Pochettino’s joke falls flat at Real Madrid

Soccer 05/24/19, 11:26

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's comments about Real Madrid's lack of hospitality didn't go over too well in the Spanish capital.Pochettino told Spanish radio station Cope, in a joking tone, that Madrid president Florentino Perez told him that he can sleep at Real Madrid City only when he becomes coach of ...

Kroos out of Germany squad for European qualifiers

Sports 05/22/19, 06:55

Germany will be without Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos for its upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia.Germany coach Joachim Loew left both of his Spain-based players - Kroos and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen - out of his squad for the games in Minsk on June 8 and ...

Real Madrid extends Kroos’ contract until 2023

Sports 05/20/19, 08:22

Real Madrid says it has extended Toni Kroos' contract until the end of the 2023 season.The 29-year-old midfielder, whose contract was to expire at the end of the 2022 season, joined from Bayern Munich after winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014. He has helped Real Madrid win 11 ...

Season over, Real Madrid faces turbulent summer

Soccer 05/20/19, 01:06

The best thing for Real Madrid about this season is that it is finally over.A humiliating 2-0 loss at home to Real Betis on the last day of the Spanish league on Sunday brought to a close one of the most disappointing seasons in years for the most successful team ...

Madrid loses last match of season to forget

Soccer 05/19/19, 07:50

Real Madrid put a fittingly poor ending to its worst season in recent memory after losing its last match of the Spanish league on Sunday.Many of the frustrated fans at the Santiago Bernabeu jeered Madrid's players after the 2-0 loss to Real Betis. Most of Madrid's supporters have long placed ...

Isco and Cazorla back with Spain; Luis Enrique still absent

Soccer 05/17/19, 06:16

Francisco "Isco" Alarcón and Santi Cazorla are back with Spain's national team for next month's European Championship qualifiers against the Faeroe Islands and Sweden.Isco had not been called up for the previous round of qualifiers because he hadn't been playing often with Real Madrid. Cazorla, a former Arsenal midfielder, hadn't ...

Hazard makes decision on Chelsea future, not made it public

Soccer 05/12/19, 16:54

Eden Hazard says he has made a decision over his future and told Chelsea. The forward just isn't making it public yet.Hazard has a season remaining on his contract and has been regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid.After Chelsea sealed third place in the Premier League with a ...

Amazing matches highlight epic Champions League season

Soccer 05/09/19, 07:42

Remarkably and improbably, it will be Liverpool and Tottenham playing for the Champions League title on June 1.The all-English final in Madrid seemed all-but impossible before back-to-back, second-half comebacks in both semifinals.It was a fitting way for the finalists to emerge from a dramatic knockout phase.Tottenham's Lucas Moura, center, kneeling, ...

Madrid sends ‘Stay strong’ message to former keeper Casillas

Soccer 05/05/19, 11:58

Real Madrid's players and fans took a moment before Sunday's 3-2 Spanish league win over Villarreal to send messages of support to former star goalkeeper Iker Casillas as he recovers from a heart attack.Players posed for a team photo wearing T-shirts that said in Spanish "Iker, we are all with ...

MLS All-Star opponent is Atletico Madrid for Orlando game

Sports 05/02/19, 09:06

Atletico Madrid will be the opponent in this summer's Major League Soccer All-Star Game in Orlando, Florida.The 10-time La Liga champions are the second team from the Spanish league to play in the showcase after Real Madrid in 2017 in Chicago.This year's game is July 31 at Orlando City Stadium.FILE ...

No Madrid, no Ronaldo: Fresh feel for Champions League semis

Soccer 04/28/19, 18:10

There's a fresh feel to the lineup for the Champions League semifinals this season, even if it contains some of the most storied teams and recognized players in Europe.This time there's no Real Madrid, the three-time defending champion and Europe's dominant team of this generation.There's no Cristiano Ronaldo, the superstar ...

Real Madrid loses at Rayo as poor away form continues

Soccer 04/28/19, 16:15

Real Madrid continued to struggle in away matches under coach Zinedine Zidane with a 1-0 defeat to second-to-last Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league on Sunday, practically ending the team's chances of catching Atletico Madrid for second place.A day after seeing Barcelona clinch its second straight title — and eighth ...

With Messi at his best, Barcelona had no title rival

Soccer 04/27/19, 16:25

Without Cristiano Ronaldo around to at least keep it interesting, a spectacular Lionel Messi had no rival to stop him from helping Barcelona successfully defend its Spanish league title.Barcelona clinched the crown with three rounds left on Saturday, after Messi scored to beat Levante 1-0 at Camp Nou.But this was ...

Sevilla tops Rayo to stay in fight for Champions League spot

Soccer 04/25/19, 15:12

Sevilla routed last-place Rayo Vallecano 5-0 in the Spanish league on Thursday to stay in contention for the final Champions League spot.The home victory moved Sevilla to fourth place, in the final qualification spot for the European competition. It is one point in front of Getafe, which hosts third-place Real ...

What to watch in Europe’s leading soccer countries

Sports 04/25/19, 11:43

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:SPAINBarcelona can clinch its 26th Spanish league title on Saturday. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, ...

Atletico wins, keeps Barcelona from clinching Spanish title

Soccer 04/24/19, 14:31

Atletico Madrid made sure Barcelona has to wait a little longer to celebrate the Spanish league title.With a 3-2 win over Valencia on Wednesday, Atletico cut Barcelona's lead to nine points and kept the Catalan club from clinching the title — at least until the weekend.Barcelona defeated Alaves 2-0 on ...

Ronaldo becomes first player to win Europe’s top 3 leagues

Sports 04/22/19, 00:06

The breakthrough under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Then the coronation at Real Madrid. And now another title at Juventus.If ever there was a need to emphasize Cristiano Ronaldo's impact as a footballer, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner did it again this weekend by helping Juventus to the Serie A ...

Benzema hits hat trick for Madrid in 3-0 win over Bilbao

Soccer 04/21/19, 11:53

Karim Benzema hit a hat trick to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday, extending his scoring run since the return of coach Zinedine Zidane.After not finding the net in Zidane's first game back, Benzema has struck eight times in five ...

Odriozola set to miss rest of season with shoulder fracture

Sports 04/19/19, 10:21

Real Madrid right back Alvaro Odriozola has a shoulder fracture and is expected to miss the rest of the season.Madrid says Odriozola broke his left clavicle during team training on Friday.The club did not say how long Odriozola is expected to be sidelined, but the recovery time for these types ...

Ajax rebuffs Champions League elite on and off the field

Soccer 04/18/19, 14:58

By taking down two of the biggest names in soccer, Ajax thumbed its nose to the money behind them.The Dutch team's astonishing run to the Champions League semifinals, outplaying both Real Madrid and Juventus in their home stadiums, has transformed Ajax from just another once-great club to the hero of ...

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