Monday, October 12, 2009

Real Madrid crock Ronaldo admits playing for Portugal injured

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is gutted over his latest injury setback.

Ronaldo faces a month on the sidelines after aggravating an ankle injury in action for Portugal against Hungary on Saturday.

"I'm sad because I was in a good form and the re-injury is something that leaves me upset," Ronaldo told AS. "After the defeat against Sevilla, I wanted to help my teammates at Real Madrid to win the next matches.

"I felt good but was not 100 per cent, I had a little trouble. But I wanted to help my country reach the World Cup.

"The injury is different from the one I had an operation for. It has nothing to do with that. I'm calm because I know that with the desire I have to bounce back and the good work of physiotherapists in Madrid, everything will go well."

Ruud van Nistelrooy Needs 35 Games With Real Madrid To Secure Contract Extension - Report

Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy must play 35 times for Los Blancos this season if he is to be offered an extension for next season, according to AS.

The veteran Dutch striker, who has scored 64 times in 94 games for Madrid since signing from Manchester United in 2006, has only played for Los Merengues once so far this season, coming off the bench to score in the 5-0 thrashing of Xerez last month.

A knee injury sustained in November 2008 ruled the striker out for a total often months before he suffered a calf strain in the Bernabeu blitz against newly promoted Xerez.

Now 33-years-old, it is unlikely that van Nistelrooy will manage 35 games for Los Blancos, given that it is a feat he only managed in his first season at the club, without the likes of Karim Benzema vying for a starting place.

Life-long Blancos, Raul and Guti will also be offered extensions beyond the 2010/11 season if they manage to take part in a minimum of 30 official games for the club.

Real Madrid do not miss Robben, Sneijder - Pardeza

Real Madrid sports chief Miguel Pardeza insists they do not miss Dutch pair Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder.

Both Robben, with Bayern Munich, and Inter Milan's Sneijder have made a big impact at their new clubs, but Pardeza says: "We have a good squad and they will find their peak performance over time. I'm sure they will.

"And we're going to have to fight with other major European squads.

"From the squad of last season, two important players left in Snejider and Robben.

"So far we have not missed them. The reality is that Robben wanted to go and his father asked us to sell him because he wanted to be a guaranteed starter. And Inter came to us for Sneijder and put forward a bid that could not be refused."

Xavi: Real Madrid victim of Barcelona Treble

Barcelona midfield ace Xavi has branded Real Madrid a "victim of our Treble".

Asked about Barca's greatest rivals, Xavi told Sport: "What is clear is that Real Madrid is a victim of our Treble.

"They had to find a new president and spend many millions to return to exciting their fans.

"Now it is normal that we are euphoric because we have a good team. But no one can forget that Real, who when they play, have always proven to be very competitive."

Asked about his ambitions, Xavi added: "To keep winning titles.

"I have two Champions League medals and I wonder why I cannot win again and again."

Real Madrid crock Ronaldo to miss AC Milan double-header

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of their Champions League double-header against AC Milan.

Ronaldo suffered a new ankle injury in Portugal's 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Hungary.

Tests have now revealed the injury is worse than at first thought, as Real medical staff confirm he will be out for three to four weeks.

“After a clinical examination and an MRI scan, it is confirmed the player has suffered a recurrence of his injury to his right ankle, a medial collateral sprain with inflammation in the bone,” explained a statement.

“The estimated recovery time is three to four weeks."

This means Ronaldo will miss both the Group C encounters with Milan, which could well be decisive for qualification.

The Rossoneri travel to the Bernabeu on October 21 and then welcome Real to San Siro on November 3.

Real Madrid in contact with Arsenal fullback Clichy

Real Madrid are planning a £16 million bid for Arsenal fullback Gael Clichy.

The News of the World says the Frenchman's representatives have been contacted by the Spanish giants with a view to a deal next summer.

Clichy, 24, who signed a four-year contract in 2008, has been a regular for the Gunners in their impressive start to the season.

