Real Madrid aim high ahead of Spanish Super Cup clash with Atletico

European champions Real Madrid could be without the world`s most expensive player Welshman Gareth Bale and Portuguese defender Pepe when they meet city rivals and domestic champions Atletico Madrid in Tuesday`s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

FIFA World Cup: Pepe banned and fined for Mueller headbutt

FIFA on Thursday banned Portugal defender Pepe for one match and fined him for the head butt he carried out on Germany`s Thomas Mueller in their World Cup clash.

Pepe should have kept his cool even after Muller over-reacted, says Baichung

Though, Muller over-reacted after receiving the elbow from Pepe. But in the heat of the moment, Pepe failed to keep his cool, says Baichung Bhutia.

FIFA World Cup: Thomas Muller outshines Cristiano Ronaldo, scores hat-trick

Thomas Muller created havoc while playing against Portugal on Monday by scoring a hat-trick of goals to make the match a lopsided affair.

From Ground Zero: Ronaldo fails as Muller shines in 4-0 rout

On the grandstand of Fonte Nova in Salvador, German Chancellor Angela Merkel clapped with great joy four times four times on the Monday afternoon. Sitting beside the Bahia state governor Jaques Wagner, the German leader saw the football team of his country trouncing Portugal 4-0 in their opening Group G game.

FIFA World Cup 2014: Mueller outguns Ronaldo as Germany rout Portugal

Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick as Germany thrashed Portugal 4-0 to leave Cristiano Ronaldo`s dreams of dominating the World Cup in tatters on Monday.

Football WC: Thomas Mueller surprised how easy it was to destroy Portugal

Thomas Mueller and his Germany team mates could hardly believe their eyes when they looked up at the scoreboard early in the first half and saw they were leading Portugal 2-0 in their World Cup opening match on Monday.

Meireles gesture was tactical, not insulting, say Portugal

Portugal have denied midfielder Raul Meireles was making an insulting gesture toward the referee after team mate Pepe was sent off against Germany on Monday, saying he was simply passing on tactical instructions from coach Paulo Bento.

Pepe faces possible three-game ban after red card

Portugal defender Pepe faces the possibility of a three-match ban for violent conduct after being sent off in the first half of Monday`s World Cup Group G game against Germany. 

Portugal fret over Cristiano Ronaldo`s fitness

Portugal were gearing up for the World Cup in New Jersey, fretting over the fitness of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portuguese president wishes football team success for World Cup

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva Monday wished the national football team success in the FIFA World Cup starting June 12 in Brazil.

Ronaldo to miss Greece friendly with muscle pain

Cristiano Ronaldo missed training on Friday and will sit out Saturday`s friendly against Greece after complaining of muscular pain in his left thigh, coach Paulo Bento said on Friday.

Champions League final: Ronaldo fit but Benzema, Pepe doubtful, says Ancelotti

Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is fit for Saturday`s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid but forward Karim Benzema and centre back Pepe remain doubtful, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

Real edge Espanyol to close on La Liga leaders

Real Madrid closed to within three points of La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the halfway stage of the season when a Pepe header secured a laboured 1-0 win at mid-table Espanyol on Sunday.

Real Madrid defence still a concern for coach Ancelotti

Real Madrid may have strolled into the Champions League last 16 with a 4-1 win at home to Galatasaray on Wednesday but coach Carlo Ancelotti levelled some sharp criticism at centre backs Sergio Ramos and Pepe after the game.

Pepe helped me improve my game: Varane

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane says Pepe has been an invaluable mentor since he joined the club two years ago.

Pepe is not for sale, insists Perez

Florentino Perez has insisted that Real Madrid have no intention to sell Pepe ahead of the 2013-14 campaign amid reports that the Portugal international could be on the move this summer.

Pepe`s absence will affect Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos

The former Porto centre-back is expected to be unavailable for at least four weeks due to injury, and his team-mate is concerned that his absence could hurt Los Blancos.

Real Madrid star Pepe undergoes ankle surgery ahead of Manchester United clash

The Portuguese centre-back has travelled to his homeland for treatment but is expected to return for the reigning Spanish champions when they take on the Red Devils.

Pepe injury adds to Madrid`s defensive woes

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho faces a defensive crisis for his side`s first league match of 2013 with the news that Portuguese central defender Pepe will be out of action for a month.