Carlo Ancelotti could spring a surprise in his Real Madrid side on Saturday

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Sergio Ramos is fit and will be able to partner Pepe for Real Madrid in Saturday’s Clasico against Barcelona. Upd. at 18:42 Luis Enrique still has various questions to answer with regards to his lineup at the Bernabeu, but most people believe Ancelotti will go with: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, James, Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema. CEST EFE / Sport EN “They’ve trained well and [Ramos] has completely recovered. I think they will both play.” 24/10/2014 “Pepe is good and so is Sergio Ramos,” Ancelotti revealed. The Madrid boss also hinted that there could be a surprise in his starting line up. However, the Italian could have something up his sleeve. “I like surprises. There may be one in tomorrow’s starting line-up.” “If I play one player then another one has to make way,” he continued.  “I’m not going to revert to a three-man defence, but I may look to play an extra forward at the expense of a midfielder or vice-versa.last_img read more

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Danilo understands weight of Real Madrid €31.5m transfer deal

first_img “I can only promise I will give everything in every game. I know no other way. “I am honoured and I feel truly valued by the club. I know the financial effort the club has made to sign me. Rik Sharma CEST The former Porto star, who cost €31.5million, was unveiled on Thursday at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu.  09/07/2015center_img He said: “This is one of the best days of my life. Today, I realise a childhood dream. Upd. at 16:36 Danilo says he has accomplished a lifelong dream by signing for Real Madrid.  “I hope to repay it on the pitch. The most important thing for me is to adapt to the club, to the team and to the city as soon as possible. This will help me play better.”last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho weghing up move to take Victor Valdes to Chelsea

first_img Upd. at 21:09 25/09/2015 Sport EN Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes is on the list of possible signings Jose Mourinho has drawn up. With Thibaut Courtois out injured, the London-based club have been left with just Asmir Begovic and Mourinho wants another goalkeeper as a contingency plan.  On the same list is Juan Pablo Carrizo (Inter), Miguel Angel Moya (Atletico) and Porto veteran Helton. However, all of those three are wanted at their clubs and would be difficult to sign. Chelsea hope the Premier League will hope them make an emergency signing, considering the market is currently shut until January, to cover Courtois’ injury. CEST Mourinho is worried that another injury — or a suspension — could leave Chelsea without an effective goalkeeper, especially considering Courtois is set to be out of action for a while. For that reason, he has drawn up a list of possible stoppers, with former Barcelona man Valdes included. last_img read more

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Gareth Bale’s sharp drop in form comes as Real Madrid hit full speed

first_imgReal Madrid’s good form is in contrast to the dip in performances Gareth Bale has gone through recently. The Welsh forward once again seemed disconnected in the most recent league game against Getafe, saving himself with a goal after a first half in which he was far from his best.  CEST There’s the sensation that Bale is jealous of the role his team-mate has. He seems to have thrown in the towel, incapable of removing his team-mate from the podium and putting an end to ‘Cristianodependencia’. Against Getafe he appeared to have no appetite for anything, neither in attack nor in defence. He only appeared in dribs and drabs, although he did score his team’s third goal.  And there’s a feeling that Bale is going into the final stage of the season without the right mentality. He has still not managed to find his place at Real Madrid and the rumours in England of a return to the Premier League never go away. 18/04/2016center_img Upd. at 16:12 Alejandro Alcazar Despite these poor performances, the Madrid press continue to turn their backs on the reality. Bale’s form has dipped since Cristiano Ronaldo returned to prominence, such as in the second leg of the Champions League game against Wolfsburg. That day, Ronaldo carried the team on his back with a hat-trick, while Bale was diluted and gave few signs of life during the 90 minutes. last_img read more

