9 of the Most Emphatic Drubbings in Big Matches in Recent Football History

Real Madrid’s emphatic 5-1 defeat in last weekend’s El Clasico at the hands of old rivals Barcelona sent shockwaves around Europe as Spanish football’s grandest fixture produced an thumping result which condemned the European champions to a humiliating loss.

Though the sizeable margin between the two was somewhat unforeseen ahead of the match, it was largely reflective of the difficulties bombarding Los Blancos at present, and indeed the final act of Julen Lopetegui’s short-lived spell as Real Madrid manager.

While the result was a story in itself, it also recalled a number of similar thrashings of big sides in big matches from previous years in football memory.

Here is a list of nine of the biggest drubbings in big matches in recent football history.

9. Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid (La Liga, 28/10/2018)

Last Saturday’s El Clasico put Real Madrid’s fall from grace this season firmly into perspective. Coming up against a Barcelona side, minus the injured Lionel Messi. which were far from at the peak of their powers, Los Blancos were simply blown away at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona had endured a somewhat stuttering start of their own to the season, albeit they were still the leaders of La Liga pack, but Real Madrid’s capitulation at the hands of their old rivals was as stunning as any of the subplots which surrounded the two clubs at the time.

Luis Suarez fired a clinical hat-trick which was largely decisive in putting Lopetegui’s men to the sword, while Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal also got in on the riotous act at the Camp Nou.

It was a result which sent Florentino Perez and co. back to the drawing board in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo and post-Zinedine Zidane era, as Julen Lopetegui lost his job just two months into the season.

8. Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona (Champions League, 23/04/2013)

Barcelona have not always been on the right side of a big game thrashing, however. In the 2012-13 season, Tito Vilanova’s side were clear favourites to win the Champions League crown, until they came up against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

The tie over two legs ended with a resounding 7-0 victory on aggregate for Bayern, but it was in the first leg that Jupp Heynckes’ side truly stunned the continent with a 4-0 demolition of La Liga giants at the Allianz Arena.

In Barcelona’s worst defeat in Europe since a 4-0 loss to Dynamo Kiev in 1997, Thomas Muller handed the home side an early lead to thrust the Catalans onto the back foot, before Mario Gomez doubled Bayern’s lead just after half time.

The Bavarian heavyweights went on to compound their surprise superiority over Barcelona as former Chelsea star Arjen Robben added a third, before Muller grabbed his second late on to put the tie virtually beyond the visitor’s considerable reach in the first leg.

7. Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal (Premier League, 08/02/2014)

With the two sides set to do battle at the Emirates this weekend, Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal in the 2013-14 season is one which still lives fondly in the memories of the Kop.

On paper, the two sides appeared relatively well matched. Whilst the fixture typically produces goals in abundance, it is not historically one which is decided by such a considerable margin. With Arsenal top of the Premier League with just three months to go, however, Brendan Rodgers’ side produced a thumping performance against Arsene Wenger’s visitors.

A brace apiece from Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling were added to by a Daniel Sturridge strike as Liverpool ran riot at Anfield, whilst a Mikel Arteta penalty came as a mere consolation for a bamboozled Arsenal side which had been torn to shreds by Liverpool’s pace and power.

6. Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal (Premier League, 29/10/2011)

However limp Arsenal may have been in their Anfield thrashing, Arsene Wenger’s side proved they were more than capable of producing such thunderous performances away to the Premier League’s other big sides with a five goal and five star performance of their own away to Chelsea.

The Gunners arrived at Stamford Bridge in October 2011 on the back of a troubled start to the season which had seen them succumb to some difficult results after losing star players such as Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri that summer.

However, Arsenal proved that they were in no mood to lay down and sink further in a London derby at Stamford Bridge, as a stunning Robin van Persie hat-trick inspired Wenger’s men to a resounding 5-3 victory.

Andre Santos and Theo Walcott were also on target, though the visitors did not have it all their own way, as John Terry had scored to give Andre Villas-Boas’ Chelsea the lead in the game Frank Lampard and Juan Mata had also carried the Blues’ fight in amongst Arsenal’s victory.

5. Man Utd 1-6 Man City (Premier League, 23/10/2011)

Just six days before that dramatic thriller at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League’s two Manchester clubs proved that anything a London derby can offer, a Manchester showdown can match all the way.

