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Opening Salvo (Deportivo La Coruna 0 – Real Madrid 3)

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Another La Liga Season, another Sergio Ramos double-yellow = Red Card. What is up with El Capitan? Is he operating with the mindset of "If I don't score a goal that wins us a trophy, then I must find a way to get myself sent off"? . Kidding aside, last night, Real Madrid put in a commanding performance to kick start the La Liga campaign with the comfortable 0-3 demolition of Pepe Mel's pretty good Deportivo La Coruna.

When the Solution to the Weakness becomes the Weakness too (Espanyol 0 - Real Madrid 2)

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2 games. 2 victories. 2 UN-convincing victories. La Liga League Leaders nonetheless. . It is true though that some consideration must be placed on the fact that the BBC isn't fit. Ronaldo clearly isn't at his best yet. Despite missing Euro 2016, Benzema isn't 100% either and now, Bale has joined the party in the infirmary too.

Why The More Vibrant Midfield Failed Against PSG Quality?

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Till the first 47 minutes of the game between Real Madrid and PSG, the top three players who had covered the most ground were Real Madrid players. Even more insightful is the fact that those Real Madrid players were Kroos, Casemiro and Isco. The midfield worked extra shifts vs PSG. With no Modric or James, to dictate play from deep positions, Real Madrid had to resort to good old solid hard work to make the match competitive.

Why The More Vibrant Midfield Failed Against PSG Quality?

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Till the first 47 minutes of the game between Real Madrid and PSG, the top three players who had covered the most ground were Real Madrid players. Even more insightful is the fact that those Real Madrid players were Kroos, Casemiro and Isco. The midfield worked extra shifts vs PSG. With no Modric or James, to dictate play from deep positions, Real Madrid had to resort to good old solid hard work to make the match competitive.

Is Casemiro The New Makalele For Real Madrid?

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Casemiro gave Atletico Madrid a taste of their own medicine in the midfield the other day in the derby match. He tackled hard and made life difficult for the likes of Griezmann and Torres on the pitch. Even though the game was played at an exceptionally fast pace, Casemiro was able to make his presence felt on the field which allowed Real Madrid to attack Atletico Madrid with purpose without holding back lest a counter attack from Atletico Madrid.

James Rodriguez

Football Gets in the Way (Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 3)

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Bow down to the Master! All hail Cristiano Ronaldo!
It's been way too long since I've blogged about Real Madrid. Heck, we've won a La Liga title and another Champions League title since I last posted here.

Merengue Bites 2014-2015: Preseason Episode 1

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The scent of the 2014-2015 season is in the air: Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez are now onboard for our pursuit of 6 titles this season. The dark cloud of the goalkeeping question also looms over the club with the signing of Keylor Navas seemingly 'in the chamber'.

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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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Deserve (Real Madrid 1 - Atletico Madrid 1, Real Madrid win on Penalties)

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Seriously: Does Any Club do Title Celebrations better than Real Madrid?
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I'm still in shock. Did we really just win our 11th European Cup? Yes we did... and judging from the images of the team's celebrations, I'd say that no one celebrates titles like Real Madrid too.

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.

Levelling Up (AS Roma 0 - Real Madrid 2)

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The match's key events as they happened. Info Graphic is thanks to Sporticos.com

Not long after this (early) morning's (3:45am) viewing of Real Madrid's 0-2 victory at the Stadio Olimpico over Roma, I began reading reports and commentaries of the match.

Why An Injury To Modric Would Be A Disaster For Real Madrid

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric didn't come out for the second half for Croatia on international duty against Bulgaria. As if that is something new when talking about the creative midfielder, but Croatia coach has confirmed that Modric was substituted as a precaution against injury. It is common knowledge by now that Modric's injury caused considerable damage to Real Madrid's title challenge to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid last season as well.

Revisting Rafa's Dilemmas

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For the past few matches, Real Madrid have been without 2 of our key attacking players: Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. And though there is much left to be desired over our last 2 matches (0-0 to Malaga, and a doze-worthy 2-0 against Malmo last night), it's easy to fall into the wrong conclusions generated by a few superficial observations.

Did Real Madrid midfield skill really murder Malaga challenge ?

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Malaga had little influence on the game against Real Madrid but that tends to happen to lots of teams who come to play at Bernabeu. But what did Real Madrid's midfield do to make Malaga's midfield (and the forwards) almost non existent. Real Madrid is a team which attacks a lot with the wing backs which leaves a lot of work to be done, defensively, on the shoulders of the midfielders.

