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 ...

Report: Zinedine Zidane returning to coach Real Madrid

Sports 03/11/19, 10:42

Zinedine Zidane will reportedly return to coach Real Madrid, the club he led to three straight Champions League titles.Spanish television channel La Sexta says the former France great will replace Santiago Solari.In less than a week, Madrid twice lost to Barcelona and once to Ajax, being eliminated from the Champions ...

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. ...

Solari shares blame for Madrid debacle with players

Soccer 03/09/19, 10:28

Amid speculation that his days are numbered, Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari dished out some of the blame for the team's disastrous season to his players."The majority (of my players) have honored this club's emblem, and those who haven't have been told so personally by me," Solari said on Saturday, ...

Spotlight back on Mourinho after Real Madrid collapse

Soccer 03/07/19, 07:46

With Real Madrid in tatters, it's time to talk about Jose Mourinho again.The spotlight turned to the Portuguese coach immediately after Madrid's disastrous week came to an end — along with its entire season.The Spanish club is already thinking about next season, and it appears the changes will start at ...

Madrid pride on line in 2nd straight ‘clasico’ against Barca

Soccer 03/01/19, 15:56

It has become a matter of pride for Real Madrid.A second consecutive home loss to Barcelona on Saturday would likely Madrid's title hopes in the Spanish league and deal a tough blow to a demanding fan base tired of seeing their team struggle against its rival recently.Another disappointing result would ...

Solari says Bale, Madrid squad ready for Barcelona

Soccer 02/26/19, 10:51

Everyone at Real Madrid, it seems, is fully prepared to face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinals.Even Gareth Bale.Bale's commitment to the team has been called into question since he failed to celebrate his goal over the weekend, pushing teammate Lucas Vazquez away before heading back to midfield. His ...

Once indisputable, Real Madrid’s Marcelo a target of critics

Soccer 02/07/19, 07:50

It's not a good sign that nearly every time Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is asked about Marcelo he mentions the player's great past with the club.Clearly, it has become harder to talk about the player's current achievements.Marcelo was an indisputable starter for more than a decade with Real Madrid, ...

Barca silent on Messi injury, Madrid all fit for Copa semi

Soccer 02/05/19, 06:22

While Barcelona remains silent about Lionel Messi's health, Real Madrid reports its main concern is who to leave out for their Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday.The suspense about Messi's right leg injury entered a third day on Tuesday, with Barcelona still quiet about the full extent of the problem ...

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 ...

Ceballos late goal saves Madrid from another slip in Spain

Soccer 01/13/19, 18:35

Substitute Dani Ceballos scored from a free kick in the final minutes to save Real Madrid from another setback in the Spanish league title race on Sunday.Ceballos sent his strike through a gap in the defensive wall to claim the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Real Betis.Ceballos, who ...

Madrid striker Karim Benzema injures right hand

Sports 01/13/19, 17:34

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema had to be substituted at halftime of Sunday's Spanish league match at Real Betis after hurting his right hand.Madrid coach Santiago Solari said Benzema had fractured his hand."He was in a lot of pain," Solari said.Madrid was already without Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, ...

Vinicius Junior gives Real Madrid fans hope amid struggles

Soccer 01/11/19, 06:02

The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium crowd becomes animated every time Vinicius Junior gets the ball.Anticipation builds and the crowd murmurings rise as the young Brazilian sets himself and studies the opposition.Will there be a step-over dribble?A quick drive past a defender?A deceptive run filled with changes of pace?In an up and ...

Real Madrid beats Leganes 3-0 in Copa del Rey

Sports 01/09/19, 17:53

Real Madrid avoided the upset this time, beating Leganes 3-0 on Wednesday to move closer to the last eight of the Copa del Rey.After being eliminated by Leganes in the competition's quarterfinals last season, Real Madrid cruised to a first-leg victory at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Sergio Ramos netted his 100th career ...

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 ...

Isco and Asensio lead Madrid into Copa del Rey’s last 16

Soccer 12/06/18, 12:45

Marco Asensio and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon both scored twice to lead a second-string Real Madrid team to a 6-1 win over third division Melilla in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.Javi Sanchez and Vinicius Junior also netted as Madrid advanced to the last-16 stage 10-1 on aggregate after having won ...

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