Manchester City arrived at Old Trafford amid great intrigue as the ‘noisy neighbours’ grew louder, and all in the country waited to find out whether the blue side of Manchester was finally catching up with the red. City’s response was an emphatic one.

Roberto Mancini’s side blitzed Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United and condemned the Red Devils to their worst home defeat since 1955, as City laid down a real marker by hammering the champions with a 6-1 victory to go five points clear at the top of the table.

After going in just 1-0 up at half time, courtesy of a Mario Balotelli strike, City produced a storming second half display as the Italian added his second. Further goals from Sergio Aguero, David Silva and an Edin Dzeko brace blew the hosts away, with Darren Fletcher’s strike a scant consolation for United. The two sides are set to do battle once more next week.

4. Bayern Munich 6-0 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, 31/03/2018)

Bayern Munich produced a stunning display of complete efficiency as they thumped Borussia Dortmund with a 6-0 triumph in Der Klassiker in March last season.

The emphatic result at the Allianz Arena put the Bavarians just one win away from retaining their Bundesliga crown as Jupp Heynckes’ side stormed towards yet another German title in some style. 

A Robert Lewandowski hat-trick was decisive in putting Bayern’s great rivals to the sword, whilst further efforts from Thomas Muller, James Rodriguez and Franck Ribery added further emphasis to a crushing scoreline, in which Dortmund simply had no reply to Bayern’s all-round dominance.

With 60 percent possession and 17 shots to Dortmund’s nine, the home side simply had too much in their armoury for Peter Stoger’s team to deal with.

3. Juventus 4-0 Milan (Coppa Italia, 09/05/2018)

Two of Italian football’s most illustrious names did battle in a tantalising Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico last season, as an experienced Juventus side – already on course for retaining their Serie A title – faced an exciting young AC Milan side.

Whilst Milan’s vibrant and energetic play saw the Rossoneri take the game to Juventus for large parts, a combination of the Bianconeri’s superior efficiency and a horror show from Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal for Milan, saw Max Allegri’s men storm past the opposition.

Gattuso’s promotion of young stars certainly paid dividends in terms of their ability to play aggressive, pressing football which often forced Allegri’s side back, though the naivety of youth played into the hands of a more experienced Juventus team.

A succession of Donnarumma mistakes and Milan’s failure to capitalise on their greater possession saw Juventus run out resounding 4-0 winners. A brace from defender Medhi Benatia proved decisive, whilst a strike from Douglas Costa and an own goal from Nikola Kalinic sealed the cup for Juve, who went on to secure their fourth consecutive domestic double.

2. Spain 4-0 Italy (Euro 2012, 01/07/2012)

Spain took on Italy in the mouth-watering Euro 2012 final in Kiev which seemed set to be a closely-fought encounter between two elite football nations and two top class teams. What materialised, however, was a thumping result as Spain won the tournament in style.

As the more experienced of the two sides, Italy had been fancied by many to display their winning know-how with success against a more youthful Spain side. That said, a match up between the two previous World Cup winning nations was a tough one to call.

However, as the reigning world champions, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain side took plenty of initiative in proving exactly why the nation’s golden generation was the most powerful force in football, against a strong but aged Italy side under Cesare Prandelli.

Two goals in either half from the Spaniards overcome an Italy side which featured Andrea Pirlo, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon among other illustrious names with some comfort. Strikes from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata thundered Spain to another international triumph.

1. Brazil 1-7 Germany (World Cup, 08/07/2014)

If Spain’s resounding triumph was a benchmark for the kind of statement win required from an international superpower on course to winning a major tournament, Germany raised the bar even higher two years later when they took on Brazil in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Germany arrived in Belo Horizonte looking to cause an upset against a Brazil side bustling with talent on their own soil, and did so in devastating fashion. German efficiency proved decisive as a blitz of goals from Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose, Sami Khedira and a brace apiece for Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle blew the hosts away and out of the tournament with aplomb.

Joachim Low’s side simply had too much for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Samba stars, though Oscar replied with a mere consolation strike just before full time.

This was a drubbing which sent shockwaves around the world of football, the likes of which have not been seen since, as Germany went on to seal World Cup glory in 2014.

