Spain: Nursing assistant clear of Ebola virus

Spain: Nursing assistant clear of Ebola virusMadrid : Spain says a test has shown a nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola is now clear of all traces of the virus.

A blood test has revealed that Teresa Romero's immune system has eliminated the virus from her body, according to a statement released by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's office late today.

Manuel Cuenca, microbiology director at Madrid's Carlos III health care complex, says a second test in the coming hours is needed to absolutely confirm Romero's recovery.

Romero, 44, had treated two patients who died of Ebola at Carlos III hospital.

Plane isolated at Madrid airport for Ebola check

health ebolaMadrid : An Air France plane was isolated at Madrid's airport on Thursday because of a suspected Ebola case after a passenger was reported to have a fever and shivers, officials said.

The passenger, who had traveled from Lagos, Nigeria, was taken by ambulance to an unspecified hospital in Madrid but the rest of the passengers were allowed to leave the plane as normal, Air France said in a statement.

The flight, carrying 163 people, arrived in Madrid from Paris, the company said. The plane was taken to a special area of the airport.

Spain's Parliament backs king's abdication

Juan CarlosMadrid: Spain's lower house of Parliament today voted overwhelmingly in favour of urgent government legislation allowing King Juan Carlos to abdicate this month and hand over his duties to Crown Prince Felipe.

The legislation was approved by 299 lawmakers, while 19 voted against and 23 abstained.

The bill was backed by the majority-ruling Popular Party and the leading opposition Socialist Party, while some regional nationalist and left-wing parties rejected it or abstained.

Several left-wing deputies held up signs demanding a referendum on whether to scrap the monarchy.

Del Bosque keeps his players guessing about final squad

Vicente-del-BosqueMadrid, May 26 : Spain coach Vicente del Bosque kept his players guessing as he finalised a list of 19 players for his side's friendly game against Bolivia, May 30, as part of preparations for the FIFA World Cup.

The list that was finalised by the coach Sunday does not include any of the eight Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid players who took part in Saturday night's Champions League finals, nor does it include strikers Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente or winger Jesus Navas, reports Xinhua.

Barcelona extend Messi's contract

Lionel-MessiMadrid, May 17 : FC Barcelona confirmed they have reached an agreement with Lionel Messi to extend the striker's contract.

"FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to adjust the terms in the contract binding Lionel Messi to the club as a professional first team player. The revised and updated contract will be signed over the next few days," read a message on the Barcelona website Friday, reports Xinhua.

Nadal lucky to win Madrid Masters after Nishikori retires hurt

Rafael NadalMadrid ( Spain), May 12 - World Number One Rafael Nadal won his first European clay court title here at the Madrid Masters on Sunday, after a back injury forced Japan's Kei Nishikori to retire during the final.

According to the BBC, Nadal led 2-6 6-4 3-0 when a hobbling Nishikori, who had led by a set and a break, had to pull out of the match.

Nadal, 27, becomes the first man to win four Madrid titles and extends his Masters 1000 record to 27 victories.

Nadal has now won 44 clay-court titles and is just two away from equalling Argentine great Guillermo Vilas's all-time record of 46 on the surface

Easy wins for Nadal, Williams in Madrid Open

Serena WilliamsMadrid, May 8 - Serena Williams swept into the last 16 with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over China's Peng Shuai, while Rafael Nadal began defence of his crown with a crushing 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentina's Juan Monaco in Madrid Tennis Open Wednesday.

Williams needed just over one hour and four minutes and never looked in trouble with another display of powerful tennis on a court where she has looked very much at home in recent years, Xinhua reported.

Peng Shuai cannot be accused of giving up, but was just unable to compete with Williams' powerful hitting.

Spain's economy to grow, says minister

Spain's economy to grow, says ministerMadrid, April 24 - Spain's economy will grow at an average of 1.5 percent in 2014-15, authorities said.

"Everything indicates that the Spanish economy's recovery has continued in the first quarter of the year," Xinhua quoted Economy Minister Luis de Guindos as saying Wednesday.

Spain will have a "sustained recovery" with net job creation for the first time since the economic crisis hit, De Guindos said, adding that job growth should be "relatively significant" over the two-year period.

Ronaldo likely to start against Bayern Munich

Cristiano-RonaldoMadrid, April 23 : Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said he is expecting Cristiano Ronaldo to play in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against reigning champions Bayern Munich in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Wednesday night.

Ronaldo has struggled with a knee and hamstring problem since the first leg of the quarterfinal but Tuesday saw him complete his third full training session to give the coach hope of his return, reports Xinhua.

Ronaldo to return for Champions League semifinal

Cristiano-RonaldoMadrid, April 21 : Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to play against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final if the message posted on one of his social networking sites is to be believed.

Ronaldo has not played for Madrid since leaving the first leg of the quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund because of injury three weeks ago, reports Xinhua.

A combination of tendonitis in his left knee and a hamstring tear sidelined him from the Copa del Rey final last week when they defeated Barcelona 2-1 at the Mestalla Stadium.

