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The New York Red Bulls started a developmental squad against defending Premier League champions Chelsea CF Wednesday night in their International Champions Cup match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. It didn’t matter, as four second half goals gave the hosts a 4-2 victory over the champs. The pro-Chelsea crowd didn’t care who started for New York. They weren’t there to support the MLS side. They came to cheer on their champions, players such as John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Jul - 26 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
He looked pretty happy to me.

  Wednesday. Real Madrid vs Almeria. 84 minutes played, Javier Hernandez flashed in a cross, with Alvaro Arbeloa and Cristiano Ronaldo lurking at the back post. Arbeloa beat Ronaldo to it, scored, it was the third for Madrid on the night. But then, then, social media erupted calling Ronaldo a “cry-baby”, an “awful teammate” and a “very dislikable footballer”. Jesus Christ! Here we go again. Throughout his career, Cristiano Ronaldo is a man who has defied footballing and athletic norms: […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On May - 1 - 2015 11 Comments READ FULL POST
Atleti hasnt won the 'Derby Madrileño' since 1999.

  Real Madrid left the Calderon stadium without a goal on Tuesday night, some would say it was down to Jan Oblak’s superhuman heroics in goal, but I believe we again witnessed the same thing which happened versus Barcelona – a serious lack of composure in front of goal. Carlo Ancelotti has a problem, his front three are bottling chances in big games. Against Barcelona – in what looks like a La Liga defining defeat – Madrid battered, bothered and […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 17 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar There wasn’t a shock at the Bernabeu on Saturday as Real Madrid scored three to cruise past fourteenth placed Eibar. Having had his yellow card from the previous game rescinded, it meant Cristiano Ronaldo could start, and it was he who opened up the scoring with a rare free-kick. It was fairly all one way traffic in the Spanish capital, and even with Toni Kroos unavailable [suspension], the midfield looked capable enough to allow Madrid to […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 13 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Real Madrid suffered a 1-0 defeat against Athletic Bilbao courtesy of a marvelous first-half header from Aritz Aduriz. This followed last week’s dull performance against Villarreal which ended 1-1, making it five points dropped in a matter of six days. The dropping of these points now means Barcelona can leapfrog Madrid at the summit of La Liga, if they beat Rayo on Sunday night. What’s gone wrong with the side that boasted a 22-match winning streak pre-2015? First and […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Mar - 8 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  The Colchoneros will be in Germany Wednesday evening taking on Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League. Atletico Madrid will going into this match on a relative high note after defeating Almeria on the weekend 3-0. The Rojiblancos although the weekend before Almeria suffered a humiliating defeat away to Celta Vigo, 2-0. Atletico Madrid will likely play very physical in the BayArena in Leverkusen Germany. The home fans in Germany are capable of creating an atmosphere that can make […]

Posted by Giovani Franco On Feb - 24 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

After years of being the underdog and living in the shadows of their great cross-city rivals, the red and white half of Madrid are the ones who had smiles from ear to ear this week. The 4-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon was more than just three points, it was the day the champions came out of their shell and proved they can live with the rival who once gave them the fear. The Rojiblancos created another […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Feb - 11 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Atletico Madrid humiliated Real Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, beating the current league leaders 4-0. The home side ran riot with goals from Tiago, Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were mere spectators. The last time Real Madrid lost at the Calderon in the league was June 12th 1999, and hadn’t lost three straight games (in all competitions) at the ground in the last 64 years. Surely Atleti would fear their mega-rich […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 8 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

He looked a pale shadow of his former self, unhappy, out of form and devoid of hunger. That is just some of the ways in which you could describe Fernando Torres’ career since his £50 million move from Liverpool to Chelsea. Even when he finally departed Stamford Bridge to join Milan, he didn’t look like a man who really wanted to be in Italy. Torres scored a total of 21 goals between his time at Chelsea and Milan, but more […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Feb - 2 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

After a 7 game winning streak, some were thinking Barça were back. This nice winning streak has Barça back on the right tracks but there’s still room for improvement for Luis Enrique and his players. Ignoring the need for improvement though could be costly. Barça’s resurrection, or rejuvenation, came after their last loss away to Real Sociedad right after the winter break. The days following that loss turned into a hurricane for the Blaugrana after Messi did not show up […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Feb - 1 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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