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Coutinho scores as Barcelona reaches 5th straight Copa final

Friday, 9 February 2018

Another year, another Copa del Rey final for Barcelona. Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal since leaving Liverpool as Barcelona defeated Valencia 2-0 Thursday to reach the Copa final for the fifth straight season. Ivan Rakitic also scored in the second leg of the semifinals, giving Barcelona a 3-0 win on aggregate after a 1-0 victory in the opener at Camp Nou Stadium. The three-time defending champions next face Sevilla in a repeat of the 2016 final. Sevilla eliminated Leganes 3-1 on ...

Bodies of 16 migrants recovered off Morocco coast

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Moroccan rescue services have recovered the bodies of 16 migrants off the coast of Spain’s enclave of Melilla, Moroccan and Spanish officials said Sunday.Three women were among the dead taken to a morgue in the Moroccan city of Nador, a medical official there told AFP.All were sub-Saharan Africans apart from one Moroccan, the official said.A spokeswoman for Melilla’s authorities earlier said “about 20” bodies had been recovered in Moroccan territorial waters.The bodies of ...

Sacked Catalan leader holds Brussels meeting despite Madrid opposition

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Catalonia’s ousted president Carles Puigdemont met Wednesday with the speaker of the region’s parliament in Brussels despite efforts by Spain’s central government to prevent the talks. Puigdemont had originally been due to meet with Catalan parliament speaker Roger Torrent and four other members of his sacked government at Catalonia’s trade mission in Brussels. But they were forced to move the meeting to another nearby location after Spain’s central government ...

Spain surpasses US as tourism destination in 2017

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Spain last year surpassed the United States to become the world’s second most visited country after France, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said during a visit to Italy.Rajoy, speaking late Wednesday, said 82 million people visited in 2017, a nine percent increase over the previous year that came despite terror attacks and the political crisis in tourism magnet Catalonia.Tourism earnings rose 12 percent, totaling $104 billion, he said in Rome on the sidelines of a southern European ...

La Liga renews partnership agreement with Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and La Liga - a sports association composed of professional football clubs of Spain - renewed on Thursday their partnership agreement for three more years to come. The renewal - on the margins of Dubai 12th International Sports Conference - has been made and signed by  Aref Hamad Al Awani, ADSC General Secretary, and Javier Tebas Medrano, president of La Liga, reported ADSC.ae. The agreement is meant to enhance footballing professionalism in Abu Dhabi ...

Nursing home workers win big in Spain’s Christmas lottery

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Spain's annual Christmas lottery on Friday showered over 10 million euros on employees of a nursing home in a struggling town where one in five people is out of work. Celebrating employees of the "Sagrado Corazon" nursing home in the central town of Campo de Criptana, many wearing their white uniforms, jumped up and down, sang and drank sparkling wine outside the building, images broadcast on Spanish TV showed. Twenty-two workers at the home held at least one ticket bearing the winning ...

Egypt’s Al Ahly club invites six GCC players to play friendly against Atletico

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Egyptian giant football club, Al Ahly, has invited six GCC players to join its team during the friendly against Atletico Madrid, which would take place on December 30. The club’s president the African legend Mahmoud al-Khatib sent official invitation to Fahad Al Mouwalled (Ettihad, Saudi Arabia), Ahmed Khalil (Al Jazeera, UAE), Omar Abdulrahman (Al Ain, UAE), Ismaeel Matar (Al Wehda, UAE), Sayed Zia (Al Rifaa, Bahrain) and Ismaeel Abdulatif (Mharraq, Bahrain) to become part of the squad. ...

Messi signs new contract in big win for Barcelona

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Barcelona enjoyed a big win Saturday without even playing.Lionel Messi finally put Barcelona fans at ease by signing a new contract that will keep the Argentina forward at the Spanish club through 2021 when he will be 34.“I’m happy to continue with the club, which is my home,” Messi said. “My dream was to finish my career at Barca and we are moving down that path.”With his former contract set to run out next summer, Messi would have been free to listen to offers ...

Why is Spain holding hundreds of Algerian migrants in jail?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Spain on Tuesday defended holding in prison nearly 500 migrants who arrived in the country by boat. Following criticism by rights groups, the Spanish government said it was due to a lack of space at immigration detention centers. "We feel it is better that the migrants be held in a center with the latest technology, with sanitary facilities, showers, heating, beds, sports areas than to put them in camps like in other countries," Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido told radio Onda Cero ...

Al Jubeir: Lebanon will find peace when terrorist group Hezbollah is disarmed

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said, on Friday, that Hezbollah was a terrorist organization and Lebanon would only enjoy peace by disarming it. "Hezbollah must be disarmed and become a political party for the stability of Lebanon," Al-Jubeir told reporters at a news conference with Alfonso Dastis, minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain. "Lebanon will only enjoy peace by disarming Hezbollah," he said. "Hezbollah's terrorist militia, it can not be ...

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