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Real Madrid reveal latest footage from their £500m redevelopment of the Santiago Bernabeu

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Real Madrid have released stunning new footage of work on their £500million redevelopment of the Santiago Bernabeu.

The LaLiga giants began remodelling the Bernabeu – which has been their home for 73 years – earlier this year and have already transformed its appearance after installing a new fixed and retractable roof.  

A giant metal structure consisting of two trusses or fastened beams that run from east to west have been erected as part of the roof construction and will rest on the two new towers on the Castellana. 

Real Madrid are installing a new retractable roof as part of redevelopment of the Bernabeu

Real Madrid are installing a new retractable roof as part of redevelopment of the Bernabeu

Real Madrid are installing a new retractable roof as part of redevelopment of the Bernabeu

Madrid's 73-year-old home will have a new-look from the sky when the roof is closed

Madrid's 73-year-old home will have a new-look from the sky when the roof is closed

Madrid’s 73-year-old home will have a new-look from the sky when the roof is closed

New footage released by Madrid on their Twitter page showed the long process of constructing their breathtaking new retractable roof.  

Real Madrid are currently playing all their home games at the Alfredo Di Stéfano – where their reserve side play – while the huge renovation project continues.

The Bernabeu will also get a revamped facade to modernize its appearance and have a 360-degree video screen and a new seating section.

Plans to refurbish private boxes are also well underway.

Work was initially due to be done over the off-season, but those plans were altered because of the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic.

The club released footage showing the process of constructing the new retractable roof

The club released footage showing the process of constructing the new retractable roof

A giant metal structure consisting of two trusses or fastened beams that run from east to west have been erected as part of the roof construction

A giant metal structure consisting of two trusses or fastened beams that run from east to west have been erected as part of the roof construction

The club released footage showing the process of constructing the new retractable roof

The £500m redevelopment project is not expected to be completed until October 2022

The £500m redevelopment project is not expected to be completed until October 2022

The £500m redevelopment project is not expected to be completed until October 2022

The full redevelopment is not expected to be completed for another 18-24 months with an original completion date set for October 2022.      

‘We are facing one of the great projects of the future for Real Madrid, and, of course, it will be also for the city of Madrid,’ club president Florentino Pérez said back in April when the plans were unveiled.

‘The new Santiago Bernabeu stadium will entail an important improvement for the club, but also for its surroundings.

‘The new stadium will allow us to keep growing. It will allow Real Madrid to remain competitive in an increasingly difficult scenario in international football.’

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Bristol City 0-0 Watford: Cathcart spurns best chance as in-form rivals share the spoils

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Bristol City missed the chance to keep pace with the Championship top two as they were forced to settle for a point at home to a blunt Watford side.

The result left both sides unbeaten in four league outings, but neither will look back at this contest with any great satisfaction on an evening where poor finishing and snatched chances set the tone.

It was the visitors who enjoyed the better of the first half, dominating possession and wasting the better off the openings. Ismaila Sarr failed to find the target when well placed on the right-hand side of the area, but it was less conventional source that was guilty of squandering their best chance.

Watford striker Troy Deeney collides with Bristol City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley

Watford striker Troy Deeney collides with Bristol City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley

Watford striker Troy Deeney collides with Bristol City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley



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Up from the back for a set piece, captain Craig Cathcart could somehow only divert the ball into the side-netting after James Garner’s free-kick ricocheted its way to the back post.

They started the second half brightly, too. Only a last-ditch challenge by Taylor Moore denied Sarr after a long ball from the Watford backline caught out Tommy Rowe.

Bristol City were finding chances few and far between. Presented, then, with their best opportunity after 52 minutes, you felt they might regret Famara Diedhiou’s inability to connect with Antoine Semenyo’s low centre after 52 minutes – the Senegal forward missing his cue after nimble work down the left by his team-mate.

Semenyo decided to take matters into his own hands on the hour mark, when he danced past right-back Jeremy Ngakia and attempted to steer the ball into the far corner from inside the six-yard box, but his curled effort rolled agonisingly wide.

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr (left) and Bristol City defender Taylor Moore battle for the ball

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr (left) and Bristol City defender Taylor Moore battle for the ball

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr (left) and Bristol City defender Taylor Moore battle for the ball

In a bid to break the deadlock, Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic through on his trusted Plan B in the form of Troy Deeney in the 67th minute.

The 32-year-old provided the Hornets with a focal point that saw them dominate the final stages – and create the best chance, too.

