Real Madrid & Xabi Alonso

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (Royal Madrid Football Club), commonly known as Real Madrid, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. Xabier Xabi Alonso Olano (born 25 November 1981) is a Spanish World Cup-winning footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a midfielder. 5.0/5

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Last time Real Madrid played Bayern in Europe:. 1⃣️. Xabi Alonso was at Real. 2⃣️. Toni Kroos was at Bayern. 3⃣️. Carlo An…
Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm will certainly be hoping their last Champions League games aren't defeat to Real Madrid, agai…
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Xabi Alonso: "For me, Liverpool are the best in England, Real Madrid are the best in Spain and Bayern Munich are the best in Germany."
Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso eyes treble after winning European Cup with Liverpool and Real Madrid
Bayern Munich say they have bought Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid
The actual quote:. Xabi Alonso: "I left Real Madrid for the same reason Di Maria did. We do work hard and only
Iker Casillas: "For me, Xabi Alonso is a fantastic player. He did very well at Real Madrid and did a lot."
Happy 33rd Birthday to FC Bayern München star Xabi Alonso - The only man in Europe to have completed more than 1000 passes this season. The Liverpool FC & Real Madrid C.F. legend is surely the only player to ever score with his weaker foot from 70 yards!
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will look to curb his side's poor form by making January raids for a trio of players. Porto's Jackson Martinez tops his wishlist, while Chelsea No.2 Petr Cech and Norwich's Nathan Redmond are also wanted. Madrid to snare Liverpool wonderkid Source: Daily Mail Tuesday, November 25, 2014 01:14 Real Madrid are ready to step up their interest in Liverpool's teenage sensation Pedro Chirivella. The youngster, who is highly rated by Brendan Rodgers and has already trained with the first team, has been labelled the 'next Xabi Alonso'. Arsenal and Man Utd to battle for Reus Source: Daily Star Tuesday, November 25, 2014 00:55 A host of sides have been handed a transfer boost as Chelsea have pulled out of the race to sign Marco Reus. Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are all now ready to make offers for the Dortmund attacker following the Blues' withdrawal. Odegaard to choose Manchester United Source: Daily Express Tuesday, November 25, 2014 00:52 Although Real Madrid had been t ...
Alonso: Hard for a German to beat Messi & Ronaldo to Ballon d'Or 19-Nov-2014 The midfielder feels a German player has a chance if the award is decided on team success, but the Madrid and Barca stars have it wrapped up based on individual displays Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso believes that it would be tough for a German player to beat Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or. The veteran Spaniard made a surprise summer move to the Allianz Arena from Real Madrid, where he played alongside Ronaldo and enjoyed many battles with Messi's Barcelona. A number of Bayern's contingent of German World Cup winners are nominated for the prestigious award, including the likes of Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer, but Alonso feels the Liga pairing are still ahead of the competition in terms of individual performances. He told Sport Bild: "It's a very general question: is the award about individual, personal performances? "In this case, it would be tough against Messi and Ronaldo. Or is it about t ...
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Toni Kroos has already become an adequate replacement for Xabi Alonso http:…
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Rodriguez, Real Madrid top AP Global Football 10 LONDON (AP) — James Rodriguez held off Cristiano Ronaldo to take the top spot in the Associated Press global football 10 poll on Tuesday. Rodriguez scored twice in Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Granada, a result that kept Madrid at the top of the team vote. For the second straight week, Ronaldo is the runner-up to one of his Madrid teammates, despite scoring his 22nd goal of the season. Last week's winner, Karim Benzema, also scored in Madrid's victory but dropped to fifth. Aurelio Capaldi of RAI Sport in Italy praised Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti for getting the best out of Rodriguez so quickly. "Ancelotti is probably living the best time of his coaching career: 11 wins in a row is an amazing result and the way he's making things work after Real Madrid sold Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso is impressive," Capaldi said. "This also explains why Rodriguez, who is scoring fabulous goals, already fits well in the team." Bayern Munich's 2-1 comeback win over Boruss ...
Bayern Munich midfielder, Xabi Alonso, has insisted that he enjoyed every minute at Real Madrid but he felt it was the right time to leave the club.
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Carlo Ancelotti has been discussing comings and goings at Real Madrid, with Angel Di Maria demanding too much to stay. The Argentina international brought a four-year stay at Santiago Bernabeu to an end over the summer when completing a British record £59.7million transfer to Manchester United. Real were reluctant to part with one of their most creative influences, but refused to bow to his salary requests. Experienced performers such as Xabi Alonso and Diego Lopez were also moved out, to Bayern Munich and AC Milan respectively, and Ancelotti insists all of the sales sanctioned made sense for the players and club. He told Cadena COPE: “Di Maria? I was in agreement with the club. There are times when the club needs to say no. You can’t change the policies of the club for one player. “Di Maria asked for a lot of money and preferred to leave to go find it. The club couldn’t give him the money he wanted. They say that I’m the manager of the club; of course, I coach for the club, not for the pla ...
On 12 October 2010, Thomson abandoned the Italy vs Serbia UEFA Euro 2012 qualification match after seven minutes of play due to crowd disorder.[11] Italy was later awarded a 3–0 victory by UEFA for the forfeit The following month, Real Madrid players Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso appeared to deliberately incur second yellow cards from Thomson in a UEFA Champions League match, thereby serving a suspension in a dead rubber match.[12] Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho denied that the players had sought to be sent off, and criticised Thomson's performance In 2011, Thomson was criticised[by whom?] for his refereeing of a France v Bosnia UEFA Euro 2012 qualification match.[16] With Bosnia requiring a win to qualify for Euro 2012 and leading 1–0, Thomson awarded France a penalty kick.[16] Video evidence indicated that the offence was outwith the penalty area. In March 2013, Thomson refereed a UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Borussia Dortmund and Malaga, which Dortmund won with two late goals.[21] Ea ...
The Revista panel discuss whether Toni Kroos can fill the boots of Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid
Heard you thought Real Madrid made a big mistake in the summer by signing James Rodriguez, and selling Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria.
Manchester United boss, Louis Van Gaal, says it's possible to sign Cristiano Ronaldo but it's unlikely Real Madrid will sell him. Reports suggest the reigning Ballon d'Or winner is unhappy at the Santiago Bernabeu, following the departures of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso and the Portuguese could force his way out the club.
"When he came to Real Madrid with Arjen Robben he thought he would be a good colleague for him in the team but then Robben was sold. Two years ago it was Gonzalo Higuain sold and he didn't like that. Last year he thought it was a mistake to let Mesut Ozil leave and the last straw was selling Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria this summer." Who are they talking about?
Xabi Alonso for Bayern Munich: . Games: 2. Man of the Match: 2. Real Madrid since Xabi Alonso left:. Played: 2. Lost: 2
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, duels for the ball with Atletico de Madrid's Juan Fran during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept 14 2014 . (AP) The die is being cast. The backroom bargaining may have even begun. However, the most potent hope Manchester United fans have of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford is the fact that Real Madrid have lost. Again. Not just any loss this, but a 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid, which now leaves them six points behind league leaders Barcelona. Real having lost two of their opening three games of the season and all murmurs about Ronaldo not being happy about the changes at Real are getting louder. The spine of the Real team that allowed CR7 to flourish these past years is gone. Angel Di Maria? Gone. Sami Khedira? Gone. Xabi Alonso? Gone. Mesut Ozil? Gone. Ronaldo made it publicly known that he was not happy to lose some of those players, especially Di Maria. Ronaldo did score his 13th goal against A ...
Real Madrid are missing Xabi Alonso, Di Maria and Sami Khedira! Soon they're gonna have to do without CR7... mh IT'S TRAGGIC!
Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid for Manchester City? Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly set for a shock exit from Real Madrid at the end of season with Manchester City leading the race for his signature. According to The Express, the 29-year-old Portugal international is "determined" to leave the Spanish capital and is thought to be unhappy with the sale of Angel Di Maria to Manchester United and Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich. Los Blancos are rumoured to be looking for a fee in the region of £60m for the 2014 FIFA Ballon D'or winner and the Premier League champions are said to be a viable destination. However, City may face competition from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain with Les Parisiens willing to meet his wage demands and Real's price tag. The possibility of a return to Old Trafford remains, but manager Louis Van Gaal is reportedly mulling alternative options. Ronaldo scored a penalty in Real's 2-1 derby defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid.
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Real Madrid sell Angel Di Maria & Xabi Alonso. Then lose 4-2 to Real Sociedad the first match without them.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admits that he was shocked by Xabi Alonso's decision to leave the club
Full time at the Anoeta. Real Sociedad stage a wonderful comeback against Real Madrid to win 4-2 after going two goals down within the first 11 minutes. Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale got Los Blancos off to the perfect start but the hosts rallied before the break and levelled through Inigo Martinez and David Zurutuza. The Second Half was a relatively even affair but Zururuza again and Carlos Vela both netted to make it 4-2. Carlo Ancelotti has plenty of issues to sort out as Real Madrid prepare for life without Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso. Cristiano Ronaldo also gravely missed! I'm Ogundele Patrick, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
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Xabi Alonso rejected Premier League clubs while at Real Madrid to protect his Liverpool legacy, Bayern Munich's new star reveals Xabi Alonso left Real Madrid for Bayern Munich in a £5 million deal Former Spain ace said he wanted to preserve his memories of Liverpool The midfielder will link up with compatriot Pep Guardiola in Munich German champions have midfield injury crisis with Thiago, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez currently unavailable Alonso was linked with Manchester United before Germany move Xabi Alonso said goodbye to Real Madrid on Friday and admitted he turned his back on a possible return to the Premier League because he did not want to spoil his Liverpool legacy. The former Spain midfielder, who joins Bayern Munich from Real Madrid after five years at the club, has been linked with a return to England with former coach Jose Mourinho in the past and even to former rivals Manchester United this summer. But speaking from the Bernabeu he said: 'I had five great years at Liverpool and ...
Gud Morning., Ethan Mithanun Transfer News:; Angel Di Maria to Manchester United, Balotelli to Liverpool FC, Samuel Eto'o to Everton FC, Fernando Torres to A.C. Milan, Falcao to Real Madrid, Xabi Alonso to FC Bayern München, Shinji Kagawa to Borussia Dortmund, Daley Blind to Manchester United, Loic Remy to Chelsea, Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Arsenal, Abel Hernandez to Hull City, Daniel Agger to Brondby, Benjamin Stambouli to Tottenham,
Xabi Alonso to bayern... Di Maria to Man United... sno next Real Madrid? khedira?
Cristiano: Why Messi won the World Cup Golden Ball? I cant be honest. If I say everything I think, I'd be in prison. Cristiano: Robben and Neuer could also have won it but I was chosen and I think that's fair. Cristiano: I respect the view of Barcelona who say Atletico is their rival for La Liga but we will see. Cristiano: Between this and next week I hope to be at 100%. Cristiano: Xabi Alonso and Di Maria were great players but the club has signed great players too. Cristiano: I hope Real Madrid will be the first team in history to win the Champions League twice in a row. Cristiano: I like challenges and I will try to be the best again, as I will also try to win the Champions League with Real Madrid again.
Xabi Alonso has agreed to join Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, the German club have announced. £5million deal
Paul Scholes would like Manchester United to sign, Hummels, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Varane & Di Maria.Real Madrid the…
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Well well well this is interesting... Manchester United are set to open talks with Real Madrid over a shock deal for their midfielder Xabi Alonso.
