Sunday, December 31, 2006

Beckham might choose among 15 new clubs

It's not really a surprise that 15 clubs have already been in contact with David Beckham's agent despite the British midfielder's claim he won't be leaving Real Madrid when his contract finishes this January.

In fact, we have heard that Real Madrid will accept a From low fee for the English superstar as soon as the transfer window opens tomorrow.

What's more, the club's president Ramon Calderon last night said: "After the conversations we have had in the last months, Beckham already has our offer for a new contract on the table. Now he msut make up his mind.

"I admit that all of us would like to see him continue at our club and extend his contract."

Indeed, we know that Beckham has been offered a two-year deal on his current terms — but that means his image rights would remain at 50 per cent, according to the paper. But if he opts to leave Madrid, he could sign the biggest signing-on fee in football history — as much as £10m — at his new team.

The popular footballer has been favored to land in the USA, where he already has interests in the Los Angeles Major League Soccer club, The Galaxy.

As we know, the jersey Nº23 is kicking off the new year in Japan where he will participate in three separate events to promote a cellular phones he endorses. Good for him and his wallet.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Gago is not going to Real Madrid

Everybody in Real Madrid is calm. They are not worried that Argentine player Fernando Gago is not coming to Madrid anymore.

As we know, Boca Juniors president, Macri, flew back to Buenos Aries without a deal after 72 hours of heavy negotiations with Real directors, including Pedja Mijatovic and Franco Baldini.

"In fact, the operation was not closed," said Macri at Madrid airport. "It was the most difficult negotiations I have seen. Madrid surprised me with their stubbornness. I read before coming here that the fee wouldn't be a problem for them - but it was."

A high-ranking Real official, meanwhile, told a newspaper today: "We are not going to be in a hurry since the term to sign Gago doesn't end until the 31st of January. Macri has had the bad luck of losing the championship and knows the player must leave. But Madrid is not going to pay more than what he is worth."

We must consider that Real won't go higher than £12 million for Gago, while Macri is now demanding £16 million - having been talked down from an original £20 million.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Del Bosque praises Capello's work

Former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque has praised Fabio Capello for the impact he has made since his arrival at the club.

"I think Real Madrid needed a change and the doubt that surrounded the club has now been lifted," said the former Real coach. "Capello doesn't have to worry about the style of his team. He has united his footballer with a determination to win games and he is achieving that.

"It is really important to understand this."

Del Bosque also said: "To sign Gago will be a great achievement. He is like Fernando Redondo, though when he arrived in Madrid he was a man.

"However, I believe they have missed an opportunity in not bringing up to the first team Javi Garcia and Ruben De la Red."

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Raul was the key of victory in Mestalla

Real Madrid is still steady in their chase of Barcelona. The "merengues" got a crucial 1-0 victory over Valencia at the Mestalla on Sunday.

Captain and striker Raul Gonzalez fired home in the second-half as Real moved to within three points of champions Barca after inflicting a first home defeat of the season on out-of-form Valencia.

It's important to mention that Valencia, who were beaten 3-0 by Sevilla last weekend, remain in eighth position, 11 points behind the leaders.

Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello was also without suspended midfielder Guti, while Cicinho, Ronaldo and David Beckham were all sidelined with injuries.

It was the home team that started brightest and Villa blasted wide from the edge of the penalty area in the sixth minute.

Despite that, Real Madrid came close to breaking the deadlock soon after when Raul headed over the crossbar after Robinho's cross.

Valencia front man Miguel Angulo also headed over the target after David Silva's corner, before the home side suffered a setback when the injured Villa had to be replaced by Vicente in the 16th minute.

Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy then came close to giving his side the lead when his powerful effort from inside the penalty area was saved by Valencia keeper Santiago Canizares.

And in the 24th minute Robinho blasted a strong shot at Canizares, before Silva's excellent long-range drive was tipped around the post by Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Valencia's Joaquin blasted a free-kick over the crossbar in the 28th minute, the final decent opportunity of a disappointing first half.

And seven minutes after the interval Real took the lead when Raul coolly fired home after Roberto Carlos' cross was pulled back across the centre of the penalty area.

The home squad continued to push forward in search of an equaliser and substitute Vicente should have done better when his long-range effort flew over the crossbar.

Real substitute Ruben De la Red then had a shot blocked by defender Luis Miguel, before Angulo missed another glorious option to secure a point for Valencia in the dying stages when he fired over from close range with the goal at his mercy.

It's important to mention that Valencia now travel to Recreativo Huelva, while Real, who have won three successive league matches, will face Athletic Bilbao next weekend.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Roberto Carlos speaks about moving away

Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos has been in the club for almost ten years, and he is expecting a pay-hike as he seeks new contract talks.

The Brazilian star has denied reports he's already agreed terms over a new deal at Real and admitted: "It is not that I feel mistreated. But I want to reach the numbers that I was offered by Fenerbahce and Chelsea.

"I think that I am young for football. I can play until I'm 40. I want to play for five years more. To speak with Pedja without knowing what it is happening is difficult. I can help Marcelo grow, but I want the club to listen to the things that are going through my mind.

"In fact, it is not money question, that would be crazy. The problem is where I want to play. I want to win two or three titles more with Real Madrid."

Monday, November 13, 2006

Super van Nistelrooy scores four goals

It was a really good game for Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Dutch frontman struck four times as Real Madrid defeated Osasuna four-one at the Reyno de Navarra Stadium in Pamplona to maintain their challenge at the top of Spanish "Liga" on Sunday.

Indeed, the former Manchester United player scored three before half-time and rounded off a superb display with a fourth near the end to take his total to eight goals from 10 Primera League encounters.

We must consider that this was his second hat-trick of the season, the other was against Levante in another four-one away victory in September.

"Yes, I have scored four once before, two years ago in the Champions League against Sparta Prague," said van Nistelrooy.

"But I think that today was a unique day, because from four or five chances I scored four goals and that is really hard.

"All the opportunities came to me and I was able to take advantage. These things don't happen often. It was incredible."

