Real Madrid are kings of Europe

ImageReal Madrid has been crowned the champion of Europe for a 10th time courtesy of a 4-1 win over city rival Atletico on Saturday night.

 

Real Madrid looked set to succumb to Diego Godin’s first-half header but Sergio Ramos leveled the game with just over 90 seconds of normal time remaining.

 

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Madrid then realized its Decima dream thanks to extra-time goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

The Spanish side won the first five editions of the European Cup, beating Stade de Reims in the inaugural final at the Parc des Princes in Paris in 1956.

 

However, a legendary lineup containing Alfredo di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Francisco Gento are best remembered for their era-defining 7-3 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt in Glasgow’s Hampden Park in 1960.

 

Madrid lost two of the next four finals, to Benfica and Inter, but the club racked up its sixth success in 1966 courtesy of a 2-1 win over Partizan in Brussels.

 

However, Los Blancos would not win another European title before the tournament became the Champions League, losing 1-0 to Liverpool in Paris in 1981.

 

However, the Santiago Bernabeu side brought an end to 32 years of disappointment when it upset Juventus 1-0 in Amsterdam in 1998.

 

Madrid triumphed again in 2000, beating Valencia 3-0 in the last all-Spanish final, and its eighth title followed two years later when the team defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 thanks to sensational strike from Zinedine Zidane.

 

Real Madrid had not made the final since but they finally clinched ‘La Decima’ by overcoming Atletico in Lisbon.article-2638187-1E2E845800000578-880_634x437

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5 Things you didnt know about Yaya Toure

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Known for his versatility and power on the field, professional footballer Yaya Touré has made a pretty big name for himself in recent years. The African Footballer of the Year three years in a row (2011, 2012, and 2013), the Manchester City player is popular among European football fans and Ivorians back home. Touré has been an integral part of the Côte d’Ivoire national team for nearly a decade. But beyond his phenomenal playing ability, here are 10 things you didn’t know about footballer Yaya Touré. 
    

Touré got his first pair of football shoes at the age of 10

A natural talent, he played football with friends and family in the streets of Abidjan from a young age. He soon followed in his older brother Kolo’s footsteps to become a key player for the local youth team, ASEC Mimosas.  

  

He is a practicing Muslim

Frequently named Man of the Match during his time in the Premier League, Touré has turned down the English tradition of champagne after league games in accordance with his religious beliefs.

  

He almost joined Arsenal in 2003

While playing for the Belgian team, Beveren, Touré trialed with Arsenal in 2003. While the manager was interested in signing him, he had difficulties getting a work permit to play in England. Rather than waiting, Touré took a contract with the Ukrainian team Metalurh Donetsk instead, where he played for more than a year.

   

Both of his brothers are professional footballers

Most are familiar with older brother Kolo Touré, Yaya’s teammate both on the Côte d’Ivoire national team and Manchester City, before Kolo was transferred to Liverpool in 2013. Few may be able to name Yaya’s younger brother, Ibrahim Touré, however, who plays for Al-Safa Sporting Club in Lebanon.

  

He clashed with AS Monaco manager, László Bölöni

When Yaya moved to play for the French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in 2006, he initially had issues with the manager, László Bölöni. Bölöni wouldn’t put Touré at the midfield position where he had played the majority of his career and proven himself. He was sacked in the middle of the season as Monaco was performing poorly.

Real Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid: Who Deserves To Win The Champions League?

who is king of madrid?         Real Madrid enter Lisbon with the hope of getting their 10th champion’s league crown since….. however the team standing in their way is one who have shown the world they are not pushovers and are also looking for their…. In history. Here is why Atletico Madrid deserve to win it ahead of their rivals.   At one end, Simeone is looking to have his star striker back in good time, while at the other, Ancelotti has no such worries, as both Benzema and Morata are fit and in good form. The deference between both strikers is that while one is a goal machine, the other possesses abilities of a new age striker. Benzema can make good passes for his team mates to finish with 18 assists this season. Diego Costa on the other hand has been in blistering goal scoring form, having scored 35 this season. It is still unclear just how fit Ronaldo and Bale will be and if they will be able to play all through the encounter, but what is certain for Los Blancos is that Xavi Alonso will not be available after picking up a suspension. Real, you would think, need that first win since 2002 to put themselves firmly back on the top of the pile. After failing to get to the final since 2003, there will be a lot of optimism in the Madrid camp to write their names along some of the greatest ever. On the other hand, Diego Simeone’s men are currently threading on unfamiliar territory, having won their first league trophy in almost 20 years Beating Barca to it, and contesting for the ultimate club prize against Galacticos, the red half of Madrid must be erratic. The thought of winning a champions league trophy for the first time in club history, may make them loose grounds but if the Atletico side that we’ve seen all season should put to show in Lisbon this weekend? Impossible is nothing. Who deserves to win?

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