Zidane can’t explain Real Madrid’s struggles

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed his side's patience and refused to criticize his misfiring forwards after they struggled past Al Jazira 2-1 in Wednesday's Club World Cup semifinal in Abu Dhabi. The opening 40 minutes saw Madrid take 17 shots, and have two goals disallowed, before Dubai-based Al Jazira took the lead. Even after …

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo dominates front pages in Spain and Portugal after fifth Ballon d’Or triumph

Cristiano Ronaldo was the dominant presence on the front of newspapers in both Portugal and Madrid as he collected a record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or in Paris on Thursday night. The Real Madrid forward celebrated a second successive Golden Ball triumph and a fourth in five years to match the haul achieved by his Barcelona rival …

Transfer gossip: Messi turned down Man City, Liverpool cannot guarantee Coutinho stay, Arsenal duo to leave in January?

Lionel Messi reportedly turned down an offer to join Manchester City on £850,000-a-week wages before signing a new deal with Barcelona. The Premier League leaders also offered the 30-year-old Argentina forward an £88m signing bonus, claim reports in Spain. Jurgen Klopp has admitted there are no guarantees Philippe Coutinho will stay at Liverpool in the …

Getafe 1-0 Velencia

Second-placed Valencia lost for the first time in La Liga this season as Getafe beat them to leave Barcelona five points clear at the top. The hosts, who move up to eighth in the table, played 65 minutes with 10 men after Mauro Arambarri was sent off for a second booking. Markel Bergara scored the …

Deal done: ‘Exciting new’ formal deal officially agreed by Arsenal

Arsenal are trying as much as possible to improve both on and off the field. This has brought about a new commercial deal the club has signed with an online money payment company. Arsenal signed a new commercial partnership with WorldRemit. WorldRemit posted the new development on their website confirming that they were becoming the …

Romelu Lukaku: Man Utd striker could get ban for alleged kick on Gaetan Bong

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku must wait to discover if he will be punished for allegedly kicking out at Brighton defender Gaetan Bong. The incident allegedly happened during United's 1-0 win on Saturday, but referee Neil Swarbrick took no action. Swarbrick's report on the match will be studied by the Football Association. Lukaku could get …

Newcastle United takeover: Financial firm tables formal bid in region of £300m

A financial firm headed by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley has tabled a formal takeover bid in the region of £300m for Newcastle United. PCP Capital Partners has been in talks with club owner Mike Ashley for about a month, and a source close to the deal said an offer has now been made. Newcastle are …

Nabil Fekir ’emerges’ as Barcelona latest January alternative to Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho

Lyon sensation Nabil Fekir is the latest attacking midfielder linked with Barcelona as the La Liga leaders continue looking for alternatives to Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho ahead of the upcoming January transfer window. Sport claims that Barcelona have already made an approach to sound out his availability for January but the Catalans could face competition …