FIFA's annual Ballon d'Or shortlist inevitably divides opinion. From the widespread disgust that Wesley Sneijder didn't receive the award for his outstanding 2010 campaign, where he led his club side, Internazionale, to Champions League glory and then his national side, the Netherlands, to the World Cup final, right through to the annual battle for the award between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, there have been a lot of controversial choices down the years.
It's inevitable at a club that has Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema, among others, that some players fall by the wayside and don't get the credit they deserve. That was the case in Real Madrid's win over Barcelona, when excellent performances from Dani Carvajal and Isco went largely unrecognized.
During last Saturday's clasico, my twitter feed was curiously silent. Was I in shock after the first half? Was I silently exuberant during the second? No and no. I was driving across Houston to my son's game and then at a Halloween gathering. Thanks to Dishworld and BeIN Sports, I could watch the game later.
It was a fantastic Clasico weekend, and if you missed it, where exactly were you?! Real Madrid encapsulated a brilliant night at the Bernabeu with a 3-1 win over Barcelona, who fell to their first league loss of the season and closed the gap to just one point after nine games.
Today's classic clash between the Spanish giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona was not as exciting as previous matches. Before the match, nobody had scored against Barcelona during this season, and perhaps some were expecting Barcelona to have an advantage when Neymar brought them ahead 1-0. But truth is that Barcelona's goalless record has been against other teams in a league where only Atletico
Real Madrid defeated or rather mauled Barcelona to death 3-1. It could have been , should have been, something like 6-1 for Real Madrid but Real Madrid just did not look like the side which scored 3 goals previously. Champions League game midweek might have taken out a bit too much from Real Madrid as [.
First straight up facts. Neymar scored the first goal of the game. A cheeky long ball from Suarez (the kinds he was famous for at Liverpool) saw Neymar take on Carvajal and Pepe. Quite inexplicably, both defenders felt like they had hit quicksand and Neymar got away from them with a single touch on [.
La Liga all time top scorers: Will Lionel Messi break the record in El Clasico? is a post from: Just Football
Tonight's El Clasico is a big one for Barcelona, huge in fact. Not only is Luis Suarez set to make his debut for the Catalan giants, Lionel Messi is poised to either equal or break Telmo Zarra's all-time record of 251 La Liga goals.
More than 400 million people around the world will watch today's el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which will feature the world's biggest stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and many more.
Real Madrid:Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Ronaldso, Kroos, Benzema, James Rodriguez, Marcelo, Carvajal, Modric, Isco
When:Saturday, October 25, 2014 Pre-game show:Begins at 11am ET/8am PT Start time:Game kicks off at Noon ET/9am PT TV coverage:beIN SPORTS (English language), beIN SPORTS Español (Spanish language) Online coverage:DishWorld (English and Spanish languages are both available).
It's that time again, Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns at 6pm local time in the first clásico of the season.
"The best game in the world", proclaims soccer daily Marca without much irony. 400 million people will be watching, says rival AS, with the kick-off time primed for South American and Middle Eastern markets.
Después de una década, este sábado 25 Real Madrid y Barcelona se enfrentarán por la Liga sin que el campeón esté en la cancha. Las dos potencias de España chocan en el Bernabéu. Qué esperar del derby más fuerte del fútbol mundial. Artículo publicado en ESPN Magazine, en octubre de 2014 Por PABLO ARO GERALDES En todo clásico, de barrio, estadual, nacional o mundial, como es este Real Madrid – Barcelona globalizado, los pronósticos duran lo mismo que el pitazo inicial.
Saturdaymarks the first Clásico of the 2014-15 campaign with the match perfectly set up to provide us with many moments of controversy, entertainment and downright footballing artistry. The main talking point prior to kick-off is just how FC Barcelona will fit the returning Luis Suarez into their starting line-up whilst the hosts Real Madrid will look to build on their emphatic victory over Liverpool at Anfield in the week.
There are some players and some games that are no stranger to intense speculation and raucous hyperbole.
