Spanish La Liga standings

Madrid, Jan 5 (IANS) The following are the Spanish La Liga standings after Monday’s match (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua news agency.

Atletico Madrid 18 13 2 3 25 8 41

Barcelona 17 12 3 2 40 15 39

Real Madrid 18 11 4 3 47 18 37

Villarreal 18 11 3 4 24 16 36

Celta Vigo 18 9 4 5 28 25 31

Athletic Bilbao 18 8 4 6 27 20 28

Deportivo La Coruna 18 6 9 3 26 18 27

Eibar 18 7 6 5 25 19 27

Sevilla 18 7 5 6 24 21 26

Valencia 18 5 8 5 23 17 23

Malaga 18 6 5 7 13 14 23

Espanyol 18 6 3 9 16 28 21

Getafe 18 5 5 8 20 27 20

Real Betis 18 5 5 8 13 27 20

Real Sociedad 18 4 5 9 20 27 17

Las Palmas 18 4 5 9 18 26 17

Granada 18 4 5 9 20 32 17

Sporting Gijon 17 4 3 10 16 27 15

Rayo Vallecano 18 4 3 11 20 41 15

Levante 18 2 5 11 12 31 11

Ex-Brazil striker Adriano back in training

Former Brazil international striker Adriano is reportedly attempting a comeback to professional football after an absence of almost two years, media reports said on Tuesday.

The former Inter Milan star, who will be 34 next month, has been training alone for the past two months, losing more than nine kilos, according to the Uol news portal.

Beset by injuries and personal problems, Adriano has played just 10 matches in the past five years, reports Xinhua news agency.

He was reportedly close to signing with French third tier outfit La Havre last year but a deal fell through at the last minute.

Adriano has 27 goals from 48 international appearances and was the Selecao’s top scorer in their 2004 Copa America and 2005 Confederations Cup triumphs.

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