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Zidane and Real Madrid under fire after ‘inexplicable’ defeat

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Madrid (AFP) – The Spanish press did not hold back in their criticism of a “shattered” Real Madrid, a team “in crisis” after their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Villarreal in La Liga.

“Inexplicable” was the front-page headline on Madrid sports daily Marca on Sunday, which remarked that the reigning Spanish and European champions “don’t know what is happening to them” in La Liga.

Second string Real Madrid struggle into Copa del Rey quarter-finals

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid fielded an almost unrecognisable team and struggled into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw against second division Numancia.

Already 3-0 ahead from the first leg, coach Zinedine Zidane could afford to rest his superstars with one eye on La Liga, where they are 16 points behind Barcelona, and the Champions League last 16 with a clash against Paris Saint-Germain next month.

Kane says Spurs need trophies to keep him happy

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane says he is happy at Tottenham Hotspur as long as the club start winning trophies as his manager Mauricio Pochettino warned Spurs cannot force their star striker to stay.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed Kane as the “complete player” ahead of the clubs’ first Champions League tie in October while Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in the 24-year-old.

Eden Hazard rejecting an extended Chelsea contract is just as expected.

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Chelsea's attacking play maker Eden Hazard, the most talented player within our ranks has rejected a new extended contract and if we are honest is to be expected.
There has been so much press coverage of the news within the last 24-48 hours as the players father has spoken out suggesting that the Belgian is holding out to see what happens this summer in the hope that Real Madrid confirm their intention to sign him.

Isco Fires Back At Reports Of Player Unrest With Zinedine Zidane

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Real Madrid star Isco has angrily dismissed reports that he refused to continue warming up during the weekend's el clasico against Barcelona.

Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 thrashing at the Bernabeu with Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal also finding the net, a result that all but ended the title race in Spain.

Real president Perez insists 2017 a ‘great year’ despite Barca blip

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Sunday that the club’s fans have to be proud of their team’s achievements in 2017, despite the 3-0 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona that left them 14 points adrift in the La Liga title race.

The Spanish giants completed a double of Champions League and La Liga titles last season and have since added the Club World Cup trophy and the European and Spanish Super Cups.

Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Real Madrid

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.

A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane’s men this year.

Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Real Madrid

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.

A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane’s men this year.

Arsenal will lose £34m in six months if Arsene Wenger makes embarrassing U-turn

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Arsene Wenger could land himself in hot water with Arsenal supporters and the backroom staff after Don Balon report that the Gunners could take a £34m hit in January.

Real Madrid are believed to keen on Alexis Sanchez, prioritising the Chilean international over Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, who would be significantly more expensive than the Arsenal forward out of contract next summer.

Bale and Varane to travel to Club World Cup

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale and France international Raphael Varane will travel with the Real Madrid squad to the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday.

Zidane made the announcement after injury-plagued Bale returned to training on Friday morning, but despite being available for the Club World Cup, which started on Wednesday with host club Al Jazira’s 1-0 win over New Zealanders Aukland City, both the Wales winger and Varane will miss Saturday’s visit of Sevilla in La Liga.

Five things to look out for in Spanish La Liga

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will have to overcome a mounting list of injuries and suspensions if they are to keep themselves in the La Liga title race when Sevilla visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Win and the European champions can close to within five points of leaders Barcelona, who themselves face a tough trip to Villarreal on Sunday night.

Five things to look out for in Spanish La Liga

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid will have to overcome a mounting list of injuries and suspensions if they are to keep themselves in the La Liga title race when Sevilla visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Win and the European champions can close to within five points of leaders Barcelona, who themselves face a tough trip to Villarreal on Sunday night.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard contacted by Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez

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Eden Hazard: Zinedine Zidane makes contact and talk of rejecting Chelsea's extended contract?

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It's worrying times for Chelsea fans around the world with rumours and reports that Eden Hazard has rejected Chelsea's staggering new contract offer in favour of a move this summer to Real Madrid.

