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Cristiano Ronaldo at Madrid was more than just goals. The end feels cold | Sid Lowe

Four-hundred-and-fifty-one goals. Forty-four hat-tricks. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid stats are so absurd they threaten to overshadow what he actually did for the club‘Your goals, your numbers and everything we’ve won together speak for themselves,”…

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Tireless Ivan Rakitic happy to be on the spot for Croatia against England

Midfielder has put Croatia through on penalties in the last two rounds and thrives in partnership with Luka ModricIvan Rakitic has not always been the coolest man in world football. Maybe it was the dog that did it, maybe it was his wife, or maybe it w…

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Thiago Alcántara: ‘The most important thing in football is thinking fast’

The Spain midfielder admits his team are not at the top of their game but says they have ‘an enormous margin for improvement’Iker Casillas lifted the World Cup coated in olive oil. He did from where Thiago Alcântara was sitting anyway. Spain against th…

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Millwall to a miracle: the Englishman behind Panama’s World Cup dream

When Gary Stempel returned to coach football in his native country in 2009 he could not have envisaged quite how far the journey would take him“I thought: ‘Oh my God. Román Torres. Look where you are, mate. This is it.’” There were three minutes left i…

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Serbia to protest about use of Albanian symbol by Switzerland players

Players of Kosovan heritage accused of inflaming political tensions when celebrating goalThe Serbian Football Association has said it will make a formal complaint to Fifa after Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals durin…

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‘Like something handed down by God’ – how Panama reached the World Cup | Sid Lowe

Crying ballboys kicked balls into the stands, someone turned the lights out and a woman fainted on the pitch as Panama made it to their first finals by the skin of their teeth“When the goal went in, I could have gone out and got so drunk I wouldn’t hav…

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Uruguay’s Diego Godín: ‘They kicked Luis Suárez out like a dog. It was unjust, disproportionate’

In an exclusive interview the Atlético Madrid defender discusses what happened in Brazil 2014, the brutality of ‘Baby Football’ in Uruguay and his affection for Óscar TabárezAs the Uruguay team boarded their plane bound for the World Cup, elaborate the…

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Panama’s Julio Dely Valdés: ‘We’ve taken a giant leap – this is huge’

Panama’s greatest ever player discusses what it means for them to be at the World Cup, four years after narrowly missing outHe had seen them sobbing four years earlier and now he watched in silence as the tears returned, but it was different this time….

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Andrés Iniesta: ‘I’ve squeezed out every drop, there’s nothing left’ | Sid Lowe

As Spain’s midfielder prepares for his final World Cup he discusses how he spent his last minutes at Barcelona, the times he hit near-perfection and how football in his village shaped him“‘An intimate moment,” he calls it. Late on a Sunday night, his l…

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It’s the Sids 2018! The complete review of the 2017-18 La Liga season

Barcelona cantered to the title but couldn’t go unbeaten, the Madrid clubs each landed a European trophy and Real Betis were the great entertainersAll that and in the end it came down to this … nothing. There were tears and plenty of emotion, Fernando …

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Zinedine Zidane knew storms are never far away at Real Madrid

Frenchman did it his way during three seasons in the Bernabéu hot seat and is leaving before his legacy can be spoiled“It might look like a strange moment but it is the right moment,” Zinedine Zidane said. And so, 878 days after taking over as manager …

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Real Madrid’s glory interrupted by internal politics with a twist | Sid Lowe

Cristiano Ronaldo casting doubt over his future after Champions League final has upset the president, and the fans, and the worry is that this time it could be for realReal Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, said we had heard it all before but we ha…

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Sergio Ramos set for one more epic display of leadership for Real Madrid | Sid Lowe

He raps, has dozens of tattoos and knows nothing but Champions League success as Madrid’s captainSergio Ramos was born with golden balls. That’s what Sergio Ramos says, anyway – and, he adds, they’re right where they’re supposed to be. It’s no Ossie’s …

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Real Madrid ready for chaos in Champions League final, says Zidane

• Madrid manager says pressure brings best from his team• ‘We have had chaos before and we will have tomorrow, for sure’As his Real Madrid side arrived in Kiev to face Liverpool in the Champions League final, Zinedine Zidane admitted that he is ready f…

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Fernando Torres takes his leave as Atlético Madrid’s historic memory | Sid Lowe

This time it really was the end for The Kid, taking his final bow with Atlético on an emotional evening at the WandaDefeat hit hard and so did the coach, apportioning blame and pointing the finger; they had let everyone down, he said. It was 2001, Spai…

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Bojan Krkic: ‘I had anxiety attacks but no one wants to talk about that. Football’s not interested’

The forward, who scored 900 goals for Barcelona’s youth teams and was labelled the ‘New Messi’, opens up on how the huge expectations affected him“I have a problem,” Bojan Krkic says, edging forward on the sofa. “I love football, it’s my life.” Outside…

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Barcelona and Real Madrid explode into life to make the clásico matter | Sid Lowe

There was supposed to be little to play for but after 28 shots, four goals, a red card and controversy aplenty, it didn’t feel like it“Nah, nah, it was quiet,” Marcelo grinned and everyone laughed. A few metres away, through the door to the left, Ernes…

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‘Liverpool will be crushed by Real’s legend’ – Spanish press on Champions League final

The Spanish media, unsurprisingly, is mostly backing Madrid – ‘The final could be most unequal in a decade’ – but Catalonia’s El Mundo Deportivo hopes ‘Hero Klopp’ can deny the holdersAnd so, it is a repeat of the 1981 European Cup final between Liverp…

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Brilliant Barcelona’s low-key La Liga title should not be underestimated | Sid Lowe

Perhaps with time, Ernesto Valverde and his team sealing a first unbeaten Spanish league title since 1932 will be more valuedThe league came to a close at both ends of Riazor, two human circles forming. Deportivo de La Coruña’s players joined together,…

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Andrés Iniesta begins glorious goodbye as an era draws to a close | Sid Lowe

Departing legend belongs to us all – tears, applause and another moment of quiet awe marked a fitting cup final farewellThere were two minutes to go in the final, his final, when Andrés Iniesta began the long walk goodbye.Slowly, swallowing hard, eyes …