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'We're totally fed up' say Catalans who want to remain with Spain

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Over the past 3 days, the protests – which began after the conviction of 9 separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid – have degenerated into nightly clashes, leaving Barcelona in flames and the region in crisis

Students wave a Catalan pro-independence "estelada" flag as they protest during a demonstration in front of the police headquarters in Barcelona on October 17, 2019. After a fresh night of violence that rocked Barcelona, Catalan separatists today pressed on with their protests against the sentencing of nine of their leaders by blocking roads and railways across the Spanish region. University students began a strike, while several roads and highways were closed across Catalonia because of mass marches which departed yesterday from five Catalan towns heading for Barcelona.  Pau Barrena / AFP

Bayern hand Spurs record defeat as Real Madrid blushes spared

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Bayern roars back to leave Spurs on the receiving end of the biggest ever home defeat for an English team in Europe

UN-FOUR-GETTABLE. Serge Gnabry nets 4 second-half goals to lead the drubbing over Tottenham Hotspur. Photo from Twitter (@FCBayernEN)

WATCH LIVE: Real Madrid vs Club Brugge UEFA Champions League game

Oct 01, 2019 - 5:06 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Real Madrid's bounce back bid against Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League

RETURN. Luka Modric is set to see action for Real Madrid as he suited up for the team's 0-0 result against Atletico Madrid last Saturday, September 28. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Di Maria stars as PSG tears apart sorry Real Madrid

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Watch how PSG's Angel Di Maria gets back at his former club Real Madrid by opening the match with a brace

STEPPING UP. Angel Di Maria provides the firepower needed by PSG who are missing the services of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. Photo from PSG Twitter

5 things we learned from the Champions League

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Defending champion Liverpool crashes early as PSG shrugs off the absence of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to tear apart Real Madrid

DOMINANT. Angel Di Maria (center) scores twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain thrashes Dani Carvajal and Real Madrid. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

WATCH LIVE: PSG vs Real Madrid UEFA Champions League game

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Bookmark this page to catch the UEFA Champions League opener of PSG and Real Madrid live for free

BLOCKBUSTER CLASH. Sergio Ramos captains Real Madrid against a shorthanded PSG squad in the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League opener. Photo from Facebook

Cavani, Mbappe to miss Real Madrid clash

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe will sit out in PSG's Champions League match against Real Madrid

SHORTHANDED. Edinson Cavani (left) and Kylian Mbappe add to Neymar's absence in PSG.

Fil-French World Cup winner Alphonse Areola out to impress in Real Madrid

Sep 05, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Alphonse Areola takes his talents to Spain as he joins 33-time La Liga champion Real Madrid

BRINGING IN TALENT. Filipino-French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola hopes that his World Cup experience will be able to help reinforce Real Madrid. Photo from release

Griezmann: Atletico outcry to Barcelona move 'is a pity'

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:12 PM

'We reached an agreement but finally it changed, it's like that, you have to accept it,' says Griezmann on Atletico's response to his move

NO PROBLEM. Antoine Griezmann says that he joined FC Barcelona with due process. Photo from FC Barcelona Twitter

Atletico will take Griezmann grievance to FIFA

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Antoine Griezmann ends his five-year stint with Atletico Madrid as he joins Barcelona

KEY COG. Antoine Griezmann adds another dimension to Spanish giants Barcelona. Photo from Twitter/@FCBarcelona


Hundreds of thousands celebrate Madrid Gay Pride

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:58 AM

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Spain 1978 as Spain becomes one of the most LGBT-tolerant countries in the world

PRIDE MARCH. The Cibeles fountain is illuminated with the colors of the rainbow flag during the annual Pride parade in Madrid, Spain, on July 6, 2019. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Spanish king tasks Sanchez to form new government

Jun 07, 2019 - 3:10 PM

While they won a general poll in April, acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez's socialists fail to secure a majority in parliament and need the support of other groupings

OATH OF OFFICE. Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez takes the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid on June 2, 2018. Photo by Emilio Naranjo/Pool/AFP

Former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Reyes killed in car crash

Jun 01, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Spain football star Jose Antonio Reyes, 35, died in a traffic collision

TRAGIC. Jose Antonio Reyes last played for Extremadura in Spain's second division. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Stomach bug hits Nadal's hunt for 6th Madrid title

May 06, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The 17-time Grand Slam winner is racing to make up for lost time after failing to win a clay title so far this spring

HOPING FOR BEST. Rafael Nadal is due to open play in the second round of the Madrid Open. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Madrid skyscraper housing embassies evacuated over false bomb threat

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'It was finally determined that the threat was false. Everything goes back to normal,' the police say after searching the building

FALSE THREAT. Spanish police remove a cordon outside the Torre Espacio skyscraper at the Cuatro Torres (Four Towers) business park in Madrid on April 16, 2019. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Spain to exhume Franco's remains in June

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The move has long been talked about by sympathizers of the left-leaning government but fiercely resisted by Francisco Franco's family and many on the right

