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Champions League trophy would complete Simeone revolution
Champions League trophy would complete Simeone revolution

Football Soccer - Atletico Madrid training - Majadahonda, Spain -21/5/16- Atletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone attends a training session in Majadahonda. REUTERS/Juan MedinaBy Richard MartinBARCELONA (Reuters) - Diego Simeone has turned Atletico Madrid from a team teetering on the brink of relegation into European heavyweights. Avenging their 2014 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid on Saturday would complete the transformation.The former Atl

May 26 2016
Atletico fitter and wiser as they plot revenge for Lisbon
Atletico fitter and wiser as they plot revenge for Lisbon

Football Soccer - Atletico Madrid training - Majadahonda, Spain -21/5/16- Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis (R) attend a training session in Majadahonda. REUTERS/Juan MedinaBy Richard MartinBARCELONA (Reuters) - Two years on from their defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Atletico Madrid are back on the same stage against the same rival - wiser and determined not to be haunted by the memories of Lisbon.Sergio Ramos' 93rd-minute equali

May 26 2016
Secret to Zidane's success is charm, not tactics
Secret to Zidane's success is charm, not tactics

Football Soccer - Real Madrid Training Session - Valdebebas, Madrid, Spain - 24/5/16. Real Madrid's trainer Zinedine Zidane with James Rodriguez (L) and Luka Modric (R) during training session. REUTERS/Andrea ComasBy Richard MartinBARCELONA (Reuters) - In little more than four months in charge, Zinedine Zidane has pulled Real Madrid back from the brink to where they feel they belong: the European Champions League final.Guiding Real to victory ove

May 26 2016
Ronaldo fit and ready to fire Real to more European glory
Ronaldo fit and ready to fire Real to more European glory

Football Soccer - Atletico Madrid training - Majadahonda, Spain -21/5/16- Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey (L) and Antoine Griezmann attend a training session in Majadahonda. REUTERS/Juan MedinaBy Richard MartinBARCELONA (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo says he will be "100 percent" in Saturday's Champions League final as he attempts to fire Real Madrid to a record-extending 11th European Cup and further torment their city rivals, Atletico. The proli

May 26 2016
UEFA Champions League: Dani Alves backs Atletico Madrid to beat Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League: Dani Alves backs Atletico Madrid to beat Real Madrid

Dani Alves wishes to see Atletico rather than Real lift the Champions League titleDani Alves is hoping Atletico Madrid defeat arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League final set to be contested on May 28th in Milan. The Brazilian has enjoyed another trophy-laden season at Barcelona as the Catalan club managed to win the double of La Liga and the Copa del Rey. This saw Alves overtake legendary footballer Pele as the most successful 

Manchester set for derby delight if Mourinho comes - Schweinsteiger
Manchester set for derby delight if Mourinho comes - Schweinsteiger

Football Soccer - UEFA European Championship 2016 - Germany news conference Ascona, Switzerland - 25/05/16 - Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannASCONA, Italy (Reuters) - Manchester should brace itself for some fascinating local derbies if Jose Mourinho joins United, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Wednesday.The Germany international declined to comment on reports that the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager had a

May 25 2016
Top 10 players involved in most goals in Europe’s Top 6 leagues
Top 10 players involved in most goals in Europe’s Top 6 leagues

The curtains are gradually falling on yet another enthralling season of club football and it has given us plenty of reasons to remember it. Like in every other season, many players have captured our attention with some breathtaking football and some of them have been involved in a lot of goals. However, unlike the last seven seasons, the usual suspects, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, are not on top of the list of players involved in most goa

May 25 2016
Xavi backs Guardiola to succeed at Man City
Xavi backs Guardiola to succeed at Man City

Football Soccer - Bayern Munich German Cup (DFB Pokal) victory parade - Munich, Germany - 22/05/16. Bayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle(Reuters) - Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi has backed incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to leave his mark on the Premier League after taking over from the departing Manuel Pellegrini on July 1.Guardiola won 21 trophies in his time in charge of Barcelona and Baye

May 25 2016
Lionel Messi says moving to Barcelona was not easy for him
Lionel Messi says moving to Barcelona was not easy for him

Messi has been incredibly successful with BarcelonaLionel Messi is a footballing legend, having won everything there is to win at club level with Barcelona. The superstar though has revealed that moving to Barcelona at a young age was not easy as he had to leave his home and make a fresh start. In an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated, the Argentine spoke on topics ranging from his early days at the Catalan club to hi

May 25 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo believes Real Madrid are a better side than predictable Atletico Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo believes Real Madrid are a better side than predictable Atletico Madrid

The Madrid derby will be keenly contestedCristiano Ronaldo took a dig at Real Madrid’s Champions League final opponents, Atletico Madrid, calling them one-dimensional. Atletico Madrid have been extremely impressive in the Champions League this season, securing hard-fought victories over Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.Ronaldo who scored in the 2014 final is determined to help Real Mad

May 25 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo says he does not care about Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo says he does not care about Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo has won 2 Champions League titles in his career so farCristiano Ronaldo has gone on to say that he doesn’t care about anything that happens at Barcelona and is only worried about Real Madrid. Los Blancos are due to contest in the Champions League final on Saturday in Milan against bitter rivals Atletico Madrid and Ronaldo has been instrumental in his side’s road to the final scoring 16 goals in just 11 game

May 25 2016
Alen Halilovic is the player to cover Barcelona's attacking trident
Alen Halilovic is the player to cover Barcelona's attacking trident

Halilovic was loaned out to Sporting Gijon by BarcelonaUntil the Clasico defeat it looked as if Barcelona would conquer the world for the second successive season but within a span of a couple of weeks, it all started to fall apart. Even if the Clasico defeat didn't raise eyebrows of many people, the loss at the Vincente Calderon certainly did. Out of UCL, giving up their 9 points lead did raise a few questions. Why did the season start

May 25 2016
Spain need the spine to reign again
Spain need the spine to reign again

Football Soccer - UEFA European Championship 2016 - Spain news conference - Las Rozas, Spain - 17/05/16. Spain's head coach Vicente del Bosque announces his squad for Euro 2016. REUTERS/Juan MedinaBy Richard MartinBARCELONA (Reuters) - For all Vicente del Bosque's confidence that he has the right balance of experience and youth to return Spain to their familiar place on the winner's rostrum, questions remain about his best starting line-up ahe

May 25 2016
Ballon d'Or: Not for defenders and goalkeepers
Ballon d'Or: Not for defenders and goalkeepers

Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo to win his record-extending 5th Ballon d’OrThe Ballon d’Or is arguably the biggest individual trophy in the world of football. Each year, 23 players are longlisted based on their good performances in Europe. After voting takes place, the top three players are recognised and the player with the maximum number of votes receives the award. Most of us know this because of Cristiano Ronaldo and

May 24 2016
Striker Sandro to leave Barcelona
Striker Sandro to leave Barcelona

Football Soccer - Barcelona v Villanovense - Spanish King's Cup - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - 2/12/15 - Barcelona's Sandro Ramirez celebrates a goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea/FilesBARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez is set to leave the club, the La Liga champions' technical director Robert Fernandez said on Tuesday.Barca have not exercised the option to offer Sandro a new contract in order to allow the 20-year-old forward to join an

May 24 2016
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