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Real Zaragoza

 By Lee Roden

Spain's fallen giants struggle to claw their way back to La Liga

Leo Baptistao of Real Betis arrives, while a banner asks for players who are fit to wear the shirt as relegation neared last May.

The Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla holds 52,500 people. Bigger than Anfield, Stamford Bridge or the Etihad, it is a ground built for top-flight football, occupied by the sixth-most-supported team in Spain.

This season it has to make do with life in the Segunda. In the same year that Real Betis came within a penalty shootout of the Europa League quarterfinals, a miserable 25 points from 38 league games saw them relegated to the second division. Mismanaged on financial, institutional and sporting...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Javier Aguirre will discuss match-fixing allegations with media before Dec. 29

Javier Aguirre will retain his post as the national coach amid allegations of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Spain.

Javier Aguirre will hold a news conference before Dec. 29 to discuss Spain's match-fixing allegations against him, the Japan Football Association said on Monday.

The precise date of the conference was not given, but Japan and Spanish media reported that it would be held prior to the team's Dec. 29 training sessions for the Asian Cup. Aguirre has not spoken about the match-fixing allegations since they were made public on Dec. 15.

JFA technical director Hiromi Hara said he wanted to hold the conference...

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Ander Herrera: My conscience is totally clear over Liga match-fixing probe

ESPN FC's Spain correspondent Sid Lowe explains the match-fixing probe ongoing in Spain.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says his "conscience is totally clear" after being named in an alleged case of match-fixing in Spain.

Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and Japan coach Javier Aguirre are reportedly among the 41 defendants named by Spanish prosecutors investigating a La Liga game between Levante and Real Zaragoza on the final day of the 2010-11 season.

Herrera, 25, posted a message on his Facebook account on Tuesday saying: "In an on-going legal process involving Real...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ander Herrera, Gabi, Javier Aguirre 'among 41 named in match-fixing case'

Herrera moved to Bilbao from Zaragoza in 2011 before joining united this summer.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and Japan coach Javier Aguirre have all been named as defendants by Spanish prosecutors in an alleged case of match-fixing involving a game in La Liga in the 2010-11 season.

Reuters reports that Spain's anti-corruption prosecutor, Alejandro Luzon, filed the case on Monday following an investigation into Real Zaragoza's vital 2-1 victory at Levante on the final day of the 2010-11 campaign -- a result that saw Zaragoza stay in...

Japan Football Association back Javier Aguirre over Liga match-fixing reports

The Japan Football Association is standing behind national team coach Javier Aguirre, who reportedly is being investigated for match-fixing in Spain.

TOKYO -- The Japan Football Association is standing behind national team coach Javier Aguirre, who reportedly is being investigated for match-fixing in Spain.

According to Spanish media reports, authorities in Spain are moving to prosecute Aguirre and some 30 others on suspicion of fixing a La Liga game against Levante, when he managed Zaragoza in May 2011.

JFA chairman Kuniya Daini said: "[Aguirre] himself says it's not a problem and there's nothing we can do but believe him."

Aguirre returned to...