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ESPN FC News 27 Nov 23:14

Karim Benzema overcomes doubters to prove his Real Madrid worth

Real Madrid beat Basel 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League to secure their 15th consecutive win of the season, leveling the club record set by Jose Mourinho. "Raining cats and dogs" is an apt expression for the recent weather in Madrid and also brings to mind a key moment in the Real Madrid career of Karim Benzema. It was the middle of the 2010-11 season and Jose Mourinho's preferred striker, Gonzalo Higuain, had been ruled out for months with a back problem. Mourinho, in his inimitable style, had been removing toys from his managerial pram for the previous six months over the club's reluctance to sign his main squad priority: another striker. Among a...

ESPN FC News 27 Nov 23:11

Bayern Munich to put Manchester misery behind them with trip to Berlin

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was disappointed his side couldn't hold out against Manchester City but said he was proud of his players for their efforts in the 3-2 loss. As a legendary Canadian musician may have said: "First we take Manchester, then we take Berlin." Bayern Munich can take mainly positives from their trip to the Etihad, despite slipping to a first defeat of the season (in their 19th competitive game) in a five-goal thriller against the "noisy neighbours" Manchester City. Glossing over three glaring errors, after going a goal and a man down, it was an absolutely brilliant performance in Manchester. This Bayern side seemed to thrive on the challenge...

ESPN FC News 27 Nov 22:11

Whether or not Saturday is his last game, Thierry Henry will play like it is

The New York Red Bulls' Thierry Henry believes his side will continue to fight back in the second leg, despite losing 1-2 to the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena. This isn't really how it's going to end, is it? Can this possibly be how the curtain comes down on Thierry Henry's legendary career, with one final game on a cold, plastic field inside a half-empty NFL stadium? Barring a near-miracle -- and we'll soon find out whether Henry has another miracle left in him -- it could end exactly like that Saturday in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with Henry's New York Red Bulls likely needing a two-goal road win to overturn the New England Revolution's 2-1 aggregate...

ESPN FC News 27 Nov 22:10

Robbie Keane on turf, young U.S. players and just wanting to play

ESPN FC's Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas take a look ahead to the second legs of the MLS conference finals. Graham Parker talks with his MLS MVP nominee Robbie Keane about his excellent season, telling Gyasi Zardes to watch Lionel Messi, why the CONCACAF Champions League is only good if you win it, why he hates artificial turf and what keeps him hungry. "I'd strained my hamstring." There's an exasperated pause. From being relaxed company, if occasionally sounding slightly puzzled as to why anybody would want to ask questions about the game when they could just go out and kick a ball, Robbie Keane suddenly...

ESPN FC News 27 Nov 22:06

Avram Grant confirmed as new Ghana coach

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been named coach of Ghana. Grant, 29, has agreed a two-year deal with the Black Stars, which takes effect on Dec. 1,

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 27 Nov 20:25

Wolves sign Villa striker Graham

Wolverhampton Wanderers sign teenage midfielder Jordan Graham on loan from Aston Villa.

TEAMtalk | Aston Villa 27 Nov 18:03

Transfer news: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert defends decision to loan Darren Bent to Brighton

Paul Lambert has defended his decision to send striker Darren Bent out on loan despite Aston Villa being the Premier League's lowest scorers.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 27 Nov 17:47

Paul Lambert remains without six first-team players for Aston Villa's trip to Burnley

Paul Lambert has a huge injury headache by confirming he will be without six first-team players for the trip to Burnley on Saturday.

TEAMtalk | Aston Villa 27 Nov 13:05

Regional Paper Talk: Zigic offered return

Birmingham are to offer Nikola Zigic a return to the club, with Wolves, Ipswich and Blackpool all planning business ahead of the loan deadline.

TEAMtalk | Aston Villa 27 Nov 11:17

Premier League: Carlos Sanchez still settling in at Aston Villa

Carlos Sanchez says he is still finding his feet at Aston Villa and has called on supporters to remain patient with him.

TEAMtalk | Aston Villa 27 Nov 09:36

Paper Talk: United keen on Varane swoop

Man United are plotting a move for Raphael Varane, Xherdan Shaqiri has been given permission to leave Bayern, while Newcastle want Max Kruse.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Nov 15:28

Darren Bent joins Brighton as Aston Villa send £18m record signing out on loan

Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent has joined Championship club Brighton. The striker arrives on an initial one-month loan deal with Sami Hyypia's side.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 26 Nov 15:00

SFA sets Tonev racism appeal date

The Scottish FA will consider Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev's appeal against a charge of racism on 4 December.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 26 Nov 13:26

Brighton sign Villa's Bent on loan

Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion sign Aston Villa striker Darren Bent on an initial one-month loan deal.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 26 Nov 13:14

Preston lose Garner and Robinson

Preston striker Joe Garner could be out for up to four months through injury, while Aston Villa recall Callum Robinson.

TEAMtalk | Aston Villa 26 Nov 13:01

Transfer news: Aston Villa striker Darren Bent joins Brighton on month's loan

Brighton have signed Aston Villa's Darren Bent on loan.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Nov 12:54

Sir Alex Ferguson, Bobby Moore, Alan Shearer - Golden Years on the buses

Sportsmail's nostalgic picture series Golden Years this week features the bus, with a fabulous set of photographs from across the decades including AC Milan in Ireland.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Nov 01:19

Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent set to join Championship side Brighton on short-term loan

Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent is set to join Championship club Brighton on a short-term loan deal. The former England international signed for £18 million in 2011.

Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Nov 19:29

The view from Aston Villa: Empty seats at Villa Park is down to lack of goals under Paul Lambert 

The secret of a good atmosphere is giving the fans belief that their team will play well, and attempt to win a game. Until this happens, belief will continue to dwindle.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 24 Nov 23:25

Aston Villa 1-1 Southampton

England defender Nathaniel Clyne scores late on to deny Aston Villa a win and rescue a point for Southampton.

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