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

If Diego Simeone leaves, Atletico Madrid have the perfect successor in waiting

Diego Simeone has suffered one of his toughest seasons after winning LaLiga for Atletico Madrid. Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images With eight trophies lifted and hundreds of millions of euros earned during his 11-year reign at Atletico Madrid, so long as Diego Simeone qualifies his team for the Champions League again he has undoubtedly earned the right … Read more

Barcelona win, delay Real Madrid’s looming title celebration

Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad 1-0 on Thursday to make sure Real Madrid will have to wait at least another week to celebrate the Spanish league title. Barcelona’s away victory reduced its gap to Madrid to 15 points, and it can further cut it to 12 points on Sunday if it defeats Rayo Vallecano at home … Read more

Gareth Bale confirms Real Madrid departure after nine years

Jun 1, 2022 Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Gareth Bale has thanked Real Madrid for helping him “create moments that will live forever” in an open letter confirming that he is leaving the club after nine years in Spain. Bale, 32 — who has featured in just seven Madrid games, starting four of them, in an … Read more

Real Madrid furious over Kylian Mbappe’s PSG U-turn, but they learned how to channel it after Neymar joined Barcelona

There’s a lot of schadenfreude at Real Madrid’s expense right now, but for those who are enjoying Los Blancos‘ extreme discomfort at losing out on Kylian Mbappe, after the Paris Saint-Germain star opted to stay in Paris this summer, the message is: Watch out; the Empire Will Strike back. 2 related The French World Cup … Read more

Real Madrid missed Kylian Mbappe transfer, so whom could they target instead this summer?

When Kylian Mbappe announced he was staying at Paris Saint-Germain by signing a new three-year contract last week, there was one club in Europe impacted more than others. Real Madrid had pinned all their transfer hopes on persuading the 23-year-old striker to move on a free transfer this summer, so much so that they did … Read more

Karim Benzema-led Real Madrid win Liga title with ease

Real Madrid made it look easy this time. With a title-winning campaign few could contest, Madrid clinched its record-extending 35th Spanish league title on Saturday, lifting the trophy with four rounds left after routing Espanyol 4-0 with its backup players. Led by a red-hot Karim Benzema, Madrid was in control from the start, successfully fending … Read more

Marcelo insists his Real Madrid career isn’t over, but if it is, he will go down as one of their greats

8:30 AM BST Sid LoweSpanish writer On Marcelo’s left thigh, just above the knee and hidden until he hitches up his shorts, there is a tattoo. A picture of the European Cup is inked into his skin. Below it are four numbers, four years, four moments when history was made: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018. There … Read more