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50-50 Challenge: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

El Clasico 6 days ago
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
1 day ago

Adnan Januzaj set for Ajax loan spell, Illarramendi off to A.C. Milan

The ESPN FC crew discuss Luis Suarez's Ballon d'Or shortlist snub, Mario Balotelli's future at Anfield and debate whether or not Marco Reus should leave Dortmund.
The development of academy product Adnan Januzaj under new boss Louis van Gaal will be closely watched by the United faithful.
Adnan Januzaj has had some moments with Man United this season, but he's having trouble getting on the pitch regularly and may be headed to Ajax on loan.

World-class rumour alert, the kind that makes the Transfer Talk world go round. Away we go ...

Manchester United rumours

A couple of tasty bits from the Red half of Manchester, as Louis van Gaal and United eye up possible comings and goings in the January window.

The Daily Star report that Belgian sensation Adnan Januzaj could be headed off to Ajax for a loan spell with the Dutch Eredivisie champions. The sticking point is the loan's duration. Ajax would like to keep the winger for 18 months, while...

 By Rob Train
1 day ago

Real Madrid can't afford complacency in Copa del Rey clash with Cornella

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti confirms winger Gareth Bale is out of the Copa del Rey clash with Cornellà because of a gluteal leg muscle injury.

Cornella vs. Real Madrid: ahh, the romance of the cup.

Spain's oldest football competition is a chance for sides like the Catalan Segunda B outfit to have their day in the sun against a team that, under normal circumstances, they could never hope to meet. The English FA's equivalent is an annual provider of postman/school teacher/greengrocer sub-narratives that fill acres of tabloid space ahead of the FA Cup, third round. Hopefully, Ronnie Radford gets royalties every time the cup offers a good...

2 days ago

Ancelotti triumphs, van Gaal's progress, Dortmund disappoint, more

The ESPN FC panel discuss the player ratings following El Clasico.

You can't really call Real Madrid's clasico win a tactical victory.

That's because frankly, manager Carlo Ancelotti -- as he promised ahead of the game when he said there would be "no surprises" -- did nothing particularly fancy that night. His XI -- with Isco in for the injured Gareth Bale -- picked itself. (Or, if you're really, really cynical, you might say a man named Florentino Perez picked it.)

What Madrid did was execute and figure out a way to get a lopsided, top-heavy lineup to work against...

3 days ago

Five things we learned in La Liga this weekend

The ESPN FC panel discuss which La Liga squad may have the edge as the league progresses after FC Barcelona's defeat.

1. "Hay Liga" -- for now at least

Barcelona's excellent opening to the season and the issues suffered by likely challengers Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid through the first weeks had some optimistic pundits among the Catalan media already predicting in mid-September that a win for the Blaugrana in the season's first clasico could potentially "determine" the title race.

The situation looks a lot different now, with nine games gone. After Saturday's 3-1 defeat, Barca are just a point clear of Madrid,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
3 days ago

#FCtalkingpoints: La Liga, Man United, MLS Cup, Dortmund, Man City

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses whether or not Borussia Dortmund is just unlucky in the league, or perhaps that it is something more.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five white-hot topics on the ESPN FC radar, and we want to know what you think!

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

Even with the return of Luis Suarez for Barcelona, Real Madrid dominated to win the season's first Clasico 3-1. Atletico continued their winning ways versus Getafe and are also firmly in La Liga title picture.

What team do you think will win La Liga?

After a late goal by Robin van Persie helped Manchester...

4 days ago

Real Madrid trample over Barcelona as Clasico lives up to all the hype

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Shaka Hislop analyse the latest edition of El Clasico, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid overpowered Barcelona on their way to a 3-1 triumph.

MADRID -- We love football, we are addicted to it for life, partly because it produces the most unbelievable scripts.

We love matches where a team is on the ropes, battered like a 99-pound weakling by a vicious middleweight champion, but somehow produces resilience, luck or an unpredictable knockout blow. You know the matches, you could name them. The Champions League finals of 1999 and 2005 spring to mind as iconic examples.

Then there are games like this, where the sport needs the team trailing...