That fell to Domingos Quina, but the midfielder was denied by the fingertips of Dan Bentley after Sarr’s cross had been knocked invitingly into his path.

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Michael Owen claims Liverpool’s display in Atalanta loss was ‘a really really poor performance’

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Michael Owen criticised Liverpool‘s performance in their shock Champions League loss to Atalanta on Wednesday – but admitted they should look at the positives in the defeat.

The Reds were humbled 2-0 at Anfield by the Serie A side thanks to second-half goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens, with Jurgen Klopp‘s side failing to registera shot on target in the 90 minutes. 

It was Liverpool’s first home defeat in a 90-minute game since they were knocked out the League Cup by Chelsea in 2018 and ex-Reds striker Owen urged his former side to put the disappointing display behind them. 

A much-changed Liverpool side were beaten 2-0 at home by Atalanta on Wednesday night

A much-changed Liverpool side were beaten 2-0 at home by Atalanta on Wednesday night

A much-changed Liverpool side were beaten 2-0 at home by Atalanta on Wednesday night

Michael Owen (above) claimed it was the worst he'd seen Liverpool play in a very long time

Michael Owen (above) claimed it was the worst he'd seen Liverpool play in a very long time

Michael Owen (above) claimed it was the worst he’d seen Liverpool play in a very long time 

Owen told BT Sport: ‘It was a really really poor performance, the worst we’ve seen from Liverpool in a long time. It’s one of those where you go, “let’s put this to one side and focus on the next one.”

‘You always must look at the positives. If you are going to have a bad day, you should have it today. 

‘If you said at the start of the group, you need one win from the last two games, then Liverpool would have taken it. If you are going to lose one then this is not a bad one. It is not ideal but it’s better than (losing) on Sunday.’

Klopp’s Premier League champions had the chance to seal progression to the Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare tonight but the loss has blown the qualification race wide open. 

Defeat means Liverpool need just one more victory in their final two group games – at home to Ajax and away to FC Midtjylland – to reach the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition. 

Goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens (above) gave the Italian side victory at Anfield

Goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens (above) gave the Italian side victory at Anfield

Goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens (above) gave the Italian side victory at Anfield 

Klopp's side now need one win from their final two group games to reach the knockout stages

Klopp's side now need one win from their final two group games to reach the knockout stages

Klopp’s side now need one win from their final two group games to reach the knockout stages

With Liverpool facing matches every three days between now and Christmas, manager Klopp opted to make several changes to his line-up on Wednesday night, leaving the likes of Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota on the bench. 

Neco Williams, Rhys Williams and Kostas Tsimikas all played in defence while there was also a start for Divock Origi up front alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. 

The mass changes to the Reds line-up appears to have backfired, with fellow BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand hoping Klopp does not end up regretting the tinkering.  

Reds manager Klopp (left) made several changes to his line-up due to the busy schedule

Reds manager Klopp (left) made several changes to his line-up due to the busy schedule

Reds manager Klopp (left) made several changes to his line-up due to the busy schedule 

Ferdinand claimed: ‘I just hope they don’t live to regret this with the way he (Klopp) flipped the team selection. 

‘He was in a position to do that but in hindsight, which you love to have, he will look at it differently. Ajax are a tough team, they have to get a result (next week). 

‘They didn’t seem at it. A lot of new faces coming into the team who are inexperienced. It’s a great education for them, sometimes you learn more when you don’t win and you analyse yourself as a whole. 

Rio Ferdinand claims Klopp may regret making so many changes for the Champions League tie

Rio Ferdinand claims Klopp may regret making so many changes for the Champions League tie

Rio Ferdinand claims Klopp may regret making so many changes for the Champions League tie

‘Klopp won’t read too much into this performances – he’s got big players to come back in. (They should) get over the game and get over the moment.’ 

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch added: ‘There wasn’t much urgency, the levels went down slightly. You looked at Salah and Mane and they weren’t in the game. 

‘Credit should go to Atalanta, they stopped them from playing. (Papu) Gomez and Ilicic were the two best players on the pitch tonight.’ 

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Diego Maradona dead – England stars pay tribute to World Cup nemesis and one of all-time greats as he dies at 60

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DIEGO Maradona was shaking the Hand of God last night as the football world mourned one of its greatest.

Argentina’s World Cup-winning skipper, 60, died of a heart attack at home weeks after brain surgery.

