Articles tagged 'real madrid'

Zizou set for history 3 June 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Whether Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid win or lose the Uefa Champions League tonight against Juventus is immaterial, the bottom line is the Frenchman will go down in history as a rare football animal that completed both tasks; first as a player of note and then a shrewd coach. Ve...
Liverpool in sorry state 25 October 2014 JOHANNESBURG - Former European giants Liverpool’s season hit an all-time low on Wednesday. Losing 3-0 at home to European club champions Real Madrid at Anfield must rank as one of the darkest days in the history of this celebrated club. It was not the scoreline that shocked the entire world...
Di Maria completes United switch 27 August 2014 LONDON - Ángel di María said Manchester United were the “only club” for which he would have left Real Madrid as the 26-year-old completed a £59.7m British record transfer, signing a five-year contract worth around £200,000 a week. With the Argentinian secured United will step up their attempt ...
Real win Super Cup 13 August 2014 LONDON - Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as a rampant Real Madrid side, featuring the most expensive strike force ever assembled, powered to a 2-0 win over Sevilla in an all-Spanish Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday. It was a thoroughly deserved victory before a 33 500 crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium...
Madrid close in on Rodriguez 22 July 2014 LONDON - Real Madrid are closing in on the signing of Colombia forward James Rodríguez, according to reports in Spain. The 22-year-old, who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup after scoring six goals in his country’s run to the quarter-finals, is believed to be back in Monaco after spending t...
Ancelotti's future under spotlight 24 May 2014 LONDON - Sometimes, when distracted by that comically rogue eyebrow or the smirk that accompanies his dry sense of humour, it is all too easy to forget Carlo Ancelotti's pedigree. Paul Clement had a reminder earlier this week. The Italian noticed his assistant at Real Madrid was experiencing a...
Familiar foe Pep blocks Real path 23 April 2014 LONDON - The last thing Real Madrid wanted was another Champions League semifinal clash against Bayern Munich and tonight they will need to get the better of a familiar foe who very much appears to have their number. Pep Guardiola, whose Bayern side play their last four, first leg at the Berna...
Thrilling road to Lisbon 12 April 2014 JOHANNESBURG - It has been an enthralling road to Lisbon in the European Champions League with only the cream of the crop heading into the last four. You don’t reach the penultimate stage of the world’s biggest club competition unless you have the pedigree and stamina to withstand the pressure...
Dortmund defeat a wake-up call - Casillas 9 April 2014 LONDON - Captain Iker Casillas said Real Madrid were given a Champions League wake-up call as they lost 2-0 to last season's beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund in their quarterfinal second leg match but still went through to the last four 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday. Germany winger Marco Reus ...
Ronaldo doubtful for Dortmund clash 8 April 2014 LONDON - Cristiano Ronaldo is doubtful for Real Madrid's Champions League quarterfinal, second-leg against Borussia Dortmund after breaking off Monday's final training session with a knee injury. Ronaldo completed just 20 minutes of Real's final training session on the eve of tonight's match a...
Dortmund block Real's 'decima' dream 2 April 2014 LONDON - As Real Madrid struggle to maintain their La Liga title bid, a greater emphasis has been placed on winning a 10th European crown and this week they face a Borussia Dortmund side who famously blocked their path last season. As each year passes, the desire for Real to claim a 10th Europ...
Chelsea, Real ease into last eight 19 March 2014 LONDON - Chelsea reached the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 aggregate win against Galatasaray on Tuesday, with Real Madrid joining them in the last eight after thrashing Schalke 04 9-2 over two legs of their last-16 tie. Chelsea's clash with Galatasaray was finely balanced after a 1...
Ronaldo sets record, Bayern stunned 11 December 2013 LONDON - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo set a Champions League group phase scoring record on Tuesday as Bayer Leverkusen and Olympiakos Piraeus reached the last 16 and snow forced Galatasaray's match with Juventus to be abandoned. Holders Bayern Munich's record-breaking run of 10 consecutive ...
Barca, Atletico stumble 21 October 2013 MADRID - Barcelona and Atletico Madrid dropped their first points of the season on Saturday, missing the chance to equal the record for the best-ever La Liga start. Champions Barca, who visit AC Milan in the Champions League tomorrow, were held 0-0 at Osasuna. It was the first time they fai...
Ronaldo agrees new Real deal 16 September 2013 MADRID - Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a contract extension with Real Madrid, the La Liga club said on Sunday. Spanish media reported Ronaldo's new deal extends his contract by three years to 2018 and lifts his net annual salary to €17m (£14.24m). The deal would appear Manchester United fans...