HOUSTON, Texas (AP) — Coach Zinedine Zidane says that Real Madrid wants to part ways with Gareth Bale, six years after it broke a world transfer record to sign the Wales winger.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish women's national team is hoping a strong performance at the World Cup will give the sport a boost just at the moment that players are fighting for their rights...
Zidane says Madrid set to make changes after poor season
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane says that Real Madrid is set for changes this summer after a disappointing season.
"All my players are important and good, but we are going to make changes,"...
With old guard back, Real Madrid wins on Zidane’s return
MADRID (AP) — It was like old times at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Zinedine Zidane was back on the bench, and Real Madrid was winning again.
Solari shares blame for Madrid debacle with players
MADRID (AP) — Amid speculation that his days are numbered, Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari dished out some of the blame for the team's disastrous season to his players.
Solari says Bale, Madrid squad ready for Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Everyone at Real Madrid, it seems, is fully prepared to face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinals.
With 2 penalty kicks, Real Madrid edges Levante 2-1
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid needed two penalty kicks — one awarded by video review — to beat Levante 2-1 on Sunday and stay within nine points of leader Barcelona ahead of their Spanish...
Madrid’s Bale faces possible 12-match ban for celebration
MADRID (AP) — Gareth Bale could face a suspension of up to 12 matches because of a gesture he made toward fans during Real Madrid's 3-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Bale has been reported by La Liga to the Spanish Football Federation over his celebration after scoring Real Madrid's third goal.
Real Madrid wins Madrid derby, rises back to 2nd in La Liga
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is making it clear it's still in the fight for the Spanish league title.
With a convincing victory in the Madrid derby on Saturday, Real Madrid returned to second place in the Spanish league for the first time since September and moved within five points of leader Barcelona, which has a difficult away match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Madrid striker Karim Benzema injures right hand
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema had to be substituted at halftime of Sunday's Spanish league match at Real Betis after hurting his right hand.
Madrid coach Santiago Solari said Benzema had fractured his hand.
Kroos out for about 3 weeks because of muscle injury
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos will be sidelined for about three weeks because of a muscle injury.
The club says tests on Monday showed Kroos sustained a tear of the adductor muscle in his left leg on Sunday in the home loss to Real Sociedad.
The German player had to be replaced late in the game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid’s Gareth Bale has minor muscle injury in left leg
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has injured a muscle in his left leg, but coach Santiago Solari says it is "nothing to worry about."
Bale hurt his lower left leg late in the first half on Thursday in the 2-2 draw at Villarreal. He played on until halftime when he was substituted.
The club did not give an estimated time it expects Bale to be out, but Solari says on Saturday they believe the injury is "a minor one and that it's nothing to be worried about."
Bale scores 3, Madrid beats Kashima 3-1 at Club World Cup
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gareth Bale put Real Madrid back in the final of the Club World Cup by scoring a hat trick to lead a comfortable 3-1 win over Japan's Kashima Antlers on Wednesday.
Madrid had qualified for the tournament between the top teams on each continent in large part thanks to Bale, who scored twice in the 3-1 win over Liverpool in May's Champions League final.
Bale scores as Real Madrid beats Huesca 1-0 in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Gareth Bale scored early in the first half and Real Madrid held on for a harder than expected 1-0 win at last-placed Huesca on Sunday to move closer to the top of the Spanish league.
Bale found the net in the eighth minute and Madrid withstood pressure from the league newcomer to move to fourth in the standings after 15 matches, behind Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and leader Barcelona.
7 more teams qualify for Champions League knockout stage
PARIS (AP) — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich put aside their domestic worries to impress on the European stage and qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Tuesday, as both Manchester clubs, Roma, Ajax and Juventus also advanced to the last 16 with one game to spare.
Real Madrid takes 1st in group courtesy of Roma’s mistakes
ROME (AP) — A series of colossal errors by Roma handed Real Madrid a 2-0 victory Tuesday and first place in Group G of the Champions League.
Roma winger Cengiz Under sent the ball over the bar from point-blank range with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois already down on the ground in first-half added time and two defensive blunders led to Gareth Bale's goal immediately after the break.
Lucas Vazquez then added another for Madrid against a demoralized Roma.
