Real Madrid win Copa del Rey for the first time since 2014 – Kroos completes list of titles

Rodrygo match winner

Record-breaking Spanish champions Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey for the first time since 2014. At the Olympic Stadium in Seville, the people of Madrid won 2-1 (1-0) against their league rivals on CA Osasuna after a double from Rodrygo (2nd and 70th minute). Lucas Torró equalized for Osasuna to make it 1-1 in the meantime (58th). Toni Kroos, who has played for Real since the summer of 2014, celebrated his maiden Copa del Rey title – it was the club’s 20th triumph. FC Barcelona remains the record champion with 31 cup titles.

“I missed the Copa! It’s a personally important title because I wanted to win everything with Real Madrid. And I did that, » Kroos said afterwards (as quoted via ‘Real Total’): « It wasn’t our best game, but that’s normal because you’re facing an opponent who gives his life. After the equaliser, we improved a bit and finals, as they say, are there to be won – not always to shine. »

1. Triumph in the Copa del Rey

The Kroos track collection at a glanceThis way!
Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who are 13 points behind leaders Barcelona in the league, got off to a perfect start: after two minutes, the solid Vinicius Junior served Rodrygo, who was hiding close to the goal, whose deflected shot landed in the net to make it 1-0.

Osasuna, in tenth place in the league, followed the ‘Royal’ well despite falling behind at the start – and rewarded themselves after the break. Torró, who was under contract with Eintracht Frankfurt, hit the left corner with a remarkable low shot and sent the fans traveling with him into a frenzy.

Rodrygo, who again benefited from a fine individual performance from Vinicius Junior, sowed disillusionment in the underdogs’ camp. After his solo down the left side, Kroos was the first to finish, whose blocked attempt landed in front of Rodrygo’s feet. The conclusion at 2:1 – a matter of form.

The celebrations should not last too long for Kroos and Co. – the « royals » are already challenged at home in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League against Manchester City on Tuesday (9 p.m. / Amazon Prime). « He is the toughest opponent you can have right now. But we are Real Madrid and we will try to win – as always, » Kroos said confidently.

With Kroos and Modric: End of contract at Real Madrid in 2023 & 2024

Karim Benzema – End of contract on June 30, 2023

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Market value: 35 million euros
As of March 9, 2023

Marco Asensio – End of contract on June 30, 2023

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Market value: 25 million euros

Toni Kroos – End of contract on June 30, 2023

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Market value: 20 million euros

Luka Modric – The contract expires on June 30, 2023

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Market value: 10 million euros

Dani Ceballos – Contract expires June 30, 2023

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Market value: 9 million euros

Nacho Fernández – Contract expires June 30, 2023

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Market value: 5 million euros

Mariano Díaz – The contract expires on June 30, 2023

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Market value: 3 million euros

Vinicius Junior – End of contract June 30, 2024

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Market value: 120 million euros
Has probably already extended his contract until 2027, but this has not been officially announced by Real Madrid

Lucas Vázquez – Contract expires June 30, 2024

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Market value: 9 million euros

Eden Hazard – Contract Expires June 30, 2024

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Market value: €7.5 million

Álvaro Odriozola – The contract expires on June 30, 2024

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Market value: 6 million euros

Andriy Lunin – End of contract on June 30, 2024

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Market value: 4 million euros

Antonio Blanco – The contract expires on June 30, 2024

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Loaned to Deportivo Alavés until June 30, 2023

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Laure Boulleau back with the Blues?

More seen in the French team since 2016, Laure Boulleau hopes to win the arrival of Hervé Renard at the head of the Bleues to find the selection as part of a new 24 hours of Boulleau.

Laure Boulleau has long been one of the executives of the France team. After making her first cap in the spring of 2005 aged just 18, the Parisian full-back returned 65 caps through 2016, with the key to fourth places at the 2011 World Cup in Germany and the 2012 London Olympics. Retired from the land written in 2018, the native of Clermont-Ferrand nevertheless hopes to find Clairefontaine in the months to come.

After getting out of the Ligue 1 shackles for a 24-hour Boulleau on Morocco, the Canal + consultant would indeed like to follow Les Bleues as closely as possible. And the departure of Corinne Deacon and the arrival of Hervé Renard on the bench of the France team may have changed the situation. “No, I plan to follow the French women’s team. I made the request a long time ago. I had already formulated it at the time of Corinne Deacon, I hope to have a little more success this time (she smiles). I ask for a lot of access, I can understand that it is not obvious. The former coach was not too open to this kind of concept…”, she explained in the columns of The Team.

