BRUSSELS (AP) — Will Eden Hazard's lack of playing time at Real Madrid drag down Belgium at the World Cup?
This is the question all Belgium fans are asking, and they will get an idea of the answer when their team take on Wales and the Netherlands in the Nations League this week.
During his difficult final years at Real Madrid, Gareth Bale only truly found happiness on a soccer field when he linked up with Wales for matches with his national team.
Now, after moving to the United States, he is feeling the love at club level, too.
MADRID (AP) — Atlético Madrid on Tuesday condemned the racist chants made by some of its fans against Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior and pledged to work with authorities to identify those responsible.
MADRID (AP) — With a goal and a dance, Real Madrid’s young Brazilian forwards made a statement against racism in soccer this weekend.
With their samba-like moves after a goal in the derby against Atlético Madrid on Sunday, Rodrygo and Vinícius Júnior made it clear they are not backing down from the racist language from their critics or by the racist chants from the opposing fans.
MADRID (AP) — Rodrygo and Vinícius Júnior didn’t hesitate after Real Madrid opened the scoring at the Metropolitano stadium.
The Brazilian duo went toward one of the corner flags and began doing their samba-like dance moves near the Atlético Madrid fans.
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Arsenal can reclaim first place in the Premier League from Manchester City by beating London rival Brentford. Arsenal won its first five games before losing at Manchester United two weeks ago in its last match.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Robert Lewandowski shook off his disappointing return to Bayern Munich by scoring twice to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 victory at home over 10-man Elche in the Spanish league on Saturday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior called out the haters of his goal celebrations as racist and insisted he will keep on dancing.
Spanish sports talk shows have been discussing the appropriateness of his celebrations, and a commentator on television said he should stop “doing the monkey.”
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has denounced the use of racist language to denigrate forward Vinícius Júnior.
The Brazilian has been the focus of a debate in Spanish sports talk shows and sports news programs about the appropriateness of him dancing when he scores goals.
PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich attacking midfielder James Rodríguez has joined Olympiakos, the Greek club said Thursday.
The 31-year-old Colombian will be reunited with former Madrid teammate Marcelo, who signed with the Greek champions last week.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barring a quick recovery for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema or a change of strategy by Atlético Madrid, Sunday’s Spanish capital derby will be played mostly without the rivals' leading stars.
MADRID (AP) — As Leipzig wasted chance after chance, Real Madrid stayed calm.
It was just a matter of time before the defending European champions punished Leipzig.
Madrid fended off Leipzig's good start and scored late goals with Federico Valverde and Marco Asensio to extend its perfect start to the season with a hard-fought 2-0 win in the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday.
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Last season, Real Madrid. This season, Manchester United? Sheriff Tiraspol gets a shot at another of Europe's storied clubs when United travels to Moldova in the second round of Europa League group games.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid closed the 2021-22 season with a profit of 13 million euros ($13.2 million) and a cash balance of 425 million euros ($430.3 million).
The club said on Monday the loss of income because of the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020 reached nearly 400 million euros ($405 million) compared to the pre-pandemic situation, in addition to the loss of new revenue that could have been generated without the pandemic.
MADRID (AP) — Osasuna maintained its momentum at the start of the Spanish league by defeating promoted Almería 1-0 on Monday.
It was the fourth win in five matches for Osasuna, the same number as Barcelona and Real Betis.
MADRID (AP) — Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo came through in the absence of Karim Benzema to keep Real Madrid perfect this season.
Vinícius and Rodrygo scored second-half goals as Madrid came from behind to defeat Mallorca 4-1 for its fifth straight win in the Spanish league on Sunday.
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Real Madrid is without Karim Benzema when it hosts Mallorca in the Spanish league. Benzema injured a tendon and a muscle in his right leg in Madrid's 3-0 win at Celtic in the Champions League.
BERLIN (AP) — Leipzig’s ambition prevented Domenico Tedesco from being given the time to address the team’s shaky start to the season despite his role in helping it win its first major title.
Tedesco led Leipzig to win the German Cup last May – its greatest success to date – but paid the price as poor results this season turned worse in the last two games.
GENEVA (AP) — A long-time criticism of the Champions League group stage? Too many lopsided mismatches as the wealth gap between clubs fuels competitive imbalance on the field.
Tell that to favored Liverpool and Eintracht Frankfurt after their heavy losses Wednesday.
MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema is not expected to be sidelined for too long as Real Madrid said Wednesday the France striker has a tendon injury and a strained muscle in his right thigh.
Benzema had to be substituted in the 30th minute of Madrid's 3-0 win at Celtic in the team's first match in the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland took their high-flying scoring acts into Europe as the Champions League returned on Tuesday, while last season's standout star Karim Benzema limped off with an injury after less than 30 minutes.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Eden Hazard made sure Real Madrid didn't miss the injured Karim Benzema.
Hazard scored a goal and set up two others after replacing Benzema as Madrid began defense of its Champions League title with a comfortable 3-0 win at Celtic on Tuesday.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — France striker Karim Benzema was substituted with an apparent knee injury in Real Madrid's 3-0 win against Celtic in the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Benzema started limping after a sprint with the ball and put his hand on his right knee before asking to be replaced in the 30th minute.
PRAGUE (AP) — Viktoria Plzen is in familiar waters as it prepares to play Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the Champions League.
The Czech champion has faced European heavyweights before in the group stage but hopes the results will be different this time.