TRANSFER GOSSIP Striker Fernando Torres, 30, could leave Chelsea after they held talks with Roma about a swap deal involving 23-year-old Mattia Destro, regarded as one of the most coveted forwards in Europe. (Times - subscription only) Arsenal have told Galatasaray they will sell forward Lukas Podolski, 29, but not the Turkish side's other target, 22-year-old striker Joel Campbell. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United are considering a bid for Real Madrid's Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 32. (Daily Express) And United have accelerated negotiations with Real for Angel Di Maria. The 26-year-old Argentine winger could travel to England in the next 48 hours. (Mundodeportivo) Liverpool are to make a £12m loan bid for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, 28, who is also a target for Manchester United and Juventus. (RMC) Daily Star back page Arsenal are ready to fend off late interest from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow to sign Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, 28. (Daily Star) Arsenal could also scupper Everto ...
Scholes' solution is to buy a big chunk of Real Madrid - Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Raphael Varane, Angel Di Maria. Oh & Mats Hummels."
Real Madrid vs. Sevilla: Preview of the European Super Cup This year, Real Madrid, winner of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League, take on La Liga rivals Sevilla, who pipped Benfica to the 2014 UEFA Europa League title in May. Let's take a tactical look at how this game could pan out. Real Madrid Setup The big question regarding Real Madrid's setup has already been answered by Carlo Ancelotti, who insisted ahead of the match that James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos "will [both] play from the start," (via RealMadrid.com). Plenty of speculation has followed the club after signing both players to an already stacked squad, and it's expected that Gareth Bale will start too given that he's back in his home city of Cardiff. Marcelo, Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira could all miss the XI, while Ancelotti also confirmed that Keylor Navas must wait for his Blancos debut after selecting Iker Casillas to feature instead. Everyone is eager to see if Real Madrid switch from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 to accommodate their new No. 10s, and to ...
Today in 2009, Xabi Alonso made his debut for Real Madrid.
ROLL OUT THE BARREL. LIVERPOOL are on red alert after it emerged that Real Madrid are ready to part ways with Xabi Alonso this summer. The Champions League holders have moved to bring in Monaco's James Rodriguez and Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos during the current transfer window, heating up competition for places in midfield. Manchester United target Angel Di Maria is set to be offloaded to French champions Paris St-Germain, whilst question marks remain over the future of Sami Khedira, who is being chased by both Arsenal and Chelsea. However, Spanish outlet El Confidencial claims that Carlo Ancelotti would rather part with Anfield favourite Alonso after the midfielder returned from Spain's abysmal World Cup campaign in poor condition. It is claimed that Alonso's fitness has shocked Real's coaching staff, and that the 32-year-old appears to be lacking the strength needed to dominate in the middle of the park. Alonso already looked set for a season on the sidelines, with Ancelotti planning to deploy Kroos alo ...
TRANSFER TALKS : * Manchester United want Arda Turan : Manchester United are keen to sign Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan and are ready to include Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez in a potential deal. * Southampton agree £8m Forster deal : Southampton have agreed a fee of £8 million for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, though are sweating on the Scottish champions being eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers. The Saints also want Virgil van Dijk. * AC Milan open Diego Lopez talks : Diego Lopez could leave Real Madrid for AC Milan after both sides have opened negotiations over a one-year loan deal. * Santos set to sign Robinho: Santos and Milan have reached an agreement over the transfer of Robinho. The tricky attacker will return to the Brazilian side on a one-year loan deal. * Reina to join Bayern in £2m deal : Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who fell down the pecking order at Anfield and was loaned to Napoli last season, is closing in on a suprise move to German champions Bayern Munich a ...
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Real Madrid are open to offers for Xabi Alonso as Ancelotti is concerned that the midfielder has lost too much weight. (El Confidencial)
Today in 2009, Xabi Alonso completed his transfer from Liverpool to Real Madrid.
Xabi Alonso on what it means to wear the Real Madrid shirt - Adidas Football
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Xabi Alonso: Wearing the Real Madrid shirt is the greatest thing for any footballer.
Liverpool have suffered a setback in their pursuit of Paris St-Germain's 29-year-old forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, with the Argentina international preferring a move to Juventus. Manchester City are confident Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will agree to a Premier League Indian summer at the Etihad. Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Real Madrid's clash with former club Manchester United in Michigan this weekend. Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 27, is going 'Canarinho' next season, with his yellow boots serving as "a monument to every goal, record and trophy" he has won in his career. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti put his players through their paces in a game of American Football on Friday, with Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos showing off their skills, or lack of them, at Eastern Michigan's training facilities Ancelotti says Louis Van Gaal will find it "difficult" to turn Manchester United into Premier League title winners this season. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is eyeing a shock £15m swoop ...
Real Madrid have announced their line-up for the game against Manchester United this evening, with Isco as a false nine. The European Champions take on the Premier League outfit in Michigan tonight in front of a sell-out 109,000 crowd. And Los Blancos, as they have throughout their tour of America, have release their starting XI early to the Press. Iker Casillas starts in goal, with Carlo Ancelotti naming an unusual back five of Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Nacho and Dani Carvajal. Asier Illarrament, Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric are a midfield three, whilst Gareth Bale and Isco will be in attack. Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho; Carvajal, Illarra, Xabi Alonso, Modric; Bale and Isco.
Xabi Alonso given a one-match ban by UEFA for celebrating Gareth Bale's goal during Real Madrid's ...
This may be the formation of Real Madrid in 2014-2015 -Casillas- Carvajal--Pepe--Ramos--Marcelo -Xabi Alonso- -Modric-Toni Kroos- -?. See full here :
Brazil have lodged an appeal against captain Thiago Silva's yellow card, shown during Friday’s World Cup quarter-final victory over Colombia in Fortaleza. Thiago received his second booking of the tournament after blocking Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, which means he is suspended for the semi-final against Germany in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. FIFA’s head of media Delia Fischer said: "I can confirm we have received an appeal from the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) and this is being analysed." Brazil’s chances of success appear very limited as appeals against yellow cards are not usually successful, only red cards. Real Madrid recently appealed against the yellow card which ruled Xabi Alonso out of the Champions League final during May but UEFA decided that this appeal was inadmissible. Should FIFA overturn a yellow card it would be hugely controversial, with many suspecting the governing body were favouring the hosts. However, the CBF is urging FIFA's disciplinary commission "to annul th ...
84) When he left for Real Madrid, Xabi Alonso stayed in touch with his Liverpool teammates Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
Real Madrid are prepared to sell liverpool target Xabi Alonso this summer
Real Madrid looking at next 'Xabi Alonso' - Ruben Pardo.
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The Former Liverpool midfielder has taken a swipe at those he believes are trying to cause trouble following La Roja's abysmal World Cup campaign Xabi Alonso has dismissed rumours he has been alienated in the Spain camp after he claimed the players "lacked hunger" following their early elimination from the World Cup. The Real Madrid midfielder spoke out in the aftermath of the 2-0 defeat to Chile on Wednesday, a result which - coupled with their 5-1 hammering by Netherlands - meant a swift exit for the defending champions. There have been reports the comments did not go down well with his team-mates, and fellow midfielder Santi Cazorla dismissed them out of hand at Friday's press conference. After attempting to clarify what he meant, Alonso insisted he still had a good relationship with the other members of the dressing room. He told Spanish radio station El Larguero: "I have not felt alone because the feeling is very similar for all my colleagues that I have spoken to. "There are people who needed a smal ...
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says Spain teammate Xabi Alonso is wrong over claims Spain “lacked hunger” at the World Cup. But he insists he wasn’t spoiling for a row with the Real Madrid midfielder. “We did not win the games [against the Netherlands and Chile] but...
13:08 We have been asking where you will be watching England v Uruguay. You'll have to go some to beat this: Christian King's pub in a shed Christian King: In my shed that I turned into pub for the World Cup! Speechless. Posted at 13:00 One o'clock, 13:00 BST in new money. Headline-time. England boss Roy Hodgson says that his team will attack Uruguay tonight even though defeat could mean a first World Cup group stage exit in 56 years. England captain Steven Gerrard has warned his team-mates that they face a "terrible, long summer" if their World Cup campaign ends in defeat to Uruguay this evening. Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso admits that their group-stage exit from Brazil 2014 may mark the end of a glorious era of Spanish football. England's World Cup performances - 1986 Posted at 12:55 Bobby Robson's England made a dreadful start in 1986, losing 1-0 to Portugal and then drawing 0-0 with Morocco. But a Gary Lineker hat-trick in a 3-0 win against Poland took England into the last 16. Argentina v Engl ...
Del Bosque: Casillas not to blame Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque defended goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Saturday as the inquest into the FIFA World Cup™ holders' 5-1 drubbing by the Netherlands continued. The Dutch claimed emphatic revenge in Salvador for their defeat to Spain in the 2010 World Cup Final in South Africa with Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben both claiming two goals each on Friday. Louis Van Gaal's side scored four second-half goals without reply in their opening Group B match which leaves Spain needing to beat both Chile and Australia to keep alive dreams of defending the title. The 33-year-old Casillas was caught off his line by Van Persie's looping header 90 seconds from the break to equalise, after Xabi Alonso had converted a first-half penalty to give Spain the lead. And Van Persie again got the better of the Real Madrid goalkeeper when he won a sprint to the ball to claim his second goal and Netherland's fourth on 72 minutes. I don't find the words to explain it. Vicente Del Bosque ...
A wonderful clip is doing the rounds from Real Madrid's training the week as Xabi Alonso got the better of French legend Zinedine Zidane. Zidane was the pigg...
Manchester United face a losing battle to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos. According to reports in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial incoming United boss Van Gaal telephoned Kroos in an attempt to persuade him to join the Old Trafford side instead of Real Madrid. The news comes in the wake of several reports that have claimed Real Madrid now lead the race to sign the Germany international. Bayern Munich reportedly would prefer to do a deal with Real Madrid over United, having worked with them closely before on several big transfer deals - including Arjen Robben's move. Real Madrid could also use Sami Khedira as a makeweight in any deal to bring Kroos to the Bernabeu. Central midfield is a position Carlo Ancelotti has targeted as one to strengthen this summer. Asier Illarramendi has not worked out so far, and Xabi Alonso is getting any younger. The reigning Champions League winners have been linked with Kroos and Chelsea's Ramires, as well as Juventus duo Paul Pogba and Art ...
SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE NEW PINK AWAY KIT Real Madrid have unveiled their 2014/15 strips and the European Champions have gone with a pink away strip. Real Madrid unveiled their Adidas new strips at their stadium Santiago Bernabéu with players Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria playing roles in the announcement. According to the official club website, "the second kit is even more of a break from tradition. The main colour is fuchsia, a concept never seen before in the club's 112-year history. The crest will create a unique and impressive visual impact as it is made entirely in pink and white." The Real Madrid Adidas jerseys will incorporate Climacool technology, which helps regulate body temperature during play. Real Madrid 2014/2015 jerseys (via Real Madrid official club website)
# Ancelotti: Football is the cheapest sport in the world. You only need a ball and a few friends. Of course, I will support Italy on the World Cup. Good luck to Spain, which has an extraordinary team. Real Madrid is a big club and has fans across the whole world. Sergio Ramos had an incredible end of the season. The season has been very long. Now I wish my players good luck on the World Cup I have a good relationship with all my players, and that's not easy. In the locker room, Xabi Alonso is the most disciplined. Marcelo is the funniest player of the team. Player who eats the most? Isco, without any doubt Barca fans like me? I prefer the Madridistas to like me.
