Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
4. WEEKEND PREVIEW: Real Madrid-Barcelona clasico
October 20th, 2006 1:12AM



Real Madrid will be out of wipe away the memory of last season's humiliating defeat at Bernabeu Stadium when it hosts Barcelona Sunday in soccer's most passionate regional clasico (TV: Gol TV, live, 3 pm ET).

When Barcelona played Real Madrid last season at Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium, Barca star Ronaldinho exited to a standing ovation from the Madrid fans after scoring two goals in Barca's 3-0 win. The humiliation of that defeat and that reaction from the home fans signaled the end of the Galactico era at Real Madrid and helped trigger the departure of Real Madrid President Florentino Perez.

Perez's successor, Ramon Calderon, is confident of victory in his first clasico.

"I've told the players that we have the best squad in the world, that no one can beat us if we put our minds to it," he told the sports daily Marca. "I'm certain that we will beat Barca."

Real Madrid has abandoned its star system for a disciplined approach imposed by Italian Fabio Capello. The key will be shutting down Ronaldinho, as Chelsea did in its 1-0 victory over Barcelona on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid, however, will be without suspended Ronaldo, Ronaldinho's countryman. Robinho, after an impressive midweek showing in the Champions League, is expected to get a rare La Liga start, having previously been used mainly as a sub by Real Madrid.


ENGLAND. Portsmouth is a surprise fourth in the EPL, but it faces it's biggest test of the season when it travels to defending champion Chelsea on Saturday (TV: Setanta USA Sports, live, 9:45 am ET). History isn't on Pompey's side: Chelsea has won all six EPL meetings by a margin of 14-0. Manchester United, which is tied with Chelsea for first place in the EPL, hosts Liverpool on Sunday in a clash of Champions League teams (TV: Setanta USA Sports, live, 7:55 am ET).

FRANCE. Marseille is perhaps the only team with a chance to dethrone five-time champion Lyon, which it hosts at the Velodrome on Sunday (TV: Setanta Sports USA, live, 2:55 pm ET). Lyon carries a 10-game winning streak into the game and would open up an eight-point lead over OM with a win.

GERMANY. Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, the two hottest teams in the Bundesliga, face off on Saturday at Bremen's Weserstadion (TV: Gol TV, live, 9:30 am ET). Werder and Bayern both scored big wins last weekend to join Schalke 04 in a three-way tie for the league lead. They followed up with excellent victories in the Champions League on Wednesday.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
FIFA in total meltdown: Blatter and Platini suspended    
International soccer was engulfed by a new crisis on Thursday as FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ...
U.S. Abroad: Mewis makes European debut for Bayern    
U.S. international Kristie Mewis, signed by Bayern Munich from the NWSL's Boston Breakers, made her debut ...
TV Report: Press joins Fox Sports' @TheBuzzer    
U.S. women's national team forward Christen Press will be the first active athlete to contribute to ...
MLS: Red Bulls pull ahead in Supporters' Shield race    
The New York Red Bulls opened up a three-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race and ...
Concacaf Olympic Qualifying: Day 6    
The USA will face Honduras, a 2-1 loser to Mexico on Wednesday night, in Saturday's semifinals ...
What They're Saying: Jordan Morris    
"I don’t want to gloat or anything. I mean, for one thing, we were playing like ...
Video Pick: Unfortunate rebound downs the shooter    
We're happy to report that RB Leipzig's Austrian striker Marcel Sabitzer was unharmed after his own ...
Mexico loses key midfielder for U.S. match    
Jose Juan Vazquez, expected to start in central midfield for Mexico on Saturday against the USA ...
What They're Saying: New Jersey referee Jim Grimes    
"When I'm doing soccer, I'll still hear a parent or coach say, 'How long have you ...
Klinsmann's ace in the hole: U.S. record vs. Mexico    
For all the criticism of Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. national team coach does have quite a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives