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Coronavirus: Spanish FA offers €500m bailout to La Liga, Segunda clubs

Lionel Messi, Carli Lloyd and more join in a message to the world to advise on Coronavirus and how best to beat it.
Jose Mourinho helps prepare packages of essential goods to deliver to the elderly of Enfield, England.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced a €500 million bailout to the country's first and second division clubs to cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

La Liga was suspended on March 12 and there is no date given to resume all competitions. The stoppage in play has prevented clubs from collecting TV revenue and brought a halt to match-day income. 

"We are willing to lend a hand to professional football," Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales...

Spanish FA blasts 'unpatriotic' La Liga over coronavirus testing

Gab Marcotti explains why postponing the Euros was UEFA's only reasonable option, despite a big financial hit.

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales has labelled La Liga "irresponsible and totally unpatriotic" for testing players for coronavirus, and said it shows "a lack of solidarity."

Rubiales said the tests should be used on others that are clearly more at risk if they have the coronavirus.

La Liga reportedly hired a medical service to include 500 coronavirus tests before the government called a state of emergency in the country on Saturday.

Rubiales said players that don't experience...

Spanish coach Francisco Garcia, 21, dies after coronavirus diagnosis

Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop feel the correct decision has been made to suspend all major leagues in Europe.

A Spanish youth coach has died after it was revealed he had the coronavirus and a previously unknown diagnosis of leukemia.

Francisco Garcia, 21, was coach of the junior team of Malaga-based club Atletico Portada Alta and had an unknown preexisting condition which was later revealed to be a form of leukemia. The leukemia was only discovered while he was in hospital receiving care after showing symptoms of the coronavirus, which Garcia was more susceptible to because of the preexisting condition.

The...

Euro 2020 way-too-early preview: Assessing England, Portugal, VAR and more with 100 days to go

With just 100 days until Euro 2020, The Exploding Heads mark the occasion with an Olympic style torch running.
Euro 2020 has the potential to be a stunning summer of soccer.

We're officially 100 days away from the opening game of Euro 2020 -- watch every game LIVE in the U.S. on ESPN networks from June 12 - July 12 -- and let's face it, it's never too early to look at the big teams and the big questions as they continue their preparations for what should be a superb summer of soccer.

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There are still four spots up for grabs in the playoffs at the end of...

Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Casillas to run for Spanish FA presidency - sources

Steve Nicol believes Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid's top priority this season is winning La Liga.
Ale Moreno says Real Madrid's edge over Barca rests with one particular position group.
Steve Nicol feels Ivan Rakitic is not the right type of player Atleti need to get back to their best in La Liga.

Iker Casillas intends to stand for election as president of the Spanish Football Federation, sources have told ESPN.

Reports first surfaced last month that the former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper was considering running against incumbent Luis Rubiales, who was elected to the top job in 2018.

Casillas has not yet retired from playing and is at FC Porto, but has not featured for the club since suffering a heart attack in May 2019.

The 38-year-old held a meeting with Spanish sport's governing body...