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Real Madrid defender Pepe sidelined for three games with muscle injury

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Real Madrid have confirmed that Pepe will be sidelined for three games with a muscle injury in his right thigh.

The setback will see the defender miss the club's upcoming league fixtures against Granada, Rayo Vallecano and Eibar. Real Madrid officials are hopeful the centre-backwill be fit in time for the first leg of the team's Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid on April 14.

Real Madrid defender Pepe sidelined for three games with muscle injury

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Real Madrid have confirmed that Pepe will be sidelined for three games with a muscle injury in his right thigh.

The setback will see the defender miss the club's upcoming league fixtures against Granada, Rayo Vallecano and Eibar. Real Madrid officials are hopeful the centre-backwill be fit in time for the first leg of the team's Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid on April 14.

Pepe set to sign contract extension with Real Madrid until June 2018

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Pepe is set to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid until June 2018, according to a report from the Spanish newspaper AS.

The Portuguese defender has been in talks with the club for several months, with earlier reports believing the centre-back would be offered a one-year extension in Madrid his current deal is set to expire in June 2016.

Pepe set to sign contract extension with Real Madrid until June 2018

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Pepe is set to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid until June 2018, according to a report from the Spanish newspaper AS.

The Portuguese defender has been in talks with the club for several months, with earlier reports believing the centre-back would be offered a one-year extension in Madrid his current deal is set to expire in June 2016.

Real Madrid superstar comments on Manchester United interest

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Real Madrid superstar comments on Manchester United interest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid defender Pepe has admitted that he doesn't miss Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and that he is happy with the way Carlo Ancelotti has taken the club to a new level.

During Mourinho's reign at Real Madrid, the Portuguese fell out with several high profile players, including Pepe.

Pepe Sidelined 2-3 Weeks With Rib Injury, Raphael Varane Set To Step In

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Real Madrid defender Pepe has been ruled out for two to three weeks after bruising his ribs during yesterday's 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid. The Portugal international suffered in the injury while battling Raul Garcia for a 50/50 ball early on in the contest.

After the match, Pepe was taken to the hospital where he underwent a series of tests and x-rays before being placed under observation for 48 hours.

Pepe Sidelined 2-3 Weeks With Rib Injury, Raphael Varane Set To Step In

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Real Madrid defender Pepe has been ruled out for two to three weeks after bruising his ribs during yesterday's 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid. The Portugal international suffered in the injury while battling Raul Garcia for a 50/50 ball early on in the contest.

After the match, Pepe was taken to the hospital where he underwent a series of tests and x-rays before being placed under observation for 48 hours.

Real Madrid to ward off United and City interest by handing new deal to star player

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Real Madrid to ward off United and City interest by handing new deal to star player - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid are looking to hand their defender Pepe a new contract in order to ward off interest from Premier League giants Manchester United and Manchester City.

The 20-times English champions have struggled in their back four and are yet to find replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, who left Old Trafford in the summer of 2014.

Pepe Once Again Proves He’s Not A Total Git – Hands Out Christmas Food Parcels To Madrid’s Disadvantaged (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

There is an awful lot to dislike about Pepe the professional footballer, but it would appear that "Pepe the human being" is actually a thoroughly decentchap.

Just as he did last January, the oft-maligned Real Madrid centre-half spent his Thursday night distributing emergency food parcels to the most disadvantaged residents of his local neighbourhood of Las Rozas, Madrid.

GIF Balotelli Pepe Video- Balotelli swaps shirts with Pepe at half time, angers Rodgers

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GIF Balotelli Pepe Video- Balotelli swaps shirts with Pepe at half time, angers Rodgers is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This Mario Balotelli Pepe shirt swapping (VIDEO BELOW) took place at half time during Liverpool's 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League on 22nd October, 2014.

Horror Hair: Pepe Debuts Stunningly Atrocious New Dreadlocks (Photo)

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Just when we were kind of getting used to the atrociousness of his loose, wet, Mark Crossley-esque bubble perm look, Pepe has gone and done this to himself...

Ugh.

The guy from the Counting Crows called, wants his hideous matted rat's nest of a hairstyle back.

Disgraceful Pepe Dive Against Atletico Madrid (Vine)

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Pepe wouldn't be regarded as the most loved player in the World by any stretch of the mind, however even he stooped to a new low with this disgraceful dive during Real's 2-2 draw with Madrid rivals Atletico today!

