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Sociedad vs Real Madrid: James being eyed by Serie A giants

Saturday, Apr 30 2016
Struggling to break into the starting eleven, the Colombian ace appears ready to leave the Bernabeu for more playing time.
It is no kept secret that James Rodriguez is enduring a torrid time at Real Madrid, as the Colombian sensation is struggling to find playing time in only his second season at Santiago Bernabeu.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old South American has only managed 23 appearances in La Liga this season, scoring...

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Leicester City vs Newcastle: Rafael Benitez prepares to hunt The Foxes in debut game

Monday, Mar 14 2016
Newly-appointed Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is set to guide his new side against table-leaders Leicester City on Monday in their Premier League fixture.
The former Real Madrid boss faces a tough task of lifting the Premier League side out of the danger zone. And to achieve this and so much more, he has already laid out a five-point plan which include the restoration of unity, restoration of confidence, creation of a stronger defence, boosting the attack...

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Zidane takes on Cristiano in free-kick challenge during training

Wednesday, Jan 20 2016
But who won? Was it the Real Madrid boss or the Portuguese attacker?
On late Tuesday, Spanish news outlet MARCA, citing Sportyou, revealed an interesting story surrounding Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and superstar attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the report, the Blancos boss challenged the Portuguese ace to a free-kick duel after seeing the 30-year-old...

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“The players feel more empathy for Zidane” – Cristiano

Monday, Jan 18 2016
The Real Madrid attacker opened up about his relationship with former boss Rafael Benitez after Sunday’s 5-1 win.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s ill relationship with former Los Blancos manager Rafael Benitez was no kept secret, and on Sunday, the 30-year-old opened up about his bond with the Spaniard.

The Portuguese ace reportedly handed Real Madrid president Florentino Perez an ultimatum that either he [Cristiano...

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RUMORS: Real Madrid to sack manager Rafael Benitez today

Monday, Jan 4 2016
Real Madrid could part ways with manager Rafa Benitez today, according to reports from Spain.
Real Madrid are preparing to sack manager Rafael Benitez any moment from now, according to reports from Spain. 

The Spanish tactician took over at Real Madrid barely six months ago. The directors of the La Liga giants have been consulting since morning and have finally decided to axe the...

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WATCH: Real Madrid fans boo Rafael Benitez at the Santiago Bernabeu

Wednesday, Dec 30 2015
Real Madrid fans were not pleased when Rafa Benitez's name was called out during their La Liga match against Real Sociedad.
A section of Real Madrid fans booed manager Rafael Benitez’s name at the beginning of their La Liga match against Real Sociedad. As a normal routine, the announcer was introducing the squad and technical bench to the thousands of fans who had thronged the Santiago Bernabeu before kickoff. When...

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NO WAY JOSE: Florentino Perez rules out Mourinho return

Friday, Dec 18 2015
But the Real Madrid president did hint that the Portuguese boss could one day again be in charge at the Bernabeu.

With recent rumors tipping Rafael Benitez to be sacked by Real Madrid following a number of disappointing displays by Los Blancos, reports were quick to link Jose Mourinho with a return.

The Portuguese tactician had spent three years at Santiago Bernabeu prior to his second spell with...

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Zidane to take over Real Madrid 1st team managerial role from Benitez

Wednesday, Dec 16 2015
Despite only arriving in the summer, the Spanish tactician is set for the boot, with the French icon in line to replace Rafa.
The jury is still out on new Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez.

The Spaniard’s arrival at Santiago Bernabeu was not well received due to Carlo Ancelotti’s popularity among the Blancos’ supporters, but an impressive start looked to curb any doubts over the former Napoli boss.


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Cristiano in new row with manager Rafael Benitez

Tuesday, Dec 15 2015
A request from the Real Madrid boss has further damaged the player-manager relationship.
The Cristiano Ronaldo-Rafael Benitez relationship appeared doomed from the start, with the 30-year-old upset to see the Spaniard replace Carlo Ancelotti as manager at Real Madrid.

Several reports of the three-time Ballon d’Or winners discontent with the former Liverpool and Napoli boss followed...

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Cristiano’s ultimatum to Florentino Perez: “It’s Benitez or me”

Monday, Nov 23 2015
All mayhem has broken loose at Real Madrid in the wake of their 4-0 home defeat in El Clasico.
Two days have passed since Real Madrid’s embarrassing 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico, with reports suggesting that chaos has erupted at Los Blancos.

According to Spanish publication AS, who cite both Fox Sports and La Gazzetta dello Sport, 30-year-old Portuguese superstar, who...

