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Real Madrid

Bernabeu boos can make Bale better – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane believes the harsh treatment meted out to Gareth Bale by his own fans at the Santiago Bernabeu can push the Welshman to greater heights.

Bale bounced back from jeers as Real opened their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia last week by scoring just his second goal of the season in spectacular fashion in a 3-1 victory at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Bernabeu boos can make Bale better – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane believes the harsh treatment meted out to Gareth Bale by his own fans at the Santiago Bernabeu can push the Welshman to greater heights.

Bale bounced back from jeers as Real opened their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia last week by scoring just his second goal of the season in spectacular fashion in a 3-1 victory at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Bale strikes in vital Madrid win at Sociedad

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale responded in style to his critics with a fine finish as Real Madrid got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Borja Mayoral rewarded a bright start by Real with his first Madrid goal before Sociedad’s Kevin Rodrigues scored at both ends to give the visitors a 2-1 half-time lead.

Real Madrid dominance proves Zidane is the man

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After retiring from an illustrious playing career, one which is still overshadowed by his ‘head over heart’ moment in the World Cup, Zinedine Zidane completed his coaching badges in France and went to visit coaches such as Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola. These visits reinforced his desire to step into the coaching side of things.

Real Madrid held by Levante as Marcelo sees red

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid paid for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and a series of missed chances by Gareth Bale as they were held 1-1 at home by Levante on Saturday.

A slow start by a much-changed Real team was punished when Ivi Lopez fired newly-promoted Levante into a shock lead after just 12 minutes.

Sky Sports pundit comments on Spurs transfers, says this star could win them the title

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Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale has been linked with a move back to the Premier League in the recent weeks and Alan Pardew believes that Spurs will do well to re-sign the Welsh winger.

The former Crystal Palace manager revealed to Sky Sports that Bale could make a title winning difference to Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

Manchester United can benefit from Madrid lesson, says Mourinho

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Skopje (AFP) – Jose Mourinho insisted that Manchester United had emerged from their trip to Skopje for the UEFA Super Cup reinforced despite the scoreline flattering them in a 2-1 defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.

The Portuguese manager had expected his side to struggle against the reigning European champions and they could have conceded more than just the goals scored by Casemiro and Isco, one in each half.

Manchester United can benefit from Madrid lesson, says Mourinho

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Skopje (AFP) – Jose Mourinho insisted that Manchester United had emerged from their trip to Skopje for the UEFA Super Cup reinforced despite the scoreline flattering them in a 2-1 defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.

The Portuguese manager had expected his side to struggle against the reigning European champions and they could have conceded more than just the goals scored by Casemiro and Isco, one in each half.

Isco magic wins Super Cup for Real Madrid

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Skopje (AFP) – A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Tuesday.

Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the Balkans and Isco doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a one-two with Gareth Bale.

Isco magic wins Super Cup for Real Madrid

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Skopje (AFP) – A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Tuesday.

Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the Balkans and Isco doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a one-two with Gareth Bale.

Mourinho reveals exactly when he will fight to help Manchester United to complete fourth signing

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Jose Mourinho claims Manchester United’s chances of signing Gareth Bale will depend on whether the Welshman will be included in Real Madrid’s starting lineup for the 2017 UEFA Super Cup. The Portuguese tactician admitted that he will “fight” for the forward if the European champions are ready to allow him leave this summer.

Mourinho Confirms He Wants Gareth Bale

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Jose Mourinho opened the door to Gareth Bale moving to Manchester United this summer by saying that if the Welshman is not selected by Real Madrid to play in the Uefa Super Cup game on Tuesday night then it keeps alive the hopes of those who would like to sign him.

There have been reports in Spain that Madrid are willing to sell the 28-year-old Welsh star to make room for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, giving hope to long-standing admirers United.

Mourinho ready to make move for Bale

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Skopje (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent a message in the direction of UEFA Super Cup opponents Real Madrid by declaring his readiness to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.

Speaking to reporters in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Monday, Mourinho said he would wait to see what Bale’s role in Tuesday’s match was before deciding whether the Welshman was worth pursuing.

Would Arsenal fans want Gareth Bale as Alexis replacement?

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Well we have mostly had sensible Arsenal transfer rumours this summer, compared to most years, but today there has been the most ridiculous one I've come across so far. According to reports in Spain, Arsene Wenger made an approach to buy the ex-Tottenham star Gareth Bale from Real Madrid as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez [.

