Real Madrid finished their American tour with a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich thanks to a goal from defender Danilo.
82,000 + attended the MetLife Stadium to see Carlo Ancelotti play against his old team – now coached by Zinedine Zidane, this is the first time he has watched them play since he was sacked in May 2015.
League football is nearly underway for the 2014-15 campaign. Before the matches kick off this weekend, we thought we’d take a look ahead at La Liga‘s schedule and highlight a few matches you should try not to miss. Naturally, fanatic supporters will try to take in as much as they possibly can. However, if you’re only going to watch a few matches here and there, these are the best options for the first half of the season.
Real Madrid v. Cordoba – August 25
Want an early look at the winners of the 2014 Champions League complete with all their shiny new acquisitions? You might not get a better one than this opening week fixture with Cordoba, one of three clubs promoted to La Liga this season. Naturally, this is an extremely unbalanced pairing on paper, and it could be a chance to see Real Madrid rack up five goals or so at the Bernabeu. That said, however, some see Real Madrid as overreaching a tad. Michael Lintorn, a writer for Betfair, suggests that bringing in Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez might almost leave Carlo Ancelotti with too many talents to juggle in this article. Still—this is one to watch for the pure talent exhibition of Real Madrid.
Real Madrid v. Atletico Madrid – September 13
This one barely needs explaining. Any time two league rivals from the same city face off (in any league) it’s worth watching. When it’s the defending Champions League winners vs. the defending La Liga champs, it’s about as good a fixture as you could ask for. Rest assured, Real Madrid will be gunning for a win at the Bernabeu as they attempt to assert themselves early in the season. As for Atletico, this team will still be finding itself. As Inside Spanish Football noted in questioning whether the club can repeat its shocking La Liga win, this is basically an entirely new side following a wave of departures and a few new signings (chief among them Diego Costa replacement Mario Mandzukic).
Atletico Madrid v. Sevilla – September 27
This may not be the glossiest fixture on paper, but it could be crucial. Atletico Madrid may be reeling early from the loss of so many key players. Also, as Bleacher Report wrote, Sevilla returns with nearly the same team that just missed the top four in 2013-14. This match at Vicente Calderon Stadium is a great chance for Sevilla to make a strong early statement, and it should be a great contest.
Real Madrid v. Barcelona – October 25
Forget La Liga—this match is almost like a meeting of world all-star teams. We wrote back in July that we couldn’t wait for this matchup, and now it’s just two months away. While Barcelona and Real Madrid finished second and third last season, respectively, they should be the clear-cut class of La Liga this season. This will be the first visit to the Bernabeu for the unthinkably tantalizing Barcelona trio of Neymar, Messi and Luis Suarez. They’ll meet a Real Madrid core of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo that has been bolstered by the aforementioned additions of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. This fixture is the stuff dreams are made of for league football fans.
Ultimately, this is only a small glimpse at some of the most noteworthy matches on La Liga’s schedule for the first half of the season. But from a first look at Real Madrid through the match of the year on October 25, these look like the highlights for La Liga supporters. That said, anything can happen. We may see another surprise contender like Atletico Madrid in 2013-14, and we may see one of the better club sides in a decade at either Barcelona or Real Madrid! Only time will tell—enjoy the season!
About to head for Brazil, attended BRAND Benzema in the concentration of the French team in Clairefontaine. Karim is radiant. Lives of the happiest of his life sporting stages. After fulfilling the dream of winning the Madrid Tenth, prepares to meet another: a World Cup. After the disappointment of not going to South Africa, was a thorn and prepares to enjoy the Brazilian appointment. Of course, he knows that his return to Madrid expect an exciting season.
Question. The Tenth and now the World. Do you still think sometimes that is a dream?
Response. I came to Madrid to win the Tenth. I dreamed a lifetime with the Cup and I am very proud. That is not forgotten. But football is going very fast. Luckily, now is the World Cup, but we have lived always in the career of a footballer.
Q. A response is expected and the fans?
A. It is the first time such a thing alive. When it won the League in Lyon were people, but not this. It was amazing to see all those people in Cibeles at six in the morning. It was magnificent. People were eager to live a thing. They had been waiting for years and they deserve it. I am particularly happy for them. We also got along time looking for this time. There have been many years of effort. We had missed luck, but it’s here.
Q. And that was very difficult. Did he think they were at the gates for another year?
A. It was very hard, and after setting them before. It has always been so against Atlético, is a team that does not let you move, but we played well. I think what we were looking for all the time and then it deserved. We never gave up and in the end the award much sacrifice arrived.
Q. For you it was not easy. When he saw that I was leaving the field, losing his team and after playing with discomfort. What did you think?
A. I was disappointed, but thought it was time and empataríamos. On the bench I was the first fan of the team. It goes really bad when you can not help your teammates. But we never lost faith, not on the field and we support from outside.
P. Views how was it and after hearing some criticism for his party, do not you think it was a mistake to play touched?
A. There was an error playing, I would do it. Winning the Champions League is not just a game, it is something that is earned from the beginning. I was injured, Christian too, and is one of the best players in the world. When you’re not the most immediately noticeable. Was injured but it is essential that participated and helped the team. In those moments you do not think about the consequences, think about what is best for your team and I was sure that you could help.
Q. What are your goals now? Did you know that you can close a historic season?
A. I want to win everything, is what compels Madrid. Work to win the treble and want another six titles. We have the World Club Cup, the Supercopa of Spain, Europe, the League again the Champions Cup and must win it all. We can because we are a great team.
Q. Do you think that this can go closer to his other great challenge, get to win Ballon d’Or?
R. You have to keep fighting to claim the Ballon d’Or think I’ve had a great season, now is the World Cup and it is clear that all that comes if you win titles. But now is a little closer.