Monday, November 06, 2006

Celta steal a victory in Madrid

It wans't a good day for Capello's players. Real Madrid's first team was defeated at home for the first time this season on Sunday, losing 2-1 to Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabau Stadium. Meanwhile, Barcelona were held to a one-all draw by Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish League on Saturday.

According to the reports, Celta Vigo opened the scoring , with their first attack of the game. Fabio Cannobio made a run into the Real half, and timed his pass perfectly to Brazilian player Nene, who scored his third goal of the season.

In fact, the lead only lasted seven minutes, when Emerson headed in Raul's corner, and the Brazilian refused to celebrate as a protest against being whistled by the Real Madrid supporters earlier in the match.

It's important to mention that Celta could have retaken the lead 13 minutes into the second half, Fernando Baiano set up Nene, whose shot beat Real keeper Iker Casillas but hit the crossbar.

The visitors scored the winning goal nine minutes from full-time, Angel set up Jorge Larena, and the midfielder shot past Casillas to score the 2-1.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Real Madrid defeated Steaua Bucharest 1-0

Real Madrid accomplished one of the most important objectives: qualify for the next stage of the Champions League. But somehow, the slight victory over Steaua Bucharest doesn't make the fans smile.

Maybe it's fair to say that there was a touch of farce about the evening as van Nistelrooy fired a penalty kick miles over the bar then tried to blame the pitch, and Helguera somehow contrived to send the ball over the bar from no more than two yards out after a superb ball in from the right by-line supplied by Guti. There was also a really weird dive by Robinho that should make him feel a bit ashamed when he sees the TV replay despite his protests.

And then there was the goal. From nowhere, and with the home side looking unlikely to achieve a breakthrough, the ball fell to Steaua player, Banel Nicolita, in space just outside the penalty area. Without looking up, and with the goalkeeper moving to his left away from goal, Nicolita slotted the ball into the bottom right corner as the keeper lost his footing and fell to his knees.

The encounter saw the return of british midfielder David Beckham, who had a decent second half after coming on as substitute, showing no signs of the injury problems that kept him out of the squad for last weekend's trip to Tarragona, while there was also a return to action for Ronaldo, who looked a bit not in shape.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Real Madrid goes for the victory in Europe

Good times in the Champions League. Real Madrid have a greta chance to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League when they face Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday despite a shaky start to their European campaign under new coach Fabio Capello.

Indeed, Madrid suffered a 2-0 defeat at Olympique Lyon in their opening match in Group E but won emphatically against Dynamo Kiev and Steaua.

Another victory against the Romanians will put them through to the knockout stage as long as Dynamo, who have yet to earn a point, do not beat runaway leaders Lyon.

Capello's team may not have been playing the sort of fluent, flowing football their fans demand but they have developed a more gritty, pragmatic style under the Italian coach and are getting the results.

They netted nine goals against Dynamo and Steaua, beat Barca 2-0 in the league two weeks ago and are now just two points behind their arch-rivals.

We must remember that the team have conceded four goals in eight league games and the team are growing in confidence according to Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos.

“It's obvious that Capello has brought with him a different, more modern mentality,” Roberto Carlos expressed. “We are no longer the team that passes the ball slowly round the pitch. We are more direct and we know what we have to do.”

Friday, October 20, 2006

Teams are getting ready for the "Clásico"

Real Madrid is getting ready to face one of the most important derbies in the football world: the match against FC Barcelona. And the players in both side know it wont be easy to get the victory.

We must remember that in the last clash between the two rivals, Ronaldinho was applauded off the field by the Bernabeu crowd, scoring two spectacular goals and delivering a performance to savour.

So, we must consider that it was the first time since a young Diego Maradona ran rings around the Real Madrid back line in 1983 that the Madrid crowd had given a standing ovation to any Barcelona player, such is the deep-running rivalry between the two powerful teams.

But this year, the Ronaldinho's form has been strangely inconsistent. Just when it looked like he was back to his best, starring in Barcelona's 3-1 home victory over a high-quality Sevilla side, he vanished again in the azulgrana's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek.

"I haven't changed one bit," he replied. "People are looking for something, but all this talk doesn't annoy me, because I'll continue being the same person".

The injury to Samuel Eto'o has deprived Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard of his first choice striker for five months, and Real Madrid captain Raul has identified this as a "crucial" loss ahead of Sunday's clash.

"He's a great striker and it's a shame that he has injured himself. His goals and his movement have been very important," Raul admitted.

In fact, Real Madrid were hit on Friday afternoon by the news that striker Ronaldo will miss the game through suspension, after the Spanish FA refused to overturn the red card he received in last weekend's 1-0 loss to Getafe.

However, midfielders David Beckham and Guti should both be available after recovering from knee injuries, along with wingers Robinho and Reyes. The latter two will compete for a space on the left wing, while Ruud van Nistelrooy will be the frontman.

In the other hand, Barcelona captain Carles Puyol should recover from muscle pains in time to take his place alongside Rafael Marquez in the centre of defence, while Frank Rijkaard must decide whether to recall midfielder Andres Iniesta after leaving him out in favour of Xavi during the week.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Mijatovic thinks that Real Madrid is favorite against Barcelona

Real Madrid sports chief and former player Pedja Mijatovic says that Barcelona "not as strong" as previous seasons ahead of Sunday's big showdown.

"In these matches there are no favorites," said Mijatovic. "I have played in derbies when the team which had the better sport situation ended up losing. It is a really special game and form doesn't count for anything.

"In fact, our mental state, the desire and the good result in the Champions League are reason enough for us to say 'we can beat them'.

"They surely are not as strong as the last two years. However, this is something normal. To maintain that rate for three or four years is impossible.

"In addition, they have won important titles and that always relaxes you just a little bit, even if the player says it doesn't. I'm sure that we arrive at this derby with more advantages than they.

"We arrive with more hunger. The defeat last year hurt us a lot. I believe that right now we are in better form than them" he said.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The taste of victory in the Champions League

Despite some bad results this season, Real Madrid players believe their 4-1 away Champions League victory against Steaua Bucharest proves they are still a force in Europe.

