Iran great Javad Nekounam signs up as Carlos Queiroz's assistant
Iran great Javad Nekounam signs up as Carlos Queiroz's assistant

Javad Nekounam, Iran`s most-capped international and former skipper, has been appointed assistant manager of the three-times Asian champions.

Five Spanish players charged in possible match-fixing scandal
Five Spanish players charged in possible match-fixing scandal

Five Spanish footballers were charged with match-fixing on Friday.

Former Osasuna chiefs arrested over missing millions
Former Osasuna chiefs arrested over missing millions

Three former board members of Spanish second division club Osasuna have been arrested in an investigation into the destination of 2.4 million euros ($2.67 million) taken from the club`s accounts, a court source confirmed on Thursday.

Further match fixing scandal for Spanish football
Further match fixing scandal for Spanish football

Spanish football looks set to be thrown into another match-fixing scandal after a former general manager of Osasuna football club admitted that the club had offered money to players from other clubs to fix matches.

Real Betis deny involvement in alleged La Liga match fixing
Real Betis deny involvement in alleged La Liga match fixing

Real Betis have joined Espanyol and Osasuna in denying any involvement in the alleged fixing of La Liga matches near the end of last season.

Kashi, Cadamuro called up to Algeria squad

 Metz midfielder Ahmed Kashi and Osasuna defender Liassine Cadamuro will join the Algeria squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, coach Christian Gourcuff said Sunday.

Osasuna relegated amidst barrier collapse chaos

Osasuna and Valladolid were relegated to the Spanish second division on Sunday, but the final round of La Liga matches was overshadowed by the collapse of a barrier which injured 25 fans at Osasuna`s El Sadar stadium in Pamplona.

Classy Ronaldo double eases Madrid past Osasuna

Real Madrid maintained their bid for an historic treble as two stunning strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo helped them to a comfortable 4-0 win over Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Little change in La Liga relegation fight

With Real Madrid`s game away to Valladolid postponed to allow them more time to prepare for next week`s Champions League tie at home to Bayern Munich, the attention turned to sides battling to avoid relegation to the second division.

Sociedad, Villarreal falter in Europe qualification bids

Real Sociedad and Villarreal failed to capitalise on defeats for European qualification rivals Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla when they were held to 1-1 draws by Osasuna and Elche respectively in La Liga on Sunday.

Pique back for Barca for Sunday`s `Clasico`

Barcelona have Gerard Pique back for Sunday`s La Liga `Clasico` at leaders Real Madrid but captain and fellow centre back Carles Puyol has not managed to shake off a knee injury, the Spanish champions said on Saturday.

Seven up for Barcelona as Lionel Messi breaks another goal scoring record

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become Barcelona`s all-time record goalscorer as they cut the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to four points ahead of their meeting next weekend with a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna.

Ancelotti happy with attitude of below-par Madrid

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed his side`s character as they ground out a 1-0 win away to Malaga on Saturday to maintain their three-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Real, Atletico pressure Barca after taking 3 points each

Real Madrid will entertain FC Barcelona with a lead of at least four points after winning 1-0 away to Malaga in the Spanish Primera Liga Saturday night, Xinhua reported.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns as in-form Real Madrid visit Atletico

Real Madrid head into the fourth Madrid derby of the season at Atletico on Sunday following their 6-1 thrashing of Schalke in the Champions League and buoyed by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Shock Atletico defeat leaves Real Madrid clear

Atletico Madrid`s La Liga title challenge took a nosedive when they slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat at Osasuna on Sunday, leaving Real Madrid three points clear at the top.

Ronaldo helps lift Real Madrid to the top

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 22nd La Liga goal of the season to set Real Madrid up for a 2-0 win at home to Granada on Saturday that lifted them above Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to the top of the table.

Post Ballon d`Or, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to score and evolve

It seems, Cristiano Ronaldo is not the one to rest on the laurels. After being crowned the best footballer in the world in the past one year, the Real Madrid front-man continued his unrivaled form by scoring the opener against Osasuna in their 2-0 win.

Cristiano Ronaldo on target as Real knock out Osasuna

Ballon d`Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal as 10-man Real Madrid beat Osasuna 2-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the King`s Cup quarter-finals 4-0 on aggregate.

Madrid ease towards Cup quarters with Osasuna win

Real Madrid took a huge step towards the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 2-0 win over Osasuna in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Thursday.