La Liga strike suspended by Spanish High Court - ESPN FC
The Spanish La Liga will resume games this week after a threatened strike by the Players' Union was suspended by the Spanish High Court. Spain's players union, AFE, had called for a strike due to its issues with new legislation mandating how TV revenues are collected and shared out in Spanish football, while the Spanish federation, RFEF, has also said that no referees will be made available for games.
Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus (Juventus win 3-2 on agg) | The Guardian
Massimiliano Allegri had warned his team they would face "95 long and interminable minutes" at the Santiago Bernabéu, and for much of a hot, noisy and nervous night it must have felt that way; but the reward at the end of it was huge. Italy’s Old Lady is heading for Berlin to face Barcelona, the first time Juventus have reached the Champions League final since 2003.
Real Madrid cannot match Juventus exit Champions League - ESPN FC
So when, in the dying seconds, Casillas raced out to the touchline to take a throw-in, it just looked like a captain, a leader and a winner about to launch one last offensive. Instead he got in such a muddle, without being pressurized by a Juventus player, that he couldn't even complete the simple task to Marcelo. Casillas sort of held the ball in front of his head and then dropped it for the full back -- it was a foul throw and perhaps the most bizarre image of the entire Champions League season.
Juventus want Morata contract clause removed | Forza Italian Football
La Gazzetta Dello Sport is reporting today that Juve director Beppa Marotta is desperate to amend the contract which contains the stipulation that the Spanish giants have the right to buy the player back at any stage during the agreed five-year deal. It does seem unlikely however, that Morata would entertain the idea of a return to La Liga after having been booed off the field when substituted last night by the Real Madrid supporters despite not celebrating his winning strike.
No titles this year! Mediocre Madrid gets what it deserves - Goal.com
A pale shadow of the 2014 side, Los Blancos' failure to claim a trophy at the end of this campaign highlights a number of fatal flaws in their expensive armory. Real Madrid's Undecima dream has died. Last season's Champions League winners have stumbled their way through this competition in the knockout stages. They were playing with fire - and on Wednesday they finally got burnt.
Real Madrid hit out at 'false' reports of FIFA rule break - ESPN FC
Real Madrid have denied newspaper reports that they have broken FIFA's youth transfer rules by being involved in commercial projects to develop a large number of young Chinese footballers in Spain. On Wednesday, AS ran a story claiming that Madrid had partnered with a private company [Soxna] in a deal which brought 25 Chinese youngsters under the age of 14 to live and develop as footballers in Spain.
Spain's critics question Real Madrid's 'Galacticos' philosophy | Sky Sports
Newspaper Marca branded Real's 3-2 semi-final defeat to Juventus as the 'fiasco of the century' on Thursday, as criticism was dealt evenly throughout the team and the club. Sky Sports' Spanish football journalist Balague said: "There hasn't been much focus on one person; the talk has been about the business model of signing Galacticos - does it work?
Cristiano Ronaldo ties Alfredo Di Stefano for Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo scored against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday to go level as the second all-time top scorer in Real Madrid's history. Ronaldo, 30, has bagged 307 goals from his 298 games and the three-time Ballon d'Or winner is now closing in on record scorer Raul who left the club in 2010 with 323 goals from 741 games.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hit with two-game touchline ban | Sky Sports
The decision means the former Milan boss will be unable to sit on the bench for the rest of the La Liga season. Ancelotti was reported by referee Carlos Clos Gomez for sarcastically applauding the officials at the end of Madrid's 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday which all but ended their title hopes.
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale defiant after Champions League exit | Sky Sports
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he said: "It was very disappointing, we wanted to be in the Champions League final to give ourselves a chance of winning but it was not to be and we will go again next year. "We always try and score as many goals as we can but it wasn't meant to be tonight. They (Juventus) played a good game and obviously we are disappointed but we will have to regroup and come again next year."
Iker Casillas could see out his Real Madrid days on the bench | Sky Sports
The 33-year-old has fallen under heavy criticism from the club’s supporters and Real are hunting for a new first-choice keeper this summer, having been heavily linked with Manchester United’s David de Gea. Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Balague says Real have not yet attempted to sell Casillas, who has been a Real player since a boy, but he could finish his career as a back-up.