LIVE: Real Madrid – Barcelona – live stream – champions league
Real Madrid’s origins go back to when football was introduced to Madrid by the academics and students of the Institución libre de enseñanza, which included several Oxbridge graduates. They founded Football Club Sky in 1897, playing on Sunday mornings at Moncloa. It split into two clubs in 1900: New Foot-Ball de Madrid and Club Español de Madrid. The latter club split again in 1902, resulting in the formation of Madrid Football Club on 6 March 1902. Three years after its foundation, in 1905, Madrid FC won its first title after defeating Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final. The club became one of the founding sides of the Royal Spanish Football Federation on 4 January 1909, when club president Adolfo Meléndez signed the foundation agreement of the Spanish FA. After moving between grounds the team moved to the Campo de O’Donnell in 1912. In 1920, the club’s name was changed to Real Madrid after King Alfonso XIII granted the title of Real (Royal) to the club.
In 1929, the first Spanish football league was founded. Real Madrid led the first league season until the last match, a loss to Athletic Bilbao, meant they finished runners-up to Barcelona. Real Madrid won its first League title in the 1931–32 season. Real won the League again the following year, becoming the first side to have won the championship twice.
Schalke – Manchester United – live stream
• This is the clubs’ first ever encounter yet United must rewrite their recent UEFA Champions League history against German teams if they are to progress to a fifth final and deny Ralf Rangnick’s side a first appearance in the showpiece game.
• Although they have lost just one of ten group stage meetings with Bundesliga opposition, winning five, in two-legged knockout ties United’s record reads no wins and four defeats – most recently against FC Bayern München in last year’s quarter-finals.
• United visited Bayern for the first leg and took a first-minute lead through Wayne Rooney, only for Bayern to turn the tables with two goals in the last 15 minutes. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men surrendered an advantage in the return too, allowing Bayern to claw their way back from 3-0 behind to 3-2 and thereby win the tie on away goals.
• Those four defeats in full are:
1996/97 semi-finals: Borussia Dortmund (0-2 aggregate)
2000/01 quarter-finals: FC Bayern München (1-3 aggregate)
2001/02 semi-finals: Bayer 04 Leverkusen (3-3 aggregate, away goals)
2009/10 quarter-finals: FC Bayern München (4-4 aggregate, away goals)
• Schalke suffered a 5-2 aggregate loss to United’s neighbours Manchester City FC in the 1969/70 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals, their 1-0 first-leg lead undone by a heavy defeat in Manchester. More recently Schalke surrendered their unbeaten home record against English opposition when losing 2-0 to City in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage.
• Schalke’s overall home record against English teams reads W3 D1 L1. That City defeat followed a goalless draw against Chelsea FC in their previous home game with Premier League opponents, in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• The Gelsenkirchen club have recorded five straight home wins in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League, scoring 13 goals and conceding only three. United have an impressive away record, however, having won ten of their last 12 matches on the road in the competition – including four out of five this term without a single goal against.
• United’s record on German soil is W3 D4 L4. Their most recent success was a 3-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg in last term’s group stage in which Michael Owen scored a hat-trick.
• In two-legged ties with German teams United have recorded two wins and four defeats. That 1969/70 City tie aside, Schalke’s only other two-legged meeting with English opposition came against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in the 1958/59 European Champion Clubs’ Cup (2-2 away, 2-1 home).
• While this is Schalke’s first time in the last four of the UEFA Champions League, they have contested three semi-finals in UEFA’s other club competitions. They lost the aforementioned tie to eventual winners Manchester City in 1970 and went down 1-0 to Sevilla FC in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, but beat CD Tenerife 2-1 on aggregate en route to capturing the 1996/97 UEFA Cup.
Schalke – Manchester United – live stream
Ralf Rangnick, Schalke coach
Nothing will be decided tomorrow. We know Manchester are much better organised than Inter, so it will not be as easy for us to score. We have to try to be compact as well. A close result will leave everything open for the return leg in Manchester.
We know United have lots of attacking players at their disposal, especially on the wings; there will be at least five attacking players in their lineup, six if you count [Patrice] Evra. We have to find a good balance between defence and attack.
Who knows how many of these players will play in a match like this in the coming years? The same goes for me. This is my biggest game so far judging by the attention it is getting in general and from the media. Surely, over the course of these two games, Manchester have more to lose than us. We have to stay focused but also enjoy this.
Sir Alex Ferguson has won more games and titles at this level, but United will have a very experienced team, much as Inter did. Our team is a bit younger and hopefully hungrier to make up for their lack of experience. Our passion and discipline has helped us against Inter and I hope it will do so again against United.
Sir Alex Ferguson, United manager
Wayne Rooney’s form has been fantastic these last two months but the most important thing for us is the freshness has come into the team in the last few weeks with players coming back like [Antonio] Valencia, [Rio] Ferdinand, Anderson and Park Ji-Sung.
In terms of the quality of the team, you saw it on Saturday again that this is a team that will not give in, there is absolutely no chance this team will ever give in and that’s a great quality.
I think the present group have enough experience now in Europe, it is where we should be. The expectation from my point of view has always been high as regards the European scene, because you do get envious of other clubs’ record in Europe and we are trying to come to parity with that – in other words, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Liverpool, and we need to progress quickly to get to that level again.
You always get apprehensive at this stage of the competition. We’ve had this situation over the years. [When] we played Barcelona away from home in the first leg [in 2008] and got the result we wanted, in the second leg the last two minutes were absolute agony. Semi-finals are never easy.
[On seeing Schalke against Inter] The first thing is they never looked like losing the game, and that is quite a credit to them given the experience of Inter. There was never any stage where I thought they were going to lose that match, most of the time they were in complete control and even in the good moments Inter had they dealt with it easily. It was a good impression.
USA – Canada – live stream
The United States women’s national ice hockey team is controlled by USA Hockey. The United States has been, by far, one of the top two most dominant women’s hockey teams in international play, having won gold or silver in almost every major tournament. The exception where they won neither gold nor silver was the 2006 Winter Olympics, where they won bronze. The U.S. had 61,612 female players in 2011.
In 1998, the Women’s Olympic Hockey Team was named the USOC Team of the Year.