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August 2014

Real Madrid 2-0 Córdoba (August 25, 2014) | La Liga, MD1

  • Benzema - 30’ (Kroos assist)
  • Ronaldo -  90’ (Isco assist)

Match report | Highlights | HQ gallery [trick]

Quotes: Ancelotti || Pepe, Marcelo || Carvajal, Kroos


- Pepe and Ronaldo reach 250 official games with the club.

- Ronaldo has scored 30 goals in 2014 and 255 with RM; he’s scored against 47 of the 48 teams he’s faced while at RM (all but Dinamo Zagreb).

Next training: Wednesday

Next game: La Real (A) Sunday, 9 pm CEST | 3 pm EDT

August 2014

Training [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] | August 24, 2014

August 2014

Training | August 20-21, 2014 

- Wednesday: nine of the starters against Atleti stayed indoors; Pepe split time exercising on the pitch alone and then in the gym.

- Thursday: Ronaldo (thigh) trained normally; Jesé continued his recovery.  || more training videos: {1} {2} {3}

Squad list | Absences: Jesé (injury)

Ancelotti press conference

- No starting XI given but Ronaldo could start

- The preferred midfield will be 3 CM.

- Di María and Khedira rejected new deals, but Di María also wants to leave; Khedira has not asked.


- Kroos talked to Sport Bild about punctuality, communication, and pressure at RM.

Kickoff vs Atleti is Friday, 10:30 pm CEST | 4:30 pm EDT.

August 2014

Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid (August 19, 2014) | Supercopa, 1st leg

  • James - 80’ (Benzema assist) 

Match report | Highlights | HQ gallery (trick here)

Quotes: Ancelotti || Ramos, James || Alonso || Pepe


- James becomes the 1st Colombian to score for Real Madrid in club history.

- Real Madrid is the 1st club to score in 13 consecutive home Supecopa matches.

- In 15 of the last 20 Supercopa matches, the team that scores 1st wins the title.

- watch: RM’s 35 goals in the Supercopa

- Ronaldo was subbed off for a thigh injury. It was later confirmed by Ancelotti not to be serious. (He trained normally on Thursday and made the squad list for the return leg.)

Next training: Wednesday and Thursday 

Next match: Supercopa vs Atleti (2nd leg away) Friday, 10:30 pm CEST | 4:30 pm EDT

August 2014

Training | August 17, 2014 

The team followed up their friendly loss to Fiorentina with a recovery session Sunday afternoon. A handful of players did not step out on the pitch — Benzema, Di María, Jesé, Ronaldo, and Varane.

Players with slight injury concerns — Modrić and Bale (back) and Pepe (calf), resumed normal training this afternoon. Luka had remained in Madrid, while Gareth and Pepe didn’t feature in Saturday’s friendly.


- Isco’s teammates greeted him with applause after the arrival of his newborn son.

- Marcelo and Ronaldo accepted their Ice Bucket Challenge nominations, which are part of a viral campaign aimed to spread ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) awareness.

- articles worth a read: Can Real Madrid keep stars happy? (by Andy West), LFP president wants La Liga to overtake the EPL for American audiences’ interest (by Jamie Jackson)

August 2014

Training [+] [+] | August 15, 2014 

Jesé continued his recovery, and Modrić stayed indoors because of back pain. Pepe trained alone, and Bale finished the session on his own.

Squad list | Warsaw arrival

Absences: Jesé, Modrić (injury) || Isco (expecting child’s birth)

Ancelotti and Navas press conference | August 16, 2014

- CA: Navas to start; players who returned late (Khedira, Marcelo, Di María) will get some minutes to improve fitness; Ronaldo may play a half; Bale (back) and Pepe (calf) won’t be risked today

- Nothing’s changed in regards to Khedira and Di María statuses; no more signings to be made this window

- Decision not made for which GK will start the Supercopa

KN: teammates treating him well, although he’s closest to James because they’re staying in the same hotel

- After winning one title, he wants more.

- He’s at the coach’s disposal and is learning from Casillas to improve as a player.


- Assistant coach Clement tells Talk Sport he doesn’t think there will be much movement in the roster before the transfer window closes because the squad isn’t large (20 outfield, 3 keepers).

- Sales for this season’s away shirts have exceeded expectations; the women’s shirts are completely sold out at the El Carmen official store.

Kickoff vs Fiorentina is Saturday, 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT.

August 2014

Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla (August 12, 2014) | UEFA Super Cup

  • Ronaldo - 30’ (Bale assist) | 49’ (Benzema assist)

Match report | Highlights | Locker room celebrations

Quotes: Ancelotti [+] || Ronaldo [+] [+] || Benzema [+] || Coentrão || James, Carvajal [+] [+] || Ramos [+] || Bale, Pepe [+] [+] || Pérez


- Only AC Milan (20) has more international titles than Real Madrid; both clubs are tied at 14 for most European titles

Debuts for James and Kroos

- Kroos’ passing masterclass (96%)

- News reports from around the globe

- Behind the scenes: Casillas gives away glove; universal appeal in Cardiff

- Casillas has lifted 9 trophies as captain of Real Madrid

Ronaldo reaches 70 goals in club European competition — 2nd highest after Raúl (77)

- He has scored in all 4 of RM’s one-game finals (5 times)

- Benzema leads current RM players with assists to Ronaldo (23) in all competitions

- Ronaldo takes home MOTM honors [+]

Ancelotti is 2nd coach to win 3 European Super Cups (once as a player)

- The UEFA Super Cup trophy is on display at the Bernabéu

- The prize for winning the Super Cup is reportedly €3 million.

Next training: Thursday and Friday

Next match: Friendly vs Fiorentina - Saturday, 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT

August 2014
August 2014

Tunnel talk just before the 2nd half (Real Madrid vs Sevilla) | UEFA Super Cup (August 12, 2014)

August 2014

Part II of Training… but not really [3:28] [+] | August 6, 2014

August 2014

Pepe and Seydou Keita | Real Madrid vs AS Roma (July 29, 2014)

The two were involved in an incident just prior to kickoff in Dallas. Keita was seen snubbing Pepe during the team handshakes. Cameras later captured what looks like Pepe retaliating by spitting at the Roma player, who then reacted by hurling a water bottle at him. After the game Seydou told RFI that the incident stemmed from a confrontation during the 2011 Supercopa. 

from Marca -

"Back when I played for Barça he called me a macaque, i.e. a monkey. From that moment onwards, I’ve seen him as a good-for-nothing. I haven’t spoken about it in public before because it wasn’t worth it, but that’s why I didn’t want to shake his hand." Keita added that he had informed his teammate Mehdi Benatia of his intentions.

"It’s unacceptable for someone to spit at me. I really don’t see why I should have to shake his hand, since in his eyes I’m not a human being", the veteran railed.

"I have no interest in discussing things with a person who doesn’t consider me a human being. The way he behaves is out of order. Instead of coming over and asking me why I didn’t shake his hand, he chose to spit at me."

July 2014

Real Madrid vs Inter Milan (July 26, 2014) | Bale 10’

July 2014

Real Madrid vs Inter Milan (July 26, 2014) | Bale 10’

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