“Hervé Renard, he has a great command of communication, he is more reactive. But with his room, there are also a lot of requests. I met him and I gave many elements to have the best chance of succeeding. The more access I have, the happier I am. If I have the opportunity to do a toro in training…”, she needed, adding that her way of working allows her to break down barriers: “ I was a player, it’s a way of remembering it. On the pitch, I feel legitimate, it gives me more strength when I arrive at a club, especially a men’s club. After kicking the ball, people talk to me more freely, there are no more barriers, no more male-female history. »

ᑕ❶ᑐ Chelsea owner breaks silence, speaks about club’s unending crisis and sends direct message to fans

don’t don’t chelseaamerican businessman Todd Boehly asked the club’s supporters this Thursday (4) to have « patience », but promised that the club will « discover » the path to long-term success.

Boehly made the purchase of the Blues about a year ago and since then has invested more than 600 million pounds (3.788 billion reais) in signing players.

However, the team is going through a dark crisis, with seven consecutive matches without a win and even the threat of relegation to the premier league – the « icing on the cake » of a season without trophies.

after hiring Frank Lampard as interim coach last month, shortly after the dismissal of Graham PotterChelsea are now working to try to arrange the signing of Mauricio Pochettino as your effective coach. As shown a ESPNO the club of « advanced conversations » with the Argentinian.

While attending an event in the United States, Boehly spoke about his club’s troubled moment and sent a direct message to the fans.

“Our supporters are demanding. They want to win. We understand that. We also want to win.  » , he stated.

« We are in the best league in the world, in the best city in the world and we are in an incredible place in the best city in the world, » he said.

Following the Chelsea purchase, Boehly became the team’s interim sporting director, having struggled to hire people for the role following the departure of the former owner, the Russian tycoon. roman abramovitch.

Alongside manager Behdad Eghbali, he has worked in recent months and signed two sporting directors, Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, as well as a technical director (Christopher Vivell) and 3 other directors who will be responsible for managing the group and recruitment: Joe Shields. , Kyle Macaulay and Jim Fraser.

The new structure was set up to operate with a deep understanding of the transfer market, which Boehly admitted to having little understanding.

“(Site notre blog d’information) is a global sport and unlike the United States there are no unions, so there is a market for great players in every country in the world,” he argued.

“Each of these markets works differently. You have to build a team and your manager is the leader of the team. I think that in recent times we have learned a lot about the different (Site notre bureau spécialisé) markets and the global aspects of the sport,” he concluded.

Where to watch Bournemouth v Chelsea?

Bournemouth X chelseathis Saturday (6), at 11 a.m. (Brasilia time), by premier leaguetime broadcast live by ESPN No Star+.

After the referee’s beer shower: third division match at FSV Zwickau for RW Essen

In no way do I want to condone the behavior of « fans » throwing liquids or even objects at people. But I still find the abandonment of the game and the rating completely wrong in this case.

It was a beer shower, there was no danger to life or physical integrity. A shower break would have sufficed, if the referee lacks mental strength, a postponement of the match may also be justified. But game cancellation and scoring?

In this case, the aggressor’s team was behind anyway, so it’s not as dramatic to stop play and assess it. But what would have happened if the aggressor’s club had led? Wouldn’t it be very drastic to score the match against you because of a single spectator? This would open the door to match fixing.

The league should not put such serious decisions in the hands of the individual referee, but establish a transparent catalog of penalties. A continuation of the game, adjourned or not, should take place. Because that’s how it tastes from Zwickau’s point of view.

I’m sure this decision wouldn’t have been made if it was a Bundesliga game. Lawsuits rain down to the Supreme Court. And rightly so.

Ronaldo and Al-Nassr fit the header

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After a bad series, Al-Nassr bounced back by beating Al-Raed (4-0), with a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Al-Nassr remained a series of three games without a win, with a Cup elimination in the lot. Three matches during which Cristiano Ronaldo remained silent.

This Friday, Al-Nassr reacted well by easily dominating Al-Raed (4-0), on behalf of the 24th day of the Saudi Pro League. It was CR7 himself who put his team on the right track with a header at the start of the game (4th).

This is Ronaldo’s 12th goal in 12 appearances in the Saudi league. Al-Nassr comes back 3 points from the leader, Al-Ittihad, who has one game in hand.

Mbappé, it’s over! –

One year from the end of his contract at PSG, Kylian Mbappé is at the heart of many rumors on the other side of the Pyrenees. A crime in all likelihood

The Mbappé soap opera will not have a season 3. At least not this year. Two years after Real Madrid’s €200 million attempt to lure Kylian Mbappé and one after the incredible frenzy before the Bondynois’ extension to PSG, the future of the French striker seems sealed. All the ingredients are there, however, to enter the idea of ​​a transfer.