TO BE EXHUMED. The grave of Spain's General Francisco Franco is pictured on July 03, 2018 in San Lorenzo del Escorial, near Madrid at the Valle de los Caidos (The Valley of the Fallen), a monument to the Francoist combatants who died during the Spanish civil war and Franco's final resting place. File photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

WATCH: Zidane rekindles Real Madrid love affair

Mar 12, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Zinedine Zidane replaces Santiago Solari as Real Madrid's new manager

RETURN. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane poses with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. File Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

WATCH: The 'Kings of Europe' lose their crown

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:39 PM

After reigning for more than 1,000 days, Real Madrid gets knocked out of the Champions League

DETHRONED. Real Madrid's Toni Kroos (right) and Sergio Reguilon react as the defending champions miss the Champions League round of 16. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Neymar hints at joining Real Madrid

Mar 04, 2019 - 12:04 PM

The world's most expensive football, though, says he is 'very happy' with Paris Saint-Germain

WHERE TO GO. Neymar says everything is possible in the future. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP


Federer to play on clay at Madrid Open

Feb 21, 2019 - 10:07 AM

After skipping the clay-court season for two years, Roger Federer returns to action at the Madrid Open

FOR FUN. Roger Federer says he’ll just enjoy playing in the clay courts, his least favorite surface. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Ronaldo avoids jail but hit by hefty fine for tax fraud in Spain

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:06 PM

(UPDATED) The court sentences Cristiano Ronaldo to a two-year jail sentence that it immediately reduces to a fine of 365,000 euros

FINE. A court orders Cristiano Ronaldo to   pay 3.57 million euros for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Contractor not aware Diokno’s in-laws behind partner firm – lawyer

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr believes the statement of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading's lawyer, but he says the owner will still be liable for the anomalous contracts

NOT AWARE. Lawyer Rafael Madrid is the legal counsel of the owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Champions League: Real Madrid, Juventus, Man City into last 16

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:01 AM

Defending champion Real Madrid leads the first 7 teams marching into the Champions League qualifiers

GAME HEROES. Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (rear) and Lucas Vazquez celebrate their key victory. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Real Madrid coach: Sergio Ramos an 'honest' man

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Sergio Ramos is accused of failing to declare a banned anti-inflammatory substance after the Champions League final win over Juventus in 2017

TRUTH. Real Madrid comes to Sergio Ramos' defense that he has always been an honest man. Photo from Facebook

Barca suffers 1st league home loss in 2 years, Real boosts Solari hopes

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:26 AM

Barcelona has won 42 straight games at Camp Nou before falling prey to Real Bettis in Lionel Messi's return from injury

Man United stuns Juventus; Man City, Real enjoy big wins

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first Champions League goal for Juventus but Manchester United pulls off a stunning comeback

KEY WIN. Juventus star forward Cristiano Ronaldo (left) wasn't enough as Luke Shaw and Manchester United rally to a key Champions League victory. Photo by Isabella Bonotto/AFP

Spain prosecutors seek up to 25 years jail for Catalan separatists

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Spanish prosecutors ask the Madrid court to sentence Catalan separatists leaders for up to 25 years on rebellion charges

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. This handout picture released by the Generalitat de Catalunya on September 19, 2017 shows Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C), Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (L) and leader of Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes), Jordi Turull (R) leave after a regional government meeting in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Photo by Ruben Moreno Garcia/Generalitat de Catalunya/AFP

Lopetegui loses lot after being sacked by Real Madrid

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:31 AM

Lopetegui's last game humiliates Madrid after getting hammered 5-1 by rivals Barcelona in the El Clasico

GAMBLE. Julen Lopetegui served as head coach to Real Madrid for only 139 days and only won two of the last seven games. Photo from Julen Lopetegui Facebook

'I was no longer indispensable' at Real Madrid, says Ronaldo

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:20 PM

The Portuguese superstar left the Spanish club for Juventus since he felt he was 'no longer considered in the same way as I was at the beginning'

FRESH BEGINNING. After a fruitful nine-year stint with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo jumps ship to Juventus. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP


Suarez hits hat-trick as Barcelona blows away Madrid

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Five days since the birth of his third child, Luis Suarez makes it an El Clasico to be remembered

RISING TO OCCASION. Luis Suarez stars for Barcelona as the club misses the services of Leo Messi. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


Watch out for 'wounded' Madrid, warns Barcelona coach

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:26 PM

It will be the first Clasico without either Messi or Ronaldo since 2007

ADVERSARIES. Luka Modric (left) looks to lead Real Madrid against its fiercest Spanish rival Barcelona. Photo from La Liga

Barcelona triumphs minus Messi as Dortmund pummels Atletico

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Rafinha replaces Lionel Messi and helps Barcelona pull off a win over Inter Milan in the Champions League

GOAL. Barcelona's midfielder Rafinha (left) celebrates with teammate Philippe Coutinho after scoring against Inter Milan. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Ronaldo helps Juve sink Manchester Utd as Real Madrid wins

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Juventus comes out too good for Manchester United in the Champions League

Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo falls to the ground under pressure from Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young during their Champions League match. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Real Madrid suffers worst goal drought in 3 decades

