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August 9, 2018

Real Madrid agrees with Chelsea FC to sign goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

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Yesterday, English football club Chelsea FC announced reaching an agreement with Spanish-capital club Real Madrid to transfer Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Madrid. Real Madrid via their official website said Courtois “has signed for the club for the next six seasons.”

26-year-old Courtois has been Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper for the last four seasons. He joined The Blues in 2011 from Belgian club K.R.C. Genk. In the last four seasons at Chelsea, Courtois won Premier League titles in 2014–15 and 2016–17, an EFL Cup in 2014–15, and the FA Cup in the last season. In his 2016–17 season for Chelsea, the Belgian kept sixteen clean-sheets in league matches.

Just after joining Chelsea in 2011, Courtois was loaned to Real Madrid’s cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid. During this previous spell in Spain, Courtois won one each of the Spanish LaLiga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup. Courtois won the Adidas Golden Glove in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, winning the third-place medal with Belgium.

According to report by ESPN, Real Madrid had to pay about £35 million for the transfer. At the same time, Real Madrid’s midfielder Mateo Kovačić is loaned to Chelsea for the next season. In Real Madrid’s official announcement, they said Courtois is to be presented at Santiago Bernabeu today at 1 pm after his medical examination.



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August 8, 2018

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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On Wednesday, English football club Chelsea FC announced reaching an agreement with Spanish-capital club Real Madrid for the transfer of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Madrid. Via their official website, Real Madrid said Courtois “has signed for the club for the next six seasons.”

26-year-old Courtois has been Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper for the last three seasons. He joined The Blues in 2011 from Belgian club K.R.C. Genk. In the last three seasons at Chelsea, Courtois won two Premier League titles in 2014–15 as well as in 2016–17, one EFL Cup in 2014–15 as well as the FA Cup in the last season. In his debut season for Chelsea, the Belgian had kept sixteen clean-sheets in league matches.

Just after joining Chelsea in 2011, Courtois was loaned to Real Madrid’s cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid. During his previous spell in Spain, Courtois had won one each of the Spanish LaLiga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup. Courtois won the Adidas Golden Glove in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, winning the third-place medal with Belgium.

According to various reports, Real Madrid had to pay about £35 million for the transfer. At the same time, Real Madrid’s midfielder Mateo Kovačić is loaned to Chelsea for the next season. In the official announcement, Real Madrid said Courtois is to be presented at Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow at 1 PM after his medical examination.



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May 7, 2016

Real Madrid edge Manchester City to reach fourteenth European Cup Final

Real Madrid edge Manchester City to reach fourteenth European Cup Final

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

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On Wednesday, Spanish football club Real Madrid C.F. narrowly beat English club Manchester City 1–0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid.

The first leg, played on April 26 at the Manchester Stadium in Manchester, ended 0–0. This was Manchester City’s first ever appearance at the semi-final stage of the competition. Real Madrid reached the semi-final stage for the 27th time in their history, and have taken part in more semi-finals than any other side.

Manchester City held firm in the opening minutes, but City captain Vincent Kompany was substituted after going down with an injury, and Real went ahead ten minutes later when Gareth Bale‘s cross deflected off City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando, and past keeper Joe Hart in the 20th minute for an own goal. Both teams had shots that hit the woodwork during the game. For the majority of the match, Real created the most threat going forward. Joe Hart kept City in the game during the second half as he came up with crucial saves to deny Luka Modrić and Cristiano Ronaldo. City had a chance to snatch a late equaliser through Sergio Agüero, but the Argentine’s shot flew over the goal and onto the top of the net.

In the end Los Blancos celebrated at the final whistle as they held onto their lead from the first half. Real Madrid are now through to their fourteenth European Cup final where they are to face local rivals Atlético Madrid — whom they faced in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final — on May 28, in Milan.




May 4, 2016
Real Madrid C.F. 1–0 Manchester City Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Attendance: 78,300
Referee: Flag of Slovenia.svg D. Skomina, Slovenia
Scored after 20 minutes 20′ (own goal) Fernando (1–0) HT
(agg. 1–0)

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May 6, 2016

Real Madrid edge Manchester City to reach 14th European Cup Final

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Friday, May 6, 2016

On Wednesday, Spanish football club Real Madrid C.F. narrowly beat English club Manchester City 1–0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid.

The first leg, played on April 26 at the Manchester Stadium in Manchester, ended 0–0. This was Manchester City’s first ever appearance at the semi-final stage of the competition. Real Madrid reached the semi-final stage for the 27th time in their history, and have taken part in more semi-finals than any other side.

