Jose Mourinho still blames Cristiano Ronaldo for his Champions League failure with Real Madrid. 15/09/2014 CEST The Spanish giants lost to Bayern Munich on penalties in the semi-final, with Ronaldo guilty of missing his. “Winning the Champions twice as coach has made my career a special one,” Mourinho, who lifted the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan said. Sport EN Upd. at 23:22 “I’ve been in several semi-finals too and some defeats were especially hard to take, such as the goal that did not exist against Liverpool [during his first Chelsea spell in 2005 or on penalties in 2012 when our first-choice penalty taker [Ronaldo] went up first and failed.”
Upd. at 18:46 Sport EN The next two matches that Barcelona play in the league are against Eibar at the Camp Nou, and then against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on October 25. 07/10/2014 Thus, it may be the case that Messi breaks the record in the stadium of Barcelona’s eternal rival. Breaking the record itself will see him earn a deserved tribute and LFP chief Javier Tebas even said it was possible that this could take place at the Bernabeu. In 1955 Telmo Zarra ended his time in the top flight with 251 goals. Lionel Messi is currently perched on 249. The Barcelona No 10 only needs three goals to overcome the record which has been in place for over half a century. That could happen within a matter of days. CEST “You’re giving me ideas,” he joked with journalists. “Messi is so good that he must always be honoured. He has to always be in our league. We need to reflect it, it is a historic moment, we need to do something. To have it at the game in the Bernabeu? Why not?”
Sport EN Only Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Manchester City for 74 million euros) cost more than the 63 million euros PSG paid for the former Real Madrid player. 14/09/2015 The Argentine midfielder, speaking to Le Parisien, said: “I am really impressed by his technical quality and his movement on the pitch. He’s at the same level as Leo and Cristiano.” CEST Angel Di Maria believes his new teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic is at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition, Di Maria admitted that he feels fortunate to have spent his career alongside such great players. “I have been lucky to be able to play with Leo, Cristiano and Ibrahimovic,” he added. Di Maria swapped Manchester United for Paris Saint-Germain this summer in the second most expensive deal of the transfer window. Upd. at 21:38
The company announced it will pay 78 euros for each share in the La Liga club and will reportedly invest around 15 million euros, which will give them a share of the club somewhere between 45 percent and 56 percent. They are the latest Chinese company to get involved in Spanish football. Rastrar is involved in the production of model cars, related items and video games, among other things. Dalian Wanda Group Co. bought 20 percent of Atletico Madrid in the summer for 45 million euros. Lluis Miguelsanz “The company hope that the deal will help to expand its entertainment business in the sports sector,” Rastrar said. CET China’s Rastrar Group, led by Chen Yensheng, has purchased a majority share in Espanyol. 03/11/2015 Upd. at 12:45
CET Upd. at 20:48 Rijkaard did not want to take over the team who are ninth in La Liga with five wins, four draws and four defeat, as well as having to rely on other sides to qualify for then next round of the Champions League. Sport EN His most successful era as a coach was at the club, where he was in charge between 2003 and 2008. In these five years he won two La Ligas, one Champions League, two Spanish Super Cups and put his style of play on the side, giving another Dutch touch at Camp Nou. Rijkaard will continue without a managerial job, after more than two years of inactivity. His last coaching role was the Saudi Arabia national team, whom he took charge of between summer 2011 and January 2013. A year after he announced he woukd not like to coach again, but later said he would “return to Barcelona with a lot of joy”. 30/11/2015 Former Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has rejected the chance to take over at Valencia after Nuno Espirito Santo parted ways with the side at the weekend. Valencia are now looking for other candidates. Michael Laudrup, another former Barcelona player, is on the list. Curiously, Valencia’s next game is against the Catalan side at Mestalla on Saturday.
