The news is in short supply this Sunday morning. And honestly, I prefer it that way because we've got real, live, actual football about to take place.
- In case you missed it, Marca reported that Radamel Falcao was offered by AS Monaco to Real Madrid. Lucas covered it here for you earlier today. Reportedly, the tax safe haven that Monaco was going to be for some "ambitious" players who signed there this summer was all for naught, and Falcao has not taken that realization very well.
- Iker Casillas will be between the sticks to start this 2013/14 La Liga season, Marca reports. This is not official, however, but Marca writes that the Real Madrid captain has gotten the nod ahead of Diego López...for now.
- Tonight will be Cristiano Ronaldo's 200th match in the Real Madrid white. 201 goals in 199 matches so far ain't too shabby, as they say in my part of the world. Here's to bagging another one (or four) tonight, CR7!
- Sergio Ramos is no longer a blondie:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Concentrated for the match against Betis. Lunch and then rest. Back to the previous look. Lets go..!! <a href="http://t.co/eZq9qzE4LX">pic.twitter.com/eZq9qzE4LX</a></p>— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) <a href="https://twitter.com/SergioRamos/statuses/369057598080692226">August 18, 2013</a></blockquote>
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But enough with the small talk. We'll be underway in just under five hours! Good luck Real Madrid and have fun watching our boys start the season, Madridistas!
<h4>More from Managing Madrid:</h4>
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