Real Madrid back in trouble as Solari effect loses luster

Soccer 01/07/19, 00:18

The Santiago Solari effect has worn off at Real Madrid.The Spanish club hoped it had found a coach to turn its season around when it promoted Solari from its reserve team to take over from the fired Julen Lopetegui in late October.But two weeks after Solari guided Madrid to the ...

Celta replaces Mohamed with Portuguese coach Miguel Cardoso

Soccer 11/13/18, 05:32

Celta Vigo has hired Portuguese coach Miguel Cardoso to replace Argentine manager Antonio Mohamed.Mohamed was fired after Celta's 4-2 home loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish league on Sunday.Celta won only three of its 13 matches under Mohamed, who was hired at the end of last season on a ...

Madrid registers Solari as coach to beat deadline

Soccer 11/12/18, 11:03

Real Madrid registered Santiago Solari as its coach on Monday because Spanish league regulations prohibit a club from having an interim coach for more than two weeks.Madrid has not said whether it stopped looking for a full-time replacement for Julen Lopetegui, who was fired on Oct. 29.Solari, a former Madrid ...

Madrid with depleted defense for match against Valladolid

Soccer 11/02/18, 09:06

Real Madrid will be without most of its defenders when it hosts Valladolid this weekend in its first Spanish league match without coach Julen Lopetegui.Interim coach Santiago Solari will not be able to count on veteran left back Marcelo, central defender Raphael Varane and right back Dani Carvajal. They are ...

Lopetegui hopes to save Madrid’s season_ and job_ at Barca

Soccer 10/27/18, 11:45

Julen Lopetegui heads into his first clasico against fierce rival Barcelona saying he still believes he can succeed as Real Madrid coach.Speculation of his imminent firing has been rampant in Spain since Madrid went on a five-game winless streak that included its longest ever scoring drought.An unconvincing 2-1 win over ...

Madrid needs win in Champions League, Ronaldo back at United

Soccer 10/22/18, 00:32

Three-time defending champion Real Madrid is in crisis after four defeats in five games as it returns to the Champions League on Tuesday.The question hanging over Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before Viktoria Plzen's visit is whether club president Florentino Perez has already had enough of Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.The former Spain ...

Power failure: Leading teams struggle across European soccer

Soccer 10/19/18, 10:11

Glance across the European soccer standings and there is an unfamiliar look.At least one powerhouse team in each of the five biggest domestic leagues is finding it much tougher to challenge for the title two months into the season.Associated Press writers across Europe take a look at the struggles of ...

Lopetegui under pressure amid Real Madrid scoring drought

Soccer 10/08/18, 04:09

It looked like a no-brainer at the time. Which coach wouldn't jump at the chance to lead star-packed and wealthy Real Madrid?But four months later Julen Lopetegui may be ruing the day the club's president Florentino Perez made him an offer that he just couldn't refuse.Not only did his decision ...

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