Bale, Modric, Kroos in; Ronaldo out of Real Madrid roster for MLS All-Star Game

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not be involved in this summer's MLS All-Star Game, but several of Real Madrid's heavy-hitters will be making the trip.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos headline the Spanish giant's roster for their trip to the U.S. Real is set to play matches in the International Champions Cup before taking on the MLS All-Stars on August 2 in Chicago.

Real Madrid Release New Home Kit For 2017/18 Season, Trim Is Turquoise This Time (Photos & Video)

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Real Madrid have unveiled the new togs their players will be wearing next season, with Adidas knocking out a pair of new jerseys for the reigning Spanish and European champions.

As ever, when it comes to Real's home shirt, the only variable is the colour of the trim, with Adidas plumping for a less-than-subtle shade of turquoise this time round.

Ballsy Call: Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane Includes Son, Enzo, In His Champions League Final Squad

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has made the ballsy move of including his son, Enzo, in his squad for the Champions League Final.

Enzo has only ever made one senior appearance for Real, coming against Cultural Leonesa in the fourth round of the Copa del Rey last November. He played for 44 minutes.

Juventus v Real Madrid — the Welsh connection

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London (AFP) – Real Madrid’s Welsh star Gareth Bale will hope for a triumphant homecoming in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff.

Ahead of the game, AFP Sport looks at four Welsh figures who, to greater or lesser degrees, have marked the histories of the two clubs:

John Charles (Juventus, 1957-1962)

One of British football’s most successful exports, Charles joined Juventus from Swansea City in 1957 and proved a huge hit, scoring 108 goals in 155 appearances and winning three Serie A titles.

Juventus v Real Madrid — the Welsh connection

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London (AFP) – Real Madrid’s Welsh star Gareth Bale will hope for a triumphant homecoming in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff.

Ahead of the game, AFP Sport looks at four Welsh figures who, to greater or lesser degrees, have marked the histories of the two clubs:

John Charles (Juventus, 1957-1962)

One of British football’s most successful exports, Charles joined Juventus from Swansea City in 1957 and proved a huge hit, scoring 108 goals in 155 appearances and winning three Serie A titles.

Zidane Dilemma: Bale Or Isco For Champions League Final

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he will not be swayed by popular opinion in his selection dilemma over whether to play Gareth Bale or Isco in the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday.

Real's record signing Bale has not played since injuring his groin against Barcelona on April 23 but is fit and available for the final in his home city of Cardiff after returning to training last Friday.

Sculptor Responsible For Appalling Cristiano Ronaldo Bust Returns To Immortalise Gareth Bale In Bronze (Photo)

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Emanuel Santos. You may not recall the name but you almost certainly know of his work, for he is the Portuguese sculptor responsible for creating *that* wonk-faced bust of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Presumably not aware that the entire world spent several days laughing in utter disbeliefwhen his misshapen masterpiece went on display outside Madeira International Airport, Santos has returned to once again immortalise another Real Madrid player in bronze.

Injury-ravaged season clouds Bale’s homecoming

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Madrid (AFP) – Playing in a Champions League final in his home city was beyond Gareth Bale’s dreams as a youngster, but Saturday’s Cardiff showpiece catches the Welshman at a career crossroads.

Real Madrid can make history by becoming the first team to retain the Champions League and complete a first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years in the process.

Bale ‘not 100 percent’ for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale believes he isn’t fit to last 90 minutes for Real Madrid in his homecoming to Cardiff for the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday and admitted taking painkillers to play earlier this season.

Bale hasn’t featured since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Bale says ‘not 100 percent’ for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale believes he isn’t fit to last 90 minutes for Real Madrid in his homecoming to Cardiff for the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday and admitted taking painkillers to play earlier this season.

Bale hasn’t featured since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Bale fit and raring to go for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale is “desperate” to return from injury in time for a Champions League final homecoming against Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday, his Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.

Bale hasn’t played since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Bale fit and raring to go for Cardiff final

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale is “desperate” to return from injury in time for a Champions League final homecoming against Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday, his Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.

Bale hasn’t played since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid, against Barcelona on April 23.

Aubameyang, Bale, Marquinhos, will they wear the red shirt?

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There are many names linked with Man United every summer. Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is becoming a possible target with Zlatan long absent from football & Rooney possible move to China....

