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Dashed dreams of La Decima: Real Madrid's 11 years of hurt in Europe

2002/03 (Semi-finals vs Juventus)<p><b>Score:</b> Real Madrid 2-1 Juventus; Juventus 3-1 Real Madrid (Juventus win 4-3 on aggregate)<p><b>La Liga position:</b> 1st<p><b>Any</b> …

Gareth Bale, the ultimate Galactico? His debut season compared to Zidane & Co.

10. David Beckham (£25m from Manchester United, 2003)<p>Beckham was a hell of a footballer – it’s easy to forget that the summer of 2003 saw Real and …

The day Gareth Bale almost got booted out of Southampton

You'll by now be well aware that Gareth Bale has completed a world record move to Real Madrid, and if you've been on the internet at any stage during …

How moving back helped Gareth Bale move forward at Real Madrid

Real Madrid didn’t need Gareth Bale. A pacy, counter-attacking wide player who likes receiving the ball on the flank before cutting inside and …

Why Domenico Berardi is the man to take Juventus to the next level

It was supposed to be a one-off, an unrepeatable performance that would forever be remembered as Domenico Berardi’s coming out party. Two goals down …

GROUP A Mexico

THE 60-SECOND OVERVIEW<p><b>Mexico are usually easy to predict before a World Cup.</b> They will be quite good in the group phase, scoring an upset or two and …

GROUP A Croatia

THE 60-SECOND OVERVIEW<p><b>In their first World Cup appearance as an independent nation</b> in 1998, Croatia made the rest of the world sit up and take …