Cristiano Ronaldo & Pep Guardiola

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH, (born 5 February 1985), commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a winger or striker for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Portuguese national team. Josep Pep Guardiola i Sala (born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish football manager and former player. 5.0/5

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Chelsea show similarities with Jose Mourinho's last title winners Whether it concerns star players, groundbreaking managers or all-conquering teams, there is a continual desire among football observers to draw comparisons with those of yesteryear. The debate as to where Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo stand in the pantheon of greats has constantly raised its head over the past few years, while there have been frequent arguments of where Pep Guardiola's Barcelona (2008-12) should be ranked among other great sides in history such as Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan (1987-91), Rinus Michels' Ajax (1970-73) and the 1970 incarnation of the Brazil national team. While not quite at those heights yet, Chelsea's unbeaten run in all competitions and their position at the summit of the Premier League has already seen them named in the same breath as a couple of magnificent English sides from a decade ago. The comparisons with Arsenal's "Invincibles" of 2003-04 have come about because Chelsea have yet to emerge on the wro ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will have to spend £60m if he is to secure Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, in January. (Sunday Mirror) Newcastle are interested in signing West Ham striker Andy Carroll during the January transfer window and bringing the 25-year-old back to the club where he started his career. (Sunday People) West Ham are keen on tempting Jermain Defoe back to Upton Park and are ready to compete with QPR for the 31-year-old Toronto FC forward's signature. (Sunday Mirror) Arsenal and Tottenham are set for a battle in the January transfer window with the north London rivals both weighing up a move for Basel defender Fabian Schar, 22. (Daily Star) Van Gaal has denied claims from Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola that players from the German club did not want to move to Old Trafford during the summer. (Observer) United are cautious over a move to sign former winger Cristiano Ronaldo, especially after the 29-year-old opted against a move to them last year and si ...
MAVHARIVHARI (Rumours) & INTERNATIONAL UPDATES • Cristiano Ronaldo is dreaming of a return to Manchester United and the Red Devils have the finances in place to bring him back to Old Trafford from Real Madrid. • PSG are not interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The French champions are unable to move for the Portugal international due to Financial Fair Play issues. • Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is coming under pressure after a poor start to the season with the club's fans calling for Tony Pulis to take over. • Everton have been given renewed hope of bringing back their former loanee winger Gerard Deulofeu, 20, who has become frustrated by a lack of game time at Barcelona. • Manchester United have the money in place to bring Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, back to Old Trafford. • Wolfsburg's Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo, 27, has ruled out a January move to Arsenal or Manchester United. • Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says that none of his player ...
MAVHARIVHARI (Rumours) & INTERNATIONAL UPDATES • Chelsea have set aside £60m to sign Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, next summer. Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 27, says he cannot understand Liverpool's decision to pull the plug on his move to Anfield this summer. • Ex-Real Madrid Director General Jorge Valdano says Jose Mourinho would only be seen as a coaching great if Pep Guardiola did not exist. • AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez believes Fernando Torres will be a more useful player for the team than Mario Balotelli. • Hull City's record signing, striker Abel Hernandez, 24, says he rejected Benfica in favour of a "dream" Premier League move on deadline day. • Former Tottenham, Fulham and Wales midfielder Simon Davies, 34, has signed for Pembrokeshire-based amateur team Solva AFC. • Nicolas Anelka's agent has denied speculation that the striker, 35, could have joined Fiorentina prior to agreeing a deal with Indian side Mumbai FC until Christmas. • Chelsea have expressed ...
FOOTBALLFACT: *Cristiano Ronaldo was expelled from school at the age of 14 after throwing a chair at his teacher for mocking his family's financial status. *CRISTIANO RONALDO: 24 Hat Tricks till date; ASHLEY YOUNG: 19 Goals till date *Since Bendtner's Arsenal debut in October 2005, the club have not won a major trophy *In January 2009 River Plate offered Radamel Falcao to Aston Villa for £7m. Martin O'Neill decided to sign Emile Heskey instead *Arsenal bought Anelka, Overmars, Petit, Henry, Vieira, Fàbregas, RVP, Toure, Adebayor and Nasri for £42m. Then sold them for £206m *When Luis Suarez was 11 he was invited to a youth national team camp, but he had to decline because he could not afford football boots. *Leo Messi has scored more goals than any player in the entire history of Real Madrid. *Luis Suarez has been banned for 25 matches since 2010 without receiving a red card. *Arsene Wenger speaks English, French, Japanese, Spanish, German & Italian, and wrote a book in Japanese about his managerial p ...
That moment when football fans around the globe irrespective of their clubs they love but notably Real Madrid fans start branding Jose Mourinho a flop in football management because Carlo Ancelloti succeeded in delivering the Tenth Holy Grail (La Decima) for the Los Merengues where Jose Mourinho failed to in his three year quest at Santiago Bernabeu. But what many have failed to notice or must have remained ignorant of is Jose Mourinho also did a little to help Real Madrid lift the La Decima last night... 1. He stopped Pep Guardiola's Barcelona dominance. 2. He took them to three consecutive semi-finals when they always fail in the early knockout stages prior to Mourinho's appointment. 3. He made Cristiano Ronaldo better 4. He instilled that winning mentality they lacked for some few years back. **You can attest to the fact that this Dortmund and Bayern Munich team they eliminated on their route to the finals were not that strong to the ones Mourinho met during his reign...**
JOSEP PEP GUARDIOLA AND Lionel Messi: COINCIDENCE OR NEXUS? INTRODUCTION If we can put aside the often raging debate about who is the best between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for a moment I would like to focus on Lionel Messi and compare his time playing under the Pep Guardiola with the rest of his career. I have borrowed and amended a table of Messi's goals tally below for reference. MESSI It is not debatable that Lionel Messi was a soccer prodigy having come up in the ranks winning the FIFA U-20 trophy in 2005 and beating John Mikel Obi to second place in the race to the tournaments Golden Ball. By then he had already become a first team player for Barcelona who had rescued him from his growth hormone deficiency syndrome by signing him and paying his $900 a month treatment. RIJKAARD YEARS He got his start for Barca first eleven under Frank Rijkaard in October 2004 and he performed creditably well under Frank Rijkaard who played him as a winger. His goals tallies under Rijkaard were 04/05 - 1 goal ...
