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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, May 9, 2014
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has called on his teammates to seize their opportunity to win La Liga after Real Madrid's 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid on Wednesday handed the reigning Spanish champ the initiative with two league games to play. Barca still trails leader Atletico by three points, but the ... Read the whole story
Atletico Madrid on Friday revealed that star striker Diego Costa is a big doubt for the final two games of the season after picking up a hamstring strain during training on Thursday. The 25-year-old, who has scored 27 goals in the league this season, is expected to miss Sunday's home ... Read the whole story
Manchester City needs just a draw at home to West Ham to wrap up its second Premier League title in three seasons, but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, whose team trails City by two points and a vastly inferior goal difference heading into its final game of the season against Newcastle, ... Read the whole story
As Deutsche Welle describes it, "more than half a century of history, civic pride and identity" is at stake for Hamburg SV when the Bundesliga giant travels to Mainz on Saturday to play its final game of the German season. Hamburg is locked in a three-way battle for survival with ... Read the whole story
The race for the fourth and final UEFA Champions League spot in Germany is up for grabs as the Bundesliga season wraps up this weekend. Fourth-place Bayer Leverkusen will earn a UCL playoff spot with a win against Werder Bremen, but a draw or loss would hand the initiative to ... Read the whole story
Sepp Blatter on Friday confirmed that he intends to stand for a fifth term as head of soccer's world governing body. The FIFA President, who is now 78, indicated previously that he might step aside when his current term ends, but during a pubic discussion with Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld ... Read the whole story
In an interview, Spain international Alvaro Arbeloa said that former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho imposed his authority from the very beginning when he replaced Manuel Pellegrini as head coach of Los Blancos in the summer of 2010. Read the whole story
Real Madrid defender Pepe is doubt for the UEFA Champions League final against Atletico Madrid after suffering a calf injury in Real's 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid on Wednesday. Although the injury was described as only "Grade One", the club says he could be sidelined for up to two weeks, ... Read the whole story


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