Although he ended up extending his lease with the Rouge et Bleu, the tricolor world champion has only returned for two seasons, plus an optional third, and will therefore be one year from the end of his contract this summer. PSG may therefore fear to see their star striker go free. But given the capital club’s new fiasco in the Champions League and more generally the crisis experienced by Christophe Galtier’s men this winter but also this fall following revelations about the club’s practices on social networks, the former Monegasque could also be tempted to look elsewhere. And especially at Real Madrid.

Because despite the about-face of the top scorer in Ligue 1, the Merengue have not given up on recruiting the tricolor striker. According to several Madrid media, the Madrid club is considering going on the offensive, even if its leaders are afraid of coming up against the intransigence of their Parisian counterparts. A fair title. Because according to Le Parisien, there is no doubt that the striker will still be at PSG next year. The Mbappé soap opera has no place.

ᑕ❶ᑐ The former United goalkeeper who came out of retirement to become Wrexham’s fifth-tier hero

Just when he should have had it all in his career, Ben Foster accepted a new challenge in (Site notre bureau spécialisé). After retiring last season, the keeper, who has spent time Manchester Unitedhit with the Wrexham and ended up becoming a great hero of club’s historic campaign.

Foster began his professional career at City of Stokebut made no appearances for the club amid a loan spell – including a short spell at Wrexham – before joining Manchester United in 2005. He served as a substitute for Edwin van der Sar at Old Trafford.

Since then, he has made stays in City of Birmingham, West Bromwich e watford and was even called up by the English national team on several occasions, notably participating in the team which played in the world Cup of 2014 not Brazil.

So, with a long career in English (Site notre bureau spécialisé), the 40-year-old decided to hang up his boots after last season, when he was defending Watford. Expected, an invitation from Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney saw Foster come out of retirement and sign for Wrexham until the end of this season.

Bone dragon reds encounter difficulties in the job. Rob Lainton, then the starting goalkeeper, suffered a knee injury during the Championship and would be out for at least six weeks. The period could cost access to the league two (fourth tier) for the Welsh team.

And the bet turned out to be right. At the most important moment of the season, the goalkeeper’s experience speaks louder. In the direct confrontation against the Earl of NottsWrexham needed a win to take the lead national league (English 5th Division) – it should be accessed that only the first place has a direct to the fourth division.

Winning 3-2 in the second half, the referee ended up signaling a penalty for County. Cedwyn Scott is all kick, but stopped in the miraculous defense of Ben Foster, who secured the 3 points and the lead for the commanded Phil Parkinson.

The result proved to be key to deferring the National League title and, consequently, to advancing to League Two. The result was Wrexham’s big goal for the season.

The history of the club is told in the documentary series  » Welcome to Wrexham“, exclusively to Star+. The first season has 18 episodes.

Newcastle and Everton –

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Newcastle made short work of Everton (1-4) this Thursday evening in the Premier League.

After having martyred Tottenham last weekend (6-1), Newcastle confirmed its good form at the moment on the lawn of Everton, where the magic are imposed 1-4, this Thursday evening, on behalf of the 33rd day of the Premier League.

Jostled at the start of the match by the intensity of the caramels, Newcastle never panicked and knew how to prove a cold realism to punish the overall weakness of their opponent. Wilson opened the scoring in the first period (28th), before offering himself a double in the second (75th). Joelinton (72nd) and Murphy (81st) and they are all but equal.

Newcastle thus retains its 3rd place in the standings. Everton are 19th.

Barça sinks too!

In the end, Real Madrid’s big defeat in Girona (4-2) was La Liga leader Barça, who fell during their trip to Madrid to face Rayo Vallecano (2-1) on Wednesday. evening.

Leader of La Liga with a large lead, FC Barcelona did not come close to the title this Wednesday evening, as part of the 31st day of the championship, since Xavi’s men got into the ante of Rayo Vallecano ( 2-1). Fortunately, the Blaugranas are still 11 points ahead of Real Madrid, who sank the day before against Girona (4-2).

Dominating but not very dangerous – as usual for several months -, Barça conceded a first but in the middle of the first period, Alvaro Garcia trumpeted Marc-André ter Stegen with a beautiful strike (19th). The formation of the southern suburbs of Madrid (which passes 9th) even doubled the lead at the start of the second period. Fran Garcia, the left-back who will return to Real Madrid this summer, countered Frenkie De Jong to go on goal and bring the score to 2-0 (54th).

Lewandowski at the end

Robert Lewandowski still lacked success, while Raphinha, Ferran Torres as well as Pedri and Gavi lacked genius. The Polish striker ended up closing the gap, in force, 10 minutes from the end (83rd), for his 18th league goal, but the visitors were unable to get the slightest chance to equalize.

The Barcelonians, who have won only once in the last 4 games, have a clash against Real Betis (5th in the standings) on Saturday at Camp Nou.

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