Manchester City held firm in the opening minutes, but City captain Vincent Kompany was substituted after going down with an injury, and Real went ahead ten minutes later when Gareth Bale‘s cross deflected off City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando, and past keeper Joe Hart in the 20th minute for an own goal. Both teams had shots that hit the woodwork during the game. For the majority of the match, Real created the most threat going forward. Joe Hart kept City in the game during the second half as he came up with crucial saves to deny Luka Modrić and Cristiano Ronaldo. City had a chance to snatch a late equaliser through Sergio Agüero, but the Argentine’s shot flew over the goal and onto the top of the net.

In the end Los Blancos celebrated at the final whistle as they held onto their lead from the first half. Real Madrid are now through to their fourteenth European Cup final where they are to face local rivals Atlético Madrid — whom they faced in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final — on May 28, in Milan.




May 4, 2016
Real Madrid C.F. 1–0 Manchester City Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Attendance: 78,300
Referee: Flag of Slovenia.svg D. Skomina, Slovenia
Scored after 20 minutes 20′ (own goal) Fernando (1–0) HT
(agg. 1–0)

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January 11, 2016

FIFA FIFPro XI Award 2015 announced

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FIFA FIFPro XI Award 2015 announced

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Today, FIFA announced the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI in Zürich, Switzerland. FIFPro World XI is a team which 26,478 players across 68 countries vote for a perfect dream team.

The FIFPro or the team of the year had eight players from Spanish La Liga. Four from both FC Barcelona, the current FIFA Club World Cup champions and their arch rivals Real Madrid. A total of four players with Brazilian nationality were included.

The FIFPro featured the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Manuel Neuer, who plays for the German club Bayern Munich as the goalkeeper. The three forwards were the two Ballon d’Or finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, and of course the Ballon d’Or winner and Barça star Lionel Messi.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique won the FIFA World Coach of the Year. Netherlands’ assistant manager, Marco van Basten, who won the Ballon d’Or thrice said “I think if you have a team with all these champions, as a coach it’s good to be quiet! Wish them good luck and enjoy themselves. They’re all winners, they know exactly what to do.”

For last six years, FIFPro XI featured 47 La Liga players and seven Bundesliga players out of 66.

Cquote1.svg I think if you have a team with all these champions, as a coach it’s good to be quiet! Wish them good luck and enjoy themselves. They’re all winners, they know exactly what to do.”
—Marco van Basten
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Manuel Neuer
Image: Michael Kranewitter.

Thiago Silva
Image: Christophe Pelletier.

Marcelo
Image: Богдан Заяц.

Sergio Ramos
Image: Дмитрий Неймырок.

Dani Alves
Image: Олег Дубина.

Andrés Iniesta
Image: Clément Bucco-Lechat.

Luka Modrić
Image: Fanny Schertzer.

Paul Pogba
Image: Catherine Kõrtsmik.

Neymar
Image: Tânia Rêgo/ABr.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Image: Fanny Schertzer.

Lionel Messi
Image: Олег Дубина.

Goalkeeper GER Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Defenders BRA Thiago Silva (Paris SG)
BRA Marcelo (Real Mardid)
ESP Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
BRA Dani Alves (FC Barcelona)
Midfielders ESP Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona)
Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (Juventus FC)
Forwards BRA Neymar (FC Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)




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January 10, 2016

Messi scores hat-trick as Barça becomes table toppers

Messi scores hat-trick as Barça becomes table toppers

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

On Saturday, FC Barcelona collected three points defeating Granada based football club Granada CF 4–0 at Camp Nou in Barcelona in a La Liga league and became league leaders again.

File photo of Lionel Messi, who scored the hat-trick
Image: L.F.Salas.

Barcelona had greater ball possession. The match saw five yellow cards. Four away players and Alexis Vidal of Barcelona were yellow carded. A total of 33 were committed in the match. Lionel Messi scored the first goal of the match in the 8th minute, assisted by the debutant Arda Turan. Minutes later, Uruguayan Luis Suárez assisted Messi and he netted second goal in the 12th minute. Rubén Rochina was the first player to be booked in the 29th minute. First half ended in 2–0 with one yellow card shown.

Cquote1.svg I’m very satisfied with how the team played. Cquote2.svg

—Luis Enrique

In the second half Edgar Méndez and David Lombán of Granada were booked in 56th and 57th minute. In the next minute, Sergi Roberto assisted Brazilian Neymar who tried to net a goal was saved, but the ball deflected through crossbar, and Messi, controlling the ball scored the third goal of the match, completing his hat-trick.