Real Madrid ROAR POWERFULLY INTO FINAL Real Madrid blew Bayern Munich away to reach the UEFA Champions League final with a 4-0 second leg victory which secured a 5-0 aggregate success. Sergio Ramos took advantage of some woeful marking to head home twice from set pieces in the opening 20 minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo put the finishing touch to a devastating counter-attack in the 34th minute in a blistering opening half from the Spanish giants. Ronaldo added a fourth with a late free-kick and the only downside for Carlo Ancelotti's side, who will face either city rivals Atletico Madrid or Chelsea and former boss Jose Mourinho in the Lisbon final next month, was the needless booking for midfielder Xabi Alonso which rules him out of the showpiece. Pep Guardiola's reigning European champions had dominated possession in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu last week, only to leave Spain with a 1-0 deficit after Karim Benzema struck. Any hopes they had of working their way back into the tie were obliterated by ...
Pep Guardiola got a spanking last night. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo was in top form, and he showed himself once again to be the best in the business at the moment. Having scored 16 goals in the CL this campaign, he now holds the record for the most goals scored in a Champions League season, bettering Messi's record of 14. And Ronaldo still has a final to play, so hopefully he can get another goal or two and put the record further out of reach. It also means that he has now scored a total of 67 CL goals in his career, the same number as Messi and just four goals shy of Raul's record of 71. Though Ronaldo did it in 105 CL games compared to Messi who did it in 86 CL games, it is still an impressive achievement for Ronaldo, and both he and Messi will smash Raul's record this year. 50 years from now we will realize how fortunate we are to watch both these players at the same time. Now who do you want to take on Real Madrid in the final?
At long last, Real Madrid can almost touch La Decima. This was an occasion when the Spanish club had been confronted by tension, the weight of history, curses and a Bayern Munich team that were supposed to pass them to death. Yet Carlo Ancelotti, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and, yes, Gareth Bale sliced through it all with a performance of such swashbuckling brilliance that Pep Guardiola's Bayern side were reduced to rubble.
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Real Madrid C.F. really bamboozled FC Bayern München the way they played tonight. Their set-piece defenses were awful and Pep Guardiola's "keep possession" style of play is really getting a bit predictable now. They may be the German Bundesliga champion but RMA are no Borussia Dortmund. Full marks to Carlo Ancelotti for using his resources so well and keeping them fit. Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria have been the real hits of the season. Looking forward to tomorrow's 2nd UEFA Champions League Semi-Final's 2nd leg where a tactical Jose Mourinho's Chelsea Football Club play host to a season's dark horse Atlético de Madrid. (y)
Champions League semifinal - Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid at Allianz Arena on 30 April 2014. Match starts at 12:30 am India time. It's the clash between two of the biggest spenders in club football. Real Madrid are worth 425 millions and Bayern are worth 314 million pounds in player values. Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola have been good with their respective teams but RM stands a better chance after the 1-0 lead in the first leg. Bayern were tactically naive in the first leg where RM played without Gareth Bale and CR without full fitness. Will the Bavarians get the two required goals and prevent RM from scoring that 1 away goal? Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Dani Carvajal; Ángel di María, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modrić; Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale. Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer; David Alaba, Dante, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm; Javi Martínez; Franck Ribéry, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben; Mario Mandžukić.
Pep Guardiola "I'm convinced Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale , Isco and Di María will all be playing tomorrow."
They'll head Real's expedition to Munich Ronaldo and Bale: Bayern's bogeymen Albtraum is the German for nightmare. Pep Guardiola, who has picked up the language well, could have been using the word more than ever over the past few days, maybe thinking about the possibility of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale playing together against Bayern. Can Real Madrid get the All Important AWAY Goal?
I don't know what all the fuss is about. The score is 1-0 and not 4-0 as is being perceived. Yes, there were some tactical errors, yes, there were some flaws, but still, the team has managed to keep the game alive. Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers in the world and he has over achieved considering that this is just his first year in charge. His tactics and the team's capability can very well turn the tie on its head. I cannot be the only one who saw the Real Madrid defenders huffing and puffing with fatigue, Cristiano Ronaldo trying to calm his team mates' nerves as they could not believe how easily they were getting played with! Now, tell me, if Bayern scores 1 and the match goes into extra time, who would be at an advantage? The frustrated Spaniards who could not even touch the ball for the 90 minutes or the 'boring' Bavarians who kept their composure all night long? Is our team really that discouraging that a 1-0 defeat makes all of us herald a string of abuses at them and especially at the ...
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben was surprised by Real Madrid's cautious approach to the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Madrid. Despite the home side winning 1-0 at the Bernabeu, defending champions Bayern enjoyed 72% possession. Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game but Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller both had excellent chances to equalize late on for Pep Guardiola's side, who lacked a cutting edge. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team for beating holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday's Champions League semifinal, first leg without their two biggest names taking a leading role. Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer in this season's competition, struggled after returning from injury and record signing Gareth Bale only played the final 20 minutes following a bout of flu. Karim Benzema scored the winner in the 19th minute at the Bernabeu, setting Real up nicely ahead of Tuesday's second leg in Munich as they seek a first appearance in the final si ...
**Real Madrid C.F. 1-0 FC Bayern München: Karim Benzema gives Ancelotti's men slender first-leg advantage** The Frenchman turned home Fabio Coentrao's cross in the first half to seal a win against Pep Guardiola's side, who dominated possession but failed to find a breakthrough. Desktop: Ratings: Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich** Desktop: risks losing Bayern Munich the UEFA Champions League by tactical tinkering** Desktop: is no better team than Real Madrid, admits Guardiola** Desktop: was afraid to return from injury, admits Cristiano Ronaldo** Desktop:
Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich Preview, kick off time 9.45pm Team News for Real Madrid Álvaro Arbeloa and Jesé will certainly miss out, while Sami Khedira isn't expected to feature despite returning to training. Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are doubts, though will be handed late fitness tests. However, Carlo Ancelotti may be tempted to field a similar XI to the one that overcame Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey final last Wednesday. Team News for Bayern Munich Bayern can welcome both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martínez back from suspension, though the latter is a doubt with a concussion. Pep Guardiola is also sweating on the fitness of David Alaba, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg. Holger Badstuber, Thiago Alcantara, Xherdan Shaqiri and Tom Starke will all miss out. Match Facts Real Madrid have won their last 4 home matches against Bayern in all competitions. Real Madrid have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 home matches against Bayern i ...
Pep Guardiola foresaw this Tuesday the collision of Bayern home of the Real Madrid, wanting that Cristiano Ronaldo plays. "Let's hope Ronaldo can play. Us we played for the followers and the followers they want to see the best ones. And one of the better it is him. If it doesn't play, it will play other with different characteristics. The players of the Real Madrid run a lot. Before they had a, later two and now they have four", he/she affirmed the Spanish technician in press conference in Santiago Bernabéu. Guardiola is invincible in Bernabéu but didn't attribute special importance to the facto: Did I "never lose in Bernabéu? That it was with other club, in another time, in another situation. He/she doesn't have to do anything. To win we have to do one very good exhibition. That is always I need front to the Real Madrid and still more in a stocking-final one." The technician was questioned on Messi and after a first hesitation in to answer, there he/she gave his/her opinion on the Argentinean, his/her ...
