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‘No more experiments’ – Kroos calls for Germany to improve tactically ahead of France showdown
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‘No more experiments’ – Kroos calls for Germany to improve tactically ahead of France showdown

The midfielder has warned Die Mannschaft that they cannot afford to make any mistakes against the world champions at Euro 2020 Toni Kroos has called for Germany to improve tactically ahead of their European Championships showdown with France. Germany will open their Euro 2020 campaign with a Group F clash against France, who reached the final of the tournament in 2016 before winning the World Cup two years later. Les Bleus are being billed as favourites to win the continental trophy, and Kroos has warned his Die Mannschaft team-mates that they will have to execute the perfect game plan in order to pick up a positive result on Tuesday night.
Toni Kroos to miss Real Madrid’s must-win season finale against Villarreal after testing positive for Covid 
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Toni Kroos to miss Real Madrid’s must-win season finale against Villarreal after testing positive for Covid 

Real Madrid playmaker, Toni Kroos will miss will his club's final game of the season after testing positive for Coronavirus. Real will face Villarreal on Saturday to close out the campaign and must win, hoping Atletico Madrid loses away at Valladolid for them to be crowned champions of La Liga. Kroos, who has been one of Zinedine Zidane's most important players this season, got infected with the virus after coming into direct contact with someone who had coronavirus. "Real Madrid announce that our player, Toni Kroos, tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent today,' a club statement said '"Kroos has been in isolation since Friday, May 14, after having come into direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19." "There is no suggestion that he is suffe...
What Gerard Pique told referee after Barcelona 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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What Gerard Pique told referee after Barcelona 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

  Details of the interaction between Gerard Pique and referee Gil Manzano has emerged. Real Madrid defeated their fiercest rivals 2-1 in the El Clasico on Saturday and climbed top of the league table above Atletico Madrid on goal difference. Going into the game, both sides knew a win would see them go to the top of La Liga and the home side started the game composed. Zinedine Zidane’s side led 2-0 at half-time, courtesy of first-half strikes from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos. Oscar Mingueza pulled one back for the visitors 15 minutes into the second half Gerard Pique was named on the bench and did not play a single minute in the game. But that did not stop him walking onto the pitch and having a go at referee Gil Manzano, fuming at the match official after the...
Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has insisted they can still win the LaLiga title this season, despite a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos gave Los Blancos the lead, before Mingueza pulled one back for Koeman’s men. Barca were denied a late penalty, as Real clinched the maximum points in the title race. The result saw Zinedine Zidane’s men go top with 66 points, ahead of rivals Atletico Madrid. Barcelona remain third with 65 points with eight matches left. “I am [still] really optimistic,” Koeman said of Barca’s title hopes. “We’ve shown that we are fighting. We have lost to a rival also fighting for the league, but there are [eight] games to go and every match for the top three will be tough.”
Danny Murphy predicts results for Chelsea, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, others
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Danny Murphy predicts results for Chelsea, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, others

  Former Liverpool star, Danny Murphy, has delivered his predictions for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Real Madrid will host Liverpool on Tuesday night in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie in Spain, while Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund. Reigning champions Bayern Munich will tackle Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, while Chelsea will face Porto. Providing his predictions, Murphy told The Mail on Sunday: “Real’s teamsheet used to strike fear into opponents but not anymore,” Murphy told The Mail on Sunday. “Injuries have prevented Eden Hazard from becoming another Galactico and their best players, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, are all in their 30s. “In fact, Liverpool carry the greater firepower with Salah, Sadio ...
Footballer Toni Kroos reacts to plans by some countries to boycott the Qatar 2022 w/cup as reports allege 6,500 migrant workers have died in the country since 2010
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Footballer Toni Kroos reacts to plans by some countries to boycott the Qatar 2022 w/cup as reports allege 6,500 migrant workers have died in the country since 2010

World cup winning champion, Toni Kroos says "it's wrong" that Qatar were given 2022 World Cup hosting rights after reports alleging that thousands of migrant workers have died since the hosting rights of the competition were awarded to the gulf state eleven years ago. Germany have been among several countries to stage protests against alleged human rights violations in Qatar before their World Cup qualifying matches this month. A report from The Guardian showed a damning picture of working conditions and stated that more than 6,500 migrant workers have died in the Gulf State. However, Kroos does not think the problem will be solved by a proposed boycott of Qatar 2022. The report added that workers are subjected to very long hours in hot conditions without enough...
LaLiga table: Real Madrid Climb Above Barcelona after Valencia Win
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LaLiga table: Real Madrid Climb Above Barcelona after Valencia Win

