Ronaldo leads the way, but Juventus still falls short

Soccer 04/17/19, 10:43

Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to make the difference. He was supposed to end the long wait for another Champions League title. He was supposed to, essentially, do it all for Juevntus. He didn't quite manage it, but he sure came close. Ronaldo scored the opening goal on Tuesday to give his team ...

Fun and exciting, Ajax back in Champions League semifinals

Sports 04/17/19, 09:28

Ajax is a team that many soccer fans around the world just love to love, especially when they win with flair in a competition like the Champions League.And this season's Ajax team has oodles of flair.Much like the great "Total Football" squads from the early 1970s and the nearly unbeatable ...

Ajax wins 2-1 at Juventus to reach Champions League semi

Soccer 04/16/19, 16:13

Ajax eliminated another one of the favorites from the Champions League as it won 2-1 at Juventus on Tuesday to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1997 and end Cristiano Ronaldo's hopes of a fourth straight title. Having already seen off Real Madrid in the previous round, Ajax showed ...

Porto hopes veteran Casillas can lead team to a comeback

Soccer 04/16/19, 12:44

Porto didn't think twice when it saw an opportunity to bring in a veteran like Iker Casillas.The goalkeeper was gradually losing his starting place at Real Madrid, the team where he thrived for more than a decade, and Porto immediately grabbed the chance to lure him in to a new ...

Zidane says Madrid set to make changes after poor season

Soccer 04/14/19, 10:48

Zinedine Zidane says that Real Madrid is set for changes this summer after a disappointing season."All my players are important and good, but we are going to make changes," the Madrid coach said Sunday. "Here there are many players that can bring in cash for the club."Madrid is enduring one ...

Real Madrid secures 575M euro loan to remodel stadium

Sports 04/12/19, 15:09

Real Madrid says that it has secured financing worth 575 million euros (649.5 million dollars) to pay for the remodeling of its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Madrid says on Friday that the loan means the Spanish club will service an annual debt of 29.5 million euros from 2023-2049.The 13-time European Cup winners ...

Ronaldo returns with a goal as Juventus draws Ajax 1-1

Soccer 04/10/19, 15:57

Ajax wasn't rattled by a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo at the stroke of halftime, equalizing immediately after the break to secure a 1-1 draw against Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.Showing increasing confidence after eliminating three-time defending champion Real Madrid in the last 16, ...

‘New kids on the block’: Juventus next up for rising Ajax

Sports 04/09/19, 06:12

Ajax already knocked off one European power in the Champions League by taking out 13-time champion Real Madrid.Now the rising Dutch club has its sights set on eliminating Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus."We really showed everyone what we can do. And hopefully we can show that again against Juventus," 21-year-old Ajax ...

Benzema scores 2 as Madrid recovers to beat Eibar

Soccer 04/06/19, 11:27

Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid recovered from a poor first half to beat Eibar 2-1 at home in the Spanish league on Saturday.The French striker canceled out an opening goal by Eibar's Marc Cardona before grabbing the winner in the 81st minute.Benzema has been Madrid's best player in ...

Valencia hands Madrid its first loss since Zidane’s return

Soccer 04/03/19, 16:42

Valencia beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the Spanish league on Wednesday, handing Zinedine Zidane his first loss since returning as coach.Goncalo Guedes and Ezequiel Garay scored in each half for Valencia at Mestalla Stadium, before Karim Benzema pulled one back for Madrid in second-half injury time.The result extended Valencia's unbeaten ...

Madrid set to start Bernabeu renovation at end of season

Soccer 04/02/19, 08:54

Real Madrid says work to remodel Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will begin at the end of the season.The 72-year-old venue will gain a retractable roof and a revamped facade to modernize its appearance.The new-look Bernabeu will also have a 360-degree video screen and a new seating section, though its capacity is ...

Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi out for rest of season

Sports 04/01/19, 07:43

Borussia Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi has been ruled out for the rest of the season and center back Abdou Diallo is also injured.Dortmund says Hakimi, who is on loan from Real Madrid for two seasons, broke a metatarsal 24 minutes after coming on for the injured Diallo in the 2-0 ...

Benzema strikes late to give Madrid 3-2 win over Huesca

Soccer 03/31/19, 16:10

Karim Benzema scored in the 89th minute to give Real Madrid a 3-2 victory over bottom side Huesca in the Spanish league on Sunday.Benzema curled a shot from the left side of the area into the far corner of the net to save host Madrid from an embarrassing draw in ...

Porto extends contract with Casillas for another season

Sports 03/20/19, 10:07

Porto says veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas will stay with the club for at least another season.The Portuguese club says Casillas' contract has been extended until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option for another one-year extension.The 37-year-old Spanish goalkeeper has been with Porto since signing from Real Madrid ...

Ronaldo charged by UEFA for gesture mocking Simeone

Sports 03/18/19, 06:23

UEFA has charged Cristiano Ronaldo for a provocative gesture mocking Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone after Juventus eliminated the Spanish club from the Champions League.UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the charge of "improper conduct" on Thursday.Simeone was fined 20,000 euros ($22,700) by UEFA for making an obscene gesture ...

Isco gets 2nd chance at Madrid with Zidane back in charge

Soccer 03/18/19, 00:02

Among the 60,000-plus spectators packed into the Santiago Bernabeu for the return of Zinedine Zidane, nobody seemed happier than Francisco "Isco" Alarcon.Having his old coach back in charge has given Isco a second chance to salvage his career at Real Madrid— and his status as one of Spain's top talents.During ...

Real Madrid beats Celta Vigo 2-0 on Zidane’s return

Soccer 03/16/19, 12:49

Zinedine Zidane brought the old guard back as his second stint in charge of Real Madrid began with a 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Saturday.Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, who had been sidelined by former coach Santiago Solari, and Gareth Bale, a reserve before Zidane's return, ...

Isco out of revamped Spain squad for Euro 2020 qualifying

Soccer 03/15/19, 07:42

Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Saul Niguez and Thiago Alcantara also missed out on coach Luis Enrique's list Friday for this month's European Championship qualifying matches against ...

What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe

Soccer 03/14/19, 14:09

What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend:SPAINZinedine Zidane's second stint as Real Madrid coach begins on Saturday with a home match against a Celta Vigo team which has dropped into the relegation zone after nine losses in its last 11 matches.Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola ...

A look at the teams in the Champions League quarterfinals

Soccer 03/14/19, 12:21

Three of the eight teams in Friday's draw for the Champions League quarterfinals are three of the hundreds of teams that would have been excluded from a proposed Super League.Ajax, Porto and Tottenham were all left off the list of 16 teams included in the breakaway proposal — a proposal ...

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