Madrid routs Plzen, keeps thriving under coach Solari
PLZEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Santiago Solari's chances of staying in charge of Real Madrid keep getting better.
Solari's resurgent Madrid routed Viktoria Plzen 5-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, winning its third straight match in all competition since the interim coach took over to replace the fired Julen Lopetegui.
Madrid with depleted defense for match against Valladolid
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will be without most of its defenders when it hosts Valladolid this weekend in its first Spanish league match without coach Julen Lopetegui.
Interim coach Santiago Solari will not be able to count on veteran left back Marcelo, central defender Raphael Varane and right back Dani Carvajal. They are all unavailable for Saturday's match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium because of injuries, as is reserve central defender Jesus Vallejo.
Lopetegui under pressure amid Real Madrid scoring drought
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — It looked like a no-brainer at the time. Which coach wouldn't jump at the chance to lead star-packed and wealthy Real Madrid?
But four months later Julen Lopetegui may be ruing the day the club's president Florentino Perez made him an offer that he just couldn't refuse.
Bale, Benzema join Real Madrid’s list of injured players
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid's injuries keep mounting after Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema had to be substituted on Saturday in the 1-0 loss at Alaves.
Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui says both forwards needed to leave the match because of unspecified injuries.
Benzema did not start the second half, while Bale was replaced late after appearing to ask to be substituted.
Lopetegui says "the injuries to Karim and Gareth greatly limited what we could do."
Real Madrid leads La Liga thanks to goal on video review
MADRID (AP) — It took some help from video review to put Real Madrid on top in the Spanish league.
Marco Asensio's first-half winner to beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday was initially waived off for offside but eventually stood after assistance from the VAR, which is making its La Liga debut this season.
"In the end there was justice. I'm glad the VAR worked," Asensio said. "I had already told (the referee) I didn't think I was offside."
Madrid starts CL life after Ronaldo with easy win over Roma
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid showed it can still compete in the Champions League even without Cristiano Ronaldo.
In its first Champions League match without the star forward in nearly a decade, Madrid easily dominated Roma to open its campaign with a comfortable 3-0 home win on Wednesday.
Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz took care of the scoring in Ronaldo's absence, securing the victory for the three-time defending champions.
Madrid drops first points in La Liga in 1-1 draw at Bilbao
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid dropped its first points in the Spanish league after being held at Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 on Saturday.
Madrid needed Francisco "Isco" Alarcon to come off the bench and score three minutes later in the 64th to salvage a point from the visit to the Basque Country club. Isco slipped into the area unmarked and headed Gareth Bale's cross down off the turf and into the corner of the net.
With attacks clicking, Madrid and Barcelona dominate early
MADRID (AP) — With Lionel Messi thriving again and Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale making up for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona and Real Madrid are threatening to run away early in the Spanish league.
Madrid and Barcelona are the only teams with a perfect start after three matches, earning healthy gaps to other potential title contenders and showing signs the league may he headed for another two-team race.
Bale and Benzema keep Madrid winning without Ronaldo
MADRID (AP) — Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are keeping Real Madrid's attack alive in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Benzema scored twice and Bale once as Madrid came from behind to earn a 4-1 win at Girona on Sunday, remaining perfect in the Spanish league after two rounds.
Sergio Ramos also scored for Madrid as it kept pace with Barcelona. Athletic Bilbao, Levante and promoted Huesca can match them with six points when they play their matches on Monday.
Real Madrid wins Spanish league opener without Ronaldo
MADRID (AP) — Gareth Bale is doing his part to help Real Madrid get over Cristiano Ronaldo's departure.
Bale scored in Madrid's Spanish league opener and set up the other goal in a 2-0 win over Getafe in Sunday's Madrid derby.
Dani Carvajal also scored for Madrid, which for the first time in nearly a decade started its league campaign without Ronaldo, the club's greatest goal-scorer.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Straight after a third successive Champions League title was secured, Cristiano Ronaldo was talking about Real Madrid in the past tense.
Real's biggest star hinted he was unsure he'd stay with the club. Its best player in the Champions League final, Gareth Bale, looks more likely to be departing.
