A fine strike from French striker Karim Benzema ensured new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti enjoyed a victory against his former club Paris Saint-Germain in Sweden on Saturday. The Italian coach, who led PSG to their first French title since 1994 before leaving for the Spanish capital in the summer, saw his side claim a morale-boosting victory in the pre-season friendly.
AC Milan kicked off the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament with a narrow win over Valencia in a pulsating clash at the Estadio Mestalla. Robinho made amends to put the Rossoneri ahead following a first-half penalty miss before Nigel de Jong placed an exquisite curling shot beyond Vicente Guaita to double Milan's lead. Valencia pulled a goal back early in the second half as Dani Parejo netted from close range. However, despite their persistence, los Che could not find an equaliser.
The Blaugrana closed out their preseason tour of Munich and Oslo with a 0-7 drubbing of Valerenga this afternoon. Martín Montoya, who started both matches, said, "our sensations are good. The match against Bayern was a bit more complicated because they’ve been training longer than we have, but our evaluation of the matches are very positive." When asked about the new FC Barcelona manager, Tata Martino, the defender said: "He’s given us a really good first impression. I’m sure we’ll all adapt well, things will work out great with Tata."
On Saturday August 3rd, the day following the Joan Gamper Trophy between Barça and Santos, an official FC Barcelona delegation will travel to Palestine and Israel for a historic trip to strengthen institutional ties with the leaders of the two communities and build bridges of dialogue for peace.
Valencia striker Roberto Soldado has signed on the dotted line for Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee of £26 million, Spanish radio station Cadena SER has reported. Soldado returned from holiday on Saturday morning, after which the move was confirmed following Spurs' decision to pay the £26m release clause.
Spanish giants Real are understood to have to lodged a formal bid of €60 million (£51.8 million) for the 24 year-old, with reports in Spain suggesting that the player is determined to move to the Bernabeu as a result of alleged "broken promises" by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Bale sat out Tottenham’s 6-0 victory against South China in the Barclays Asia Trophy due to a muscle strain that also forced him to miss the midweek defeat against Sunderland in the same tournament.
Atletico Madrid have wrapped up the signing of promising defender Jose Maria Gimenez from Danubio FC. The 18-year-old was officially unveiled as the La Liga club's latest acquisition on Wednesday, as he penned a five-year contract.