FACTSpayed for Willian's flight, taxi, hotel & medical, only for Chelsea to sign him. *Zinedine Zidane was never caught offside in his whole career. *Adnan Januzaj: Born in Belgium.Mother from Kosovo. Father from Albania, Grandmother from Serbia. Grandfather from Turkey. Plays in England *Cristiano Ronaldo refused to give a 10- year old girl an autograph because she wore a Barcelona shirt. *Since Arsenal last won a trophy, Leo Messi has turned professional & won 78 individual trophies/ awards, including 4 consecutive Ballon d'Ors *When Mourinho says you have a bright future; It means u can't make his team at the present. *Since Arsenal last won a trophy, Pep Guardiola retired as a player, became a manager, won 15 trophies, took a year break and now returned and won 2 trophies. *Ryan Giggs can donate a Premier League medal to 11 Arsenal players and still remain with two of his own. *Liverpool last won the league in 1990 wen De Gea was born and De Gea has come to Manchester United and lift an EPL trophy. *C ...
By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer TheClasicois back. Real Madrid and Barcelona battle it out once again in the famous fixture on Sunday, this time with La Liga at stake and, as usual, their hopes rest respectively upon the shoulders of the world's two finest footballers: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Cristiano and Leo meet for the 21st time in aClasicoclash since the Portuguese moved to Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for what promises to be another intriguing installment of the pair's compelling conflict. But which of the two has peformed better in their meetings over the past five seasons? There was little joy for Ronaldo in his first campaign in Spain. The Portuguese returned from injury to face Barcelona at Camp Nou in La Liga, but Manuel Pellegrini's side lost out to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic volley in a tight encounter and Messi netted the opener in the Primera Division clash at the Santiago Bernabeu later in the season as Pep Guardiola's side won 2-0. The teams' next meeting was much ...
Gerard Pique and Gerardo Martino both played down the potentially explosive impact of another ‘Copa clasico’ final after Barcelona’s 1-1 semifinal second leg draw at Real Sociedad sent the Catalan side through 3-1 on aggregate to meet Real Madrid in this season’s Copa Del Rey decider. and Real Madrid last met in the Copa Del Rey final in 2011, when Los Blancos triumphed. ENDTomas: Clasico confirmed • Rigg: Clasico awaits Real • Train: Madrid stroll into final The “storm of clasicos” in 2011 saw the rivalry between the two reach a nadir. With Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola on the benches, Madrid won a scrappy Copa Del Rey final at the Mestalla through a Cristiano Ronaldo header, but Barca won La Liga and progressed to the Champions League final after two controversial semifinal games -- leading to Mourinho claiming a conspiracy reaching as far as UNICEF had denied his side. This year’s Copa final is set to return to Valencia, and to be played in April, on either Friday 18 or Saturday 19. ...
LATEST. NEWS: AHEAD OF THE EL-CLASICO New faces add fresh twist to 'Clasico' With the world's biggest stars and two richest clubs on show, it is no surprise that when Barcelona and Real Madrid meet the world stops to take notice. In recent years though the fixture has become less of a treat with 17 meetings between the two in the past three seasons alone. However, on the brink of their first clash this season on Saturday there is an excitement and freshness brought by the addition of new cast members to the drama that El Clasico almost never fails to deliver. The protagonists remain the same. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated this fixture as they have practically all others since the Portuguese joined the four-time World Player of the Year in Spain four years ago. Should Messi find the net at the Camp Nou on Saturday he would surpass Madrid legend and honourary president Alfredo di Stefano as the all- time leading scorer in meetings between the two. Ronaldo, meanwhile, is soon catching up ...
Who Is Better: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? This weekend sees the return of one of football's oldest battles, as Real Madrid take on Barcelona in the latest instalment of the "El Clasico' rivalry from the Camp Nou. With just three points separating the sides after nine games of the new season, the tie threatens to be as competitive as ever and could well be decided by the individual brilliance of one of the stars on show. As stars go, they dont come much bigger than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who, between them, have won the last five iterations of the FIFA Ballon d'Or or World Player of the Year prize. However, in the modern world that is obsessed by ratings and numbers, the argument inevitably returns to "which is better" of the duo—Messi or Ronaldo? Let's take a look at their respective cases. Basic Info NAME Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Age 28 26 Nationality Portuguese Argentina Club Real Madrid Barcelona Last season (appearances/goals) 34/34 32/46 International record 107/43 83/37 Ot ...
Zinedine Zidane has said he would choose his former France international teammate Franck Ribery over his current Real Madrid charge Cristiano Ronaldo if he were picking the 2013 Ballon d’Or winner. • Ribery targets Ballon d'Or Ribery is hotly tipped to take the prize given his key role in Bayern Munich’s Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB Pokal triumphs last season and his impressive performances under new coach Pep Guardiola this term.
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Bayern leave City chasing shadows 03 October By Justin Palmer London - Holders Bayern Munich left Champions League aspirants Manchester City chasing shadows with a 3-1 win on Wednesday to serve notice Pep Guardiola will leave no stone unturned to re-establish their continental dominance. Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben scored as Bayern left shellshocked City chasing shadows for much of a one-sided Group D encounter that ended the Premier League team's five-year unbeaten run at home in Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo's hot form continued with a double in Real Madrid's 4-0 rout of FC Copenhagen but he was not the only revered striker among the goals with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also netting twice as Paris St Germain brushed aside Benfica 3-0. Both, though, were outshone by Greece forward Kostas Mitroglou who grabbed a hat-trick in Olympiakos Piraeus's 3-0 romp at Anderlecht. A dramatic finale in Turin saw Galatasaray, with manager Roberto Mancini taking charge for the first time, *** a 2-2 draw with ...
Champions League RESULTS . Bayern Munich and Real Madrid produced dominant performances in the Champions League on Wednesday as the likes of Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo found the net on a good night for Europe's top forwards. Robben helped Bayern outclass Manchester City 3-1 away, a demonstration that Bayern's defense of the title is right on track with two wins from two games. "We controlled the match and that is important in the Champions League," Bayern's coach Pep Guardiola said. Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria scored two goals each for Real Madrid in a 4-0 rout of Copenhagen, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic notched a brace for Paris Saint-Germain in a 3-0 demolition of Benfica. They were all outdone by Kostas Mitroglou, who scored a hat trick to lead Olympiakos to a 3-0 victory at Anderlecht. Manchester United was held to a 1-1 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk, while City's former coach Roberto Mancini steered Galatasaray to a 2-2 draw at Juventus, just two days after taking charge of the Turkish side. Ronaldo's ...