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Pressure mounts on coach Julen Lopetegui as Madrid gets drubbed by Levante

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) vies with Levante's Ivorian midfielder Cheick Doukoure during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Levante UD at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 20, 2018. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

LaLiga's most exciting title race in years returns

Oct 19, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Six teams head into the round separated by just two points at the top of a tight early LaLiga table

SURPRISE. Andre Silva (center) helps propel surprising Sevilla to the top of the standings. Photo from La Liga

'First sunrise in years': Freed Venezuela activist arrives in Madrid

Oct 14, 2018 - 1:30 AM

Lorent Saleh is the president of NGO Operation Freedom, which works to promote human rights, democracy, and civil liberties in Venezuela and the rest of Latin America

IMPRISONED. Activist Lorent Saleh was imprisoned for 4 years. File photo from Saleh's Facebook page

Catalans march for unity on Spain's national day

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Tens of thousands of Catalans who want their region to remain part of Spain march and wave Spanish and Catalan flags through Barcelona to mark Dia de la Hispanidad

UNITY. People wave Spanish and Catalan flags during an anti-separatist demonstration for the unity of Spain marking the Spanish National Day in Barcelona on October 12, 2018. Photo by  Josep Lago/AFP

Real Madrid sues newspaper over Ronaldo 'rape' saga report

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The football superstar's former club team has filed a lawsuit against a Portuguese newspaper that claims Real Madrid hushed up an alleged rape case

NO KNOWLEDGE. Real Madrid denies forcing Cristiano Ronaldo to pay the victim hush money. File photo from FIFA

Real Madrid suffers shock loss as Man United stutters again

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Toni Kroos' mistake proved costly as Real Madrid absorbs a surprise 1-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League

STUNNER. Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez and CSKA Moscow midfielder Jaka Bijol contest the ball during CSKA's upset win in the UEFA Champions League. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Kai Sotto to stay with Ateneo amid Real Madrid recruitment rumors

Sep 29, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Ateneo Blue Eaglets coach Reggie Varilla says his prized 7-foot-1 ward is staying right here at home to play in the UAAP

BIG SENSATION. The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto continues to get international attention. Photo from FIBA

Chelsea signs Kepa in record deal, Courtois heads for Real

Aug 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Kepa Arrizabalaga becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in history as Chelsea agrees to sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid

RECORD DEAL. The 23-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga signs a 7-year contract with the English giants. Photo by Maciej Gillert/AFP

Ronaldo to Juventus: Time to open 'new stage'

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The football great ends 9-year Real Madrid reign to join Juventus in a deal worth over $100 million

FAREWELL. Cristiano Ronaldo says his stint in Real Madrid is one of the happiest in his life. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Juventus makes bid for Real's Ronaldo

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The Italian champion squad hopes to lure football superstar Ronaldo with a whopping offer

LEADER. Cristiano Ronaldo holds the Real Madrid all-time goal record of 450. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Morales on critical Ombudsman applicants: All bark, no bite

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:40 PM

‘Ang dali-dali magsabi na ganito ang gagawin namin. Wait until they go to the Office,’ says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

RESPONSE TO CRITICS. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said the applicants for Ombudsman who criticize the performance of the Office of the Ombudsman are “all barks, no bites.” Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman

Local coaches, children ride on World Cup fever with football clinic

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Mentors from the Real Madrid Foundation return to the Philippines to share their football knowledge

THE SPORTS WAY. YKK holds another football clinic as part of their corporate social responsibility initiative. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Spain coach Lopetegui takes over Real Madrid

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:33 AM

The announcement surprises Spain's national football team just 3 days before its World Cup opening match

NEW MENTOR. Spain's Julen Lopetegui, who succeeds multi-titled Zinedine Zidan, will join Real Madrid after Spain’s campaign in the World Cup. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Shock move: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane leaves club

May 31, 2018 - 9:06 PM

(UPDATED) The surprise announcement came just days after the Spanish giants captured the Champions League for the 3rd straight year

UNEXPECTED. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane says the club 'needs a change' just days after the team's historic title romp. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP   AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV

Salah 'confident' for World Cup despite shoulder injury

May 28, 2018 - 9:30 AM

New reports claim that the Liverpool star only suffered ligament damage and may be back in action in 3 weeks

FALLING STAR. Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (right) falls with Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos leading to the Egyptian forward's shoulder injury. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Brilliant Bale breaks Liverpool hearts as Real Madrid rules Champions League

May 27, 2018 - 8:25 AM

The Spanish giants capture their 3rd straight – and 13th overall – European Cup against a distraught Liverpool that lost star striker Mohamed Salah to injury

GLORIOUS. Real Madrid becomes the first team to win the Champions League for 3 straight years since Bayern Munich in 1976. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Ronaldo shrugs off injury fears, lives for Champions League final

May 26, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The Real Madrid star seeks to join an elite group of just 10 other players to win 5 European Cups

ALL SET. Cristiano Ronaldo looks to lead Real Madrid to a 3rd straight Champions League title against Liverpool. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP