez may have helped fund the signings of James Rodriguez, for 71 million pounds, and Toni Kroos, for 24 million pounds, as well as Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas, but the sales of Angel Di Maria, Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Morata had left manager Carlo Ancelotti...
This week's roundup of the biggest and most unusual news stories takes in controversy over award winners and nominees, coaches hitting back and a "fairy-tale" return for one player.
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When FIFA released the contenders for the 2014 Ballon d'Or (at 4am local time, in order to ensure award partner France Football was the only publication with the 23-man list in print), it was a name that was not included that was the most interesting...
Granada coach Joaquin Caparros is confident his side can give red-hot Real Madrid a run for their money at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on Saturday, insisting the European champions ``are not invincible''.
Madrid make the trip south on the back of a stunning run of form, which has seem them win their last 10 matches in all competitions while averaging more than four goals per game.
During that run Carlo Ancelotti's men have put eight past Deportivo La Coruna, scored five goals in four other games,...
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted Gareth Bale remains one of Real Madrid's most important players, despite a growing feeling in the local media that the Wales international no longer deserves to start when fit.
Bale is currently sidelined with a muscle problem in his lower back, and has watched on as replacement Isco has starred in a midfield role of late.