In fact, the nine-time European champions produced an irresistible display on Tuesday against the Romanians and remain on course for qualification for the next stage.

“We showed that when we want to we can play as a team,” Roberto Carlos admitted. “We showed personality and enthusiasm and were able to pressure our opponents. Those were things that were missing before.”

The Italian coach Fabio Capello said that the win had served to erase the painful memories of the 1-0 Getafe defeat on Saturday.

“This time we saw a squad with quality and spirit out there and that is what counts,” said Capello. “Well, now I’m happy.

“I expressed we had to forget the performance against Getafe because we can’t play like that ever again. Instead we saw a Real Madrid that played with pace and skill. I was pleased with the football we played because it isn’t easy to come here and get the triumph by such a margin.”

Defender Sergio Ramos scored for Real from a 10th minute corner and Raul made it 2-0 in the 34th minute from a rebound after the Steaua goalkeeper deflected a strike from Ruud van Nistelrooy.

It's imortant to notice that a really fast counter-attack put Robinho in an ideal position to score from a tight angle 11 minutes into the second half.

That's why Valentin Badea pulled one back for the home side with a close range effort 25 minutes from time; however Van Nistelrooy slammed the door with a superb lob 14 minutes from the end.

“I think it was a complete change from the Getafe game,” said Real keeper Iker Casillas. “After such a terrible display we moved on and played a great encounter just three days later. We won and took a great stride forward in the Champions League.”. These words prove that the players are in the right way.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Capello announces possible new player for his squad

Despite some good results in the most recent games, it seems like some people of Real Madrid want to find a new star for the team. Maybe that's why coach Fabio Capello said they will enter the winter market looking for a player who calls his attention.

"We must be clear about this, if we found some good players in the winter market, we will move to make a signing," said the Italian boss. "If not, then no.

He continue to make his point: "Now that we have time, we are going to see if we can do something. This club is very demanding, but those who pay and go to the matches, to see the most important club in the world, have the right to demand."

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Real Madrid will use Ronaldo in game against Atletico de Madrid

It is a really good anouncemente for the fans of Real Madrid. Italian coach Fabio Capello has named Ronaldo in the team for Sunday's derby against Atletico Madrid.

In fact, the Brazilian striker trained well on Friday, and was seen running very comfortably with the ball.

But we must make clear that Ronaldo is still not completely match-fit, and is unlikely to play any more than 10-15 minutes, and even that only if Real need to throw everything into attack.

The other surprise selection has been that of Ivan Helguera, who finally finds favour, albeit due to a minor injury picked up by Pavon.

Finally, the squad to face Atletico Madrid is this one:

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Diego Lopez;

Defenders: Roberto Carlos, Sergio Ramos, Meji­a, Cannavaro, Helguera, Raul Bravo;

Midfielders: Emerson, Diarra, Guti, Beckham, Reyes;

Strikers: Robinho, Raul, Cassano, Ronaldo, Van Nistelrooy.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Real Madrid demolished Levante 4-1

He is new in town, but that's not a problem for him. Ruud van Nistelrooy grabbed a hat-trick and helped Real Madrid won 4-1 at Levante last night.

In fact, the former Manchester United player got off the mark in the 17th minute and scored another early in the second half after a neat set-up from David Beckham.

We must mention that Van Nistelrooy looked to have missed his chance of a third when goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero saved his penalty after the Dutchman had been brought down for a soft penalty in the 85th minute, but made up for that mistake with a classy lob in the very last minute.

It's fair to mention that Levante ended with nine men after French defender Frederic Dehu was sent off in the 29th minute for a scything foul on Van Nistelrooy and player Diego Camacho followed him after conceding the penalty.

For the records, Antonio Cassano scored Real's other goal. Jose Antonio Reyes, on loan from Arsenal in a swap with Julio Baptista, appeared at the start of the second half in place of captain Raul Gonzalez Blanco.

And Reyes played a part in Van Nistelrooy's second goal by crossing for Beckham to provide the Dutchman with a cushioned headed pass. "It's been a good day, a very important win," van Nistelrooy admitted.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Van Nistelrooy: Real Madrid will be my last club

New striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has assured that Real Madrid will be his last club.

Indeed, the Dutchman, who signed for Real over the summer from Manchester United, told a local newspaper: "I will retire here.

"Every day I attempt to be a better player. I want to win the Champions League and many trophies. You know, this is a completely new challenge.

"I have won four trophies with Manchester United, but I want more and Madrid has given me this chance. I feel like a kid of 20 years of age. At this moment, Madrid is the best thing that has happened to me in my career."

What's more, on coach Fabio Capello, Van Nistelrooy said: "My first impression of him is very good. He is a clear and direct man. He does not say: 'Perhaps yes, or perhaps not'. He knows what he wants and that is really good."

Asked about his former United teammate David Beckham, Van Nistelrooy expressed: "People see him as a star, like somebody from another world. But if they saw him in his normal life, they would realize he's like everyone else. It would be nice for fans to know him like that. It hurts that you're sometimes known only by your image.

"I think that on the field we have a special connection. You could see this against Villarreal. I know his movements and he knows mine. It is good to have someone like him who can pass to you. That's great football."

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Pablo Garcia moved to Celta Vigo

It's time to look for new oportunities. Real Madrid have allowed Uruguay midfielder Pablo Garcia to join UEFA Cup contenders Celta Vigo on loan this season, the nine-times European champions announced on their official Web site on Tuesday.

According to the source, Garcia, 29, left Osasuna for Madrid for an estimated 4.5 million euros ($5.77 million) in July 2005, the same time as Real signed fellow countryman Carlos Diogo from River Plate.

It's important to remember that Diogo was loaned to Real Zaragoza last week.

Garcia played 22 league matches for Real but was deemed surplus to requirements by new coach Fabio Capello following the arrival of Emerson and Mahamadou Diarra.

In fact, Real are trying to off-load a number of fringe players before Thursday's transfer deadline.

We can say that Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen is expected to join Celtic, Jonathan Woodgate has said he will spend the season on loan at an English Premier League club and fellow centre defender Ivan Helguera has been linked with a move to Valencia.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Goalkeeper surprise

It might sound incredible, but coach Fabio Capello is seriously thinking about dumping Iker Casillas for backup goalkeeper Diego Lopez on Wednesday for the Bernabeu Trophy clash with Anderlecht.

And maybe it is beacause Capello has been impressed by Lopez in preseason training and favours the larger-framed youngster over Casillas.

According to spanish media, Real staff are concerned with Casillas' approach in training. The Spain No1 has reportedly become more introverted, serious and coaching staff are worried about his confidence going into the new season.

In fact, if Lopez passes his test on Wednesday night, Capello will seriously consider going with him in the Liga proper - though he does have concerns with the goalkeeper's lack of experience.

Diarra is now a Real Madrid's player

This is no doubt the most important moment of his career. Mali football player Mahamadou Diarra will join Real Madrid with a five-year contract from French champions Olympique Lyon. The transfer will be official after the Spanish club agreed personal terms with the midfielder.

Real Madrid expressed on Sunday that the 25-year-old would be presented in the next few days after passing a medical with the club.

"As we already said, he was the signing our coach (Fabio Capello) had asked for because he considered him to be essential and so we are delighted that we are able to grant him his wish," Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon explained.

Obviously, neither club disclosed fee details. However, Spanish media say the nine-times European champions have agreed to pay Lyon some 26 million euros ($33.37 million), making Diarra the most expensive close-season signing in the Primera Liga.

In fact, Lyon were originally reported to have asked for over 35 million euros for the Mali international but Calderon said they had settled for much less.

Diarra is the fourth incorporation to join Real since Calderon was elected president last month and brings the club's total close-season spending to over 60 million euros in new players.

We must remember that Real Madrid have also signed Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, Brazil midfielder Emerson from Juventus and Dutch forward Ruud van Nistelrooy from Manchester United. Now the Spanish team has a really good squad.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Gravesen and Diogo are dismissed for the tour

It was a surprise, even for the players. Midfielder Thomas Gravesen and defender Carlos Diogo head the list of players expected to leave Real Madrid after they were left out of the team for the club's tour of the United States.

We must notice that Denmark international Gravesen joined Real from Everton in January 2005 and was hailed as the solution to the club's problems ball-winning problems in midfield.

However, the combative 30-year-old has struggled to adapt to the less physical approach favoured in La Liga and has also had several run-ins with his team mates for his aggressive attitude in training sessions.

As we know, new coach Fabio Capello's decision to recruit Brazil midfielder Emerson from his former club Juventus has meant that that the Danish is now viewed as surplus to requirements.

It's important to mention that several English clubs are interested in bringing the midfielder back to the Premier League.

Right back Diogo joined Real from River Plate last July, but with competition from Michel Salgado and the subsequent arrival of Brazilian player Cicinho he was unable to earn himself a place in the starting line-up.

Also Real's new signings Fabio Cannavaro, Emerson and Ruud van Nistelrooy have all been included in the 24-strong squad for the US tour, but Brazil striker Ronaldo and midfielder Guti will remain in Madrid to continue their recovery from important injury.

Finally, we must say that Real Madrid play MLS side DC United on Wednesday in Seattle and meet Real Salt Lake three days after that game.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Beckham welcomes Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Two old friend meet in the Bernabeu. English midfielder David Beckham is delighted to have his former Manchester United teammate, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, now at Real Madrid.

"We spoke often before he moved here," revealed the popular "Spice boy". "He asked me about the organisation and told him Real Madrid was the best club in the world."

It's important to say that the England international is serving as Van Nistelrooy's interpreter, but says: "His Spanish is already better than mine! It's easier for the Dutch.

David Beckham noticed the importance of his game, and he thinks Ruud will help the other players like Ronaldo or Raul to find more spaces: "When we played together we only needed to glance at eachother for me to find him with the ball. I know he's going to score so many goals for Real and I will supply him."

Monday, July 24, 2006

Cannavaro joins Real Madrid and passes medical test

He is a defender but his arrival is impressive and looks like the answer to all the demands in Madrid. Fabio Cannavaro just signed for Real Madrid and passed a medical exam on Monday.

Indeed, Italy's World Cup-winning captain is due to be introduced at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday, the club announced on its website.

"I want to express that playing for Real Madrid is a dream come true. I'm going to work hard to win a championship," said Cannavaro. "I feel that it is very gratifying to join such a renowned club after winning the World Cup."

We must remember that the 32-year-old is just one of many Juventus players leaving after the club was demoted to Serie B in the Italian match-fixing scandal.

What's more, on Friday, FC Barcelona signed defenders Gianluca Zambrotta and Lilian Thuram from Juventus.

Madrid brand new coach Fabio Capello left Juventus earlier this month and indicated he wanted to sign Cannavaro and Brazil midfielder Emerson.

Madrid president Ramon Calderon recently announced four new players would be presented this week. The club has expressed interest in Emerson, Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and AC Milan midfielder Kaka.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Ramon Calderon is the new President of the Club

The result is official. Former director Ramon Calderon is the new president of Real Madrid. It was announced on Monday, the day after claiming a narrow victory in the election campaign.

In one of the most important things of his speech, the 55-year-old lawyer promised a bright future for the club, saying that he would construct a winning project led by Italian coach Fabio Capello and sporting director former Real player Predrag Mijatovic.

"I want to represent all the supporters and excite them by putting together the best possible team," Calderon told to a TV channel.

He also announced that Capello, who led Real to the league title in 1997, had gone to Turin to rescind his contract with italian Juventus and would be presented as the club's coach later in the week.

"He will have absolutely no problem leaving Juventus because he has a series of clauses in his contract that allow him to leave and Real Madrid will not have to pay anything to bring him to our club."

It's important to mention that during the election campaign Calderon also said he would sign Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea winger Arjen Robben and that he was close to bringing AC Milan's Brazil midfielder Kaka to the institution.

Calderon wanted to make sure that in football not all the plans come true: "We have to be cautious, but I hope that all three players will come here. Others will also come. We also need to decide which players will be leaving the club....The future of Real Madrid will be glorious."

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Arsene Wenger offered by President candidate

According to reporters, one of the candidates to become president of Real Madrid claims he has approached Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger to take the white team.

Indeed, Juan Miguel Villar Mir will find out if he will replace Florentino Perez on July 2 when the Spanish club's members cast their votes for a new president.

As we know, Juventus boss Fabio Capello has also been linked with a move to the Spanish capital if Villar Mir takes charge.

Villar Mir expressed: "We have opened negotiations with Wenger and Fabio Capello, two excellent managers. We want to bring the best one here."

But it seems unilkely Wenger will join Real as he has always dismissed speculation by pointing out that he has a contract until 2008.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Lopez Caro says he's sorry

In an honest statement, Juan Ramon Lopez Caro has apologised to Real Madrid supporters for failing to live up to the club's high standards during his spell in charge at the club.

In fact, Lopez Caro was on Thursday named as the new manager of Racing Santander after Real decided not to keep him on as boss beyond the end of the season.

As we know, he had been handed the reins of Los Merengues on a provisional basis in December following the sacking of Wanderley Luxemburgo and guided the Spanish team to a top-two finish in the Primera Liga.

But Real were unable to stop rivals FC Barcelona from claiming a second successive league title and had put in some soporific performances at the back end of the season.

"I want to apologise to everyone who confided in me, because I didn't perform up to par," he expressed.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Roberto Carlos says Chelsea wants him

Brazilian player Roberto Carlos is training with Brazil, but he has some club-related thoughts running in his head. The player admitted that he had received an offer from English club Chelsea and would give them an answer before the World Cup opening match. The defender is seriously thinking about taking the three-year contract he has been offered.

“I have received a three-year offer from Chelsea and I will make a decision before the World Cup,” Roberto Carlos warned, speaking at Brazil's training camp. “It is not about money, but of winning titles. Unfortunately, Real Madrid have not won anything for three years,” he finished.

We must mention that Roberto Carlos still has a year remaining on his contract with Real Madrid.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Sainz will be candidate for Real Madrid's President

In a surprising move, former world rally champion Carlos Sainz has joined forces with Juan Miguel Villar Mir to take part in Real Madrid's club president election. They made the announcement on Saturday.

As we know, construction magnate Villar Mir would take up the president's post if the bid was successful while Sainz would become vice-president.

The election on 2 July was called after Fernando Martin was ousted as president in April after only two months.

"We would like to confirm that after a number of meetings in the last few days, we have decided to unite our two candidatures," Villar Mir and Sainz said in a joint statement.

Other potential candidates include former president Lorenzo Sanz, leading Spanish businessman Juan Palacios, dissident director Ramon Calderon and lawyer and economist Arturo Baldasano who lost heavily to former president Florentino Perez in the 2004 election.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Zidane says good bye in 3-3 draw with Villarreal

Zinedine Zidane played for the last time wearing the Real Madrid jersey in the 3-3 game with Villarreal. His team reached the second place in the Spanish League.

Two goals from Baptista either side of a header from Zidane on his last home appearance with Madrid secured a point after Diego Forlan had threatened to upstage the Frenchman with two goals to put Villarreal in front.

In fact, Real Madrid took the lead after 23 minutes when Raul headed Robinho’s cross into the path of Baptista, who let fly with a scorching volley.

As everybody expected, Villarreal were soon back in contention when Juan Roman Riquelme’s corner was nudged into his own goal by Real defender Alvaro Mejia in the 31st minute.

Forlan burst down the right eight minutes later and fired across keeper Iker Casillas into the far corner to put the visitors in front.

Zidane equalised in the 67th minute, pulling wide at the far post to fire David Beckham’s cross with a looping header back across the goal.

With five minutes left Villarreal broke and Javi Venta's goal-bound shot was stopped by Sergio Ramos using his hands. The Real defender was sent off and Forlan made no mistake from the penalty spot.

However, they only held the lead for two minutes before Baptista rose to head home Beckham's free kick.

Real Madrid have 70 points with one match left to play, 12 short of champions Barcelona, who beat city rivals Espanyol 2-0 in the Nou Camp on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Madrid beat Malaga

Real Madrid had a bad performance but got a victory over Malaga. Sergio Ramos scored to save his team with a 2-1 win in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

A penalty kick shot by Zidane and a last-gasp header from Sergio Ramos helped Real come back from a Ricardo Souza Bovio first half goal.

Having achieved just one win in their previous seven league games Real needed a victory to maintain their challenge for second place and direct ticket for next season's Champions League.

We must mention that with only four matches left in the Spanish league, Real remain third, two points adrift of Valencia who won away to the Athletic Bilbao and one point clear of Osasuna.

The good news are that David Beckham returned to the starting line-up playing in his customary position on the right flank with Guti back from suspension in the centre of midfield and Antonio Cassano as the lone forward replacing the injured Ronaldo.

In the other hand, Malaga, who have never won in the Bernabeu, are now all but relegated lying 10 points adrift of salvation and with just twelve points left to play for.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Real Madrid got a 1-1 draw

Brazilian star Ronaldo scored his 100th goal. However Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with lowly Real Sociedad on Saturday virtually snuffed out its hopes of getting this season's title.

Indeed, Real Sociedad equalized through Mark Gonzalez in the 62nd to leave Madrid 10 points adrift of Barcelona.

Barcelona now needs just nine points from its remaining seven games to ensure it retains its title.

Real Madrid, which last won a major trophy in 2003, was replaced in second position by Valencia, which defeated Celta Vigo 1-0 on the back of Miguel Angel Angulo's goal.

Spanish player Jose Maria "Guti'' Gutierrez added to Madrid's difficulties in the 86th minute by insulting the referee and earning a red card.

"I admit we didn't expect this match. We had been making good progress in terms of our play, discipline and attitude,'' Madrid coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro was quoted as saying.

Following discussions with Madrid president Fernando Martin after the encounter, Lopez Caro canceled an arrangement for the players to have two and half days off this week.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Real Madrid - Barcelona: The revenge

In one of the most expected games of football, Real Madrid will visit Barcelona looking for revenge at the Camp Nou. All the players are positive about getting a victory.

Real Madrid can regain some lost pride tomorrow night. They were 4-0 winners against Deportivo La Coruna last weekend, are keen to remain in second place, and know that Barca have their minds on next week's Champions League return with Benfica (0-0 after the first leg in Portugal).

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas says that "this is the revenge match for us because that 3-0 defeat hurt us because of the way it damaged our image and our fans".

Barcelona lead Real by 11 points in the Primera Liga with eight games left.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Not good enough yet

Brazilian striker Ronaldo recovered from a lack of shot power, and scored goal that saved Real Madrid from defeat against Real Zaragoza. However, they dropped to the third place in the Primera División after Osasuna completed a 2-0 victory against Real Sociedad.

If there is a player that likes to score against Madrid, that's Diego Milito. The striker who hit four goals past Madrid in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final last month, was on target one more time to give Zaragoza the lead three minutes after the break. Ronaldo got his side their fourth consecutive draw with an equaliser in added time but Osasuna took full advantage, overcoming relegation-threatened Real Sociedad 2-0 thanks to goals at the start and end of the game from Iñaki Muñoz and Francisco Puñal, the latter by a penalty shot.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Real Madrid and Valencia tied without goals

Real Madrid only got a 0-0 draw at Valencia in the Spanish Primera Liga. Ronaldo spurned a golden opportunity to give his team the victory when he missed a last-minute penalty.

The Brazilian striker was dropped to the bench by Real coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, and earned the spot-kick after he was fouled by Santiago Canizares but the Valencia goalkeeper atoned for his mistake when he saved Ronaldo's low shot on Saturday.

``Things aren't going well at the moment but I can only get out of this situation with enthusiasm and hard work,'' the forward said after the game.

Real Madird coach Lopez Caro made the surprise decision to leave Ronaldo on the bench after his failure to find the net as Real slipped out of the Champions League in the first knockout round on Wednesday following a 0-0 draw against Arsenal at Highbury.

He also left out forwards Antonio Cassano and Robinho, selecting instead to play Raul and Julio Baptista up front.

However, the changes failed to add more spark to the Real attack and scoring chances were scarce in the first half as the sides battled hard in midfield and got plenty of men behind the ball.

The first clear opportunity did not come until just before the break when Valencia striker David Villa had a goal-bound free kick tipped over the bar by Iker Casillas.

Ronaldo substituted Raul just after the hour, although it was his strike partner Baptista who almost opened the scoring a few minutes later.

The Brazilian looked certain to find the net when he got his head to a Zinedine Zidane cross but Canizares produced a great reflex save to scoop the ball off the line.

Cassano and Robinho added new life to the Real front line when they too were thrown into the mix in the final 15 minutes.

In the end of the match, Ronaldo was felled by Canizares as he burst towards goal but was then denied his 11th goal of the season when the Valencia custodian went the right way to save his spot kick.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Florentino Perez resigned as president of Real Madrid

In a surprising announcement, Florentino Perez resigned as president of Real Madrid on Monday, and left the club after spending millions to assemble a star-laden roster that has been unable to claim a major title in nearly three years.

The decision came a day after Real Madrid was defeated by Mallorca 2-1, leaving the club in third place in the Spanish league, 10 points behind front-runner and arch rival Barcelona.

Perez told reporters that the board had accepted his resignation _ effective immediately _ and that it had unanimously appointed Fernando Martin Alvarez as his successor.

"The institution needed a change. We're not in the best shape,'' Perez admitted, who took over as president in July 2000. "We had tried changing coaches several times and that didn't seem to work, so the only other option left was for me to leave.''

Besides the loss at Mallorca, Madrid was beaten 1-0 at home on Wednesday by Arsenal in the European Champions League.

"I have spent some of the most intense and best years of my life as president of the club,'' Perez said.

Perez said that during his presidency Madrid had become the richest club in the world and had become master of its own destiny, but had failed to secure the success on the field that the fans expected.

"This change can propel the club forward for the rest of this season and into the future,'' Perez said.

In fact, Perez, who is also president of construction giant ACS, took charge of the powerhouse after winning a poll of club members.

Is important to know that he set out to make the club a global brand, spending euro415.3 million (US$492 million) on 17 new players, including a record euro75.1 million (US$89 million) to acquire French midfielder Zinedine Zidane from Juventus in 2001.

Initially using cash from the sale of the club's training ground on prime real estate to the Madrid city government, Perez also acquired players such as England's David Beckham, Portugal's Luis Figo and Brazil's Ronaldo, earning the collection of superstars the title of "Los Galacticos''.

Inded, the strategy resulted in increased financial success based on exploitation of Madrid's huge marketing potential around the world, especially in Asia and the Far East.

We can say that the powerhouse recently replaced Manchester United as the world's richest soccer club according to an independent report released by accounting firm Deloitte.

Madrid increased its revenue by 17 percent to euro275.7 million (US$327 million) for the 2004-05 season.

Madrid enjoyed initial on the field success under Perez, winning a record ninth European Champions Cup in 2002 and the Spanish league titles in 2001 and 2003 _ the latter for a record 29th time.

However, the team's performance declined following Perez's surprise decision a day after winning the 2003 title to sack Vicente del Bosque, the coach who had led the team to its most recent triumphs.

The next season, Beckham's first, Madrid failed to win a trophy for the first time in Perez's presidency and lost a club-record five straight to end the year.

However, Perez still secured a landslide re-election as club president in 2004, pledging to turn Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium into "the world's best.''

The centerpiece of his project was to refurbish the 80,000-seat venue with a steel-and-glass sliding roof, which would be in place by 2008. A new training ground also was inaugurated east of the city, near Madrid's international airport.

Is good to mention that the star-studded team's slump has continued unabated ever since, with Madrid unable to win a major trophy despite the appointment of six coaches in three years: Vicente del Bosque, Carlos Queiroz, Jose Antonio Camacho, Mariano Garcia Remon, Vanderlei Luxemburgo and Juan Ramon Lopez Caro.

