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  • Ludogorets set to host Real Madrid in their Champions League home debut 6 hours 34 minutes ago

    Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets will look to match the stunning giant-killing exploits of compatriots CSKA Sofia when they make their Champions League home debut against holders Real Madrid on Wednesday. CSKA, the most successful club in the Balkan country with 31 titles, boast a remarkable record of upsetting the odds, including European...
  • Atletico out to prove they have firepower to challenge in Europe January 6, 1410

    Atletico Madrid's Champions League game at home to Juventus on Wednesday will be a chance for the Spanish champions to prove they have the firepower to challenge in Europe again this season. Diego Costa, top scorer for Atletico last term when they reached the final of the continent's elite club competition,...
  • Chelsea are equipped to win the Champions League, says Eden Hazard Yesterday

    After suffering the bitter taste of a semi-final defeat last season, Chelsea's Eden Hazard says Chelsea are equipped to win the Champions League this time around. Hazard, who joined the club shortly after Chelsea were crowned European champions in 2012, says the London club can go all the way again this...
  • Ronaldo scores as Real Madrid win 2-0 at Villarreal 3 days ago

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his sixth straight game to help Real Madrid win 2-0 at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Saturday. Villarreal attacked well early on at El Madrigal Stadium, as an airplane circled overhead trailing a banner asking Ronaldo to return to former club Manchester United. But Luka...
  • La Liga: Real Madrid bank on Ronaldo in Villarreal clash 3 days ago

    Cristiano Ronaldo is on a goal-scoring streak, Lionel Messi has become Barcelona's best playmaker, and Valencia is leading the Spanish league for the first time in three years. Not to mention that Sevilla haven't lost yet, and Atletico Madrid have come close to perfecting the corner kick. La Liga is only five...
  • La Liga: Malaga hold Barcelona to a goalless draw 6 days ago

    Madrid: Lionel Messi failed to take his chances as Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw by a disciplined and defensive Malaga side in the Spanish league on Wednesday. Messi missed two opportunities in the first half and never looked comfortable on the ball after the break. Barcelona lead the standings...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores four as Real Madrid thrash Elche 1 week ago

    Cristiano Ronaldo made amends for conceding a penalty by scoring four times as he led Real Madrid to a 5-1 rout of Elche in the Spanish league on Tuesday. Ronaldo fouled Pedro Mosquera while disputing a ball in the box in the 15th minute, allowing Edu Albacar to stroke the penalty...
  • La Liga: Atletico Madrid need improvement before Almeria trip September 23, 2014

    When Atletico Madrid won a La Liga and King's Cup double in 1996, hopes were high it would mark the beginning of a golden period for the club known as the "mattress makers". Those hopes were quickly dashed and Atletico were relegated to the second division in 2000 before returning to...
  • Real Madrid's defence needs to improve, says Carlo Ancelotti September 22, 2014

    Madrid: Performances have improved but it is too early to conclude Real Madrid have put their earlyseason stutter behind them, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. Real lost two La Liga matches in a row, at Real Sociedad and at home to Atletico Madrid, before bouncing back with a 51 win...
  • Champions League: Contenders, Pretenders and the Outsiders September 22, 2014

    Every four years, the world comes together to be enthralled and excited by the magic of the Football World Cup, the most watched and celebrated sporting event in the world. And while the splendour and romance of the World Cup dictates that it shall always remain the premier and definitive...
  • Ronaldo nets thrice as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo 82 September 21, 2014

    Barcelona: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez added braces as Real Madrid rolled past Deportivo La Coruna 82 to emphatically end their twogame losing skid in the Spanish league on Saturday. After Madrid romped, defending champion Atletico Madrid slipped to a 22 draw with Celta...
  • Real Madrid extend contract with Raphael Varene September 19, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish football club Real Madrid announced they had extended the contract of central defender Raphael Varene until the summer of 2020. The 21yearold French international arrived at Real Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011 for 10 million euros (around $12 million) and broke into the first team at...
  • La Liga: Time for Real Madrid to keep the momentum rolling September 19, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid finally got their act together in the Champions League, and now it's time to keep the momentum rolling into the domestic competition following a disappointing start. Madrid won their 10th European title last season and routed FC Basel 51 on Tuesday, but started this year's Spanish league with...
  • Germans draw first blood in rivalry with English foes September 18, 2014

    Berlin: German teams scored a point or more accurately, seven in their rivalry with English clubs this week, coming out on top in two of their three Champions League duels, with the third resulting in a share of the spoils. Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich certainly had the better of...
  • James Rodriguez starting to make a mark at Real Madrid September 18, 2014

