Football in Spain

Mourinho bows out after trophyless season at Real

Jose Mourinho guided Real Madrid to their first La Liga title for four years last season, but has been unable to work his magic in the Champions League at the club. Photo: AFP

Intensely irritating to some, hugely entertaining to others, the outspoken and colourful Jose Mourinho has proven time and again that success is never far from his golden touch.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 5:14am

Jose Mourinho has 'worst season' as Real Madrid lose cup final to Atletico

Atletico goalie Thibaut Courtois and forward Radamel Falcao celebrate after winning the cup. Photo: AFP

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho described his side's season as the worst of his trophy-laden, colourful career after Atletico Madrid edged a 2-1 extra-time Spanish Cup triumph.

19 May 2013 - 4:26am

A Bad Week for ... , April 28, 2013

Timothy Tong

If there's one job in Hong Kong that demands the incumbent be seen to be whiter than white, it's surely the leadership of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. But former commissioner Timothy Tong has found himself at the centre of a series of accusations.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Mourinho hopes Real Madrid recover goalscoring form against Galatasaray

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. Photo: Xinhua

Cristiano Ronaldo kept up his imperious form with his 43rd goal of the season in last Saturday's 1-1 draw away at Real Zaragoza, but the lack of goals from other areas of the pitch concerns Mourinho.

3 Apr 2013 - 5:28am

Iker Casillas has to regain spot in Real Madrid, says Jose Mourinho

Goalkeeper Diego Lopez makes a spectacular save during Real Madrid's La Liga match against Zaragoza on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says Iker Casillas will not even be on the bench for the Champions League quarter-final first-leg against Galatasaray on Wednesday.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:39am

Vicente Del Bosque hails Spain for toppling France in World cup qualifier

Spanish Coach Vicente Del Bosque plays with a ball during training session at Stade de France, on the eve of his team's World Cup 2014 qualifying match against France. Photo: AFP

With three rounds of games remaining, Spain are now a point ahead of France again, just four days after conceding top spot when their 1-1 home draw with Finland was combined with France beating Georgia.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:16am

Spain face must-win World Cup qualifier against France

Spain's national soccer coach Vicente del Bosque. Photo: Reuters

Vicente Del Bosque's side have not lost a competitive match since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but two consecutive home draws have seen them fall behind France in this qualifying campaign.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:55pm

Del Bosque laments Spain's failure to turn possession into goals in Finland match

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque. Photo: AFP

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque lamented his side's inability to turn possession into goals as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Finland in Friday's World Cup qualifier.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

Spain and France keep focus before World Cup qualifying showdown

Mikael Lustig (left) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Swedish national team take part in a training session at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Sweden play Ireland tonight. Photo: Reuters

With just over a year to go until the World Cup, some of Europe's leading nations are hoping to take a major step towards sealing their places in the finals in Brazil in a busy week of qualifying.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

Roura wary of going all-out against Milan

Jordi Roura

Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura says his side will have to balance attacking intent with caution if they are to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals against AC Milan tomorrow night.

11 Mar 2013 - 4:02am

No time for changes at Barcelona, says Messi

Lionel Messi

Barca face a huge task to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against AC Milan at the Camp Nou on Tuesday but Messi said he was hoping the occasion would help lift them out of their recent slump.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:06am

Big decisions favour Real, Pique insists

Gerard Pique. Photo: AP

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique claimed Real Madrid tend to get the big decisions from referees after his side were denied a last-minute penalty in their 2-1 defeat by their rivals.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Messi winner against Sevilla stretches Barca lead at the top

Lionel Messi scored in the 2-1 win over a stuffy Sevilla. Photo: AP

Barcelona stretched their advantage at the top of La Liga to 15 points as two goals in eight minutes just before the hour mark from David Villa and Lionel Messi clinched a 2-1 win over Sevilla.

25 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Lionel Messi scores 300th and 301st goal for Barcelona

Barcelona's Lionel Messi after scoring against Granada. Photo: AFP

Messi's first goal was also his 300th in a Barcelona jersey and Roura was particularly relieved for his efficiency in front of goal on a night when some of his teammates had passed up a number clear chances.

18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am

Record-breaking Barcelona aim higher

Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao soars above Real Betis defender Nacho during their King's Cup quarter-final. Falcao starred with two goals as Atletico won 4-2. Betis finished with nine men. Photo: AFP

The records continue to tumble for Barcelona, who finished the first half of the season with a record points total in La Liga.

But talisman Lionel Messi is still not taking the league for granted as they now prepare to take on Real Sociedad.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:23am