Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane played for Real Madrid between 2001-2006 © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Mar 11 – Zinedine Zidane has made a sensational return as coach of Real Madrid after Santiago Solari’s sacking was finally confirmed on Monday.Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph. Solari’s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats – to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax – deemed Madrid’s season all-but over before the middle of March.But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.“Real Madrid’s board has decided to terminate Santiago Solari’s contract as coach of the first team,” read an official statement on Monday.“Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this club.“The board has also agreed to the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.”Like Solari, Zidane had been in charge of Real Madrid’s reserve side, Castilla, when he was promoted in January 2016. Madrid finished second that year before going on to win La Liga in Zidane’s first full season in charge.They were unable to repeat the feat last term and finished 17 points behind Barcelona but domestic disappointment was almost forgotten as Zidane again oversaw success in Europe, with a victory over Liverpool in the final in Kiev.Immensely popular with most of the players, Zidane’s appointment will almost certainly lift morale in the dressing room, following a week in which captain Sergio Ramos has reportedly argued with club president Florentino Perez and been involved in a training ground spat with Marcelo.Gareth Bale was one of the few to suffer during Zidane’s previous spell in charge, with the pair barely on speaking terms in the run-up to the Champions League final. Bale’s future now appears in serious doubt unless their relationship can be quickly repaired.The Welshman might have left last summer had Zidane stayed but instead it was Cristiano Ronaldo that departed and the Frenchman now takes over a team missing the Portugese’s goals and in urgent need of reform.Despite Madrid’s dominance in the Champions League, there is ground to make up in La Liga, where Barcelona are on course to seal their eighth league title in 11 years.Madrid sit 12 points adrift of Barca in the table despite a 4-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Sunday, which proved to be Solari’s final game in charge.Solari was handed a contract until 2021 after overseeing an improvement following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in November.But familiar problems, including a lack of goals and a leaky defence, resurfaced in February as a defeat at home to Girona was quickly followed by losses to Barcelona in the league and cup, and humiliation by Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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FINN VALLEY’S SARAH SETS NEW IRISH JUNIOR RECORD

first_imgFINN VALLEY AC’s Sarah Collins returned an excellent early season 16.20.44 in the USA overnight for 5k which translates as a new Irish junior under 20 record.And it’s also a Qualifying standard for the European junior champs in Rieti in July.“This erases her own and Irish Best of 16.40 from Koblenz in 2012 and is a really encouraging start to the season,” said Valley’s Patsy McGonagle. A scholarship student at Providence she had a most successful cross country season pre Christmas redshirted the college indoor season which is the collegiate term for skipped that aspect of the competition year! FINN VALLEY’S SARAH SETS NEW IRISH JUNIOR RECORD was last modified: April 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FINN VALLEY’S SARAH SETS NEW IRISH JUNIOR RECORDlast_img read more

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