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Spanish government approves law governing sale of TV rights

The ESPN FC crew believe Real Madrid will be tested when they travel to Sevilla on Saturday.

MADRID -- A new Spanish law governing the sale of television rights to broadcast football games and the distribution of the income was approved by the government on Thursday.

The law will regulate the rights to transmit first- and second-division games as well as the Copa del Rey and Supercup competitions, said Education, Culture and Sports Minister Jose Ignacio Wert.

The legislation will come into effect in 2016 and replace the current arrangements, he added.

Currently, individual clubs negotiate...

Atletico show more desire to claim cup

The morning after the night before. In one half of Madrid there are some very sore heads, and who can blame them? Atletico have been waiting since May for this. After edging out rivals Real 1-0 to win the Spanish Super Cup on Friday night, it is time for the domestic champions to celebrate again.

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First of all, take a bow, Mario Mandzukic. Netting after 81 seconds...

James capable of replacing Ronaldo

And then there were five. Real Madrid's ambitious quest for all six possible trophies this season came to an end within two minutes at the Vicente Calderon. Mario Mandzukic struck after 81 seconds and Atletico Madrid saw the job through as Diego Simeone's teams usually do.

The last time they did not etched a painful memory into the minds of Los Rojiblancos' faithful from their May day in Lisbon. A Spanish Super Cup success, their first since 1985 and a first Madrid derby win on home soil since 1999,...

Simeone sorry for hitting official

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone apologised for tapping the back of the head of the fourth official during his side's 1-0 second leg Spanish Super Cup win over neighbours Real Madrid.

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Simeone was sent to the stands midway through the first half by referee David Fernandez Borbalan for angry sideline protests, with the Argentine coach twice tapping (or lightly slapping) the head of fourth official Antonio Santos...

Ancelotti denies Di Maria departure

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has denied reports that Angel Di Maria was left out of Friday's Spanish Super Cup 1-0 second leg defeat at Atletico Madrid because the Manchester United target is about to leave the La Liga club.

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But the Blancos boss did admit that Sami Khedira -- who might also be of interest to the Old Trafford outfit as well as fellow Premier League club Arsenal -- was being allowed to leave...