MADRID (AP) — They call her the wildest soccer mom. And now she’s back where it all began.
After two decades in the United States building a family and a career, one of Real Madrid’s most hardcore fans has returned to Spain to be near the club she adores.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Carlos Queiroz could be set for a dramatic return to take charge of Iran’s national team less than three months before the World Cup and Group B games with the United States, England and Wales.
MADRID (AP) — It took a stoppage-time goal for Valladolid to pick up its first Spanish league victory of the season on Monday.
Shon Weissman scored three minutes into added time to give Valladolid a 1-0 home win over Almería in a match between promoted clubs.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A raucous crowd of about 20,000 fans welcomed Brazilian star Marcelo to Olympiakos on Monday.
The fans chanted and lit flares as the new signing made his way onto the field at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in the port of Piraeus.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Koundé showed why Barcelona mortgaged part of its future for them by producing goals in a commanding 3-0 win at Sevilla in the Spanish league on Saturday.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek soccer club Olympiakos signed Brazilian star Marcelo early Saturday.
Terms of the contract were not announced; Greek sports sites reported the contract was for one year, with an option for an additional year.
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona sealed the signing of left back Marcos Alonso on Friday.
Alonso terminated his contract with Chelsea before the end of the transfer deadline on Thursday and was free to sign with another club.
MADRID (AP) — Veteran striker Iago Aspas added to his great start to the season by scoring twice in Celta Vigo's 3-0 rout of last-placed Cádiz in the Spanish league on Friday.
The double took Aspas' tally to five goals from four matches, putting him at the top of the scoring list ahead of the weekend games.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid finally appears at home where it can reaffirm it's the team to beat in the Spanish league.
After three straight road games to start the season, defending champion Madrid returns to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Saturday for a showdown against Real Betis, the only other team with a perfect record.
MADRID (AP) — With a defender moving in front of him and blocking his view inside the area, Robert Lewandowski stayed calm.
The veteran striker patiently waited for a gap, then quickly used his backheel to gently send the ball into the far corner for a beautiful goal.
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Big-spending Nottingham Forest faces another tough test on its return to the top-flight. It hosts undefeated Tottenham. Forest, which has made 16 signings and spent around $150 million this summer, has a win, draw and loss so far.
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis maintained its perfect Spanish league record after beating Osasuna 1-0 despite playing a man down in the second half on Friday.
Borja Iglesias' fourth goal of the season gave Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis its third straight win to start the league.
Even when it still had Lionel Messi, Barcelona took an epic 8-2 beating from Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals two years ago.
And Bayern won 3-0 home and away against Barcelona in the group stage last season as the Spanish giant without Messi had its worse European season since before the Argentina great’s 17-year run in the team.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Karim Benzema and Alexia Putellas won UEFA’s player of the year awards on Thursday, making it a sweep for Spanish clubs.
Benzema had been the heavy favorite for the men's award after scoring 15 Champions League goals to lead Real Madrid to a record-extending 14th European title.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Draw made Thursday for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League:
GROUP A: Ajax (Netherlands), Liverpool (England), Napoli (Italy), Rangers (Scotland).
GROUP B: Porto (Portugal), Atlético Madrid (Spain), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Club Brugge (Belgium).
MADRID (AP) — It’s been a fun road trip for Real Madrid at the start of the Spanish league season.
Madrid is playing its first three matches away from home because of construction work at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
The Champions League draw will have no new names in the 32-team lineup after the last confirmed entry ended an unlikely run by a Norwegian team.
Bodø/Glimt, which spent much of the past two decades in the Norwegian second division, had been hoping to cap its recent rise by joining Europe's elite competition but lost in extra time to Dinamo Zagreb in the playoffs Wednesday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United completed the signing of Casemiro for a reported $60 million on Monday, hours after the Brazil international made an emotional departure from Real Madrid after nine years at the Spanish club.
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Manchester United hosts Liverpool for what is historically the biggest game in English soccer. Except, for this particular fixture, there's a catch.
MADRID (AP) — Luka Modric is making it easier for Real Madrid fans to start getting over Casemiro’s departure.
A day after the Brazil midfielder announced he was ending his successful decade-long stint with Madrid to join Manchester United, his former teammate scored a beautiful goal and set up another to help the defending champion beat Celta Vigo 4-1 on Saturday for its second consecutive win to start the Spanish league.
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Arsenal goes for a third straight win to open the Premier League when Mikel Arteta's team visits Bournemouth. Defending champion Manchester City is the only other team to be on a maximum six points and doesn't play until Sunday at Newcastle.
MADRID (AP) — Isco Alarcón's debut was not enough to lift Sevilla to a first victory in the Spanish league.
Sevilla remained winless after a 1-1 draw at home against Valladolid on Friday.
The visitors took the lead with a goal by Anuar Mohamed in the 80th before Sevilla equalized through Karim Rekik in the 86th.
MADRID (AP) — Manchester United reached a deal Friday to sign midfielder Casemiro from Real Madrid, ending the Brazilian's successful stint in Spain and giving the struggling English giant a much-needed reinforcement.
GENEVA (AP) — The Champions League is staying on CBS in the United States for an additional six years with parent company Paramount paying $250 million a year to renew its prime European soccer rights through 2030, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.
MADRID (AP) — Young attacking midfielder Reinier will play for Girona this season on a loan from Real Madrid.
The 20-year-old Brazilian arrived in Madrid at the beginning of 2020 but had played the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.