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso says he would have no problem shouting at Cristiano Ronaldo if he felt the need to - but stressed the club's dressing room is now a happy place.
Alonso: I still feel part of LFC family As his current team stand on the threshold of a 10th triumph in the European Cup, Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has reiterated his enduring affection for the Reds, Anfield and more. The 32-year-old bewitched Kopites during his five years on Merseyside, exhibiting every pass, through ball and defence-splitter in the book courtesy of his sublime technique and vision. In total, the Spaniard made 210 appearances for the club, registering 19 goals, as he helped Rafael Benitez's charges claim glory in the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup one year later. Though he said his goodbyes half-a-decade ago, Alonso's reverence for the Reds and the crucial role his spell in England played in his personal development has not waned in the slightest. "Liverpool was a very important part in my football career," the Real Madrid star told beIN SPORTS. "Especially when we played at Anfield, we achieved great things and we had great nights in Anfield. "There is a passion a ...
Crunching the numbers on player transfer costs for both Champions League finalists. Pretty incredible. Real Madrid's expected line-up cost them £361.52 million in transfer fees. Atletico Madrid's expected line-up cost them just £35.69 million. A tenth of the cost to assemble! Real's bench is more expensive. Even if you include injured Atletico stars Diego Costa (£2.2mil) and Arda Turan (£11.44mil), who would no doubt play if fit, they still cost less than half of Real's Xabi Alonso (£31.15mil), who would be playing if he weren't suspended. Some of the Atleti players are free transfers, loans, and there are even a few academy players. Here's hoping for an upset, and the Real Madrid players have to drive their lamborghini's home empty handed, consoled only by their obscene wealth, supermodel girlfriends and palatial mansions.
Ancelotti, Alonso and a European history Nine years on from the night he found himself on the receiving end of perhaps the greatest fightback in footballing history, Carlo Ancelotti can at least see the funny side. The Italian, who will lead Real Madrid into tomorrow's Champions League final in Lisbon, was AC Milan manager in May 2005, when Liverpool looked vanquished at half-time in Istanbul. A winner with the Rossoneri in 2003, Ancelotti watched as his white-shirted team mesmerised the opposition, shattered them, played patterns with the ball and danced through Liverpool lines. Paolo Maldini steered the opener beyond Jerzy Dudek. Kaka took control, ducking and weaving and sliding passes through clusters of red shirts. Hernan Crespo helped himself to two goals. But then Steven Gerrard's header gave Liverpool hope. Vladimir Smicer's drive gave them belief. And at the end of six tumultuous minutes, Xabi Alonso stood poised at the penalty spot to make it 3-3. The Spaniard, who fired past Dida at the second ...
The most important game of a season or a career can be stolen by a yellow card. Xabi Alonso will miss the Champions League final in Lisbon. It is a painful tradition, at odds with the sense of occasion, and others to have fallen foul are Franco Baresi, Claudio Caniggia, Rafael Gordillo, Antonio Maceda, Michael Ballack, Pavel Nedved and Dani Alves. Maceda and Gordillo missed the European Championship final in 1984 between France and Spain. Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were not involved in the Camp Nou miracle comeback in 1999 against Bayern. "It was the worst experience of my career", the Irishman recalled. Amedeo Carboni has experienced similar loss. The Italian full-back was booked for Valencia against Barcelona and missed the 2000 Champions League final against Real Madrid. "The world caves in on you. I thought I was not going to get another chance and I did get it the following year. I don't understand how Michel Platini, who was a footballer, doesn't change the rule. It is absurd, it is not a red card. ...
UEFA Champions League FINAL: Real Madrid: How Will They Line Up in Champions League Final Against Atletico? It may have been 40 years since Atletico Madrid last showed their face in a Champions League final—when it was still known as the European Cup—but the 12 years Real Madrid have been forced to wait since their last appearance at this stage feels like a lifetime given their cravings to lift the trophy for the 10th time. At last, on Saturday evening in Lisbon, Los Blancos now have the chance to win La Decima, and it will be all the more sweeter if they can do it against their city rivals. According to Spanish publication AS, "15,000 cars and 600 buses (around 90,000 people)" split between the two clubs will make the trip from Madrid to Portugal Before Carlo Ancelotti even assesses the fitness of his patched-up squad, he already knows he will be without Xabi Alonso. The Spanish international midfielder was booked in the semifinal second leg against Bayern Munich and will miss the match suspended. Ma ...
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Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has said the absence of Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso could be a crucial factor in Saturday's Champions League final.
Xabi Alonso nutmegs Zinedine Zidane in Real Madrid training ahead of Champions League final in Lisbon
Real Madrid players have been 32 times awarded with the Man-of the match trofy in their 38 League Games : Cristiano Ronaldo - 11 Sergio Ramos - 6 Gareth Bale - 4 Isco - 4 Karim Benzema - 2 Asier Illaramendi - 2 Angel Di'maria - 1 Xabi Alonso - 1 Daniel Carvajal - 1
The agent of Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso claims there is no chance of his client leaving Santiago Bernabeu this sum…
Spain’s provisional 30-man squad for the FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil was named by manager Vicente Del Bosque. The manager omitted Alvaro Arbeloa and Isco, while giving a chance to Daniel Carvajal and Ander Iturraspe for their first caps for Spain. Alvaro Arbeloa’s omission is a huge surprise as the versatile defender was part of the Spain sides that have won back-to-back European Championships and the World Cup in the last six years. Arbeloa’s club-mate Carvajal has earned a spot due to his fine form and will definitely be first choice for the right-back position. Highly-rated Real Madrid playmaker Isco is among those who have missed out, as well as Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, who has had a poor campaign in the English Premier League for Tottenham. Fernando Torres has earned himself a place for the striker’s role. The defending champions have included seven players from Barcelona and four each from Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Del Bosque will announce his ...
Xabi Alonso pulls off a no look nutmeg on Zinedine Zidane's at Real Madrid training! Fantastic !
Real Madrid-Espanyol Preview: Ancelotti's men face Champions League final warm-up Real Madrid end their Liga season against Espanyol on Saturday - but all eyes will be on another capital versus Catalunya clash at Camp Nou. A run of three games without victory has ended any hopes Real had of winning La Liga, so their meeting with Javier Aguirre's side represents little more than an undercard clash ahead of the title-deciding bout between their arch-rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, which kicks off two hours later. Carlo Ancelotti's men have taken just two points from their last three league fixtures, meaning they have gone more than two Liga games without winning for the first time since May 2009. Real's poor run of domestic form has followed their stunning 4-0 Champions League semi-final second-leg demolition of Bayern Munich. And it is safe to say Ancelotti will now have more than one eye on next Saturday's Champions League showpiece with neighbours Atletico, when Real go in search of their long-awai ...
The World Champions have lost their aura of invincibility and are gonna need SOMETHING to retain their crown this year. It looks like they might just have found that something...   World Cup Record:   Qualifications: 14   Wins: 1   Best performance: Champions (2010)     The Team   Coach: Vicente Del Bosque. Coach of the "Galacticos" Real Madrid side earlier this century (with whom he won the Champions League in 2002), he has successfully transferred his success to the international stage, winning both the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2012.   Remember the name - Players to watch out for:   Andres Iniesta (Central Midfielder/Left Winger) - Still a very important player for the national team despite a minor decline. Incredible dribbler with an equally brilliant eye for a pass. Many (including myself) consider him the greatest player Spain has produced. Also scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup Final against Holland. Ramos (Central Defender) - Has had an excellent s ...
Much has been speculated regarding the future of Real Madrid winger 'Angel Di Maria' following the £86m arrival of Gareth Bale from Spurs last summer. During the last January transfer window there was even more debate whether Di Maria would decide that it was then the right time to move on. However, the Argentine declared that he didn’t want to leave, which strongly hinted that he was unsettled at the Bernabeu and wanted to stay and fight for his place. This raises the question to how much further can he get when you have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale in front of you..There is no doubt that Di Maria is an incredibly talented player but he is up against the best player in the world right now in Ronaldo and the next best in the world in the shape of Bale. After all, the Welshman isn’t the most expensive player in history for nothing. This being said, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has most certainly not disregarded Di Maria from his plans this season but has decided to alter his role by ad ...
Xabi Alonso's agent: I'm certain Xabi Alonso will be at Real Madrid next year. (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid will appeal Xabi Alonso's suspension for this month's UEFA Champions League final, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.
Germany under-21 manager Horst Hrubesch once said, "We in Germany are prone to rave about foreign players. We praise Wayne Rooney to the heavens, likewise Ronaldo or Messi. But we have our own Messi. Our Messi is Özil." In the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Belgium he scored a goal which has been described as a "work of art." Germany coach Joachim Löw hails Özil for his 'genius moments' and his performance without the ball. Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso described Özil as "the kind of player you don't find these days," adding, "He understands the game, sees things, combines and thrives between the lines, unlocking teams," while José Mourinho said, "Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him – not even a bad copy. Mourinho also stated that, "He is the best number 10 in the world. Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him. He will make history at Real Madrid." Assistant coach of the Germany national football team Hans-Dieter Flick says, "We are proud to have him ...
Real Madrid assistant manager, Zinedine Zidane has been credited with bringing Isco to the club last summer, convincing breakout winger Jese to stay and getting the absolute best out of Karim Beznema, and now he’s set his sights on his compatriot, Juventus defensive midfielder, Paul Pogba. According to France Football, Zidane is determined to bring the 21-year-old to the Spanish capital and join the aging Xabi Alonso and fellow youngster, Asier Illarramendi. However, Juventus, who are one the verge of winning yet another Scudetto (Italia Seria A title), will not give up on their superstar without a price, a price Real Madrid may not be willing to pay. The report goes on to add that Real Madrid may fit stiff competition from Paris Saint Germain, who are relying on their affiliation with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, who also happens to be the agent for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Maxwell, Van Der Wiel and Matuidi. Juventus has set Pogba’s price around €70 million, but it is believed that they are willing to a ...
Xabi Alonso will not play in the Champions League final should Real Madrid knock out Bayern Munich after picking up a booking in the semi-final second leg
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 ...
Real Madrid has just gone 3-0 up against Bayern Munich on the night and 4-0 on aggregate when Xabi Alonso was booked for a poor challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger.
What an unbelievable Night.. History rewritten.. Here We come Lisbon.. Real Madrid assassinated Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena, 4-0, thru to CL finals on agg 5-0.. InCRedible Ronaldo, become first player in history to score 16 goals/season.. Sad that Maestro Xabi Alonso will miss the final.. Be it, Thala Mourinho's Blues or Cross town Rivals, Atletico Madrid, good luck in advance.. La Decima, no more distant dream!!!
here goes a heartfelt tribute on the behalf of all Real Madrid fans to one of the most perfect midfielders of the current times . Xabi Alonso- crunching tackles, decisive intersections, excellent body control and with a cool calculative head on his shoulder, is the unsung hero of Madrid . Never plays the prima donna yet is the most critical player in the squad . Too sad you cant make it to the finals and play but you carried the responsibility of Madrids midfield like a hero . La Decima deserves you and you shall win it . Hala Madrid !
Sergio Ramos actually cried last year in the semi-finals against Borrusia Dortmund, but this year he came back like a beast and scored two wonderful goals! I'm feeling very bad for Xabi Alonso. :| Zidane scored the winner in 2002 CL final for Real Madrid. And now after 12 years he'll make his team score and he'll be on the sideline. Cristiano Ronaldo will be going to his home country for the CL Final. Hala Madrid!
