Benzema still reigns in Madrid after spoiling Mbappé party

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — There was a time when Karim Benzema was jeered by Real Madrid fans for not tapping all his talent, for not scoring enough goals, for not rising to the challenge. Even though he had quieted most of his critics in recent years, nobody can ever again doubt the France striker after … Read more

Manchester City stood up as Atletico Madrid tried to bully them and earned a Champions League semifinal spot

Apr 13, 2022 Rob Dawsoncorrespondent MADRID — On a night when Atletico Madrid tried everything to make Manchester City lose their heads, Pep Guardiola’s players showed they have the steel as well as the silk to win the Champions League. By the end, it was the home side who lost their cool when Brazilian defender … Read more

Barcelona were brilliant, Real Madrid must regroup after Clasico that defied expectations

No matter what you read or hear elsewhere, it’s a fact that Real Madrid did not lose this Clasico, in which they were utterly thrashed, “because Karim Benzema was out.” Don’t accept that: It’s glib, it hides some key truths and it is a little typical of the modern obsession with one-phrase analysis. As well-planned, … Read more

Tchouaméni says he picked Madrid despite talking with Mbappé

MADRID — Aurélien Tchouaméni said nothing steered him away from fulfilling his dream of playing for Real Madrid. Not even a chat with Kylian Mbappe. The promising France midfielder made his move to Madrid official on Tuesday, saying he had no doubts about where he wanted to play despite having offers from other clubs and … Read more

Tchouaméni says he picked Madrid despite talking with Mbappé

MADRID (AP) — Aurélien Tchouaméni said nothing steered him away from fulfilling his dream of playing for Real Madrid. Not even a chat with Kylian Mbappe. The promising France midfielder made his move to Madrid official on Tuesday, saying he had no doubts about where he wanted to play despite having offers from other clubs … Read more

Tchouaméni says he picked Madrid despite talking with Mbappé

MADRID (AP) — Aurélien Tchouaméni said nothing steered him away from fulfilling his dream of playing for Real Madrid. Not even a chat with Kylian Mbappe. The promising France midfielder made his move to Madrid official on Tuesday, saying he had no doubts about where he wanted to play despite having offers from other clubs … Read more

Benzema brace as Madrid beats Bilbao 2-1 in virus-hit game

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema scored two quick goals to lead Real Madrid to a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday in a Spanish league game missing several players because of coronavirus infections. Defending champion Atlético Madrid slumped to a fourth consecutive league defeat after losing 2-1 at Granada, extending its worst run … Read more

37th America’s Cup: Barcelona to host next edition of Cup in 2024 | sailing news

Emma Thurston Interviews, comment & analysis Barcelona will be the venue for the 37th America’s Cup in September and October 2024; women’s and youth America’s Cup regattas will be part of the event schedule for the first time; INEOS Britannia, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, are the Challenger of Record Last Updated: 29/03/22 3:27pm The … Read more

Inside Real Madrid’s Champions League final triumph

PARIS — Lucas Vazquez doesn’t speak much French at all. But the Real Madrid utility player had no problem understanding one word, and repeating it after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final: “Cinq.” Karim Benzema had his right hand open, looking at his family members in the stands — many of … Read more