All Spanish football competitions will be suspended later this month in a strike that could ‘indefinitely’ affect La Liga and the Copa del Rey in the final weeks of the 2014-15 season. The strike, set to begin with penultimate round of La Liga games next weekened, originates from a disagreement over television rights with the Spanish football federation unhappy with the government over a revenue distribution dispute. As it stands there are just three games left to play in the Spanish top tier, with Barcelona leading Real Madrid by two points at the summit, while Barca are also set to face Athletic Bilbao in the cup final on May 30. All matches from the May 16 start date of the strike will be suspended including the showpiece  Copa Del Rey final at the Nou Camp at the end of the month. This weekend’s fixtures, including Barcelona vs Real Sociedad and Real Madrid vs Valencia will not be affected. The vital […]

DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA v FC BARCELONA Estadio Riazor, Galicia Sunday 18th Jan, 2015, 18:00 GMT  *** Barcelona turn their attention back to La Liga after completing a resounding 9-0 aggregate victory over Elche in the Copa del Rey in midweek. The Catalan giants sit one point off the league summit and are looking to build on their 3-1 triumph over Atletico Madrid last weekend. Despite their mouth-watering front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, Barca’s greatest asset this season has been their defence. They’ve leaked just nine goals, six fewer than any other team, and should have little problem keeping it tight again against this Deportivo side. The Messi speculation has subsided slightly this week and boss Luis Enrique will just have to hope that the diminutive Argentinean is ready to fire them to victory. They can ill-afford to drop any more points. While Barcelona continue to challenge at the summit, Deportivo’s target this season is to secure their […]

The Atletico Madrid skipper admitted to his part in match fixing during his time with Real Zaragoza in Spain. Diego Simeone just returned from his eight-match ban last night in the Champions League but his captain, Gabi, could be about to begin his. According to Mundo Deportivo, Gabi has admitted receiving money during his loan spell at Real Zaragoza but denied fixing matches with that money. Spanish anti-corruption prosecutors are investigating allegations that Zaragoza had fixed the final game of 2011 season against Levante. The match finished 2-1 with Gabi scoring both the goals and the victory ensured survival for Zaragoza at the expense of Deportivo la Coruna. Last season the club president of Deportivo La Coruna claimed that match-fixing is a common practice in Spain. “Almost all the games at the end of the season were fixed two seasons ago when Deportivo was relegated. I am sure that when we went down it was because there were agreements between […]