Clarence Seedorf Named New Deportivo Coach

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Former Dutch international midfielder Clarence Seedorf will coach Deportivo La Coruna until the end of the season, the La Liga club said on Monday.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan star replaces Spaniard Cristobal Parralo, who was sacked on Sunday following a 5-0 defeat to Real Sociedad that left the club in the relegation zone.

The 41-year-old Seedorf has only had two previous short and unsuccessful spells as a coach.

He coached AC Milan for 22 matches from January to June 2014 and spent 14 matches at the helm of Shenzhen in the Chinese second division from July to December 2016.

As a powerful and athletic midfielder he enjoyed far greater highs and remains the only player in history to have won the Champions League with three different clubs.

He also won league titles in three different countries.

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Arsenal’s Lucas Perez Returns To Deportivo On Loan

Arsene Wenger during the Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017. Anthony Devlin / AFP

Spanish forward Lucas Perez returned to Deportivo la Coruna on Thursday on a year-long loan deal from Arsenal, Deportivo confirmed.

Perez, 28, joined the Gunners from Deportivo for a reported fee of £17 million ($22 million) a year ago to the day.

“Lucas Perez Martinez will play this season at Deportivo la Coruna on loan without an option to buy,” Deportivo said in a statement.

Perez made just 21 appearances in his solo season in England, scoring seven goals and winning the FA Cup.

However, he remains a local hero in Galicia after scoring 24 goals in 59 appearances for Deportivo between 2014 and 2016.

Perez is just the latest player to leave the Emirates in a frenzied end to the transfer window for Arsenal following Gabriel Paulista, Kieran Gibbs, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

 

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Barcelona Win Second Straight Spanish League Title

Luis-SuarezBarcelona on Saturday won its second straight Spanish league title after defeating Granada 3-0, with a hat trick by Luis Suarez.

The result concluded a five-game winning streak that allowed the Catalan club to finish one point ahead of Real Madrid, which had 90 points from 38 games.

Madrid defeated Deportivo 2-0 in La Coruna with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, but it needed Barcelona to stumble to clinch its first title since 2012.

After the final whistle in Granada, Barcelona players formed a circle near the benches and jumped up and down while chanting “Campeones, Campeones.”

Hundreds of fans from both teams invaded the pitch as players struggled to find their way off the pitch.

Barcelona, which finished with 91 points, has won six of the last eight Spanish league titles, and eight of the last 12. It has 24 trophies in total, eight less than Real Madrid, the league’s most successful club.

Saturday’s win helped Barcelona avoid what would have been a disastrous title loss after it led Madrid by 12 points with nine rounds to go.

The title is a deserved consolation for the club that crashed out of the Champions League in the quarter-final, losing to Atletico Madrid.

Christiano Ronaldo Is Third Top Scorer In Real Madrid’s History

Cronaldohristiano Ronaldo  has scored a total of  290 goals since he started playing in Real Madrid, making him the third top scorer in Real Madrid’s history. Ronaldo has scored in all of the games he has played in the round of 16 stage of the Champions League since the 2011/12 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo began demonstrating his eye for goal since 29 August 2009 against Deportivo, when he got on the score sheet during a 3-2 win in the Santiago Bernabéu. The ease with which the Portuguese man is able to break records means that, in the space of just six years, his name is already being talked about in the same breath as the club’s all-time best players.

Ronaldo kept up his fantastic performance in the Champions League round of 16. Since the 2011/12 season he has scored in all of the matches in this round. In total, that means he has scored in seven successive round of 16 matches.

The run began in 2012 against CSKA Moscow, where Ronaldo scored a goal in a 1-1 game in Russia, and featured again in the return leg by scoring two of the team’s four goals.

Ronaldo was once again decisive in the game against Schalke 04.

A year later, the Portuguese player made a vital contribution in the win against Manchester United in the round of 16.

Ronaldo scored the Whites’ goal in the home leg and got the second goal in the away leg at Old Trafford that sealed through to the next round.

Last season, the Whites had a clear win over Schalke in the round of 16 where Ronaldo scored twice on the night of the 6-1 win and got another brace during the 3-1 win at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The run has continued this year, with the German team once again the opponents. Cristiano has scored five goals against them in three games.

Christiano Ronaldo continues to write his name in the Real Madrid records as he is now the club’s third top scorer of all time. Ronaldo’s header against Schalkebrings the forward’s tally with the Whites to 290 goals, thus equaling Santillana’s record.

The Portuguese star has reached this milestone after 280 games, while the Cantabrian needed 645 matches to do so. The only players ahead of Ronaldo are Raúl (323) and Di Stéfano (308).