Gareth Bale - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Gareth Bale How Zidane and Ronaldo led Madrid to Spanish league title MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid won its 33rd league title on Sunday to move nine ahead all-time of rival Barcelona. Madrid claimed its first title since 2012 and kept Barcelona from its third straight championship. Madrid stayed in front of its rival during most of the season and capped its title run with a 2-0 win at Malaga in the final roun... Sun, 21 May 2017 22:37:00 GMT 2017-05-21T22:37:00Z 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 Champions League semifinals: Spotlight on Real Madrid MADRID (AP) — A closer look at Real Madrid ahead of its Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. SEASON SO FAR: Madrid enters the final month of an already remarkable season still in contention for the two major titles still available — the Champions League and the Spanish league. Zinedine Zidane... Mon, 01 May 2017 03:11:00 GMT 2017-05-01T03:11:00Z Injured Bale expected to miss Champions League semifinals MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is expected to miss the Champions League semifinals because of a calf muscle injury. The club said tests on Tuesday confirmed the extent of the left calf injury that forced Bale to leave the Spanish league game against Barcelona on Sunday before halftime. Madrid did not specify how long it e... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:11:00 GMT 2017-04-25T20:11:00Z No more room for error for Madrid after loss to Barcelona MADRID (AP) — With its cushion at the top gone, Real Madrid needs wins. Another setback in the final rounds of the Spanish league could leave the title in the hands of Barcelona, which is carrying all the momentum after the last-minute win against Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium over the weekend. "Our fate is still in our hands,... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:31:00 GMT 2017-04-25T13:31:00Z Messi gets 500th career goal for Barca in 3-2 win vs Madrid MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal for Barcelona to give the Catalan club a dramatic 3-2 win in injury time against 10-man Real Madrid in the "clasico" on Sunday, leaving the Spanish league title race wide open. Messi netted his milestone goal — his second of the night — with a low left-foot shot from inside the area after a cross by ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:15:00 GMT 2017-04-24T01:15:00Z Ronaldo and Messi face off to decide Spanish league title MADRID (AP) — The two best players in the world will face off again, this time with the Spanish league title on the line. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi meet on Sunday when Real Madrid and Barcelona play their latest clasico. The outcome at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium could allow Madrid to virtually secure its first league title since... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:49:00 GMT 2017-04-21T13:49:00Z Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe's main competitions What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend: ENGLAND The FA Cup semifinals provide a brief break from the title race, but with added spice thanks to the tightening of the pursuit of the Premier League trophy. Tottenham faces Chelsea in the first semifinal on Saturday ha... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:12:00 GMT 2017-04-20T17:12:00Z Barcelona returns to Bernabeu with title race on the line MADRID (AP) — The last time Barcelona played at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium it gave Real Madrid a 4-0 thrashing that left the hosts in crisis and set the Catalan club on track to winning its second straight Spanish league title. That stunning result eventually led to the replacement of coach Rafa Benitez by Zinedine Zidane, the former Madrid and France ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:32:00 GMT 2017-04-20T09:32:00Z Bayern faces tough task to beat Real Madrid at Bernabeu MADRID (AP) — If Bayern Munich is to have any chance of a sixth straight semifinal appearance in the Champions League it will have to do something that only one team has achieved this season — defeat Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Even a 1-0 victory on Tuesday will not be enough after a 2-1 first-leg, quarterfinal loss in Munich. Madrid's only ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:55:00 GMT 2017-04-17T17:55:00Z Ronaldo, Bale & Benzema out for Madrid at Sporting BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid will have to continue its march toward its first Spanish league title in five years on Saturday without scoring trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale. While Ronaldo and Benzema, along with goalkeeper Keylor Navas, will rest when Madrid visits Sporting Gijon, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday that an ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:13:00 GMT 2017-04-14T18:13:00Z Ronaldo landmark as Madrid wins 2-1, ends Bayern record run MUNICH (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday, ending the German side's tournament record of 16 straight wins at home. Ronaldo's second-half goals saw him become the first player to score 100 goals in European club competition. The Portuguese star... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:43:00 GMT 2017-04-12T22:43:00Z Real scoring streak facing tough Atletico test in derby MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has won its last five games. Atletico Madrid has won its last five games. Something has to give in their derby at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday. "This is the perfect moment to play this match," Atletico defender Filipe Luis says. The stakes are big for both. Real le... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:07:00 GMT 2017-04-06T18:07:00Z Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe's main leagues What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: SPAIN Real Madrid will have the Spanish league lead on the line when it hosts Atletico Madrid in the city derby on Saturday. Madrid will be defending its two-point lead over Barcelona against an Atletico team in its best spell of ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:41:00 GMT 2017-04-06T11:41:00Z Barcelona wins after Messi goals, Real Madrid stays top MADRID (AP) — With Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi on top form, Barcelona needed less than 10 minutes to take care of Sevilla and keep the pressure on Real Madrid in the Spanish league on Wednesday. Suarez scored with a bicycle kick and Messi struck twice within the next eight minutes on his return to action as Barcelona eased to a 3-0 victory in its pursuit of a third straight... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:21:00 GMT 2017-04-05T22:21:00Z With Messi suspended, Suarez leads Barca to win at Granada BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Luis Suarez filled in for the suspended Lionel Messi by scoring one goal and participating in three more to keep Barcelona close to Spanish leader Real Madrid on Sunday. Barcelona's 4-1 victory at 10-man Granada left the defending champions two points behind Madrid, which won 3-0 at home against Alaves earlier in the day. Madrid still has a game in hand. Sun, 02 Apr 2017 21:55:00 GMT 2017-04-02T21:55:00Z Spain and Italy level atop group as are Serbia and Ireland Halfway through European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, there is little to divide some of the teams. Spain and Italy continued their tense battle for top spot in their group with comfortable victories on Friday. The two countries remained tied atop Group G after Spain defeated Israel 4-1 in Gijon, while Italy beat Albania 2-0 in Pal... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:57:00 GMT 2017-03-25T07:57:00Z Spain and Italy level atop group as are Spain and Ireland Halfway through European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, there is little to divide some of the teams. Spain and Italy continued their tense battle for top spot in their group with comfortable victories on Friday. The two countries remained tied atop Group G after Spain defeated Israel 4-1 in Gijon, while Italy beat Albania 2-0 in Pal... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:37:00 GMT 2017-03-24T23:37:00Z Ireland draws 10-man Wales; Serbia moves top of Group D DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland was not able to get past 10-man Wales on Friday as it was held to a 0-0 draw, a result that allowed Serbia to reach the top of Group D of European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after a 3-1 win at Georgia. Ireland and Serbia have 11 points each after five matches, but the Serbians have a better goal difference. Wales moved onto se... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:04:00 GMT 2017-03-24T23:04:00Z World Cup qualifying in Europe: State of play in groups LONDON (AP) — As World Cup qualifying reaches the midway point in Europe, The Associated Press looks at the state of the groups. The winners qualify automatically while the second-place teams go into playoffs. GROUP A France coach Didier Deschamps will be without the world's most expensive player against Luxembourg. ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:18:00 GMT 2017-03-23T16:18:00Z Real Madrid to play Bayern in Champions League quarterfinals NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The road to a Champions League record for Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will go through his old club — defending champion Real Madrid. When Ancelotti fulfilled Madrid's quest for the "Decima" — a record-extending 10th European Cup title — in 2014, he joined a select group of five coaches to win the competition with two different clubs. He also ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:54:00 GMT 2017-03-17T14:54:00Z Real Madrid could do with some improvement despite victory NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Even after reaching the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight season, Real Madrid could do with a little improvement. Madrid advanced, beating Napoli 6-2 on aggregate, but it didn't look easy and it wasn't that pretty. With a 3-1 advantage from the first leg, Tuesday's return match was supposed to ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:20:00 GMT 2017-03-08T10:20:00Z Real Madrid beats Napoli 3-1 to reach Champs League quarters NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Two quick-fire goals saw Real Madrid survive an early scare to win 3-1 at Napoli on Tuesday and reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a seventh successive time. Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Dries Mertens gave Napoli hope with a 24th-minute strike to send a packed San Paolo stadium into raptures. But Madrid captain Sergio Ramos headed in a Toni... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:01:00 GMT 2017-03-08T00:01:00Z Barcelona takes the lead; Luis Enrique says he'll quit MADRID (AP) — On a night marked by the surprise announcement that coach Luis Enrique will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, his team routed relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon 6-1 to return to the top of the Spanish league on Wednesday. Lionel Messi scored his league-leading 21st goal less than 10 minutes into the match at the Camp Nou to help Ba... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 23:59:00 GMT 2017-03-01T23:59:00Z Gameiro nets 3 in 6 minutes, Bale scores in return in Liga BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With three goals in six minutes, Kevin Gameiro made a strong case to be Atletico Madrid's first-choice striker after leading its 4-1 win at Sporting Gijon on Saturday. The Spanish league said only Bebeto in the 1995-96 season and David Villa in 2005-06 have scored faster hat tricks. While Gameiro made some histor... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:07:00 GMT 2017-02-18T22:07:00Z While Barcelona struggles, Real Madrid nears its peak MADRID (AP) — While Barcelona reels, Real Madrid keeps getting better. A day after the Spanish rival was demoralized by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Madrid produced one of its best performances of the season in a victory over Napoli to move closer to its seventh straight appearance in the quarterfinals. There was more go... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-02-16T17:11:00Z Facing elimination, Zidane hopes to turn jeers into cheers MADRID (AP) — The negativity coming from the Real Madrid fans seems to be weighing on Zinedine Zidane. Madrid leads the Spanish league, but the team was jeered despite beating Malaga 2-1 on Saturday. Both goals came from set-pieces scored by Sergio Ramos, and they came less than a week after the team lost at home to Celta Vigo 2-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:54:00 GMT 2017-01-24T15:54:00Z Madrid to rest Ronaldo in Copa del Rey match against Sevilla MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will not use Cristiano Ronaldo in the second leg against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Thursday. Zidane will also rest Luka Modric when Madrid tries to defend a 3-0 win from the first leg. Madrid can advance to the quarterfinals even with a two-goal loss at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. Rona... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:26:00 GMT 2017-01-11T14:26:00Z Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for 4th time ZURICH (AP) — Capping what he called the best year of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth FIFA best player award on Monday. The double European champion with Portugal and Real Madrid beat great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards. "It was a year that was magnificent at a persona... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-01-09T20:48:00Z Real Madrid matches Barcelona's record of 39 unbeaten games MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid tied Barcelona's Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing Granada 5-0 in La Liga on Saturday. Francisco "Isco" Alarcon scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Casemiro added on at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Madrid was six points ahead of second-place Barcelona, which pl... Sat, 07 Jan 2017 22:14:00 GMT 2017-01-07T22:14:00Z