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Sevilla Sack Manager Eduardo Berizzo One Week After Prostate Cancer Surgery

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Zidane unruffled as Madrid crumble in Catalonia

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Real Madrid can still retain their La Liga title insisted coach Zinedine Zidane despite slumping to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday on their much-anticipated return to Catalonia.
The European champions hadn’t set foot in the deeply divided region over Catalan independence since a violence-marred referendum on October 1 sparked a political crisis across Spain.
Just days after the central Spanish government imposed home rule on Catalonia to nullify the local separatist leaders’ attempts to declare independence, Madrid were expected to enter the eye of the storm in the pro-independence hotbed of Girona, just over 100 kilometres northeast of Barcelona.
However, there were only a smattering of chants in favour of independence amid a largely party atmosphere with Spanish flags also waved by the Madrid support.
The locals’ celebrations were sparked by events on the field as Girona beat Zidane’s all-conquering superstars in the first ever meeting between the sides.
“We said before the…

Ronaldo set to retain world award

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Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to retain his crown as FIFA men’s player of the year in London on Monday night, Daily Mail reports.


The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against rival Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain’s Neymar for the award he won last year.


http://www.soccernow.com.ng/2017/10/ronaldo-retains-fifa-best-player-award.html


The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award once again split from the Ballon d’Or prize.
Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June as Real retained the trophy and became European champions for a record-extending 12th time
Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world’s most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is up for the top men’s coach award along with Ronaldo’s Real boss …

La Liga club sack eighth coach in five years

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La Liga club have sacked their eight manager in five years after losing all of their four opening matches of the new La Liga season.

Courtois Wants Atletico Madrid Return

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Thibaut Courtois has admitted he is looking to return to Atletico Madrid and could opt against signing a new contract at Chelsea. The Belgium shotstopper signed for Chelsea from Genk, but was immediately loaned out to Atletico for three seasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo will keep breaking records - Hugo Sanchez

Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez refuses to believe Cristiano Ronaldo is past his prime and is confident the Portugal international will continue to break records. Ronaldo has netted 30 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for Madrid this campaign, but has nonetheless been criticised on more than one occasion as he has been struggling to hit the heights of the past few seasons.

Roberto carlos: i can see neymar @ real Madrid

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Neymar wearing a Real Madrid shirt could be a possibility in the future, according to compatriot Roberto Carlos.Lionel Messi was awarded a fifth Ballon d'Or trophy on Monday, with Neymar finishing as the third best player of the world for 2015, behind his Barcelona team-mate and Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.The Brazilian has established himself as an integral figure in the Barca side since his big-money switch from Santos in 2013.However Carlos - who made over 500 appearances across an 11-year spell with Madrid - says he can see Neymar playing in the Spanish capital in the future.
"Neymar is very young," he told Punto Pelota. "I am sure next year he will finish even higher in the Ballon d'Or.
"I can see one day Neymar coming to Real Madrid."Carlos also spoke about a return to the club in a coaching capacity to assist former team-mate and new Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane."I had a meeting with Real Madrid about my future with the club," said …

Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo: Gareth Bale nets a brilliant hat-trick and Karim Benzema scores twice as new boss Zinedine Zidane sees his side run riot at the Bernabeu

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This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship – Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick on Zinedine Zidane’s managerial debut as Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo.
He got goals No 49, 50 and 51 of his so-far 108-game career for Madrid – Zidane only scored 49 in 231 matches in the white shirt.

Real Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruna LIVE: Zinedine Zidane takes charge of first game as Cristiano Ronaldo and Co look to get back to winning ways

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Real Madrid welcome Deportivo La Coruna to the Santiago Bernabeu Zinedine Zidane takes charge of first game since being appointed new bossREAL XI: Navas, Carvahal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, BenzemaDEPORTIVO XI: Lux, Navarro, Arribas, Sidnei, Fajr, Luis Alberto, Cartabia, Juanfran, Pedro Mosquera, Bergantinos, Lucas

Luis Suarez taunts Espanyol players after win - 'You're a waste of space!'

