Berbatov eager to extend Monaco stay

Berbatov eager to extend Monaco stay

Berbatov joined the Ligue 1 side on loan from Premier League strugglers Fulham at the end of January and has since scored six goals in 12 appearances.

The Bulgarian netted the winner in Monaco's 1-0 victory over Nice on Sunday, hitting the target with an audacious lob.

And the 33-year-old is keen to remain with the principality club, whose victory over Cote d'Azur rivals Nice secured a place in next season's UEFA Champions League.

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Martino feels responsible for Barca struggles

Martino feels responsible for Barca struggles

Martino's men came from behind to claim a 2-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, Pedro and Lionel Messi finding the net as they partially atoned for the midweek Copa del Rey final loss to arch-rivals Real Madrid.

The win kept Barca within four points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid and ended a run of three consecutive defeats following their UEFA Champions League exit to Atletico and a shock reverse to Granada.

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Keller eyes response to Stuttgart loss

Keller eyes response to Stuttgart loss

Keller's men were well beaten by Huub Stevens' relegation-threatened side at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, a result that marked Schalke's first defeat in eight Bundesliga matches.

Schalke are still in position to return to the Champions League next season and sit third in the table, five points ahead of fifth-placed Wolfsburg.

And Keller is eager to bounce back from the weekend's disappointment with a win over sixth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, who still ... » Read more


Xavi: Barca still fighting

Xavi: Barca still fighting

Barca avoided a fourth consecutive defeat thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 win at home to fourth-placed Bilbao.

Gerard Martino's men moved within four points of the summit, although leaders Atletico Madrid remain in the box seat with four matches remaining.

However, Xavi says the Catalan giants will fight to the very end to defend their league crown.

"We knew how important today's game was, even though we don't have matters in our own ... » Read more


Copa del Rey: Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2

Copa del Rey: Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2

After Angel Di Maria's first-half opener was cancelled out by Marc Bartra, Bale stormed down the left wing - running half the length of the pitch before poking the ball past Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Pinto with just five minutes to play.

His outstanding run - which started close to the touchline - saw him leave Bartra for dead with his pace, before he produced a composed finish to cap an outstanding performance, as Real won the trophy for a 19th time.

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DFB-Pokal: Bayern Munich 5 Kaiserslautern 1

DFB-Pokal: Bayern Munich 5 Kaiserslautern 1

Pep Guardiola's men remain on track to emulate their achievements of last season, when the Bavarians won the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League and DFB-Pokal, following a comfortable semi-final triumph at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger put Bayern, who have already been crowned Bundesliga champions and won the FIFA Club World Cup in December, ahead midway through the first half with a fine headed effort.

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La Liga Preview: Atletico Madrid v Elche

La Liga Preview: Atletico Madrid v Elche

Diego Simeone's charges boast an 11-game unbeaten run that has seen them move three points clear at the Spanish top flight's summit. 

They also moved into the UEFA Champions League semi-final at Barca's expense, with the holders not in action until Sunday and Real playing on Tuesday. 

It gives Atletico an opportunity to extend their lead to six points in the first of five remaining, which Simeone has described as "finals", stating recently: ... » Read more


Ligue 1 Preview: Ajaccio facing relegation, Monaco aim to cut gap at top

Ligue 1 Preview: Ajaccio facing relegation, Monaco aim to cut gap at top

Ligue 1's bottom club have endured a nightmarish season, and stand on the brink of dropping into the second tier after a campaign that has seen them claim just three league wins.

And Christian Bracconi's men will need to take maximum points at the Stade Armand Cesari if they are to stand any chance of staying in the top flight.

However, Ajaccio have not emerged victorious in the Corsican derby since 2008, and even if Bracconi's side do beat Bastia, they will ... » Read more


Milan announce losses

Milan announce losses

The consolidated loss is set to be covered by a €22m investment from Fininvest - a financial holding company owned by the Berlusconi family that holds the controlling stake in the Serie A club.

The club also revealed earnings had dipped from €275.9m to €274m.

A statement on Milan's website on Wednesday read: "The figures relate to all three companies within the Milan Group: AC Milan, Milan Entertainment and Milan Real ... » Read more


Gradel relishing 'magical' World Cup experience

Gradel relishing 'magical' World Cup experience

The 26-year-old suffered a knee ligament injury last March that kept him out for over six months, but has recovered to enjoy a fine season with Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne.

Gradel has found the net four times for Christophe Galtier's side this term and could feature for Ivory Coast at the World Cup after helping them go unbeaten in qualification for the tournament.

Sabri Lamouchi's men will take on Japan, Colombia and Greece in the group stages in Brazil and Gradel ... » Read more