Q. This has been his best year in Madrid?
A. Yes, because we have also won titles.
Q. How do you feel beside two players like Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo?
A. Sometimes it is easy to play alongside him, others are more complicated. I love playing with them, they are two great players. It is a pleasure to be the BBC. This year we have been close to 100 goals. We want to pass this barrier next year. See if possible.
P. The fans of Madrid is demanding. Do you think it is especially with Benzema?
R. In Madrid have called Zidane, Ronaldo, Casillas … are demanding, they want to dial or passes it will fail, you have to work to be always full. And so you have to assume, think you should do better player because you know that in every action there to give the best of each.
P. speaks of Luis Suarez’s afraid of course if a player like him coming?
A. I sleep well, wake up as well. Everyone can come and arriving in Madrid the best. I work every day to play in Madrid. I have no special pressure so it is a great player and has had a great season, but in football you have to make several very good seasons. But it is a great player and if ever comes it will help.
Q. What has given Ancelotti Benzema?
A. Above all, trust, like Zidane, so I have big games. Also Florentino has always been there for me since the first day I met him. I have always supported, even in the bad times.
Q. Bayern’s game was the best of the season?
A. I do not know if the best, but one of the biggest around what it meant. Earn as important there was something extraordinary team.
P. The press puts him far from Madrid. That is particularly concerned or trust the will of Ancelotti and the club?
A. They can say what they want. I have a contract, I’m in Madrid and if I can stay all my life in Madrid, so I will. I came here to win titles. If it’s for me, I always stay. I do not want to go anywhere.
Q. Do you feel you have lost a great opportunity to do the treble?
A. I had on hand, but it has been a hard, long time, and many years since the Madrid arrived so far ago. But next year we’ll go for the treble. It was more mental, he thought after Bayern would win at home, but in football you have to be on top forever. I think it has been a great season in every way.
Q. And what is the key to Ancelotti Madrid?
R. Calm, especially not go crazy. We have always had things clear, we have been firmly planted in the field and after much talent on the team to make a difference.
Q. How do you see Varane? Is the end of Lisbon came in handy to gain confidence?
A. Sure. If Varane he continues, in one or two years will be the best center in the world.
Q. They say you can go to Chelsea.
A. I have not talked to him about it, but I think it will.
Q. Is it very different role with France regarding plays at Real Madrid?
R. Every game with France have to be the best. Even I have more pressure and responsibility. But I will work to be the best. I look good physically and mentally. But the head is most important. If it is not there, does not work otherwise.
Q. Are you concerned about the state of Christian, that the World may happen bill?
R. takes many years playing every game, but I wish him well, to play the World Cup and does not suffer.
Q. And your renewal?
A. I hope to reach an agreement with Real Madrid, there is no other club like this. Every year I feel better, I just think in Madrid. I’m happy here with my family. My parents always go where I go, come much to me.
Madrid have presented the two costumes that will look for the next La Liga championship , where white is the dominant color in the first, while the fuchsia has been chosen for the second.
In this way the European champions maintains the tradition as your regular clothes are concerned. The elastic, Adidas , which carry a neck with two buttons , will also with black horizontal stripes on the sleeves and the middle vertical and pants. In addition, the fuchsia is slightly visible on the back to shoulder height on the sides , at the base of the pants and the same socks .
Greater the presence of the latter in the alternate kit . Both pants and the shirt will go in that color, monochrome breaking the adorn white stripes sleeves, pants and socks. These will also be in costume porter, dark blue.
For the coming- elected Real Madrid facade Bernabeu. There projected a ‘ mapping ‘ in which he could see some players wearing two garments. Subsequently a number of fans who gathered at the presentation moved to the official store , open until twelve o’clock exceptionally, to acquire copies.
Diego Costa returned to Madrid yesterday , so her trip to Belgrade lasted just one day. The Spanish-Brazilian landed at Barajas late in the afternoon. Appeared in executive airport terminal accompanied by Oscar Pitillas , boiler template Atlético .
With BRAND sole witness , climbed into a van and headed directly to the Cemtro clinic to undergo an MRI in which could see the effects of lightning treatment to which he was subjected in the Serbian capital by Marijana Kovacevic , also known as the Miracle Doctor.
The Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be the first guest on the television program ” De Zurda ” Diego Maradona to lead and Victor Hugo Morales during the 2014 Brazil World Cup for Telesur .
This was confirmed in an interview with Morales the agency Dpa . ” Lula will be the first interviewee .”
The leader of the Workers Party (PT ) ” going to talk about football and that will be fun ,” the Uruguayan journalist and broadcaster, who did not rule out , however, that the policy will strain ” De Zurda ” .
Victor Hugo said that ” the program is football .” ” Of course, in speaking of them , like mine , it’s hard tug and not take anything that has to do with politics , life , ideology , but what I think is that Lula invited to speak football and a good time , although it is a while , and leave the complex life having a man like him who is number one in the country and therefore has to do with the football championship , “he said .
The presenter and broadcaster , said that bind to short to Maradona that can not always go by the political side . ” Now, if when I ask something, Diego takes to the policy side I’ll be careful ,” said Victor Hugo , author of the memorable story of ‘ cosmic kite ‘ , the historical goal of Maradona to the British in the 1986 Mexico World Cup .
” From Zurda ” will be a daily program that will analyze the World Cup journey and will issue the Latin American network based in Caracas , Venezuela , from Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup. It will also be reproduced by other national channels, such as Argentina Public Television .
” Diego is the main protagonist and I’m just a bridge between him and the people. ‘s Like a journalist interviewer to be a philosopher , what matters are the ideas of others and in this case is the philosopher Diego Soccer ” , said Hugo .