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Diego Maradona died of a heart attack aged 60

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Diego Maradona died of a heart attack aged 60Credit: Getty
The football legend will forever be remembered for his Hand of God goal in 1986

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The football legend will forever be remembered for his Hand of God goal in 1986Credit: PA:Press Association
Gary Lineker was among his ex-England rivals to lead the tributes

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Gary Lineker was among his ex-England rivals to lead the tributesCredit: Getty
Paul Gascoigne, who played against Maradona in Italy, said 'it’s such sad news for everyone in sport'

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Paul Gascoigne, who played against Maradona in Italy, said ‘it’s such sad news for everyone in sport’Credit: Empics
Fans got a glimpse of what might have been when Kevin Keegan swapped tops with Maradona in 1980

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Fans got a glimpse of what might have been when Kevin Keegan swapped tops with Maradona in 1980Credit: Getty

He became a hate figure for his Hand of God goal in 1986 but will be remembered as one of the greatest to play the game.

Former England star Gary Mabbutt said Maradona would have been a favourite in a Three Lions shirt.

Fans got a tantalising glimpse of what might have been when Maradona, then 19, swapped tops with Kevin Keegan after a 3-1 England win at Wembley in 1980.

Mabbutt, 59, told The Sun: “He was one of the greatest of all time.

“When Argentina won the World Cup with him as captain in 1986… it’s impossible to do it single-handedly but he was just exemplary.

“He would have been an asset to the English side.”

Mabbutt was once Maradona’s teammate in a benefit match for Argentina and Spurs hero Ossie Ardiles, and said: “He was incredible. Even in the dressing room, the tricks he was doing . . his ability in the game was greatly admired.”

Last night Argentine president Alberto Fernandez posted a photo of him embracing Maradona, 60, and said: “You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all.

“Thank you Diego. We’re going to miss you forever.”

Maradona died just weeks after undergoing brain surgery

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Maradona died just weeks after undergoing brain surgeryCredit: AFP or licensors
He suffered a long battle with his health, forcing him to make numerous trips to hospital in recent months

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He suffered a long battle with his health, forcing him to make numerous trips to hospital in recent monthsCredit: EPA
He was taken ill at the home of his former wife Claudia Villafañe

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He was taken ill at the home of his former wife Claudia VillafañeCredit: Getty

The midfield genius was taken ill at the home of one of his two daughters and former wife Claudia in Tigre, just north of the capital Buenos Aires.

Maradona went back to bed after breakfast, having told his nephew Johnny Esposito: “I don’t feel well.” They were to be his final words.

A nurse at the property raised the alarm after discovering he had suffered a suspected heart attack.

But he was already beyond hope when medics arrived.

His death has sparked three days of mourning with a huge funeral likely next week.

A brilliant No10 who starred for Napoli, Barcelona and Argentina in the ’80s and ’90s, Maradona was famed for his mazy dribbling.

In the 1986 World Cup quarter- final he punched the ball past England goalie Peter Shilton.

The foul was missed by match officials and a goal awarded in the days well before VAR.

Minutes later, with England fans cursing his cheating, he dribbled 60 yards to net a second, later voted goal of the century.

In the 1986 World Cup quarter-final he famously punched the ball past Peter Shilton

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In the 1986 World Cup quarter-final he famously punched the ball past Peter ShiltonCredit: Getty
That year, Argentina won the World Cup with him as captain

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That year, Argentina won the World Cup with him as captainCredit: AFP – Getty
He won 91 caps for Argentina, scored 34 goals and played in four World Cups

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He won 91 caps for Argentina, scored 34 goals and played in four World CupsCredit: Getty

But Maradona’s career was also blighted by drink and cocaine abuse which triggered wild behaviour and serious health problems.

Gary Lineker, 59, who scored for England in the 1-2 Hand of God defeat, tweeted: “By some distance the best player of my generation, arguably the greatest of all time.

“After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God.”

Paul Gascoigne, who played against Maradona in Italy, said: “It’s such sad news for everyone in sport. What a talent.”

Former foe Shilton said this summer: “He may have been the greatest player ever but I didn’t respect him one bit.

After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God.

Gary Lineker

“Especially because he never apologised faor cheating. He felt that he didn’t have to apologise, so that was that.

“It is sad that despite winning 125 caps for England, that moment is what I am most remembered for.”

Maradona was pictured with his surgeon Dr Leopoldo Luque when he left hospital on November 11 — eight days after being admitted with a blood clot on the brain.

The ailing legend, overweight and a sad shadow of the swaggering star of his heyday, still attracted crowds of fans as was driven from the private Olivos Clinic.

