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Oct 1, 2014

Holders Real scrape past Ludogorets 2-1 in Sofia

SOFIA (Reuters) – Karim Benzema came off the bench to score 13 minutes from time and ruin any chance of a dream result for resilient Ludogorets as holders Real Madrid carved out a patchy 2-1 win in Wednesday’s Champions League Group B match.

Lively Brazilian midfielder Marcelinho had fired Ludogorets, the Bulgarian club making their home debut in the group stages, into an early lead, prompting the fantasy at the Vasil Levski stadium in Sofia that a footballing fairytale could be in the air.

Oct 1, 2014

Soccer-Holders Real scrape past Ludogorets 2-1 in Sofia

SOFIA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Karim Benzema came off the bench to score 13 minutes from time and ruin any chance of a dream result for resilient Ludogorets as holders Real Madrid carved out a patchy 2-1 win in Wednesday’s Champions League Group B match.

Lively Brazilian midfielder Marcelinho had fired Ludogorets, the Bulgarian club making their home debut in the group stages, into an early lead, prompting the fantasy at the Vasil Levski stadium in Sofia that a footballing fairytale could be in the air.

Sep 30, 2014

We can stop star-studded Real, say confident Ludgorets

SOFIA (Reuters) – Coach Georgi Dermendzhiev and playoff hero Cosmin Moti believe that tiny Ludogorets can upset “the biggest team in the world” when they play holders Real Madrid on their home debut in the Champions League’s group stage on Wednesday.

“Real Madrid are a galactic team. You know their budget and their players,” Dermendzhiev told a news conference at the Vasil Levski national stadium on Tuesday. “It is an honour for us to play against the biggest team in the world.”

Sep 30, 2014

Soccer-We can stop star-studded Real, say confident Ludgorets

SOFIA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Coach Georgi Dermendzhiev and playoff hero Cosmin Moti believe that tiny Ludogorets can upset “the biggest team in the world” when they play holders Real Madrid on their home debut in the Champions League’s group stage on Wednesday.

“Real Madrid are a galactic team. You know their budget and their players,” Dermendzhiev told a news conference at the Vasil Levski national stadium on Tuesday. “It is an honour for us to play against the biggest team in the world.”

Sep 30, 2014

Ronaldo is the best player I’ve coached, says Ancelotti

SOFIA (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti acclaimed Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player he had ever coached as he prepared for Wednesday’s Champions League Group B match at Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets.

“Yes, undoubtedly Ronaldo is number one,” the 55-year-old Italian, told a news conference at the Vasil Levski national stadium in Sofia on Tuesday. “I don’t want to offend other players I’ve coached, but he’s my number one.”

Sep 30, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo is the best player I’ve coached, says Ancelotti

SOFIA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti acclaimed Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player he had ever coached as he prepared for Wednesday’s Champions League Group B match at Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets.

“Yes, undoubtedly Ronaldo is number one,” the 55-year-old Italian, told a news conference at the Vasil Levski national stadium in Sofia on Tuesday. “I don’t want to offend other players I’ve coached, but he’s my number one.”

Sep 30, 2014

Preview: Ludogorets bid to follow in CSKA’s footsteps

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets will look to match the stunning giant-killing exploits of compatriots CSKA Sofia when they make their Champions League home debut against holders Real Madrid on Wednesday.

CSKA, the most successful club in the Balkan country with 31 titles, boast a remarkable record of upsetting the odds, including European Cup wins over then-champions Ajax Amsterdam in 1973, Nottingham Forest in 1980 and Liverpool two years later.

Sep 30, 2014

Ludogorets bid to follow in CSKA’s footsteps

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets will look to match the stunning giant-killing exploits of compatriots CSKA Sofia when they make their Champions League home debut against holders Real Madrid on Wednesday.

CSKA, the most successful club in the Balkan country with 31 titles, boast a remarkable record of upsetting the odds, including European Cup wins over then-champions Ajax Amsterdam in 1973, Nottingham Forest in 1980 and Liverpool two years later.

Sep 30, 2014

Soccer-Ludogorets bid to follow in CSKA’s footsteps

SOFIA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Bulgarian underdogs Ludogorets will look to match the stunning giant-killing exploits of compatriots CSKA Sofia when they make their Champions League home debut against holders Real Madrid on Wednesday.

CSKA, the most successful club in the Balkan country with 31 titles, boast a remarkable record of upsetting the odds, including European Cup wins over then-champions Ajax Amsterdam in 1973, Nottingham Forest in 1980 and Liverpool two years later.

Sep 26, 2014

Stop Ronaldo and Ludogorets can stun Real, says Nikodimov

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian champions Ludogorets will have to shackle Cristiano Ronaldo if they are to have any chance of getting a result against Real Madrid, CSKA Sofia’s giant-killing former manager Asparuh Nikodimov told Reuters on Friday.

Ludogorets, based in the small Bulgarian town of Razgrad, face holders Real in their much-anticipated Champions League home debut at the Vasil Levski national stadium in Sofia on Wednesday.

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