Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has criticised what he called FIFA`s political decision not to include former team mate Luis Suarez on their shortlist for this year`s Ballon d`Or award as the world`s best footballer.
Real Madrid`s decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed his side after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema gave them a well deserved 3-1 win over arch rivals FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez described his return to action from a four-month ban for biting as bittersweet after the Catalans suffered their first league defeat of the season 3-1 away to Real Madrid on Saturday.
In the next couple of hours, sporting world will be taken by a certain El Clasico and the noise emanating from the historic Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Inside the cauldron, possibly two of the greatest clubs in the world – Barcelona and Real Madrid – will try to something more than just winning the game and brownie points.
El Clasico is without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest fixture on the annual football calendar. The history, drama and fervor linked to this duel is second only to a FIFA World Cup final. Over the years, some of world football's greatest players have donned the Real and Barca colors to convert this match into a sporting spectacle. As Real Madrid get set to host Barcelona for the first El Clasico of the 2014-15 season, we take down memory lane to a unique moment in the history of this fierce rivalry.
As Luis Suarez makes a highly anticipated comeback to action for his first competitive match for Barcelona, the stage is set for the Uruguayan to begin a new chapter with a bang. It's El Clasico on Saturday, a tie Suarez will look forward to and make an impact instantly. Real Madrid are in fine form and the tie offers much for another enthralling game at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Giant defender Jeremy Mathieu emerged from the football shadows four months ago to get a star billing in the heart of the Barcelona defence but it has been a battle since to win over some of the faithful at the Spanish giants.
As a 17-year-old, Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona ten years ago against city rivals Espanyol in a Catalan derby. Since then, the diminutive Argentine has gone on to create football records once considered impossible.
While Real Madrid`s fearsome attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema has become known collectively as "BBC" in Spain, Barcelona are confident "MNS" can be at least as lethal.