Zinedine Zidane

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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.

Gareth Bale out of Bayern return, doubt for Clasico

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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.

Bale is sidelined by the recurrence of an ankle problem picked up in Madrid’s 2-1 first-leg win last week and is also a doubt for Real’s crunch La Liga clash with Barcelona on Sunday.

Gareth Bale out of Bayern return, doubt for Clasico

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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.

Bale is sidelined by the recurrence of an ankle problem picked up in Madrid’s 2-1 first-leg win last week and is also a doubt for Real’s crunch La Liga clash with Barcelona on Sunday.

Isco winner takes Ronaldo-less Real six points clear

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Madrid (AFP) – Isco struck in stoppage time to send Real Madrid six points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after twice coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2 on Saturday.

Madrid can all but secure a first league title in five years with victory when they host Barca next weekend.

Isco winner takes Ronaldo-less Real six points clear

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Madrid (AFP) – Isco struck in stoppage time to send Real Madrid six points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after twice coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2 on Saturday.

Madrid can all but secure a first league title in five years with victory when they host Barca next weekend.

Madrid open up five-point lead over Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid moved five points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga despite a lacklustre performance as goals from Karim Benzema, Isco and Nacho secured a 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday.

Benzema volleyed home Dani Carvajal’s cutback for the opening goal just after the half hour mark.

Madrid open up five-point lead over Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid moved five points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga despite a lacklustre performance as goals from Karim Benzema, Isco and Nacho secured a 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday.

Benzema volleyed home Dani Carvajal’s cutback for the opening goal just after the half hour mark.

Record Real move all down to Hazard says Calderon

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London (AFP) – Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will decide on a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, with the Spanish giants prepared to pay a world record transfer fee, according to former club president Ramon Calderon.

The Belgium midfielder is under contract with Premier League leaders Chelsea until June 2020 but Hazard, a childhood fan of Real coach Zinedine Zidane, has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Record Real move all down to Hazard says Calderon

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London (AFP) – Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will decide on a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, with the Spanish giants prepared to pay a world record transfer fee, according to former club president Ramon Calderon.

The Belgium midfielder is under contract with Premier League leaders Chelsea until June 2020 but Hazard, a childhood fan of Real coach Zinedine Zidane, has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Roundup: Real Madrid star holds transfer talks, La Liga rivals have offered him £325k-a-week to join

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Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu for a while now.

The former Malaga playmaker has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place under Zinedine Zidane and is contemplating an exit at the end of this season.

Stage set for ‘classic’ as Real draw Bayern

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich and a reunion with “master” Carlo Ancelotti after Zinedine Zidane got his wish and avoided Leicester City in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw.

Leicester will play Atletico Madrid - “a massive challenge,” said Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare - and the Italian and Spanish champions clash with Juventus drawing the miracle men of Barcelona.

Luca Zidane out from Real Madrid’s under-19 side for three months with shoulder injury

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Paris (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane’s son Luca, a goalkeeper with Real Madrid’s under-19 side, will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, Spanish daily Marca reported Friday.

The 18-year-old is part of the Real Madrid youth team, which is taking part in both the Spanish youth league and the Champions League youth competition.

Luca Zidane out from Real Madrid’s under-19 side for three months with shoulder injury

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Paris (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane’s son Luca, a goalkeeper with Real Madrid’s under-19 side, will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, Spanish daily Marca reported Friday.

The 18-year-old is part of the Real Madrid youth team, which is taking part in both the Spanish youth league and the Champions League youth competition.

Ronaldo feels pain, misses Eibar clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone Friday after feeling pains and was ruled out of Real Madrid’s game against Eibar at the weekend.

“He felt something, but nothing serious. He didn’t train with us this morning,” coach Zinedine Zidane told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game.

Ronaldo feels pain, misses Eibar clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone Friday after feeling pains and was ruled out of Real Madrid’s game against Eibar at the weekend.

“He felt something, but nothing serious. He didn’t train with us this morning,” coach Zinedine Zidane told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game.

Mocked by Mourinho, Eibar’s Leon now primed to topple Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Pedro Leon was mocked by Jose Mourinho for not being Zinedine Zidane when at Real Madrid. Now the in-form Eibar winger could deal a huge blow to Zidane’s hopes of landing the La Liga title.

After Gareth Bale lost his head and Madrid their La Liga lead in a 3-3 draw with Las Palmas on Wednesday, an uncomfortable trip to Eibar’s 6,200-capacity Ipurua stadium on Saturday was probably the last thing on their wish list.