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: The stats that favor a Blaugrana win in El Clasico

Saturday, Nov 21 2015
Not if Cristiano Ronaldo has something to say, that is…
El Clasico is finally upon us. Barcelona will roll into Santiago Bernabeu to lock horns with rivals Real Madrid in their highly-anticipated clash on Saturday.

The Blaugrana lead the Liga BBVA standings with 27 points, and are three ahead of Los Blancos, who sit in second with 24 points.


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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Benzema & Ramos fit for El Clasico, reveals Benitez

Friday, Nov 20 2015
Los Blancos will have their deadly French striker and their rock-solid Spanish center-back for Saturday's Barca clash.
Real Madrid fans, breathe a sigh of relief. Karim Benzema will be fit to feature in El Clasico, on Saturday.

Los Blancos manager Rafael Benitez revealed this positive news in a pre-match conference, announcing that the French striker will take part in their weekend clash with La Liga leaders Barcelona.


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France-Armenia: Deschamps promises Benzema full 90 mins amid Benitez feud

Tuesday, Oct 6 2015
The French striker expressed his frustration with Rafa over constantly being substituted, but his national team boss vows not to follow suit.
With club football taking a two-week break, players are gearing up to embark on the latest international break, one of which is Karim Benzema, who looks set to depart Real Madrid for the France camp in frustration.

The 27-year-old Blancos striker publicly vented his disappointment with manager...

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Atletico vs Real Madrid: Simeone's chances of ending Rafa's unbeaten run

Saturday, Oct 3 2015
With zero losses to his name, Benitez will lead Los Blancos to the Vicente Calderon in Sunday’s Madrid derby. Does his first defeat await?
 When Real Madrid appointed Rafael Benitez as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor back in June, fans of the Liga BBVA giants were skeptical as to how their favorite team would fare under the reign of the Spanish manager.

However, the former Napoli manager, despite a shaky start in the International...

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Malmo vs Real Madrid: “Ronaldo guarantees us goals,” says Benitez

Wednesday, Sep 30 2015
The Blancos boss threw his full support behind the Portuguese star, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash, despite drawing blanks against Malaga.
Despite being merely one man in a 11-man team, whenever Real Madrid fail to score in a fixture, all blame is shouldered upon Cristiano Ronaldo, and last Saturday’s 0-0 draw to Malaga was no exception.

The Portuguese superstar failed to find the back of the net in their Santiago Bernabeu...

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Mourinho responds with scathing attack on Fat Rafa and his wife

Wednesday, Jul 29 2015
From Benitez’s weight to Montserrat Seara’s inability to control her husband’s weight, nothing was off the table for The Special One.
Knowing Jose Mourinho and the type of character the Portuguese boss possess, none expected him to remain silent in the face of Montserrat Seara scathing attack.

Seara, wife to Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez, blasted the Special One and his coaching disasters, saying in an interview with Spanish...

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BIG BLOW: Facebook post ends speculation Benzema is in London

Wednesday, Jul 29 2015
An Instagram pic of Benzema in what appeared to be a private jet sparked rumors of an Arsenal switch. That all appears to be over now, however.
Despite being Real Madrid’s main and only senior striker, rumors continue to link French goalscorer Karim Benzema with a move to Arsenal, in similar fashion to the transfer that saw Mesut Ozil arrive at the Emirates two seasons back.

The attacker is yet to receive assurance from new manager...

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Benitez loses his 1st game as Real Madrid boss, Twitter calls for his sacking

Saturday, Jul 18 2015
Many were not happy to see Los Blancos succumb to defeat at the hands of Roma in the International Champions Cup.
The managerial job at Real Madrid is no joke. A below par season, even a single loss can cost you your job. Just ask the previous manager Carlo Ancelotti.

So when Rafael Benitez was brought in to replace the Italian manager at the helms of the Bernabeu, much to the disliking of the fans and several...

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VIDEO: Pepe floors Ronaldo in training ahead of Roma vs Real Madrid

Wednesday, Jul 15 2015
The team is in Melbourne, Australia for the International Champions Cup. Ronaldo had to get help from Varane to get up from the ground.
Real Madrid players started training in Melbourne for their International Champions Cup games in Australia. With all their stars getting ready for the 2015 season, they still find some time to fool around during training. 

During their practice in the land Down Under, Ronaldo pushed Pepe...

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Ramos “untransferable” but still keen on a Real exit, reports MARCA

Tuesday, Jul 14 2015
According to the Spanish news outlet, selling the Spanish defender and next-in-line captain is out of the question after Casillas’ exit.
Sergio Ramos, alongside fellow La Furia Roja team-mate David de Gea, have been dominating the summer transfer window rumors, with both players tipped to switch club and head in the opposite direction.

However, a recent report by Spanish media news outlet MARCA looks to smash all rumors of an exit...

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