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Cardiff's big night of the Champions League final

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I am delighted Cardiff, the first city I made my home, is hosting next month's UEFA Champions League Final, but I am also keen it puts on a good show to the continent and increasingly the world.

Whilst no-one can deny the impressive 74,500 Millennium Stadium is a fine venue for any soccer showpiece, eyebrows everywhere have been raised at the realisation that Cardiff is a little on the small size as a city (population 340,000) and does not have a major airport nearby.

Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid: 5 Champions League semi final 1st leg talking points

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The first leg of the first Champions League semi-final is out of the way, and you could be forgiven for thinking the tie is already over. A potentially tense and tight first leg was busted open by a...

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale sidelined by new calf injury

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale could miss the rest of Real Madrid’s season after suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries since he joined the Spanish giants four years ago.

Bale hobbled off just 38 minutes into Madrid’s 3-2 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Sunday on his return having also missed Madrid’s previous two matches with an ankle injury.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale sidelined by new calf injury

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale could miss the rest of Real Madrid’s season after suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries since he joined the Spanish giants four years ago.

Bale hobbled off just 38 minutes into Madrid’s 3-2 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Sunday on his return having also missed Madrid’s previous two matches with an ankle injury.

Are Real Madrid better off without Bale?

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s potentially title-deciding La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

However, many Madrid fans won’t be losing any sleep should the Welshman miss out as Real have thrived despite another injury-ravaged season for the world’s second most expensive player.

Bale back in Madrid training ahead of Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale’s chances of being fit for Sunday’s blockbuster La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona were boosted as he returned to training on Thursday.

The Welshman has missed Madrid’s last two games against Sporting Gijon and Bayern Munich due to a flare up of the muscles around where he suffered ligament damage in his right ankle earlier in the season.

Key trio return for Bayern, Isco in for Bale

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Madrid (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s hopes of overturning a 2-1 Champions League quarter-final deficit at Real Madrid on Tuesday were boosted as key trio Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Robert Lewandowski were all named in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI.

Hummels and top scorer Lewandowski missed last week’s first leg, whilst Boateng sat out Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen with a groin injury.

Madrid’s Bale out of Bayern return, Lewandowski back

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale as they look to book their place in a record seventh straight Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

However, the visitors’ chances of overcoming a 2-1 first-leg deficit were handed a huge boost as Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed top scorer Robert Lewandowski will be fit to start.

Madrid’s Bale out of Bayern return, Lewandowski back

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale as they look to book their place in a record seventh straight Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

However, the visitors’ chances of overcoming a 2-1 first-leg deficit were handed a huge boost as Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed top scorer Robert Lewandowski will be fit to start.

Wales

Wales’ Unplanned 2017 adidas Third Kit

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The Football Association of Walesand adidas quickly issued a previously unplanned Wales 2017 third kit ahead of the team'sFIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier at Moldova on Tuesday. The new Dragons strip was worn in order to avoid a potential kit clash between the Welsh 2016/17 home and away shirts and the Moldovans red primary jersey.

Woodburn, 17, revives Wales World Cup bid

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Teenager Ben Woodburn enjoyed a dream international debut as he fired Wales to a 1-0 victory over Austria in Cardiff on Saturday to bolster their chances of reaching next year’s World Cup.

The 17-year-old Liverpool striker drilled home the winner just four minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to keep Wales unbeaten in qualifying and four points adrift of Group D leaders Serbia.

‘Are You Actually Gareth Bale?’ – Young Fan Curtis Meets His Absolute Idol At Wales Training Session (Video)

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With a couple of World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Moldova in the offing, the Wales squad spent Tuesday limbering up at their training centre in Cardiff.

The Welsh FA also invited a select group of young fans down to the session to interact with their idols, including Curtis, who couldn't quite get his head around the fact that he was stood next to the real Gareth Bale!

Wales draw as Spain, Italy stay neck and neck in World Cup qualifying

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Paris (AFP) – Aaron Ramsey’s penalty helped Wales to a precious 1-1 draw in Serbia in World Cup qualifying on Sunday as they kept their hopes of a place at the finals in Russia alive.

Chris Coleman’s side were missing star man Gareth Bale due to suspension in Belgrade but Arsenal midfielder Ramsey inspired the visitors into a half-time lead when he floated in a 35th-minute penalty, sending goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic the wrong way.