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Andre Gomes Reveals He’s Happy at Everton But Remains Coy Over Potential Barcelona Return

?Andre Gomes has said that he is happy at ?Everton but also revealed no decision regarding a permanent transfer from ?Barcelona will be made until the end of the season.

The Portuguese midfielder is on a season long loan at Goodison Park, after making a deadline-day move in August. He was one of three signings that day, joining the Toffees alongside Bernard and Yerry Mina, the latter joining from Barça.

Manchester United v Everton FC - Premier League

Speaking about his future at Everton, Gomes told Sky Sports: “We need to discuss that at the end of the season of course with Everton, with Barcelona and see if Everton are happy with me. That is really important.

“But I’m enjoying it here with my new team-mates, with the fans and with the staff. I’m really happy right now and I want to keep it like that until the end of the season and give my best. Then at the end of the season we will decide.”

Gomes joined the Toffees with a muscle injury, finally making his debut on 21 October in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. He played again in last Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United, and was highly praised for both performances.

Gomes revealed how manager and fellow Portuguese Marco Silva played a key role in his move to Goodison Park.

“Marco [Silva] was really important because he’s the manager. If you feel like the manager trusts you and he wants to help you, you feel good with that.”

Gomes also explained the major role that former Everton captain Phil Neville played in his move, who he had worked with in his time at Valencia.

“Phil [Neville] was also really important because we’ve worked together before. We are really good friends and he played here for many years.

“He was important in understanding the club and knowing how it works here. I was happy to have spoken with both.”

FC Barcelona v Sampdoria: Joan Gamper Trophy

Gomes joined Barcelona from Valencia in July 2016, where he has won La Liga and two Copa del Rey titles. The 25-year-old has also enjoyed international success, winning the European Championship with his native Portugal the same year.

Everton sit ninth in the Premier League, and host Brighton on Saturday afternoon. They then travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea on Remembrance Sunday.

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Bayern, Real Madrid & Liverpool Among Multiple Clubs Accused of Secretly Planning ‘Elite League’

German outlet Der Spiegel have published a report accusing several of Europe’s top clubs of working towards the formation of an elite super league unbeknownst to their national leagues and associations.

It is said that plans to birth said super league came about in 2016 while FIFA was in turmoil. Back then, football’s governing body seemed leaderless, with multiple searches and arrests having taken place, while both FIFA and UEFA heads Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini relinquished their posts amid accusations of corruption.

Football Leaks claim that unearthed documents show that Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City are among 11 clubs looking to be “founders” of the elite European division.

To achieve that goal, some clubs have apparently even been willing to betray the traditional cooperation between the clubs and the national leagues, one which has provided the framework for European football for decades,” ?Spiegel’s report reads.

“Seven of the world’s top clubs have secretly joined forces, all apparently with a single idea in mind: Boredom spells the death of any show, and the only way to combat boredom is to put on an even bigger, glitzier show, the greatest football show on earth. 

“The idea is the creation of a Super League, an elite league of top-level competition reserved exclusively for the top names in European club football. Every game is a top game. That is the secret society’s plan.


“Today, in November 2018, the Super League idea appears to have fresh impetus: According to the draft of a confidential term sheet that Real Madrid received just a few days ago from a consulting firm, 16 top clubs are to sign a document to establish such a league. According to the document, the league would begin operating in the 2021 season. One of the 16 clubs named in the document is FC Bayern Munich.”

The information is said to have stemmed from an email sent by head of Bayern’s legal department Michael Gerlinger to International law firm Cleary Gottlieb on February 3, 2016.

Gerlinger sought to find out whether Bayern could pull out of the Bundesliga and whether such a thing would affect the status of their players in their respective national teams.

SV Roedinghausen v FC Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup

Die Roten, along with the other 10 “founding clubs” – per the document – would register a company in Spain to “market, organise and execute” what would be called a European Super League, an entity under their full control.

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Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona Preview: How to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Defending La Liga champions Barcelona travel to Madrid to face Rayo Vallecano on Saturday with the Catalan giants looking to strengthen their position at the top of the table.

Ernesto Valverde’s side currently sit just one point clear of second placed Alaves in the current standings after a stuttering start to their title defence. A clash with second from bottom Rayo Vallecano represents a must win match for Barcelona.