Feel for Xabi Alonso. If anyone in that Real Madrid team deserved to play in the final it's him.one of de best ... waiting fr madrid derby .
One cannot just watch the highlights for this game. It is saddening. There's the yellow for Xabi Alonso. Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid (0-5 agg) 16’, 20’ Sergio Ramos 34', 89' Cristiano Ronaldo
Defending champions knocked out at their backyard! Real Madrid por La Decima! You better belive it :"") And Xabi Alonso, you've been great, see you on the other side of the road.
Real Madrid smashing it in Germany!!! Hope they can then on the style now and the Germans put up a fight!!! Feel sorry for Xabi Alonso missing the final
I've watched some great counter-attacking football this week, Chelsea were superb at Liverpool...but Real Madrid tonight have been breathtaking...feel sorry for Xabi Alonso though, I thought he pulled out of the tackle and it was a harsh booking...bloody referees!
Halftime | Bayern Munich 0 - 3 Real Madrid (Ramos 16' 20', Ronaldo 34') [Aggre 0-4] This is what I had been waiting for! Road to Lisbon! Champions League final! 2 great headers from Ramos and one goal from Ronaldo! Sad Xabi Alonso is suspended from the final! Lets take Ramos off and bring Varane, can't afford to risk him in such heated up conditions!
38' That yellow card to Xabi Alonso rules him out of the final if Real Madrid qualifies.
Brothers and sisters. The match that Xabi Alonso is missing isn't the finals, but Real Madrid's first group stage match.
In case Real Madrid goes through, Xabi Alonso, Asier Illarramendi & Sergio Ramos could miss the final if booked today
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.
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso says he is still tracking his old club Liverpool. Spanish star...
English Premier League proteges Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric marshalled the engine room with precision midfielding for Real Madrid last night in a well deserved but shy win at The Bernabou last night. As was Cristiano Ronaldo's display for them in last week's Copa Del Rey Cup Final win against Barca. Well done boys!
Today, on Signal Iduna Park Stadium at 20:45 will be a rematch in the Champions League Quarter Final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Galacticos defeated in the last match BVB 3:0 by playing a great game. BVB have to score in this match at least 4 goals that is not realistic looking at the wonderful form of Los Blancos. In that year Galacticos could have made up for the loss goals, anything is possible in this beautiful sport. We'll keep our fingers crossed for our beloved team. Probable line-ups: Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fábio Coentrão; Xabi Alonso, Luka Modrić, Asier Illarramendi/Ángel Di María; Isco/Ángel Di María, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale. Borussia Dortmund: Roman Weidenfeller; Łukasz Piszczek, Sokratis Papastatopulos, Mats Hummels, Kevin Großkreutz/Erik Durm; Miloš Jojić, Nuri Şahin; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang/Kevin Großkreutz, Henrich Mychitarian, Marco Reus; Robert Lewandowski. Hala Madrid!
KLOPP & DORTMUND NEED A MIRACLE TO QUALIFY. Talking of miracles, if there is one man who has been on the negative side of this feature of ucl then it has to be Real Madrid's current boss, Carlo Ancelotti. In 2004, Ancelotti's milan was stunned by Deportivo La Curona in the ucl quarters finals. After beating the spanish side 4-1 in Italy, surprisingly milan conceeded 4 unaswered goals in the 2nd leg in Spain.Deportivo progressed on 5-4 aggregate. A year later, there was another miracle..the famous one, 'The miracle of . In the finals of the 2004 ucl, Carlo's milan had themselves to blame after throwing away a 3-goal lead to a Gerrard inspired Liverpool.Goals from the skipper,Smicer and Xabi Alonso cancelled out Maldini's strike and Crespo's double. Liverpool went ahead to win the match and trophy via penalties. If there is a chance for Klopp and Dortmund to qualify, then inspiration need to be drawn out of such miracles.
Who is to blame for Real Madrid's sudden slump? A poll launched in Madrid following the alarming back-to-back defeats against Barcelona and Sevilla, and Madridistas have spoken loud and clear: it is the players' fault. Some 69% of participants laid the responsibility at the squad's door, while only 20% blamed the coach, Carlo Ancelotti, and just 11% pointed the finger at referees. The second question in our poll asked fans which three players are most guilty of a dip in form over the last two games. Xabi Alonso was the leading candidate, followed by Diego López, Gareth Bale and then Cristiano Ronaldo.
Alonso: Real Madrid C.F. can't slip up. . Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso feels that every La Liga fixture is...
SHOCKING!! . Xabi Alonso has revealed the real reason why Real Madrid sold Özil >> . .
The players with international commitments this week produced a balance of six victories and two draws. As many as six Real Madrid players managed to find the net for their national teams today. Morata, Isco, Bale, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Coentrão help their respective nations win with their goals. In total they produced six victories and two draws, meaning that none of the Madrid players tasted defeat. Spain-Italy (1-0) Casillas and Sergio Ramos both started for Spain. The goalkeeper played 45 minutes, while the defender was taken off in the 66th minute, when the only goal had already been scored. Xabi Alonso also took part in the win, coming off the bench after the break. Portugal-Cameroon (5-1) Cristiano Ronaldo and Coentrão found the net against Cameroon and played the whole match. The striker scored a brace while the full-back scored his country's third. Pepe took no part in the match due illness, according to the Portuguese Football Federation. France-Holland (2-0) Benzema and Varane both s ...
- Real Madrid suffered 17 fouls with Xabi Alonso receiving the most 5. [via
Koke wishes he could 'remove' Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid line-up
Chelsea are ready to make a summer move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, according to Tuttomercatoweb. The German midfielder has missed most of Real Madrid's season through injury and has some ground to make up on his return given the good form of midfield trio Angel Di Maria, Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso. Jose Mourinho, now at Chelsea, was a keen admirer of Khedira during his spell with the Spanish giants and is now reportedly ready to make a summer move after making first contact with his former club. The Portuguese coach has made several changes at Stamford Bridge since he returned to the club last summer but remains keen on adding Khedira to his midfield and partnering him with Brazilian pair Ramires and Oscar.
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso feels Carlos Gurpegui and the San Mames crowd contributed to CR7 dismissal
Porto Real Madrid requests the transfer of Brazilian Casemiro Also Betis , Malaga and Inter aim to gain his services . But in the case of the Italian club, the intention would be to make his move , which in Oporto Madrid descartan.El could stay in the hours without midfielder Fernando and has already sought the possibility of covering the possible vacancy ceding madridista Casemiro . The Brazilian midfielder was the great revelation of the Real Madrid preseason curdling great performances and the club itself spoke of him "as the new Mauro Silva and Donato ." However, since the start of the official competition participation has been virtually testimonial. In fact, so far this season has played only 379 minutes ( 12.76 % of total) spread over only 11 games (five Cup , four and two Champions League ) . The presence of Xabi Alonso, Modric and Illarramendi have been a major obstacle to Casemiro has had more minutes. Hence the Madrid shuffle the possibility of yielding until end of season so it does not see it ...
"After five years at Real Madrid, the Bernabeu is like home now.". - Xabi Alonso.
History and how the voting works The Fifa Ballon d’Or is the result of a shotgun marriage at Fifa’S encouragement between the Ballon d’Or, created by France Football magazine in 1956, voted for by journalists from across the continent, and usually referred to in this country as the European Football of the Year award, and Fifa’S World Player of the Year which began in 1991 with votes cast by the captain and coach of every nation in Fifa. For the joint award captain, coach and a media representative of each country vote in 1-2-3 order scoring five, three and one point respectively). There are some clear examples of national and personal bias – last year Iker Casillas voted for Sergio Ramos, his team-mate with Real Madrid and Spain (Steven Gerrard’s third vote was for ex-team-mate Xabi Alonso). Stanley Matthews was the first Ballon d’Or winner with other British winners being Denis Law (1964), Bobby Charlton (1966), Kevin Keegan (1978 and 1979), plus Northern Ireland’s George Best (1968). In ...
Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has signed a new two-year deal
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Official: Premier League target Xabi Alonso has signed a contract extension at Real Madrid until 2016 ending speculation of his future
LATEST Transfer News INVOLVING CHELSEA, ARSENAL, CITY, BARCELONA, MADRID AND OTHERS: -The English side manager Jose Mourinho does not want Juan Mata on the squad anymore and as the spanish midfielder is out of contract next summer, Mou will tempt Real Madrid with Mata and some in a swap deal involving Mata and Xabi Alonso. -Arsenal have enquired about a possible deal for Jackson Martinez in case a potential loan move for Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata fails. -Arsenal will offer Real Madrid £2 million to sign striker Alvaro Morata on loan until the end of the season. -Former Stuttgart midfielder Sami Khedira could be back in Germany after his recuperation. According Bild, the midfielder is an option for Jürgen Klopp's team Borussia Dortmund. -Wesley Hoolahan has handed in a transfer request at Norwich City following a £1.5m bid from Aston Villa. -Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk is attracting interest from Arsenal and Manchester City, with bids of up to £10 million expected from the Premier League ...
Chelsea are considering a move to bring Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso back to the Premier League. Daily Express...
Xabi Alonso has already made the decision to stay at Real Madrid. He'll accept the contract offer. (La Informacion) http:/…
TRANSFER WINDOW DAY 7: Blues reportedly face competition for the 'new Arjen Robben', while Xabi Alonso looks set to stay put at Real Madrid: would be the ideal player to strengthen City in this transfer window?
José Luis Sanchez: "This week Xabi Alonso and Real Madrid will meet to discuss renewal"
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has been offered to both Manchester United and Manchester City. (Daily Star)
Xabi Alonso wont come to Chelsea or Liverpool. . This is a quote. "I want to win silverware with Real Madrid, followed…
Carlo Ancelotti is determined to hold on Xabi Alonso as a result Real Madrid will offer him a two-year contract to stay at the Bernabeu [AS]
Carlo Ancelotti said he still believes Xabi Alonso will sign a new contract at Real Madrid, and expects...
Xabi Alonso : "Playing for Madrid is very intense, for better or worse. You're constantly in the public's eye. Pressure and demands are much higher." "Luckily, I've always felt loved by the club and Madridistas." "One day at the beach I was approached by a casting crew to star in a movie but my mom wasnt interested. She wanted us to do homework." "Values my parents instilled in me? Honesty and Respect." "I try to take care of my appearance but I don't obsess over it. Watches are my weakness, they donate a lot to a man's personality." "I liked Tony Soprano (character in TV series) - he was able to control the mob in jersey but not his own family!" "When I was 17 years old, I never imagined playing for Madrid or being a world champion. I was focused on leading a normal life." "Liverpool changed my life, apart from reaching elite football, it meant living away from my family and being more independent." "I wish I can win titles with Real Madrid and then the World Cup after the season ends."
Real Madrid and Xabi Alonso have begun negotiations for his contract renewal. RM offers 2-yrs. (via 'ABC') ht…
-"No players will leave,nor will we sign anyone.For us the market is closed"-Carlo Ancelotti Speaking after Real Madrid's win over PSG in Doha,yesterday.Good news for Madridistas,is that Xabi Alonso might extend his contract. -Pitso Mosimane wants Lucky Baloyi and George Lebese,in exchange for Edward Manqele. -Katlego Mphela to Orlando Pirates,almost a done deal. -Bayern Munich are planning a summer move for Chelsea defender David Luiz.
