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Barcelona and Manchester City face off in Champions League with Pep Guardiola in the middle — In the morning Claudio Bravo was a Barcelona player; by the afternoon he was their opponent and rival, the man who must stop them. Welcome, Claudio. Welcome back, Claudio. Somewhere in a Monte Carlo hotel, there was a cheeky whisper in Thierry Henry's ear: see if you can keep us apart, yeah?

Claudio Bravo became a keeper with ball and Manchester City at his feet — Claudio Bravo did not want to be a goalkeeper and Pep Guardiola does not want him to be a goalkeeper either. Not "just" a goalkeeper, anyway. The Chile captain recalled how on the streets of Viluco, a village of 2,000 people surrounded by vineyards south of Santiago, the older kids would tell him to get in goal.

Manu García realises boyhood dream at Atlético after leaping Alavés fence — Deportivo Alavés's resistance finally broke four minutes after midnight when the 27th shot of the match flew in, or so it seemed. Kévin Gameiro's foot trembled and he waited a long time - two minutes passed between Atlético Madrid winning one last chance and him taking the penalty - but he smashed the ball into the net.

Low crowds and chaotic La Liga fixture list cannot deter from guarantee of drama — Spain's football stadiums will be full this season - and that's an order. Well, they'll look full, anyway. The Spanish league will fine clubs whose grounds aren't at 75% capacity, double for those who don't reach 50%. The part of their grounds that are visible on TV screens, that is.

Sid Lowe on watching weightlifting — A colossal beast of man wanders over slowly in shorts and sandals, his thighs together, his ankles miles apart, and eases himself into a plastic chair alongside a big Polish guy with an even bigger smile. His name is Igor, he weighs 23st and he's from Uzbekistan.

The thought behind Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone big summer spending — Two weeks passed in frightened silence until a photograph calmed them, and now, there's excitement and optimism all over again. On June 14, Diego Simeone posted a picture on Twitter that showed him sitting alongside Miguel Angel Gil Marin, Atletico Madrid's CEO, and Andrea Berta, the sporting director.

Zinedine Zidane must refresh his squad and rest Cristiano Ronaldo to find success at Real Madrid — Zinedine Zidane's first six months as Real Madrid's first-team coach did not go too badly, as he quickly resolved issues that brought down predecessor Rafa Benitez, almost caught Barcelona in the La Liga title race, and then finished the season by beating Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.

Real Madrid's new transfer policy could allow James Rodriguez to shine — With each passing day, the probability of Real Madrid not making any moves this summer grows stronger. Leaving aside Alvaro Morata's comeback, which in itself, is a more relevant signing than it looked at first, not much else should happen from now until the end of the summer.

Real Madrid's Marcelo hopes Cristiano Ronaldo returns for UEFA Super Cup — Real Madrid left-back Marcelo is hoping Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the team for the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla. Ronaldo came off in the 25th minute of Portugal's Euro 2016 final victory over France due to a left knee injury suffered when French midfielder Dimitri Payet crashed into his side during a ninth-minute challenge.

Barcelona and Real Madrid cult of signing best players can be a problem — What do you get the man who has everything? It often seems like teams have to sign in the summer, or feel like they have to. But sometimes there's really not much point. And although that doesn't always stop them, maybe this is one of those times.
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Aug 27, 2016

RT @LondonHibee: Buena suerte a @RealOviedo,@RealOviedoWFC y todos mis amigos Oviedista en casa en el Carlos Tartiere por primera vez en la temporada

Aug 27, 2016

@Elgavyx con errores, no. Con tonterías que se hacen a postas sí

Aug 27, 2016

@jaimecollazos esa es la intención. Obsesión, diría yo. Lógicamente (a nivel económico)

Aug 27, 2016

@carlos3ab por eso: es una imposición de la propia liga. Lo que me chirría un poco es que los medios se presten a ello.

Aug 27, 2016

@carlos3ab mayúsculas al tratar del nombre. The league cuando no (como es el caso en este ejemplo)

Aug 27, 2016

@Diegich14 pues eso: que lo utilicen cuando del nombre se trata, y ya. No en contextos así

Aug 27, 2016

@jaimecollazos que todos traguen este invento de la liga incluso cuando no se refiere directamente al nombre me parece de traca

Aug 27, 2016

Leído en un periódico: "...un equipo de LaLiga española..." Pues a mí me falta un espacio allí (y me sobran dos mayúsculas).

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