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Angry reaction by Luis Suarez towards Uruguay coach Tabarez

first_img When Uruguay made their final change, the player got up off his seat and insisted to the coaching staff that he be allowed to come on to the pitch to help his team. His manager, Oscar Tabarez refused the demand and an angered Suarez punched the side of the plastic bench in frustration at not being able to assist his national side avoid elimination. 10/06/2016 Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET Uruguay were losing 1-0 to Venezuela. With this scoreline, they were out of the Copa America. Luis Suarez was on the bench, having been injured in the Copa del Rey final with Barcelona.center_img Sport EN The player was placed on the injured list by his manager, which meant he was unable to play any part in the game. The Uruguayan technical staff had not wished to risk the player in the game, but this turned out to be at the expense of going home from the tournament earlier than expected.last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino wants Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez at Tottenham

first_imgIt could be one of the biggest moves of the summer as far as Espanyol are concerned. Pau Lopez has an offer from Tottenham to join the Premier League side. The Pericos cantera player knows he won’t get to play a lot after Roberto’s signing and wants to leave. Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham coach, knows him very well and would like him as Spurs’ second keeper, behind Hugo Lloris.  Tottenham want a young goalkeeper to offer competition to the Frenchman, and Pau fits the bill. He would also be a good investment for the future – Pau would benefit from the move too financially, as well as playing for a bigger club. Espanyol want around 5 million euros and Fazio in the deal. Negotiations have stalled but are not broken and there is some tension between the sides. Pau also has a loan offer from Serie A but prefers the idea of a Tottenham move. Upd. at 22:34 Lluis Miguelsanzcenter_img 01/08/2016 CESTlast_img read more

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Atletico Madrid left raging after CAS uphold FIFA transfer ban

first_img “After the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal presented by Atlético de Madrid against the penalty imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee on the case of registering players under age and that was ratified by FIFA’s Appeal Committee, reducing the financial penalty, but maintaining the prohibition of registering licenses in the next transfer market period, our club wishes to state the following: The Rojiblancos released a statement reading:  2. The resolution has been communicated after the time limit established in the agreement signed by the parts, which finished yesterday, May 31st, 2017. This shows a lack of respect for our institution. IN SPORT.ES Atletico were particularly annoyed that Real Madrid, who had been issued a similar ban, had their’s halved to allow them to sign players this summer after both clubs agreed not to register players in January. Atletico Madrid were left raging after their transfer ban was upheld by FIFA. They are not allowed to register players this summer and can only do so from January 2018. El Atlético denuncia un “agravio comparativo” 1. We consider that the decision to support the prohibition of registering players in a second period, corresponding to the summer of 2017, poses an unfair disadvantage and discriminatory treatment to our entity, since recently and in a similar case, the penalty was partially lifted, allowing to register players starting on July 1st. This ruling is unfair and causes an irreparable damage to our club. 3. We want to reiterate that we have been penalised despite strictly complying with the Spanish legislation, as we have always processed all our licenses with Madrid’s Football Federation, as the Sports Law indicates. 01/06/2017 Sport EN 4. Our sports planning for next season has contemplated at all times the two scenarios that could arise once CAS announced their decision. From this moment on, the club will move forward in the negotiations necessary to formalise the operations to register players from the 1st of January, when we will be authorized by FIFA to register new licenses. Upd. at 17:16 CEST 5. We have full confidence in our current squad, with which we have won direct passage to the Champions League for the fifth year in a row and have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and the King’s Cup. The club has the commitment of the players and coaching staff to continue competing at the same level next season, despite this decision that is evidently detrimental to us. Together, team, club and supporters, we will continue to fight for our goals.”last_img read more

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Football: Twitterati reacts as the French add a second star to their kit