Alex Ferguson: “He's won the Ballon d'Or 4 years in a row, quite rightly because the goals he’s scoring is uncanny. He's only 25 — Christ!” Antonio Conte: “The only way to stop Messi is with a gun.” Pep Guardiola: “I feel sorry for those who want to compete for Messi's throne — it’s impossible, this kid is unique.” Filippo Inzaghi (2006 FIFA World Cup Winner): “No one is born with the talent that Lionel Messi has.” Thierry Henry: “What Leo does is so incredible that I have to be careful not to stand still watching him make his moves.” Diego Maradona: "I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi.” Arsène Wenger: “Messi is already ahead of everyone else at 25 – by the time his career has finished he will be even further ahead. Luiz Felipe Scolari: “The only bad thing about Ronaldo's life is Messi.” Jürgen Klopp: “Cristiano Ronaldo is so fast, so strong, so incredible, but he has one problem — Leo Messi. Cristiano re ...
A year before he took charge in Madrid, Real had splashed more than £232million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso, Karim Benzema et al. Mourinho then spent around £175m, with the likes of Fabio Coentrao, Angel Di Maria and Luka Modric — among others — all close to £30m each. Including wages topping £200m per season, Mourinho had more than £1BILLION to win the Champions League. - ANTONY KASTRINAKIS But that aside, do you realize this is not a dream match-up as it is made up to be but rather a match-up of convenience? When Roman Abramovich got rid of Roberto Di Matteo, he appointed Benitez as interim manager and went on to hunt for managers. First on his list was Pep Guardiola, and when he failed with that one tried Jurgen Klopp who also turned him down. Jose Mourinho always admired the Old Trafford seat and always wished to replace Sir Alex Ferguson whenever he decided to quit. Ferguson quit, Sir Bobby Charlton said Mourinho can never be entrusted with Manchester United. Ferguson himself has ...
Words were exchanged. Some involved apologies and others made matters more heated. Let's have a look at what some of Spanish football's personalities said about Mourinho. Florentino Pérez: "We have the best coach in the world with an impressive track record, and we demand he be treated with respect." Karanka: "I've had some exceptional experiences and people don't know him at all." Cristiano Ronaldo: "Every great coach has to triumph in different leagues and he's done it." Xabi Alonso: "There's something about him that makes you want to play and fight for him." Essien: "He's like a father to me." Iker Casillas: There's no personal relationship. We only talk about football. Manolo Preciado: "When you see how he works and motivates people, that's what leads to success. He is the number one." Pep Guardiola: "In this [press] room, he's the f**king boss, he's the f**king master and I don't want to compete even for a second." Tito Vilanova: "If we're going to talk about referees, then let's talk about everythi ...
Bayern Munich ready world record offer for Clasico target Neymar German giants Bayern Munich are set to shock the footballing world with a massive record breaking offer for Barcelona and Real Madrid target Neymar. By Nick Turner Spanish newspaper Sport reports that the Bundesliga champions elect are set to eclipse the current record fee held by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo with an £86million offer for the Brazilian starlet. The Santos striker has been heavily linked with a move to Europe for the past few years, and has set a deadline for himself, often stating that he would like to make the move after the 2014 World Cup, which is held in Brazil. The Bavarian giants have recently appointed former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola as their new coach, and he will replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of the current season. This has led to many rumours of potential targets for the former Spain international, with a reported budget of €278million, and it is thought Neymar will be Pep’s answer to Barca’s . ...
I didn't get to watch yesterday's él clássico. . .I was occupied walking on the runways the entire time. Well, I watched the replay on TV later on...and here are some interest facts and things I learned about the él clásicco yesterday_ 1. The gap between the invincible Pep Guardiola's created FC Barcelona and Jose Mourinho's rejuvenateted Real Madrid is completely closed. 2. Cristiano Ronaldo now finds goalscoring against FC Barcelona easy. 3. The fear that grips Real Madrid players against their Catalonian rivals has completely disappeared. Players confidence are even between both teams now. 4. Kepler Lima Pepe of Real Madrid is a catalystic *** raiser in él clássico games. He seems to loathe FC Barcelona with every drop of his blood. 5. FC Barcelona are more susceptible to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou than at the Bernabeu. 6. Never predict any él classico game until after 90 minutes. 7. FC Barcelona are expected to win the next él clássico at the Bernabeu this weekend. Sir Alex note this please ...
Gareth Bale says Cristiano Ronaldo is a more "complete footballer" than Barcelona's Lionel Messi . The in-form Spurs attacker, who is rumoured to be a transfer target for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich this summer, has scored 13 Premier League goals so far this season. Asked the question, "Messi or Ronaldo?" by Life's a Pitch , Bale revealed his admiration for Los Blancos ' star. "For me, personally, I’d say Ronaldo," the 23-year-old Welshman responded. "He’s got the whole package. He’s strong, he’s powerful, he’s pacey, can head the ball, strike the ball. Obviously, you can’t say anything bad about Messi, but for the all-round complete footballer, I’d say Cristiano Ronaldo." The comments are likely to be taken as a welcome sign by Real Madrid that the Wales international would relish the chance to link up with Ronaldo. According to reports, Los Merengues are expected to challenge Bayern for his signature at the end of the season in a move thought to potentially be worth around €50 mil ...
I will be making a new segment about Pep Guardiola's TRANSFER TARGETS and MUST DO'S before stepping up to take the reins as Bayern Munich manager. Will end on June 30, 2013 when Pep takes charge of Bayern. My Transfer Target List: Victor Valdes- worked with him before and isn't signing a new contract so he will go for cheap. Robert Lewandowski- great striker who is familiar with the German style of football Gareth Bale- the next "Cristiano Ronaldo" so why not! Luis Suarez- has similar first touches and dribbling skills as Messi and knows how to finish. And choosing over a High Class Champions League German team over Liverpool isn't a hard decision. Pep Guardiola -AH10
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly waiting for a call from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to ask him to return to the club and replace Rafael Benitez. According to The Sun , Mourinho is ready to leave Real Madrid and come back to Chelsea following an absence of almost five years, but Abramovich must act fast or risk missing out on the Portuguese. Mourinho, who is expected to part company with Real Madrid in the summer, is reported to have already received a numberof lucrative offers , but would be willing to ignore them all if Chelsea formalised their interest. The 50-year-old is coming under increasing pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu after Real Madrid lost again on Saturday - their sixth league defeat of the campaign - following an own goal from Cristiano Ronaldo. But under as much, if not more,pressure than Mourinho is interim Chelsea manager Benitez, whose reputation withsupporters takes a greater battering with every passing week. Chelsea slumped to defeat at the weekend against Newcast ...