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez called Espanyol players "a waste of space" in an angry confrontation following an ill-tempered Copa del Rey match between the local rivals on Wednesday night. The physical match ended 4-1 in Barca's favour, with eight Espanyol players booked during proceedings and two sent off.

Zidane's statement after becoming new blancos traino !!

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The 1998 World Cup winner and Blancos legend showed his delight in succeeding Benitez, and set his sights on silverware by the end of his first season

Liverpool and Man United on red alert as Germany World Cup winner wants move

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Manchester United and Liverpool are both interested in the German World Cup winner and will be keen on a raid. Spanish outlet Fichajes claims Kroos is unhappy in Spain and would move to the Premier League in the summer. Jurgen Klopp is looking to bolster his midfield and his countryman would be an ideal fit for Liverpool.

Real Madrid effort vs. Valencia deserves praise, says Rafa Benitez

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Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez praised the effort of his players after Sunday evening's rollercoaster 2-2 draw at Valencia saw Los Blancos lose more ground in the La Liga title race.

Lionel Messi hits the bar and Luis Suarez cracks a post as La Liga leaders are held in feisty Catalan derby

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Barcelona had Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Espanyol had sweat, blood, guts, a high press and 30,000 screaming fans, and that was enough to force the newly-crowned world champions to draw their third league game in four matches. This was the first time Luis Enrique’s side failed to score in the league this season, and while nowhere near as catastrophic as the defeat by Real Sociedad in their first game of 2015 appeared, it makes for an inauspicious start to the new year for Barcelona.

Fernando Torres is an 'idol'... he'll reach 100 Atletico Madrid goals, says Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has backed Fernando Torres to reach a century of goals for the club sooner rather than later.




Torres has been stuck on 99 goals for Atletico since September 19 when he netted in a 2-0 at Eibar in La Liga.

The 31-year-old striker has since endured a 17-game goal drought which he will hope to end on Wednesday night at city rivals Rayo Vallecano.

Lionel Messi closes in on 500th Barcelona appearance as La Liga gets back underway

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Lionel Messi is set to make his 500th appearance for Barcelona against Real Betis - and that's the story dominating the Spanish press. Both Mundo Deportivo and Sport lead on the Argentine as he prepares to reach the milestone when Barcelona return to La Liga action at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.
Mundo Deportivo describe the feat as '500 magic nights' for the most prolific player in the history of the club, while also using a picture of Messi posing with a special commemorative shirt.

xtmas gym sections for Ronaldo

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The Real Madrid star declined the opportunity to put his feet up and relax as he hit the gym in
preparation for the clash with Real Sociedad on December 30 Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't do rest. Forget turkey or mince pies, it's dumbbells and a running machine for the Real Madrid star, who decided to spend Christmas Day working out in the gym.

Cristiano Ronaldo receives warm Miami Heat welcome as he's greeted by British NBA star Luol Deng and given No 7 jersey

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Cristiano Ronaldo receives warm Miami Heat welcome as he's greeted by British NBA star Luol Deng and given No 7 jersey



Cristiano Ronaldo has taken advantage of Real Madrid's Christmas break by jetting over to Miami to relax ahead of the club's next match on December 30. The 30-year-old attended the Miami Heat's narrow 93-92 defeat by the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night and he was given a warm welcome by the Eastern Conference franchise.

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha reveals dream to play for Flamengo

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Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Rafinha has left the door open on a future move to Brazilian giants Flamengo. Rafinha, who is in Rio de Janeiro while he recovers from knee surgery, is a declared fan of Flamengo, Brazil's most popular club and has openly expressed his affinity for his club on social media. Speaking to Globoesporte, the 22-year-old Brazil international confirmed that one day he would like to play for "O Mais Querido" someday. "Why not? I would like one day to be able to come and play at Flamengo. One day, who knows?," Rafinha, who signed a contract extension with Barca in November, said.

Danilo feels he's now Real Madrid first-choice

Real Madrid fullback Danilo feels he's established himself in recent games. Danilo began the season injured after arriving in the summer from Porto. "It's going better than I expected. I've settled in well and have managed to play regularly.
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