Nine ambulances rushed him to the gated family residence so the star could recuperate amid Argentina’s Covid lockdown.

Ace’s ‘sorry’ for the goal

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I SHOOK the Hand of God in January 2008 in an extraordinary interview in which he apologised for the infamous goal.

Speaking through a translator, Maradona told me of his life, football and drugs battle.

On the Hand of God goal he said: “If I could apologise and go back and change history I would do. But the goal is still a goal. Argentina became world champions and I was the best player in the world. I cannot change history.”

He said he had contemplated suicide due to his battles with cocaine.

Maradona presented a national team to Argentina’s Pope Francis in 2014

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Maradona presented a national team to Argentina’s Pope Francis in 2014Credit: AP:Associated Press
Brazil legend Pele said 'I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend'

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Brazil legend Pele said ‘I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend’Credit: Reuters
Gary Mabbutt said Maradona would have been a favourite in a Three Lions shirt

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Gary Mabbutt said Maradona would have been a favourite in a Three Lions shirtCredit: AFP – Getty
Lionel Messi said it was 'a very sad day for all Argentines and football'

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Lionel Messi said it was ‘a very sad day for all Argentines and football’Credit: AP:Associated Press
Usain Bolt posted a tribute online, writing 'RIP to legend Maradona'

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Usain Bolt posted a tribute online, writing ‘RIP to legend Maradona’

Lawyer Matias Morlahas had said Maradona would continue to receive treatment for alcohol dependency following his hospital release.

The star was still coach of Argenitina’s Gimnasia y Esgrima club despite a string of recent hospital admissions.

He claimed to have kicked his cocaine addiction which dogged his glory days in the 1980s and almost killed him in 2000.

He was also famed for his partying and womanising.

He had a secret love child Diego Jnr while at Napoli who he refused to acknowledge until 2003 — the year before his divorce from long-suffering wife Claudia Villafañe.

His weight ballooned after he stopped playing thanks to his wild lifestyle forcing him to have a gastric bypass operation to lose weight in 2005.

He was later hospitalised for alcohol-induced hepatitis and collapsed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia — where he was seen making manic obscene gestures on TV.

A video also emerged of him drinking tequila on a plane, and in which he laughed he “drank all the wine” ahead of Argentina’s win over Nigeria.

But it was the diminutive, left-footed star’s silky skills and mesmeric talent for which he was best remembered.

He was the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice — first with a £5million move to Barcelona, then a £6.9million to move to Napoli.

Fans took to the streets to pay their respects to the sporting icon

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Fans took to the streets to pay their respects to the sporting iconCredit: Getty
In one of his final interviews, Maradona said 'I am eternally grateful to the people, every day they surprise me'

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In one of his final interviews, Maradona said ‘I am eternally grateful to the people, every day they surprise me’Credit: AP:Associated Press

He also played for Spanish club Sevilla plus Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors and Newell’s Old Boys in his homeland.

His greatest silverware hauls came with Napoli and Barcelona, which were preceded by chaotic exits.

He won 91 caps for Argentina, scored 34 goals and played in four World Cups, captaining his side to a 1986 final triumph over West Germany in Mexico.

Soccer gave me everything I have, more than I ever imagined.

Diego Maradona

He also played in the 1990 final won by the Germans.

On his 60th birthday on October 30, Maradona spoke of his concern that fans would continue to love and support him.

He said: “I am eternally grateful to the people. Every day they surprise me, what I experienced in this return to Argentine football I will never forget.

“I was out for a long time and sometimes one wonders if people will still love me, if they will continue to feel the same.”

The icon also rued his addictions which robbed him of the chance to be an even better player.

He said: “Soccer gave me everything I have, more than I ever imagined and if I hadn’t had that addiction, I could have played a lot more. But that is past, I am fine and what I regret the most is not having my parents.”

Maradona told how he missed his late mum Dalma, and of his hope that she was still looking down on him with pride.

The Sun says

CHEAT? Genius? Maradona was certainly both in that infamous 1986 World Cup tie.

But he should mainly be remembered as the latter — a staggering, if flawed, talent who inspired millions of kids.

We have to hand you that, Diego.

He said: “I always make that wish, one more day with my mother but I know that from heaven she is proud of me and that she was very happy.’’

Maradona’s brother-in-law died of Covid and his sister battled the virus.

Asked what his ideal 60th birthday present would be in his final interview he said: “My wish is that this pandemic passes as soon as possible and that my Argentina can move forward.”

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