Mocked by Mourinho, Eibar’s Leon now primed to topple Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Pedro Leon was mocked by Jose Mourinho for not being Zinedine Zidane when at Real Madrid. Now the in-form Eibar winger could deal a huge blow to Zidane’s hopes of landing the La Liga title.

After Gareth Bale lost his head and Madrid their La Liga lead in a 3-3 draw with Las Palmas on Wednesday, an uncomfortable trip to Eibar’s 6,200-capacity Ipurua stadium on Saturday was probably the last thing on their wish list.

Juventus hitting form at the perfect time in pursuit of overdue Champions League glory

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Winning the UEFA Champions League requires a clutch of different qualities. Teams who go all the way are supremely talented, yet underscoring all their ability is diligence, intensity and a steely mentality.

Champions League success can be circumstantial too. In 2016, Real Madrid were a mess under Rafael Benitez in the early stages of the campaign, before Zinedine Zidane added some organization and impetus to the team which ultimately proved vital on their way to an 11th European crown in Milan.

Juventus hitting form at the perfect time in pursuit of overdue Champions League glory

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Winning the UEFA Champions League requires a clutch of different qualities. Teams who go all the way are supremely talented, yet underscoring all their ability is diligence, intensity and a steely mentality.

Champions League success can be circumstantial too. In 2016, Real Madrid were a mess under Rafael Benitez in the early stages of the campaign, before Zinedine Zidane added some organization and impetus to the team which ultimately proved vital on their way to an 11th European crown in Milan.

Bale back with a bang as Real extend lead

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale made an instant impact on his return from injury as Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to four points with a 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.

Bale had been sidelined three months and on his return took just 13 minutes to score as he swept home into the far corner after coming on as second-half substitute in a much changed Real line up.

Real Madrid’s Rodriguez handed chance in Bale absence

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Madrid (AFP) – James Rodriguez was handed a rare chance to start on the big occasion after Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane resisted the Champions League temptation to rush back Gareth Bale after three months out with ankle ligament damage.

With Bale left out of the squad altogether, Rodriguez edged out Lucas Vazquez for a role on the right of the Madrid attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the last 16 first leg tie against Napoli.

Real Madrid’s Rodriguez handed chance in Bale absence

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Madrid (AFP) – James Rodriguez was handed a rare chance to start on the big occasion after Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane resisted the Champions League temptation to rush back Gareth Bale after three months out with ankle ligament damage.

With Bale left out of the squad altogether, Rodriguez edged out Lucas Vazquez for a role on the right of the Madrid attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the last 16 first leg tie against Napoli.

Bale left out as Real Madrid aim to halt Maradona-backed Napoli

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has resisted the temptation to rush back a fit-again Gareth Bale for their Champions League clash on Wednesday against an on-form Napoli backed by Diego Maradona.

Bale returned to training for the first time since suffering ankle ligament damage in November on Sunday and has been left out of Zidane’s 19-man squad.

Fit-again Bale left out for Napoli clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will have to wait for his return to action after three months out as the Welshman wasn’t included in Zinedine Zidane’s squad for Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday.

Bale only returned to full training for the first time on Sunday since suffering ankle ligament damage in November.

Fit-again Bale left out for Napoli clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will have to wait for his return to action after three months out as the Welshman wasn’t included in Zinedine Zidane’s squad for Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday.

Bale only returned to full training for the first time on Sunday since suffering ankle ligament damage in November.

Bale back in Real Madrid training

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid received a boost ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Napoli on Wednesday as Gareth Bale returned to training on Sunday for the first time in three months.

Bale has been sidelined since damaging ankle ligaments in a 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon on November 22.

4-3-3 vs Sociedad: Zidane without 5 key Real Madrid stars this week, could lose 2 more; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad
Liga BBVA 2016/17
29th January, 19:45 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Live Stream: Watch Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad live on Sky Sports 1

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

League leaders Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in La Liga this weekend.

Rattled Real Madrid aim to halt sudden slump

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid host high-flying Real Sociedad on Sunday aiming to reverse an alarming dip in form that has seen Zinedine Zidane's seemingly unbeatable squad just two weeks ago fail to win in three of their last four matches.

The European champions bowed out of the Copa del Rey to Celta Vigo in midweek with a 2-2 draw at Balaidos not enough to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.

Rattled Real Madrid aim to halt sudden slump

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid host high-flying Real Sociedad on Sunday aiming to reverse an alarming dip in form that has seen Zinedine Zidane's seemingly unbeatable squad just two weeks ago fail to win in three of their last four matches.

