Real Madrid vs Almeria live online, TV and radio listings – April 29, 2015

Following their 4-2 win against Celta Vigo last Sunday, Real Madrid will now face Almeria with nothing but victory on their minds, since Barcelona blasted Getafe and Luis Enrique’s men are now five points away from Los Blancos. With some changes in the team’s lineup, Real Madrid can’t afford any slip-ups to continue dreaming about snatching La Liga away from their hated opponents.

Without Bale, Benzema and Modric due to injuries, Carlo Ancelotti determined to rotate his squad in order to keep everyone ready for action. With that in mind, “Carletto” anticipated Mexican striker Chicharito Hern??ndez will be starting alongside Cristiano Ronaldo up front, while some other players will be granted another chance to start.

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Real Madrid will try to keep their goal scoring form against Almeria when they host them on Wednesday, having scored at least four goals during each and every match between them. In fact, the only positive result for the Andalucian side goes back to the 2010-2011 season, when Los Rojiblancos managed to draw their game against Jose Mourinho’s Madrid.

Los Blancos could also have a historic moment this Wednesday, since Carlo Ancelotti decided to call up from Real Madrid Castilla one of their long-term projects: Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard. If the 16-year old plays against Almeria, he will be the youngest player ever to sport Real Madrid’s jersey. 

On the other hand, Almeria desperately need to shock Los Blancos in order to get away from the drop zone. A loss against Real Madrid, combined with a Deportivo La Coru?a victory could send Los Rojiblancos to the bottom three teams in La Liga’s standings, and with their tough schedule ahead, it would be highly complicated for them to salvage that situation. The team will need the most from Tommer Hemed, who’s goalscoring capabilities will come in handy for the struggling side. Furthermore, Sebastian Dubarbier will be back after completing a one-match ban, meaning he will be slotted right back in the team’s lineup.

Real Madrid’s Starting XI: Navas; Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Coentrao; Illarra, Kroos, Jes??, James, Cristiano; Chicharito.

Almeria’s Starting XI: Rub??n; Ximo, Trujillo, Mauro, Man??; Verza, Thomas, Corona, Dubarbier, ?dgar, Hemed.

Real Madrid’s subs: Casillas, Marcelo, Lucas Silva, Nacho, Isco, Odegaard, Mayoral.

Almeria’s subs: Juli??n, Mar??n, Dos Santos, Azeez, Espinosa, Iv??n Sanchez, Jonathan.

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Real Madrid connected to Chinese academy basing U14 players in Spain

allegedly have an association with a Chinese development school basing U14 players in Spain.

reports a partner of in China for the development of football schools, Soxna, has brought and kept 25 young Chinese footballers under the age of 14 in Spain (??the best from the Evergrande Football School??, according to the Soxna website). They have done it in conjunction with Evergrande, the club with which Soxna have signed a deal for ??13,339,832.

The contract between the parties, confidential but seen by reporters, was signed in China on August 11, 2014. The basic agreement is ??the cooperation for developing international players of a high level??.

Article 19a of the FIFA Statute for the protection of minors states that ??all clubs that operate an academy with which they have a relationship of law and/or of economic ties shall notify the presence of minors who attend the academy to the federation in which the academy operates??.

have produced a copy of the contract on their website today.

According to the partner of Madrid, ??Soxna is the company appointed by for the development of the football schools of the Foundation in China.??

As recently as February 19, Soxna reported that: ??The Chinese government spoke to Soxna about the possibility of developing a master plan with the intention of integrating football into the education system in China. Soxna presented the project to , who did not hesitate to join as an official partner. On April 16 2013 Soxna, Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China signed an agreement for the development of the plan.??


Man Utd legend: My advice to Gareth Bale ahead of Champions League semi-final

Real will need to overturn a 2-1 deficit against the Serie A giants in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie tonight (7:45pm) in order to make next month’s showpiece final in Berlin.

Bale was heavily criticised for his display in the first leg, with Spanish papers refusing to give him a rating.

The world’s most expensive footballer was on the periphery of that game, managing just 32 touches of the ball and he didn’t have a single shot on goal.

