GENEVA (AP) — Remarkably and improbably, it will be Liverpool and Tottenham playing for the Champions League title on June 1.
The all-English final in Madrid seemed all-but impossible before...
Sports director Monchi returns to Sevilla
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla says former sports director Roman "Monchi" Rodriguez, the man credited with building several title-winning squads, is returning to his old job.
Ramos does self-interview to discuss Madrid crisis
MADRID (AP) — With Real Madrid still recovering from one of the worst weeks in club history, team captain Sergio Ramos felt some issues needed to be addressed publicly.
Ajax hopes to take advantage of Ramos’ absence
MADRID (AP) — Needing goals, Ajax hopes to take advantage of Sergio Ramos' absence when it faces Real Madrid in the second leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League.
UEFA bans Sergio Ramos for additional Champions League game
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been banned for an additional Champions League game for deliberately provoking a yellow card to control the timing of a one-game...
Madrid has only days to pick up pieces for another clasico
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos feared the worst after Luis Suarez scored Barcelona's third goal at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium — Panenka-style from the penalty spot — to end his...
UEFA charges Madrid captain Ramos for deliberate yellow card
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has formally charged Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos with deliberately getting a yellow card to control the timing of a Champions League ban.
UEFA charges Valencia’s Kondogbia for deliberate yellow card
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia with intentionally getting a yellow card in a Europa League game against Celtic.
UEFA announced the case Friday, one day after opening an investigation into Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for a suspected similar offense.
Players who provoke a yellow card to serve a one-game ban at a favorable time can be suspended for an additional game.
UEFA investigates Ramos over possibly intentional booking
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA is investigating reported comments by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos that he intentionally got a yellow card to provoke a favorable Champions League ban.
Ramos risks an additional one-game sanction — for a quarterfinals first-leg game — if UEFA decides his 90th-minute foul in a 2-1 win at Ajax on Wednesday was deliberately seeking a yellow card.
UEFA says "a disciplinary investigation has been initiated."
Ramos leads Madrid in defense_ and from the penalty spot
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With his physical, intimidating style, Sergio Ramos has long had the reputation of dominating the area.
Now the Real Madrid defender, who infamously holds the Spanish league record of 19 career red cards, can also claim to be among the best when stepping up to the penalty spot.
Ramos has made all eight spot kicks he has been taken this season.
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.
Once indisputable, Real Madrid’s Marcelo a target of critics
MADRID (AP) — It's not a good sign that nearly every time Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is asked about Marcelo he mentions the player's great past with the club.
Clearly, it has become harder to talk about the player's current achievements.
Marcelo was an indisputable starter for more than a decade with Real Madrid, considered by many the best left back in the world. But this season, the Brazilian's performances have come in for criticism.
Madrid beats Girona in 1st leg of Copa del Rey quarterfinals
MADRID (AP) — With some help from defender Sergio Ramos in attack, Real Madrid overcame an early scare against Girona to move into position to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals for the first time in five years.
Ramos twice gave Madrid the lead in a 4-2 win against a gritty Girona team that had opened the scoring less than 10 minute into the match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Thursday in the first leg of their quarterfinal.
Real Madrid averts upset, beats Leganes 3-0 in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid avoided the upset this time, beating Leganes 3-0 on Wednesday to move closer to the last eight of the Copa del Rey.
After being eliminated by Leganes in the competition's quarterfinals last season, Real Madrid cruised to a first-leg victory at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Sergio Ramos netted his 100th career goal to put Madrid ahead, and Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior added to the lead.
Real Madrid beats Al Ain 4-1 to win Club World Cup again
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Luka Modric scored one goal and set up another in leading Real Madrid to the Club World Cup title by easing past host side Al Ain 4-1 on Saturday.
Ballon d'Or winner Modric struck from long range in the 14th minute after a promising start by the underdog Al Ain. He then placed a corner kick for Sergio Ramos to put the result beyond doubt at 3-0 in the 79th.
Sergio Ramos denies breaking anti-doping rules
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Ramos has denied breaking anti-doping rules as suggested by German magazine Der Spiegel in the latest "Football Leaks" revelations.
The magazine reported Ramos failed a doping test after the Champions League final against Juventus in 2017, and that the Real Madrid captain did not follow proper procedures when asked to take a test after a Spanish league match in April this year.
Real Madrid denies Ramos breached anti-doping rules
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has denied Sergio Ramos broke anti-doping rules as suggested by German magazine Der Spiegel in the latest "Football Leaks" revelations.
