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

Training | October 20, 2014 

The team held one final session before traveling to Liverpool. They will train at Anfield Tuesday evening (8 pm CEST).

News

- Arbeloa’s UEFA interview

- Ancelotti’s The Sun interview {1} {2} {3}

- Cornellá-RM will be played at Espanyol’s stadium at Cornellá’s request.

Injury updates

- Bale, Coentrão, and Ramos will not travel to Liverpool.

Bale: a doctor’s description of his injury

- Ramos: targeted return vs Barcelona (October 25)

13/14 LFP Awards Nominees | October 17, 2014 

Best Breakthrough Player- Jesé Rodríguez

Best Forward - Cristiano Ronaldo

Best Midfielder - Luka Modrić

Best Defender - Sergio Ramos

Best Goalkeeper - Keylor Navas (Levante)

The LFP Awards Gala takes place on October 27 at 10:30pm on La Sexta.

Update (October 20) - Jesé included

Real Madrid News Roundup (October FIFA Break 2014)

Injury updates

  • Ramos (calf) - goal to be fit for Liverpool on Oct 22 but ultimately vs Barça on Oct 25
  • Ronaldo (knee) - finished friendly vs France with iced knee but doesn’t appear to be a reoccurrence of his tendinosis; 3rd party doctor believes there should be no cause for concern
  • Benzema (foot) - had minor hip discomfort earlier in the week but a bruised foot kept him from starting vs Armenia; was a late substitution (87’)
  • Coentrão (knee) - had his first group training since September
  • Jesé (knee) - in the final stages of recovery and should be training with the team shortly and is expected to be match fit in early November
  • Khedira (thigh) - granted permission to do some recovery work with Nike at St. George’s Park; set to gradually begin group training

News

- Why new UEFA Financial Fair Play debt threshold won’t impact Real Madrid

Ronaldo’s Real Madrid goalscoring record in numbers

- Zidane facing 3-month ban but reportedly still has club’s backing 

- Kroos’ Die Welt interview: Spanish punctuality, learning the language, team spirit; doesn’t like being compared to Xabi Alonso

- Ancelotti’s COPE interview: ex-players, GK debate, Zizou’s badges, tricks

- Navas (Best GK) and Ramos (Best Defender) nominated for LFP awards for 13/14; Ramos won the last two years.

- Bale named FA Wales Player of the Year

- Ronaldo reaches 100 million Facebook fans, the 1st athlete to do so and only 2nd person (after Shakira) to achieve that milestone

- Casillas is most influential Spanish athlete in the world, according to Celebrity DBI

- Navas for UNICEF: setting an example for children, his football beginnings, the importance of family

- Club World Cup dates confirmed

- Casillas’ Canal Plus interview

Injury Updates: Ramos and Coentrão

Both players have been ruled out of national team duty this week. Spain’s and Portugal’s federations confirmed each player is unfit to play after joining their national teams this morning.

Ramos picked up a knock to his calf during a collision with another player in yesterday’s league match. Coentrão, who hasn’t been called up since MD5 against Elche, is suffering from knee pain.

Update (October 10) - Sergio’s test results showed a microtear to his calf. He could miss anywhere from seven days to two weeks. A best-case scenario would have him return in time for Liverpool on the 18th. Marca believes no decision will be made until more time has passed.

Ancelotti confirms a Ramos calf injury (via Rhiannon Jones) | October 5, 2014 

Sergio injured the soleus muscle of his right leg. Initial reports suspect he may be a doubt for Spain’s upcoming Euro qualifiers.

ETA: He tweeted after the game that he was looking forward to joining his national team, so it seems that the knock may have been only a scare.

Update (October 6) - He has been ruled out of Spain’s Euro qualifiers.

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The team has left the stadium for the Ciudad Real Madrid residence, where they will rest until a few hours before their match | Oct. 5, 2014

Ludogorets 1-2 Real Madrid (October 1, 2014) | Champions League, GS2

  • Ronaldo - 25’ p Benzema - 77’ (Marcelo assist)

Match report | Highlights ICYMI

Quotes: Ancelotti || Casillas, Marcelo, Ronaldo || Benzema, Ramos, Chicharito

News

- Benzema and Ronaldo is highest-scoring duo in the UCL (80).

- Casillas notches 142 UCL appearances, 3rd highest in history

- 200th game for Arbeloa

Next trainings: Thursday | Friday

Next game: La Liga, vs Athletic Club (H) 9 pm CEST | 3 pm EDT

Training | September 30, 2014

Training | September 30, 2014 

Behind the scenes: Sofia arrival | Training

Squad list | Match promo | Preview

Absences: Coentrão, Jesé, Khedira (injury)

Press conferenceAncelotti | Isco

News 

- 1st time playing Ludogorets

- The black kit will debut today.

- Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal were named to LFP’s Ideal XI of September.

- A Mcafee study revealed Sergio Ramos is the most dangerous Spanish celeb in web searches; users have a 19.3% chance of falling on malicious software; Iker Casillas was also in the top 10 of that list.

- The club is reportedly hoping to start work on the Bernabéu’s remodel next summer.

Kickoff vs Ludogorets is Wednesday at 8:45 pm CEST | 2:45 pm EDT.

Sergio and Toni vote for their World XIs | September 29, 2014

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