EPL Clubs Winter Transfer Window Rumors. 1. Arsenal - • Arsenal are all in for Karim Benzema this season as Real are ready to sell for a price of £ 30 mil • Arsenal are financing a move for Bruno Martins Indi , the Dutch center back for a price of £ 18 mil that Feyenoord are asking 2. Aston Villa - • AVFC are planning a move for Ivelin Popov of FC Kuban Krasnodar. He is available for a price of £ 7 mil • Also on their radar is Spurs mid , Moussa Dembelé , who is avaliable for £ 12 mil 3. Cardiff City - • The Blue Birds ( or Red Dragons -.- ) are targetting Hugo Vieira of Sporting Braga . The striker is available for £ 8 mil •Vincent Tan wants to move for RMFC's Xabi Alonso ( Yes, you read that right xD ) . Oh Vincent , you've lost your mind 4. Chelsea - • CFC are plotting a move for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala who is quoted at a high £ 35 mil • Also , Giannelli Imbula of Marseille is also being readied for a move. The young midfielder is available for £ 15 mil • Real Madrid a ...
December 30th Transfer News: {PSG to move for Ivan Rakitic} {Olympiakos set to sign Michael Essien} {Malaga interested in Kevin De Bruyne} {PSV's bid for Thorgan Hazard rejected} {Cristian Tello in line for Liverpool move} {West Ham keen on Nicolas Burdisso} {Liverpool linked with Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu} {Fabio Coentrao ready to leave Real Madrid} {John Guidetti set for Malaga move} {Eliaquim Mangala wants England switch} {Xabi Alonso rejects new contract} {Arsenal not moving for Yohan Cabaye} {Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to retire with Celtic}
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PLUS: Is Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ready to pounce for Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso? Ross Barkley: Could he turn his back on Everton? January is very nearly here - and with it the opening of the transfer window. We've got all the latest rumours and gossip from the Premier League and beyond. As the countdown continues, here's the latest, plus click here to read out club-by-club guide to the transfer window, by Martin Lipton. Transfer gossip and rumours from today's Daily Mirror Manchester United boss David Moyes is ready to loan Nick Powell to Premier League rivals Hull - after his stunning success when farmed out to Championship side Wigan. Click here to read more Manchester United Transfer News. Chelsea and Manchester United could be set to miss out on an Argentinian wonderkid aged just EIGHT years old. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a swoop for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye in January. Hull boss Steve Bruce remains interested in West Brom striker Shane Long - but could be frustrated in ...
Transfer News and Rumors (from Last 7 days) - Napoli interested in Daniel Agger - Arsenal want Casillas & Morata - PSG want Yohan Cabaye in January - Chelsea are keen to bring back Nemanja Matic from Benfica - Mourinho wants Diego Lopez at Chelsea - Arsenal & Liverpool keep tabs on Pedro - Inter want Erik Lamela on loan - Ashley Cole to retire at the end of the season - Buttner to leave Man Utd in January - Valdes has choice of Monaco or Man City - Real Madrid think Xabi Alonso won't renew his contract - Juventus back in for Nani - Tottenham to bid for Dodo - Ancelotti unimpressed by Morata - Juventus ponder Vucinic-Nani switch - Ferdinand ready to retire - Liverpool and Man United told to meet €40 million Rakitic clause - Montoya wants to renew with Barca - Martino set to leave Barcelona - West Brom want Villas-Boas - Real Madrid contact Arsenal and Manchester City over Casillas - Barca reach Iniesta agreement **All the above updates are provided from [GOAL]
SPORTS NEWS UPDATE:With Emmah INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL: Xabi Alonso is to undergo further tests after Real Madrid revealed he suffered a perforated ear drum in Sunday's victory at Valencia. Carlo Ancelotti's side are five points behind the top two of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid - both locked on 46 points. Interim head coach Tim Sherwood says Tottenham must choose their next manager quickly as Dutch media suggest Louis Van Gaal could take over after next year's World Cup in Brazil. Ahead of tonight's Premier League clash with Arsenal – where Arsene Wenger has been at the helm since 1996 – Mourinho has spoken of his desire to be given time and patience like his counterpart at the Emirates Stadium has in order to make his mark. TRANSFER GOSSIP: Chelsea will win the chase for Southampton’s brilliant young left-back Luke Shaw – but only if they can guarantee him a starting role. Real Madrid could be forced to sell stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale - if they are found to have received illegal ...
Real Madrid give up on star after Chelsea start talks with Mourinho's favourite-- If Chelsea could somehow this winter add a striker capable of actually scoring goals and a control mechanism in the midfield to bring the best players into action then the rest of the Premier League could be left with an insurmountable challenge. It may be too difficult for even Jose Mourinho to pull off but he's certainly been working on it if reports from Spain are anything to judge him on. Real Madrid have made a huge mistake with Xabi Alonso, when they were spending like a drunken sailor during the summer one of their priorities should have been a renewal for Alonso, they should have known that he'd help the new players settle and still produce a rhythm for the team. He's the player Mourinho built most of the attacks on and has been trusted by several managers to do the same. He's also been taken for granted by several managers, who can forget Rafa Benitez openly chasing Gareth Barry as his replacement at Liverpool? Whil ...
Bernabeu want Xabi Alonso to stay As the day when the contract of Xabi Alonso will end is coming close Madridistas becoming impatient and they made their point clear during Real Madrid's CdR clash. Florentino Perez made it clear in public that Real Madrid want Alonso to stay but now it was the turn for the Bernabeu faithfuls to show their love. During the Second Half when Xabi Alonso came to the sideline and was making himself ready for the game, there was only two word, "Xabi Alonso", roaring through Bernabeu which made it clear that fans want Alonso to be a part of Real Madrid well beyond 2014. Madridistas has already showed their love and affection for the Basque player but now the question is, "Was that enough to make Alonso stay?" and soon Real Madrid will find the answer as the deadline day is coming close.
Napoli are hoping their recently built Liverpool connection will help them land Anfield hero Xabi Alonso. The Real Madrid midfielder is stalling over a New Deal at the Bernabeu and Napoli, currently on course for Champions League qualification for next season, are interested in his services. The Serie A side currently have Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and goalkeeper Pepe Reina at the club and they are hopeful of reuniting the duo with Alonso in Naples. Also in Napoli's favour is the fact they have two of Alonso's former Madrid team-mates in their ranks - Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon are both playing up front after moving in the summer. Alonso has started a meagre five La Liga matches this season but that is because of a knee injury he sustained in August - the real reason he is open to a move is due to Madrid's careless attitude to his contract situation. The World Cup winner should have been offered a New Deal in the summer but a number of distractions - like the managerial change and the G ...
OK, let's play a game (No trolling please. You don't have to play if you don't want to). I'm going to pick teams and list the players in that team that in MY OPINION can walk into any other club team in the Europe and get a place in the starting line up. Feel free to agree or disagree and also add your own. Here we go: Arsenal:= Ozil, Ramsey Atl Madrid=: Diego Costa, Courtois Bayern=: Ribery, Muller, Gotze, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Neuer, Thiago, Javi Martinez, Robben. Barca=: Messi, Cesc, Iniesta, Neymar, Busquets Chelsea=: Mata, Cech City=: Aguero, Silva, Toure, Kompany Liverpool=: Suarez, Gerrard, Coutinho ManU=: Rooney, RvP, De Gea Milan=: Kaka P$G=: Zlatan, Cavani, Thiago Silva, Real Madrid=: CR7, Bale, Diego Lopez, Xabi Alonso (if he's fit)
Xabi Alonso has not yet agreed to sign a New Deal with Real Madrid. Liverpool move still on cards as Brendan wants some experience players in his squad.
FOOTBALL NEWS UPDATE. - Manchester United favourites to sign £15m Inter Milan midfielder, Fredy Guarin. - Chelsea midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne to quit the Club in January. - Real Madrid midfielder, Xabi Alonso yet to agree a New Deal. - Arsenal looking out for Sagna replacement. - Liverpool to table £15m for Tottenham Siguardson. - Free Agent Yossi Benayoun joins QPR. - QPR goalkeeper, Julio Cesare to leave the Club in january. - Dimitar Berbatov to quit Fulham in January. - Swansea City looking for a new goalkeeper in January following Vorm Injury. - Everton joins race for Wilfried Zaha on loan. - West Ham want Obafemi Martins on loan. .
Premier League giants want Former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso. Chelsea and Manchester United are keeping tabs on Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, who could be available on a free transfer this summer, reports The Daily Star. Alonso’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of...
Chelsea & Man Utd dealt blow in Spaniard chase: Real Madrid are confident Xabi Alonso will sign a new contract...
Julian Draxler, who played against England at Wembley for Germany in midweek, is said to be attracting interest from United, Arsenal and Chelsea. The Daily Star believes the midfielder could leave Schalke in the summer despite signing a new contract this year. 20/11/13: Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso could be a surprise free transfer target for United and Chelsea, claims the Daily Star. As things stand, the 31-year-old will be able to agree a pre-contract with a club outside of La Liga but the report stresses the Former Liverpool schemer may be reluctant to move to the Merseysiders' biggest rivals. 19/11/13: El Mundo Deportivo believes United's number one target in January is Angel Di Maria. The Real Madrid winger could be the subject of a bid of over €21million (£17.6million) but has a buy-out clause of €50million (£41.9million). Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Real are said to have no desire to part company with the Argentinian. 18/11/13: The Daily Mirror reckons that Dundee United youngster Ryan Gauld, a ...
Coach Kwesi Appiah says names do not play football! Like seriously?? Ok, Real Madrid drew against some non-entity FC yesternight cos the ff names were missing in the squad: King C. Ro, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Xabi Alonso. Now we all know Madrid woulda won the match hands down if those names were present... So names do play football! Appiah better stop the m)ff m)ff and think of how to get some Skating Shoes or Yamaha motorbikes for his right and left backs to chase Jet-Speed Ronaldo ny3 saa Black Stars abr3 r)ff!!!
One player has changed the face of this current Real Madrid side, and that one player is Xabi Alonso.
The best Football's next superstars 6. Ruben Pardo - Real Sociedad Dubbed the 'new Xabi Alonso' by some, Pardo is cut form the same cloth as the Former Liverpool man and his current Real Madrid replacement, Asier Illarramendi. 5. Valmir Berisha Scoring seven goal at the recently held under-17 World Cup, Berisha took home the Golden Boot, thus confirming his potential to be Sweden's next great goal scorer. The comparisons with Zlatan Ibrahimovic emerged after Berisha scored an audacious yet skilful back-heel goal against Honduras. 4. Gedion Zelalem Gedion Zelalem, 16, only arrived at Arsenal in January but was invited on the club's tour of Asia where he subsequently impressed playing behind the striker. Some of the passes he completed would be replayed all over the world if his compatriot Ozil pulled them off. His performances convinced Arsene Wenger to make him part of the first team squad despite being a first year scholar in Arsenal's famous academy. Nine years younger than Ozil, Zelalem has plenty of t ...
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Happy Birthday to Xabi Alonso - one of the best and crucial to Real Madrid, proving that age is just a number.
Happy Birthday to Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso. He turns 32 today.
Xabi Alonso has played 197 matches in 5 seasons with Real Madrid. Maestro.
INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL HEADLINES ***Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal will be allowed to face Livorno in the Serie A despite missing two friendlies for Chile. Vidal withdrew from his national team's matches against England and Brazil after injuring his thigh in the second-half of Juventus' 3-0 victory over Napoli on November 10. ***Real Madrid full-back Marcelo has returned to training but is still unsure of when he will make a return to the first team. ***Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied there is a rift between Arsenal and the FA over England's use of Jack Wilshere in two friendlies last week. (The Independent) *** Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has ruled out a move away from the Ethiad despite being linked with Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror) ***Xabi Alonso said he insisted Spain will improve their form before defending their World Cup title after a shock loss to South Africa. The World Cup and European Champions suffered the 1-0 friendly defeat to the South Africans on Tuesday after putting i ...