The magazine reported Ramos failed a doping test after the Champions League final against Juventus in 2017, and that the Madrid captain did not follow proper procedures when asked to take a test after a Spanish league match in April this year.
Madrid wins 4-2 at Celta for 4th straight win under Solari
VIGO, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema scored a superb opening goal in Real Madrid's 4-2 win at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Sunday, boosting interim coach Santiago Solari's chances of staying in charge of the European champions.
Benzema displayed exquisite control to get Madrid rolling in the 23rd minute. Spinning away from the goal, the French striker used his right foot to cushion a forward lob by Luka Modric. He then continued his turn and coolly slotted the ball in.
Madrid needs late goal by Vinicius to end league slump
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid needed a late goal by Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior to beat Valladolid 2-0 and end its slump in the Spanish league as interim coach Santiago Solari made his home debut on Saturday.
A shot by substitute Vinicius took a deflection off defender Kiko Olivas in the 83rd minute and caught goalkeeper Jordi Masip out of position. Masip touched the ball but couldn't keep it from going in. The league credited the 18-year-old Vinicius with the goal.
Madrid needs win in Champions League, Ronaldo back at United
BERLIN (AP) — Three-time defending champion Real Madrid is in crisis after four defeats in five games as it returns to the Champions League on Tuesday.
The question hanging over Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before Viktoria Plzen's visit is whether club president Florentino Perez has already had enough of Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.
Madrid players behind Lopetegui after calls for change
MADRID (AP) — Most Real Madrid fans have lost their patience with Julen Lopetegui, but the coach still has his players behind him.
Lopetegui is under fire with Madrid on a five-game winless streak that included its longest scoring drought ever. Fans loudly jeered the team and coach after Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Levante and, although Lopetegui is only a few months into the job, many already want him out.
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.
Madrid loses at Alaves on last-gasp goal, winless in 4 games
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid is enduring its worst scoring drought in more than three decades.
Alaves scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to hand Madrid a 1-0 loss in the Spanish league on Saturday and leave the European champions without a goal in four matches in all competitions.
The last time Madrid went as long without a goal was 1985.
New Real Madrid tested in Champions League without Ronaldo
MADRID (AP) — Things have changed for Europe's most successful club. The Real Madrid team that will begin its Champions League campaign against Roma on Wednesday looks nothing like the one that dominated European soccer in the last few years.
Luis Enrique leaves out Koke, Alba and Aspas in 1st call-up
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach on Friday, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas.
Enrique called up 24 players for the team's matches against England and Croatia in the Nations League.
"I'm not trying to revolutionize, only to improve," Enrique said. "We shouldn't make comparisons to the previous squad. We are not inferior to any other national team, but we still have things to improve."
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.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Looking regal in his Russian uniform, Cristiano Ronaldo gazes out pensively with his arms folded and "CR7" embroidered near his left shoulder.
Behind him is Lionel Messi, also snappily dressed and with the hairs of his moustache twirled up either side of his mouth. Luis Suarez, Mohamed Salah, Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Ramos — it's a gathering of soccer's most venerated players and coaches.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Win or lose, Spain's outspoken central defenders aren't wary of controversy. Not even at the World Cup.
Two matches into the tournament, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique have already attracted headlines for their unguarded comments in Russia.
Ramos had a spat with Diego Maradona and with Iran coach Carlos Queiroz. Pique was at odds with Barcelona, his club back in Spain.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Spain can't wait to get the ball rolling and put its coaching woes in the past.
And nothing better than a win against European champion Portugal in its World Cup opener to start moving forward after one of the most chaotic days in the national team's history.
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Ramos isn't accepting any blame for the challenge that hurt Egypt star Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final.
Salah left the field in tears after injuring his left shoulder in a tussle with Ramos with the score 0-0 in the first half of the final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev. Madrid went on to win the match 3-1 for its third straight European title.
BOSTON (AP) — Doctors based in Boston have concluded Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius sustained a concussion during last month's Champions League final that would have affected his performance.
In a statement released Monday, Dr. Ross Zafonte and Dr. Lenore Herget said Karius was examined at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Thursday. The doctors reviewed the game film and Karius' medical history to make the diagnosis.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it is taking no action against Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for a clash with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in the Champions League final.
A disciplinary rule which allows cases to be opened for serious misconduct not seen by the match officials "is not applied in this case," UEFA says.