Ronaldo's knee cause of worry for Real Madrid, Portugal

Cristiano-RonaldoMadrid, April 3 : Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti may have tried to assure fans and press that there is no need to worry about a possible serious injury to Cristiano Ronaldo's left knee, but the fact is Ronaldo's knee could be a big problem for the Spanish giants and perhaps Portugal.

Ronaldo limped out of the last 10 minutes of his side's 3-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund Wednesday night with a worried look on his face as a result of pain in his left knee, reports Xinhua.

Barcelona defender Pique to rest for four weeks

Barcelona defender Pique to rest for four weeksMadrid, April 2 - Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will rest for four weeks after picking up a hairline fracture of his right hip, the Spanish club has said.

Pique fell hard on his right side in an effort to head a long ball in Tuesday's 1-1 Champions League quarterfinal draw against Atletico Madrid, reports Xinhua.

The injury will force him out of the April 9 return leg at Atletico. (IANS)

Barcelona triumph in Bernabeu after Clasico of three penalties

Barcelona triumph in Bernabeu after Clasico of three penaltiesMadrid, March 24 - FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 4-3 in an incredible game of football in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Sunday night to throw the race for the league title in Spain wide open.

Leo Messi scored a hat-trick, with two of his goals coming from the penalty spot in a night when referee Undiano Mallenco was one of the main protagonists, Xinhua reported.

Jese injury a big blow for Madrid

Jese-RodriguezMadrid, March 19 : Real Madrid paid a heavy price for their qualification to the last 8 of the Champions League football against Schalke 04 when striker Jese Rodriguez was taken to hospital with what looked like a knee ligament injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice and Alvaro Morata, gave Madrid a 3-1 win Tuesday night on the night and a 9-2 aggregate win, but perhaps Jese will be the player who takes the headlines, reports Xinhua.

Barca sign new deal with defender Bartra

Barca sign new deal with defender BartraMadrid, March 19 - FC Barcelona announced Tuesday that the club has reached an agreement with young central defender Marc Bartra to extend his contract into the end of June 2017.

The new contract raises Bartra's buyout clause to 25 million euros and confirms the 23-year-old's progression to becoming a regular member of the first team squad, Xinhua reported.

Bartra joined Barcelona when he was just 11 years old and progressed through the ranks of the youth system, making his first team debut in the 2009-10 season, when he played at right back against Atletico Madrid.

Del Bosque may take Costa to Brazil

Vicente-del-BosqueMadrid, March 7 : Brazil-born Diego Costa looks certain to be included in Spain's squad for the forthcoming World Cup finals in Brazil despite a disappointing international debut.

Spain's 1-0 win against Italy may have been played Wednesday night in the Vicente Calderon Stadium where Costa earns his corn week in week out with Atletico Madrid, but at times he looked a stranger to his teammates in the Spain shirt, reports Xinhua.

Real Madrid take easy win over Elche

Real Madrid take easy win over ElcheMadrid, Feb 23 - Gareth Bale scored a magnificent goal to all but assure what turned into a comfortable 3-0 home win over Elche Saturday night, Xinhua reported.

Real Madrid were leading by 1-0 in the 72nd minute of the game when the Welshman received the ball around 10 yards from the edge of the Elche penalty area and thrashed a swerving shot into the back of the goal.

Until that moment his side had been in control against a side fighting to avoid relegation but had failed to create many clear cut chances.

Real Madrid remains world's richest football club

Real Madrid remains world's richest football clubMadrid, Jan 24 - Spain's Real Madrid remained the world's richest football team for the ninth consecutive year, followed by FC Barcelona, according to a study published by Deloitte.

The study, Football Money League, published Thursday analyzes the teams financial information of the 2012-2013 season, reported Xinhua.

According to the study, Real Madrid's turnover reached 518.9 million euros ($710.7 million) in the 2012-2013 season, which meant an 1.2 percent increase when compared with the 2011-2012 season.

Xavi doubts ending career at Barca

Xavi doubts ending career at BarcaMadrid, Jan 8 : FC Barcelona's veteran midfielder Xavi Hernandez said he hopes to end his career with the Spanish giants but is not sure if that will happen.

Although that may shock Barca fans at first reading, it is not a massive surprise given that Xavi will celebrate his 34th birthday at the end of the month and has a contract until the end of June 2016, by which time he will be 36 years old, reports Xinhua.

Messi back for Barca's home game against Elche

Lionel-MessiMadrid, Jan 4 : Lionel Messi is back and raring to go as FC Barcelona prepare to kick off 2014 with a home match against Elche in the Spanish La Liga Sunday.

It promises to be a hectic start to the year for the reigning champions and BBVA Primera Liga leaders as the Elche game is followed by a Copa del Rey tie against Getafe in midweek ahead of their trip to face second place Atletico Madrid in the Vicente Calderon Stadium next weekend, reports Xinhua.

The good news for Barca coach Tata Martino is that he will once again be able to count on a full complement of players for what is an intense schedule.

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