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid: The Midfield

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Benitez had never won against Athletic Bilbao as a manager before this match and if there was one reason why he was able to win (apart from two Benzema goals )this time of asking was because of the midfield. The trio of Modric, Kovacic and Kroos balanced the midfield with great effect. Isco was also employed as a midfielder but he played in a more advanced role by helping out Ronaldo and Benzema in attack.

Trying to Turn The Page (Real Madrid 1 - Juventus 1)

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The 2014-2015 season for Real Madrid is over. So what if there are 2 more La Liga games to go? It's over for us. No Copa Del Rey, No La Liga, No Champions League. The season that could have yielded 6 titles only yielded 2: and neither of them were the big ones. . It was of course poetic justice of sorts that a goal in each leg from Alvaro Morata would end our season - the sort of nightmare Deja Vu that brought painful memories of Fernando Morientes into the minds of every Real Madrid fan old enough to remember that bitter night in 2004.

ABCs and 123s (Juventus 2 - Real Madrid 1)

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What a shit performance. At age 35 (turning 36 this year), I am finding it harder and harder to get up at 2:45 or 3:45 am Singapore time (depending on European Daylight Savings time) to watch Champions League matches. And when you get up in the middle of the night, on 2-3 hours sleep to watch a match like that, and then get another 2 hour shut-eye session before heading to work - your day is pretty much fucked up before it even began.

Arise Real Madrid, Arise! (Real Madrid 9 - Granada 1)

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Kaushik and I talked with glee about Real Madrid's 9-1 win vs. Granada. You may also listen to/download the podcast here:
As a Real Madrid fan living in Singapore, I've had all sorts of meals watching my team play during ungodly hours: mostly ‘midnight snacks ' for 2/3am kickoffs and unusually early breakfasts for 4-6am kickoffs and if I was lucky, dessert for 9-11 pm kickoffs.

Recovery (Real Madrid 2 - Levante 0)

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Kaushik, Ryan and I talked about last Sunday's win vs. Levante, rejoice over Modric and Ramos' return and ponder the Bernabeu's right to boo. The podcast can also be listened to / downloaded here: .
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Ah, a win at last. I never thought I'd find myself saying that while referring to this Real Madrid, but here I am.

Merengue Bites: Episode 26 - The BBC go 'Off the Air' Against Athletic Bilbao

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It was a crappy Sunday evening. We lost to Athletic at the San Mames the night before, and Barca had just butchered Rayo Vallecano 6-1 to take a 1 point lead in the La Liga title Race... Rahul, Ryan and I tried to make sense of it all.
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A Hole in the Hole (Athletic Bilbao 1 - Real Madrid 0)

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It's 9:43am on a Sunday morning, almost 7 full hours after Real Madrid's defeat at San Mames at the hands of Athletic Bilbao. It's incredibly depressing to realize that at exactly this time tomorrow, Barcelona will be league leaders. We've thrown away 5 points in 6 days, scoring only one goal - with ZERO scored in open play.

Recovering (Schalke 0 - Real Madrid 2)

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The boys got a much-needed injection of a positive vibe following last night's 2-0 win vs. Schalke at the Veltins Arena.
It's been a VERY LONG time since I've written about a Real Madrid game. To be honest though, it has felt just as long since I remember seeing Real Madrid play well enough to my absolute satisfaction.

In Need of Spinal Surgery (Real Madrid 5 – FC Basel 1)

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AS called it 'European Therapy', I on the other hand, think that the work which needs to be done ought to be something more along the lines of surgery.
It's been 5 hours and I still can't make up my mind: Did Real Madrid's 5-1 win over Basel last night set a roadmap to recovery?

Merengue Bites 2014-2015 Episode 4 - Supercopa Dissappointment

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Kaushik, Bassam, Ryan and I pick up the pieces from our shattered Spanish Supercup Dream: rationalizing the midfield and pondering an Angel Di Maria-less future. We also talked about some of the best and worst Real Madrid kits of the recent past. Plus, which Real Madrid player would bake the best cake?

Stale Supercopa (Real Madrid 1 – Atletico Madrid 1)

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It was a debut goal for James. A scrappy goal, but they all count - especially in a scrappy, cagey affair.
We are now pursuing trophy #2 of the 6 up for grabs this season. And like many things in life, the degree of difficulty will only increase as we go from one trophy to another.

Waking up to a Fantasy (Real Madrid 2 – Sevilla 0)

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When the match started at 2:45am, I was still feeling as disoriented as those dudes trying to spell 'Real Madrid' during the opening ceremony. All that changed when the match started
Maybe it's because this is the offseason after orgasmically winning La Decima.

