Real Madrid - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Real Madrid Atletico says goodbye to Calderon, its red & white fortress MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid is bidding farewell to its beloved Vicente Calderon, the modest stadium that for five decades produced one of the greatest atmospheres in soccer and faithfully symbolized the team's persevering spirit. The Spanish league game against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday will be Atletico's last at the old-fashioned venue. "It hurts a bit... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:04:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:04:00Z Barcelona hoping Ramirez can spoil Madrid's title march BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A year ago, Sandro Ramirez wasn't good enough for Barcelona. Now, the Catalan club is hoping the cast-off forward can upend Real Madrid's march to the Spanish league title. For Barcelona to win a third consecutive league title it needs to beat Eibar at home on Sunday and have Malaga defeat Madrid, which enters the final round needing only one point to... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:22:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:22:00Z Diego Costa, Pedro to lead Spain at Macedonia WCup qualifier MADRID (AP) — Recently crowned English champions Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez will lead Spain's attack in a World Cup qualifier next month. The Chelsea scorers were chosen by coach Julen Lopetegui on Friday when he announced his squad for Spain's June 11 qualifier at Macedonia. Four days prior, Spain hosts Colombia in a friendly. Die... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:09:00 GMT 2017-05-19T11:09:00Z What to watch in Europe's leagues as season reaches climax What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend as season ends in England, Spain, Germany and France: SPAIN The final round is spread across three days, culminating in the title deciders on Sunday evening. Real Madrid needs only a draw to secure its first league title since 2012... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T16:19:00Z Still no place for Benzema in France squad for friendlies PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps gave a vague explanation as to why he again left out Karim Benzema from his squad on Thursday, the day after the Real Madrid striker demanded answers. "I would like to remind you, if needed, that I am the only person who decides, and I make decisions within a sporting framework. I am here to choose players to build a squad, because ... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:20:00 GMT 2017-05-18T13:20:00Z Real Madrid sets its sights on first Liga title in 5 years MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is two games away from a feat it hasn't achieved in almost six decades: Winning the Champions League and the Spanish league in the same year. A draw in Malaga this weekend and a victory against Juventus in Cardiff next month would give Madrid its first double since 1958, when Raymond Kopa and Alfredo Di Stefano were leading the team. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:24:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:24:00Z Madrid a draw away from Spanish title after win over Celta MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has taken Real Madrid to the verge of its first Spanish league title in five years. Ronaldo scored early in each half as Madrid defeated 10-man Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday to retake the league lead from Barcelona and move within a point of winning the title. A draw at mid-table Malaga in the final round o... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:14:00Z Italian Cup title puts Juventus in line for treble ROME (AP) — Juventus secured the first title of a possible treble by winning the Italian Cup with an authoritative 2-0 victory over Lazio in the final on Wednesday. Dani Alves gave Juventus an early lead in the first half with a volley following a long cross from Alex Sandro. Then Leonardo Bonucci was left unmarked to tap in following a corner in the 25th minute. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:01:00Z Benzema reveals connection with French president Macron PARIS (AP) — Can Emmanuel Macron save Karim Benzema? Banned from the national team since November 2015 because of his suspected involvement in a corruption scandal, the Real Madrid striker may have found an unexpected supporter in the new French president. Benzema told L'Equipe newspaper on Wednesday that he met Macron before he started... Wed, 17 May 2017 08:32:00 GMT 2017-05-17T08:32:00Z Prosecutors accuse Falcao of tax crimes in Spain MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors have asked a judge to charge Colombia forward Radamel Falcao with defrauding Spain's tax authority of almost $6.1 million from 2012-13. Prosecutors say in a statement Tuesday they have accused Falcao of gaining illegal fiscal benefits and evading taxes after signing for Spanish club Atletico Madrid in 2011. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:57:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:57:00Z Madrid done rotating players as it goes for Spanish title MADRID (AP) — There is no more rest for Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates. Zinedine Zidane is done rotating his squad and will use Ronaldo and the rest of the regular starters when Madrid plays at Celta Vigo with a chance to regain the Spanish league lead and move into position to clinch its first title in five years. A win or a draw ... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:01:00 GMT 2017-05-16T14:01:00Z Barcelona, Madrid win as title race goes to final round MADRID (AP) — Barcelona and Real Madrid won their matches Sunday with the Spanish league title race now guaranteed to go to the final round. Neymar scored a hat trick for Barcelona in a comfortable 4-1 win at Las Palmas, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of goals for Madrid in a 4-1 home victory over Sevilla. Madrid scored with an u... Sun, 14 May 2017 22:15:00 GMT 2017-05-14T22:15:00Z German, Slovenian referees picked for European finals NYON, Switzerland (AP) — German referee Felix Brych has been picked to work the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid. UEFA announced its choice Friday for the game in Cardiff, Wales, on June 3. UEFA also named Damir Skomina of Slovenia to referee the Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United. That game wi... Fri, 12 May 2017 11:27:00 GMT 2017-05-12T11:27:00Z Atletico recognizes it needs to improve to succeed in Europe MADRID (AP) — That final hurdle keeping Atletico Madrid from reaching the very top in European soccer is proving to be the most challenging one. Atletico has been contending among the continent's powerhouses the last few years, but it still hasn't been able to take that final leap and break through with the Champions League title. "It s... Thu, 11 May 2017 16:50:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:50:00Z Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe's main leagues BERLIN (AP) — What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ENGLAND Three games left, three points needed. That's the task facing Chelsea in a Premier League title race it has dominated since November. Chelsea's first opportunity to clinch the trophy comes at West Bromwich Albi... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:40:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:40:00Z Benzema's great escape puts Madrid in Champions League final MADRID (AP) — It was an inspired piece of skill by Karin Benzema that shattered Atletico Madrid's hopes of a comeback in the semifinals of the Champions League. The French striker's spectacular move to evade three Atletico defenders led to the crucial away goal that helped put Real Madrid in the final against Juventus on June 3 in Cardiff. Thu, 11 May 2017 11:20:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:20:00Z Madrid eliminates Atletico, reaches Champions League final MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid gave its passionate fans hope early on, but in the end it was city rival Real Madrid that celebrated a return to the Champions League final. Madrid withstood an early onslaught by Atletico to reach a third Champions League final in four years despite a 2-1 loss on Wednesday. Atletico, which trailed 3-0 afte... Wed, 10 May 2017 23:17:00 GMT 2017-05-10T23:17:00Z Benitez gets assurances, set to lead Newcastle in EPL NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Rafa Benitez looks set to lead Newcastle in the Premier League next season after being promised "every last penny" by the club's owner following talks. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid coach stayed with Newcastle despite its relegation to the League Championship last year, and has guided the team back into the Premier League at the first attempt... Wed, 10 May 2017 21:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T21:21:00Z Juventus beats Monaco 2-1 to reach Champions League final TURIN, Italy (AP) — Dani Alves proved his critics wrong as he inspired Juventus to a 2-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday to send the Italian club to its second Champions League final in three years. Often described as being past his best when he joined Juventus from Barcelona on a free transfer last June, the 34-year-old Alves was often mocked during the season. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 23:17:00 GMT 2017-05-09T23:17:00Z Recent rout of Real Madrid boosts Atletico's hopes MADRID (AP) — A match more than two years ago is keeping Atletico Madrid hopeful of a comeback against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals. Atletico needs to overturn a 3-0 loss from the first leg on Wednesday, but it wasn't too long ago that fans at the Vicente Calderon Stadium witnessed the type of feat that can put Atletico in the final. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:23:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:23:00Z Atletico-Madrid rivalry heats up ahead of semifinal MADRID (AP) — The rivalry between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid has intensified before the second leg of their Champions League semifinal, with Atletico going on Twitter to take some shots at the rival and Madrid captain Sergio Ramos coming out to defend his club. The debate has gone beyond the teams' performances on the field, turning into a discussion... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:17:00Z Madrid and Juventus on verge of Champions League final MADRID (AP) — It could be a momentous week for Juventus. And a big one for Real Madrid, too. Two of Europe's grandest teams will be defending big leads this week in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals. Juventus beat Monaco 2-0 last week in its quest to reach the final for the second time in three seasons. Madrid, looking t... Mon, 08 May 2017 15:10:00 GMT 2017-05-08T15:10:00Z Messi nets goals 50 & 51, Barca & Madrid stay locked at top BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored his 50th and 51st goals in all competitions to help Barcelona keep the pressure on Real Madrid in the Spanish league's tight title race on Saturday. Neymar and Luis Suarez also struck in a 4-1 victory over Villarreal that increased the combined goal tally of Barcelona's trio of star strikers to 102 in the campaign. ... Sat, 06 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-06T21:08:00Z Zidane wary of game against already relegated Granada MADRID (AP) — Now is not the time for Real Madrid to get careless. Zinedine Zidane, the former Madrid great looking to win his first Spanish league title as the team's coach, said Saturday's game against already relegated Granada should not be taken lightly. "It will be even more difficult because Granada doesn't have anything to play f... Fri, 05 May 2017 14:26:00 GMT 2017-05-05T14:26:00Z Rashford gives United 1-0 win in Europa League semifinals VIGO, Spain (AP) — Marcus Rashford was decisive again, scoring from a free kick in the second half for Manchester United to beat Celta Vigo 1-0 in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. Rashford, who netted an extra-time winner against Anderlecht in the quarterfinals, drove a right-foot strike over the wall and into the far left corner... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:03:00 GMT 2017-05-04T22:03:00Z Barcelona faces Villarreal as it chases Spanish title MADRID (AP) — The pressure is on Barcelona to keep the pressure on Real Madrid. The defending champions, who lead the Spanish league on the head-to-head tiebreaker but have played one game more than Madrid, will need to be at their best on Saturday against a Villarreal team with the league's second-best defense. "We have to win every ma... Thu, 04 May 2017 11:29:00 GMT 2017-05-04T11:29:00Z Defense fails, leaves Atletico Madrid far from CL final MADRID (AP) — Diego Simeone's much-hyped defense faltered when it was needed the most, likely costing Atletico Madrid a chance of returning to the Champions League final. Atletico's mighty defense was far from its best in the first leg of the semifinals against Real Madrid on Tuesday. It made uncharacteristic mistakes in a 3-0 loss that left the team needing a historic comeb... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:57:00 GMT 2017-05-03T17:57:00Z Properly rested, Ronaldo thriving at the right time MADRID (AP) — All that rest has paid off for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward has been pacing himself, skipping games that he would have normally played in previous years, and is peaking at just the right time. On Tuesday, he scored a hat trick for the second straight game in the Champions League, leading Real Madrid to a 3-0 ... Wed, 03 May 2017 13:08:00 GMT 2017-05-03T13:08:00Z Ronaldo leads Madrid to 3-0 win over Atletico in CL semis MADRID (AP) — Another impressive performance by Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid on the verge of another Champions League final. Ronaldo scored a hat trick to reach 400 goals with Madrid and lead the defending champions to a commanding 3-0 win over city rival Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday. ... Tue, 02 May 2017 22:22:00 GMT 2017-05-02T22:22:00Z Monaco soon facing dilemma of whether to sell rising stars MONACO (AP) — To sell or not to sell is the question soon facing Monaco. Monaco has a summer of tough decision-making ahead — even more so if it wins the Champions League. The 2004 runner-up faces Juventus in the first leg of the semifinals on Wednesday: the toughest test of a thrilling season that has seen Monaco score 146 goals in all competitions. ... Tue, 02 May 2017 03:15:00 GMT 2017-05-02T03:15:00Z