    Madrid: Expectations were unsurprisingly sky high when Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid from Monaco after top scoring with six goals at the 2014 World Cup. Real, who play at Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga on Saturday, snapped up the golden boot winner for a fee of around 80...
  • Atletico undone by inability to take chances Simeone September 17, 2014

    Madrid: Failure to take their chances in the first half scuppered Atletico Madrid in their 32 reverse at Olympiakos Piraeus in Tuesday's Champions League Group A opener, according to Atletico coach Diego Simeone. Last year's runnersup to Manchester city rivals Real Madrid, Atletico were unable to recover after conceding two firsthalf...
  • Casillas's fall from grace highlights divisions at Real Madrid September 17, 2014

    When Iker Casillas triumphantly hoisted the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft in Kiev after Spain claimed a second consecutive European crown in 2012, he could scarcely have believed that within two years he would be roundly whistled by fans at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium. Born and bred in the Spanish capital and...
  • Ancelotti urges positive attitude after Casillas whistled September 17, 2014

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti urged the club's fans to "be positive" after captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was again targeted with whistles in Tuesday's 51 Champions League drubbing of FC Basel. Casillas, who celebrated 15 years since his Real debut on Friday, was blamed by some supporters for not doing...
  • Olympiakos stun Atletico 32, Juventus beat Malmo in Champions League September 17, 2014

    Carlos Tevez broke his Champions League duck as he scored twice to lead Juventus to a hardfought 20 victory at home to Malmo in their opening Group A fixture on Tuesday. Juventus struggled at times before Tevez broke the deadlock in the 59th, following good interplay with Kwadwo Asamoah. It was...
  • Champions League: Bale, Ronaldo, Rodriguez score as Real Madrid rout Basel 51 September 17, 2014

    Paris: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale took center stage as Real Madrid opened the defense of their Champions League title with a swaggering 51 rout of Basel in Group B on Tuesday. Having ended their 12year wait for a 10th European Cup last season, Madrid started the long road back to...
  • Zinedine Zidane could be interested in France coaching job September 16, 2014

    Paris: Former France great Zinedine Zidane, who helped Les Bleus win the 1998 World Cup on home soil, has hinted he could be interested in coaching the national team. "I am ambitious. I am a coach now, and I tell myself 'why not be national coach?'," the Real Madrid young players'...
  • Real Madrid minor blips or serious signs? September 16, 2014

    "Too many cooks spoil the broth" an age old proverb which might sound veridical to Madridistas at the moment. Real Madrid finished last season as the Champions of Europe, clinching the "La Decima" after a wait of over ten seasons. For the current generation of Madrid fans, it is...
  • Champions League test for Juventus, Atletico Madrid September 16, 2014

    Milan: Juventus are back in the Champions League after an early exit in last year's competition, and Atletico Madrid are back after nearly winning it all. Juventus will face Swedish club Malmo in Group A on Tuesday. Atletico, which lost to Real Madrid in extra time in last year's final but...
  • Real Madrid coach Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie in Champions League September 16, 2014

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders' midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday's Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu. Real's poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten...
  • Carlo Ancelotti failing to find Real Madrid's missing balance September 15, 2014

    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted that his starladen side needs to find a balance between attack and defence as they were again humbled by local rivals Atletico Madrid 21 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Atletico have yet to be beaten by Real in three meetings already this campaign after...
  • Whistled Casillas accepts blame for latest Real Madrid flop September 14, 2014

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas accepted some of the blame for the European champions' latest La Liga failure after they were beaten 21 by city rivals and champions Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Casillas, 33, celebrated 15 years since his Real debut on Friday but a section of fans at the Bernabeu...
  • Real Madrid lose 12 against Atletico Madrid at home September 14, 2014

    Atletico Madrid won 21 at Real Madrid in the Spanish league on Saturday to take a small measure of revenge for last season's loss of the European Cup final to its crosstown rival. Atletico struck first through Tiago Cardoso's header in the 10th minute, but otherwise Madrid dictated the first half...
  • Real Madrid's Ronaldo 'in optimal condition', says Ancelotti September 13, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has completely recovered from injury, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday, suggesting the World Player of the Year will feature in Saturday's La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid. Portugal forward Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury at the end of last season and picked...
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo 'in optimal condition', says Ancelotti September 13, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has completely recovered from injury, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday, suggesting the World Player of the Year will feature in Saturday's La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid. Portugal forward Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury at the end of last season and...
  • Madrid derby on the menu in La Liga, Barcelona host Bilbao September 13, 2014

    Madrid: The Madrid derby are coming, and Atletico coach Diego Simeone is going to miss it. Simeone is still serving an eightmatch touchline ban after being sent off during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup for a vehement protest that included tapping an assistant referee on the head. Atletico beat...