Messi shortlisted for Ballon d'Or 29 November 2012 Updated 15:37 GMT Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta have been named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, Fifa has announced. Messi, 25, has scored 82 goals this calendar year - just three short of the record set by Gerd Mueller in 1972. Real Madrid's former Manchester United player Ronaldo also makes the list, along with Barcelona's Iniesta. Pep Guardiola, Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho are shortlisted for coach of the year. The winners will be announced on 7 January. Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Britain's sole representative on the initial 23-man list, failed to make it through. His Old Trafford team-mate Robin van Persie also missed the cut, as did Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure. After 50 goals last season in La Liga - including breaking Barcelona's 60-year-old goalscoring record with a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Granada in March - Messi is expected to win Fifa's pla ...
Guillem Balague is a key fixture in Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football, appearing regularly both on live match coverage and on the weekly round-up show, Revista de La Liga. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper and El Larguero, Spain's most popular sports radio show, attracting some 1,5 million listeners. His work appears regularly in The Times and in Champions magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football. He also wrote the bestselling "A Season on the Brink", an insider's account of Liverpool's 2004-05 Champions' League winning campaign, updated later with the 2006 FA Cup victory. In November 2012 he published the first international biography of Pep Guardiola, based in conversation with him, his former players and Pep's closest friends. He has written or worked for The Observer, Talk Sport, BBC, Onda Cero radio, 442, World Soccer. Guillem has most recently interviewed the following personalities: Josè Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, ...
Pep Guardiola refuses to shake hands with Cristiano Ronaldo at the Ballon d'Or 2012
Pep Guardiola sensationally snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo's handshake at the Ballon d'Or! Watch the video here: [video from GMF]
In a given moment during the FIFA Balon d'Or 2012 ceremony, Cristiano Ronaldo approached Pep Guardiola in order to greet him, but the Spanish coach refused t...
A MUST READ! How Cranes coach and skipper voted in 2012 FIFA Ballon Dor According to the list of votes published by FIFA, out of 483 captains, coaches and journalists who voted in the Ballon d’Or ceremony, 45 left out Lionel Messi Uganda Cranes national coach Bobby Williamson and his skipper, Andrew Mwesigwa voted differently in last night's FIFA Ballon D'or footballer of the year awards gala in Zurich, Switzerland The Scotsman went for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as his first choice and the eventual winner Lionel Messi as his second choice while his third vote was cast for on form Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who plays his football for La-Liga giants Atletico De Madrid. In the Coach of the year category, Williamson opted for Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Mateo followed by Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola. National team skipper, Andrew Mwesigwa went for the clear favourite Lionel Messi as his first choice and his second choice was a surprise in Italian play-maker - Andrea Pir ...
Fifa Ballon d'Or 2012: Lionel Messi rewarded for displays no rival could ever match The Greatest: Lionel Messi has won the World Player of the Year award for a record fourth time Picture: GETTY IMAGES By Paul Hayward, Chief Sports Writer7:13PM GMT 07 Jan 2013 Lionel Messi is monopolising the world player of the year title the way his feet dominate the ball. The little maestro’s magnetism has kept the prize in his possession for a fourth consecutive year. Cristiano Ronaldo is an all-time great stuck in a back-up role. The true measure of Messi's brilliance is that there is a twitch of anticipation every time the ball rolls to his toes. You can feel this universal excitement in stadiums, bars and living rooms. It is the promise of sorcery – of the unexpected – and it comes dozens of times in his every game. Those who voted for him again for the 2012 award are obeying this sense of wonder despite the strong claims of his rivals in a gilded age. In any era, Ronaldo or Andrés Iniesta would have been a d ...
The journal of the Golden Ball. As we have reported, aside from Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta, finalists alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for Golden Ball itself, will also shift Xavi and Piqué, included along with his two companions in the 11th World FIFA-FIFpro. In addition, the expedition will be headed by President Sandro Rosell. Meet in Zurich all them are again with Pep Guardiola, will come from New York. Nor it will be missing in the Kongresshalle Neymar, Santos controlled by Barça crack and that land already this Sunday, in his case from Brazil. And while José Mourinho has been deleted on grounds of labour agenda, Yes will they join the Gala Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid President Florentino Perez. It will be, therefore, a Gala with many foci of attention, and included sports curiosity. With regard to the official program, this will be: 14.00 hours wheel press I Compareceran the finalists of the women's Golden Ball and trophy finalists the best coach of women's football. It is, respectively, Mart ...
World Football News Update 1. Real Madrid centre-half Pepe believes Cristiano Ronaldo will extend his contract with the club, but is not so certain that boss Jose Mourinho will do the same. 2. Pep Guardiola will return to coaching in 2013 after his year-long sabbatical from football, according to former Barca president Joan Laporta 3. Russia coach Fabio Capello has stated that only Roma are in any position to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto this season. 4. Barcelona starlet Rafinha has stated that he would love to face his brother and Spain international Thiago while playing for Brazil one day. 5. Retired Polish boxing world champion Dariusz Michalczewski has advised Robert Lewandowski against swapping Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United. 6. Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has admitted it is a challenge to get used to playing with different partners in midfield, after David Luiz's recent transition from defence. 7. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed Gareth Bale has been persecuted i ...
Only 10 days before the announcement of the 2012 Ballon d'Or winner - Player & Coach - Final Nominees: Player of the year : Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Andres Iniesta Coach of the year : Vincente Del Bosque, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinoh - UEFA News.
Top 2O football special moments of the year: 2O. Atletico Madrid defeating Athletic Bilbao in all Spanish team final of the Europa League to clinch the title. 19. The top Scottish team, Rangers put into the 3rd division league and the top Spanish team, Villareal getting relegated even though they played Champions League that season. 18. Arsenal are thrashed out of League cup by an underdog. 17. Corinthians beating the European Champions Chelsea to win the FIFA Club World Cup. 16. Radamel Falcao scoring a hattrick against Chelsea to hand Atletico Madrid the Uefa Super Cup trophy. 15. Montpellier won their first Ligue1 title 14. Pep Guardiola stepped down as the Barcelona manager. 13. Celtic beats Barcelona by 2-1 at their home keeping only 16% ball possession. 12. Real Madrid won La Liga title. 11. Spain winning the Euro for the 2nd time in a row 11. Mexico won the Gold Medal in the Olympics Football 1O. Andres Iniesta winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe by beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 9. ...