Ramos struck Karius's head with his right elbow in an off-the-ball incident when the score was 0-0 early in the second half of Madrid's 3-1 win on Saturday.
CAIRO (AP) — A heartbroken Egypt shared a rare moment of unity on Sunday: An outpouring of sympathy and love for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, and loathing for Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos. The defender was accused by many Egyptian fans in the soccer-crazy nation of deliberately injuring Salah in the Champions League final.
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah says he is "confident" of being fit for the World Cup after hurting his shoulder playing for Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Salah left the field in tears in the first half after landing heavily following a tussle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. It was 0-0 at the time, and Madrid went on to win 3-1 on Saturday.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all times local):
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp was unhappy with the tackle by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos that injured his star forward Mohamed Salah.
Klopp described the arm-tangling grapple as "like wrestling, a little bit," and cited it as a big moment in the game which Liverpool lost 3-1.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Mohamed Salah came to Kiev with dreams of Champions League and World Cup glory. He left with his arm in a sling, his Liverpool team defeated and his World Cup in jeopardy.
The Egyptian was hurt when he tangled with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and had to go off in the 30th minute. Veteran defender Ramos grabbed Salah chasing the ball and held on to his right arm. In their twisting fall, Salah landed heavily on his left shoulder. Ramos was not shown a yellow card.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos criticized UEFA's decision to hold the Champions League final in Kiev, as fans continue to struggle with travel problems.
The Ukrainian capital has failed to cope with the influx of fans from around the world ahead of Saturday's game, with its two airports running out of capacity and hotel prices soaring to astronomical levels.
MADRID (AP) — A talented group of youngsters have been put in charge of a difficult task for Spain: Replacing some of the best players to ever wear the national team's jersey.
As La Roja's continues to lose members of its golden generation, it will be up to a gifted group of players to try to take over the national team.
MADRID (AP) — The elegance and precise passes of Andres Iniesta. The personality and stout defense of Sergio Ramos. The intelligence and scoring touch of David Silva.
It will all be on display at the World Cup, but most likely for the last time.
The remaining members of Spain's golden generation, who helped La Roja go on a dominant run that began nearly a decade ago, are set to make one final appearance at soccer's showcase event in Russia.
MADRID (AP) — Ousmane Dembele scored twice and Lionel Messi added to his league-leading tally as champion Barcelona stayed on track to finish unbeaten in the Spanish league with a 5-1 rout of Villarreal on Wednesday.
A depleted Real Madrid, without Cristiano Ronaldo and many other regular starters, lost 3-2 at Sevilla to remain in third place behind Atletico Madrid. It was an eventful night for captain Sergio Ramos, who missed a penalty, converted a penalty and scored an own-goal.
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.
Spain hat trick hero Isco wants leading role at Madrid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — After scoring his first hat trick for Spain, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon thought the time was right to send a message to Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.
Isco wants to join Zidane's untouchable group of first-choice players and regularly perform alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Luka Modric.
The 25-year-old midfielder said Spain coach Julen Lopetegui "gives him life".
Ronaldo scores 2 to give Real Madrid 2-1 win at Eibar
EIBAR, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo continued his latest scoring run with two goals as Real Madrid beat Eibar 2-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday.
After a slow start to the season, Ronaldo has netted 13 goals in his last seven appearances to take his total to 33 in 34 games in all competitions. That is one more score than Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.
Madrid’s defense a major cause of concern for Zidane
MADRID (AP) — It's a good thing for Real Madrid that Levante has one of the worst attacks in the Spanish league.
Madrid's defense is in tatters again and some regular starters are injury worries for the match on Saturday, meaning coach Zinedine Zidane is becoming increasingly concerned heading toward the Feb. 14 Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain, the first leg of the last 16.
Injured Ramos & Isco to miss Real Madrid’s match at Valencia
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will be without central defender Sergio Ramos and midfielder Isco for Saturday's Spanish league match at Valencia because of injury.
Madrid said on Friday that Ramos has pulled a muscle in his left leg, while Isco has a pinched nerve in his left thigh.
Madrid is in a fight to ensure a top-four finish. It trails third-place Valencia by five points — albeit with a game in hand — and has Villarreal one point behind in fifth.
Zidane must patch up Madrid’s defense for tough Sevilla game
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Zinedine Zidane has a big problem.
The Real Madrid coach is facing an important match against Sevilla on Saturday with his defense in tatters.
Marcelo, at left back, will be Zidane's only first-choice player in Madrid's back four and defensive midfield position.