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At Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane's Gift Is Wrapped in Charisma - New York Times

MADRID — A few days before Real Madrid and Barcelona were to meet in the first Clásico of last season, Madrid's manager at the time, Rafael Benítez, sat down with the club's president, Florentino Pérez. It was only November, and Benítez had been at ...and more »

El Classico: Front-runners to cross swords - The Hindu

El Classico will not just be watched on TV screens, for many fans it will be an all-round experience of Spanish football's best. The Spanish press used to call matches between Barcelona and Real Madrid, meetings between the two of the biggest rivals in ...and more »

Barcelona XI: Player-by-player guide to Luis Enrique's side for el clásico -

Who will start for the champions elect at the Nou Camp? Ed Malyon talks us through it... Share; Comments. By. Ed Malyon. 10:55, 2 DEC 2016. Sport. Barcelona team photo (Image: Reuters). Share; Comments. Get FC Barcelona updates directly to your inbox ...and more »


Captain Sergio Ramos scored a stoppage-time equaliser to extend Real Madrid's unbeaten start to the season and deny Barcelona victory in a bad-tempered El Clasico. Luis Suarez's glancing header from Neymar's left-wing free-kick put Barcelona ahead at ...and more »

Real Madrid Ties Barcelona on a Late Goal by Sergio Ramos - New York Times

BARCELONA, Spain — Sergio Ramos stepped up in a major match once more for Real Madrid, scoring in the 90th minute to secure a 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Saturday in the Spanish league. “He never gives up,” Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane said. “That ...and more »

Are top European football players evading tax? - Al-Arabiya

Leaked documents included Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil. (File photo: AP). The Associated Press, Madrid Saturday, 3 December 2016. Text size A A A. A group of European media outlets has published what it claims ...and more »

Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Marseille vs Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus vs Inter Milan, Boca Juniors vs River Plate and ... - The Sun

BOCA JUNIORS face the short trip to River Plate in what is generally considered the most fiercely contested derby in world football. Not that this game needs any introduction, but the visitors are sitting pretty at the top of the table with seven wins ...and more »

Ronaldo & Griezmann head World 11 nominations -

Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann both feature on the 55-strong shortlist for the FIFPro 2016 World 11. Portugal captain Ronaldo, who lead his country to victory at Euro 2016, and Italy counterpart Gianluigi Buffon are the only men to have been ...and more »

Real Madrid Exploit the Market Inefficiency of Having the Best Players - The Ringer (blog)

When the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last month, they undid one of the core truths of baseball history: The Cubs can't win the World Series. But strip the folklore away and you're left with this: When one of the richest teams hires the smartest ...and more »

Keylor Navas and Real Madrid tie 1-1 with rival Barcelona in dramatic Clásico - The Tico Times

The top two teams in Spain's La Liga battled to a tense 1-1 draw Saturday in Barcelona's Camp Nou that saw a flurry of action in the final minutes. Barcelona's Luis Suárez headed in the first goal off a Neymar free kick from the side in the 53rd minute ...and more »