In the Meme Time...

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Wow. Things sure went my REALLY fast. One moment, we were able to keep track of the world cup, putting out podcasts, writing about matches - and the next thing we know, it's all over.
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What can I say? A crazy few weeks in the office and at home with a new baby have that power to make time evaporate at the snap of a finger.

Arsenal

Check out these HUGE names on Arsenal transfer radar

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\it is being reported that the powers that be behind the scenes at Arsenal FC have been listening to the complaints from a growing number of Arsenal fans and have begun to agree with the increasingly angry calls for Arsene Wenger to start spending the same sort of money as the other big clubs in [.

Arsenal really DO NOT need another striker this year

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Why Wenger isn't interested in buying a striker this summer by KJ Buying a striker has been the message by many Arsenal fans ever since we sold Van Persie to Man Utd and yet here we are almost in August with no apparent intention of bringing in a striker. We've skipped on the likes of [...]

Khedira transfer – Arsenal having to wait for Real Madrid yet again?

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At least Arsenal fans are not going to have to wait until the last few days of the transfer window, nervously checking the sports websites dozens of times a day and wondering what the hell Arsene Wenger is playing at. Having already done some good business in the transfer market has made us all a [..

Wow! Arsenal could soon snap up Ozil’s pal Khedira for just £16m!!

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Unlike the Arsenal and England star Theo Walcott, Sami Khedira has recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury in time to make the Germany World Cup squad. The defensive midfielder should be a key part of Joachim Low's plans, as long as he is fit enough, and they are among the favourites to actually lift [.

Arsenal transfer rumours – Alex Song, Alvaro Morata and Toni Kroos!

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Okay I know that there is still a long way to go before the transfer window opens, but I would like to venture that Arsenal's involvement in the chase for trophies may give us an advantage over clubs like Manchester United in the summer transfer window, as David Moyes side may not even be able [...]

Is Ribery out of Arsenal Champions League clash?

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As soon as Arsenal were knocked back into second place in their Champions League `group of death`, with a bizarre goalkeeping calamity from Marseille giving Dortmund an undeserved win in the last game, Gooners everywhere were fearing the worst, and we duly got it in last year's winners and the favourites for this year, Bayern [.

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Champions League Highlights 2013 1-3 Kroos Muller Podolski Mandzukic Goals Video

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Manchester United

Toni Kroos: They Think Its All Over, But Its Not!

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Toni Kroos: They Think Its All Over, But Its Not! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Toni Kroos has been talking to Louis van Gaal to discuss a potential move to Manchester United. Apologies to those Manchester United fans who think that they are reading an article from a month ago.

According to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, van Gaal called Kroos to see how he saw his future with Bayern Munich.

United close to agree deal for £20m midfielder

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Manchester United have agreed a £20m deal for Bayern Munich midfielder and German international Toni Kroos, according to reports on today's backpages which, quite frankly, seem too good to be true.

Kroos has been on United's radar for a long while and United were thought to have approached both Bayern and Kroos' agent after the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final in April even though there seemed to be no valid reason for the 24-year-old to leave the Bavarian giants.

Germany

Germany vs Austria 2013 Highlights 3-0 Klose Kroos Muller Goals Video

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DFB Pokal: Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund Players to Watch

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Bayern Muenchen (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The two German giants face off in the quarter final of the DFB Pokal cup, the last clash between these two sides the 2012/13 season. Borussia Dortmund are the holders of the DFB Pokal but currently sit 17 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, a side looking to certify their return to dominance in the German league.

The Rest

Did An Odd Malmo Actually Surprise Madrid’s Quality Midfield?

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Malmo came to the game against Real Madrid with an odd strategy. Generally teams play rather aggressively in their home ground to push away teams into their shells and dominate them. Malmo, didn't even try to do that against Real Madrid except the first ten minutes of the game. After the first ten minutes, Malmo just went back to to the edge of their box and waited for the next 90 minutes to, first, suck Real Madrid deep into their own half and then catch Real Madrid off guard on the counter attack.

Brescia vs Bayern Munich 2013 Highlights Friendly 0-3 Muller Kroos Kirchhoff Goals Video

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Brescia vs Bayern Munich 2013 Highlights Friendly 0-3 Muller Kroos Kirchhoff Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Brescia vs Bayern Munich 2013 ( Brescia FC Bayern Munchen VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Brescia vs Bayern Munich 0-3 ( Muller, Kroos, Kirchhoff) 9 July, 2013- Pre-season friendly- 9/7/13 [.