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Real lifted by improved Marcelo

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Real Madrid reaping the rewards of an improved Marcelo

The FC team debate whether or not Isco will remain in the starting XI once Gareth Bale returns from injury.

At the end of August the Spanish press were bemoaning the fact that Real Madrid, the European champions, were going into this season with their smallest squad in a decade with just 18 outfield players.

The deep pockets of president Florentino Perez may have helped fund the signings of James Rodriguez, for 71 million pounds, and Toni Kroos, for 24 million pounds, as well as Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas, but the sales of Angel Di Maria, Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Morata had left manager Carlo Ancelotti...

 By Tony Mabert
about an hour ago

Luis Suarez Ballon d'Or snub, Real Madrid award sweep controversy

Luis Suarez and former Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto were not among the nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or and Coach of the Year awards.

This week's roundup of the biggest and most unusual news stories takes in controversy over award winners and nominees, coaches hitting back and a "fairy-tale" return for one player.


1. Suarez snubbed, Klinsmann boosted (Tuesday, Oct. 28)

When FIFA released the contenders for the 2014 Ballon d'Or (at 4am local time, in order to ensure award partner France Football was the only publication with the 23-man list in print), it was a name that was not included that was the most interesting...

 By Rob Train
22 hours ago

Start Isco or Gareth Bale? A tough choice awaits Carlo Ancelotti

The FC team debate whether or not Isco will remain in the starting XI once Gareth Bale returns from injury.

Carlo Ancelotti faces something of a dilemma in the coming weeks thanks to Isco's recent performances. The Real Madrid manager has stated that Gareth Bale will start when fit, but both the system and the former Málaga midfielder have provided the Italian with food for thought as his side enters a busy period of the season. And surely it is hardly a motivating measure to assure one player of his place in the side at the expense of another who has struck such a rich vein of form?

After Real's 4-1...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
1 day ago

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez lays down roots in Madrid

El diario El Mundo reveló la nueva residencia del mexicano en Madrid
On-loan striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is renting this exclusive home in Madrid.

To prove his case that he will be more than a supersub for Real Madrid, striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, on a season-long loan from Manchester United, has laid down roots in Madrid's pricey Alcobedas district, renting a four-bedroom home worth a reported 7,000 euros ($9,000) per month in the exclusive area known as La Moraleja.

The 500-square-meter home includes a gym, sauna,...

1 day ago

Power Rankings: Clasico win moves Real Madrid into first place

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop selects his top teams for this week. See who made his Power Rankings!

It's all change at the top after a big weekend in Spain, while in-form but unfancied sides from Germany and England also make new entries.

1. Real Madrid (+3)

Carlo Ancelotti's men were dominant in the Clasico and made a mockery of certain people -- mentioning no names! -- who predicted Barcelona would win ... Madrid still trail their great rivals in La Liga but, if they maintain their current form, that may change very soon.

2. Bayern Munich (-1)

Days after shellacking Roma, Bayern came back to...

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Raphael Varane's towering headers lead Real Madrid in Copa del Rey

The FC team debate whether or not Isco will remain in the starting XI once Gareth Bale returns from injury.

Real Madrid began their defence of the Copa del Rey, the first trophy Carlo Ancelotti won as Blancos boss, in somewhat of a no-win situation at third-tier Cornella on Wednesday night. Regardless, they came through the first-leg tie getting the job done with an eventually comfortable 4-1 victory.

Seven changes were understandably made following the energy-sapping 3-1 Clasico triumph over Barcelona at the weekend but such are Madrid's deep riches that the outcome was never really in doubt. Oscar Munoz,...