  Real Madrid have moved above Barcelona into second place in LaLiga, thanks to their 2-0 win over Valencia on sunday. Karim Benzema put the hosts ahead after 12 minutes, before Toni Kroos doubled the advantage with three minutes left before half time at Valdebebas. Ferland Mendy’s goal just after the hour mark was ruled out for offside following a VAR review. Victory for Los Blancos, was enough for them to leapfrog Barcelona, who hammered Alaves 5-1 on Saturday. Leaders, Atletico Madrid remain five points clear with two games in hand on Zinedine Zidane’s side. The only negative from the afternoon came when Dani Carvajal limped off with an apparent hamstring injury. Real were already without seven players due to fitness issues and midway through the first half...
Real Madrid Players Celebrated Barcelona 8-2 Humiliation – Toni Kroos
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Real Madrid Players Celebrated Barcelona 8-2 Humiliation – Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos admits Real Madrid’s players celebrated Barcelona’s Champions League humiliation last week. Barca are now reeling after their 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich. And Kroos revealed how Real’s players reacted amongst their Whatsapp group as the goals flew in. “I can’t recall everything, but you can imagine that there was no pain,” he said. “There was the occasional malicious celebration.” Kroos admits the reaction was similar when Barca were shocked by Roma in 2018. He added: “People were running up and down in front of my room and screaming. I didn’t see it, but there must be other players (who watched). Everybody loves it that way here.”
Real Madrid Offer Juventus Two First-team Players in Exchange for Dybala
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Real Madrid Offer Juventus Two First-team Players in Exchange for Dybala

Real Madrid are so desperate to land Paulo Dybala and will offer Juventus two first-team players, according to SportMediaset. It is understood that the two players Real Madrid will offer to force the deal are: Isco and Toni Kroos. Zinedine Zidane’s side have contacted the Serie A champions and proposed a mammoth swap deal for Dybala that could exceed €100million (£90m). The La Liga champions are desperate to bolster their attack this summer after their exit from this year’s Champions League at the hands of Manchester City. The Los Blancos have been far too reliant on striker, Karim Benzema, for goals, with their next highest scorer being defender, Sergio Ramos on 11 – most of which have been penalties. Meanwhile, Juventus have little desire to let Dybala leave and inten...
Real Madrid See Off Eibar, Close Gap on Barcelona
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Real Madrid See Off Eibar, Close Gap on Barcelona

Real Madrid returned to LaLiga action for the first time since March this year, with a 3-1 win over Eibar on Sunday night. Zinedine Zidane’s men flew out of the blocks at the Alfred Di Stefano, to all but win the game in the opening half. Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo scored to give Madrid a 3-0 lead at the interval. The visitors pulled one back through Pedro Bigas, but it was a rather comfortable victory for Los Blancos. The win takes them within two points of rivals Barcelona, who crushed Mallorca 4-0 yesterday. Barca host Leganes next, while Real Madrid clash with Valencia.
’80 per cent’ of rumours are false – Real Madrid star Kroos plays down transfer reports
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’80 per cent’ of rumours are false – Real Madrid star Kroos plays down transfer reports

The Germany international midfielder has been around long enough, and seen enough names linked with his team, to take gossip with a pinch of salt Toni Kroos is reading little into the speculation suggesting that Kylian Mbappe, Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz are transfer targets for Real Madrid, claiming “80 per cent” of rumours prove to be false. The Blancos are expected to bolster their ranks again when the next window opens. Zinedine Zidane will be given more money to spend, with the very best talent on the market always of interest to La Liga giants. Raids on Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen have been mooted for a trio of exciting young performers with plenty of potential. Kroos is aware of the gossip but, as a seasoned professional, is t...
Real Madrid Midfielder Toni Kroos Welcomes Bundesliga Return
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Real Madrid Midfielder Toni Kroos Welcomes Bundesliga Return

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is happy seeing the Bundesliga make a successful return. In an interview with the agency dpa, the German international explained the importance to other leagues of its successful return. Kroos said, “If the Germans fail, no one else will continue [with their planned return]. “If they are not able to finish the Bundesliga, who else will be able to? For this reason, I am sure they [the other leagues] will be as attentive as to what transpires. "We trained at home for a long time, where we received plans of what to do from home. It was a long break, like in the summer, and there comes a time when you start from scratch again."
Zidane Reacts to Real Madrid’s 2-2 Draw with Celta Vigo, Speaks on Hazard’s Performance
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Zidane Reacts to Real Madrid’s 2-2 Draw with Celta Vigo, Speaks on Hazard’s Performance

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has expressed his disappointment following their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Sunday. Zidane also expressed his delight at Eden Hazard’s return from injury. Fedor Smolov gave the visitors an early lead, before Toni Kroos made it 1-1 after the break. Hazard won the penalty that Sergio Ramos converted, but Celta netted a late equalizer, to ensure the points are shared. “We made a great effort [after conceding early] but we’ve lost 2 points tonight at home. “Changes can be discussed after the game. [Gareth] Bale was good today while we had planned to let Hazard play for quite a few minutes. “I’m very happy with the return of Hazard, that he’s back with us, he’s played 70 minutes very well. Celta is a great team that doesn’t deserve to...
It Won’t Be Long, I Will Retire Before I’m 38 – Kroos
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It Won’t Be Long, I Will Retire Before I’m 38 – Kroos

Toni Kroos has admitted that he doesn't see himself playing football for years and years to come. The Real Madrid midfielder turned 30 in January and has won virtually everything there is to win in the game, including four Champions League titles and a World Cup. "I'm 30 years old and it's a good age to think - what more do I want?" he told Sportschau Club. "[My career] won't last much longer. "I'm sure that I won't play until I'm 38." The German midfielder is starting to plan ahead, with his contract at Real Madrid due to expire in 2023. "I've been here for more than five years and we're very happy here," he said. "Our children go to school here and they're also very happy. "In the end, they will make the decision." Despite entertaining the thought of retire...
Macauley Chrisantus Joins His 14th Club
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Macauley Chrisantus Joins His 14th Club

What happened to Nigerian striker, Macauley Chrisantus? This has been the question on the lips of many followers of the forward. It was reported that days ago that Former Golden Eaglets forward Chrisantus Macauley has signed for Saudi Arabian second tier club Hetten FC. The FIFA U-17 2007 star has reportedly played for 13 clubs in the last 14 years. Recall that 29 years old finished as top-scorer at the 2007 Fifa Under-17 World Cup with seven goals. The U-17 tournament in 2007 produced stars like Toni Kroos of Real Madrid, David De Gea of Manchester United and former Barca star, Bojan, Danny Welbeck of Watford, Danny Rose and so many. Recall that with seven appearances, and seven goals helped Nigeria to success in the tournament. Marcaulay also won the ...
Make Me The Best Highest Paid player – Real Madrid Star begs Zidane
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Make Me The Best Highest Paid player – Real Madrid Star begs Zidane

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has urged the club’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, to make him the best highest paid player at Santiago Bernabeu. According to Fox Sports, Benzema wants to earn 17 million euros per season thus becoming the highest paid player among Zidane’s men. The report claimed that the 31-year-old is behind Gareth Bale, who is currently the best highest paid Real player, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. The report also claimed that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is unwilling to pay 17 million euros to Benzema, but Zidane believes that the striker deserves it. Benzema scored 30 goals, assisted 11 in over 53 appearances for Real Madrid this season. The France international’s current contract at Real Madrid will exp...
Toni Kroos Signs New Contract with Real Madrid
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Toni Kroos Signs New Contract with Real Madrid

Real Madrid star, Toni Kroos has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 30, 2023. Real Madrid made the announcement in a statement posted on their official website on Monday. The statement reads: “Real Madrid CF and Toni Kroos have agreed to extend the player’s contract, which is now linked to the club until June 30, 2023.” Kroos joined the Los Blancos from Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, in 2014. The 29-year-old has won eleven trophies during his five years at the Santiago Bernabeu, including three Champions League titles and one La Liga title.
Man Utd Name Two Players They Want in Exchange for Pogba at Real Madrid
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Man Utd Name Two Players They Want in Exchange for Pogba at Real Madrid

Manchester United have told Real Madrid that they want their forward, Gareth Bale and midfielder, Toni Kroos in exchange for Paul Pogba. Diario AS reports that Man United are only willing to sell Pogba to Real Madrid if they receive Bale and Kroos as part of any deal. The Spanish newspaper claimed that the 26-year-old, who remains Man United’s record signing after his £89million arrival in 2016, will only be sold if the Red Devils receive two Real Madrid players in return. Pogba has been heavily linked with a move to the La Liga giants in recent weeks. Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has already expressed his admiration for Pogba, adding that the midfielder could move to the Santiago Bernabeu, when he leaves Manchester United. Zidane returned to the Bernabeu at the ...
Zidane’s Son Luca Starts In Goal For Real, Concedes Early Goal
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Zidane’s Son Luca Starts In Goal For Real, Concedes Early Goal

Zinedine Zidane’s son Luca got off to the worst possible start after starting in goal for Real Madrid against Huesca on Sunday, conceding within three minutes against the rock-bottom side. Luca Zidane, 20, was helpless as Cucho Hernandez crashed a shock early opener into the top corner at the Santiago Bernabeu. The goal came moments into his second start between the posts for Real, ahead of injured first-choice stopper Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas, who has only just returned from international duty with Costa Rica. An Under-20 France international, Luca is the third Zidane to wear the Real Madrid kit, after his father and brother Enzo, who currently plays for Rayo Majadahonda in the Spanish second tier. Zidane also rested Raphael Varane, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos for ...
Zidane Drops Hint On Replacing Mourinho At Manchester United, Says ‘Soon I Will Return To Training’
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Zidane Drops Hint On Replacing Mourinho At Manchester United, Says ‘Soon I Will Return To Training’

Zinedine Zidane has hinted he will be returning to work soon following multiple reports that he is favourite to replace Jose Mourinho if the Portuguese is sacked by Manchester United. The former France midfielder has been without a job since resigning from his position as Real Madrid boss after helping them to a third consecutive Champions League crown in May. But speaking with Spanish broadcaster TVE, he revealed that he'll back in the game very shortly. Zidane said: 'Yes, surely. Soon I will return to training because it is what I like and is what I have done all my life.' Zidane's speculation first started after a frustrating summer in the transfer market and a poor start to the season which has seen Mourinho's team lost two of their first four games. A recent report ...
Cristiano Ronaldo Stars As Rejuvenated Real Madrid Thrash Sevilla
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Cristiano Ronaldo Stars As Rejuvenated Real Madrid Thrash Sevilla

Real Madrid sent a warning to Barcelona just two weeks ahead of El Clasico by storming back into form as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla on Saturday. Sevilla had started the afternoon on the same number of points as Madrid in joint fourth, but the sides looked worlds apart as Real scored all five goals before half-time to close to within five points of Barca at the top of the table. Nacho got the hosts off to a perfect start before Ronaldo doubled his La Liga tally for the season with a cool finish and a penalty inside the half mark. Toni Kroos and Achraf Hakimi rounded off the rout as Real leapfrogged cross city rivals Atletico Madrid into third. Barca can regain their eight-point advantage over Real when they visit Villarreal on Sunday. “Scorin...
Toni Kroos: Zidane Knows That He Can Always Count On Me
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Toni Kroos: Zidane Knows That He Can Always Count On Me

Under the French tactician, Kroos has won two consecutive Champions League trophies and he explained that the positive spirit Zidane engenders has been vital to achieve his goals. "In the first place, Zidane gave me a lot of confidence," he said in an interview for German Football Federation magazine. "In the two years that we have been together, he has used me in almost every game, especially in all the important ones. "He knows that he can always count on me and that I will always try to do my best to create a great team spirit. "We have a good relationship and having a good relationship with the coach is important for every player." Germany has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the former Bayern Munich star gave his take on his national team's, as well as his personal ...
Real Madrid Offer Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos To PSG For Neymar
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Real Madrid Offer Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos To PSG For Neymar

Real Madrid has offered Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos to Paris Saint-Germain in their bid to land Neymar. According to Don Balon, Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is determined to sign Neymar from PSG and will offer Kroos and Bale as part of a swap deal. Neymar left Real Madrid arch rivals Barcelona to the France capital in a deal worth €222. According to the report, an outright deal to land the Brazilian will exceed €400 million. Perez feels he can replace Kroos and Bale with relative ease as he looks to minimise costs. At present, PSG are in no mood to sell, but Madrid will not give up their pursuit of Neymar and are hopeful they can bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu within the next two seasons.
Real Madrid Players Take Off For London Ahead Of Their Clash With Tottenham
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Real Madrid Players Take Off For London Ahead Of Their Clash With Tottenham

Zinedine Zidane's side will walk out in front of a sold-out Wembley on Wednesday evening, with the winners to emerge favourites to top Group H. Ronaldo was on hand to spare his Real's blushes when the pair met earlier this month, the Portuguese cancelling out Raphael Varane's own goal from the penalty spot before the break. The Best FIFA's Men's Player of the Year was part of a Madrid side that were shocked by newly promoted Girona at the weekend in La Liga, as they lost 2-1 to the Catalan club on Sunday. However, the smiles appeared to have returned to the faces of the players and staff as they boarded their flight for London, Ronaldo posting a picture of himself sat beside midfielder Toni Kroos.
Florentino Perez Joked With Alves: You Should Have Played In Madrid
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Florentino Perez Joked With Alves: You Should Have Played In Madrid

Zinedine Zidane took the prize for The Best FIFA Men's Coach, while Cristiano Ronaldo won The Best FIFA Men's Player award for the second year running. Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Ronaldo were all named in the FIFA FIFPro World11, too, and Perez spoke on Spanish radio about bumping into Dani Alves, who was also in the World11. "I met him in the hallway and, as always, he was very friendly," Perez said to the radio show 'El Transistor' on Onda Cero, and to Radio MARCA. "We had a little joke; I told him that he should have played in Madrid and he said not to call him." The Real president also took time in the interview to heavily praise Zidane for the impact he has had on the team since becoming head coach in January 2016. "Only from the humility that he had as a ...
Idris Elba Poses With The 11 Best Football Players On The Planet For Selfies
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Idris Elba Poses With The 11 Best Football Players On The Planet For Selfies

British actor, Idris Elba who was the host for the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on Monday posed on stage with the eleven best football players on the planet for selfies. The actor took selfie photos with Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Leonardo Bonucci who made a cut on the best eleven team. Others on the list include Midfielder Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo who sculped the Men's Best Player Award following his impressive performance for his club and country. See more photos below..
Toni Kroos Misses Training Ahead Of Madrid’s Trip To Real Sociedad
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Toni Kroos Misses Training Ahead Of Madrid’s Trip To Real Sociedad

Zidane was with just 19 players for the session, with a number of players set to miss the trip to San Sebastian. Kroos played against APOEL in midweek in the Champions League but is now a major doubt for the game at Anoeta. Madrid are also without Karim Benzema and Mateo Kovacic (both injured) and Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo (both suspended) for the match. Meanwhile, defender Jesus Vallejo also missed training, but Marco Asensio did train as normal after missing the APOEL game.
Toni Kroos’ Agent Criticisms Dembele’s Behavior In Barcelona Transfer
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Toni Kroos’ Agent Criticisms Dembele’s Behavior In Barcelona Transfer

"If he did that to me, I would separate myself from him," Struth said in an interview published in Sport Bild. In his opinion, "due to guys like Dembele, I [as an agent] have a shitty reputation. I am angry with the fact his advisors advised him not to go to training with Dortmund. His advisors! That behaviour does not sit well with me." Struth -- who through his role with Sports Total works with Kroos, Dortmund's Marco Reus and Juventus' Howedes -- says he would not tolerate one of his clients skipping training in search of a move elsewhere. "I would immediately separate myself from a player that did that," he added. "Where are we going to get to?"
Kroos Reaches 100 La Liga Appearances For Real Madrid
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Kroos Reaches 100 La Liga Appearances For Real Madrid

Toni Kroos made his 100th La Liga appearance for Real Madrid in Saturday's game against Levante. The Germany international, 27, has been a crucial player for Spanish side since joining from Bayern Munich in July 2014. Kroos has scored eight goals and assisted 40 in 152 games in all competitions, winning two Champions League and Club World Cup titles as well as one La Liga crown in the Spanish capital. And the World Cup-winning midfielder has now reached a notable a landmark in the Spanish top flight, being included in Real's starting XI for their third game of the season, despite playing every minute in both of Germany's recent World Cup qualifiers. Kroos started alongside Marcos Llorente in midfield as Zinedine Zidane's side sought to recover from their recent draw with Valenc...
Ribery Sees Kroos Quality In Bayern Team-Mate Rudy
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Ribery Sees Kroos Quality In Bayern Team-Mate Rudy

Franck Ribery has compared Sebastian Rudy to Real Madrid star Toni Kroos following his strong start to the season with Bayern Munich. Rudy, who joined on a free transfer in July after his contract expired at Hoffenheim, has impressed at the base of the Bundesliga champions' midfield in the absence of the retired Xabi Alonso. The 27-year-old set up Niklas Sule to open the scoring in the 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen and delivered strong displays in the DFB-Pokal thrashing of Chemnitzer and the DFL-Supercup penalty shoot-out win over Borussia Dortmund. And Ribery believes he brings the sort of qualities to the side that Kroos did during a hugely successful Bayern career before he joined Madrid in 2014. "I've always thought: good player, quiet, but not shy. He is not afraid when h...
Real Madrid Have The Most Valuable Squad In The World
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Real Madrid Have The Most Valuable Squad In The World

The website Transfermarkt, which specialises in market values, lists the Real Madrid squad's total value at 774 million euros, beating Barcelona by 37m euros and Chelsea, in third, by 130m euros.Despite losing a sizeable chuck of their value with this summer's departures of Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez, the European champions are still the world's leading squad based on their monetary worth, which has been proven on the pitch in recent months and years.Cristiano Ronaldo remains the star of the team, valued at 100m euros, while Gareth Bale follows at 80m euros, dropping 10m euros in worth since the beginning of this season, with Toni Kroos third at 70m euros.The frontline is valued at 287.5m euros, despite being the least populated area of the squad, goalkeepers aside.Another positive ...
The Most Expensive Release Clauses At Barcelona And Real Madrid
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The Most Expensive Release Clauses At Barcelona And Real Madrid

Neymar's €222 million (£198m) release clause was supposed to be prohibitive, but PSG have paid it. And that begs the question: who else might be ripe for a mega transfer? Spanish clubs are really the only ones who deal in release clauses at such a high level, so what are the top players of Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly available for? Note: None of these amounts are officially revealed by the clubs and are based on reports. BARCELONA Source: Sport The superstars Lionel Messi - €300m Luis Suarez - €200m Gerard Pique - €200m Sergio Busquets - €200m Andres Iniesta - €200m Worth a bid Marc-Andre Ter Stegen - €200m Rafinha Alcantara - €75m Samuel Umtiti - €60m Lucas Digne - €60m Sergi Roberto - €40m Gerard Deulofeu - €35m Too much money Jordi Alba - ...
Jose Mourinho Upbeat Despite Man United Losing To Barcelona
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Jose Mourinho Upbeat Despite Man United Losing To Barcelona

Manchester United's American tour ended in defeat but Jose Mourinho returns home in a positive mood, having been impressed by his team's improved second-half display against Barcelona and "special" player Paul Pogba. Washington's FedEx Field was host for the Reds' fifth friendly in as many cities and bore witness to their biggest test yet given Barca's frontline boasted Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. The latter, amid talk of a move to Paris St Germain, fired home in the first-half, securing a 1-0 win for Barcelona despite United improving after the break. "I think for the crowd it was good," Mourinho said after 80,162 saw the Reds' first defeat of the tour. "I think in pre-season it is important also to play for that. "When you come to the US and you have a stadium with ...
Green Germany Expect Tough Confederations Cup Start
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Green Germany Expect Tough Confederations Cup Start

World champions Germany will field an inexperienced line-up against Australia in their Confederations Cup opener on Monday with striker Timo Werner fearing a robust challenge from the Socceroos. With an average age of just 24 years, four months, and a combined total of 179 international appearances, Germany have the most youthful squad of the eight Confed Cup teams. Only three of the squad — Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and Julian Draxler — lifted the World Cup in Brazil three years ago, but none of the trio played in the Rio de Janeiro final. On the back of his breakthrough season with RB Leipzig, striker Timo Werner, 21, expects a fiery start in Sochi for the untested, green Germans. “We don’t all know how fit we are after a long and hard season,” admitted Wern...
The FIFA Football Awards 2016 Winners
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The FIFA Football Awards 2016 Winners

FIFA FIFAPro World11: Manuel Neuer, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA Fan Award 2016: Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool supporters The Best FIFA Women's Coach: Silvia Neid FIFA Fair Play Award 2016: Atletico Nacional The Best FIFA Men's Coach: Claudio Ranieri Outstanding Career Award: Falcao FIFA Puskás Award: Mohd Faiz Subri The Best FIFA Women's Player: Carli Lloyd The Best FIFA Men's Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Benzema Fit To Play For Real In Madrid Derby
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Benzema Fit To Play For Real In Madrid Derby

Real Madrid will be able to count on Karim Benzema for the Madrid derby at Atletico on Saturday. Coach Zinedine Zidane picked the France striker for the Spanish league match at Vicente Calderon Stadium, but he didn't reveal if he will start Benzema or place him in the reserves. "He is better, and if he is on the squad then he can play," Zidane said on Friday. Benzema was in doubt because of a lingering hip problem. He has five goals in 13 appearances this season. While forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are also ready to play, Zidane will be without his other pure striker Alvaro Morata, who injured a hamstring while playing for Spain over the international break. Atletico, meanwhile, is hoping star forward Antoine Griezmann will be fit after hurting his left foot whi...

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