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• Madrid have won 99 UEFA Champions League games, group stage to final, scoring 348 goals and conceding 194.
• Madrid won all six of their home games in the competition last season.
• Fifteen Madrid players were on senior duty during the international break: Iker Casillas, Raúl Albiol, Álvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso (Spain), Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira (Germany), Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Fabio Coentrão (Portugal), Karim Benzema (France), Luka Modrić (Croatia), Gonzalo Higuaín, Ángel Di María (Argentina) and Marcelo (Brazil).
• After helping Spain to UEFA EURO 2012 glory in July, Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos and Alonso helped La Roja begin their FIFA World Cup defence with a 1-0 qualifying win in Georgia on 11 September.
• Özil scored twice as Germany opened their qualifying campaign with a 3-0 home win against the Faroe Islands on 7 September and was on target from the penalty spot four days later in a 2-1 triumph in Austria.
• Ronaldo scored his 37th international goal in Portugal's 2-1 defeat of Luxembourg.
• Higuaín and Di María struck as Argentina beat Paraguay 3-1 in qualifying on 7 September, with Higuaín on target again four days later in a 1-1 draw away to Peru.
Luka Modrić (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Michael Essien (Chelsea FC, loan)
Lassana Diarra (FC Anzhi Makhachkala)
Hamit Altıntop (Galatasaray AŞ)
Fernando Gago (Valencia CF)
Sergio Canales (Valencia CF)
Nuri Şahin (Liverpool FC, loan)
Pedro León (Getafe CF, loan)
• Madrid lifted the Spanish Super Cup on 29 August with an away-goals victory over FC Barcelona. José Mourinho's side lost the away leg 3-2 but won the return 2-1.
• Liga champions with a record 100 points and 121 goals last term, Madrid endured their worst start to a campaign for 11 years when they failed to win their first two matches against Valencia CF and Getafe CF.
• Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi finished runners-up to Andrés Iniesta in the voting for the 2011/12 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, which was presented in Monaco on 30 August.
• Di María extended his contract until June 2018 on 9 August.
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• City failed to reach the knockout stages last season despite picking up ten points in the group stage, matching the record for highest points haul without advancing. SV Werder Bremen (2006/07), Olympiacos FC, FC Dynamo Kyiv (2004/05) and PSV Eindhoven (2003/04) all suffered an identical fate.
• Ten City players were involved for their countries during the international break: Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, James Milner (England), Aleksandar Kolarov, Matija Nastasić (Serbia), David Silva (Spain), Vincent Kompany (Belgium), Gaël Clichy (France), Edin Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Costel Pantilimon (Romania).
• Milner scored his first international goal as England opened their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a 5-0 defeat of Moldova on 7 September.
• Kolarov got off the mark himself with a powerful free-kick during Serbia's 6-1 qualifying triumph over Wales on 11 September, before crossing for Zoran Tošić to score the second goal.
• Džeko helped Bosnia and Herzegovina match their biggest margin of victory with a second-half hat-trick in an 8-1 success against Liechtenstein. He struck again four days later as they beat Latvia 4-1 and is now the nation's 25-goal leading all-time scorer.
Jack Rodwell (Everton FC)
Scott Sinclair (Swansea City AFC)
Richard Wright (Preston North End FC)
Matija Nastasić (ACF Fiorentina)
Javi García (SL Benfica)
Maicon (FC Internazionale Milano)
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Vladimír Weiss (Pescara Calcio)
Adam Johnson (Sunderland AFC)
Nigel de Jong (AC Milan)
Stefan Savić (ACF Fiorentina)
Owen Hargreaves (released)
Wayne Bridge (Brighton and Hove Albion FC, loan)
Roque Santa Cruz (Málaga CF, loan)
Dedryck Boyata (FC Twente, loan)
• The Premier League champions defeated FA Cup holders Chelsea FC 3-2 in the FA Community Shield on 12 August.
• Kompany signed a new six-year contract on 26 July.
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