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Former Real Madrid president Vicente Calderon says Cristiano Ronaldo is "fed up" with life at the Bernabeu, fuellng talk of a sensational return to Manchester United . Ronaldo moved to the Spanish capital in the summer of 2009 for 80million and the forward has been a huge hit winning La Liga and the Champions League as well as scoring a phenomenal 256 goals in 251 games.
Domestic football returned to action following the international break this weekend, with a number of surprising results and illuminating performances across Europe. In Spain there was shock as Atletico Madrid continued Real Madrid's awful start to the season with an away win at the Santiago Bernabeu, while in England Manchester United got their season back on track with a 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers - as Chelsea continued their imperious 100 percent start.
For defending champion Madrid, it's a chance for some respite after back-to-back losses in the Spanish league that have led to fans jeering the team. For Liverpool, it's a return - after five years away - to a competition the club has won five times and regards as its natural habitat.
OVER dependence on players that brought glory being crowned Africa Cup of Nations Champions in 2012 is proving too costly to the future and aspiration of developing our football in Zambia to an acceptable level. The home tie goalless draw against an unimpressive Mozambique and a 2-1 loss away to an average side Cape Verde is a case in point.
Jose Mourinho praised Chelsea for waiting for Mr. Right in Diego Costa after the Spain striker extended his blistering start to his Blues career with a hat-trick in the 4-2 defeat of Swansea. Chelsea continued their 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League season with an emphatic victory, with Costa taking his tally to seven goals from four games this term, a return Mourinho believes is abnormal.
WHEN even a new signing from abroad talks about "the project", you get some idea of how meticulously Hearts have been planning their revival. A player of Miguel Pallardo's pedigree might be forgiven for saying he had come from his native Spain to Scotland in search of regular football, or because he saw it as a stepping stone to the land of milk and honey south of the Border.
Iker Casillas celebrated 15 years since making his debut for Real Madrid today and could be in line to face rivals Atletico tomorrow. It was under John Toshack in a 2-2 draw with Athletic Bilbao in September 1999 that the highly decorated Spanish keeper made his first-team bow.
Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos took time to relax ahead of Real Madrid's clash with Atletico on Saturday by enjoying Spain's second sporting love... basketball. The Real team-mates watched Spain take on France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday night, with Casillas' girlfriend and TV presenter Sara Carbonero joining them.
La Roja's coach says he would prefer to keep any criticism of his team behind closed doors but insists there have been plenty of positives in their post-World Cup recovery Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he will not be drawn into an argument with critics of his side after their mixed performances against France and Macedonia. La Roja lost 1-0 to France in a friendly fixture last week before comprehensively defeating Macedonia 5-1 in their first Euro 2016 qualifier - their first fixtures since the disastrous World Cup campaign in Brazil.
La Roja's coach says he would prefer to keep any criticism of his team behind closed doors but insists there have been plenty of positives in their post-World Cup recovery Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he will not be drawn into an argument with critics of his side after their mixed performances against France and Macedonia. La Roja lost 1-0 to France in a friendly fixture last week before comprehensively defeating Macedonia 5-1 in their first European Championship qualifier - their first fixtures since the disastrous World Cup campaign in Brazil.
NEW YORK Ekaterina Makarova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal Wednesday, beating Victoria Azarenka in straight sets at the U.S. Open. Makarova won 6-4, 6-2 after losing her previous four major quarterfinals.
Spain are set to pitch a new-look football side against France in Thursday's friendly following the disappointment of crashing out of the group stage in the Brazil World Cup.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 03:15 pm
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