"In the next few days I'll give the fans an answer because they are the ones who have always been by my side," Ronaldo said. "It was very beautiful to be with Madrid."
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — With his back to goal but eyes on the incoming cross, Gareth Bale connected with the ball while leaping in the air and sent a scissor-kick arcing into the top of the net.
Fusing athleticism and technique, it was a mesmerizing sight to behold from the Real Madrid forward.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — On Liverpool's night of tears in the Champions League final, goalkeeper Loris Karius cried long and hard.
True, the decisive goal in Real Madrid's 3-1 win on Saturday was a sublime scissor-kick by substitute Gareth Bale that the 24-year-old German was helpless to stop.
But Madrid's other two goals came from major errors by Karius that verged on the ridiculous.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid showed Liverpool its strengths and weaknesses a week before their Champions League final.
Madrid squandered first-half goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in drawing at Villarreal 2-2 on Saturday in its last match before attempting to win Europe's most coveted trophy for a third year in a row.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid warmed up for their European finals by winning in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Madrid didn't need resting forward Cristiano Ronaldo to crush Celta Vigo 6-0 at home in its second-to-last match before the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Atletico also won at crosstown rival Getafe 1-0 just four days before it plays Marseille for the Europa League crown.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid rested Cristiano Ronaldo and other regulars for the Champions League and still got the win it needed to stay in contention for second place in the Spanish league.
Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral scored first-half goals as Madrid defeated Leganes 2-1 on Saturday to move within a point of second-place Atletico Madrid, which plays at Alaves on Sunday.
Real Madrid moves within a point of Atletico in La Liga
LAS PALMAS, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid overcame the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo to defeat Las Palmas 3-0 and move within a point of second-place Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league on Saturday.
With Ronaldo rested for Tuesday's visit to Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took over to give the defending league champions a comfortable win in the Canary Islands.
Ronaldo scores 4 goals as Madrid beats Girona 6-3
MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo extended his impressive scoring run by scoring four goals in Real Madrid's 6-3 rout of Girona in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Ronaldo scored once in the first half and three times in the second, reaching 21 goals in his last 11 matches in all competitions. The Portugal star also set up Lucas Vazquez's goal at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Gareth Bale scored Madrid's other goal.
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane fielded his regular starters before the Paris Saint-Germain match and Real Madrid will travel to France boosted by a good performance by its stars and a comfortable win in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Gareth Bale once as Madrid eased past 10-man Getafe 3-1.
Madrid faces PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, leading 3-1 from the first leg.
Messi, Ronaldo both net 2 in wins by Barca and Madrid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice to lead Barcelona and Real Madrid to comfortable wins in the Spanish league on Saturday.
While Luis Suarez netted a hat trick for Barcelona, Messi scored two superb goals to help beat Girona 6-1 and set a new club record of 32 consecutive Liga matches without a loss. That was one more than the streak in 2010-11 under Pep Guardiola.
Ronaldo nets 2 as Madrid beats Alaves 4-0 in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema added goals as Real Madrid beat Alaves 4-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Benzema set up both Ronaldo's opener and a quick second goal by Bale to put the result beyond doubt seconds after halftime.
Benzema used a subtle touch with the back of his heel to leave Ronaldo in position to drill the hosts' first goal into the net in the 44th minute.
For a change, defense could be key for Madrid’s CL success
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has relied on its attacking power to thrive in the Champions League in recent years.
Led by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, Madrid won three of the last four titles in the elite club competition.
This time, though, the key to its success may depend on its defense.
Bale leads Real Madrid into next round of Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Gareth Bale needed only a few minutes to help Real Madrid secure a spot in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.
Bale came off the bench after a long injury layoff to set up two goals and help Madrid's reserves secure a 2-2 draw against third-division Fuenlabrada at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid, which was without Cristiano Ronaldo and many other regular starters, advanced 4-2 on aggregate after having won the first leg 2-0 last month.
Bale set to return to Madrid’s squad after injury layoff
MADRID (AP) — Gareth Bale is expected to make his return to Real Madrid's lineup in a Copa del Rey match this week after being sidelined for more than two months because of injuries.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Monday that the Wales forward has recovered from a left leg muscle injury and will play at least part of Tuesday's match against Fuenlabrada at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid won the first leg 2-0 against the third-division club.