I’d like to see him more positive. Take his man on. Shots on goal

Paul Scholes

And Scholes who was no stranger to the big European nights during his days at United, believes Bale has to be more canny in the second leg.

“We just want to see him more positive. We know the talent he’s got,” the  pundit said.

“The pace and power he possesses. Last week his confidence looked low. He kept whipping the ball in. 

“It was easy for the Italian defenders. If he’s like that tomorrow, they will love that. 

“They’ll eat that up all day long. 

“I’d like to see him more positive. Take his man on. Shots on goal.”


Real Madrid 1 – Juventus 1 (agg 2-3): Morata sinks former club as Juve set up Barca final

The 22-year-old, who was allowed to leave the Bernabeu last season after being unable to break through their strike force of riches, scored the vital goal that put Juventus into the final.

His goal in the first leg in Turin had proved crucial ?C but nothing compared to the one that stunned his old club in the 57th minute.

So instead of the ??Clasico final?? against Barcelona that most people wanted, it is Massimiliano Allegri??s street-smart Juventus who will  face them in Berlin on June 6.

It sets up another head to head between Barcelona??s Luis Suarez and Juve??s Giorgio Chiellini after the Uruguay striker was banned for biting the Italy defender at the World Cup last year. 

Real huffed and puffed but seemed weighed down by expectation last night and their finishing deserted them at the wrong time.

They opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when James Rodriguez was brought down in the area by Chiellini.

Only one man was ever going to take the penalty.

Last Saturday Ronaldo??s miss from the spot against Valencia all but cost Real the chance of catching Barcelona in the race for the La Liga title.

But he had no hesitation this time firing high and fiercely beyond Gianluigi Buffon.

It was his 55th goal of the season in all competitions and drew him level with Lionel Messi on 77 in the seemingly perpetual race to become the  Champions League??s all-time top scorer.

Gareth Bale??s agent Jonathan Barnett had suggested mischievously in the week that his client??s problems on Madrid were down to the fact that his team-mates would not pass to him.

There was no evidence of that last night but it was Bale??s superb ball over the top that put Ronaldo in only for the Portuguese to fire wastefully into the side netting.

Real indulged in a bit of gamesmanship at the start old the second half, keeping Juventus waiting on the pitch before belatedly returning ?C and it almost cost them.

Carlos Tevez picked up the ball on the left and squared it to Claudio Marchisio, whose low drive from the edge of the box flashed narrowly wide.

At the other end Paul Pogba, back after a two-month absence with a hip problem, was showing his ring rustiness.

The 22-year-old Frenchman, coveted by Manchester City, then panicked over his clearance which fell to  Marcelo, who shot wide.

But all that changed after 57minutes.

Iker Casillas could only punch away a free-kick and when the ball was returned, Pogba nodded it into the middle where Morata chested the ball down and, with Madrid??s defence nowhere, hit it hard into the ground. and past Casillas??s despairing dive.

As he did when scoring in Turin in the first leg, Morata refused to celebrate against his former club.

Bale then gave his critics in the stands more ammunition by volleying wide from close range following a superb move involving Rodriguez and Marcelo.

Minutes later he sped away down the right but, as he cut into the penalty area, succeeded only in running the ball out of play.

It was not Bale??s night and in an attempt to replicate his extra-time goal in last year??s final against Atletico Madrid, he could only head Ronaldo??s cross over the bar from close in.

Minutes earlier Casillas had come to the rescue when he palmed away Marchisio??s shot after the Italy midfielder had been set up by Arturo Vidal.


Real Madrid eyeing Tottenham??s Lloris, Inter??s Handanovic as contingency for Man Utd??s De Gea

have a couple of potential contingencies lined up in case they miss out on David De Gea this summer.

reports that the Spanish giants are pondering moves for Hugo Lloris and Samir Handanovic if they fail to pry De Gea away from .

goalkeeper and France international Loris, who is also being linked with United, is eager to play Champions League football which he won??t be doing with Spurs at least for next season.

Inter Milan??s Handanovic, Slovenia??s number one, is out of contract with the Nerazzurri next summer but is being tipped to depart the San Siro sooner following his club??s poor Serie A campaign.