Chelsea risk losing Pep Guardiola - Roman Abramovich told to stop pestering ex-Barcelona boss! Read more: [from GMF]
Football legend Johan Cruyff has spoken out on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's bids to win the Ballon d'Or, and discussed Pep Guardiola as well as his successor at Barcelona, Tito Vilanova.
Why are Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo still unloved in Spain? I just think of this over and over again but to no conclusion. Jose Mourinho will become the youngest coach to clock up 100 Champions League matches on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium. The 49-year-old beats previous record-holder Carlo Ancelotti who was 51 and joins other centurions Arsène Wenger, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Sir Alex Ferguson. The Real Madrid coach might afford himself a wry smile that the fixtures have fallen in such a way that he reaches the milestone in England when he steps out before his side face Manchester City on Wednesday. There will be far greater recognition for his achievement there than back in Spain, where last week both he and Cristiano Ronaldo were ignored in the Spanish League's awards. Ronaldo came third in the best striker category of last season and Mourinho was beaten by Pep Guardiola for the best coach award, despite Real Madrid and not Barcelona finishing on top of the league with the biggest points ...
Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it. - Pep Guardiola The ball stays glued to his foot; I’ve seen great players in my career, but I’ve never seen anyone with Messi's ball control. - Diego Maradona "Messi has his personality and I have mine. He has his game and I have mine. I also play in a big club like him. We are different in every aspect. But right now, he is the best." - Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos feels Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or. Argentina’s Lionel Messi has won the last three editions of the award, with his Portuguese counterpart having to settle for second place last term, after missing out on a top-three spot in 2010. Nevertheless, the legendary left-back feels the Real Madrid man’s time has come now after a successful 2011/12 campaign. “Obviously everyone’s talking about Messi, but I reckon he has won enough and there cannot be much more room in his trophy cabinet,” he told FIFA.com. “Therefore, I would vote for Cristiano Ronaldo. He is someone who can win matches for you in many different ways, from varying situations in attack. He deserves to win it again.” The Brazilian then voiced his opinion that Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho should be named Coach of the Year by FIFA. “Well, seeing as Pep Guardiola has left Barcelona, I think it should go to Jose Mourinho,” he said. “A club side like his is harder t ...
Guardian Barca sweeps PFL awards WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2012 20:03 EDITOR SPORT - ABROAD BARCELONA may have lost their Primera Division title but they had a host of winners in the Professional Football League’s 2011/12 season awards, which were announced on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi named Best Player and Pep Guardiola best coach. Barca, who saw their three-year reign as Spanish champions ended by Real Madrid, also saw Messi named the Primera Division’s best striker, Andres Iniesta best attacking midfielder while Carles Puyol won the fair play award. Barcelona B’s Marc Bartra, meanwhile, was voted the best defender in the second division. Madrid also enjoyed success in the fourth edition of the LFP awards, with Iker Casillas named best goalkeeper, Sergio Ramos best defender and Xabi Alonso best central midfielder. The awards are voted for by the players and coaches of the top two divisions in Spain. Messi edged out Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the Best Player award in the top f ...
! FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi has been elected as 2011-12 player of the season by the Liga De Futbol Professional (LFP), and he was also named the best attacker in La Liga, beating off the likes of Real Madrid duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The prize was based on votes made by fellow players and coaches. Iker Casillas of Real Madrid scooped the best goal keeper award, beating the likes of Victor Valdes (barcelona), and Roberto Jimenez (real zaragoza). Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos beats Javier Mascherano (barcelona), and Javi Martinez (ath.bilbao/b.munchen) for the best defender award. Holding midfielder award went to Xavi Alonso (madrid), beats off the likes of Sergio Busquets (barcelona), and Benat (Real Betis). Andrea Iniesta (barcelona) pipped Santi Carzola (malaga/arsenal), and Mesut Ozil (madrid) to win the best attacking midfielder award. Pep Guardiola won coach of the year, Isco (malaga) won talent of the year, while Carles Puyol received the fair play award.IRE O.
This is Real Madrid during the 2011/2012 season: 1- Real Madrid are the first team to achieve 100 points out of all the european major leagues, breaking Barcelona's record of 99. 2- The most wins in a league season with 32 out of 38, breaking Barcelona's record of 31. 3- Most goals away from home with 51 goals, breaking Barcelon's record of 49. 4- Most wins away from home 16, breaking Barcelona's record of 14. 5- Most goals in a single La Liga season 121. 6- Cristiano is the only player to ever score against all La Liga teams in one season (19 teams) 7- Cristiano has scored 23 goals away from home. Another historical record. 8- The trident Cristiano Benzema and Higuan have scored 118 goals in all competitions beating Barcelona's record of 100 goals (Henry, Messi, Eto'o) Despite this record breaking season, the LFP decides that Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta, and Lionel Messi are all better than Jose Mourinho, Mesut Ozil, and Cristiano Ronaldo. I don't wanna live on this planet anymore, NASA send 'ME' to Ma ...
Great players never have any problems to play together. At Barcelona, Zlatan never had any problems to feature alongside (Lionel) Messi for example. (Pep) Guardiola was the problem at Barca.Cristiano Ronaldo to PSG is just a hypothesis for now, but thinking about it is already extraordinary. I believe that it's a realistic possibility. A year ago, it would have been crazy, but not now."
Right now Leo is the best in the world and maybe ever. Cristiano Ronaldo is a good player, but Messi sets the bar. Pep Guardiola
in exact words Presuming soccer and not American football is meant, the answer is Messi. The critical acclaim and global fan opinion would herald Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi just ahead of such names as Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) and several of the Spanish national squad who also play with Messi at Barcelona. Xavi and Andres Iniesta, the latter of whom scored the World Cup-winning goal for Spain last year, form a creative partnership in the Barcelona midfield which encourages a free-flowing passing game, playing on the dynamism created by Dutch footballers in the 1970s and taught to coach Pep Guardiola by John Cruyff in the 1990s when the latter was manager. The pair play behind Messi who is able to keep the ball on his feet and ride the roughest challenge. As well as scoring over fifty goals in domestic competition this year, which helped his club secure the La Liga and Champions' League double (and they lost the Spanish Cup to Real Madrid in extra time), ...
This are the of messi concerning today match barca agaist madrid. Lionel Messi has granted an interview to a Barcelona-based media outfit, in which he spoke about Real Madrid’s duo of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, his team mate David Villa and the current Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova. “He’s [Mourinho] a good coach who does his job. So is Cristiano Ronaldo, [who is] a great player,” Messi told todo-barcelona.net. “Villa is also a great guy that nobody can be wrong about.” The 25-year-old forward also praised Vilanova for continuing with the methods Pep Guardiola employed at the Camp Nou, before he departed in the summer. “[With Tito], you will see the sameBarcelona from past seasons,” he added. “Our style of play will not change because Tito thinks like Pep in this regard. There is no change. “Pep left a mark on the history of football. He gave me the bonus of playing in different positions on the field and that’s something he did with the team. “He changed and reinforced t ...
