If this doesn’t make you want to drop everything and hop into a rondo immediately, you have no soul. Football is joy — just look at the reactions from Luka Modric and Marcelo to Cristiano Ronaldo’s reverse elastico on poor Borja Mayoral. The 20-year-old Real Madrid academy graduate doesn’t deserve this kind of brutality, but it’s definitely appreciated by all.
The game just keeps on giving, and players like Ronaldo — now fast approaching his 33rd birthday — show you that the simple joys never get old.
Everyone’s excited about Atletico Madrid’s gorgeous new digs, even fierce rival FC Barcelona. The Wanda Metropolitano, located east of Madrid’s city center, just opened in September but it’s already scheduled to host the 2018-19 Champions League Final.
Malmö FF clinched its Swedish record 23rd Allsvenskanliga championship on Monday and they did it in style. Anders Christiansen dribbled a good 30 yards before launching a right-footed strike that zipped into the upper 90 to seal a 3-1 win over IFK Norrkoping.
The win put Malmö on 60 points with three matches remaining. Second-place AIK is 10 points back and cannot catch make up the ground.
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A wonderful 4-0 victory over Panama back on October 6 sees the United States Men’s National Team climb to 27 in the latest FIFA World Rankings, leaving Ukraine, Turkey and Iran in their torrential wake. The U.S. could’ve made further strides with a win against Trinidad and Tobago, but the Soca Warriors used the shock 2-1 victory to their own advantage, climbing up 16 places to 83.
Being handed his Norwegian senior debut at 15 and promised first team training with Real Madrid at 16 was clearly too much too soon for the now 18-year-old Martin Odegaard, but to call the precociously talented midfielder a burn out for failing to disrupt the back-to-back European champions’ starting XI is obviously extremely harsh.