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Spanish football rejoices as Santi Cazorla returns to action with Villarreal

Cazorla's comeback isn't just a personal triumph for the Spain midfielder; it's bringing joy to Spanish football, too.
Santi Cazorla's comeback isn't just a personal triumph for the Spain midfielder; it's bringing joy to Spanish football, too.

It's the little things in life. On Friday night, Santi Cazorla played football, a simple thing that is extraordinary. To be exact: He played 75 good minutes in a 1-0 defeat vs. Girona. For 668 days, he couldn't. Between October 2016, when Arsenal faced Ludogorets, and August 2018, when Villarreal played Real Sociedad, Cazorla limped, cycled and sometimes ran, usually not for long before he was forced to stop. So, he started up again.

He lay on a physio's bench and a surgeon's table, for hours...

Santi Cazorla's Villarreal unveiling storms social media after stunning smoke show

After being released by Arsenal a few months ago, Santi Cazorla spent the summer working his way back to fitness and attempting to earn a contract with former club Villarreal.

It was then announced at the beginning of June that the 33-year-old had done enough to convince the Yellow Submarine to sign him up despite having not played a competitive game for over two years due to a chronic tendon injury.

So, it was left to Villarreal to unveil their new man on Thursday and, playing on Cazorla's "Little...

 By Chris Wright

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta given ceramic yellow submarine by Villarreal

Villarreal welcomed Barcelona to the Estadio de la Ceramica on Wednesday night and as such used the occasion to pay tribute to the departing Andres Iniesta.

The festivities began before kick-off when the home side formed a guard of honour for Iniesta and the rest of Barca's title-winning players -- something Real Madrid refused to do before Sunday's Clasico.

Villarreal then took the liberty of presenting Iniesta with a small yellow ceramic submarine during the prematch formalities.

Mario Gaspar...

Barcelona stay top of La Liga as Messi, Neymar, Suarez strike to beat Villarreal

BARCELONA, Spain -- Three thoughts from Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday.

1. Barcelona stay top with Villarreal win

This was supposed to be the game in which Barcelona could come unstuck. But by the time the final whistle blew, Villarreal -- who boast La Liga's second-best defence -- had conceded four and were perhaps grateful they hadn't conceded more. Lionel Messi scored twice and Luis Suarez and Neymar were also on target as manager Luis Enrique's side won 4-1, racking...

One Dos Santos heats up as the other cools down in Mexico reckoning

Jonathan dos Santos is now a key player for Villarreal.

Whether it be in one of Europe's top leagues or in Liga MX, the current season is quickly drawing to a close. And that means there is only a limited amount of time for players to impress Mexico national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio.

With spots in the Confederations Cup and Gold Cup up for grabs, let's take a look at some of the recent best and worst performances from Mexicans at home and abroad.

Warming Up

Jonathan dos Santos, MF, Villarreal (Spain)

Why he's here: Dos Santos has continued...

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid grab wins while Zinedine Zidane took risks

Five thoughts from the midweek round of action as Real Madrid rotated and won, while Barcelona and Atletico Madrid look in ominous form ahead of huge games to come.

1. Madrid squad depth came to the fore

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane made nine changes to his starting XI for Wednesday's visit to suburban neighbours Leganes, resting many big names including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale amid a heavy fixture list on two fronts.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly when Madrid were 3-0 up...