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The Cucumber Knight returns to Leganes as mascot

With the new La Liga season just a few days old, CD Leganes have welcomed a familiar face back to the club in a bid to spur them onto great things.

After going missing from the Estadio de Butarque for several years, a former fan favourite came striding through the main door just in time for Leganes first home game of the campaign -- and with a fresh new look.

His name is Super Pepino and he's a giant, seven-foot tall cucumber. Leganes like to call him "the Cucumber Knight" and he is sort of a cross...

PSG star Neymar trolled by Leganes ahead of Real Madrid fixture

La Liga club Leganes have trolled Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar with a typically smart poster for Wednesday evening's hosting of Real Madrid.

Neymar and PSG were in the Spanish capital last week for a Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie at the Bernabeu, which Zinedine Zidane's side won 3-1 as the Brazilian was overshadowed by Blancos veteran Cristiano Ronaldo.

Well known for his social media smarts, Neymar was presumably impressed when the comms team at the suburban Madrid club made...

Transfer Rater: Yannick Carrasco to Chelsea, Gabriel Pires to West Ham

Football Whispers, Dec. 28.
The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Darren Bent to Rangers - 3.8

After Kenny Miller ruptured his hamstring against Hibs, Rangers began the search for his replacement. Bent has been missing for Derby...

Real Madrid's 'extra terrestrials' to make historic first Liga trip to Leganes

For the first time in Leganes' 86-year history they will host their neighbours in Spain's capital, European champions Real Madrid, as Primera Division peers on Wednesday night.

The small suburban club's 11,000-seater Estadio Butarque is sold out amid huge expectation among locals keen to see superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos, with the official match poster hyping the clash of little Lega against the "extra terrestrials" from the Bernabeu.

 By Rob Train

Gareth Bale stars as Real Madrid beat Leganes but Ronaldo struggles

Real Madrid beat Leganes 3-0 at the Bernabeu with Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata on the scoresheet as Zinedine Zidane's side extended their winning run in La Liga to four games and moved temporarily five points clear at the top of the table with Sevilla hosting Barcelona in Sunday's late match.

Positives

Bale's state of grace continued against Leganes as the Welshman took the match by the scruff of the neck at the end of the first half. Luka Modric made his eagerly awaited return to action from the...

Humble Leganes return from ruin to reach pinnacle of Spanish football

Martin Mantovani
Martin Mantovani, right, has led Leganes from Spain's third division to La Liga.

The 2003-04 season was the hardest ever for Leganes fans, even though it might have seemed different to an onlooker. After all, they were making the biggest headlines and set themselves the most ambitious target.

Daniel Grinbank, a wealthy Argentine music producer, acquired a stake at the club in the summer of 2003 and promised to make extraordinary investments in order to get promoted to Primera Division for the first time. He appointed Jose Pekerman, the famous Argentine coach who guided his...