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Oct 30, 2014

Isco keen to impress during Bale absence

MADRID (Reuters) – While Gareth Bale is fully expected to regain his place in the Real Madrid side when he returns from injury, team mate Isco is making the most of his chance to prove his worth on the pitch.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that a fit Bale, who became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real in 2013, will always be in his preferred starting lineup in a three-pronged attack with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Oct 30, 2014

Soccer-Isco keen to impress during Bale absence

MADRID, Oct 30 (Reuters) – While Gareth Bale is fully expected to regain his place in the Real Madrid side when he returns from injury, team mate Isco is making the most of his chance to prove his worth on the pitch.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that a fit Bale, who became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real in 2013, will always be in his preferred starting lineup in a three-pronged attack with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Oct 28, 2014

Real seal strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi’s IPIC

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have agreed a “long-term strategic partnership” with Abu Dhabi fund International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) that will strengthen the club’s status as the world’s richest, and help fund a planned stadium overhaul.

The agreement includes setting up Real museums and expanding their soccer schools around the world, as well as creating content for digital media platforms, IPIC, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, said on their website (www.ipic.ae) on Tuesday.

Oct 28, 2014

Soccer-Real seal strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi’s IPIC

MADRID, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Real Madrid have agreed a “long-term strategic partnership” with Abu Dhabi fund International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) that will strengthen the club’s status as the world’s richest, and help fund a planned stadium overhaul.

The agreement includes setting up Real museums and expanding their soccer schools around the world, as well as creating content for digital media platforms, IPIC, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, said on their website (www.ipic.ae) on Tuesday.

Oct 27, 2014

Lowly Cornella in the path of Real juggernaut

MADRID (Reuters) – When third-tier Cornella were drawn to play holders Real Madrid in the last 32 of the King’s Cup, players and officials from the Barcelona-based club celebrated wildly what they called “winning the lottery”.

Wednesday’s first leg match will be played at the nearby stadium of top-flight Espanyol and will provide some welcome extra revenue for tiny Cornella, whose annual budget of around 1 million euros (1.3 million US dollars) is dwarfed by Real’s income of more than half a billion.

Oct 27, 2014

Soccer-Lowly Cornella in the path of Real juggernaut

MADRID, Oct 27 (Reuters) – When third-tier Cornella were drawn to play holders Real Madrid in the last 32 of the King’s Cup, players and officials from the Barcelona-based club celebrated wildly what they called “winning the lottery”.

Wednesday’s first leg match will be played at the nearby stadium of top-flight Espanyol and will provide some welcome extra revenue for tiny Cornella, whose annual budget of around 1 million euros (1.3 million US dollars) is dwarfed by Real’s income of more than half a billion.

Oct 26, 2014

Rampant Real riding high after ‘Clasico’ triumph

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu.

Toni Kroos, who joined from Bayern Munich while Alonso went the other way, was seen as a poor substitute for the experienced Spain midfielder, while James Rodriguez, top scorer at the World Cup finals in Brazil with six goals, seemed to lack Di Maria’s intensity and eye for a killer pass.

Oct 26, 2014

Soccer-Rampant Real riding high after ‘Clasico’ triumph

MADRID, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu.

Toni Kroos, who joined from Bayern Munich while Alonso went the other way, was seen as a poor substitute for the experienced Spain midfielder, while James Rodriguez, top scorer at the World Cup finals in Brazil with six goals, seemed to lack Di Maria’s intensity and eye for a killer pass.

Oct 26, 2014

No joy for Suarez as Real beat Barca in ‘Clasico’

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from letting in an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday.

There was no dream return for Luis Suarez, making his Barca debut after a four-month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.

Oct 25, 2014

Real professionalism is unique, says Ancelotti after win

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team’s professionalism and effort after they fought back from a goal down to beat Barcelona 3-1 in Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu.

Neymar put Barca ahead in the fourth minute before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for the in-form European champions, who appear to have put an early-season wobble firmly behind them, with a penalty in the 35th.