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French legend Raymond Kopa passes away

Legendary French football player Raymond Kopa, one of the historical stars of Real Madrid, where he won three European Cups, died on Friday at the age of 85. The newspaper Le Courrier de l'Ouest announced the death of Kopa, who was also a striker for Stade de Reims. Kopa was hospitalised on February 19 following a long illness.

Raymond Kopaszewski was born in Noeud-les-Mines, northern France, in October 1931, and in 1958 became the first French player to win the Ballon d'Or. He is regarded in France as the true forerunner to former UEFA president Michel Platini and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.


Fernando Torres released from hospital after head injury

Doctors at a hospital said that Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres was "conscious and oriented" after being knocked out during La Liga match in La Coruna against Deportivo. Torres on Thursday was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the 84th minute of the match at the Riazor, which ended 1-1.

Fernando lost consciousness for several minutes after colliding with Deportivo's Alex Bergantiños while going up for a header. Visibly stunned, players from both teams watched anxiously as Torres lay on the ground before being taken to a waiting ambulance.


Wenger linked with Barcelona Head Coach vacancy

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger on Thursday said he is not looking to be head coach of FC Barcelona when Luis Enrique leaves the Catalan side at the end of the season.

Wenger's name is on the list of possible coaches for Barcelona's coach, but he has always reiterated that his preference would be to stay at Arsenal.


La Liga: 10-man Real Madrid salvage late draw against Las Palmas

Real Madrid came close to suffering one of the most humbling defeats of the Zinedine Zidane era, but Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals to help the La Liga powerhouse salvage a 3-3 draw against Las Palmas.

Los Blancos appeared to be headed for an easy victory at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday when they got a goal in just the eighth minute from Isco. But Las Palmas answered two minutes later with a powerful right-footed strike by midfielder Tana and kept the hosts off the scoreboard for the rest of the first half.


La Liga: Barcelona rout Sporting Gijon 6-1 to go top

FC Barcelona routed lowly Sporting Gijon 6-1 in a game that was short on drama and was quickly overshadowed by the announcement that the Catalans' head coach Luis Enrique will be stepping down at the end of the season.

Barcelona were scarcely troubled at Camp Nou here on Wednesday by a team in danger of relegation, getting the opening goal from Argentine superstar Lionel Messi just eight minutes into the contest and a second goal three minutes later.


Enrique announces decision to leave Barcelona

FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confirmed he would leave the Spanish football powerhouse at the end of the season.

He said he would leave after his contract runs out in the summer. He was addressing a press conference on Wednesday following Barcelona's 6-1 rout of relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon at the Nou Camp.


La Liga: Real Betis edge Malaga 2-1

Real Betis picked up all three points against Malaga, taking advantage of the hosts' late defensive lapses to post a 2-1 victory in the 25th round of the La Liga season.

Both teams enjoyed periods of possession in the first half on Tueday, but neither posed any threat to the other's goal and the squads looked likely to head to the dressing room 0-0 at the break.


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