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Thursday August 23 2012
Rivalry renewed in Supercopa

Barcelona and Real Madrid renew their rivalry in the first Clasico of the new season on Thursday night. Olly Dawes takes a look.

Even though La Liga got underway just last weekend, we already turn our attentions towards Barcelona and Real Madrid, as they renew their rivalry in the Supercopa de Espana.

The Super Cup is the perennial meeting between the La Liga champions and the winners of the Copa del Rey – essentially the Spanish equivalent of the Community Shield in England. How the Supercopa de Espana differs from the Community Shield though is that it is played over two legs, as both sides play home and away.

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Thursday August 23 2012
Milla: Madrid are favourites

Luis Milla believes Real Madrid are favourites to prevail over two legs in their Supercopa de Espana clash with Barcelona.

The former Spain Under-21 and Olympic team boss had five years with Barca and seven at Real in an illustrious playing career, but considers Jose Mourinho’s men will have the edge over 180 minutes.

“Madrid have the advantage as they will be playing the return leg at home,” Milla told Cadena COPE.

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Wednesday August 22 2012
Ozil, Marcelo, Villa bans lifted

Mesut Ozil, Marcelo and David Villa are all available for selection for Thursday’s Supercopa de Espana first leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The trio were all sent off in the second leg of 2011’s edition of the tournament, with Marcelo’s late tackle on Cesc Fabregas sparking a touchline brawl involved Jose Mourinho and then Barcelona assistant Coach Tito Vilanova.

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Wednesday August 22 2012
Oliver Torres spotted at Real

Atletico Madrid’s Oliver Torres was forced to quickly deny any affiliation to rivals Real Madrid after he was pictured at Los Blancos’ superstore today.

The 17-year-old midfielder, who has caught the imagination of Atleti’s fans this summer with his performances for the Spain Under-19s and then Diego Simeone’s side in pre-season, was pictured posing for photographs with fans at Real’s megastore in Madrid.

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Wednesday August 22 2012
Lacen: Getafe can upset Real

Mehdi Lacen believes that his Getafe side are capable of picking up a result this weekend at home to Real Madrid.

The two clubs from the capital have met eight times at Coliseum Alfonso Perez and, whilst Real have won the last three trips, Lacen is optimistic that the Azulones can add to their two previous home wins over their bigger neighbours.

“I think that last year we played well in our home games, especially against the big teams. I hope we play well this weekend and get the three points,” the Algerian told reporters today.

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Wednesday August 22 2012
Higua-in at Madrid

From a planned exit to a brand new deal, Dylan Fahy examines how Gonzalo Higuain’s situation at Real Madrid has completely turned around.

It took Gonzalo Higuain three attempts, but the Argentine striker eventually managed to beat Diego Lopez between the sticks for Valencia last Sunday night. The finish, which came after a mere 10 minutes, opened the scoring for Real Madrid, in that the first fixture of the season in the defence of their title. The strike was also the perfect anecdote for how times can change dramatically in the nonsensical world of football. 

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Wednesday August 22 2012
Pepe banned from electrical devices

Real Madrid defender Pepe has been told he cannot use his computer, television or mobile phone until he has fully recovered from his head injury.

The Portuguese international collided with Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas in Sunday evening’s 1-1 draw with Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu. After a night in hospital, he was released following a positive response from testing.

Pepe has been reported as having suffered from a serious concussion which resulted in temporary memory loss and confusion.

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Wednesday August 22 2012
Sahin seals Arsenal move?

Reports in England suggest that Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has completed his loan move to Arsenal.

The north London club had earmarked the former Borussia Dortmund man as the ideal replacement for Alex Song, after the Cameroon international signed for Barcelona earlier this week.

According to the Daily Mail, the move for the Turkey international has now been completed and comprises of an initial one-year loan deal, then a €17m option to buy the 23-year-old outright.

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Wednesday August 22 2012
Mou on Super Cup, Pepe & transfers

Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho has insisted he would much rather win the League than the Super Cup in his pre match press conference.

Mourinho's side will be reunited with bitter adversaries Barcelona in tomorrow night's Super Cup first leg at Camp Nou. Real won only one of the club's six meetings in all competitions last season.

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Wednesday August 22 2012
Madrid's Modric web blunder

Real Madrid’s official website mistakenly published a photo of transfer target Luka Modric last night.

ABC news report that the Croatian was pictured wearing a white jersey with the caption: ‘Los Blancos midfielder’.

There was also a short biography of Modric's time with Tottenham, detailing his 13 goals and 24 assists in 127 games.

Madrid’s management quickly removed the offending article, however, citing a hacker as to blame.

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