7
Jul

Football world reacts to death of Alfredo Di Stefano

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Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano passed away Monday afternoon at the age of 88, after having suffered a heart attack on Saturday prior to the Albiceleste’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over Belgium.

The legendary striker shot Real Madrid to their first five European Cup titles from 1956-1960, becoming the first and only player to score in five successive finals.

Upon hearing the news, players and teams from across the globe took to Twitter to share their grief:

2
Jun

Real Madrid to wear hot pink away kits next season

Real Madrid revealed their new kits for the 2014/15 season via Twitter on Monday, and they’re certain to raise some eyebrows.

While Real’s home kits remain traditionally white, the away kit is all PINK everything. And not just any pink — hot pink!

Earlier Monday, everyone’s go-to kit blog Todo Sobre Camisetas leaked images of the flashy new uniforms:

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Real might want to back order these bad boys right now! You just know the shirts will be flying off the shelves, especially those with the number ‘7’ on the back.

Here’s a sneak peek at what Cristiano Ronaldo might look like in action next year:

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Cristiano can definitely rock a pink kit. (Image: Jason Tew/FOX Sports)

31
May

Sergio Ramos gets tattoo of Champions League trophy

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After winning the 2010 World Cup with Spain, Sergio Ramos got a tattoo of the famous trophy on his right calf. The tat’s location was a peculiar choice, as his left calf looked rather bare in comparison.

Alas, now we know what Ramos had in mind all along. He was simply saving room for the other big prize in soccer, one he hadn’t yet earned - the Champions League trophy.

After Real Madrid’s win last weekend, one he helped engineer with his last-gasp equalizer in regulation time, Ramos got the ink done to complete his on-the-body “trophy case.”

26
May

Fan at Bernabeu viewing party captures reaction to Sergio Ramos’ goal

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Thank you, Internet!

Sergio Ramos’ dramatic late equalizer in the Champions League final has been replayed countless of times by now, but you haven’t seen it like this. Footage of that moment has emerged from Real Madrid’s official viewing party at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and it is truly EPIC.

Watch 85,000+ explode all at once:

Strangely, we haven’t been able to locate any footage of the same moment from the Vicente Calderon viewing party, but we imagine it would look something like this:

(h/t reddit)

24
May

The 2014 Champions League final: A visual timeline

The location was the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, and the occasion was the first UEFA Champions League final played between two teams from the same city: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Thousands of fans who couldn’t score a ticket to Lisbon watched from their respective home stadiums in Madrid. And since Real’s Bernabeu and Atletico’s Vicente Calderon are located just five miles from one another, they probably could hear each others’ chants as if they were at the game:

Okay, on to the match.

It started out, well, strange. Diego Costa, Atletico’s hobbled star striker, was subbed off after just nine minutes. And no, nobody could figure out why he started in the first place.

imageThe third-fastest substitution in European Cup final history (Getty Image).

It didn’t seem to matter, at least at first. 

Diego Godin — who scored last weekend’s winner against Barcelona to clinch the La Liga title — struck again to give Atletico a 1-0 lead before halftime, profiting from Iker Casillas’ huge error:

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It would stay 1-0 for what seemed like an eternity to Real Madrid fans. The 90th minute passed, the game was in stoppage time, and Atletico could already taste their first ever Champions League triumph.

But then, with only 120 seconds left on the clock, Sergio Ramos did THIS:

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BOOM! You should probably listen to Gus Johnson’s incredible call for that goal. Pure madness:

Real were level, Atletico were denied the trophy at the death, and Casillas, the man responsible for the first goal, was easily the happiest man on the field:

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We were going to extra time, and we needed a hero.

That’s when Gareth Bale paid back every single penny from his $130 million transfer from Spurs last summer:

Gus Johnson, once again, you are the greatest.

Watch the goal again, and again… and a few more times:

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It was the first goal ever scored in extra time of a final in the Champions League era. And it wouldn’t be the last.

Suddenly in the mood, Real went on to score twice more — one being a Ronaldo penalty kick — to put the game under wraps. More importantly, this gave Ronaldo a chance to remove his shirt:

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And with that full-body flex, Real Madrid were crowned Champions of Europe:

The celebrations spilled over to the media conference room, where Carlo Ancelotti was ambushed by a pack of his rowdy players:

Of course, in Madrid the party was just getting started as well:

Though not everyone in the Spanish capital was probably in the mood:

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Ah yes, euphoria and heartbreak - the two inherent components to every final. See you next season, Champions League.

4
May

Ronaldo scores Zlatan-esque monster goal for Real Madrid

Here’s your weekly Cristiano Ronaldo highlight that makes you forget to breathe for a moment. What a goal!

Ronaldo gave Real Madrid an injury time equalizer against Valencia with this ridiculous backheel kick, but unfortunately, time ran out on Real as they were looking to make up more ground in the title race.

In a righteous world, this goal should just automatically give Real Madrid the title. What’s that, Atletico? You have more points than Real? Sorry, overruled. Ronaldo’d.

30
Apr

Diego Simeone thanks moms for giving his players big balls

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What universal qualities must a team have to make a Champions League final?

Good coaching, a dependable goalkeeper, star power on offense, and a little bit of luck are probably the minimum requirements. But most importantly, the team needs to have balls. Preferably big balls.

At least, that’s what Atletico manager Diego Simeone would reason.

After his side reached its first Champions League/European Cup final in 40 years with a 3-1 win at Chelsea on Wednesday, Simeone thanked his players’ mothers for equipping them with large “cojones.”

Unfortunately, we don’t have a picture of Simeone gesticulating at his press conference, but we imagine it looked something like this:

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H/T SBNation