March, 2014


Ronaldo, Neymar celebrate birthdays with Copa clashes

Current and future La Liga kings Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar both celebrate birthdays today, and by the night’s end, each man could have more reason for cheer as Real Madrid and Barcelona compete in Copa Del Rey semifinal action. Real Madrid takes on crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid at 2 p.m. ET with Barcelona and Real…

Juventus v FC Internazionale Milano - Serie A

Juve derby win, Barca blues, Ronaldo red key wild week

On a big weekend of European soccer flush with games far more entertaining than the Super Bowl, (Apologies to Seattleites, but the most interesting moment of Sunday’s event involved a puppy and a Clydesdale) the biggest clubs across the continent produced a heaping helping of stunning results, shock and awe. On Friday, Paris Saint-Germain downed…


Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon D’or

Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the king of soccer today, winning the FIFA Ballon D’Or for the second time. The Portuguese star was moved to tears when Pelé read his name and announced he had beaten fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to the honor. Ronaldo had an exceptional year, scoring 59 times in 50…

Barcelona v Club Atletico de Madrid - Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona, Atletico to meet Saturday at the summit

In Spain, a matchup between Barcelona and the leading club hailing from Madrid is always the most highly anticipated contest of the season. This year it’s no different, only its Atletico Madrid and not Los Blancos who are part of the showcase. Barcelona and Atletico have been in sensational form this season and they enter…

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Neymar sparkles, inspires win in El Clasico debut

Neymar had an El Clasico debut of dreams Saturday, scoring the winner and setting up the second to lead Barcelona past Real Madrid 2-1 in the renewal of the rousing rivalry between Spain’s most storied sides in front of 98,000 fans. Playing in his most important match in a Blaugrana shirt since moving from his…


Five big questions ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico

Barcelona and Real Madrid will renew a 111-year old on-field argument at noon ET Saturday when Cristiano Ronaldo leads Los Blancos into Camp Nou where Lionel Messi and his mates await to battle. Though it pits the world’s two most iconic and skilled players against each other, the 225th official El Clasico contest holds far…


Costa grabs Madrid Derby victory in Mercurial Vapors

Saturday’s derby in the Spanish capital was supposed to be about Gareth Bale’s debut at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Instead Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa stole the headlines, the three points and the glory while playing in a custom blackout version of Nike’s Mercurial Vapor IX. The Brazilian’s 11th minute goal was enough to win…


Could Isco be the next Zinedine Zidane?

Gareth Bale‘s record transfer to Real Madrid this summer grabbed all the headlines, but Isco’s move from Malaga to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu has been the one with the greatest impact thus far, so much so that he’s already drawing comparisons to club legend Zinedine Zidane. “He is very close to Zidane with their ability,”…


Barcelona’s Neymar scores first La Liga goal

Neymar found the back of the net for the first time in La Liga on Tuesday as the reigning champions ousted Real Socieded 4-1. Playing in his first season after moving from Santos, the tricky, speedy 21-year old winger winger, a crown jewel in soccer-crazed Brazil, a county counting dozens of stars, Neymar got on…


Barcelona Debuts 13/14 Nike Third Jersey

Barcelona legends Lionel Messi, Andes Iniésta, and Xavi are ready to join forces with Brazilian phenom Neymar in Barcelona’s new official third jersey. The creative partnership promises to produce an unparallelled challenge for domestic and European trophies. The stars of Camp Nou will wear black jerseys for the first time since sporting a black away…


In Europe, debuts, derby highlight wonderful weekend

Finally, after an agonizing 12-day break for international play, teams in the top five leagues in Europe are back in action, the plotlines coming thick and fast. This is the first slate of games since the transfer window closed Sept. 2, and record signings are, at last, set to make their debuts in Spain and…


European soccer’s five big weekend matches

A holiday weekend and a full slate of matches from the top leagues in Europe; life doesn’t get much better for soccer supporters. Get out your remote, set your DVR and prepare yourself for this exciting array of contests: Juventus v Lazio, Juventus Stadium, Saturday, 2:45 p.m.  Scudetto-holders Juventus make their home debut in this…