Madrid, Bayern back in crisis as Champions League resumes

Sports 11/26/18, 00:02

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich return to the Champions League on Tuesday in crisis mode after the latest setbacks in their domestic leagues.Madrid, the three-time European defending champion, was humiliated 3-0 by Eibar in Spain on Saturday. The first defeat for new coach Santiago Solari renews debate over his team's ...

Sevilla takes Spanish league lead with win over Valladolid

Soccer 11/25/18, 13:04

A day after seeing its rivals falter, Sevilla took care of business.Sevilla moved past Atletico Madrid and Barcelona to go top of the Spanish league by beating Valladolid 1-0 on Sunday.Atletico and Barcelona had played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, opening the way for Sevilla to take the lead ...

Roma’s inconsistency highlighted in loss at Udinese

Soccer 11/24/18, 11:40

Roma's lack of consistency in Serie A was highlighted in a 1-0 loss at relegation-threatened Udinese on Saturday.It was the third time this season that Roma had been beaten by a team near the bottom of the standings, along with defeats against Bologna and Spal.It wasn't the buildup that Roma ...

Madrid’s perfect run with Solari ends with 3-0 loss to Eibar

Soccer 11/24/18, 09:21

Santiago Solari's first game as Real Madrid's full-time coach was one to forget.Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, second right, gestures after Deportivo SD Eibar scored their second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and SD Eibar at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, Nov. 24, ...

Real Madrid denies Ramos breached anti-doping rules

Soccer 11/23/18, 17:18

Real Madrid has denied Sergio Ramos broke anti-doping rules as suggested by German magazine Der Spiegel in the latest "Football Leaks" revelations.The magazine reported Ramos failed a doping test after the Champions League final against Juventus in 2017, and that the Madrid captain did not follow proper procedures when asked ...

At UEFA meeting, clubs deny knowing Super League plan

Sports 11/14/18, 15:32

European soccer leaders came to UEFA on Wednesday seeking answers about Real Madrid's plan for a breakaway Super League that threatens the game's historic structure.They got no new details from officials representing top clubs, according to people familiar with the meeting of UEFA's strategy council.Instead, the latest plans for an ...

Real Madrid hires Santiago Solari as coach until 2021

Sports 11/13/18, 15:28

Real Madrid is done searching for a new coach.The club said Tuesday it is sticking with Santiago Solari, giving him a permanent contract until June 2021.Solari was appointed as the interim coach about two weeks ago to replace the fired Julen Lopetegui and was rewarded with a long-term deal after ...

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 ...

Casemiro and Fernandez added to Real Madrid’s injury list

Soccer 11/12/18, 13:30

Midfielder Casemiro and defender Nacho Fernandez are the latest injury setbacks for Real Madrid.Both players were injured on Sunday in the 4-2 win at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league.Casemiro left the match in the first half with a sprained right ankle, and Fernandez was substituted in the second with ...

Injured Coutinho, Marcelo dropped for Brazil friendlies

Soccer 11/12/18, 11:28

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Real Madrid left back Marcelo have been dropped for Brazil's upcoming friendlies in England because of thigh injuries.Beijing Guoan's Renato Augusto and Juventus' Alex Sandro will be their replacements for games against Uruguay in London on Nov. 16 and Cameroon in Milton Keynes on Nov. ...

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 ...

Benzema taking charge of Solari’s revamped Real Madrid

Soccer 11/12/18, 10:14

With experience and beautiful goals, Karim Benzema has been leading the way for Real Madrid as it continues to impress under coach Santiago Solari.Benzema has been key since Solari took over from the fired Julen Lopetegui two weeks ago and revamped Madrid. The veteran French striker scored four goals in ...

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 ...

‘The Game of the Century’: Boca Juniors vs. River Plate

Soccer 11/08/18, 13:42

They're calling it "The Game of the Century" and "The Final of all Soccer Finals." They're not wrong.Think Celtics vs. Lakers, Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, and England vs. Scotland all rolled into one and you still might not be doing it justice.The rivalry between Buenos Aires soccer teams Boca Juniors ...

Solari’s claim on Madrid coaching job faces test at Celta

Soccer 11/08/18, 10:20

When Real Madrid visits Celta Vigo on Sunday, interim coach Santiago Solari may have his last chance to convince the club that he should stay on the job.Solari has steered Madrid to three wins since he was promoted from reserve team last week to replace Julen Lopetegui with the team ...

Madrid routs Plzen, keeps thriving under coach Solari

Sports 11/07/18, 17:57

Karim Benzema scored twice in the first half to lead resurgent Real Madrid to a 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday.Casemiro, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos also scored for the three-time defending champions, who have won three straight since Julen Lopetegui was fired and interim ...

Pellegrini shines as Roma beats CSKA 3-1 in Champions League

Soccer 11/07/18, 16:04

With Edin Dzeko having an off night, Lorenzo Pellegrini stepped up for Roma in the Champions League.The Italy midfielder scored one goal and set up another as Roma beat 10-man CSKA Moscow 2-1 on Wednesday.Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, center, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal during ...

Buffon behaves when faced with another penalty

Soccer 11/07/18, 08:55

There wasn't a hint of protest from Gianluigi Buffon this time.Returning to the Champions League following his three-match ban for comments about the referee last season, Buffon immediately realized there was no point in arguing when Napoli was awarded a penalty that turned out to be the equalizer in a ...

Champions League debut for Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari

Soccer 11/06/18, 10:34

The last time a former Real Madrid great took over as coach, he led the club to three straight Champions League titles.Santiago Solari still has a long way to go to emulate former teammate Zinedine Zidane, but he can help his case for more time in charge when he makes ...

Ancelotti restoring pride to Napoli in Europe

Europe 11/05/18, 12:52

When Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti looks at Paris Saint-Germain, he sees a squad transformed from when he became the first big-name hire by the club's Qatari owners."There are many differences. Back then the squad was still being constructed. Whereas now the project has reached the final phase — winning the ...

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