The European champions bowed out of the Copa del Rey to Celta Vigo in midweek with a 2-2 draw at Balaidos not enough to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.

Injury-hit Real wait on Cristiano Ronaldo for Cup comeback

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will shrug off a foot problem in time to lead the European champions' bid to overcome a Copa del Rey deficit at Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

Zidane's squad, down 2-1 from the quarter-final first leg at home, has been hit by a series of injuries with Marcelo and Luka Modric joining Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Dani Carvajal and Pepe on the sidelines after limping off in Saturday's 2-1 win over Malaga.

Zinedine Zidane seeks quick solution to Real Madrid woes

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he is responsible for the European champions' back-to-back defeats as they look to return to winning ways when Malaga visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Madrid hadn't lost in 40 matches in all competitions stretching back nine months until conceding twice to lose 2-1 at Sevilla last weekend, and followed that up with a shock defeat by the same scoreline at home to Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane seeks quick solution to Real Madrid woes

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he is responsible for the European champions' back-to-back defeats as they look to return to winning ways when Malaga visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Madrid hadn't lost in 40 matches in all competitions stretching back nine months until conceding twice to lose 2-1 at Sevilla last weekend, and followed that up with a shock defeat by the same scoreline at home to Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday.

Celta inflict shock Cup defeat on Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) After surrendering a record 40-game unbeaten run, Real Madrid suffered a second defeat in four days on Wednesday as Celta Vigo took a 2-1 first leg lead from their Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Santiago Bernabeu.

All three goals came in a six-minute spell midway through the second-half as strikes from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas and Jonny either side of Marcelo's reply for Madrid handed Celta a famous win.

Celta inflict shock Cup defeat on Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) After surrendering a record 40-game unbeaten run, Real Madrid suffered a second defeat in four days on Wednesday as Celta Vigo took a 2-1 first leg lead from their Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Santiago Bernabeu.

All three goals came in a six-minute spell midway through the second-half as strikes from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas and Jonny either side of Marcelo's reply for Madrid handed Celta a famous win.

4-3-3 vs Sevilla: Zidane without 4 top class Real Madrid stars for vital away game; Key Stats. Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Sevilla vs Real Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of Sunday’s La Liga fixture.

Sevilla vs Real Madrid
La Liga 2016/17
15th January, 19:45 pm BST
Sanchez Pizjuán Stadium, Seville
Live Stream: Watch Sevilla vs Real Madrid live on Sky Sports 1

SEVILLA TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW

Sevilla host Real Madrid in La Liga this weekend and the home side will be looking to avenge their Copa Del Rey exit at the hands of Zinedine Zidane’s side earlier this week.

Cristiano Ronaldo rested again as Zidane targets treble

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane once again left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad that travels to Sevilla on Thursday holding a 3-0 lead for the second leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie.

Madrid made light of Ronaldo's absence in the first leg as a double from James Rodriguez and Raphael Varane's header maintained Real's relentless form.

Cristiano Ronaldo rested again as Zidane targets treble

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane once again left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad that travels to Sevilla on Thursday holding a 3-0 lead for the second leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie.

Madrid made light of Ronaldo's absence in the first leg as a double from James Rodriguez and Raphael Varane's header maintained Real's relentless form.

2006 World Cup

‘Whoever Wants It Can Have It’ – Germany 2006 World Cup Winner’s Podium Found Dumped In Berlin Park (Photo)

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Rather strangely, the very podium on which Italy celebrated winning the 2006 World Cup has been discovered dumped in a park in Berlin.

The white podium, stamped with the FIFA marque, was found tossed by the wayside in theBerlin Olympiapark, close to the Olympiastadion where the final was played.

‘I’ll Headbutt Somebody On The Pitch Like Zidane’ – Gianluigi Buffon Plans To Retire In Style As And When The Time Comes

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Having already been on this Earth for 39 wholeyears, Gianluigi Buffon has reluctantly acknowledged that he might notactually be able to play on forever.

Indeed, Buffon is all set to makethe 1,000th appearanceof his career when Italy play Albania on Friday evening 220 for Parma, 612 for Juventus and 168 for the Azzurri.

The Rest

Champions League rivals running scared of Leicester City

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid, comeback kings Barcelona and the mighty Bayern Munich are all in the hat for Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw, but Zinedine Zidane knows who he wants to avoid.

“No coach wants Leicester as a rival,” the Real boss admitted, a view echoed by Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon: “Leicester, because they’re a dangerous side, they’re full of enthusiasm and can hurt you.