The Cardiff-born Wales international moved to the Spanish capital earlier this year after his sale to the Spanish club for a world-record fee
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Thursday 26 April 2012
Bayern Munich's penalty shoot-out heroes Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer are both looking forward to taking on Chelsea on home soil in the Champions League final.
Wednesday 25 April 2012
Real Madrid 2 Bayern Munich 1 (3-3 on aggregate, Bayern win 3-1 on penalties)
Thursday 05 April 2012
Real Madrid 5 Apoel Nicosia 2 (Real Madrid win 8-2 on aggregate)
Wednesday 04 April 2012
Real Madrid 5 Apoel Nicosia 2 (Real win 8-2 on aggregate)
Wednesday 28 March 2012
Apoel Nicosia 0 Real Madrid 3
Tuesday 27 March 2012
Apoel Nicosia 0 Real Madrid 3
Friday 23 March 2012
If Enrique Sierra, the ex-guitarist from Radio Futura – Spain's most important rock band of the post-Franco years – was to be remembered for one song, it would be the 1983 hit "Escuela de Calor". Relentlessly catchy and shot through with co-writer Sierra's simple, snappy guitar riffs, "Escuela de Calor" remains for many Spaniards a musical high-tide mark of la movida Madrileña. This was an explosion of artistic creativity, coupled with the breaking down of previously rigid social barriers and mores, that followed General Franco's death in 1975. For intensity, willingness to experiment and sheer novelty, la movida has never since been equalled in Spain. As for Radio Futura, they were one of la movida's musical standard-bearers.
Thursday 15 March 2012
Real Madrid reached their second successive Champions League quarter-finals under Jose Mourinho after years of failure with his predecessors thanks to a 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow at the Bernabeu last night.
Friday 02 March 2012
This compilation of Michael Palin and Terry Jones's absurd half-hour adventure parodies from the Seventies is worth it alone for the stupendous send-up of British public schools in Tomkinson's Schooldays, in which pupils wrestle grizzly bears, beat their headmaster and are nailed to the school walls on St Tadger's Day.
Thursday 01 March 2012
Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch has today revealed the club may not be able to complete the npower Championship season.
Sunday 26 February 2012
Once foreign players have become reasonably fluent in English, it is always interesting to note which idiomatic phrases they pick up. Jose "Pepe" Reina must have been listening to former Liverpool stalwart Mark Lawrenson, for he is fond of the pundit's "happy days".
Sunday 19 February 2012
Some of them have egos so big they can't cope. That is when managers get the boot
Friday 17 February 2012
English football is a step closer to reintroducing artificial pitches after the Football League announced plans to seek opinion on their possible return. The public consultation will run until the end of April and canvass the views of clubs, fans and officials.
Saturday 11 February 2012
"Chaos on roads and railways to continue today, warn forecasters." That headline appeared over a news story on Monday. It happens every winter: severe weather is greeted by the absurdly overdramatic word "chaos". Of course, "chaos" is a short word, and as such very difficult to keep out of headlines.
Monday 23 January 2012
Sunderland 2 Swansea 0
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
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Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
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Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
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