Real Madrid narrowly avoided what would have been the biggest upset in the Champions League in recent memory as they have to come from behind to beat Ludogorets 2-1. The defending European champions went one down n Razgrad thanks to Marcelinho's early effort, but Cristiano Ronaldo responded to missing one penalty by scoring another, before Karim Benzema got a second for a 2-1 victory.
It has been another great round of Champions League matches, where all teams but three have managed to get points after two matches. CSKA Moscow are the only bad team, while Ludogorets Razgrad have been unlucky to lose to Liverpool and Real Madrid. In the meantime, Benfica, with two losses, must be the biggest disappointment so far.
Arsenal + Chelsea target still to decide future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The future of Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Sami Khedira still remains in the balance.
Khedira's contract is still due to expire in June 2015 and no new contract has been agreed. If the 2014 World Cup winner does not sign a new deal before the new year he is free to discuss with new clubs in January over a free transfer move next summer.
Unless he signs a new contract in the next eight months, Arsenal transfer target Sami Khedira will be able to walk away from his current club Real Madrid and the Spanish giants will not receive a single euro in compensation. Even with all their money, that is not a good situation and they do still [.
The first time that Arsene Wenger signed Lass Diarra for Arsenal was on transfer deadline day back in August 2007, as Chelsea knew that he would be able to leave on a free transfer a few months later. This time, if the Arsenal transfer rumour in the Daily Express is correct, the Frenchman will sign [.
Spanish football had a summer nightmare as La Roja meekly surrendered their world crown in Brazil, crashing out in the first round with only a dead rubber win over Australia to point to. But lest we forget, La Liga clubs made a clean sweep of UEFA trophies last season, as Real Madrid won the Champions League & Super Cup and Sevilla the Europa League.
FC Barcelona continued their winning start to the League with a 5-0 thrashing of Levante away from home. With the arch-rivals Real Madrid winning 8-2 against Deportivo on Saturday, it was essential for Luis Enrique's boys to sent a clear signal. And they did more than that. The team is yet to concede a goal this season and Luis Enrique would be proud of the boy's hardwork.
This week sees the return of UEFA Champions League action to an ESPN english-language channel as ESPN2 will present live coverage of Atletico Madrid v Juventus on Wednesday, October 1st. Here is a detailed rundown of where to watch all of Matchday #2 action LIVE in the USA (all times US Eastern):
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014:
12:00pm CSKA Moscow vs Bayern Munich (ESPN Deportes, DirecTV-481, espn3)
2:45pm Manchester City vs AS Roma (FoxSports-1)
2:45pm Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea (FoxSports-2)
2:45pm PSG v Barcelona (FoxSportsNet Regionals, Fox Deportes)
2:45pm Shakhtar vs FC Porto (ESPN Deportes, DirecTV-482, espn3)
2:45pm Schalke 04 vs NK maribor (DirecTV-483, espn3)
2:45pm APOEL FC vs AFC Ajax (DirecTV-484, espn3)
2:45pm BATE Borisov vs Athletic Bilbao (DirecTV-485, espn3)
Is Ronaldo tempted by Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cristiano Ronaldo is "warm to the idea of returning to Manchester United", writes Daniel Taylor of the Guardian.
With four years left on his contract at Real Madrid and playing for the freescoring 2014 UEFA Champions League winners, United fans are still hopeful their club can pull off a sensational return for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has brushed aside reports that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the European champions in the near future.
Since the summer transfer window closes, the English media have repeatedly linked the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner with a return to Manchester United, a move that would cost United a reported £200 million over five years once the transfer fee and wages are calculated.
Whipped into a frothy latherby recent baseless tabloid hogwash linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a big move back to Old Trafford, a small gaggle of excitable Manchester United fans have paid through the nose tohelp entice their prodigal son back home via the medium of yet another sodding plane banner.
Javier Hernandez has said that he left Manchester United because the club didn't believe in him and he has embraced the opportunity of making the most of his season-long loan at Real Madrid.
Having played a pivotal role in United's title-winning campaigns in 2011 and 2013, Hernandez fell out of favour under David Moyes last season, making only six starts before being shipped out on loan on transfer deadline day this summer.
Sigh. For the last few years, I've been pretty good about my Monday, Wednesday, Thursday posting. Why those days? Well, anymore and I'd turn the site into a content mill, any less and I'd lose my edge. Also, coincidentally*, those are the days when the internet has heavy traffic for actual readers.
It should surprise no one that this season's title challengers in La Liga would come from the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Madrid.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and Barcelona boss Luis Enrique spent the summer green-lighting moves for some of the world's top footballers in an effort to wrestle the La Liga title back from Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid side.
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Cristiano Ronaldo on course to make history - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cristiano Ronaldo is an amazing player. He was already a world class talent during his time at Manchester United but has taken his game to a new level at Real Madrid. Breaking records one after another seems his usual habit nowadays and the question remains how far can he go from here.
Manchester United need to pay £400,000-per-week for Real Madrid superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United will haveto pay around£80m wages to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. Real Madrid, however, are willing to cash in on a move that should alert several European heavy weights including Chelsea and Manchester City.
Real Madrid were facing questions from fans and the media after the club stumbledat thestart of the 2014-15 La Liga season.
Carlo Ancelotti's sidehad lost the Spanish Supercopa to city rivals, Atletico Madrid. Shortly thereafter the club dropped a leaguematch to Real Sociedad, a contestwhich saw Real storm out of the starting gatesto take a 2-0 lead, only to concede four goals in succession before falling, 4-2.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 25th hat-trick for Real Madrid as he grabbed four goals in a 5-1 home win over Elche.
Three days after netting three in an 8-2 victory away to Deportivo La Coruna, the Ballon d'Or winner remarkably went one better at the Bernabeu for Carlo Ancelotti's team. Edu Albacar had briefly put Elche in front, with a 15th-minute penalty after Ronaldo fouled Pedro Mosquera, but that only stirred Real and their early offender into action.
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It's been a middling start to Real Madrid's 2014-15 La Liga campaign, but the Spanish giants have a great opportunity to get back on track Tuesday against lower table squad Elche.
Real Madrid has come to regret selling off some of their midfield depth over the summer, but they should still be able to overpower Elche offensively as they did Deportivo La Coruña last weekend, when Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat trick in an 8-2 thrashing.
Ronaldo never stops scoring... does he? This could be the reason Florentino Perez has reportedly refused to sell him to Man United despite reports linking him to his former club in the upcoming transfer window. The player's hat-trick contributed to Real's biggest ever away win in La Liga (8-2) over Deportivo on Saturday.