BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema hit a hat trick to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday, extending his scoring run since the return of coach...
Benzema rescues a 1-1 draw for Madrid at Leganes
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid needed Karim Benzema to salvage a 1-1 draw at Spanish league minnow Leganes on Monday.
Benzema again proved a bright spot in a disappointing season for...
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,"...
Benzema scores 2 as Madrid recovers to beat Eibar
MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema saved Real Madrid from another embarrassing slip this season, scoring twice as his team recovered from a poor first half to beat Eibar 2-1 on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane's honeymoon period didn't last long in his return as Real Madrid coach.
In his third game back in charge, Real Madrid's familiar struggles returned in a 2-1...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Zinedine Zidane held a second audition for the Real Madrid team of the future on Sunday, when Karim Benzema showed why he has always been one of his coach's favorite...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Among the 60,000-plus spectators packed into the Santiago Bernabeu for the return of Zinedine Zidane, nobody seemed happier than Francisco "Isco" Alarcon.
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.
What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend:
Zinedine Zidane's second stint as Real Madrid coach begins on Saturday with a home match against a Celta...
Real Madrid signs young Brazilian defender Eder Militao
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has signed young Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Portuguese club Porto.
Madrid says the 21-year-old player signed a contract until June 2025 and will join the...
New challenges ahead of Zidane in return to Real Madrid
MADRID (AP) — The Real Madrid team that Zinedine Zidane is taking over looks nothing like the one he left behind less than a year ago.
Madrid had just won a third straight Champions League...
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid picked one of its most successful figures to try to end one of its worst crises.
Zinedine Zidane is returning to coach Madrid, the club he led to three straight...
Champions League history a warning for Real Madrid
GENEVA (AP) — When a period of Champions League success ends, it's not always so easy to get back to the top.
Real Madrid's embarrassing 4-1 loss to Ajax on home turf on Tuesday sent the...
Champions League debut for Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari
BERLIN (AP) — The last time a former Real Madrid great took over as coach, he led the club to three straight Champions League titles.
Santiago Solari still has a long way to go to emulate former teammate Zinedine Zidane, but he can help his case for more time in charge when he makes his coaching debut in the competition at Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Real Madrid sends goalkeeper Lunin on loan to Leganes
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is loaning 19-year-old goalkeeper Andriy Lunin to Leganes until the end of the season.
Madrid signed the Ukrainian earlier this year but did not plan to use him in the main squad.
Keylor Navas has been the team's starter in goal even after the club signed Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois following the World Cup.
Post-Ronaldo Real Madrid gets 1st test in UEFA Super Cup
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo is still hanging over Real Madrid as the team prepares to face fierce rival Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.
Captain Sergio Ramos, though, has no doubt that the club can deal with the departure of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who joined Juventus in a 112-million euro ($131-million) deal after the World Cup.
MOSCOW (AP) — Halftime at the 1998 World Cup final, France is 2-0 up against Brazil. In the locker room, Zinedine Zidane is flat on his back on the floor, legs raised on a bench, catching his breath after scoring both goals. Other players are getting thigh massages. But Didier Deschamps, the captain and a relentless bundle of energy, is bending Les Bleus' ears, exhorting his teammates to keep up the pressure in the second half.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Fernando Hierro didn't hesitate when asked if he would be happy to become the Zinedine Zidane of the national team.
"Where do I sign," said Hierro, smiling broadly only a few hours after being named Spain coach in a chaotic shuffle two days before the team's opening World Cup match. "Hopefully."
MOSCOW (AP) — As completely and utterly crazy as it looks for Spain to cut off its own head on the eve of the World Cup, there is a logical explanation for the out-of-the-blue, "Are you frigging kidding me?" decision to sack Julen Lopetegui as coach just two days before he was to lead the Spanish team against Portugal.
Simply put: A leader can't lead effectively if he is beholden to two masters at once.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Zinedine Zidane had barely finished announcing that he was leaving Real Madrid when speculation began about who would succeed him.
Twenty-four hours later, both Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Germany coach Joachim Loew — two of the top names rumored to be on Madrid's list of candidates — have said they are staying put.
Pochettino said Friday that his "commitment is total" to Tottenham. He signed a five-year contract extension last week.
MADRID (AP) — At least as a coach, Zinedine Zidane is going out on top.
After ending his playing career by headbutting an opponent in the 2006 World Cup final, Zidane is closing out his stint with Real Madrid with the fresh image of him lifting the Champions League trophy.
Zidane made the surprise announcement that he was leaving Madrid on Thursday, less than a week after leading the team to its third straight Champions League title.
MADRID (AP) — Despite his successes as coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane doesn't see himself as a great tactician.
Instead, he prides himself on being a manager of egos.
Zidane, who will be trying to win his third straight Champions League title as Madrid coach on Saturday against Liverpool, said he does his best work in the dressing room, more a shrink than a coach.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is entering Saturday's Champions League final with the attitude that the past means nothing.
According to coach Zinedine Zidane, the fact that the Spanish giants are two-time defending champions, playing in their third straight final and have a chance to win a fourth title in five seasons will be totally irrelevant when they take on Liverpool in Kiev.
