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Real Madrid claim Supercup

A nine-man Real Madrid rallied to beat Valencia 4-2 and lift the Spanish Supercup 6-5 on aggregate on Sunday. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Sergio Ramos, Ruben De La Red and Gonzalo Higuain scored for Madrid, which had midfielder Rafael van der Vaart ejected in the 39th minute and striker Ruud van Nistelrooy in the 73rd.

Valencia’s David Silva opened the scoring, with Fernando Morientes completing a late goal rush at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

It was the eighth time Madrid won the trophy — contested annually by the league champion and Copa del Rey winner — and the first since 2003.

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Is Barcelona That Good

FC Barcelona has been destroying teams on two continents this pre-season and after watching them against Chivas of Guadalajara and New York Red Bulls I am wondering whether they are that good, or the competition they are playing is that bad?

In its first five pre-season games Barcelona scored 25 goals while conceding 6. And that is without Deco and Ronaldhino! Former Arsenal player Alexander Hleb has looked fantastic in the midfield alongside Xavi and Iniesta and all three look in mid-season form.

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Real Madrid’s second successive La Liga title came with the minimum of fuss, and although there was a slight stumble towards the end of the season, an eight point gap over Villarreal, coupled with a +48 goal difference, underlined their undoubted superiority.

Bearing this in mind, coach Bernd Schuster has been relatively quiet in the transfer market, with the recent signing of Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart the most significant piece of transfer activity in or out of the Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid Adds Another Dutchman to the Mix

The La Liga outfit now sports four Dutch internationals after today’s official announcement concerning the acquisition of midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.  The 25-year-old has penned a five-year contract.  Along with winger Arjen Robben, forward Ruud van Nistelrooy, midfielder Wesley Sneijder, and youngster Royston Drenthe, Real Madrid looks prepared to field an Oranje-centric squad.  Sneijder, Robben, van der Vaart, and van Nistelrooy all factored into the Netherlands performance at Euro 2008.  Sneijder was named to the Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament.  The foursome also accounted for five goals this past  June.

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Barcelona Warm Up For U.S. in Style

Before heading to the U.S to play CD Guadalajara in Chicago and the Red Bulls in New York Barcelona stopped in Scotland for two pre-season friendlies.

First Barca opened up by thrashing Hibs 6-0 at Murrayfield, giving new Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola his first victory.An Eidur Gudjohnsen double and goals from Lionel Messi and Pedro in the first half were followed by further breakthroughs from Bojan and Yaya Toure after the break as Hibs were outclassed. In this game Daniel Alves and Gerard Pique made their debuts for Barcelona from the start, while fellow summer signings Martin Caceres, Alexander Hleb and Seydou Keita started on the bench.

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Simao moves to Athletico Madrid

Simao, the portugal midfielder, completed a 4-year contract with Athletico Madrid, leaving Portugal’s benefica. Benefica reported that the deal was worth a whopping 27.3 million (2o million euros). Benefica is also holding the option to take 2 players from the Athletico Madrid side. Simao seemed very happy with the move.

” I chose a move to Atletico because they presented me with a very ambitious project,’ Simao told a news conference at his presentation. My objective is to win things. I will work hard to do this, the club are signing good players and we should be in the top three in the league.’

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Roberto Carlos signs with Turkish team Fenerbahce

Brazilian superstar, Roberto Carlos, signed a 2-year deal with Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce, the current Turkey champions. Fans gathered to watch the signing in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city. Fenerbahce fans came to greet Roberto Carlos at the airport at midnight.

Roberto Carlos was greeted by hundreds of Fenerbahce fans at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport at midnight.
He said after medical that he was very surprised when he saw the crowd at the airport.

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Henry scores goal in first game

Thierry Henry, the former striker for Arsenal, scored in his debut for Barcelona leading them to a win 1 – 0 win over Dundee United. Thierry Henry came in as a substitute for the international star, Samuel Eto’o, at halftime. Henry was awarded a penalty kick in the final minutes of the game. He took the penalty kick and missed, but was able to get his own rebound and put it in the net for the win.

A minute from the end at Tannadice Stadium, the Spanish side was awarded a penalty kick when Terrors defender Darren Dods pulled down Giovanni dos Santos. Henry’s penalty kick was stopped by goalkeeper Grzegorz Szamotulski, but Henry put in the rebound.

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Looking Ahead to La Liga

This upcoming season in Spain promises to be an exciting one with FC Barcelona aiming to dethrone the two-time defending champion’s Real Madrid. Last season Madrid ended up finishing 18 points ahead of third-place Barcelona and the two games this season will go a long way to seeing if the new Barcelona can close the gap.

After the first match at the Camp Nou on Dec. 14 (Buy FC Barcelona – Real Madrid Tickets December 14), the two clubs will meet again at the Bernabeu on May 3 (Buy Real Madrid – FC Barcelona Tickets May 3rd). After the May 3rd game each team will have four more league games to play a pivotal role in this year’s Championship race.

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Is The Power Shifting In Europe?

The English Premier League is riding high as the top football league in the world. Last season saw two Premier League teams playing in the Champions League Final for the first time and the League continues to attract new investors from overseas, while enjoying a massive television contract.

This summer English teams seem more interested in raiding each other instead of looking overseas for players. Manchester United, Liverpool, Sunderland and Portsmouth have all signed or placed offers for players currently playing in England.