The Spaniard signs a new deal with Real Madrid, with a ‘Glorious’ release clause

If sources in Spain are to be believed, Friday beings some good news for Real Madrid fans.

That news? Well AS are reporting that Isco – the man with the silk feet who for so long a transfer target of other clubs – has signed a new deal with the La Liga champions.

AS say it is a four-year deal with the option of extending it by another season

That’s all good but there is another very, very interesting detail in the story. Isco’s buy-out clause has been set at €700m. Yeah, seriously.

Madrid – and presumably lots of other clubs are running scared after what happened with Barcelona and PSG. Indeed, AS add: “There are no players in Madrid’s first-team squad with a clause below 500m … And in Castilla [Real’s ‘B’ team], there are now players with clauses of 300m.”

Wow. Just wow


The biggest question for Real Madrid ? THE FORWARDS

There is only one man (I should say boy) in the discussion here. Yep, you guessed it right. It’s Kylian Mbappé

The very young French lad, who’s been hot since his glorious performance in the UEFA champions league last season is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment and nothing would please Pérez more than to land the latest brightest young star in the footballing galaxy. Benzema is the certain number one at the moment — it says something that his former back-ups, Gonzalo Higuaín and Álvaro Morata, are now two of the most expensive strikers of all time.

Morata’s departure certainly leaves a hole but Ronaldo and Bale can both operate in more traditional striking roles, if required. However, Mbappé’s elite goalscoring instincts and creativity would add a whole other dimension to the Madrid attack. Over to you, Florentino.

Business remaining:
The excellent business conducted on Morata means that Madrid now definitely have the funds to sign Mbappé and stay within the bounds of Financial Fair Play. The Galacticos are reportedly agreed a fee of €145 million for the Monaco’s golden boy. Let’s wait and see where he’ll land after the opening of the transfer window

They will do everything they can to tempt the young Frenchman to the Bernabéu but in the event that they are unsuccessful, Madrid will still probably have to sign another striker to cover for Benzema

Why rejoining under Ancelotti will be James’s Renaissance

When James Rodriguez became the latest Galactico to join the star-studded ranks at Real Madrid in July 2014 it was obvious what part of the puzzle he provided for Carlo Ancelotti.

It says everything about James’ quality that a team that had finally achieved their “La Decima” dream by winning the Champions League saw it necessary to fork out €71million to Monaco for his signature.

You don’t have to ponder for long to realise why Madrid made the decision.

James had just taken the football world by storm at the World Cup, winning the Golden Boot award with six goals including a volley against Uruguay that will forever be among the pantheon of great goals at football’s most prestigious tournament.

He did so after spending a solitary season at Monaco in which he scored nine goals and provided a further 12 assists.

Perhaps just as important for Madrid were the devilish good looks and an award-winning smile. Put simply, James was a marketing dream for one of the world’s most globally lucrative clubs.

And in Ancelotti, James had the perfect coach to utilise his talents. 


Ce sont les meilleures équipes

Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
The main event

Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

Une grande réunion
Eine grosse sportliche Veranstaltung
The main event

Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

Ils sont les meilleurs
Sie sind die Besten
These are the champions

Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

Workout: The Sweet Pain

When you start a workout session​ or a new physical activity, you do it for three reasons-  1. Your fitness, 2. Your strength, 3. Your confidence. We see a vision of a new powerful and swifter us. We go to gymnasium or any other field of activity in which we want. We start with confidence and excitement because we’re doing ​something new and motivating. At the very first day, we bang that workout session with our adrenaline and power. But what happens after we finish ? Our muscles tear down and body starts to hurt. The pain is unbearable and we can’t even do anything about it. We don’t want to stop our workout but our body tells us not to do it. We often think that we’ve hurted ourselves by overdoing or doing it with the wrong technique. Well in truth, this pain is good. This hurting in a span of 2-3 days are called DMS (Delayed Muscle Soreness) which makes our muscle more stronger. We feel the pain because some microscopic holes in our muscles are made by increase the amount of intensity of our physical activity which helps us endure more intensity and amount of work in the coming days. In one sentence, THE PAIN IS A SWEET PAIN. We can’t treat DMS fully but we can decrease their intensity of Soreness by warming down out and doing various streches of the part affected.

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown

DMS: The Sit-ups

Any time you try a new exercise that your body is not adjusted to, you can expect some muscle soreness. After your workout, pain may be triggered by certain movements or by bodily functions such as sneezing or coughing. Most of these pains are common and short-lived, but some may be symptoms of a larger problem. Learn ways to avoid soreness and which symptoms signal a need for medical attention.


Delayed Muscle Soreness, or DMS is the pain you experience in your muscles after an intense workout. This soreness is not a sign of being “out of shape,” but an indicator that you have increased the intensity of your exercise routine, lengthened the time you spent working out or performed movements that are unfamiliar to you. Usually, pain sets in the day after your workout and starts to diminish within three days. You will notice pain when you use the same muscles that were overused during exercise. So, contracting your abdominal muscles while coughing might cause you pain after sit-ups if that exercise is new to you, or if your body is not accustomed to doing the regular sit-ups that made you sore.


Slightly more serious than DMS is a muscle strain resulting from abdominal muscles being stretched or torn from vigorous movements such as sit-ups. They are classified as first, second or third degree strains, with third involving complete muscle tear; the more severe a strain, the greater the medical risks. Third degree strains in abdominal muscles may allow intestinal tissue to protrude through, causing a hernia. Athletic training, including sit-ups, is a likely culprit for abdominal strains if you are overweight or out of shape. Such a strain would result in pain when you cough, sneeze or otherwise use your abs.


Several treatments may provide temporary relief from pain, but will not shorten the duration of delayed muscle soreness. Stretching may help to alleviate some discomfort from your abdominal muscles. Lie on your stomach and lift your upper body while tightening your bottom. Hold this stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Lie on your back and let your bent right leg drop across your body while you twist your upper torso to the right. Hold this for 15 to 30 seconds and switch to the left. For minor strains, apply ice for 20 minutes several times throughout the day. If your strain seems more severe or you suspect hernia, seek medical attention, as surgery may be required for full recovery. Press a pillow on your abdominal wall when you feel the need to cough and avoid twisting, jarring movements until you have healed.


Fortunately, delayed muscle soreness should not be a problem once your body has adapted to doing the regular sit-ups. To avoid unnecessary pain, increase your workout duration and intensity gradually, allowing your body to catch up with the additional stress of new or more demanding movements. Even with strains, your doctor will likely encourage you to continue exercising, using pain as your gauge to decide how much your body can handle

How sports build your self-esteem​

Rooting for teams is reflective of a primitive tribal impulse that we all have inside of us that wants our group, our geographic tribe, to prevail,” Wiener explains. “So when local sports teams win, there’s plenty of evidence that people actually feel better about themselves. They wear that apparel with pride and glow a little bit.” Research also suggests that having an allegiance to a team in a community setting results in a sense of belonging and can be beneficial to emotional health.”We know that social support is a health benefit, and when you root for a team you instantly have a way to connect with people and share information about yourself and your opinions in a safe way,” adds Wiener. “It’s a really important way in which people in society can communicate and can get to know each other, and therefore stay more connected to each other and boost your self-image.”