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June 12, 2021


Ancelotti at Madrid and Koeman at Barca are marriages of convenience

3:13 AM ET Sid LoweSpain writer The next time Barcelona play Real Madrid, both managers will be men whose last club was Everton, which poses the question: how long before Duncan Ferguson rocks up at Atletico Madrid? OK, that’s not going to happen. But then this wasn’t supposed to happen,......

Summer transfer window preview: Mbappe to Madrid? Sancho to United?

The transfer window opens on June 9 for England and France (find out when the rest of Europe begins here), and clubs have been planning their business amid the financial uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. ESPN’s writers bring you everything you need to know about the top teams’ hopes and......

Carlo Ancelotti Returns as Real Madrid Manager

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Carlo Ancelotti will make his return to Real Madrid with the three-time Champions League–winning manager signing a three-year contract, the club announced.  Ancelotti coached Real from 2013 to 2015, leading the club to its 10th European title in 2014 with a Champions League trophy in his first season. But in......

Real Madrid Keep or Dump: Ramos, Varane, Hazard to go? Bale to stay?

4:00 AM ET Graham Hunter Close Spain writer Graham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance writer for ESPN.com who specializes in La Liga and the Spanish national team. Sid Lowe Keep or Dump series: Arsenal | Bayern | Barcelona | Man United Manager Zinedine Zidane won’t be there next season, but......

Zidane leaves Real Madrid: He’ll explain why he walked out, again, but it feels like déjà vu from 2018 exit

And so, Zinedine Zidane exits stage left, of his own accord and for the second time in three years. You have to go back nearly a quarter of a century to find the last Real Madrid manager who said “no mas” and willingly made his way out of the Santiago......

Report: Zinedine Zidane Leaves Real Madrid Again

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Atlético Madrid Comes From Behind to Win La Liga on Final Day

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Andrew Gastelum It took nearly every minute of all 38 weeks, through all the deadlock and drama, but La Liga has finally crowned a champion with Atlético Madrid securing its first league title since 2014.  Keeping with the theme of......

The Super League 12: What motivated Real Madrid, Liverpool & Co. to try, and how they can repair fan bonds

The Super League may have come and gone already, from its introduction on April 19 to its collapse on April 20, but the lingering question remains as to when, not if, the game’s biggest clubs will try again. In fact, three of the teams — Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid......

Kylian Mbappe’s next move: Join Real Madrid, Liverpool? Remain at PSG?

What’s next for Kylian Mbappe? It’s the question on everyone’s lips after his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar committed his future to the French club until 2025. With all the talk around Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and his future, the 22-year-old Mbappe is arguably an even bigger talent and every......

Zverev puts on Madrid masterclass to down Thiem in semis

Alexander Zverev avenged his defeat by Dominic Thiem in last year’s U.S. Open final in clinical fashion on Saturday, beating the Austrian 6-3 6-4 to reach the final of the Madrid Open. Zverev, who beat top seed and tournament favourite Rafa Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals on Friday,......

Super League saga rumbles on: Will Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus be banned?

The Super League saga rumbles on. On Wednesday, ESPN reported that UEFA were prepared to begin disciplinary proceedings against clubs that did not formally withdraw from the Super League that could result in a maximum of a two-year ban from European competitions. On Friday evening, UEFA released a statement announcing......

How to Watch Barcelona vs. Atlético Madrid

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Andrew Gastelum Separated by only two points in the table, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid meet at the Camp Nou in a long-anticipated showdown with major title implications. Barcelona and Real Madrid, even on 74 points, have shaved Atlético’s lead down......

Hazard and Real Madrid still have La Liga to play for, if they can get over his laughter

12:18 PM ET Sid LoweSpain writer Eden Hazard has friends at Chelsea, the monster. By the end of Wednesday night, it was hard to avoid the conclusion that what most hurt wasn’t that Real Madrid had been knocked out of the Champions League, or even that they had been defeated......

Hazard apologises to Madrid fans on Instagram

Eden Hazard has apologised to Real Madrid fans after laughing and joking with Chelsea players following his team’s exit from the Champions League. Cameras showed the Belgium international laughing with former teammate Kurt Zouma and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on the Stamford Bridge pitch after Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat. Hazard, who spent......

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