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Spanish FA wins scheduling battle, offers olive branch to complete season

27 May 2020

BARCELONA The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) will allow matches to be played every day of the week in order to complete the season after a three-month shutdown due to the new coronavirus pandemic despite winning a legal battle with La Liga over scheduling.

On this day: Born May 27, 1967: Paul Gascoigne, English football player

26 May 2020

Paul Gascoigne's tears in Turin captivated a nation and once they had fallen in love with the prodigiously talented but delicate England playmaker, they could never take their eyes off him, no matter how painful it was to keep looking.

Soccer: Monday matches back on La Liga agenda as tensions with federation cool

20 May 2020

The fight over Monday night matches escalated a bitter dispute between Spain's two main football bodies last year but the contentious time slot is set to return as organisers scramble to complete a season paralysed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

La Liga to use video analysis if player tests positive for coronavirus

20 May 2020

La Liga will use a video analysis programme to help it determine if a player is likely to have infected a team mate or opponent if they test positive for the coronavirus once the season re-starts, according to a draft protocol drawn up by the league.

La Liga chief confirms clubs will resume group training from Monday

18 May 2020

BARCELONA Spanish soccer has edged closer to returning after a long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic after La Liga president Javier Tebas confirmed clubs in the top two divisions will begin training in groups of up to 10 players from Monday. | Video

Spanish clubs to start group training on Monday

17 May 2020

BARCELONA Clubs in Spanish soccer's top two divisions can begin training in small groups from Monday as they move into the third phase of a protocol for resuming activity after disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a source close to the matter has said.

Messi prefers not to over-think risk of infection as La Liga return looms

15 May 2020

BARCELONA Lionel Messi believes he is better off not thinking too much about the risk of being infected by the coronavirus as Spanish soccer clubs step up their return to activity, saying he looks forward to getting back to playing matches.

On this day: Born May 11, 1984: Andres Iniesta, Spanish footballer

10 May 2020

BARCELONA A shy village boy who could not bear to leave his parents' bed, Andres Iniesta may have seemed an unlikely candidate to become one of the best footballers of all time, but anyone who saw him play rarely had serious doubts. | Video

Barca win women's title as Spanish non-professional leagues declared over

09 May 2020

BARCELONA Barcelona's women's team were officially declared champions of Spain's Liga Iberdrola on Friday after the national soccer federation's executive committee agreed to end all non-professional competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Soccer: Barcelona return to training

08 May 2020

BARCELONA Barcelona trained on Friday for the first time in nearly two months as the team held their first individual session as part of the league's four-phase plan to return to action after measures to halt the coronavirus were eased.

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