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Levante 1-0 Malaga: Late defeat seals Malaga’s relegation to Segunda

Malaga’s relegation to Segunda was confirmed on Thursday night with a 1-0 defeat away to Levante. Any vague hope of survival was eliminated by a 93rd-minute winner from Ghanaian forward Emmanuel Boateng which leaves the Costa del Sol side 17 points from safety with just 15 points left to play for. The end of the club’s ten-year spell in the top flight came in cruel fashion after a game in which the Blue and Whites looked most likely to win. Striker Brown Ideye had two good chances in the first…

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​Malaga 1-2 Real Madrid: Apologetic Isco steals the show on Malaga return

​There are few visiting players to La Rosaleda who get as warm a welcome as Isco. Born in nearby Benálmadena, the diminutive midfielder is one of their own. He left the Costa team with their blessing and is flourishing in his new surroundings and is a certainty to be starting Spain’s first group game in the World Cup this summer. It was perhaps fate that Sunday night’s game would be his. Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, the midfielder took centre stage and scored the game’s…

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Deportivo 3-2 Malaga: Adrian double seals crucial win in relegation dog fight

Deportivo La Coruna’s battle to beat the drop received a major boost on Friday as they recorded the first victory of the Clarence Seedorf era with a 3-2 win over relegation rivals Malaga. On the back of a 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid last week, the home side needed to step up if they were to see off a Malaga side high on confidence after their shock 1-0 victory against Villarreal. In fact, the visitors started strongest and had the first chance of the game – a shot from Diego…

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Malaga 1-0 Villarreal: Chory penalty seals just fourth win of the season for bottom side

It’s almost certainly too little too late for Malaga, but Jose Gonzalez’s side brought a bit of joy to their fans on Sunday with a giant killing of old against Villarreal at La Rosaleda. Without a single player away on international duty last week, Malaga, unchanged from their 0-0 draw against Celta Vigo, were much sharper than their counterparts who had former ‘boquerones’ Pablo Fornals and Samu Castillejo in their starting line-up. Fornals, no longer a popular man on the Costa del Sol, wasn’t given the easiest of times as…

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Jose Gonzalez expected to stay on as Malaga head coach until the end of the season

A draw in Vigo at the weekend has made little difference to Malaga’s predicament; the side are almost certainly facing relegation to Segunda, 13 points from safety with just nine games left to play. Given Jose Gonzalez’s record of just three points from ten games, the obvious answer would be to sack the head coach. However, with the margin now so great, the Costa del Sol outfit are resigned to relegation and see little reason to change the man in the hot seat – barring any new developments. According to…

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Massive wage bill an issue for Malaga heading into Segunda

With Malaga already resigned to their fate, planning is already well under way for life in Segunda. Relegation will have huge financial implications for Malaga who will have to trim the fat on a large squad which contains a number of players already deemed surplus to requirements. At the end of this current season, when loaned players, both in and out, return to their parent clubs, Malaga will still have 24 players on professional contracts, plus three first-team players on youth contracts (Youssef En-Nesyri, Luis Muñoz and Álex Mula) –…

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Huesca head coach Rubi attracting the attention of Malaga

Not much is going Malaga’s way right now. The club sit rock bottom of the table, 13 points from safety, and look certain to be heading for relegation to Segunda. However, the club is hoping to use this situation to their advantage and steal a march on their opponents, who aren’t quite so sure of their fate, in their planning for life outside the top flight next season. This starts with the head coach. The incumbent, Jose Gonzalez, sees his contract expire at the end of the season and sporting…

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Environmental protesters hold up construction on Malaga Academy

Ecologists and residents’ associations joined forces to hold up construction on Malaga’s new Academy this week as they stopped workers from felling trees on land in the Arraijanal district of the city. The groups hope to bring a stop to the project as they say the land is of great environmental importance, close to the mouth of the Guadalhorce river, and one of Malaga’s, and the Costa del Sol’s, few remaining unurbanised areas. The protesters arrived on Monday and prevented workers from accessing machinery. However, the half dozen who camped…

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Spain players accused of being “on steroids” in historic 12-1 win

To this day, Spain’s famous 12-1 win over Malta is considered one of the country’s finest sporting achievements. La Roja, needing a win by eleven goals to pip the Netherlands to qualify for the 1984 European Championships, did exactly what was required of them, turning a 3-1 half time lead into a 12-1 victory in Seville in December 1983. In doing so, they equalled their tall of goals in the entirety of the campaign until then. In fact, before the game, the Maltese goalkeeper, John Bonello, said: “Spain couldn’t even…

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Juan Ramón Muñiz under consideration for the Malaga job

Two-time Malaga head coach Juan Ramón Muñiz is believed to be one of the leading candidates for the role next season as the club contemplates its future in Segunda. Muñiz was first at the Costa del Sol club as assistant manager to Juande Ramos in 2003, before taking up a role as head coach with neighbours Marbella. However, he returned to Malaga as manager in 2006 and earned promotion to La Liga for the Blue and Whites in 2008. Shortly after, he joined Racing Santander but was released at the…

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