Solari boost as Madrid beats Valladolid to end winless run

Soccer 03/10/19, 17:35

Real Madrid recovered from an early scare to beat Valladolid 4-1 in the Spanish league on Sunday, halting its three-match losing streak and easing some of the pressure on coach Santiago Solari.Madrid was outplayed by its relegation-threatened rival early on and was fortunate to go into the break at 1-1. ...

Modric says others needed to step up when Ronaldo left

Soccer 03/04/19, 11:14

With Real Madrid faltering in attack, Luka Modric is feeling the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.Modric, who replaced Ronaldo as the winner of the world's best player award, said Monday that things would be different for Real Madrid if the Portugal forward hadn't left to join Juventus last year."Every team would ...

FIFA moves best player awards to Milan from London

Sports 02/08/19, 10:55

FIFA is moving from London to have a night at the opera in Milan to honor the world's best players and coaches.FIFA says the iconic Scala theater will host its annual awards ceremony on Sept. 23.London has hosted the Best Awards for the past two years after FIFA's new leadership ...

Modric back to his best for revived Real Madrid

Sports 01/28/19, 00:07

With Luka Modric back to playing like a Ballon d'Or winner, Real Madrid is gaining momentum in time for a run at a fourth straight Champions League title.Modric was voted the world's top player in December after leading Croatia to the World Cup final and helping Madrid win a third ...

Benzema scores 2 as 10-man Madrid wins 4-2 at Espanyol

Soccer 01/27/19, 17:09

Karim Benzema put in a brilliant performance and scored two goals in a 4-2 win for 10-man Real Madrid against Espanyol in the Spanish league on Sunday.The French striker opened the scoring only four minutes into the match in Barcelona and also provided several smart passes for his teammates that ...

Madrid beats Sevilla 2-0, returns to top 3 in Spanish league

Soccer 01/19/19, 12:22

A long-range shot by Casemiro and a late goal by Luka Modric helped Real Madrid avoid another setback at home in the Spanish league, leading the team to a 2-0 victory against Sevilla on Saturday.The win moved the side back into the top three for the first time since September ...

Modric wins Balkan award ahead of Djokovic and Halep

Soccer 12/27/18, 08:04

Croatia soccer star Luka Modric has been chosen Balkan athlete of the year. Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July, where the midfielder was voted player of the tournament. He also won the prestigious Ballon d'Or for the first ...

Real Madrid beats Al Ain 4-1 to win 4th Club World Cup

Soccer 12/22/18, 13:34

Real Madrid eased to a 4-1 win over host side Al Ain to claim its fourth Club World Cup on Saturday.Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric and Marcos Llorente scored from outside the area, and Sergio Ramos added a late goal to lead the European champions to the world title.Modric put ...

Griezmann nets 2, Atletico wins to pull level with Barcelona

Soccer 12/15/18, 14:45

Antoine Griezmann scored twice after setting up an opening goal to earn a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Valladolid, lifting Atletico Madrid level on points with Spanish league leader Barcelona on Saturday.The win was Atletico's first away from home in La Liga in nearly three months.Meanwhile, Luka Modric presented his Ballon ...

Modric wins 1st Ballon d’Or to end Messi and Ronaldo’s reign

Soccer 12/03/18, 16:24

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or award for the first time on Monday, ending the 10-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Modric won the Champions League with Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July. He was voted player of the tournament.

Madrid wins 4-2 at Celta for 4th straight win under Solari

Soccer 11/11/18, 18:39

Karim Benzema scored a superb opening goal in Real Madrid's 4-2 win at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Sunday, boosting interim coach Santiago Solari's chances of staying in charge of the European champions.Benzema displayed exquisite control to get Madrid rolling in the 23rd minute. Spinning away from the ...

Modric, Mbappe in running for Ballon d’Or

Soccer 10/08/18, 15:28

Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe are in the running to break Lionel Messi's and Cristiano Ronaldo's 10-year dominance of the Ballon d'Or.The World Cup finalist and champion, respectively, are nominees for this year's award, alongside Brazilian forward Marta. For the first time, France Football magazine is awarding the individual trophy ...

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 ...

Real Madrid’s poor form continues with loss at CSKA Moscow

Soccer 10/02/18, 17:17

Real Madrid failed to score for the third straight game as it slumped to a 1-0 loss at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.With Sergio Ramos rested, the reigning European champion's defense seemed disjointed and it conceded as early as the second minute when CSKA's Nikola ...

Real Madrid routed 3-0 by Sevilla in Spanish League

Soccer 09/26/18, 18:17

Real Madrid conceded three-first half goals in a 3-0 loss at Sevilla on Wednesday, squandering a chance to take the Spanish league lead after Barcelona lost 2-1 at last-place Leganes.Portugal forward Andre Silva scored in the 17th and 21st minutes, and Wissam Ben Yedder added another in the 39th to ...

Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duology

Soccer 09/24/18, 16:09

Luka Modric has broken a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by FIFA, while Marta won the women's award for a sixth time.Modric was voted FIFA's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for ...

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