Having had some amazing and influential seasons here at Chelsea ever since his arrival, the Belgian playmaker is showing signs in his new central role, that he could be even better this time around with another impressive performance last night.

Bale finally back in training for Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale finally returned to training with his Real Madrid team-mates on Friday and will be eased back in after two months on the sidelines, according to coach Zinedine Zidane.

“The important thing is that he is with us, that he trains, plays, because that will stop all the negative things happening around him,” Zidane said at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Malaga.

Ronaldo hits brace as Real surge into last 16

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Nicosia (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both scored twice as holders Real Madrid crushed APOEL 6-0 in Nicosia on Tuesday to seal a place in the Champions League last 16.

Luka Modric volleyed Zinedine Zidane’s team into the lead on 23 minutes before Real floored Cypriot champions APOEL with five goals in a 15-minute blitz either side of half-time.

Real Madrid cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the goals coming before half-time.

Real Madrid cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the goals coming before half-time.

Zidane staying upbeat amid Real Madrid troubles

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Nicosia (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists he is still “optimistic” as the Spanish giants look to shrug off a poor run of form in La Liga by securing their place in the Champions League last 16.

European champions in each of the last two seasons, Madrid will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 with a game to spare in Group H by beating APOEL in Cyprus on Tuesday.

Zidane staying upbeat amid Real Madrid troubles

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Nicosia (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists he is still “optimistic” as the Spanish giants look to shrug off a poor run of form in La Liga by securing their place in the Champions League last 16.

European champions in each of the last two seasons, Madrid will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 with a game to spare in Group H by beating APOEL in Cyprus on Tuesday.

Benzema the fall guy as Real Madrid flounder

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Madrid (AFP) – In a recurring theme of Real Madrid’s stuttering season, Zinedine Zidane protested all his side lacked was a goal as they fell 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after firing more blanks in a bad-tempered Madrid derby.

Yet, in attempting to defend a lacklustre performance from Saturday’s stalemate at Atletico Madrid, Zidane turned the spotlight once more on the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Benzema the fall guy as Real Madrid flounder

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Madrid (AFP) – In a recurring theme of Real Madrid’s stuttering season, Zinedine Zidane protested all his side lacked was a goal as they fell 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after firing more blanks in a bad-tempered Madrid derby.

Yet, in attempting to defend a lacklustre performance from Saturday’s stalemate at Atletico Madrid, Zidane turned the spotlight once more on the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Friday Kickoff: Zidane won't rule out Neymar signing, Aubemayang suspension and more

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The rumor mill is churning out some wild ones this time of year, but Real Madrid's manager wouldn't rule out one of the more outlandish reports.

Zinedine Zidane coyly refused to rule out a move for Neymar, saying "who knows" what moves Real Madrid could make in the future. (REPORT)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he does not understand why he has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund after earning a punishment for "disciplinary reasons".

How the mighty fall

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REAL REEL, CHELSEA CHOKE AND EVRA THE MARTYR
What are we to make of Real Madrid's 3-1 capitulation to Tottenham?
The definitive dethronement of the world club champions or merely a hiccup in the midst of a bad run of form and confidence?
Cast your minds back to Cardiff last May and Real looked unbeatable if not particularly thrilling or attractive to watch.

Bale to sit out Wales friendlies with France, Panama

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will be kept in Madrid to work on his fitness rather than meeting up with the Wales squad for friendlies against France and Panama next week, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Saturday.

Bale returned to training with the European champions this week after five weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury.

Real Madrid make Mauricio Pochettino top target to replace Zinedine Zidane

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Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have Group H issues

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It's easy enough to pile on when a super club isn't winning. Real Madrid was in obvious trouble prior to losing 3-1 to Spurs in the Champions League. Their tough trip to Wembley only compounds the issues that have them struggling domestically.