Five of the worst Liverpool FC managerial decisions Liverpool have been blessed with some top class managers in their history, but that’s not to mean they haven’t made some shocking decisions while in charge. BENITEZ SELLS ALONSO, SIGNS AQUILANI The 2008/09 season was Liverpool’s best in the Premier League, and they came agonisingly close to winning the title. Xabi Alonso had become one of the key men at the club, and was part of a great midfield trio dubbed the “best midfield in the world”, alongside Javier Mascherano and Steven Gerrard. The Spaniard was considered one of Europe’s best playmakers. But Alonso left for Real Madrid that summer, Benitez’s flirtations with Gareth Barry the previous summer causing a seemingly irreparable divide between manager and player. Benitez tried again to sign Barry, who instead opted for Man City. Instead, injury-prone Alberto Aquilani arrived, for £17m. A year later Benitez left the club after a seventh placed finish and a season tarred by political infi ...
Xabi Alonso agrees new Real Madrid deal to end Chelsea and Man Utd chase - Daily Star
Fifteen Real Madrid players is going to be fielded with their national teams within today or tomorrow. They are Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Gareth Bale, Angel Di Maria, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Morata. Let's pray for then so that they can perform well and brighten the face of Real Madrid throughout the world. -SuBhAm
Goal exclusively revealed on Thursday that Mathieu Flamini will return after a two-week absence, and is likely to partner the formidable Ramsey with the Welshman granted the licence to get forward at every opportunity. By shackling the pair and forcing Arsenal’s attacking midfielders back to alleviate the pressure on Ramsey and Flamini, United can prevent the Gunners from finding gaps in the final third - an area highlighted as a weakness by West Brom, and a necessity given the duo's pass success rates of 86% and 93% respectively this season. For that reason, Danny Welbeck and Antonio Valencia may start ahead of Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj: a higher work rate appeals to Moyes’ intrinsic sense of caution, and Welbeck’s performance against Xabi Alonso despite United's defeat to Real Madrid last season should make a start on the left a certainty. Further up the Gunners' field, Giroud should shake off a niggling knee strain to feature. The striker doesn't have the pace to trouble top defenders, but ...
Andrea Pirlo & Xabi Alonso swapped shirts at half-time of Juventus v Real Madrid..classy midfielders
Xabi Alonso will not consider a move to Chelsea or Juventus until he has held talks with Real Madrid about his future.…
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VIDEO: Xabi Alonso with a no-look nutmegs on Zinedine Zidane in Real Madrid training! Unbelievable tekkers!...
Headlines and Rumours from the Daily Mail ***Cristiano Ronaldo and Sepp Blatter have been caught up in an extraordinary spat after the FIFA president claimed to prefer Lionel Messi in a speech to the Oxford Union. ***Liverpool and Spurs are in the running for Basel winger Mohamed Salah, 21, but the Swiss club are likely to demand £15m for him in January. Meanwhile, Barcelona are maintaining their interest in Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina, 31, who is on loan in Italy with Napoli. ***Chelsea will battle it out with Real Sociedad to sign Real Madrid's 31-year-old Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso in January. ***Turkish giants Galatasaray are set to make a bid for Southampton star Gaston Ramirez. ***Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has suffered a set-back in his rehabilitation from a groin injury and could miss a further three matches. ***Martin O'Neill, 61, has emerged as a shock contender to replace Ian Holloway as Crystal Palace boss. ***Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan is talking to Notting ...
¤¤Ramires rubbishes Real Madrid link¤¤ Chelsea midfielder Ramires has poured cold water on speculations linking him with a move to Santiago Bernabeu. The Brazilian has reportedly become a target for Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti, who could stay without both Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso in the near future. However, Ramires has moved to deny there has been any truth in the links with Real Madrid. “For me it has not come to anything – it is perhaps speculation. I am better served in Chelsea. It would be disrespectful to say something if the club did not come to talk to me,” the Brazilian told O Globo. “I have a contract until 2017 and do not think about leaving. I will only exit if the club really want me to. Other than that, I’m fine.” Ramires featured for Joinville and Cruzeiro before signing for Benfica in 2009, and he needed just one season to catch the eye of top European clubs. The Brazil international joined Chelsea in the summer of 2010 and has since managed to prove his worth at S ...
Madrid's Alonso still out with injury: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is unwilling to put a timeframe on his return from injury, ...
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Xabi Alonso has reflected on the difficulty of setting a particular return date for his current injury, but says he’ll be back for Real Madrid soon. “I hope to return soon. It has been a difficult summer,” began Alonso to reporters at a publicity event today. “I decided not to go to the Confederations Cup and to have surgery. I think it was the logical option and best for the team and for me, because it was not fine and in this competition you have to be at 100 per cent. “Then, as I was close to coming back I broke my foot in training. Having to stop pushed back my recovery. I’m getting closer, but I need to respect the feelings that I have and to not put on deadlines. “I am training individually. I’m at the stage prior to reinstatement, trying things, playing with the ball, trying with boots…but I still need to try things and then I can rejoin my teammates. “Also when running it is difficult, because I have not played for a while. “When can I return? Hopefully soon, but I have no da ...
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso praises the rise of Gareth Bale over the last two years.
5 Liverpool players who ‘got away’ Alvaro Arbeloa The Spaniard’s departure in the summer of 2009 was slightly muted, considering Xabi Alonso had just left the club for £30 million. But on reflection, selling Arbeloa to Real Madrid for just £3.5 million was hardly the best piece of business the club has ever done. Arbeloa was always a very assured and reliable full back for the Reds, with the ability to play on either the right or the left. The fact he has gone on to flourish for club and country, winning practically everything there is to win, suggests the Reds were foolish to let him go so easily, and for such a small fee. Thomas Ince Judging by the fact Liverpool have spent two transfer windows attempting to bring the young winger back to Anfield, you feel they have realised they made a mistake in letting him go. The son of former captain Paul – Ince signed for the Reds in 2008, but only managed two first team appearances, one of which came in the famous League Cup defeat to Northampton Town i ...
Do Real Madrid really needed Isco and Illaramendi ? I would start with Illara. Why do we need a mediocre player when we had great PROFESSIONALS in his position (mind me not only 1 but multiples PROFS...) eg. Sami Khedira, Luca Modric, Xabi Alonso, and they newly promoted Casimero. of course he did more than enough during the preseason to be rewarded with first team football, but his hard work had gone from been the hero of the preseason to CIPHER . On top of that ... Illara cost us over 30 million Euros . Secondly, ISCO, YES ISCO. YES he had a better start than zil and even the mighty Zinedine Zidane... but real only bought him because they (Real Madrid ) are obsess and jealous that the Spain's national team is overloaded with FC Barcelona players . Why da *** do we need 2 captains when we are sailing in the right direction...? Isco did scored 5 goals in the last couple of games he played , That is not the argument. the argument is , he was brought in to replace Ozil or better still he was brought in ...
Several sources in English media reports today that Real Madrid’s playmaker Xabi Alonso could be on his way to Inter and become one of Erick Thohir’s first draft once the sale of Inter is done. AC Milan, Liverpool and Juventus are also interested. Alonso sits on an expiring contract with Real Madrid...
Juventus will provide stiff competition 4 Liverpool to sign Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso, if he fails 2 extend his contract beyo…
Juventus and Liverpool will both attempt to sign midfielder Xabi Alonso if he fails to renew his Real Madrid contract.…
Real Madrid players not called up vs Elche: Marcelo, Xabi Alonso & Bale.
Liverpool want to land Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid after Brendan Rodgers was given the green light to re-sign the midf…
There's talk about Xabi alonso being up for sale at Real Madrid would you take him Admin-IP
Real Madrid will be without Xabi Alonso for around three months after he broke his fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot in training.
Xabi Alonso & Torres after the Real Madrid match
Xabi Alonso: "My father is a fan of Real Madrid because his son plays in here now but he is not a Madridista, that is di…
Real Madrid are set to offer Xabi Alonso a one-year extension to his contract in order to keep him at the club until 2…
Xabi Alonso warns Barcelona that Real Madrid are in good shape and are confident ahead of the new season.
Real Madrid vs LA Galaxy in the valley tonight!!! Hope I get an autograph from xabi Alonso !!
Real Madrid have Xabi Alonso,Sami Khedira,Luka Modric,Casemiro,and sometimes Kaka played to be a defensive midfielder.
Not to mention he has to compete with Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Luka Modrić & Casemiro at Real Madrid. Intriguing times under Ancelotti.
“The Birth of The Carletto’s Era” Winds of change are blowing at the Bernabéu. Inspired by Zidane who knows a thing or two about the subject; having lived through the lost Pavón generation. Florentino Pérez is finally putting his faith in youth. Real Madrid has begun to recover their Spanish identity and the recent arrivals of Isco and Carvajal, together with the imminent incorporation of Asier Illarramendi means that the majority of the players in the first team squad are Spanish. In total, 14 of the 27 players in the senior squad, or 52 per cent, are natives. The three reinforcements join compatriots: Casillas, Diego López, Adán, Jesús, Arbeloa, Carvajal, Ramos, Albiol, Nacho, Xabi Alonso, Jesé and Morata. Callejón meanwhile, is set to leave the club next week to join Napoli. It’s been almost a decade since Real Madrid could count on so many players who are eligible to play for Spain’s national side. In the 2003-4 season, there were 14 home-grown players in the first team squad: Casill ...
LATEST Transfer News - Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed Southampton have renewed their interest in midfield star Victor Wanyama. - Lukas Podolski hopes Arsenal can take advantage of the managerial changes at several of their Premier League rivals. - Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Jese Rodriguez admits he is not certain to stay at Real Madrid due to a lack of first-team chances. - Bayern Munich director of sport Matthias Sammer says he has no intention of dropping the asking price for Germany striker Mario Gomez to allow Fiorentina to net a bargain. - Norwich City have made contact with Ajax to enquire about the availability of Toby Alderweireld, the Belgian defender's agent understands. - Swansea City got their pre-season friendly campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over FC Gravenzande in Holland. - Sky Sports understands Hull City are closing in on the signing of Burnley striker Charlie Austin. - Liverpool's no over-30s policy could scupper a move for Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso, 3 ...
Steven Gerrard backs Brendan Rodgers in his bid to seek green light from Liverpool owner John Henry to sign Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid. -KAdmin
The new Xabi Alonso? Why Real Madrid want Asier Illarramendi Los Blancos are believed to be close to securing the transfer of the Real Sociedad midfielder and could complete the deal by next week Having already sealed the €30 million signing of Isco and brought back former youth prospect Dani Carvajal to Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid are now hot on the tails of the latest Spain starlet to emerge in La Liga: Asier Illarramendi of Real Sociedad. A product of la Real's youth system, Illarramendi was born in Mutriku, Gipuzkoa in northern Spain, and has risen through the ranks at the club since his B-team debut in 2008. His breakthrough coincided with the Basque outfit’s return to La Liga after a three-year absence, making his senior debut in a 4-1 defeat on the final day of the 2009-10 Segunda Division season.Despite that loss, Real had already secured promotion and Illarramendi received his first taste of top flight football against Villarreal in January 2011. He has gone on to make 51 appearances so fa ...
