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Xavi hopeful of managing Barcelona like Pep Guardiola

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has expressed he'd like to follow his old Barcelona manager's, Pep Guardiola, footsteps and be a player and coach at the legendary Catalan club.

Xavi Hernandez has told El Pais he would like to follow in the managerial footsteps of Pep Guardiola and coach Barcelona.

Xavi is contracted at the Camp Nou until 2016 but has admitted his playing days are drawing to an end.

The 34-year-old succeeded Guardiola as one of Barca's key players, and the midfielder has his sights on becoming a manager.

Guardiola led the Spanish club to several trophies, including three Liga titles, and is now in charge of Bayern Munich.

"Hopefully I can [follow Guardiola]...

Tough sanctions planned to combat hooliganism and violent ultras in Spain

The Spanish Football League has announced new measures to avoid a repeat of the violent clashes that led to the death of a Deportivo La Coruna fan.

Strong measures to ban violent ultras groups from Spanish football are to be quickly introduced, with clubs who continue to directly or indirectly support such groups potentially facing points deductions or even relegation.

The move to eradicate all such radical groups from La Liga has come in the wake of the death of Deportivo La Coruna 'ultra' Javier Romero Taboada [widely known as Jimmy] in a pre-organised fight with radical Atletico Madrid 'fans' before last weekend's game between the clubs.

The...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 4, 2014

Tough sanctions against hooliganism in Spain

The Spanish Football League has announced new measures to avoid a repeat of the violent clashes that led to the death of a Deportivo La Coruna fan.

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Sergio Ramos laughs off questions on Jose Mourinho criticism

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his players as they registered a record 16th consecutive victory in all competitions with a 2-1 win over Malaga.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos declined to pursue a war of words with Jose Mourinho when asked about his former coach's criticism of his remarks on Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.

Ramos had caused controversy when he suggested Chelsea duo Fabregas and Costa could have played for Spain last month but had lacked commitment to their country after reporting injuries.

Mourinho, who is widely reported to have had a difficult relationship with Ramos during his time at the Bernabeu, told the media in response:...

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Vicente del Bosque: Sergio Ramos wrong to question Spain teammates

Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque has revealed that Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa could be in danger of losing their places in Spain's lineup.

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has told Sergio Ramos he was wrong to question Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas' commitment to the national side.

The Chelsea duo withdrew from the most recent Spain squad due to injury, but Real Madrid defender Ramos appeared to suggest that they could have played, telling EFE: "Above all I would have like the players to show the same commitment to the national team as they do to their club."

Ramos subsequently said he had not directed the comment at the pair, but his...