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dine apart from the rest, Pep Guardiola once said
Koeman: Messi already has three Ballons d'Or, give Ronaldo one Feyenoord boss Ronald Koeman believes the Ballon d'Or should be finally awarded to Cristiano Ronaldo as Lionel Messi have already won it three times on the trot. The Barcelona legend acknowledged that the Portuguese has done enough to be crowned as the Best Player of 2012, highlighting the former Manchester United ace's ability to deliver at crucial moments. "Who would I give the Ballon d'Or to? How many has Messi got? Three? Then I would give one to Ronaldo," the former Netherlands international said to AS. "Messi is the Best Player in the world. However, Cristiano is also a great player like Messi, and he has been making the difference in Madrid." Koeman took time to discuss the work of Tito Vilanova in his first few months at Barcelona, and he was full of praise for Pep Guardiola's former assistant. "The results of Tito's Barca side speak for themselves. I think they continue to have a strong team, despite having some injured players. At th ...
"Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Both! They are different but both fantastic for football," Blatter was quoted as saying by Marca. "Cristiano wants to be the general on the pitch, lay down the law and scream here I stand. Messi, on the other hand, is like a conjurer, a magician. They are both living legends of football." The Fifa boss then went on to stress that outspoken coaches like Jose Mourinho, Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola are good for the image of the game. "Mourinho's one of the giants in football. It's good for the sport to have big names like Mourinho, Ferguson, Wenger, Guardiola. "Each one has his own style and charisma. They don't sit on the bench all sad and quiet." Sepp Blatter.
Everybody gets sad sometimes. At the moment it's Cristiano Ronaldo in the spotlight following revelations of his unhappiness at Real Madrid, but at the end of last April it was Lionel Messi who was suffering, and not the Portuguese. Messi's world was a far from happy place as the 2011-12 season drew to a close. In the space of just over a week, Barcelona had lost La Liga with defeat at home to Real Madrid, crashed out of the Champions League after failing to overcome Chelsea at Camp Nou and then, perhaps worst of all, Pep Guardiola announced his impending departure from the Catalan club.
Transfer Conspiracy Theory: Chelsea and the great gaffer hunt. I pigeonhole Roman Abramovich because it's fun to. I have no dirt on the guy. As far as billionaire megalomaniacs go, he seems pretty normal. Here goes... I was wrong to assume that Pep Guardiola would eventually join Chelsea. I think Roman and Jose are concocting a special plan to bring the Special One, I'm sorry, the 'ONLY' one, back to Stamford Bridge with none other than Cristiano Ronaldo in his pocket. Here's how it works - 1. Mourinho does not love Real Madrid. He says he does, but he doesn't. He loves Mourinho and I don't blame him. Roman Abramovich also loves Mourinho and knows that he is the surest ticket to European domination when Pep ends the soul search and returns to Barça. 2. Mourinho gets a fictional phone call from Roman. "Jose, come back and bring Ronaldo with you." Mourinho chuckles, calls Andre Villas Boas, and offers an olive branch by paying a respectable fee for Modric. He also demands the right of first refusal on all ...
Messi and Ronaldo back as La Liga begins The Spanish league season kicks-off this weekend with Barcelona star Lionel Messi insisting it is not just a battle between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo. "With Cristiano I have absolutely no problem. All that is said about us is to do with the press who want us to have our own personal battle but I have never competed with him or fought him," said the 25 year-old current holder of the FIFA Ballon d'Or. "I just try to do my job in the best way possible to win trophies for my national team and Barcelona", he continued after scoring in Argentina's 3-1 win over Germany on Wednesday night. The two players were neck-and-neck in the goalscoring charts last season, with the Argentinian hitting 50 in the league compared to Ronaldo's 46, with an incredible 73 in all competitions for Messi and 60 for the Madrid star. Madrid finished the season nine points clear of a Barca side that still managed to lift 4 titles in what was to be Pep Guardiola's last season of a hugely succe ...
Goal.com 50 No.1 = Cristiano Ronaldo. The forward won his first La Liga title as Jose Mourinho's side swept aside Pep Guardiola's Barcelona. He was so close to inspiring Portugal to a semi-final win over Spain at Euro 2012 too!! Does Ronaldo deserve his No.1 spot in our list?? Or is there a more worthy winner??
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Mourinho is one of only three coaches, along with Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld, to have won the Champions League with two different clubs and could stand out on his own if he leads Real Madrid to their tenth European crown. Xavi, though, believes Mourinho's pragmatic approach to management means he will not be ranked in the same category as Pep Guardiola for future generations. "Mourinho will not go down in football history," he told Reserved Area on Canal+. "For me, Guardiola is the best and has been the best during the four years he spent in charge. "He has revolutionised football. Chelsea won the Champions League this year and yet Barca remain the benchmark for world football." Xavi also said that Lionel Messi would be the only deserving recipient of this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or. There have been suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo, having helped Madrid to La Liga, could take the crown if he excels at Euro 2012 but Xavi said of Messi: "He's the Best Player I've seen in my life. "It would be an injust ...
Rivals Manchester City and Manchester United are facing another transfer tug-of-war over Newcastle United hot-shot Papiss Cisse. . Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo believes the pressure is off his country as they prepare for a daunting group at Euro 2012, which includes Germany and Holland. . Arsene Wenger has switched his attention to Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong after growing frustrated in his pursuit of long-time target Yann M'Vila. . Ranieri snub for West Brom as Former Chelsea boss signs deal with Monaco . Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola wants a face-to-face meeting with Roman Abramovich before deciding whether to take over as Chelsea manager. . Fernando Torres has revealed the faith shown in him by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich helped persuade him to carry on at Stamford Bridge.
Nike have pulled out all the stops (and stars) for their latest advertising campaign with Cristiano Ronaldo joining forces with the likes of Lebron James, Pep Guardiola and Neymar.