first_imgAdvertisement vzNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1csvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ee8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7nla6Would you ever consider trying this?😱9bsluCan your students do this? 🌚1xfzRoller skating! Powered by Firework The French won the World Cup after 20 years to add a second cup to their tally, the first one going way back to 1998. France was one of the favourites but lower on the list of potential winners. They beat all odds and beat Croatia who had been wonderful throughout the tournament.Advertisement Paul Pogba celebrates his goal.Since then Twitterati has been going crazy on the East Europeans winning the most coveted cup in Football that is every player’s dream. Popular people worldwide and media houses took to social media to congratulate the young side in their Cup triumph. Moreover, even the winners posted about their triumph.Advertisement Dear France,Congratulations on winning the #WorldCup.80% of your team is African, cut out the racism and xenophobia.50% of your team are Muslims, cut out the Islamophobia.Africans and Muslims delivered you a second World Cup, now deliver them justice.— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) July 15, 2018Something for the French to be really proud of…France forward Kylian Mbappe has donated his full #WorldCup earnings ($550,000) to a charity that gives sports opportunities to disabled and hospitalised children.WHAT A HERO! 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/jhMO5uKBHk— Team FA (@TeamFA) July 16, 2018Steven Nzonzi had to ask the other France players to let N’Golo Kanté hold the trophy and take pictures, because Kante was too shy to ask himself. Man…Kante is something else, love him!!🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/YOpL6Kl2W8— Damian (@FootballFact101) July 16, 2018In other news…Read Also:-Football: Kaka talks about youngster, Kylian MbappeFootball : West Ham sign Lazio’s Felipe Anderson for a club record £42m. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Football: Manchester United in for Croatian winger Ante Rebic

first_imgAdvertisement aoe2xuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2uh27Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exym9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nWould you ever consider trying this?😱lCan your students do this? 🌚weaRoller skating! Powered by Firework Photo Credits: Getty ImagesManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has previously stated that he is willing to add two more players to his squad.Advertisement The 24-year-old winger Ante Rebic impressed critics through his performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and played a key role in Croatia reaching the finals.It looks like Old Trafford have shifted their focus towards Ante Rebic after not being able to acquire Rebic’s Croatian team-mate Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.Advertisement Rebic is an industrious player with a high work rate and immense shot power. He has an adaptable and fluid playing style that makes him a versatile footballer.The Croatian international currently plays for German club Eintracht Frankfurt where he scored 8 goals in 49 appearances.Advertisement Read also: Football: Some facts to know about Barcelona’s latest signing – Malcom   Advertisementlast_img read more

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Cricket: Sunil Gavaskar laments Indian batsmen’s backfoot play

first_imgAdvertisement rv1sNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs99r16btWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6iv6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9kc1lvWould you ever consider trying this?😱ayCan your students do this? 🌚39fpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: DNA IndiaAdvertisement Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar pointed out the lack of backfoot play by the Indian batsmen that almost cost them the game at Kolkata. Led by Oshane Thomas, the West Indies pace battery skittled out the highly famed Indian batting line-up.21-year-old Oshane Thomas, in particular, troubled the Men In Blue constantly with speeds reaching up to 150km/h. The youngster removed both the openers in his very first spell in T20 Internationals.Advertisement Writing for his column in the Times Of India, Gavaskar stated:Advertisement “The Indian batsmen’s discomfort when facing short balls at pace was seen as they, like most batsmen in the world, have forgotten the backfoot play ever since the bouncers have been restricted to one per over and helmets have come into play,” The former batsman also claimed that Thomas lacked a partner-in-crime to penetrate the Indian batting line-up completely as Dinesh Karthik and debutant Krunal Pandya helped India to scale down the target at the end. Gavaskar wrote:“Still, since a bowler can only bowl four overs in a T20 game and the Windies didn’t have another quickie to support Thomas, the lower order batsmen were able to take India home.”Gavaskar spoke highly of the young speedster Thomas and also praised Brathwaite for using his height to extract bounce off the Eden Gardens surface. Gavaskar explained:“Oshane Thomas brought back memories of the great fast bowling attack of the Windies with his pace and bounce to trouble the Indian batsmen and Carlos Brathwaite, the Windies skipper, made good use of his height and bowled just the length which forced the Indian batsmen to be on the back foot,”Read Also:Relive these 5 magnificent Virat Kohli innings as the Indian captain turns 30Ind vs WI- 2nd T20I Preview: Windies strive for survival while Men In Blue look to seal the series Advertisementlast_img read more

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