Dória was yellow carded at the 60th minute. Three minuted later, former Alex Vidal, who also debuted for Blaugrana was yellow carded for a bad foul. Neymar, in 83rd minute scored the fourth goal of the match assisted by Suárez.

After the match, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique said “I’m very satisfied with how the team played. Everybody was focused from the beginning and the players knew how important it was to win these three points.”

On the other side, Zinedine Zidane, who was recently appointed as Real Madrid’s new manager secured three points in a 5–0 win against Deportivo with Welsh winger Gareth Bale scoring a hat-trick as well.



January 9, 2016
FC Barcelona 4–0 Granada CF Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 70,720
Referee: Flag of Spain.svg Carlos Velasco Carballo, Spain
Scored after 8 minutes 8′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 14 minutes 14′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 58 minutes 58′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 83 minutes 83′ Neymar
Booked after 63 minutes 63′ Aleix Vidal
(2–0) HT Booked after 29 minutes 29′ Rubén Rochina
Booked after 56 minutes 56′ Edgar Méndez
Booked after 57 minutes 57′ David Lombán
Booked after 60 minutes 60′ Doria

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Messi scores hat-trick as Barça become table toppers

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Yesterday, FC Barcelona collected three points defeating Granada-based football club Granada CF 4–0 at Camp Nou in Barcelona in a La Liga match and became league leaders again.

File photo of Lionel Messi, who scored the hat-trick
Image: L.F.Salas.

Barcelona had greater ball possession. The match saw five yellow cards. Four away players and Alexis Vidal of Barcelona were yellow carded. More than thirty fouls were committed in the match. Lionel Messi scored the first goal of the match in the 8th minute, assisted by debutant Arda Turan. Minutes later, Uruguayan Luis Suárez assisted Messi and he netted the second goal in the 14th minute. Rubén Rochina was the first player to be booked in the 29th minute. First half ended in 2–0 with one yellow card shown.

Cquote1.svg I’m very satisfied with how the team played. Cquote2.svg

—Luis Enrique

In the second half Edgar Méndez and David Lombán of Granada were booked in 56th and 57th minute. In the next minute, Sergi Roberto assisted Brazilian Neymar whose try to net a goal was saved, but the ball deflected and Messi scored the third goal of the match, completing his hat-trick.

Dória was yellow carded at the 60th minute. Three minuted later, Alex Vidal was yellow carded for a bad foul. Neymar, in the 83rd minute, scored the fourth goal of the match assisted by Suárez.

After the match, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said “I’m very satisfied with how the team played. Everybody was focused from the beginning and the players knew how important it was to win these three points.”

Also yesterday Zinedine Zidane, recently appointed Real Madrid’s new manager, secured a 5–0 win against Deportivo with Welsh winger Gareth Bale scoring a hat-trick as well.



January 9, 2016
FC Barcelona 4–0 Granada CF Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 70,720
Referee: Flag of Spain.svg Carlos Velasco Carballo, Spain
Scored after 8 minutes 8′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 14 minutes 14′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 58 minutes 58′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 83 minutes 83′ Neymar
Booked after 63 minutes 63′ Aleix Vidal
(2–0) HT Booked after 29 minutes 29′ Rubén Rochina
Booked after 56 minutes 56′ Edgar Méndez
Booked after 57 minutes 57′ David Lombán
Booked after 60 minutes 60′ Doria

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January 6, 2016

Rafael Benítez out as Real Madrid appoints Zidane their new manager

Rafael Benítez out as Real Madrid appoints Zidane their new manager

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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Spanish Rafael Benítez was sacked from the manager post of Madrid-based football club Real Madrid on Monday. Zinedine Zidane was appointed coach replacing Benítez.

File photo of Rafael Benítez in 2015.
Image: Богдан Заяц.

Real Madrid, who went trophy-less last season, sacked Italian Carlo Ancelotti and hired former Liverpool manager Benítez for the season 2015–2016. Rafa had previously won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool F.C., UEFA Super Cup with Valencia C.F., and UEFA Europa League with London-based club Chelsea F.C. But Benítez with Real Madrid had a win percentage of 68%. With a 4–0 defeat in the El Clásico at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and a shocking exit from 2015–16 Copa del Rey for including Russian Denis Cheryshev in the squad who was ineligible to play, Benítez was heavily criticised.

Having won only seventeen out of 25 matches with Los Blancos, Benítez’s last match for Real Madrid ended in a 2–2 draw to Valencia in an away match on Sunday; they are third in the La Liga table and four points behind the table toppers and local rivals Atlético Madrid.

