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Some things to know about the Spanish league

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Cordoba at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium  in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

MADRID (AP) — After an opening draw, Atletico Madrid again will be searching for its first win of the season without coach Diego Simeone on the sidelines.

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Champions League draw wide open

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal celebrates his goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Cordoba at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium  in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

MONACO (AP) — Real Madrid’s Champions League title defense takes shape Thursday at one of the most open draws in years.

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Lionel Messi back to the top of AP soccer poll

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right, reacts after scoring against Elche during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

LONDON (AP) — The season’s first Associated Press global soccer poll has Lionel Messi back at the top of the list.

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Mario Balotelli signs for Liverpool

FILE- In this file photo dated  Tuesday, June 24, 2014, Italy's Mario Balotelli, right, kicks the ball over Uruguay's Martin Caceres during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. England's Liverpool soccer club announced Monday Aug. 25, 2014, it has completed the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, FILE)

Liverpool signed Italy striker Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for 16 million pounds ($26.5 million) on Monday, taking a calculated gamble on a headline-grabbing player known as much for his controversies as his goals.

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Messi back to old self under new Barcelona coach

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, reacts after scoring against Elche during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Bad World Cup memories be gone. Lionel Messi is back to his match-winning self.

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