Former champions France have been handed a tough task against Ireland in the European playoffs to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Portugal’s crucial final World Cup qualifier against Malta on Wednesday with an ankle injury. Ronaldo played with the injury in Portugal’s 3-0 home victory over Hungary on Saturday but lasted just 27 minutes before limping off
Portugal and France kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals with morale-boosting victories on Saturday night. Both star-studded teams had faced the miserable prospect of missing out on going to South Africa following poor results up until now.
Sevilla ended Real Madrid’s unbeaten start to the La Liga season with a 2-1 victory on Sunday which underlined the Spanish title race will be a three-horse race. The result leaves Barcelona, who beat Almeria 1-0 on Saturday, at the top with 18 points from six games, with Real and Sevilla sharing second place on 15 points
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two free-kicks on his European debut for Real Madrid, who opened their Champions League Group C campaign with a 5-2 victory away to FC Zurich on Tuesday night. Ronaldo, who became the world’s most expensive player when he joined the Spanish club for $130 million from Manchester United in July, put the visitors ahead in the 27th minute and then sealed victory on 89 as the Swiss side sought to level at 3-3
Last season’s losing finalists Manchester United opened their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win away to Besiktas, while Wolfsburg beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 in Tuesday night’s other Group B clash. United made the daunting trip to Istanbul without England defender Rio Ferdinand, who is believed to have a groin problem following his comeback last weekend, and started with only one striker in Wayne Rooney
They are football’s royalty, the marquee players whose almost super human ability on the ball wins cups and championships; their faces adorn billboards and magazine covers from China to Columbia. But, amazingly, the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry may all be absent from the World Cup finals in South Africa.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been unveiled as Real Madrid’s new number nine, in front of thousands of passionate fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, after his world record $130 (94m euros) move from Manchester United. “I have made my childhood dream a reality — to play for Real Madrid,” Portuguese winger Ronaldo told the packed stands. “I am just so happy to be here,” he said to a rapturous reception from the gathered thousands
Cristiano Ronaldo will be unveiled as a Real Madrid player on July 6, having finally agreed terms over his world-record $130 million transfer from Manchester United. Spanish giants Real had been in talks with the 24-year-old World Player of the Year’s representatives for the past two weeks after agreeing the fee with English champions United. The Portugal winger will be tied to the Bernabeu until 2015, with Spanish media reporting that he will be paid €13 million ($18 million) each season
Cristiano Ronaldo has escaped punishment over the car smash earlier this year that saw his Ferrari written off. The Manchester United star, who is set to move to Real Madrid for a world record fee, demolished the front of his high-performance sports car after he hit a roadside barrier in a tunnel on a freeway in the north-west of England city.