Madrid's discomfort has been aggravated by the resurgence of FC Barcelona, which won last year's league crown and appears headed to repeating.

Fans repeatedly have displayed their annoyance at their squad and at its coaches, although Perez largely escaped their frustration.

For the record, The last president to resign was Ramon Mendoza, who quit in 1995.

Mallorca beated Real Madrid 2-1

Real Madrid's chance to take back La Liga's second place spot came and went on Sunday, as the club lost an important game against 16th place Mallorca, 2-1.

Altouhg they scored early in the first half, Real Madrid allowed the equalizer on a penalty kick, and conceded the game-winning goal in the 80th minute.

Madrid has 48 points through 25 matches and trails second place Valencia by just two points. A win would have bumped the team into second place, however, Sunday's loss keeps Real at third with only a slight lead for third place.

Midfielder Thomas Gravesen scored first in the 23rd minute to give Real the early lead. Mallorca's Leonardo Pisculichi scored the equalizer on a penalty kick in the 53rd to make it a brand new game.

With ten minutes until the final whistle, Juan Arango scored Mallorca's second goal, the game-winner to take the 2-1 win at home.

This victory is Mallorca's sixth La Liga victory.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Arsenal's great victory over Real Madrid

Thierry Henry scored in Arsenal's 1-0 upset victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, while AC Milan ended Bayern Munich's 15-clash winning streak at home with a 1-1 draw.

Europe's top club competition resumed after a 2-1/2 month break this week with the first leg of the opening knock-out round. In other clashes on Tuesday, defending champion Liverpool lost 1-0 to Benfica and Lyon won 1-0 against PSV Eindhoven.

In fact, Arsenal travelled to Madrid with a youthful defence, without the experienced Dennis Bergkamp and low on confidence after its poor recent record. But it had three opportunities to score in the opening 10 minutes — Jose Antonio Reyes, Fredrik Ljungberg and Henry all going close.

It's important to notice that Henry scored in the 47th minute, eluding four defenders to net past Madrid keeper Iker Casillas. It was the first time an English club won at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu scenario.

``For a really long time, I didn't see an Arsenal squad like that,'' Henry noticed. ``We were brilliant defensively, but more importantly we were not scared to play.''

In fact, Real Madrid had two English players — David Beckham and Jonathan Woodgate — starting against Arsenal. Woodgate just lasted eight minutes before coming off with a hamstring injury.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Beckham and Real Madrid ready to beat Arsenal

Today David Beckham will face an English team for the first time since moving to Spain when Real Madrid hosts Arsenal. It may be the last chance for Madrid to win a title this year: The Champions League.

"I've been waiting for this moment for three years," Beckham admits. "From the start I wanted to wear Real Madrid's shirt in England. There's a special aura about being a Real Madrid player and I want to show it in England. To play in London, where I was born, is going to be meaningful."

Is important to notice that Madrid's 3-0 victory over Alaves on Saturday was its sixth straight in the league and continued its improvement since the appointment of reserve team coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro to replace the fired Vanderlei Luxemburgo on Dec. 4.

In fact, Madrid was boosted by the return of captain Raul Gonzalez on Saturday after three months with serious knee trouble. Striker Ronaldo is expected to play his first Champions League match of the season after missing all six group games because of suspension and injury.

Newspapers assure that Arsenal is struggling to qualify for Europe next season. The Gunners are out of both domestic cup competitions and are fifth in the Premier League standings, 25 points behind Chelsea.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Madrid beats Bilbao

Real Madrid recovered against Athletic Bilbao and got a great victory. Young star Robinho's fifth minute goal and a stoppage time effort from sub Raul Bravo where enough for the 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao and restored some pride after the midweek cup drubbing at the hands of Real Zaragoza.

Indeed, Zidane's fine through ball set up Robinho for his early goal and Bravo came on in the 88th minute and made a prompt impact by scoring the second.

Actually it was a fifth successive league victory for Real, who are second in the table, seven points behind Barcelona.

Real Madrid, lacking injured David Beckham and Ivan Helguera, took a fifth-minute lead when Robinho ran on to meet Frenchman Zinedine Zidane's through ball and shot through the legs of advancing keeper Inaki Lafuente.

The Brazilian, whose scoring was his sixth in the league in the current season, wasted two more chances and Ronaldo spurned another as Madrid launched a series of swift counterattacks before the interval.

Bilbao forward Aritz Aduriz, celebrating his 25th birthday, headed his team's clearest opportunity well wide in the 48th.

Bravo, who replaced Cicinho in the 88th minute, scored the second goal from close range from Robinho's pass to complete Madrid's victory.

Athletic de Bilbao, which has never been relegated since the league began in 1929, stayed in 18th place with 19 points after gaining just one victory in seven matches.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Zaragoza crushed Real Madrid 6-1

Zaragoza made a great game and Real Madrid showed their worst performance of the year. The result was a 6-1 win for Zaragoza, and puts Madrid almost out of the King's Cup

Argentine defender Diego Milito scored four goals in the match on Wednesday night for the first leg of the semifinals.

What's more, Ewerthon added Zaragoza's other goals at La Romareda Stadium, and Julio Baptista scored for Real Madrid. The second leg of the total-goals series will take place next week in Madrid.

Madrid coach pulls up Gravesen after Garcia tackle

Juan Roman Lopez Caro had to step in during a training session yesterday after Thomas Gravesen clattered into teammate Pablo Garcia.

In fact, the Dane's tackle stunned Garcia and Lopez Caro pulled Gravesen aside after shouting: "Calmer Gravesen, be calmer!"

Real Madrid players have expressed some concern with Gravesen's all-action style in training games since Lopez Caro's appointment. The caretaker coach demands full commitment in training. However, Gravesen's approach is unnerving teammates.

Monday, January 30, 2006

A little luck to beat Celta

Real Madrid continued their recent good form in the Spanish League after a 2-1 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday.

