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Wednesday October 16 2019
Five things to watch in La Liga this weekend

Atletico Madrid take on Valencia in the game of the weekend but there are tricky trips for Barcelona and Real Madrid as La Liga returns, writes Alex Fitzpatrick.

Alvaro Morata in action for Atletico Madrid

After an unpredictable start to the season in La Liga, the cream has once again risen to the top. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid sit in the top three positions following the international break, but the chasing pack is not far behind.

Barcelona look to consolidate

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Monday October 14 2019
Spain set for testing Swedish test

Spain will seal qualification to the European Championships with a victory in Sweden, but David Whitworth outlines the difficulty of the task for La Roja.

Spain national team

Spain aim to get back to winning ways when they take on Sweden in matchday eight of La Rojas’s Euro 2020 qualification campaign - and secure a ticket to Euro 2020 in the process. Coach Robert Moreno will be looking to collect maximum points from the trip to Solna, Stockholm at the 55,000-capacity Friends Arena.

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Friday October 11 2019
Rat race to avoid La Liga relegation

The unpredictability and competitiveness of La Liga this season means lots of clubs will be wary of relegation this season, writes Alex Fitzpatrick.

Real Mallorca against Espanyol

Some clubs dream of trophies and glory, others are just happy to be invited to the party. Once you have arrived at the top table, the pressure is on to stay. In an unpredictable start to the current La Liga season, it is not just at the top where the surprises have come with some unlikely names battling it out to avoid relegation.

Beating the Bookies

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Friday October 11 2019
How the last three Champions Leagues were won

This season promises to be another fascinating and closely-fought race to lift the Champions League - European football's most prized trophy.

Real Madrid lift the Champions League

The Champions League brings together all the best teams from Europe to compete for the highest footballing honours. Record winners Real Madrid, holders Liverpool and the champions of Spain and England, Barcelona and Manchester City, are all contenders again.

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Saturday October 5 2019
La Liga takes on the world

La Liga may be lagging behind the Premier League as a product but, as Livio Caferoglu explains, it is taking some bold steps forward to at least rival the English top flight.

“We say it in all countries: we want to be the second after local football.” Meet Javier Tebas, ladies and gentlemen. This is a man on a mission, with a vision to make La Liga not only the best football League in the world but also the most marketed. In an era where the Premier League rules the roost, Tebas is hardly sitting still.

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Friday October 4 2019
Martin Odegaard - destined for stardom

Much has been made of Martin Odegaard's Real Sociedad performances this season, but Cillian Shields insists his destiny for stardom has never gone away.

Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard

There’s been a misguided and unfair narrative of Martin Ødegaard getting his career ‘back on track’ this season. Already a senior international player by the age of 15 and grabbing headlines all over the world, Spanish media erupted when Real Madrid signed the Norwegian prodigy at the tender age of 16 years (and one month) back in January 2015.

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Friday October 4 2019
Five things to watch in La Liga this weekend

Another eye-catching weekend of La Liga action lies in store with four of the top five coming head-to-head. Alex Fitzpatrick previews the action.

Barcelona players celebrate

La Liga returns this weekend with in a continuation of what has been an unpredictable rollercoaster of a season to date. The league table has been turned on its head, with promoted Granada sitting in second while Europa League representatives Getafe and Espanyol both languish in the bottom five. With drama wherever you look, we highlight five things to look out for in this La Liga weekend.

Real Madrid vs Granada

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Thursday October 3 2019
Patrick O'Connell: The man who saved Barcelona and triumphed with Real Betis

Patrick O'Connell was Manchester United captain, title winning boss with Real Betis and later, the saviour of Barcelona - Dominic McCearney details his story.

Patrick O'Connell

How did an Irishman captain Manchester United, win La Liga with Real Betis and save FC Barcelona from extinction end up dying alone and homeless on a street in London? And how, subsequently was he forgotten for a generation? This is the story of Patrick “Don Patricio” O’Connell.

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Wednesday October 2 2019
Barca and Sevilla at a crossroads

The 2019-20 La Liga season is starting to take shape. Andrew Tuft looks at a pivotal fixture as Barcelona host Sevilla on Sunday.

Gerard Pique and Jesus Navas

The early Primera table has Sevilla and Barcelona level on points prior to their meeting at Camp Nou on Sunday and, seven fixtures in, it’s a fixture that already feels like a crossroads for both clubs.

Top of the table with 15 points sit Real Madrid, unbeaten domestically despite their Champions League headaches. Atletico Madrid are in third, a point behind - Granada are the unlikely occupants of second place - and Barca are fourth. Real Sociedad separate sixth-place Sevilla from their weekend hosts.

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Friday September 27 2019
Unmissable Madrid derby with great rewards

Saturday night's derby between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid could be a classic encounter as both aim for Spain's top spot, writes David Whitworth.

Atletico Madrid against Real Madrid

It is matchday seven of this highly entertaining and thoroughly open La Liga season. The centerpiece of this weekend is the Madrid derby on Saturday night when the Wanda Metropolitano will host the 284th overall edition between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid – with a juicy jackpot on the line for the potential winner.

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