Okazaki's stunner lifts Leicester by Newcastle

Mar 15, 2016

Okazaki's stunner lifts Leicester by Newcastle

Shinji Okazaki's overhead kick gave leader Leicester a 1-0 victory over Rafa Benitez's Newcastle on Monday, a goal as spectacular as his team's improbable Premier League title challenge. As Leicester restored its five-point lead at the summit over Tottenham with eight games remaining, former Real ...

Newcastle hires Benitez

Mar 12, 2016

Newcastle hires Benitez

Rafa Benitez started this season tasked with winning the Champions League with Real Madrid. He will end it trying to keep Newcastle in the English Premier League. The Spaniard replaced Steve McClaren as manager on Friday, signing a three-year deal with the club that is ...

Mar 11, 2016

Newcastle fires McClaren

Steve McClaren was fired as Newcastle manager on Friday after just nine months in charge, with the club struggling to retain its Premier League status following nine defeats in its last 12 matches. Newcastle is in 19th place in the 20-club league, and its tally ...

Real Madrid names Zidane new manager

Jan 5, 2016

Real Madrid names Zidane new manager

Real Madrid fired coach Rafa Benitez after only seven months on Monday and replaced him with its former star player Zinedine Zidane. Club president Florentino Perez announced the decision at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Monday, a day after Madrid's 2-2 draw at Valencia deepened a ...

Dec 5, 2015

Real sanctioned for ineligible player

Real Madrid was disqualified from the Copa del Rey after fielding an ineligible player in its opening round, a Spanish soccer federation statement said Friday. The statement said Madrid had fielded an "improper lineup" in a 3-1 first-leg win over Cadiz on Wednesday and that ...

Nov 24, 2015

Real president backs manager Benitez

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said Real Madrid remains fully behind coach Rafa Benitez despite the humiliating loss to Barcelona last weekend. Perez pledged his full support to Benitez in a hastily called news conference on Monday, two days after the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona ...

| Mar 2, 2013

Benitez never had chance with Chelsea


Like all Chelsea managers, Rafa Benitez was a dead man walking from day one. Of the previous eight during the Abramovich era, only Guus Hiddink wasn't fired, but the Dutchman was on loan from the Russian Football Federation for three months. Even the trigger-happy Abramovich ...