Players like Luis Suarez, who is line to make his first ever appearance for the Blaugrana this weekend. And games like Barcelona versus Real Madrid, el Clasico, a titanic spectacle that'll be staged at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend, one in which the effervescent Uruguayan will play a part in.
3 To See: El Clasico, Manchester United v Chelsea and the derby of eternal enemies is a post from: Just Football
The biggest club fixture in the world will be given some extra bite this weekend by the most anticipated debut of the season, but it's far from the only grudge match taking place in Europe, with Greece's biggest derby also joining El Clasico on the agenda.
With el Clásico kicking off this Saturday at Noon ET, speculation is rife as to team selections, tactical tweaks and possible individual brilliance that could determine who will take the spoils in the first meeting of Spain's big two of the 2014-15 campaign.
It is one of the few matches in world soccerwhich engages the masses.
After eight games, the leading scorers in La Liga are the usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi. However, Carlos Bacca is on the coattails of the Real Madrid star and the Barcelona pair, with the Colombia international maintaining the prolific form he has shown throughout his career and his goals taking Sevilla into second place early in La Liga season.
Mario Balotelli is not affected by the scrutiny he is under and has the hunger to succeed as a Liverpool player, according to Reds assistant boss Colin Pascoe.
Balotelli has scored just once in his first 11 appearances for the Merseysiders and the maverick striker left his manager Brendan Rodgers less than impressed last week when he swapped shirts with Pepe at half-time during the 3-0 Champions League loss to Real Madrid.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of his club's match against Cornella, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has responded to comments made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter while the head of world football's governing body was speaking to local press on his visit to Moscow for the presentation of the logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
...by which, of course, we mean they absolutely pick themselves once again.
The following 23 men are in contention for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014:
Gareth Bale Karim Benzema Diego Costa Thibaut Courtois Cristiano Ronaldo Angel Di Maria Mario Götze Eden Hazard Zlatan Ibrahimovic Andres Iniesta Toni Kroos Philipp Lahm Javier Mascherano Lionel Messi Thomas Müller Manuel Neuer Neymar Paul Pogba Sergio Ramos Arjen Robben James Rodriguez Bastian Schweinsteiger Yaya Toure
The following ten coaches are in contention for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football 2014:
Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid) Antonio Conte (Juventus/Italy) Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich) Jurgen Klinsmann (USA) Joachim Loew (Germany) Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) Alejandro Sabella (Argentina) Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) Louis van Gaal (Netherlands/Manchester United)
The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 12 January 2015, along with all the other little bits and bobs Sepp and his cronies dole out.
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La Dirección General de Selecciones Nacionales da a conocer la convocatoria de jugadores mexicanos que militan en el extranjero, mismos que han sido solicitados a sus Clubes para participar en los encuentros de Fechas FIFA ante las Selecciones de Holanda y Bielorrusia, los próximos 12 y 18 de noviembre, respectivamente.
There's an excellent interview in the Mail today where one of our young heroes yesterday Ayoze Perez who scored the winner with an excellent header explains why he joined Newcastle United, when both Barcelona and Real Madrid in his home country were keen to sign him. Ayoze Perez heads home yesterday to [.
Many Arsenal fans have been calling for years for the club to get rid of Arsene Wenger as the man in charge. And maybe if the Frenchman had failed to qualify for the Champions League one year or even if the players had not managed to overturn a 2-0 deficit to beat Hull City and [...]
David de Gea has denied rumours that he is set to join Real Madrid after several rumours linking him with a move back to Spain.
"Just rumours," he said. "I'm happy here. Starting problems are quite normal under a new coach with a completely new concept. That's a process and Van Gaal always says that we will improve, but it takes time.
"Sheer madness" that is the descriptive phrase Mark Lawrenson has selected after watching Liverpool lose 3-0 to Real Madrid. Surely a reaction like that can only be warranted by the poor defensive performance? No? ... No. Apparently it is "sheer madness" that Mario Balotelli would swap his shirt with an opposition player at half time, forgive me for thinking Lawro has pushed the 'overkill' button here.