Timing right for France to make impression on big stage

Soccer 05/24/19, 17:49

France has an opportunity to translate dominance at the European club level to success on the World Cup stage.With a highly experienced and skilled team, host France will be among the favorites at the women's tournament kicking off next month, and that suits coach Corinne Diacre just fine.She is happy ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Real Madrid signs young Brazilian defender Eder Militao

Sports 03/14/19, 06:40

Real Madrid has signed young Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Portuguese club Porto.Madrid says the 21-year-old player signed a contract until June 2025 and will join the squad next season.Militao had been playing with Porto since signing from Brazilian club Sao Paulo at the beginning of this season. He played ...

New challenges ahead of Zidane in return to Real Madrid

Soccer 03/12/19, 09:40

The Real Madrid team that Zinedine Zidane is taking over looks nothing like the one he left behind less than a year ago.Madrid had just won a third straight Champions League title when Zidane decided to quit at the end of last season. Cristiano Ronaldo was still on the team, ...

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 ...

Champions League history a warning for Real Madrid

Soccer 03/06/19, 11:15

When a period of Champions League success ends, it's not always so easy to get back to the top.Real Madrid's embarrassing 4-1 loss to Ajax on home turf on Tuesday sent the three-time defending champions out of the competition in the round of 16.The elimination ended Madrid's run of three ...

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 ...

Madrid needs win in Champions League, Ronaldo back at United

Soccer 10/22/18, 00:32

Three-time defending champion Real Madrid is in crisis after four defeats in five games as it returns to the Champions League on Tuesday.The question hanging over Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before Viktoria Plzen's visit is whether club president Florentino Perez has already had enough of Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.The former Spain ...

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 ...

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