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Benzema puts Ronaldo-less Madrid back on top

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Madrid (AFP) – Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid made light of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale’s absence to move back to the top of La Liga with a 4-1 win at Eibar on Saturday.

Benzema proved decisive when he was needed most by the European champions without his usual strike partners as the Frenchman finished twice from close range inside the first 25 minutes.

Benzema puts Ronaldo-less Madrid back on top

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Madrid (AFP) – Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid made light of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale’s absence to move back to the top of La Liga with a 4-1 win at Eibar on Saturday.

Benzema proved decisive when he was needed most by the European champions without his usual strike partners as the Frenchman finished twice from close range inside the first 25 minutes.

Benzema makes Real Madrid click – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hailed the impact of Karim Benzema after his compatriot lifted the European champions from the early blow of conceding to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday.

Madrid are now on the brink of a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final as they aim to become the first team to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.

Benzema makes Real Madrid click – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hailed the impact of Karim Benzema after his compatriot lifted the European champions from the early blow of conceding to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday.

Madrid are now on the brink of a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final as they aim to become the first team to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.

Injury-ravaged Real recover Benzema, Ramos for derby

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Madrid (AFP) Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos were named among Real Madrid's injury-ravaged 20-man squad for the last ever derby at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane will be without defender Pepe, the influential midfield duo of Casemiro and Toni Kroos, as well as striker Alvaro Morata.

Injury-ravaged Real recover Benzema, Ramos for derby

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Madrid (AFP) Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos were named among Real Madrid's injury-ravaged 20-man squad for the last ever derby at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane will be without defender Pepe, the influential midfield duo of Casemiro and Toni Kroos, as well as striker Alvaro Morata.

Friday Kickoff: Messi, Chelsea, Benzema and more

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One of the game's best is set for his return, while one of the world's biggest clubs announced a major sponsorship deal.

Lionel Messi is set to return to the Barcelona lineup this weekend against Deportivo La Coruna, marking his first appearance since suffering a groin strain on Sept. 21. (REPORT)

Chelsea has signed a new kit deal with Nike that will see the club earn£60 million per season for the next 15 years.

Arsenal AGAIN being linked with a bid for Benzema?

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema for a number of seasons now, and despite the time of the season, and the fact we signed a striker a matter of weeks ago, the reports have sprung up once again. The Gunners completed a deal to sign La Liga striker Lucas [...]

Betting latest on strike targets to join Arsenal

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Arsenal appear to be desperate to bring in another striker this summer, and have so far failed to do so, and we thought we'd delve into the latest prices on us to land a number of targets. The most heavily linked attacker is obviously Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, and his price reflects the reports, ranking [.

Arsenal waiting for Real Madrid decision on striker?

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Arsenal are in the hunt to bring in a new striker this summer, and have so far failed to do so, but does Wenger have a trump card in mind? Our club was strongly linked with the capture of Alvaro Morata toward the end of last season, with Real said to be looking to trigger [...]

Breaking: Arsenal target Morata’s future announced by Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have revealed that Alvaro Morata will be returning to the club this summer, and will join up with the first-team squad ahead of pre-season. The Spanish international's future has been highly speculated in recent months, with many news sources claiming that the striker would have his buy-back clause triggered, before selling him on [.

Benzema faces backlash over racism claims

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Paris (AFP) Karim Benzema faced a growing backlash on Thursday, a day after his sensational claims that coach Didier Deschamps had "bowed to pressure from a racist part of France" by keeping him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

Political and sporting figures lined up to condemn the Real Madrid striker, with Prime Minister Manuel Valls saying he was "shocked" by Benzema's outburst in Spanish media.

Benzema faces backlash over racism claims

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Paris (AFP) Karim Benzema faced a growing backlash on Thursday, a day after his sensational claims that coach Didier Deschamps had "bowed to pressure from a racist part of France" by keeping him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

Political and sporting figures lined up to condemn the Real Madrid striker, with Prime Minister Manuel Valls saying he was "shocked" by Benzema's outburst in Spanish media.

France’s Benzema isolated amid Deschamps racism claims

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Paris (AFP) Karim Benzema found himself isolated on Thursday a day after his sensational claims that Didier Deschamps had "bowed to pressure from a racist part of France" by keeping him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

Political and sporting figures condemned the accusations of the Real Madrid player, but stressed that racism did still exist in France.