Gareth Bale is desperate for Beyonce to perform at his wedding next year.
The 28-year-old professional footballer is set to tie the knot with his 26-year-old partner Emma Rhys-Jones in 2018, and the couple are in talks with Beyonce's team in a bid to get the 'Halo' hitmaker to sing on their special day in the bash after the ceremony.
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale hit by another left leg injury
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will be sidelined even longer after hurting his left leg while he was attempting to recover from a prior injury.
Bale "felt some discomfort in his left leg" after training on Thursday, and tests on Friday revealed "a strain to the middle third of the adductor longus muscle in his left leg," the defending European club champion said.
Bale, Dzeko, Sanchez headline stars on World Cup sidelines
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo just made it. Gareth Bale, Edin Dzeko and Alexis Sanchez weren't as fortunate.
While only 23 of the 32 qualifiers for next year's World Cup have been determined, there's already a long list of high-profile players who have missed the cut.
Here's a 3-4-3 lineup of some of the biggest names who will be watching the action in Russia from the sidelines:
Serbia qualifies for World Cup, Ireland into playoffs
Serbia qualified for the World Cup for the second time since becoming an independent nation in 2006 after beating Georgia 1-0 on Monday, while Ireland won in Wales 1-0 to seal second place and a spot in the playoffs.
At the end of a tense final round of qualifying in Group D, Gareth Bale's Wales dropped to third place and was out of contention for a place in next year's tournament in Russia — 15 months after reaching the semifinals of the European Championship.
Serbia loss gives Wales and Ireland fresh hope in qualifying
VIENNA (AP) — Serbia failed to clinch a World Cup berth in Vienna and lost instead, giving fresh hope to Wales and Ireland in qualifying on Friday.
Serbia only had to beat already-eliminated Austria. It squandered the opening goal, came back to draw 2-2 then conceded a long-range goal in the 89th minute for Austria to win 3-2.
The Serbs can still secure top spot in Europe Group D and the automatic qualifying berth that comes with it on Monday, with a home win against Georgia.
Defining week for Wales in World Cup qualifying without Bale
They were the revelation of the 2016 European Championship, a Wales team of mostly journeymen — not counting its galactico, Gareth Bale, of course — somehow reaching the semifinals in their first major soccer tournament in nearly 60 years.
The Welsh players virtually became overnight sensations. Rugby, the biggest sport in Wales, briefly took a back seat. They were ahead of archrival England in the FIFA rankings, in 11th place. Five years previously, they were 117th.
Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales’ final World Cup qualifiers
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales says Gareth Bale has been ruled out of its final two World Cup qualifiers.
Bale's fitness has been a source of concern for Wales since sustaining a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.
The 28-year-old forward missed Real Madrid's league game with Espanyol on Sunday but reported to the Wales camp the following morning.
Ronaldo scores 2 as Real Madrid wins 3-1 at Dortmund
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo helped two-time defending champion Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Ronaldo, yet to score in the Spanish league where he sat out a five-game suspension for shoving a referee, took his tally in Europe's premier competition this season to four goals in two games as he sent Dortmund to its second straight defeat in Group H.
Backup Mayoral leads Real Madrid to 3-1 win at Sociedad
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Little-used Borja Mayoral helped Real Madrid get back on track in the Spanish league on Sunday, scoring once and setting up another goal to deal Real Sociedad its first loss of the season.
Gareth Bale capped the 3-1 victory with his sixth goal in five visits to Sociedad's Anoeta Stadium. Bale's fine solo goal in the second half gave the Welshman a much-needed boost after he was criticized for not scoring in Madrid's previous back-to-back draws in the league.
Madrid pins return to form on Ronaldo back for Champs League
MADRID (AP) — One title defense has begun shakily for Real Madrid. Two won't be tolerated.
While Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for pushing a referee, Madrid has made a relatively poor start to retaining the Spanish league title, lying four points behind Barcelona after three rounds.
Ronaldo is still suspended for one more La Liga match, but he's cleared to play in Europe, and will feature in their Champions League opener on Wednesday against APOEL of Cyprus.