20
Aug

Sergio Ramos punches Mario Mandzukic in the face, only sees yellow

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Three months after last season’s Champions League final, Atletico and Real Madrid faced off again on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa.

In the second half, new Atletico striker and former Bayern Munich man Mario Mandzukic reintroduced himself to Sergio Ramos, charging at and landing on top of the defender after a duel in the air.

None too pleased, Ramos retaliated whilst on the ground with a clean punch to Mandzukic’s jaw, a perfectly reasonable response in MMA fighting, not so much in a football match.

We’ll see if there will be any repercussions for Ramos in the next few days. We reckon that’s worthy of just a bit more than a yellow card.

16
Aug

Real Madrid full-kit pitch invader tries to blend in on corner kick

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This is Cristiano Ronaldo. He played and scored against Fiorentina in Real Madrid’s 2-1 friendly loss on Saturday. He was subbed off at halftime, but somehow ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ magically appeared back on the pitch in the 75th minute.

Okay, clearly that is not the Cristiano Ronaldo. It is a fan who thought himself clever by wearing a full kit, invading the pitch and trying to blend in on a Fiorentina corner kick. It actually worked pretty well as no one seemed to know what was going on or what to do.

He was pretty much was given free rein to walk wherever he pleased.

Security? Anybody? No? Okay then. Well played, sir.

15
Aug

Darren Fletcher does Ice Bucket Challenge, as awareness goes global

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We’ve already introduced you to the Ice Bucket Challenge, (which you’re probably aware has been making the rounds on the Internet), but in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a quick refresher:

The movement to combat the rare neurodegenerative disease ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has gone viral since originating in Boston last month. Athletes and celebrities have joined the general public in pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and then “daring” more people to do the same.

The challenge has made its way over to Europe now, too, as a trio of AS Roma players took the plunge.

Additionally, Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher was recently tapped to do it. In turn, and to the delight of everyone here at FOX Soccer, he nominated none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Don’t let all the ladies down, CR7. We know you don’t need an excuse to remove your shirt anyway, so just do it.

H/T Daily Mail

9
Aug

Cristiano Ronaldo is so over doing regular push-ups

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Ronaldo with Irina. Are we sure they’re not just wax figures? (Image: Getty)

When you’re Cristiano Ronaldo, nothing about your life is normal. He dates a super model, plays for one of the biggest clubs in the world, makes way too much money and has magical hair gel that keeps his locks perfect at all times.

So why would his push-ups be normal?

Clearly, he is bored with the regular form of this exercise and decided to add a little extra challenge to it, because he’s Cristiano Ronaldo. He even gets back up like he’s super-human.

Come on, dude, stop making your teammates look bad.

(H/T The Score)

6
Aug

Alvaro Arbeloa shows up to training in Morgan 3-wheeler

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You can go ahead and mark Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa down as one of the most tasteful car owners in professional sports.

While most of today’s stars opt for flashy Ferraris, bombastic Bentleys or luxurious Lamborghinis, Arbeloa showed up to practice on Wednesday in a brand-new Morgan 3-Wheeler!

The British-made “tricycle car” can reach top speeds of up to 125 mph and starts at around $44,000, a fraction of what teammates Ronaldo, Bale or Sergio Ramos likely dished out for their sets of wheels. None, however, are half as cool as Arbeloa’s.

H/T Bleacher Report

3
Aug

Marca photoshops Big House picture to include more Real Madrid fans

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The International Champions Cup match between Man United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 fans to Michigan Stadium on Saturday, setting a new US record for attendance at a soccer match. Particularly the Man United faithful were omnipresent, and as Rob Stone pointed out, there has never been more red inside the Big House than on Saturday (Michigan’s bitter rival, Ohio State, wears red as well).

For Madrid, meanwhile, it was a forgettable afternoon. No, not because they lost also their third and last ICC game of their US tour, but apparently because of the lack of away support.

Luckily, with the help of a little Photoshop, that’s a quick fix for the newspapers back home….

Because when you’re such a teeny-tiny, unpopular club like Real Madrid, sometimes you just have to doctor a picture to make it look like you have support in other places, right? Makes perfect sense to us.

Unfortunately for you, Marca, the Internet has a way of noticing these things. And now, you’ve drawn a lot more attention to the lack of Real fans at the Big House than we even cared to notice before. Whoops!

1
Aug

Another line of work: Real Madrid players try to play American football

Things that Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and the rest of Real Madrid are good at:

  • Shooting soccer balls
  • Passing soccer balls
  • Heading soccer balls
  • Running a lot

Unfortunately for the team, only one of those skills translates to American football, and it showed when they took the field in Michigan:

Not only did the boys toss the pigskin around a bit, they tried their hands at a few plays as well. It certainly wasn’t the prettiest athletic endeavor we’ve ever seen, but they look like they’re having a blast.

It’s the effort that counts, fellas.

31
Jul

Men’s Health declares Cristiano Ronaldo “Fittest Man Alive”

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That’s a lot of muscle and not a lot of fat. (Image: @MadridSportsES)

Cristiano Ronaldo is shirtless again — we know, we know, you’re shocked — and this time it’s on the cover of Men’s Health magazine’s September issue. They’ve declared him the Fittest Man Alive, and really, when you break down the numbers (or just use your eyeballs) it’s hard to argue otherwise.

Just a few nuggets from his spread in the fitness magazine:

-Ronaldo runs more than six miles per game
-His body fat is in the low single digits (well, duh)
-In a typical game, he sprints 33 times at a top speed of about 21 mph
-He can kick that ball at 80 mph (surprised he hasn’t broken a net yet)

Okay, we get it Cristiano. YOU’RE IN SHAPE. Can you stop showing off now? The rest of us are feeling self-conscious.

Here’s a look behind the scenes of his cover shoot, in case you want to feel even worse about your own physique:

30
Jul

Going crazy! Pitch invaders run wild at end of Real Madrid-Roma match

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Not one, not two, not three.

Not four, not five.

Not six.

We literally lost track how many pitch invaders interrupted the end of the Real Madrid vs. Roma match on Tuesday night at the International Champions Cup, but we do know this: One is already too many.

The preseason tournament has had at least one pitch invader in seemingly every game thus far, but things really got out of hand in Dallas:

Security staffers, don’t quit your day jobs.

Photo provided by Getty Images.