France’s Benzema isolated amid Deschamps racism claims

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Paris (AFP) Karim Benzema found himself isolated on Thursday a day after his sensational claims that Didier Deschamps had "bowed to pressure from a racist part of France" by keeping him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

Political and sporting figures condemned the accusations of the Real Madrid player, but stressed that racism did still exist in France.

Benzema accuses Deschamps of bowing to racists

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Paris (AFP) Karim Benzema unleashed a new storm of controversy on Wednesday by saying French coach Didier Deschamps had "bowed to pressure from a racist part of France" by keeping him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

However, politicians and France's football establishment leaped to Deschamps defence over the interview that the Real Madrid star gave to a Spanish newspaper.

Benzema accuses Deschamps of bowing to racists

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Paris (AFP) Karim Benzema unleashed a new storm of controversy on Wednesday by saying French coach Didier Deschamps had "bowed to pressure from a racist part of France" by keeping him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

However, politicians and France's football establishment leaped to Deschamps defence over the interview that the Real Madrid star gave to a Spanish newspaper.

Benzema says Deschamps ‘bowed to racists’ over Euro snub

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Madrid (AFP) France's top scorer Karim Benzema on Wednesday accusedcoach Didier Deschamps of bowing to pressure from a "racist" political party by not choosing him for the country's Euro 2016 squad.

The Real Madrid striker, who is being investigated over an alleged sex-tape blackmail case, questioned whether Deschamps left him out because of his Algerian descent.

Benzema says Deschamps ‘bowed to racists’ over Euro snub

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Madrid (AFP) France's top scorer Karim Benzema on Wednesday accusedcoach Didier Deschamps of bowing to pressure from a "racist" political party by not choosing him for the country's Euro 2016 squad.

The Real Madrid striker, who is being investigated over an alleged sex-tape blackmail case, questioned whether Deschamps left him out because of his Algerian descent.

Benzema bounces back from France snub in Real Madrid rout

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Karim Benzema overcame the disappointment of being left out of France's Euro 2016 squad with a goal and two assists as Real Madrid moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 5-1 thrashing of Getafe on Saturday.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane urged Benzema to "rally quickly" after the French Football Federation announced on Wednesday he will not be selected for the tournament on home soil due to his involvement in a sex-tape scandal, where international teammate Mathieu Valbuena was the subject of a blackmail plot.

Benzema bounces back from France snub in Real Madrid rout

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Karim Benzema overcame the disappointment of being left out of France's Euro 2016 squad with a goal and two assists as Real Madrid moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 5-1 thrashing of Getafe on Saturday.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane urged Benzema to "rally quickly" after the French Football Federation announced on Wednesday he will not be selected for the tournament on home soil due to his involvement in a sex-tape scandal, where international teammate Mathieu Valbuena was the subject of a blackmail plot.

Arsenal

This summer will be Arsenal’s best chance to land a top striker

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For years Arsenal fans have been crying out for a top striker to arrive at the club, and this summer looks certain to be our best chance of doing just that. This coming close-season is set to see a number of Europe's biggest talents moving clubs. Sergio Aguero appears to have lost his first-team role [.

More boosts in Arsenal’s striker chase, but who will we end up signing?

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We have received supposed boosts in our respective bids to sign trio Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata, but we won't be signing all three... We are believed to be working hard on trying to sign a top striker to challenge Olivier Giroud for the sole striker role this season, and have already endured [.

Podolski and Benzema anger gives Germany advantage in Euros

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The German ex-Arsenal winger/striker Lukas Podolski and the France hitman Karim Benzema are both very annoyed with the furore in their home countries surrounding the player selections for the Euros. The 30 year-old Podolski has been criticised in Germany for being selected when everyone really knows that Joachim Low is unlikely to play him during [.

Arsenal transfer rumour round-up – Carrasco, Benzema, Maxi Romero, Murillo, Chambers exit?

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The countdown is on to the European Championships this summer, where a host of emerging stars will be trying to earn big-money moves to some top clubs, but a number of our targets will not be involved in the tournament. Karim Benzema is linked with a move to Arsenal every summer, and this year is [..

Arsenal linked with Benzema at last!

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It wouldn't be a proper transfer window if Arsenal were not linked with the Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, in fact last summer the rumours were continuing from the beginning until the end, despite numerous denials by both the player and Arsene Wenger. So the theory goes like this. Benzema's bosses at Real Madrid are [.

Who could Arsenal sign to replace Danny Welbeck up front?

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Danny Welbeck has been ruled out for the next nine months following the knee injury he picked up at the weekend, and Arsenal will surely have to sign one or two new strikers to cover for him. We have been linked with a number of options, and while some of appear a little far-fetched, the [...]

