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Sep 17, 2014

Casillas’s fall from grace highlights divisions at Real

MADRID (Reuters) – When Iker Casillas triumphantly hoisted the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft in Kiev after Spain claimed a second consecutive European crown in 2012, he could scarcely have believed that within two years he would be roundly whistled by fans at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.

Born and bred in the Spanish capital and a product of the club’s academy, goalkeeper and captain Casillas has been singled out by some supporters following a stuttering start to La Liga.

Sep 17, 2014

Soccer-Casillas’s fall from grace highlights divisions at Real

MADRID, Sept 17 (Reuters) – When Iker Casillas triumphantly hoisted the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft in Kiev after Spain claimed a second consecutive European crown in 2012, he could scarcely have believed that within two years he would be roundly whistled by fans at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.

Born and bred in the Spanish capital and a product of the club’s academy, goalkeeper and captain Casillas has been singled out by some supporters following a stuttering start to La Liga.

Sep 16, 2014

Ancelotti urges positive attitude after Casillas whistled

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti urged the club’s fans to “be positive” after captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was again targeted with whistles in Tuesday’s 5-1 Champions League drubbing of FC Basel.

Casillas, who celebrated 15 years since his Real debut on Friday, was blamed by some supporters for not doing more to prevent Atletico Madrid’s opening goal in Saturday’s 2-1 La Liga defeat at the Bernabeu.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-Ancelotti urges positive attitude after Casillas whistled

MADRID, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti urged the club’s fans to “be positive” after captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was again targeted with whistles in Tuesday’s 5-1 Champions League drubbing of FC Basel.

Casillas, who celebrated 15 years since his Real debut on Friday, was blamed by some supporters for not doing more to prevent Atletico Madrid’s opening goal in Saturday’s 2-1 La Liga defeat at the Bernabeu.

Sep 16, 2014

Holders Real back on song with 5-1 rout of Basel

MADRID (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.

After a deflected Nacho effort put Real 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute, Bale raced on to a Luka Modric pass and dinked the ball brilliantly over onrushing Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik before volleying into an empty net.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-Holders Real back on song with 5-1 rout of Basel

MADRID, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.

After a deflected Nacho effort put Real 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute, Bale raced on to a Luka Modric pass and dinked the ball brilliantly over onrushing Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik before volleying into an empty net.

Sep 16, 2014

Messi-Neymar connection clicking before APOEL game

MADRID (Reuters) – One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona’s failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Four-times World Player of the Year Messi and Brazil forward Neymar had injury troubles during 2013-14 but when they were fit, Barca fans, expecting the emergence of a lethal partnership scoring entertaining goals at will, were largely disappointed.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-Messi-Neymar connection clicking before APOEL game

MADRID, Sept 16 (Reuters) – One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona’s failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Four-times World Player of the Year Messi and Brazil forward Neymar had injury troubles during 2013-14 but when they were fit, Barca fans, expecting the emergence of a lethal partnership scoring entertaining goals at will, were largely disappointed.

Sep 15, 2014

Preview: Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders’ midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.

Real’s poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by champions Atletico Madrid and the departure of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria in the close season appears to have disrupted the balance of the team that won a 10th continental crown last term.

Sep 15, 2014

Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders’ midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.

Real’s poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by champions Atletico Madrid and the departure of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria in the close season appears to have disrupted the balance of the team that won a 10th continental crown last term.