This victory takes Madrid above Osasuna and into the top three of the table.

British David Beckham started the match at the Estadio Balaídos but it was Robinho who finished off a lightening attack in the 17th minute to give the visitors the lead.

After the match, Celta de Vigo coach Fernando Vazquez says his team are now even with Real Madrid after being denied what appeared to be a legitimate equaliser in Sunday's Primera Liga match.

It interesting that David Silva's cross-cum-shot in the 68th minute swirled over Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas to strike the far post, rebound against Casillas' hand, his back, and onto the line.

The ball, which apparently entered the goal before bouncing on the line, was quickly cleared however, and the score remained 2-1 to visitors Real.

"I didn't see whether it was a goal or not, but everyone has told me it was," coach Vazquez said after the game.

"Now we are even with Real Madrid, and they won't be able to complain any more about Fabian Canobbio's goal in the Bernabeu earlier this season."

The Uruguayan player scored a controversial winner against Real back in September, when his shot cannoned off the bar to bounce down just outside the goal, 14 minutes from time.

In the end, the goals from Robinho and Cicinho moved Real up to third in the table, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona. Celta are eighth.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Real Madrid beats Cadiz 3-1

The victory was clear this time. Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos, English David Beckham and young star Robinho each scored in a 15-minute spell in the second half, and Real Madrid rallied to defeat Cadiz 3-1 on Saturday in the Spanish league.

This result is Madrid's fourth straight victory in league and cup play and lifted the team into third place with 36 points from 20 games.

The 29-time league champions trail leader FC Barcelona, which plays last-place Alaves on Sunday, by 10 points.

Cadiz, which has just one draw from its 12 visits to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, scored thier only goal from striker Alexandre Medina in the 54th minute.

Real Madrid, lacking five injured players including Ronaldo and Raul Gonzalez, was given a scare by Cadiz, which started the match in 15th place.

The visitors carried the match in the first half and came close when midfielder Benjamin Zaradona's long strike was parried by goalkeeper Iker Casillas before the interval.

Cadiz took the lead after Medina's initial strike from Fabian Estoyanoff's cross was blocked by new midfielder Cicinho. The Uruguayan made no mistake with his second shot from close range.

The "Galacticos" leveled from a 68th-minute free kick when, teed up by Zinedine Zidane and Beckham, Roberto Carlos fired through the Cadiz wall.

Beckham then tapped another free kick to Roberto Carlos, who stopped the ball for the English midfielder to curl a trademark shot into the corner for Madrid's second goal.

Robinho showed a Madrid's rousing comeback in the 83rd minute when he volleyed home from outside the area.

In other matches Atletico Madrid downed Zaragoza 2-0 to end a 10-game winless league streak. Barcelona leads the league with 46 points, followed by Osasuna with 39, Madrid and Valencia with 36, and Deportivo La Coruna with 32.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Zizou plans to retire after World Cup

Real Madrid will have to face the choice of one of their best players: Frenchman Zinedine Zidane will hang up his boots after this summer's World Cup in Germany.

The World Champion midfielder, who scored his first hat-trick for Real Madrid in Sunday's 4-2 win over Sevilla, has already informed the club of his decision.

It's good to remember that Zidane was voted for Best World Footballer of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2003 and has a contract with Madrid until 2007.

Zidane scores his first Hat-Trick in win over Sevilla

Zinedine Zidane was elated after striking an important hat-trick for Real Madrid in yesterday's victory against Sevilla.

As amazing as it can be, it was Zizou's first ever treble as he explained at the end of the match: "It is the first hat-trick that I have scored in all my life.

He added, with a touch of fun "I have had to wait for 34 years to score a hat-trick. It is great (laughter).

"Actually, I've never thought about it. Scoring goals is not my first priority. Today it has happened for me, but most important is that our club has won.

"We are in a great shape and it is important to continue thinking about earning victories." he told us.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Real Madrid drew with Villarreal 0-0

In a very hard game, Real Madrid only drew 0-0 with Villarreal on Sunday, keeping the "Galactics" in the sixth place of the Spanish league.

Real Madrid is 13 points behind leader FC Barcelona, after the blaugranas beated Espanyol 2-1 on Saturday for its 11th straight league win and a club record 15th in all competitions.

The 29-time league champion has won just one of four league games with their new coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, who replaced the dismissed Vanderlei Luxemburgo last month to become the team's fifth manager in the last 2 1/2 years.

Madrid lost Ronaldo, who was in his first game of 2006, in the 33rd minute of the match at El Madrigal stadium. It seems to be a recurrence of the right calf injury which forced him to miss Tuesday's Copa del Rey match at Athletic Bilbao.

Villarreal, which has never beaten Madrid in 13 league games, stayed in fifth place.

Other games on Sunday ended like this: Sevilla 3, Malaga 1; Celta Vigo 1, Real Sociedad 0; Mallorca 1, Real Betis 1; Cadiz 1, Getafe 0; and Alaves 0, Zaragoza 2.

Ronaldo's injury allowed a recent signing from Sao Paulo, Brazilian international Cicinho, to enter for his Spanish league debut. Madrid's other newcomer, former AS Roma forward Antonio Cassano, was not fit.

Villarreal come close through midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme and striker Diego Forlan, while Zinedine Zidane almost scored for Madrid, all of this in the firts part.

Madrid, without suspended David Beckham and injured Raul Gonzalez but welcoming back defender Jonathan Woodgate after two month's absence, almost fell behind on the hour when Forlan blazed one of the second half's few clear chances wide.

Roberto Carlos stays in Real Madrid

Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos says he won't quit Real Madrid without winning another trophy.

Roberto Carlos Da Silva has been lately linked with Fenerbahce and Qatar Clubs. However, he makes it clear: "I am kind of sad by what is happening to me, with the subject of the fans and the controversy."

"It is really surprising. I am not scared of journalists, but I do not want to give explanations. Many go and deceive the fans. I am here because Real Madrid has asked me and if it had not, I wouldn't be here.

"I will not leave Madrid without winning another championship. I arrived here winning and I will leave the same way" he added.