CET The saber rattling started when various sectors of Real Madrid unsuccessfully tried to change a rule that means only multimillionaires may run for president. A law change propelled by Florentino Perez in 2012 limits access to the presidency just to the very rich, but according to ‘Soy Madridista’ a candidacy composed of former players could be brewing, including Manolo Sanchis and Fernando Hierro as figure-heads, that would project a structure similar to the one that Bayern Munich enjoys. Members on one side and a company led by former players to be responsible for the business management. The latter symptoms do not favor the president, who has heard chants of “Florentino resign!” at the Santiago Bernabeu in the last two home games. Chants that indicate that something is changing and a new front may be preparing to run for presidency in the elections in 2017. Upd. at 02:15 A. Alcazar 07/12/2015 Florentino Perez celebrates his thirteenth season as Real Madrid president with more negatives than positives on the sports side of things and more positives than negatives economically. His second spell at the club – the first was from 2000 to 2006 and this one began in June 2009 – gives the fans a lot of doubt, for their lurches between projects and loss of image for a club which considers itself exemplary, and values that have been lost over the years. A Madrid president every day more shielded in his economic success, suffering on the sports side without the support of professionals to guide the club’s destiny. The platform could see Raul Gonzalez Blanco added, whose intention is to continue living in New York for family reasons and return to Spain in 2017, for the presidential elections. Florentino is no stranger to the idea of this movement, which is headed by two former players and could be strengthened with the addition of Raul. The three left Madrid while Florentino was in charge. With Hierro it finished badly, relations are cold with Sanchis and Raul only recognised Perez after leaving for the Bundesliga. Something similar to Casillas, whose exit was not proportional for all he did for the club.
Sport EN Asked if Granada would do everything to win the game, Zidane replied: “I won’t go into that. We have a final and we have to do things as well as possible to win the three points. There’s nothing else in our heads. We will give our maximum to try and win. I won’t talk about anything else.” “The game of our lives is tomorrow, because we are playing for something. The three points are very important for what we are doing in La Liga. The Real Madrid manager says he doesn’t want to think about Barcelona’s opponents, whom he needs to do his side a favour, or the possibility of bribes. Asked about incentive payments, he added: “I don’t know what you are talking about. This is the last press conference before a Liga game, but we are focused only on what we have to do at the Riazor. CEST Zinedine Zidane refused to put his hand in the fire and comment about Granada. “I only comment on things that we will do. About real things. About winning points, going about our work. I say what I think. For me the most important thing is to think about tomorrow’s game. I am lucky enough to be coach of Real Madrid and that’s what I’m concerned with. I could say Granada will do this or that, but I just want to talk about me, about us. 13/05/2016 at 18:30 “After that, we have a very important game in Milan, that everybody wants to win.”
Busquets does not have any preference between being the sole holding midfielder, or sharing the duty: “It is the manager’s decision, to choose which types of players to use. We have the option of repeating from the first game, with two advanced central midfielders, or with two holding midfielders which would keep us more compact, it depends on the game.” The Spanish international jumped to the defence of Arda Turan, who will be on the opposite side on Friday: “I have not spoken to him but the first game brought him a lot of criticism in his own country. Arda has given everything for his national team and it must be hard to take for him. We know of his quality and I have no doubts over it.” Though he does not avoid the pressure, Busquets considers that “not winning the European Championships would not be a failure”, reasoning that “only one national team can win the title and there are many favourites. We are excited and have the determination to do a good job. What we do not want is a repeat of what happened in Brazil”, referring to the sad impression left by the team in the World Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stages. Jordi Gil Sergio Busquets has good vibrations about Euro 2016. That is certainly what came across from his press conference on Thursday, where he said: “The feelings we got from the first game were very good, our play was at a high level, there is a very good atmosphere in the camp…everything adds to it and helps.” CEST 16/06/2016 at 21:20
Ivan San Antonio 20/09/2016 Serbia have been hoping to call up Bojan Krkic to the national team for many years. Radomir Antic already tried to make a move in 2008, although on that occasion the then Barcelona player was focused on the Spain national side, having always shone in the youth teams. Eight years later, though, Serbia are having another go. CEST Serbia pide a la FIFA poder convocar a Bojan Krkic The Serbian Football Federation have formally asked FIFA to be able to call up the Stoke City player for future matches. Coach Slavoljub Muslin has confirmed that they want to be able to use the forward. For the moment, Bojan has no intention of taking a stance on the situation and is waiting to see what happens. Bojan isn’t Serbian born. He was born in Linyola (Leida) and only has a Spanish passport. However, if FIFA respond positively to Serbia’s request, it’s understood he would have no problem gaining dual-nationality. The reason for that is his father is Serbian. Bojan has played one game for Spain, a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup in 2008 against Armenia. IN SPORT.ES Upd. at 13:53
Marc Bartra posted a message to calm football fans on Wednesday, smiling and showing he is fine after the explosive attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus on Tuesday. Sport EN “Hello everybody! As you can see I am doing much better. Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages! All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to BVB for tonight’s match!” he wrote on an Instagram post. RELATED STORIES IN SPORT.ES 12/04/2017 Upd. at 19:21 Bartra: “Ya estoy mucho mejor” CEST Bartra’s wrist successfully operated on after Dortmund bus explosion