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Raul Garcia ends eight-year run at Atletico Madrid with move to Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao have completed the signing of Spain international Raul Garcia from Primera Division rivals Atletico Madrid. The 29-year-old midfielder, who played more than 200 matches for Atletico, passed his medical with the Basque club on Monday before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract. Athletic said in a […]

Manchester United target Aymeric Laporte focused on Copa del Rey final

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte is focused on tomorrow’s Copa del Rey final against Barcelona despite speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. The 21-year-old centre-back is one of the hottest properties in Europe, with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City all monitoring his situation at […]

Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi blocks £19 million move to Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi has blocked a potential £19 million move to Athletic Bilbao. With the signing of Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro completed last week, Madrid officials were reportedly ready to sit down with Illarramendi to discuss his future at the club. Athletic Bilbao had made it clear that […]

With Silva and Odegaard deals done, Real Madrid ready to sort out future of Asier Illarramendi

Now that Real Madrid have completed the signings of Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset and Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, the club’s next step is sorting out the future of reserve midfielder Asier Illarramendi. The 24-year-old has found it difficult to crack manager Carlo Ancelotti’s starting eleven and has been heavily linked […]

Antoine Griezmann Shines During Volatile Match At The New San Mames

Atletico Madrid winger Antoine Griezmann scored a hat-trick and propelled Diego Simeone’s side to a 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao during a volatile match at the new San Mames on Sunday. Those who witnessed the La Liga contest will testify that it was one of the more compelling, hard-fought games […]

Besiktas vs Arsenal and Napoli vs Athletic Bilbao: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

Today marks the first day of playoffs for the UEFA Champions League where clubs are playing across Europe to try to make it into the Group Stage of the tournament. Two high profiles matches are being televised on US television (more info below). Beginning at 2pm ET, Rob Stone hosts […]

Spain Peaking At the Perfect Time With Their 1-0 Victory Over Portugal

When Spain fell to the hands of Switzerland in the opening match of World Cup 2010, the vultures suddenly appeared from the sky and circled around their “dying” carcass.  No team has ever won the World Cup after losing its first match.  The ghosts from yesteryear are rising from the […]

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Podcast #78

I am traveling today and will be unable to release the MLS Talk Podcast with the roundup of this past weekend’s action until Wednesday morning. As usual we will also release a new interview podcast on Friday afternoon. A reminder to all fans of MLS, WPS and USL-1 and USL-2 […]

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