Ronaldo 100 percent, Benzema, Casemiro out for City clash – Zidane

Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane claimed three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo is 100 percent fit for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg showdown with Manchester City. Ronaldo missed last week’s 0-0 draw in the first leg due to a thigh injury, but took a full part in training on Monday and Tuesday. However, Zidane confirmed that...
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Benzema downed by hamstring injury, Real Madrid confirm

Real Madrid have confirmed Karim Benzema has suffered a right hamstring injury but have given no estimation on how long the France striker might be sidelined for.Madrid said in a statement that Benzema's recovery "will continue to be assessed", and it now remains to be seen if the 28-year-old will be fit for next week's Champions League semi-final second leg with Manchester City...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Zidane hopes to have Ronaldo, Benzema fit for 2nd leg vs. City

Zinedine Zidane is hopeful both Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will be fit for Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Manchester City.Ronaldo missed the weekend's La Liga win over Rayo Vallecano with a thigh injury and did not feature in the goalless semi-final first leg at the Etihad on Tuesday night, despite training the day before.Benzema, meanwhile...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

France Bans Karim Benzema From Euro 2016 Amid Sex-Tape Blackmail Scandal

It’s official: Karim Benzema must watch from afar, as his France teammates attempt to win the 2016 UEFA European Championship on home soil. France’s Football Federation announced on its website Tuesday that Benzema’s national-team ban will remain in effect at least through Euro 2016, according to The Associated Press. “(President) Noel Graet and (France coach) Didier Deschamps...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Karim Benzema ruled out of Euro 2016 for France because of ongoing blackmail case

The French football federation says Karim Benzema will not play for the national team at this year's European Championship.Benzema is facing preliminary charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.Benzema was suspended indefinitely in December pending the ongoing case, and the FFF says in a statement...
Via Associated Press
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Benzema 'dreams' of returning for France at Euro 2016

Karim Benzema says it would be a dream to represent France at Euro 2016 and is "hoping for good news" ahead of a meeting to discuss whether he should represent his country at the tournament.Coach Didier Deschamps and FFF President Noel Le Graet are set to weigh up Benzema's future with France on Wednesday after being placed under investigation in connection with an alleged...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Karim Benzema scores acrobatic scissor kick goal in El Clasico

Barcelona were up 1-0 on Real Madrid in the second half of Saturday's El Clasico and seemingly on their way to another win over their rivals, which effectively would eliminate Real from the La Liga race once and for all. Then Karim Benzema happened.In the 62nd minute, Toni Kroos played a ball into the box where the Real striker was lurking, but a deflection off Jordi Alba popped...
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April 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Karim Benzema now legally eligible for Euro 2016 after sex tape blackmail appeal

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is still under investigation for a part he made have played in blackmailing French teammate Mathieu Valbuena, but he now will have the ability, legally, to play for France at the European championships this summer. Benzema was previously not allowed to have any contact with Valbuena, meaning they couldn’t be in the same squad, but a French appeals...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Benzema allowed to meet with Valbuena after sex tape ruling

PARIS --A French appeals court has lifted the order preventing Karim Benzema from meeting with Mathieu Valbuena, bringing the Real Madrid striker closer to being cleared to play on France's national team.Benzema's lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, described Friday's decision as ''a first step.'' Benzema, who is currently sidelined with an injury, is facing preliminary charges of conspiracy...
Via Associated Press
March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Karim Benzema suspended over sex-tape blackmail scandal

Karim Benzema is one of the best strikers in France, but the Real Madrid star won’t be suiting up for Les Bleus anytime soon. Benzema is facing criminal charges stemming from an alleged plot to extort French teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. With that, French football president Noël Le Graët has decided to suspend Benzema until the case is resolved. From The Guardian...
Via The Comeback
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

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