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Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo.
Sports Columnist — Guardian

Football, politics, history, sunsets, Estela, mugs, bad jokes, #tsfp. 'Fear And Loathing in La Liga', 'Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism'. 15,999

La Liga relegation drama by Sid Lowe — Cordoba's final journey will be a long and punishing one, and that's exactly the way it was supposed to be. This weekend, the last of the league season, they travel to Eibar, 797 kilometers -- almost 500 miles -- to the north, and they will do so by bus.

Xavi pulls the strings as Barcelona leave Madrid dangling in despair again — One o'clock Saturday night, Sunday morning in the bowels of the Bernabéu and somewhere behind that mop of hair there's a look of surprise. There may even be a hint of disgust. "If you say so, mate," replies Carles Puyol, "but I don't agree. Maybe some people don't give him all the credit he deserves.

Sid Lowe: Rafael Benítez returns to Real Madrid with a reminder of what might have been — Rafael Benítez was born in Madrid, grew up in Madrid and was schooled in Madrid. He went to university in Madrid, married in Madrid and did military service in Madrid, barely a hundred yards from the Santiago ­Bernabéu. He played and coached Real Madrid and lays claim to spotting Madrid's captain Raúl.

Raheem Sterling: how many clubs actually want to sign him? — Liverpool have Sterling under contract until 2017 and showed they will not be coerced into a sale during the stand-off with Luis Suárez in 2013, although there is a marked contrast in the players' importance to the team and future transfer value. Brendan Rodgers is adamant Sterling is staying put.

the league is Barcelona's but still plenty left to play for — Barcelona have reclaimed their league title, but for a number of clubs at either end of the table, there is still work to be done. * Cristiano Ronaldo had just scored in Barcelona; Barcelona knew that they had to score in Madrid if they were to take the league title.

Barcelona transform season from trouble to a possible treble — It started against Atlético Madrid and it ended against Atlético Madrid, the circle completed at the Calderón. Three hundred and 64 days after Atlético went to Barcelona and won the league, Barcelona went to Atlético and won it back again, Leo Messi's superb goal sufficient to take the title.

Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barcelona — A year after Atlético Madrid went to Barcelona and won the league title, Barcelona went to Atlético Madrid and won it back. As the final whistle went, Barça's players gathered in a circle and danced while Gerard Piqué began spraying the Catalan cava.

Spanish football La Liga strike explained by Sid Lowe — In light of the news that a Spanish court has suspended the players' strike, allowing the 2014-15 Liga to finish, Sid Lowe explains the background and why this saga is about much more than the collective sale of TV rights. Game on! The courts have stopped the strike and the football goes ahead.

Carlo Ancelotti nears end at Real Madrid, a club who never truly believe in any coach — Carlo Ancelotti left his technical area and headed down the tunnel, never to return. Real Madrid had just been knocked out of the Champions League, Juventus's players streaming across the pitch to celebrate with their fans high in the north stand, and unless there is a miracle Madrid will not win the league title either.

Sid Lowe's Notes from Spain: for Barcelona every game is now a final — In the space of a week Barcelona's prospects of winning the treble have improved dramatically. Meanhwile, all eyes are on the TV dispute which could bring the season in Spain to a premature halt. * The Spanish have a horrible habit of insisting that every game is a "final".
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May 22, 2015

RT @NachoAzparren: La otra eliminatoria, la de la ampliación, va encarrilada a falta del tercer tramo que empieza hoy

May 22, 2015

@KieranCanning Ah, well, I kind of left *that* stuff out ... even more complicated.

May 22, 2015

Confused by the situation at the bottom on the final day? Let me explain(or try to):…

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