Disgusting! Real Madrid’s Pepe blows snot at Chelsea target

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Disgusting! Real Madrid's Pepe blows snot at Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Diego Costa was at the centre of a hotly contested Copa del Rey clash between Atletico and Real Madrid last night, with Portuguese defender Pepe clearing his nose on the striker's face during Real's 3-0 win.

El moco de Pepe a Diego Costa.

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The Transfer Lens – Pepe to Manchester City? Yarmolenko to Liverpool?

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The Transfer Lens Pepe to Manchester City? Yarmolenko to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Still no sign of Juan Mata today as the month's biggest transfer continues to procrastinate something rotten!

Manchester United fans continue to haunt the social media networks, desperate for an inkling into what's going on; while Chelsea fans continue to lament the impending loss of one of their truly great players from the last decade.

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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.

Merengue Bites Episode 8 - The goals they are a flowin' edition

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Kaushik, Ryan and I talked about Real Madrid's violent act of butchery at the Riazor over the weekend. Rahul missed out because he had to attend a wedding. He would later on say that had he known we were going to score 8, that he would have skipped the wedding. :)
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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?

Spineless, Gutless Chokers (Borussia Dortmund 2 - Real Madrid 0)

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My Twitter Feed last Tuesday Night
Spineless, Gutless Chokers. No Character. No Resolve. No Poise, No Cojones.

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These were some of the words I used to describe Real Madrid last Tuesday night as I watched in horror how Real Madrid almost sabotaged their own advancement to the Champions League Semi-Finals.

Crushing the Banana Skin (Real Sociedad 0 – Real Madrid 4)

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. Post-clasico, we all knew it: there were 2 banana skin games left in the La Liga calendar. The first was at the Sanchez Pizjuan against Sevilla. The second was last Satuday at the Anoeta. We failed in Seville. We succeeded in San Sebastian.

Keys (Real Madrid 3 – Borussia Dortmund 0)

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Borussia Dortmund sorely missed Robert Lewandowski last night. The big man will be waiting for us at the Signal Igduna Park next week.

The TV screamed as soon as I switched it on. I switched it on at exactly 2:48am – 3 minutes late, and I had already missed a goal.

Merentue Bites Episode 6 - Derby Talk

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It was just Rahul and me this week to talk about the Derbi Madrileno. We also asked ourselves re: what the realistic expectations ought to be for Real Madrid this season plus a look into Jese's prospects with the first team.

2014-02-23: Merengue Bites Podcast Episode 5 - Bravo! Raul Bravo!

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Went for a trip to Malacca with my parents who came to town. Didn't think I was going to make the podcast, much less see the match vs. Elche. Thanks to the good folks at Malacca's beautiful Casa Del Rio Hotel however, I was able to catch the meh game - and thus was able to join the boys over the weekend to talk Real Madrid.

Winning Great, Good, Bad and Ugly (Real Madrid 3 – Atletico Madrid 0)

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Before last night's match, Real Madrid were desperate... -Desperate for a win against a top tier opponent -Desperate for a win against Atletico Madrid, who had already beaten us twice in a row after a more-than-decade-long hoodoo. . And finally, last night, Carlo Ancelotti and his boys delivered that much-needed win.

Merengue Bites Rebooted (thoughts on Real Madrid 2 - Granada 0)

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The boys of RMFB gave me the wonderful opportunity to participate in the re-booted version of their podcast, Merengue Bites. Click and play to listen to our thoughts on last Saturday's Granada match and then some...


3 Points (Espanyol 0 - Real Madrid 1)

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Real Madrid were right back to a 4-3-3 last night much to my surprise. Diagram is from whoscored.com
3 Points. That's the number of points that our boys won in that hard-fought match at the Cornelia El Prat last night.

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USA v Portugal: Can Klinsmann’s men contain an incensed Cristiano Ronaldo?

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USAv Portugal: Can Klinsmann's men contain an incensedCristiano Ronaldo? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jurgen Klinsmann's USA team can qualify through to the Round of 16 with a victory against Paulo Bento's Portugal, tomorrow in Manaus, but it will be no mean feat for the Stars and Stripes.

USMNT: A Look at the Enemy III

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Thomas Muller is searching for das "golden" boot. (photo:bcc.co.com)

With their openingmatches in the books, OTF's Juan Santoliva gives some insight on the USMNT's group G opponents...

