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Real Madrid's Galacticos prepare to visit humble Eibar

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop join the #WhyWeWatchFootball discussion and give their picks for the leagues they like best.

As far as league matches go, Saturday's trip to Eibar for Real Madrid is the epitome of a David vs. Goliath battle. David, the small, newly promoted Eibar playing in the top flight for the very first time. Goliath, the 10-times European champions and La Liga leaders Real Madrid. On paper, it should be a stroll for the capital club.

On paper, Eibar don't stand a chance. The Basque outfit have a budget of 14 million pounds, less than the annual salary of Cristiano Ronaldo, compared to Madrid's slightly...

 By Rob Train
1 day ago

Asier Illarramendi's career at Real Madrid needs a kickstart

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down what Luka Modric's injury will do to the Real Madrid midfield.

Many professional footballers wait for that "lucky break" -- a golden chance to add the prefix make-or to their first-team situation. One of few exceptions is Asier Illarramendi, who either stands to benefit hugely from the injury sustained by club teammate Luka Modric, or find that his prospects at Real Madrid are as limited as a Spanish comedy film script.

The Basque midfielder's role at the Bernabeu has gone beyond an audition, and the 24-year-old now faces gallows humour at best. Signed in the...

2 days ago

Isco the logical choice to fill role left by injured Modric

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down what Luka Modric's injury will do to the Real Madrid midfield.

It seems Carlo Ancelotti's talents have no bounds. On the pitch, the Real Madrid manager enjoyed La Décima glory last season and right now his side are at the top of La Liga this season thanks to a remarkable winning streak that is just two short of equalling the club's best run of results. Off the pitch, he has a handy knack, or perhaps in this instance an unwanted knack, of predicting the future.

Before Madrid's last match, a 5-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano that made it 13 straight wins for...

 By Rob Train
4 days ago

Can Isco lead Spain and Real Madrid into another golden era?

Spain's Isco opens the scoring in Huelva with a stunning strike that freezes Belarus goalkeeper, Yuri Zhevnov.

"It's sometimes good to shake things up a bit," said Spain manager Vicente del Bosque after his side saw off Belarus on Saturday night. After the debacle of La Roja's World Cup campaign and the Euro 2016 qualifying loss against Slovakia, Spain certainly needed a lift.

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A good team performance against a fairly limited Belarus was the minimum expected by the crowd at the Nuevo Colomino Stadium, and a more youthful Roja provided just that. But, as has been the case on several occasions this season,...

5 days ago

Football's finest rivals: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid 2010-12

The Supercopa has produced few moments more memorable than the fierce rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona during 2010-2012.

ESPN FC assesses the greatest rivalries in football, focusing on the teams who, together, challenged at the very peak of the sport over a period of years. After Pep Guardiola established perhaps the greatest Barcelona side in history, Jose Mourinho was installed to kick-start the Real Madrid revival.

The second dream team vs. the second coming

On the eve of the 2010-11 Champions League semifinal second leg, Pep Guardiola uttered a few quiet words that seemed out of place with all the sound and the...

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6 days ago

Christoph Kramer 'honoured' by Real links, Liverpool show Schurrle interest

Gab Marcotti discusses why Jose Mourinho chose Stamford Bridge over Old Trafford.
Christoph Kramer says it's an honour to be linked with Real Madrid.

January will be here before you know it. To tide us over, here's today's batch of rumours and gossip.

Kramer linked with Real Madrid

Even after being "credited" with one of the most unbelievable own goals of the season, Christoph Kramer has some big-time suitors knocking on his door. Top of that list? Spanish giants Real Madrid are rumoured to be eyeing the Leverkusen defender who's currently on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Kramer said he hasn't actually had any concrete contact with...