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Man City, Man United, Juventus: Who will win the race to sign Haaland?

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There has never been a football player in such great demand as Erling Haaland. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may have been the dream signings for every top club in the world for the past decade, and Kylian Mbappe might one day enter that bracket, but none of them right......

Casemiro 8/10, Benzema 7/10 as Real Madrid snatch derby draw

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Karim Benzema grabbed a late equaliser as Real Madrid drew 1-1 with league leaders Atletico in the Madrid derby on Sunday to keep their slim hopes of a La Liga title defence alive. Luis Suarez put Atletico ahead after 15 minutes, slotting past keeper Thibaut Courtois with a brilliant outside-of-the-boot......

Real Madrid Relieves Some Angst on Spain’s UCL Clubs–Barely

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jonathan Wilson The good news for Spanish football is that not all of its four representatives in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League were defeated in the first legs. Quite how much comfort can be taken from Real......

Varane, Kounde, Mings on Man United defensive shortlist

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Manchester United are targeting Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, among others, to sort their leaky defence — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: Barcelona search for the next Christian Pulisic. Jump to: Barca step up attempts to find next Pulisic, Hoppe | Man Utd starlet Shoretire wanted by Barca |......

Real Madrid’s Varane earns 9/10 after inspiring comeback win

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Raphael Varane scored twice as Real Madrid came back from a goal down to beat bottom-of-the-table Huesca 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday. A quiet first half saw Vinicius Junior shoot wide after being played in by Toni Kroos before being flagged offside, and Karim Benzema have a shot saved.......

Militao 3/10 as 10-man Madrid suffer setback vs. Levante

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Eder Militao was sent off early as 10-man Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Levante on Saturday in another blow to their hopes of retaining the La Liga title. Militao was red-carded with just nine minutes played for bringing down striker Sergio Leon when in on goal. Shortly afterwards, Marco......

Why Odegaard leaving is an indictment of Real Madrid

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6:33 AM ET Sid LoweSpain writer Most players call going to Real Madrid a dream; Martin Odegaard called it “no drama.” The truth is that it wasn’t what he wanted — not yet — but when the phone rang in August 2020, he had little choice but to return to......

Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey conquerors have budget under $1m a year

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Real Madrid suffered fresh embarrassment on Wednesday night as Zinedine Zidane’s faltering side were knocked out of the Copa del Rey in the round of 32 by third-tier opposition. The team second in La Liga were beaten 2-1 by Alcoyano (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.), who are......

Athletic Bilbao Ousts Real Madrid, to Play Barça in Super Cup Final

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MÁLAGA (AP) — Athletic Bilbao knocked out defending champion Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup with a 2-1 win on Thursday, setting up a final against Barcelona. Raúl García scored two first-half goals to put Athletic in Sunday’s final in Seville against the Catalan club, which beat Real Sociedad......

Liverpool truly collapsing, Man City set to take over? Introducing the Panic Index

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On Nov. 1, Manchester United sat in 15th place in the Premier League, having lost three of their first six matches. At the same time, they were sitting as pretty as possible in Champions League play, having already beaten PSG and RB Leipzig. According to FiveThirtyEight, their odds of winning......

Benzema faces trial in Valbuena ‘sex tape’ scandal

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Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will face trial for his alleged involvement in blackmailing former France teammate Matthieu Valbuena in a “sex tape” scandal, the Versailles prosecutor’s office said Thursday. Benzema is suspected of having pressured his former national team teammate to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate......

Breaking Down the Champions League Last 16

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc3NTA4ODE2NzY4NzM4Njgx/lewandowsk-ronaldo-messi-ucl-last-16.jpg Jonathan Wilson By the time the UEFA Champions League’s knockout stage begins, much could change. A winter transfer window will have come and gone, though with COVID-19 impacting club finances across Europe and some already having spent big in the summer, it remains to be seen how substantial the......

Barcelona vs. PSG, Messi vs. Neymar headlines Champions League draw

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The path to the 2020-21 Champions League final in Istanbul has now reached the knockout phase and the draw for the round of 16 has thrown up some truly heavyweight encounters, with Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain emerging as the outstanding tie with Lionel Messi and Neymar going head-to-head for a......

UCL draw: Messi vs. Neymar, Ronaldo at Porto

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Barcelona were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the standout tie of the Champions round of 16, which took place on Monday at at 6 a.m. ET (11 a.m. GMT). The clash means that, if fit, Neymar will return to Camp Nou. The last time these teams met in the competition......

Messi will face Ronaldo in UCL clash – Koeman

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will meet for the first time since the Portugal forward left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018 when Barcelona host the Italian champions on Tuesday. Ronaldo missed the first match between the two teams in Turin — a 2-0 Barca win — after contracting coronavirus......

‘I won’t resign’- Zidane defiant after Shakhtar loss

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Zinedine Zidane said he wants to fight on as Real Madrid manager after a 2-0 Champions League loss to Shakhtar Donetsk left the team’s chances of qualifying for the round of 16 in serious doubt. Second-half goals from substitutes Dentinho and Manor Solomon saw Madrid beaten for the second time......

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid, 2010: Where are they now?

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On Nov. 29, 2010, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona subjected Jose Mourinho and his Real Madrid side to a record 5-0 defeat in El Clasico. The build-up to the game was dominated by the subplot of the world’s two best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, facing off against each other, but......

Hazard shows encouraging signs as Madrid edge closer to knockouts

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Eden Hazard scored and Arturo Vidal was sent off as Real Madrid beat Internazionale 2-0 at San Siro on Wednesday to increase their chances of qualifying from Champions League Group B. Madrid were awarded an early penalty when Nacho was caught by Nico Barella and Hazard confidently beat keeper Samir......

Barca in disarray, Madrid faltering: La Liga is Atletico’s to lose

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When Andreas Ekberg blew the whistle to signal the end of Spain‘s match with Germany last week, a few seconds after Mikel Oyarzabal made it 6-0 to La Roja and inflicted Die Mannschaft‘s all-time record competitive defeat, a cyclone ended. But a tornado began. Any footballer who limped back to......

Bundesliga is all Bayern, Barcelona still fancied in La Liga, Serie A wide open: Predicting Europe’s top leagues

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Bayern Munich’s dominance in Germany is only going to get stronger over time. MARTIN MEISSNER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Last week, we took a look at the stats behind the Premier League’s odd start. The other leagues among Europe’s Big Five haven’t been quite as strange by comparison: Bayern and PSG are......

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