Germany vs Portugal

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A game of craziness and just absolute dominance hurt Portugal's chances of advancing out of Group G thanks to a 4-0 beating from Germany.

World Cup Roundup: Mourinho claims Pepe red card may be undeserved

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Jose Mourinho thinks Portugal defender Pepe may not have been deserving of a straight red in Germany rout

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that the red card issued to Portugal defender Pepe may not have been the right decision, but that the Real Madrid man should buck up his ideas, with his behavior not at the right level.

Another Iberian massacre

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I must admit that I expected more of Portugal. But their tactic of "pass the ball to the handsome tall guy" totally backfired against a well-organised and clinically efficient Germany. In my view Thomas Muller was the find of the 2006 World Cup, and I still believe he could have done a difference had he played the 2010 semifinal against Spain.

Pepe Red Card vs Germany 2014 WC Pepe Headbutts Muller Video

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Pepe Red Card vs Germany 2014 WC Pepe Headbutts Muller Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This Pepe red card v Germany (VIDEO BELOW) saw the Real Madrid centre half sent off in Portugal's opening group fixture against Germany.

World Cup Warmup: Ronaldo rests as Portugal draw a blank against Greece

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World Cup Warmup: Ronaldo rests as Portugal draw a blank against Greece - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Portugal played out a goalless draw withGreece today at the Estadio Da Luz in Lisbon, the stadium where, last week,Cristiano Ronaldo played and scored in the Champions League finalfor Real Madrid against their local rivals; but today, he chose to sit out the game in the same location, this time for his country.

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Reaction to US World Cup opening win, Union v Harrisburg US Open Cup news, more

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Reaction to big US win over Ghana in their World Cup opener. Union take on Harrisburg tonight in US Open Cup. More news.

Red card, late goals and silly season is upon us

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The fun stuff in Brazil continued yesterday with two very watchable games while Iran and Nigeria decided to provide us with Phil Neville co-commentary in football form sandwiched in the middle.

There was big Arsenal interest in the first game of the day between Germany and Portugal, with Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker starting.

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Merengue Bites Podcast: Calebrating the Copa Del Rey and looking forward to Bayern Munich

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To mark Real Madrid's momentous 19th Copa Del Rey Trophy, the pod had all four members around this time: Bassam, Kaushik, Rahul and myself. We talked about the bliss that was the Copa Final, pondered Barca's current doldrums and ALMOST got a singing performance out of Bassam.
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In part 2, we took on a number of tough questions and previewed our upcoming Champions League Semi-Final match vs.

2014-02-10: Merengue Bites Podcast Episode 3 (Real Madrid 4 - Villarreal 2)

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I had the privilege to host the podcast last weekend, where the boys and I discussed Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Villarreal as we looked forward to the second leg match of the Copa Del Rey vs. Atleti tomorrow.
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We also took in a few questions from the comments section of the blog as well as from twitter.

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Pepe’s Heavy Tackle on Sergio Ramos v Granada (Vine)

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Real Madrid's central defensive pairing of Pepe and Sergio Ramos are known not to take prisoners and if one get's in the way of the other the same rule applies as they demonstrate today against Granada who they beat 4-0 just for the record!

Pepe catches his defensive partner in the mid-rift with a Nigel de Jongesque karate kick!

Liverpool’s Balotelli In Trouble After Shirt-Swapping Controversy With Pepe At Half Time

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It's fair to say that the talking point from Liverpool's 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League last night was Mario Balotelli's attitude. Actually, forget the match let's all sit down and talk about Balotelli and how he is likely to leave (or not) in the upcoming transfer window.

Craques não europeus que começaram “por baixo”

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Oriundos de África ou da América do Sul algumas das "super-estrelas" que hoje pontificam em algumas das equipas mais poderosas da Europa começaram em clubes modestos quando chegaram ao "velho continente". São exemplos de que o trabalho compensa e, com um pouco de sorte mistura, o talento acaba por ser reconhecido.

Weekday World Cup Musings - June 16

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Spain 1 - Netherlands 5: The 'Roja' Wedding
It's painful to see Iker like this.
This would be perhaps the most shocking result of the WC thus far. The shock does not come from the fact that the Dutch won, but from how badly they destroyed Spain.