Spanish footballers will go on strike this weekend, postponing the start of the Liga football season after talks between the players’ union and the national football league failed to break a deadlock over unpaid wages.
The 32 Champions League teams taking part this season will each receive a minimum of 7.2 million euros just for participating, said European football governing body UEFA, 100,000 euros more each than last year.
Saturday's 'El Clasico' between Real Madrid and arch-rivals Barcelona promises to be a gripping face-off, with both teams topping 'La Liga' with 77 points. Last season, the Catalans memorably won 6-2 at the Bernabeu stadium.
Ballon D'Or winner Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona defeated La Coruna 3-1 on Saturday, resulting in a healthy five point lead over Real in La Ligua. In Italy, Juventus edged out Inter in the Serie A race.
A Disneyland-style theme park dedicated entirely to Real Madrid: that is what the wealthy club's president Florentino Perez (photo) has in mind, according to Spanish sports newspaper AS. The project has a price tag of 150 million euros.