‘EL CLÁSICO’

Real Madrid-Barcelona match goes ahead despite protests outside stadium

The demonstrations organized by so-called Tsunami Democràtic during the soccer game on Wednesday saw some police charges and yellow plastic balls thrown onto the pitch

‘El clásico’

Thousands of officers on hand to protect Real Madrid-Barcelona match

Around 3,500 security personnel will be at the Camp Nou for tonight’s game in Catalonia, after the anonymous platform Democratic Tsunami called pro-independence protests there

Sexism in sport

Spanish soccer fans to female referee: “Go wash the dishes!”

Eighteen-year-old Alexandra García was subjected to 90 minutes of sexist insults as she oversaw a junior game in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Sports stars

Piqué shakes up the tennis world

Loved and hated in almost equal measure, the Barça soccer star was a mainstay of Spain’s greatest ever national team, but when it comes to business, tennis is his game. In the run-up to his makeover of the Davis Cup, he talks to EL PAÍS about his venture and how Shakira is a source of inspiration

Afghan refugees

The female Afghan boxers who found sanctuary in Spain

The Rahimi sisters fled their home country for Madrid, where they were granted asylum on gender grounds after persecution by the Taliban for their sporting activities

Fraud

The Tax Agency insider who helped defraud foreign sports players of €6.3m

The scam, which was run by three lawyers, involved filing fraudulent claims for rebates in the names of high-profile sportsmen who were residents in other countries

SPORTS

Medication found near body of Spanish skier Blanca Fernández Ochoa

A massive search for the 1992 Olympic bronze medalist came to a tragic end on Wednesday, when the 56-year-old’s corpse was located in the Sierra de Madrid mountains

MISSING PERSONS

Missing Olympic skier Blanca Fernández Ochoa found dead in Madrid mountains

The search operation for the 1992 bronze medalist was the biggest ever rolled out in the region

TELEVISION

Neymar makes cameo in Netflix hit ‘Money Heist’ after rape case dropped

Brazilian soccer star plays monk in scenes that had been previously left out of episodes six and eight

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Junior soccer players from Sierra Leone disappear after playing tournament in Spain

When it was time to go home, two 14-year-olds escaped through a window and have yet to be found

TELEVISION

“The story of Jesús Gil is about how fragile we are as a society”

An original documentary from HBO Spain examines the life and times of the infamous politician and businessman, whose stint at the helm of Marbella town council and Atlético de Madrid soccer club was characterized by corruption and excesses

SPORTS

Barça soccer star Piqué ordered to pay €2.1 million in back taxes

Spain’s High Court has rejected an appeal filed by the center-back over earnings from his image rights

OPINION

Toni Nadal: Wimbledon abuses its authority

The uncle and ex-coach of Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal criticizes the British tournament for seeing itself as too “special” to follow the standard seeding rules

CORRUPTION IN SPORT

Spanish match-rigging network fixed soccer game in Italy’s Serie A league

Police investigation finds that alleged ringleader Carlos Aranda bet and won on a game that had been pre-arranged, while wiretaps reveal that the former soccer player gave instructions to a partner on how to do a deal with one of the teams

EL PAÍS PODCASTS

¿Qué? podcast, S02E08: The end of Madrid’s low-emissions zone?

This week we discuss plans by the new mayor of the capital to ditch a scheme aimed at reducing pollution, and also examine an app that was used to spy on Spanish bars

DATA PROTECTION

Spain’s soccer league fined for app that listened for illegal broadcasts in bars

The application from La Liga would use the device’s microphone to detect TVs showing matches, which would then be crosschecked against establishments with the proper rights

TENNIS

Rafa Nadal’s emotional recovery: “I hit rock bottom, I got tired of the pain”

In an interview with EL PAÍS, the new Roland Garros champion confesses that he has been through a darker period than many people might imagine

SPORTS

Rafa Nadal: “I was hurt, I lost my energy”

After scoring his 12th French Open victory, the Spanish tennis champion admits he briefly considered dropping everything when he was going through a tough emotional period

CHAMPION’S LEAGUE FINAL

British soccer fans arrested for assault, theft and masturbating in public

Arrests were made over the weekend after thousands of Liverpool and Tottenham supporters descended on Madrid for the Champion’s League final on Saturday

SPORT

Champions League final: What soccer fans traveling to Madrid need to know

The British embassy has issued travel advice on how to prepare for Saturday’s game between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium

RACISM IN SPORT

Spanish soccer team prints racist slurs on jerseys to fight discrimination

Instead of their names, the players from Alma de África wore shirts bearing the insults they still get called during games

CORRUPTION IN SPORTS

Spanish soccer players held for match-fixing in top divisions

Police arrest nearly a dozen people, including the alleged ringeader Raúl Bravo, a former Real Madrid footballer who also played on the national team

EL PAÍS PODCASTS

¿Qué? podcast, S02E04: Chaos in Congress and vibrator prizes

This week we discuss the antics that took place during the inaugural session of the lower house, and talk about the outrageous award given to a women’s squash team in Spain

SEXISM IN SPORTS

Female squash players in Spain shocked at tournament prize: leg wax and a vibrator

The athletes who won a championship in Asturias say the award highlights “structural sexism” in sport and have filed a complaint that has led to club resignations

Sport

Griezmann: The right moment

The news that the French forward would be leaving in the run up to the summer market is the best possible scenario, both for Atlético and for the player himself

BUSINESS

Why a medical convention could be more profitable for Madrid than the Champions League final

The annual congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology is expected to bring 200,000 overnight stays and generate around €65 million

SOCCER

Guardiola: Dreamer, fanatic and artist

The things that the Manchester City manager is doing are so spectacular that his influence is steering soccer toward never-before-seen greatness