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Real Madrid vs. AC Milan in Dubai

50-50 Challenge

50-50 Challenge: Real Madrid and AC Milan in glamour friendly

The ESPN FC crew debate the 2014 coach of the year, as Steve Nicol chooses Carlo Ancelotti, Alejandro Moreno and Stuart Holden agree on Diego Simeone, and Craig Burley chooses Joachim Low.

La Liga and Serie A's winter breaks give clubs a chance to work on their fitness and take stock of the campaign so far. Real Madrid and AC Milan face each other as 2014 comes to a close, and Nicholas Rigg (Madrid) and Sumeet Paul (Milan) preview the action in Dubai.

What shape is the team in ahead of this friendly?

Nicholas Rigg: The shape of world champions. Although plenty doubt the credibility of the FIFA Club World Cup, few can dispute Madrid as the best club side on the planet currently.


 By Lee Roden

Sacrifice at the heart of Cristiano Ronaldo's brilliant 2014

The ESPN FC team give their unanimous pick for who 2014 belongs to in world football; Cristiano Ronaldo.

This year has not been a straightforward one for Cristiano Ronaldo. It may be easy to forget now that Copa del Rey, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup wins are under his belt, but the first half of 2014 was marked by the most significant injury issues the Portuguese forward has experienced since 2008.

His current performances have also aided the amnesia: for a player to not only become more complete, but also more lethal as he touches 30 is rare and worth celebrating. Yet remarkably,...

 By Rob Train

Sergio Ramos a viable candidate for Ballon d'Or 2015

Shaka Hislop picks his ten best teams in the world based on their current form.

Before the financial crisis assaulted the Spanish economy, Christmas used to start somewhere around September. Adverts for El Gordo -- the largest festive lottery draw in the world -- would be smeared over Metro stations even earlier with the long-running pitch to punters: "What if it lands here?"

This year, it landed very much in the capital, and few would bet against the Ballon d'Or doing likewise when the draw is made in Switzerland in a couple of weeks' time. Speculation about who will win...

Real only willing to sell Gareth Bale if United include De Gea in the deal

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will join AC Milan on a permanent basis in January after the two clubs came to an agreement over the Spaniard, who joined the Rossoneri on loan in August.
Reports linking Gareth Bale to Old Trafford continue to surface, with David De Gea most likely to go the other way.

Christmas is over, and managers have been busy looking at the best Boxing Day deals ahead of the winter window opening on Jan. 1. Find out the latest rumours with Transfer Talk.

Real want De Gea in Bale trade?

Real Madrid are reportedly set to pose Manchester United a transfer window teaser by giving the green light to a move for Gareth Bale -- as long as the Red Devils hand over David De Gea in exchange, that is.

It is no secret United would be keen on bringing the Welsh wonder to Old Trafford,...

Power Rankings: Real Madrid end 2014 on top of the world

Shaka Hislop picks his ten best teams in the world based on their current form.

Shaka signs off for the winter break with his final ranks of the year and, as they have been for pretty much the entire second half of 2014, Real Madrid are top.

1. Real Madrid (no change)

Los Blancos end 2014 on top of the world after they clinched the Club World Cup with a victory vs. San Lorenzo that was so straightforward that they didn't even need Cristiano Ronaldo to score! Madrid have won 22 straight games and deservedly top the rankings at the winter break!

2. Bayern Munich (no change)


 By Alex Shaw

European Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew discuss Borussia Dortmund's domestic struggles after a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, finishing 2014 joint-bottom with Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

With football across Europe winding down for the winter break, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions on their side. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Each team's grade for the season so far is below -- and click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Click here for the verdict on all 20 Premier League teams.


Atletico Madrid: A-

Barcelona: C+

Real Madrid: A


Bayern Munich: A