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La Liga players arrested in match-fixing raid

Spanish police have announced they expect to make 11 arrests, with the group including current and former La Liga players, as part of an ongoing raid into match-fixing in the country's top three divisions.

The action is being carried out in several regions of Spain as part of operation "Oikos," following an investigation by a court in Huesca regarding suspected gambling-motivated match-fixing in Spanish football.

A police statement on Tuesday said: "Police agents are carrying out an operation...

Antoine Griezmann to leave Atletico Madrid after five seasons

La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe delves into the inner workings of Antoine Griezmann's buyout clause and how it could delay an announcement on his future.
The FC crew speculate on whether Barcelona or PSG are front-runners to land Antoine Griezmann after the Atleti star announced he'll depart this summer.

Antoine Griezmann has informed Atletico Madrid that he will leave this summer, with sources confirming to ESPN FC that Barcelona are hopeful of signing him less than one year after he turned them down.

Atletico released a short statement Tuesday revealing that Griezmann had communicated his decision to leave the club after five seasons. They followed that up by posting a video of the French forward on social media explaining his decision to supporters.

"After speaking with [coach Diego Simeone],...

American investors buy Spanish second-division club Reus

American investors are taking over Spanish second-division club Reus, keeping it from being dissolved and dropped from the league.

The club says real estate investment bankers Russell Platt and Clifton Onolfo have purchased 99.7 percent of Reus' shares.

Financial details were not immediately released but local media say the club's debt has reached €5 million ($5.7m).

The statement by Reus on Monday says the new group plans to build an 18,000-capacity stadium and an entertainment complex.

The...

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Real Valladolid secure promotion to La Liga top flight after playoff triumph

Real Valladolid earned promotion to the top flight in La Liga after drawing with Numancia 1-1 on Saturday to win their playoff final 4-1 on aggregate.

Numancia, facing a three-goal deficit from their home defeat in the first leg, finally got on the board when Manuel del Moral scored in the 87th minute.

But Jaime Mata levelled the second leg match in stoppage time and Valladolid celebrated their return to the Primera Division for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

They will join Segunda...

Deportivo hoping to keep Real Madrid youngster Fede Valverde

Deportivo la Coruna are hoping they will convince Real Madrid to let them keep exciting promising midfielder Fede Valverde for another season after the Galician club were relegated from La Liga.

The 19-year-old, who is training with Uruguay ahead of next month's World Cup, spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Deportivo.

Contracted to Madrid until June 2021, Valverde last month declared his wish to remain at Depor beyond this summer, even if it meant playing in the Segunda Division.

Deportivo...