Despite being replaced by Zinedine Zidane after Real Madrid's Champions League elimination and subsequent 4-1 win over Real Valladolid, Santiago Solari ends the 2018/19 season as the best of the three Los Blancos coaches. His 12 wins, four defeats and one draw gave him an impressive 72.54 percentage of points won during his spell, but the humiliation against Ajax proved too much to handle for those at the Santiago Bernabeu. Then came the Frenchman who accumulated 17 of the 33 points available, amounting to 51.51 percent. The worst of the three was Julen Lopetegui, whose tenure now seems a distant memory. He managed just 14 points from his 10 games, taking 46.66 percent of those up for grabs. … [Read more...] about Solari was Real Madrid’s best coach this season
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On Monday, Real Madrid appointed Zinedine Zidane as their third coach of the season after Santiago Solari was sacked. Coaching dismissals are a regular occurrence at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but it's in stark contrast to how Barcelona operate. Louis Van Gaal was the last coach to be sacked by the Catalan club in January 2003 when Joan Gaspart was still president. Since then, every coach has seen their contract through under the presidencies of Joan Laporta, Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu. Frank Rijkaard spent five seasons in the dugout at the Camp Nou, with president Laporta always giving him his full backing, even when he struggled in his first year in charge. The Dutchman went on to lift the club's second Champions League title and Laporta wanted to renew his contract before he left in 2008. Pep Guardiola spent as long as he wanted as coach of Barcelona until he stepped down at the end of his fourth season in charge having not won either LaLiga or the Champions League. … [Read more...] about Real Madrid 10-0 Barcelona: Why don’t Barcelona sack their coaches?
Real Madrid have clinched a deal to sign the Brazilian defender Eder Militao, 21, from Portuguese champions FC Porto from next season, the two clubs announced on Thursday. The centre-back is the Spanish giants' first signing since Zinedine Zidane returned to the club as coach for a second spell this week. Real said Militao would join on a four-year deal until 2025. Meanwhile, in a statement to the Portuguese stock exchange, Porto said Real had agreed to pay the player's release clause of 50 million euros ($56.5m), "effective at the end of the season". That will mean a significant profit for Porto on a player they signed last year from Sao Paulo in his homeland. Militao, who can also play at right-back and has been capped once by Brazil, reinforces a Real defence that has often been diminished by injuries this season. He is likely to be followed by several more new arrivals before the start of next season as Real prepare to rebuild following what has been a disappointing campaign. … [Read more...] about Real Madrid secure 50 million-euro Militao from Porto
Sport by Press Association March 14, 2019, 11:46 am Send us a story Sign up to our Sport newsletter Real Madrid have announced the signing of defender Eder Militao from Porto. The 21-year-old centre-back becomes the first transfer since manager Zinedine Zidane returned to the LaLiga club, and has agreed a six-year deal with Los Blancos ahead of a summer move. A statement on the Real Madrid website read: “Real Madrid CF and FC Porto have agreed the transfer of the player Eder Militao, who will be linked to the club during the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025.” Reports in Spain suggested the transfer of the Brazilian was worth around 50 million euros (£43.5m) after Real Madrid met a buy-out clause which was set to rise by another 50 per cent at the end of the season. Militao began his career with home-town club Sao Paulo before moving to Porto during August 2018. The defender helped the Portuguese champions reach the quarter-finals of the … [Read more...] about Porto defender Eder Militao agrees six-year deal in Real Madrid move
With the return of Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach, rumours have been swirling as to how he will change things at the club and former player Michael Owen believes that there are just 10 players who are good enough to strengthen the Los Blancos line up. The English man knows full well the pressure of playing for Real Madrid having spent a season at the club between 2004 and 2005 and MARCA caught up with him to see what he though of the current situation Los Blancos find themselves in. Do you still follow news about Real Madrid? "Of course, and of course it's been a disappointing season which hasn't been the the case in recent years. They won a lot of Champions Leagues and this is just a bad period. I know the club aren't happy now, but they are coming off the back of a successful era, and I enjoyed watching them. Santi Solari is a great friend of mine since I was at Real Madrid, he is a very good person. But not the king has returned. Zizou, Zidane has returned and the happiness … [Read more...] about Owen: There are only 10 players in the world that can sign for Real Madrid