Real Madrid has signed Isco, Casemiro and Carvajal. But it's true that the club should still add some more players to the roster. Higuaín will likely be gone soon and Xabi Alonso might not be ready to play 50 games anymore. That's why Real Madrid is looking to add a midfielder after the signing of Cavani is almost ruled out. It will be hard to find Xabi Alonso a good replacement who accepts to be on the bench. Alonso is probably the ideal starter for Carlo Ancelotti in the defensive midfielder position, but he needs some rest as he's not able to play 50 games in a single season anymore. To sign Geoffrey Kondogbia would make a lot of sense. He's young and he has a lot of room to improve, and he could also learn from Xabi Alonso. Furthermore, it seems that he would be available for only 8.5M€. Kondogbia is far more defensive-minded than Alonso, but his presence on the pitch would not hurt Real Madrid with the likes of Modric, Isco and Özil creating plays for Benzema and Ronaldo. And he's only 20 years o ...
Liverpool’s manager Brendan Rodgers faces an anxious wait to hear from the Merseyside club’s owner, John W Henry if he would be keen on splashing the cash to bring their former playmaker, Xabi Alonso back home to Anfield. The Reds were forced to accept defeat in their long-term pursuit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan who is on the cusp of joining Borussia Dortmund and this situation has forced Rodgers’ hand to aggressively pursue other targets. Rodgers is reported to be keen on snapping up Alonso who could be surplus to requirements at Real Madrid come the new season. However, Alonso at 31 years of age is likely to command a £10 million asking price something which goes against the ethos of club owner Henry, as he will not be willing to stump up the price to a player over 30 years of age. Alonso was the backbone of the Liverpool midfield during his time in the Premier League and his partnership with club legend Steven Gerrard laid a solid base to launch attack after attack from the engine-room. Liverpool are ...
Liverpool's Luis Suarez is on the verge of joining Chelsea in a stunning £34m deal. (Daily Star) Southampton whizkid Luke Shaw will snub Chelsea and Tottenham by signing a five-year deal at St Mary’s when he turns 18 next week. (The Sun) Atletico Madrid have identified Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko as their next transfer target. (Daily Mail) Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 30, is attracting interest from Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Paris St Germain. The 30-year-old has just 12 months left on his current deal. (Daily Mail) Spanish side Levante are keen on Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh. (Daily Mail) Chelsea teenager Kyle Scott is to reject the offer of a new contract. The 15-year-old has attracted attention from Barcelona and Real Madrid. (Daily Mail) Sunderland have agreed a £6million deal to sign Jozy Altidore from AZ Alkmaar. (Daily Mail) Norwich have made a £4.8m bid for PSV Eindhoven’s Swedish midfielder Ola Toivonen. (Daily Express) Chelsea's hopes of signing Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso ...
Liverpool remain favourites over Chelsea to sign Xabi Alonoso Liverpool remain favourites ahead of Chelsea to sign Spanish midfield maestro Xabi Alonso with Sky Bet offering odds of 3.00 on the Reds re-signing the Spanish maestro versus odds of 6.00 in favour of a move to Chelsea. Alonso played for Liverpool for 5 years, making 210 appearances for them before moving to Real Madrid. Madrid though appear to be open to the idea of letting the 31 year old leave as they have lined upa replacement in 23 year old Asier Illarramendiof Real Sociedad. The arrival of the young Illarramendi, who has drawn comparisons to Alonso, both for his background and playing style, might result in the departure of Alonso from the club. Alonso’s excellent passing range, intelligence and requisite physicality would benefit any club, and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will definitely win over skeptical sections of fans by signing an old favourite who would still have a lot to offer Anfield. Accustomed to the short passing styl ...
Rodgers is interested in Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso who is still revered on Merseyside but £10million for a 31-year-old is against Henry’s model. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea's hopes of signing Xabi Alonso have been given a boost with Real Madrid closing in on midfielder Asier Illarramendi. (Star)
Asier Illarramendi looks well on his way to Real Madrid for a massive reported €30M fee. The perfect replacement for an ageing Xabi Alonso.
. Mesut Ozil Midfielder Germany A stylish left-footed player, he brings grace to the game and can penetrate through any defense. His control on the ball is excellent, has great vision for goal. Having started his footballing career early, he quickly made his way to the German national squad and displayed his true class in the World Cup 2010 where Germany came third. He now plays for Real Madrid along with the likes of C. Ronaldo, Casillas, Xabi Alonso. 
Alonso-Verratti swap proposed Real Madrid have reportedly put forward to Paris Saint-Germain the prospect of swapping Xabi Alonso with Marco Verratti. The young Italian international is reportedly former PSG and new Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s primary request for midfield this transfer window. Reports from Italy today suggest that Los Blancos are looking at ways to try and pick up the 20-year-old, who is otherwise in contract renewal talks with the French side. One hypothesis apparently put forward to the Parc des Princes outfit has been to send Xabi Alonso to them in part exchange for the youngster. Alonso, who has put off contract renewal talks at the Santiago Bernabeu until later in the year, is currently going to be a free agent in June 2014. The Former Liverpool man is also reportedly a target this summer of former Madrid boss Jose Mourinho’s new team Chelsea.
Real Madrid would be willing to exchange Xabi Alonso for Paris Saint-Germain's 20-year-old midfielder Marco Verratti. Source: Sky Sport Italia
* LOTS OF PAPER TALK SPANISH. FRENCH. GERMAN ITLALIAN.* MARCA: Carlo Ancelotti will have a tough start to life at Real Madrid with many decisions to be made, including Kaka's and Gonzalo Higuain's futures and convincing Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso to renew their contracts at the Santiago Bernabeu. SPORT:Victor Valdes could yet leave Barcelona thisd summer with Roma said to be prepared to make their interest concrete, but the Italian club are also considering Valencia's number Diego Alves as a good option if the Catalan stays at Camp Nou. El Mundo Deportivo: Atletico de Madrid and Malaga are both weighing up bids to prise Bojan Krkic away from Barcelona as the striker is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou after loan spells at Roma and AC Milan. . L'EQUIPE: Lyon full-back Fabian Monzon is a target for Catania. . L'EQUIPE: PSG winger Jérémy Ménez could be set for a move to either Monaco or Roma. L'EQUIPE: PSG are set to spend big again this summer with Lille full-back Lucas Digne a €15 million ta ...
Soccer Times European Headlines *Real Madrid have completed the signing of Malaga midfielder Isco for a reported £23 million according to Goal.com.The midfielder has signed a 5 year deal with the Los Blancos and has become Carlo Ancelotti’s first signing as Real Madrid manager. * Arsenal ready to swoop for Real Madrid striker.Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain looks set to sign for Arsenal as it appears Juventus cannot afford to sign him. * Roma Close In On Brazilian goalkeeper. Roma’s bid for Queen’s Park Rangers Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar is almost complete. *Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has revealed he has spoken to Juventus about a possible move to the Serie A club.City signed Kolarov from Lazio in 2010 but the £19million signing only started 11 Premier League games last season as former manager Roberto Mancini made Gael Clichy his number one choice. *Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has identified Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso as a priority target as he aims to bring the ...
[JacobGreat Galaxy Media] I NEED THE ITALY PAIR TO BUILD MY MADRID. New Real Madrid Manager, Carlo "Peacemaker" Ancellotti has called on Real Madrid hierrachy, Most Expecially, Sporting Director Zinedine Zizou Zidane and Florentino Perez to get him Italy Pair of El Sharaawy and PSG Marco Verratti. Tribalfootball.com revealed early yesterday that; He has urge his former player, Zidane to get him AC Millan striker, El Sharaawy. Though! AC Millan President, Silvio Berlusconi said late last month; "There is no need of holding on to El Sharaawy if the right offer come for the young attacker". Real Madrid is now willing to launch a Swap deal that involve Ex- Millan playmaker, Rikàrdo Kaka' for the attacker. Top prospect transfer or Topic the Ex-Millan manager bring from Italy capital is "Get me Marco Verratti". Verratti is consider as a long time replacement for Xabi Alonso. if Real Madrid fail to struck deal with Dortmund over landin Iikay Gundogan, Real 'll now turn their attention to PSG for Marco Verratti ...
Chelsea and Jose Mourinho are closely monitoring ongoing contract talks between Real Madrid and Xabi Alonso [Daily Star]
Very sad news for Madridista. Barcelona midfield masterclass proves Spain don't need Xabi Alonso. Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets produced a stunning show against Uruguay in the absence of the Real Madrid man, whose place in the side could come into question ahead of the World Cup. szd
Pellegrini bought Kaká from Milan for £60 million, saying, "If we want to win the Champions League and be the best team in the world, we need the best players in the world. They later bought Cristiano Ronaldo for £80 million from Manchester United, Karim Benzema from Olympique Lyonnais for £30 million, and Xabi Alonso for £30 million from Liverpool. It was the most money Real Madrid had spent in a transfer market, with the total cost of the four players around £200 million. HE WON NOTHING! LOL
PSG and Monaco will never buy Ronaldo. French football, and Ronaldo? *** no. Its almost next to impossible that Ronaldo moves to Chelsea, after Mourinho's recent interview about him. If he leaves Real Madrid, there is only one club where Ronaldo will be a perfect fit, and that is Manchester United. However, United at this stage will not be able to afford his wages, or transfer fee. For the time being, I don't think Ronaldo's going anywhere. Perez is a clever man, he'll do anything to stop Ronaldo from going, and just after the Presidential elections, if he lets him go, he's surely not winning again, and people will hate him for that. P.S It was Perez who brought Ronaldo, Kaka, Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Benzema at Real Madrid.
TRANSFER RUMOURS Juventus are preparing a £17m bid for Chelsea's Frank Lampard. Juve also want Ajax's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Bayern Munich's Claudio Pizarrro. (Express) The Italians are also keen on Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso and his Anfield team-mate Mohamed Sissoko. (Times) However, Alonso could be heading to Barcelona as part of a £30m deal with Samuel Eto'o going to Anfield. (Mirror) Sevilla's Daniel Alves and Zaragoza's Gabriel Milito will sign for Liverpool "within the next few days". (Mirror) Arsene Wenger has rubbished reports he and Cesc Fabregas are set for summer moves to Real Madrid. (Various) The Gunners are closing in on Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho. The 20-year-old will cost £15m. (Mirror) Having beaten them to the signing of Gareth Bale, Tottenham are now set to challenge Manchester United in the race for Sporting Lisbon's Nani. (Mirror) Tottenham are monitoring Michael Owen's return from injury with a view to bringing him to London. (Express) Reading are back in for ...
Arbeloa: Everything fine with Iker Alvaro Arbeloa has looked to ease concerns of a difficult relationship with Real Madrid and Spain teammate Iker Casillas. The right-back recently commented that the players were to blame for Jose Mourinho’s exit from Madrid this summer, with it assumed that he was referencing in particular a difficult relationship between the Coach and Casillas. However, the 30-year-old has looked to clarify his situation and determine that there is no issue with his goalkeeping colleague. “My relationship with him is the same as before I made those statements,” Arbeloa told reporters at his Press conference this week. “And it is good. We carry the same shields on our chest, those of Madrid and Spain. “Moreover, those statements were not about Iker. Not even directly. Therefore, there can be no interpretations.” Arbeloa was asked of another Madrid colleague in Xabi Alonso, who is absent this summer through injury. “I miss him because we are friends. Xabi is central to the n ...