Man Utd transfer news: Real Madrid consider Hugo Lloris and Samir Handanovic as alternatives to David de Gea

Real Madrid are considering Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Inter Milan??s Samir Handanovic as alternatives to David de Gea amid concerns that .

With the European champions – and neighbours Atletico Madrid – facing the prospect of a twelve month Fifa-imposed transfer embargo as punishment for an alleged breach of rules governing the signings of foreign players under the age of 18, efforts will be made this summer to recruit a long-term replacement for Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas before any potential transfer restriction is imposed.

De Gea remains Real??s first choice, but the threat of a transfer ban has led to Lloris and Handanovic emerging as targets should United hold firm on the 24-year-old, who continues to resist the club??s attempts to secure him to a new ?200,000-a-week contract which would replace the final 12 months of his current deal.

Fifa has refused to discuss the ongoing investigation into the allegations against Real and Atletico – both clubs strongly deny any wrongdoing – but reports in the Spanish media on Wednesday suggested that the Madrid rivals will receive the same sanction as applied to Barcelona in April 2014.

Barcelona appealed against the penalty of being banned from business for two consecutive transfer windows – imposed last April – at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but although the appeal was rejected, the club was able to sign the likes of Luis Suarez during the appeal process before eventually being prohibited from registering new players in this year??s winter and summer windows.

Should Real suffer the same fate as Barcelona, the club would challenge any penalty and therefore be free to sign players this summer.

However, a failure to overturn a transfer embargo would merely see the sanction delayed and thereby force Real to sit out the 2016 winter and summer windows.

Such an outcome would heighten the necessity to sign a new goalkeeper this summer, with Casillas displaying signs of frailty in recent weeks and his understudy, the Costa Rican Keylor Navas, regarded as no more than reliable cover.

United manager Louis van Gaal claimed last week that De Gea had been offered ??a lot of money?? to pledge his future to the club, but that the contract offer remained unsigned.

De Gea, an ?18.3m signing from Atletico Madrid in June 2011, is understood to favour a return to his home city, where his pop star girlfriend Edurne Garcia Almagro is based, but he is also wary of risking his place in the Spain team by challenging Casillas at Real next season.

But while United would be reluctant to allow De Gea to run down his contract to become a free agent next summer, the prospect of Real being unable to sign players next year would leave the Spanish club having to make United an offer they could not refuse this summer or pursue alternative options in the form of Lloris and Handanovic.

Lloris, who would be a United target in the event of De Gea being sold, is highly regarded by the influential Zinedine Zidane, currently Real??s second-team coach.

And Handanovic??s performances with Inter, where is currently in contract talks, have seen the 30-year-old join De Gea and Lloris on Real??s list.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who played under Real coach Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge, is not currently being considered by Real.

Meanwhile, both Real and Atletico issued statements insisted they have fully cooperated with Fifa??s investigation, which dates back to January.

“Real Madrid reiterates that it has always scrupulously complied with Fifa rules on this matter, as the club explained in detail in its statement on January 26,” Real said.

Atletico also insisted they had complied with Fifa’s rules regarding the registration of minors.

“We have always collaborated with FIFA in all the documentation that they have asked from us,” and Atletico spokesman said.

“We have absolute conviction that we have acted correctly given all the licences have been submitted with the approval of the Madrid Federation and the Spanish Football Federation.”


Real Madrid captain Casillas: I’ll take Champions League over La Liga title

captain Iker Casillas says he’d take the Champions League over the title.

Casillas and Real face later today.

“The gaffer said it the other day. In one way, the Champions League is easier. Winning the Champions League is down to us, irrespective of other results. In the league we have to beat and see what happens to in C??rdoba. I don’t think they’ll want to go down in front of their home fans, so we’ll see what happens.

“All the teams left in the Champions League have a 25% chance of lifting the title.”


Really?!! Real Madrid coach Ancelotti: I give myself 10 out of 10

coach gave himself “10 out of 10″ after they were dumped out of the Champions League by .

Ancelotti was asked to give himself a grade in the post-match.

“I don’t have to grade myself.

“I’d always give myself 10 out of 10 because I devote a lot of time to my work. I don’t think it’s fair for me to give myself a mark; it’s up to the club to judge a coach’s work.”