Gareth Bale required fewer than two minutes to rocket home a header and put Real Madrid up against Real Sociedad in Los Blancos‘ La Liga season opener. Bale would also score with the last kick of the game to bookend a comfortable 3-0 away victory for the 2015-16 Champions League winners. The Welshman continued his case for the 2016 Ballon d’Or following an impressive run at Euro 2016 over the summer, after a strong conclusion to the 2015-16 season. By the end of the 2015-16 season, Bale played as the central attacking figure for Zinedine Zidane’s revitalized Real Madrid.
DeAndre Yedlin needed just a short time in England to complete a somewhat dubious feat: those to play for both Northeast rivals Sunderland and Newcastle United. Yedlin, who turned 23 last month, is reportedly off to St. James Park on what could be more than a loan deal. The Shields Gazette’s Miles Starforth said it’s “likely” his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur would be a permanent move. Oddly enough, it was a Yedlin cross that sealed Newcastle’s fate as relegated to the Championship last Spring. The 39-times-capped USMNT defender made 25 appearances for the Black Cats, and was very effective in the stretch run. He signed a four-year deal with Spurs, joining the club in Jan. 2015. Yedlin had
The newly-named EFL Cup has already had one round of action but now the 13 Premier League teams arrive in the midweek knockout competition between all 92 of England’s professional teams. With 21 games on Tuesday and four on Wednesday we will see PL clubs go up against minnows from the lower leagues as managers shuffle their lineup and give squad players a game. [ LIVE: Follow League Cup scores here ] Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton all enter at this stage with Antonio Conte‘s Blues hosting League One Bristol Rovers, Jurgen Klopp‘s boys heading to Championship side Burton Albion and Everton hosting League Two Yeovil Town. There are so many potential banana skins for PL clubs playing away from