Proof the international break will invigorate Giroud and Arsenal?

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The Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud may have scored two good goals in the FA cup replay against Hull City recently to end his longest ever Arsenal goal drought, but not much else has gone right for the big man, including having what looked a perfectly good goal disallowed against Everton.

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Deschamps ‘bowed’ to racist France, says Benzema

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Paris (AFP) Karim Benzema unleashed a new storm of controversy on Wednesday by saying French coach Didier Deschamps had "bowed to pressure from a racist part of France" by keeping him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

With race a permanent cause of divisions in France, politicians and France's football establishment leaped to Deschamps defence over the interview that the Real Madrid star gave to a Spanish newspaper.

Deschamps ‘bowed’ to racist France, says Benzema

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Paris (AFP) Karim Benzema unleashed a new storm of controversy on Wednesday by saying French coach Didier Deschamps had "bowed to pressure from a racist part of France" by keeping him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

With race a permanent cause of divisions in France, politicians and France's football establishment leaped to Deschamps defence over the interview that the Real Madrid star gave to a Spanish newspaper.

Benzema, Ben Arfa omission a missed opportunity for France, says Cantona

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Paris (AFP) The omission of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa from the France squad for next month's European Championships is a missed opportunity to unite the country in the face of extremism and division, according to ex-international Eric Cantona.

Cantona stirred up a hornet's nest last week when he claimed that France coach Didier Deschamps was guilty of racial discrimination in his selection, comments that French football chief Noel Le Graet on Saturday dubbed as "stupid" and "pathetic".

Benzema, Ben Arfa omission a missed opportunity for France, says Cantona

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Paris (AFP) The omission of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa from the France squad for next month's European Championships is a missed opportunity to unite the country in the face of extremism and division, according to ex-international Eric Cantona.

Cantona stirred up a hornet's nest last week when he claimed that France coach Didier Deschamps was guilty of racial discrimination in his selection, comments that French football chief Noel Le Graet on Saturday dubbed as "stupid" and "pathetic".

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Merengue Bites - The Undecima Edition.

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Rahul was too drunk celebrating . But Kaushik, Ryan and I still managed to have a 'celebratory discussion' about that beautiful night in Milan.
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The podcast can also be listened to / downloaded here:

Warm-Up (Real Madrid 4 - Sevilla 0)

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Keylor Navas was brilliant AGAIN last night for us.
. Applause is in order for Real Madrid last night. Nevermind that we faced Sevilla at home (who are terrible on the road) - we were always the favorites to win anyway.

Merengue Bites Podcast: 2015-2016: Episode 3.

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New Manager. New Optimism / Enthusiasm. It was a full crew as Ryan, Kaushik, Rahul and myself decided there was enough of a feel-good vibe within the club for us to get together to talk Real Madrid once again. . The Podcast can also be downloaded / streamed here:

Is Benzema The Most Valuable Striker in the World?

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As expected, Lionel Messi won his fifth FIFA Ballon D'or. Which to be honest has become something of a popularity contest than anything else. It's basically a bunch of nobodies (the journalists who inexplicably get to vote) trying to get some attention by awarding individual awards for what is essentially a team sport.

Is Benzema The Most Valuable Striker in the World?

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As expected, Lionel Messi won his fifth FIFA Ballon D'or. Which to be honest has become something of a popularity contest than anything else. It's basically a bunch of nobodies (the journalists who inexplicably get to vote) trying to get some attention by awarding individual awards for what is essentially a team sport.

5 Reasons Why Benitez Beat Real Madrid, Not Barcelona.

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First, let us all put our heads together and make an effort to forget (or rather delete) what some biased media outlets have tried to perpetrate i.e that Real Madrid got humiliated by Barcelona. Some news sites especially those like goal.com tend to relish in some very specific scenarios, some of those are: when Real Madrid loses.

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Merengue Bites: A May Day Comeback

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Long Time, No Talk. I even forgot the name of the podcast before recording. But here we are after a long time.
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We talked about the suddenly-available possibilities of end-of-season trophies and what we'd like to see happen beyond.
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Enjoy!

Andalusian Blues (Malaga 1 - Real Madrid 1)

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The Eraserheads: Andalusian Dog
. I thought I'd start with that with a semi-obscure song (to their casual fans) from the Eraserheads (a legendary rock band from the Philippines I worship), Andalusian Dog - given that trips to Andalusia have constantly been giving Real Madrid fits of trouble.