"No one player is as good as the sum of the team." -- Alfredo Di Stéfano

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to a Man Utd banner flown above El Madrigal | September 27, 2014

Official: Chicharito signs on loan to Real Madrid | September 1, 2014 

Real Madrid and Manchester United have agreed to a season-long loan deal; Madrid have the option to buy at the end of the season.

The player has already undergone his medical and will hold a press conference at 4:30 pm CEST.

He will wear the #14 jersey.

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Updated: (September 5) additional links

Official: Real Madrid and Manchester United agree Di María transfer | August 26, 2014 © 

Ángel di María joins United on a club record-breaking £59.7 million (€70.3 million) fee, tying him to the English club for five years. Reports say he will earn about £200,000 (€251,350) per week.

"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for."

The player also penned an open letter to Real Madrid fans via Marca.

In Case You Missed It: Manchester United vs Real Madrid (August 2, 2014)


Where to Watch: ICC - Manchester United vs Real Madrid - 10:06 pm CEST | 4:06 pm EDT

TV listings | Starting XI | Hotel departure

Ronaldo has been included on the squad list; he may play tonight.

Absences: Jesé (injury) || Benzema, James, Varane (in Madrid) || Di María, Khedira, Kroos, Marcelo (on holiday)


2014 International Champions Cup (ICC) | Summer 2014

These eight European clubs will use the U.S. based summer tournament (July 26 - August 4) as part of their preseason preparations. Representatives from each club, including Real Madrid’s Emilio Butragueño, were on hand for Tuesday’s press conference. 

Per Grant Wahl, the format is slightly changed from the previous edition. Teams will be split into two groups instead of being bracketed. The group winners will meet in the final at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. Other cities involved are Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. At least one more city will be announced at a later date. The MCFC website added Minneapolis as one of the participating cities. [unconfirmed schedule]

It’s important to note that teams and squads may change based on possible 14/15 UEFA qualifiers, as well as the involvement in advanced stages of the World Cup.

Presale tickets for the final are already available. Use code FINAL. General public tickets go on sale Thursday, February 6. Ticket price ranges from $50.70 - $282.15 (fees included). Ticket news for the rest of the competition will be known over the coming weeks.

Stay informed —> ICC: Facebook || Twitter || website 

Maybe you can believe what you read on the internet if it came directly from the ICC website. Thanks to Google, this is what I found.

Team/date changes can’t be ruled out, but these screengrabs (mine) came directly from the ICC website’s cached web page.

Dates: July 26 - August 4, 2014

Clubs: Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma, Olympiacos

Cities: Dallas, Washington, D.C., Chicago, PIttsburgh, Denver, Miami, Phoenix, Charlotte, Ann Arbor, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia

You know how you can tell some players are talented? You can tell from day-to-day at the training ground. They do not hide. They are always working and are early for training and stay after training has finished. You see they have such massive focus on the job. He was 17 or 18 when he came to United and I just said, ‘listen, guys, believe me, this guy is a monster’. It did not take long to prove that I was right.”

“He was brilliant, because he was so difficult to mark. Those kind of players are unpredictable and can do whatever they want. Sometimes you think he is going left and he goes right. Sometimes you think he is going to cross and he shoots. It is very hard to read, even for a striker. But he was such a great player. I could tell straight away he was going to be a great player. Cristiano also used to try a lot of his tricks on me in training. But I was not a fair player; I put him on the floor [laughing]! —Louis Saha, on Cristiano Ronaldo

After the 2nd leg of the United/RM tie -

"But even though Ferguson was so angry afterward that he refused to speak at the press conference, Rodríguez saw firsthand that he was still willing to share a post-game drink with Mourinho. Said Rodríguez, "He came out of the dressing room with a cup of wine in his hand, and he told me, ‘Tell José that the wine is ready, and tell him to hurry up.’”

In Case You Missed It: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid

Where to Watch: UCL - Manchester United vs. Real Madrid - 8:45 PM CET | 2:45 PM ET

TV listings


Stadium arrival

Absences: Casillas (injury)

Yellow card alert: Alonso and Ramos are each a card away from missing the next match.

Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United | Ronaldo 30

"[Manchester United] is a club where I played for six years and I have a very special affection for them. I always want to win but I have respect for the people have given me so much."

In Case You Missed It: Real Madrid vs. Manchester United

Where to Watch: UCL - Real Madrid vs. Manchester United - 8:45 PM CET | 2:45 PM ET

TV listings


Stadium arrival | Absences: Casillas (injury) | Yellow card alert: Ramos and Alonso

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