La Liga Team of the Season: Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi & Falcao star in the 2011-12 campaign. We choose the best XI from the Spanish top-flight campaign that came to a conclusion on Sunday, with Real Madrid claiming the title with a record 100 points Real Madrid were crowned champions of Spain on Sunday with a record 100 points, nine clear of fierce rivals Barcelona as coach Pep Guardiola bade a fond farewell to La Liga. And with the campaign concluded, Goal.com looks at the cream of the crop from the Primera Division in 2011-12. Madrid actually conceded three goals more than Barca but Iker Casillas was key once again with a string of vital saves, including one brilliant dive to his right to deny Xavi in the crucial Clasico win at Camp Nou last month and a wonderful reaction stop from Manu del Moral at Sevilla earlier this season. Casillas led by example as Madrid captain and stood tall when it mattered most. Surprisingly out of the team on occasions, criticised and tipped with a summer exit from Camp Nou, ...
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Lionel Messi was left disappointed as Real Madrid captured La Liga and Pep Guardiola decided to leave this summer, but on a personal level the Argentine hit astonishing heights in 2011-12. With the final of the Copa Del Rey still to come, Messi has already struck 72 goals so far including an incredible 50 in La Liga to set a new Pichichi record as he finished four clear of Real rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the Primera Division. The Argentine has been key for Barca this season as the Catalans claimed the Uefa Super Cup, the Spanish Supercopa and the Club World Cup before missing out on La Liga and the Champions League later on in the campaign. He cut a frustrated figure as Barca lost to Madrid at Camp Nou and was unable to provide the inspiration as Guardiola's side went down to Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League. At times this season and particularly in those matches against elite European sides, Barca have relied too heavily on Messi and the 24-year-old has lacked the sufficient support in ...
Thanks for the memories: Record-breaking Real rack up 100 points, but Villarreal sink without trace Jose Mourinho's men broke yet another record on Sunday as they reached three figures in the Primera Division with a 4-1 win over Mallorca, but there was a big shock at El Madrigal. Not everyone was celebrating. There was a fond farewell for Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola in La Liga's last weekend of 2011-12, more remarkable records for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, a party at the Bernabeu and scenes of jubilation as Granada, Zaragoza and Rayo Vallecano sealed survival against all odds. But there was also sadness. Racing Santander had long been doomed to the drop and Sporting Gijon were widely expected to follow them. Not Villarreal, though, surely? The Yellow Submarine had seemed unsinkable. Then again, that's just how they described the Titanic - and we all know how that one ended. One hundred years after history's most famous vessel went down, so too did Villarreal. Meanwhile, Madrid hit four more goal ...
La Liga Player of the Year: Boring boring... okay - it's a hybrid creature, a Siamese twin called the MessiRonaldo. I can't separate them. Manager of the year: Manolo Jimenez (Zaragoza). As one Spanish journalist remarked, "What's the better achievement? To get 100 points with one of the greatest squads ever assembled, or to resuscitate a squad of dead men?" Team of the season: Levante, of course. Tipped to go down by almost everyone, they spent 75% of the season in the top four. Quote of the year: "What's that Cristiano Ronaldo said - about being good-looking? I prefer Scarlett Johansson" - Pep Mel (Betis) Shock of the season: Villarreal's relegation. The experts of good housekeeping, relegated by two sides (Zaragoza and Rayo) whose financial performance is up there with the Greek government. Something is wrong with the world, especially when you consider that this team from nowhere had not finished below eighth spot since 2003. Most predictable outcomes: Racing de Santander's final position and Pep Guar ...
FT in La Liga.. Granada Fc 1-2 Real Madrid Fc.. Barcelona Fc 4-0 Espanol Fc.. Weldone Real Madrid and Weldone Barcelona this was a Wonderful Season, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi Break all the Records .. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola made it more interesting.. Goodbye Guardiola Football will alway Remember you... Thank you all May God Bless you... Hala Madrid.. Hala Madrid.
Jose Mourinho's MISSION ACCOMPLISHED as Real Madrid SEAL TITLE • Victory over Athletic Bilbao secures La Liga title • Goals from Higuaín, Ozil and Ronaldo complete win by Sid Lowe 1 day ago Share Real Madrid won their 32nd league title, José Mourinho's seventh in four different countries, returning the trophy to the Santiago Bernabéu for the first time in four years. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty but goals from Gonzalo Higuaín, Mesut Ozil and Ronaldo secured a 3-0 win against the Europa League finalists Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés and wrapped up the title with two matches to spare. The Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, had conceded the league title after Real Madrid's 2-1 victory in the clásico 11 days ago but the current holders obliged their rivals to wait a little longer. Barcelona's 7-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano prevented Madrid from celebrating success on Sunday night and Wednesday evening's 4-0 win against Málaga required Real to defeat Athletic. They did not wait long. Real steamroll ...
This game is yet another confirmation how better MESSI is over Cristiano Ronaldo; How better Barca is than Real Madrid; and How better Victor Valdes is than Iker Cassilas; How better Pep Guardiola is over Jose Mourinho!
Cristiano Ronaldo is the Best Player in the world, says Karanka after Real Madrid's win over Barcelona...The 27-year-old was decisive for Real Madrid as his fourth goal in his last five appearances against Pep Guardiola's men sealed all three points for his team just like [last season's] Copa Del Rey final, and Jose Mourinho's assistant feels his tendency to rise to the occasion separates him from his contemporaries!!
Cristiano Ronaldo shocks Barcelona as Real Madrid close on title Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil, left, congratulates Cristiano Ronaldo on his winning goal at Barcelona in el Clásico. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA Sid Lowe at the Camp Nou The Observer, Sat 21 Apr 2012 21.38 BST Their hope lasted two minutes and nineteen seconds. Just when Barcelona thought there was a chance they might rescue the La Liga title, just as this stadium erupted into noise, just as the faith that had deserted them flooded back, Cristiano Ronaldo tore it all out of their hands again. Alexis Sánchez had given Barcelona a goal and a lifeline with an equaliser midway through the second half, levelling the scores after Sami Khedira had put Madrid ahead in the first half. But 139 seconds later Ronaldo brilliantly stepped around Víctor Valdés to make the return of the title from the Camp Nou to the Bernabéu all but certain. Pep Guardiola had insisted before this latest clásico that the equation was simple: lose or draw and Real Madri ...
Pep Guardiola's week from *** was compounded when Real Madrid won a crucial La Liga match at the Nou Camp just three days after Barcelona lost to Chelsea in the Champions League.
Only 1 hour more to go for the biggest footballing game in the world!!! The pitch is ready!! The fans are ready!! Coaches all ready!! Players all in!!! 400 millions viewers worldwide!! Titles at stake!! Bragging rights at stake!! Its mes que un game!! Its Pep Guardiola Vs Jose Mourinho!! Its Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo!! Its Spain vs Catalunya!! Its more than a pride!!! Its F.C Barcelona vs Real Madrid @ Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain!!! Today shall be the beginning of the end Of the season!!! This game holds it all!!! Vamos Barca !! Visca el'barca!!!
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