Cultural Leonesa v FC Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey

The champions took significant steps forward last weekend as they thrashed old rivals ?Real Madrid in El Clasico – though a 5-1 scoreline perhaps reflected the difficult state of affairs facing Los Blancos, even if ?Barcelona were brilliant on the day.

A heavily rotated Barcelona side earned a narrow 1-0 win away to Segunda Division B side Cultural Leonesa in midweek to remind Valverde of the difficulties faced by the Catalans in competing on all fronts this season.


How to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? Saturday 3 November?
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?19:45 (BST)
?Where Is it Played? ?Campo de Futbol de Vallecas
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?Eleven Sports
?Referee?  ?Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez

Team News

Rayo Vallecano manager Michel has a relatively minimal injury list to contend with ahead of Saturday’s hosting of the champions, with only two senior players set to miss out.

Defensive midfielder Gorka Elustondo remains absent with a hamstring injury, while right back Tito continues to nurse a knee injury for the home side.

FC Barcelona v FC Internazionale - UEFA Champions League Group B

Barcelona continue to be without star man Lionel Messi ahead of this weekend’s match, as the Argentine superstar recovers from a fractured arm. ?Messi suffered the injury during the 4-2 win over Sevilla last month but is back in training, alongside Samuel Umtiti.

Though Messi has now returned to training, it is unlikely that he will be ready to be placed straight back into the team. He should miss out alongside centre backs Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen, as well as midfielder Sergi Samper.


Predicted Lineups

Rayo Vallecano Garcia; Advincula, Amat, Galvez, Moreno; Comesana, Embarba, Imbula, Pozo, Kakuta; De Tomas
Barcelona Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Rafinha, Suarez, ?Coutinho

Recent Form

Looking at the table, this game can only go one way. Vallecano have lost three and drawn three of their last six league games, while Barcelona are first in the table and have scored nine goals in their last two games.

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga

Vallecano have scored in each of their last three league fixtures so they’ll have enough up front to trouble the La Liga champions. However, you do fear for Jordi Amat against Luis Suarez.


Head to Head Record

Barca have a healthy advantage in the head to head standings, having won 17 league fixtures. Vallecano have picked four draws and three wins, the last of which came during the 2001/02 season.

During the 2015/16 season, Barcelona scored ten goals in their two fixtures against Vallecano, including one hat trick from Lionel Messi and four strikes from Neymar.

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga


Prediction

Though Barcelona have had a less than consistent start to the season, the champions should be buoyed by the emphatic nature of their Clasico triumph last time out in La Liga.

Second from bottom Vallecano also appear vulnerable to falling prey to the hot goalscoring form of Suarez, with the home side struggling after just one win from their first ten league games this season. 

A goal difference of minus ten also reflects their struggles for efficiency at both ends of the pitch this term.



Cultural Leonesa v FC Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey

Barcelona appear well placed for happy hunting in Madrid this weekend and Ernesto Valverde’s side should earn another comfortable win towards the defence of their La Liga crown.

Prediction: Rayo Vallecano 0-4 Barcelona

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Barcelona Relaxed Over Frenkie de Jong Pursuit Despite Rumoured €70m Bid From Rival Suitor

?Barcelona are reportedly relaxed about their chances of landing Ajax talent Frenkie de Jong at some point in the future, despite the emergence of rumours that a €70m bid from rival club has been submitted for the very highly rated Dutch international.

Barça are far from the only club linked with De Jong in recent months, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham all supposedly tracking the player.

Dutch Eredivisie'Ajax v Feyenoord'

A report from Mundo Deportivo (MD) suggests that the Catalans believe Manchester City to be the club behind the €70m offer, as they are obviously well versed in the workings of City executives Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano.

Yet Barça apparently are not rushing to match the Premier League champions with an offer of their own. MD suggests that is the case because it remains the belief inside Camp Nou that de Jong himself is in no rush to decide his future and leave Amsterdam.

And so while City have supposedly put an offer on the table, what de Jong wants is currently something different. Barça won’t therefore hurry themselves into action when they know that the player won’t be going anywhere until he feels he is ready.

As MD puts it, the situation is very much in the player’s hands.

What’s more, the Catalan newspaper also claims that when de Jong does change his mind and look to move on from Ajax, Barça are ‘confident’ that he will still choose them over other suitors. The example given is the chance of playing with Lionel Messi for a few years before he retires.

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