Chelsea FC: The Tactical Changes That Mourinho Can Bring When Jose Mourinho walks into a club, the management and the supporters of the club expects to see many apparent changes taking place. But one of the very vital effects that the people wish for Mourinho to have on the team is the tactical makeover he could bring in with him. During his first tenure, Mourinho steered the club to domestic glory and established it as an European superpower with his brilliant tactical strategies. In 2007, Jose Mourinho, the visionary, employed the 4-2-3-1 tactic while the English clubs were still restrained to the 4-4-2 strategy. And this provided instant success to him as the depth of the squad increases manifold with this formation because the 2 in the midfield can drop back when necessary and also move forward when the team is leading the attack. Mourinho continued with the same attacking system throughout his Inter Milan days and then at Real Madrid where he had a player like Xabi Alonso at the heart of the midfield ...
*Transfer News And Updates* *According to 'L'Équipe', PSG wants at least 4 million euros in order to write off the remaining year on the Italian's contract. Real Madrid's aim is to seal an agreement for the Italian by this weekend at the latest. *Barcelona striker Isaac Cuenca has had further surgery to his right knee. The 22 year-old forward has undergone arthroscopic surgery on the meniscus in his right knee and is expected to be on the bench for three to four months. *Cristian Tello is a player with great potential and this has not gone unnoticed outside Spain. According to German newspaper, 'Bild', both Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund are after Barça's winger, who is currently worth about €10 million. *Real Madrid has hit an unexpected road bump in its big-money bid for Gareth Bale, in the shape of the Tottenham star's excellent relationship with Spurs boss André Villas-Boas. *Xabi Alonso had an operation this morning in Munich in an attempt to finally put an end to the groin problem that has be ...
MOURINHO'S CONTROVERSIES February 2005: After Chelsea's 2-1 defeat against Barcelona in the first leg of their last-16 clash, Mourinho wrongly accused Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard of visiting referee Anders Frisk at half- time. Mourinho was fined £8,900, given a two-match touchline ban and called an "enemy of football" by the head of Uefa's referees committee Volker Roth. March 2005: Mourinho was fined £5,000 after he alleged Manchester United players were guilty of "fault and fault and cheat and cheat" during a Carling Cup semi-final clash. June 2005: Mourinho was fined £200,000, which is reduced to £75,000 on appeal, for meeting then-Arsenal player Ashley Cole, without his club's consent. January to March 2010: While manager of Inter Milan, Mourinho was fined three times in as many months by the Italian Football Federation. December 2010: Mourinho was banned for one Champions League match after being found guilty of improper conduct. It follows the dismissal of Real Madrid players Xabi Alonso and ...
Ten Huge Deals That Could Rock The Premier League This Summer: 10. Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid to Liverpool). Liverpool have never truly recovered since losing influential midfielder Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in 2009. They may have made a healthy £30million from the deal with the big-spending Spanish giants, but attempted replacements for Alonso have included Alberto Aquilani, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen. Needless to say, the Reds have not had a playmaker of his quality for some time, and that has coincided with a serious turn in their fortunes, as they haven't finished in the top four since his departure, and were even genuine title challengers in his final season with the club. The 31-year-old has had a good four years in Madrid, but could be one of many players to leave the club this summer as they ring the changes to improve on a squad that failed to put up much of a fight in the title race against rivals and eventual champions Barcelona. Still remembered fondly at Anfield, his return ...
Spanish newspapers saying Real Madrid may offer £40m and Xabi Alonso for Luis Suarez, i'd take that right now :D
40 000 000€ + Xabi Alonso-an offer from Real Madrid for Luis Suarez. I mean WOW...that's an offer to think about!
Real Madrid-Osasuna Preview: Los Merengues eye winning end to Mourinho era The Portuguese coach will bring his three-year reign at the Santiago Bernabeu to a close on Saturday By Karthick Arvinth 31 May 2013 09:15:00 Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could miss the home encounter against Osasuna as he continues to manage a back problem. Raphael Varane (knee) and Sami Khedira (suspension) are both sidelined, while Pepe, Xabi Alonso and Kaka are all doubts. However, goalkeeper Iker Casillas and defenders Sergio Ramos and Fabio Coentrao should be available after missing the 3-3 draw at Real Sociedad through injury. Osasuna defender Damia is suspended after picking up his 15th booking of the season in the win over Sevilla but midfielder Nano is available after serving a one-match ban. Lolo, Miguel Flano, Sisi, Anthony Annan and Nino are all out injured for the visitors, who have already secured their top-flight status for next season. DID YOU KNOW? Real Madrid are on a 10-match winning run at home in La L ...
Moving to a Chelsea or Man United signifies a failed Spanish mission Provided this past season is Luka Modric’s only campaign with Real Madrid, the greatest memory to live off the Croatian’s short time in Spain will be that goal and performance against Manchester United in the Champions League. That shouldn’t be it. The enormous fee that was spent to acquire his services demands a little more. But that is the legacy of the player; a footballer who came in and failed to establish himself as a Real Madrid star or ‘Galactico.’ And Spain hasn’t totally warmed to Modric, either. He received a standing ovation from the Madrid supporters when the team beat Malaga 6-2 at the start of May in a match that came nine months after his arrival. Was he really deemed to be the successor to Xabi Alonso in that central midfield role? He performed well enough when placed in that position, yet not always hitting the heights of what was required. But it said even more when his regular place in the starting XI woul ...
TACTICAL ANALYSIS Bayern Vs Burussia By Jonathan Wilson About a month before Borussia Dortmund beat Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League, their coach, Jurgen Klopp, was asked how his side had twice come out on top of games against Jose Mourinho’s team in the group stage. Easy, he replied: shut down Xabi Alonso and everything else follows. He must have regretted being so open when Dortmund faced Madrid again, but the principle held true. Xabi Alonso is the player who sets Madrid’s rhythm: the majority of moves flow through him. So Mario Gotze harried him every time Madrid had possession and, when Dortmund got the ball, rapidly trotted off to overload on one flank or the other with Ilkay Gundogan advancing from deep in midfield to monitor Alonso. Bayern Munich don’t play in quite the same way but their shape is similar to Madrid’s and they have a tendency to play through Javi Martinez. Logic, then, would suggest that if Gotze had been fit, he would have performed a similar role on ...
Chelsea could land Jose Mourinho on the cheap this summer and get the Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso into the bargain if the Real Madrid coach goes back to Stamford Bridge. The contract ...
Luka Modric is likely to start alongside Xabi Alonso for Real Madrid tomorrow night against Dortmund instead of Khedira. (Marca)
In Progress — Second Half — 74′ Atlético de Madrid 1 - 2 Real Madrid 71′ Substitution Adrián Raúl García 71′ Diego Simeone follows suit and makes a change of his own, and it's a positive one. Adrian Lopez enters the fray in place of Raul Garcia, which gives Atletico three recognised strikers on the pitch. Cristian Rodriguez also looks to be coming on imminently. 70′ Substitution Raphaël Varane Michael Essien 69′ Quickfire changes from the Portuguese coach. Michael Essien is the latest player to be withdrawn and Raphael Varane is his replacement at right-back. 67′ Substitution Xabi Alonso Kaká 67′ First change of the match from Mourinho. Xabi Alonso is introduced in place of Kaka. The Former Liverpool man will add come much needed patience and quality in the middle of the park for Los Blancos. 65′ Great goalkeeping from Diego Lopez! Diego Costa does brilliantly to ride the challenge of Nacho before rushing to the byline and smashing a cross along the six yard box, but the former S ...
Xabi Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo - the only two Real Madrid players who made the UEFA's ideal XI of this week's UCL games
Guillem Balague: Liverpool willing to pay Real Madrid €10m for Xabi Alonso (Rumor)
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso was delighted for Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain after victory over Galatasaray.
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso believes coach Jose Mourinho will stay at the Bernabeu for another season:
Liverpool have been given a second hope in re-signing Xabi Alonso as Real Madrid step up their attempts to sign Marco Verratti.
Ramos believes that Real Madrid should reduce the burden on Xabi Alonso and sign another defensive midfielder of Sergio Busquets' calibre.
Sergio Ramos wants Busquets at Real Madrid. Should we exchange him with Xabi Alonso if there is any chance ?
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Real Madrid have their eyes on PSG's Marco Verratti as a potential replacement for Xabi Alonso for the future. (via Todomercadoweb)
LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Reaction to the sending-off of Manchester United winger Nani during their Champions League last-16, second-leg match against Real Madrid at Old Trafford. * Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan: "The manager is not in a state to talk to the referee about the decision. I think it speaks volumes I am here (in the post-match news conference) speaking now and not the manager of this fantastic football club. The decision seemed very harsh, possibly incredible at that moment in the game." Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso: "It was a difficult decision to take from the referee, but we have seen in many previous games that it can be harder playing against 10 men." * Everton manager David Moyes: "I think tonight Sir Alex Ferguson will be rightly as angry as he has ever been. The decision changed the game. "I am looking from a manager's point of view and Manchester United have had a hard time tonight. I think they have a right to surround the referee. The decision was poor and ...
Tactically, Man U is the best team and always ready to compete. Real Madrid is a better team just because of so much talent they have. The downside of that is self-sufficiency that gets them in trouble in big moments. Mourinho acknowledged that and his remark at the end was justified. Modric, big time player brought to the table what they desperately needed. Not a fan RM, except sometimes I'm on their side like yesterday, but frustrating to watch them. Xabi Alonso was awful, Sergio Ramos in both legs on the wrong side of the game, CR wasted many others opportunities, beside his goal. Red card, fair. For the two goals beautifully executed I'd give the edge to RM. My thoughts...
Check this out. Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford to dump 10-man Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League as Real Madrid triumphed 2-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate. The second leg of the last-16 encounter turned firmly in the favour of the side from Spain the moment referee Cuneyt Cakir brandished a shock red card to Nani in the 56th minute following the winger's clumsy, but not malicious, high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa. United had edged ahead on aggregate shortly after the interval as Sergio Ramos could only divert Nani's drilled low cross into his own net after it had flicked off the foot of Danny Welbeck, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the ascendency at that point. But Nani's dismissal sparked a spell of Real pressure which United could not withstand, as substitute Luka Modric, sent on for Arbeloa, curled home a delicious strike from the edge of the box in the 66th minute. And, somewhat inevitably, it was Former Manchester United favourite Ronaldo who had the final say, slid ...
Real Madrid have knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League after winning in controversial fashion at Old Trafford.
Xabi Alonso feels that the sending off of Nani in Champions League clash allowed Real Madrid to get the better of Manchester United.
SPORT - At 7.30, Xabi Alonso on Real Madrid's win over Man United in the Champions League.
For 56 minutes, Manchester United had Real Madrid right where they wanted them. Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso had been largely shackled; Michael Carrick was calmly conducting ...
Van Persie, Alonso, Vidal & the Champions League stars one yellow card away from suspension A fair few of Europe's finest will be treading lightly in the last 16 as they look to avoid picking up a booking that would keep them out of a quarter-final clash Shakhtar Donetsk travel to Germany on Tuesday with both Luiz Adriano and Tomas Hubschman just one yellow away from sitting out of a possible quarter-final first leg. There will be no such concerns for Jurgen Klopp, however, with his Borussia Dortmund side having picked up just six bookings in total so far - the best disciplinary record of any team to have made it the last 16. Manchester United host Real Madrid in a mouth-watering tie at Old Trafford that same evening, and the Red Devils would have to do without Robin Van Persie and Rafael in their next game should the duo pick up cautions. Likewise, both Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos run the risk of a suspension having both picked up two bookings during the group stage. Juventus could be missing some key p ...
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