Friday, November 25, 2005

Luxemburgo has the support of Madrid's board

Real Madrid said on Thursday there was "no suggestion of Luxemburgo's dismissal" after a board meeting, which was held a day after fans protested during its home Champions League game with Lyon.

"The board has shown its backing to the brazilian coach and full confidence in the first-team squad," the club said.

The board meeting was scheduled before Madrid's 3-0 home defeat against rival FC Barcelona last weekend and not as a response to the team's current difficulties.

Club president Florentino Perez was reported to have discussed Luxemburgo's future with him immediately after the 1-1 draw with Lyon. This led to suggestions that the Brazilian would be fired if Madrid loses its next league game at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Supporters jeered Luxemburgo when he replaced David Beckham with Michel Salgado in the 79th minute of Wednesday's game at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Beck and Ronaldo may miss game against R. Sociedad

Brazilian Ronaldo Nazario and english David Beckham are both doubtful for Real Madrid's league match against Real Sociedad on Sunday. The fear is confirmed since they missed training on Friday.

Ronaldo was unable to participate in the session because of continued problems with his left ankle.

Midfielder Beckham received treatment for the back pain that led to his substitution in the 1-1 Champions League draw against Olympique Lyon on Wednesday.

A final decision on the availability of both players will be made on Saturday morning, the Primera Liga club said.

Real have been plagued by injury problems this season and club captain Raul is out of action for at least four months after sustaining a serious knee injury during his side's 3-0 defeat at home to Barcelona.

Real are in fourth place in the Primera Liga, four points adrift of arch-rivals Barcelona.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Raul Gonzalez seriously injured

Spanish striker and Madrid's cap. Raul Gonzalez has a serious injury in his left knee. This happened in the match against Barcelona and could have Raul out of the squad for three months. Doctors hope he can walk again this week.

This is really his most serious injury in his career. Raul is suffering from a tear in his external meniscus and a partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament, as well as damage to his knee cap.

Sports daily Marca said Raul could be out for three months, possibly even missing next year's World Cup in Germany, and that he is yet to decide whether to have surgery.

Madrid has other injury concerns with Ronaldo (left ankle), Jonathan Woodgate (left leg) and Thomas Gravesen (right knee).

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 3-0

Real Madrid was affected by injuries that decreased the performance of the team. In the other hand, Samuel Eto´o and Ronaldinho (with two goals) showed a great level and won the Classic in favour of Barcelona. Zidane and Ronaldo recent recoveries cost them dearly against a rival who saw the Madrid fans applauding the actions of Ronaldinho. Also, Raúl was replaced by Guti in the second half due to an injury in his right knee.

Ronaldinho Gaucho gave football classes and scored two goals, as Samuel Eto'o made another one at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. With this result Barcelona moved into first place on goal difference over Osasuna, which played a 0-0 draw at Getafe, after 12 of 38 games. Real Madrid is four points off the lead in third place. Now Madrid has to prepare to face Olympique de Lyon for the Champions.