26
Aug

Real Madrid launch all-black Champions League dragon kit

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Real Madrid finally launched their new third kits on Tuesday and it was well worth the wait, because it has DRAGONS on it. Dragons!

Renowned Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto created the all-black kit, which Real will most likely don for some of their Champions League matches and whenever they feel like intimidating the hell out of their opponents.

If this won’t break all kinds of kit sale records in the Far East market, I don’t know what will. Well played, Real and Adidas, well played.

Okay, now when’s the next season of “Game of Thrones” starting again?

23
Aug

Did Cristiano Ronaldo deliberately punch Diego Godin last night?

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In the final minute of Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 victory Friday night over Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to punch Atletico defender Diego Godin in the head on a corner kick. The two got tangled up in the box as Real were desperately searching for an equalizer, and Ronaldo seemed to smack Godin to the ground out of frustration.

When you see it again in slow motion (below), it certainly looks like Ronaldo landed not one, but two hay-makers on Godin’s dome, and though we can’t say for sure, the second one seems somewhat intentional. Should La Liga share our view, anything other than a multiple-match suspension would be a surprise.

Also, we see you Sergio Ramos. Attempting a “Hand of God” goal, there? Nothing gets past the FOX Soccer Blog!

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

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!

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.”