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.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted because of a leg injury at halftime in Real Madrid's 2-2 draw at Barcelona on Sunday.
But Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is confident that Ronaldo will play against Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 26.
"He doesn't feel good now, but I don't think it is anything serious," Zidane said. "We will have him ready (to play)."
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane has congratulated Barcelona on winning the Spanish league a day before his Real Madrid visits Camp Nou in the least significant clasico in recent memory.
Zidane says, "The most important thing is respecting what Barcelona has done, winning the league."
The Madrid manager says the Liga "is the most difficult and the nicest to win."
MADRID (AP) — Although it was OK to send out a tweet congratulating Barcelona for its recent titles, Real Madrid's players won't be lining up to honor their rivals at Camp Nou this weekend.
Barcelona and Madrid meet Sunday in the final "clasico" of the season with very little to play for in the Spanish league, so all the talk was about whether Madrid should give the Catalan club a guard of honor for winning the league title last weekend.
MADRID (AP) — Surrounded by fans and holding a microphone in his hand, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos joined the Santiago Bernabeu faithful in song: "Kings of Europe. We are the kings of Europe."
There is still one more Champions League match to go, but Madrid certainly has a claim to that throne.
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane kept believing in Karim Benzema despite a frustrating season for the French forward.
The Real Madrid coach kept giving Benzema chances even as the striker struggled to find the net.
That persistence paid off big time for Zidane on Tuesday.
MADRID (AP) — Last time, it was a late penalty. This time, a goalkeeping blunder.
Real Madrid keeps finding ways to get out of trouble in the Champions League.
MADRID (AP) — They are two of the biggest clubs in the world, both with enough trophies to fill a warehouse.
They are Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
On Wednesday, the giants of European soccer will meet yet again in the Champions League semifinals.
"We will need a big performance against a strong opponent," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said ahead of Wednesday's first leg in Munich. "Bayern is a great club with great team spirit."
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.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says his team must not let its guard down despite the injury to Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar.
Zidane says "in no way is it a relief that Neymar is not able to play" in Tuesday's Champions League match.
Without Ronaldo, Madrid loses to Espanyol in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid couldn't overcome the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters on Tuesday, losing 1-0 to Espanyol in the Spanish league to see its five-game winning streak come to an end.
Gerard Moreno scored three minutes into injury time to give Espanyol the victory against the defending champions. The result left Madrid in danger of losing third place to Valencia, which is two points behind going into its match at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.
Madrid beats Leganes 3-1 in game postponed from December
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid overcame the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters Wednesday, coming from behind to defeat Leganes 3-1 Wednesday in a Spanish league match postponed from last year.
The result allowed the defending champions to regain third place from Valencia, but it did little to put Zinedine Zidane's team back in the title race as it still trails leader Barcelona by 14 points after 24 matches. Madrid is seven points behind second-place Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid defender Marcelo injured at Betis
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid defender Marcelo was substituted during Sunday's Spanish league match at Real Betis with a leg injury.
The Brazil left back grabbed his right upper leg and fell to the turf after disputing a ball with Betis in the 26th minute. He was replaced immediately by Theo Hernandez.
Marcelo is a first-choice player for coach Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane’s moves key to Madrid getting edge over PSG
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Zinedine Zidane made all the right moves against Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid's manager dispelled growing concerns that he had lost his touch after his lineup decisions proved decisive in the 3-1 comeback victory over PSG in the Champions League this week.
The result was a team that looked like the Madrid that has won the last two European Cups, not the under-performing version that suffered setbacks to minor opponents this season.
Real Madrid drops more points after 2-2 draw at Levante
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The worst version of Real Madrid was back when it slumped at Levante to 2-2 on Saturday, only 11 days from its critical Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Madrid appeared to have taken control through Francisco "Isco" Alarcon's goal in the 81st minute, but Giampaolo Pazzini equalized on his debut for Levante with two minutes remaining to split the points.
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.
Ronaldo nails 2 penalties as Real Madrid beats Valencia 4-1
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A beleaguered Zinedine Zidane got the win he needed to take some pressure off as Real Madrid's manager.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two first-half penalties to lead them past Valencia 4-1 on Saturday, breaking Madrid's four-game winless streak away from home in the Spanish league.
Zidane may be running out of time at Real Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane could be running out of time at Real Madrid.
Zidane, who led Madrid to the Champions League title in his first season as coach, is now struggling to keep his job with the team 19 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league.
His problems became worse when Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Leganes in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Madrid stunned by Leganes at home, eliminated from Copa
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid followed its biggest win of the season with its most embarrassing defeat on Wednesday, and the pressure is back on for coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.
After routing Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 to give fans a glimmer of hope after a series of poor results, Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey with a shock 2-1 loss to Leganes at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Blood, goals for Ronaldo as Madrid scores 7 to end poor run
MADRID (AP) — Despite watching Cristiano Ronaldo go off covered in blood, Real Madrid fans got to celebrate at home again with the team's biggest win of the season in the Spanish league.
Ronaldo, who left the game late with a cut to his face, scored twice as Madrid routed Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 Sunday, ending a three-match winless streak at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and easing the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.