Cquote1.svg I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club Cquote2.svg

—Zinedine Zidane

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Image: Raphaël Labbé.

Zinedine Zidane is a former Real Madrid legend and coach of Real’s reserve team, Real Madrid Castilla. Real’s president Florentino Pérez appointed the Frenchman and said Zidane “knows better than anyone just what it means to lead the Real Madrid first-team squad.”

Madrid in twelve years of Pérez presidency has had eleven new managers. Zidane, expressing his gratitude to Pérez, said “I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club”.

Zidane was assistant manager to Ancelotti when Real Madrid won their tenth European Championship. Back in 2001, Real Madrid paid Turin-based club Juventus F.C. £45.8 million to sign Zidane. Pérez said to Zidane, “This is your stadium and your club and you have all our confidence and trust to make the fans excited once more. It makes me proud because I know that for you the word impossible does not exist.”



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January 5, 2016

Rafael Benítez out as Real Madrid appoints Zidane as their new manager

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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Spanish Rafael Benítez was sacked from the manager post of Madrid based football club Real Madrid yesterday. Zinedine Zidane has been appointed as the new coach.

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Image: Богдан Заяц.

Real Madrid, who went trophy-less, last season sacked Italian Carlo Ancelotti and hired former Liverpool manager Benítez for the season 2015-2016. Rafa had previously won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool F.C. back in 2005, UEFA Super Cup with Valencia C.F. and UEFA Europa League with London-based club Chelsea F.C. But Benítez failed to show any good results with Real Madrid. With a 4–0 defeat in the El Clásico at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and a shocking exit from 2015–16 Copa del Rey for including Russian Denis Cheryshev in the squad who was ineligible to play, Benítez was heavily critised.

Having won only seventeen out of 25 matches with Los Blancos, Benítez’s last match for Real Madrid ended in a 2–2 draw to Valencia in an away match on Sunday and are third in the La Liga table and four points behind the table toppers, and local rivals Atlético Madrid.

Cquote1.svg I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club. Cquote2.svg

—Zinedine Zidane

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Image: Raphaël Labbé.

Zinedine Zidane is a former Real Madrid legend and coach of Real Madrid Castilla, the reserve team of Real Madrid. Real’s president Florentino Pérez appointed the Frenchman and said “Zidane knows better than anyone just what it means to lead the Real Madrid squad”.

Madrid, under twelve years of presidency of Pérez finds their eleventh manager. Zidane, expressing his gratitude to Pérez said “I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club.”

Zidane was in the role of assistant manager of Ancelotti, when Real Madrid won their tenth European Championship. Back in 2001, Real Madrid payed Turin based club Juventus F.C. £45.8 million to sign Zidane. Since then, he stayed with the club. Pérez said to Zidane “This is your stadium and your club and you have all our confidence and trust to make the fans excited once more. It makes me proud because I know that for you the word impossible does not exist.”



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December 4, 2015

Real Madrid disqualified from Copa del Rey 2015/2016 for playing Cheryshev

Real Madrid disqualified from Copa del Rey 2015/2016 for playing Cheryshev

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Friday, December 4, 2015

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On Friday, Madrid based football club Real Madrid was kicked out of Copa del Rey((en)) 2015-2016 for playing Russian winger Denis Cheryshev, who was serving match ban.

File photo of Denis Cheryshev, 2014.
Image: Дмитрий Садовников.

Cheryshev received three yellow cards the previous season in Copa del Rey playing for Villareal C.F., on a loan from Real Madrid and thus had a match ban. But, Real’s manager Rafael Benítez was unaware about this ban and included him in the Round of 32 away match against a third division club Cádiz CF which was played on Wednesday.

Playing ineligible player was brought in the notice of the Royal Spanish Football Federation. On Friday afternoon, judge Francisco Rubio Sanchez ruled the decision “in favour of Cadiz” as Real’s lineup was improper.

The court also fined Los Blancos €6,001 (£4,300) for this nondisciplinary.

Real Madrid’s president Florentino Pérez said “The one-match ban for three yellow cards in our view is not effective because no one has notified the player as specified in item 41.2 of the disciplinary code of the RFEF”.

Cheryshev on Real Madrid’s website said “I did not receive any notification from Villarreal to inform me that I had been banned from playing in the Copa del Rey.”

In the Wednesday’s match, Cheryshev scored the first goal, and in the second half, when Benítez came to know about this ban, substituted him off.

In 2001, Valencia was disqualified for playing too many non-European players under Benítez.

On Wednesday, FC Barcelona’s defender Gerard Piqué tweeted

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