"There are times in the season when you score goals from very few chances, and others when you struggle to do that," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Real’s reserves make Fuenlabrada pay penalty in Cup win

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid needed two second-half penalties converted by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to open their Copa del Rey campaign with a 2-0 last 32, first leg win at third-tier Fuenlabrada on Thursday.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane gave most of his star names the night off with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Sergio Ramos among those not even included in the squad.

Ronaldo leads Real Madrid’s FIFA awards triumph

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London (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning last season saw him win the 2017 Best FIFA men’s player of the year trophy as Real Madrid dominated a star-studded awards ceremony in London on Monday.

The Portuguese ace, who has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, played a major role in Real winning both La Liga and the Champions League.

Ronaldo leads Real Madrid’s FIFA awards triumph

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London (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning last season saw him win the 2017 Best FIFA men’s player of the year trophy as Real Madrid dominated a star-studded awards ceremony in London on Monday.

The Portuguese ace, who has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, played a major role in Real winning both La Liga and the Champions League.

New Gareth Bale injury a concern for Wales

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale looks set to miss Real Madrid’s La Liga clash with Espanyol on Sunday, sparking fears he could also miss out on two crucial World Cup qualifiers for Wales next week.

Bale limped off with a calf strain after scoring and providing an assist for Cristiano Ronaldo as Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

That’s my boy — Real boss Zidane faces son Enzo

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will go up against his son Enzo for the first time when he takes his struggling Spanish champions to Alaves on Saturday.

Midfielder Enzo, 22, left Real’s reserve team in the close season in search of first-team football at Alaves, where he has made two La Liga appearances so far.

That’s my boy — Real boss Zidane faces son Enzo

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will go up against his son Enzo for the first time when he takes his struggling Spanish champions to Alaves on Saturday.

Midfielder Enzo, 22, left Real’s reserve team in the close season in search of first-team football at Alaves, where he has made two La Liga appearances so far.

Bale strikes in vital Madrid win at Sociedad

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale responded in style to his critics with a fine finish as Real Madrid got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Borja Mayoral rewarded a bright start by Real with his first Madrid goal before Sociedad’s Kevin Rodrigues scored at both ends to give the visitors a 2-1 half-time lead.

Real Madrid: Marco Asensio To Miss Champions League Opener With ‘Leg Shaving-Related’ Injury Problem

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Real Madrid are due to begin their Champions League title defence with a group stage curtain-jerker against APOEL tonight, but they'll have to do so without the services of man-of-the-moment Marco Asensio.

Indeed, Asensio is set to miss Los Blancos' Group H opener due to injury and not just any old injury, oh no.

Ronaldo return eases Zidane’s striker shortage

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has underlined the importance of welcoming back World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo for the holders Champions League opener against APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has been suspended for Real’s last four games after pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup and has been badly missed as the European champions have been held at home by Valencia and Levante in their last two outings.

Ronaldo return eases Zidane’s striker shortage

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has underlined the importance of welcoming back World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo for the holders Champions League opener against APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has been suspended for Real’s last four games after pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup and has been badly missed as the European champions have been held at home by Valencia and Levante in their last two outings.

Real Madrid held by Levante as Marcelo sees red

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid paid for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and a series of missed chances by Gareth Bale as they were held 1-1 at home by Levante on Saturday.

A slow start by a much-changed Real team was punished when Ivi Lopez fired newly-promoted Levante into a shock lead after just 12 minutes.

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FA Youth Cup: MK Dons Under-18s Prospect Tommy Hope Scores Amazing Zidane-Style Volley To Seal Dramatic Win Over Cardiff (Video)

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Tommy Hope and glory (Photo: MK Dons)

MK Dons Under-18s pinched themselves a late, late 1-0 win over Cardiff City in the third round of FA Youth Cup at Stadium:MK on Tuesday evening.

The decisive goal came in the 87th minute when a loose clearance dropped to MK left-back Tommy Hope quite a distance beyond the far post.

Harry Kane: Spurs demand £200m as Zinedine Zidane lavishes praise

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