But boss Arsene Wenger has high hopes for Kieran Gibbs after the England Under-21 international finished last term strongly when Clichy was injured.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Barcelona fear Real Madrid raid for Pique

Barcelona are moving to head-off interest from Real Madrid for defender Gerard Pique.

El Mundo Deportivo says Barca want to open new contract talks with the former Manchester United centre-half with the view to increasing his buyout clause to £40 million.

Barca are making the move over fears that Real president Florentino Perez will attempt to sign Pique at the end of this season.

Golden Foot nominee

Raul is one of the four finalists
Raul Gonzalez is one of the four finalists to win the 2009 Golden Foot, awarded to active players over 29 years of age in recognition of their careers. The winner will be announced on Monday in a gala held in Monaco.

More than 158,000 internet users have cast their votes, deciding the four finalsist should be Raul, Tierry Henry, Gianluigi Buffon and Ronaldinho. One of them will receive a prestigious award previously won by men like Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Roberto Baggio.

This is Raul's fourth nomination. The 24 goals he scored last season are no doubt a strong asset that could help him win this year.

Stevan Jovetic: Staying grounded at Fiorentina

There hasn't been any great panic from the Fiorentina tifosi over the interest of Manchester United and Real Madrid for their man of the moment, Stevan Jovetic.

While Jovetic's brace against Liverpool has seen transfer speculation intensify, Viola fans are calm - with the local press days earlier being full of photos of the striker's new luxury pad he had just purchased.

The 19 year-old is putting down roots in Florence and fans are confident he isn't about to leave just days after shelling out for a new house.

"It was the best match of my career, I still cannot understand what I did," Jovetic says.

At 17, Jovetic was scoring goals for Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Cup, less than two years later he was wearing the captain's armband for the Serb club and soon after made the move to Fiorentina in an €8 million deal.

Jovetic signed a five-year deal in May 2008, shunning Juventus: "I had already given my word to (Fiorentina sports director) Pantaleo Corvino."

And also rejecting Real Madrid, explaining: "Fiorentina was the right move for me. At Madrid, I knew that I would be spending most of my time on the bench."

His new home is big enough to house his parents and sister, who all moved with him to Florence when he first joined Fiorentina, and has him now closer to the club's stadium.

"He's just a normal, quiet guy," says a close friend.

Indeed, the only indulgences for Jovetic is his Porsche Cayenne and trademark long hair - which has seen black wigs sellout amongst Fiorentina fans in 2009.

Most nights are spent at home with his family. The Montenegrin has seen good friend Zdravko Kuzmanovic leave Fiorentina in the summer for Stuttgart and he is also close to teammate Vlada Avramov.

It's this career dedication that has prevented the likes of United and Real from turning Jovetic's head.

"Fiorentina is the best choice for me," says the striker. "The people I take advice from tell me this is the right club. I came here to learn and develop."

Jovetic is close to Dejan Savicevic, now president of the Montenegro Football Federation. The Fiorentina forward grew up idolising the AC Milan legend and is known to hang onto his advice.

In the aftermath of the Liverpool performance, Savicevic was quick to urge Jovetic not to skip out on Fiorentina too soon.

“I called him and we spoke yesterday just as we did after his goal against Samp. I told him to continue playing as he is and to stay humble and serene because this is Stevan and his great game against Liverpool is only a confirmation of his qualities," said Savicevic.

“The ideal thing would be if Stevan grows with Fiorentina and stays with them for another two or three years, then we'll see if any irrefutable offers arrive in the style of those for Kaka and Ibra (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)."

Along with his outstanding ability, it's the down-to-earth nature of Jovetic that has United manager Sir Alex Ferguson interested.

Ferguson has been following Jovetic since his days at Partizan Belgrade, where chief Serbia scout Budimir Vujacic has compiled a detailed - and glowing - dossier on the striker.

For home-body Jovetic, the new East European enclave being influenced at United by Vujacic could have them in the driver's seat when Fiorentina do decide to sell.

But for now, Jovetic is happy where he is: "Here I am well, I've never thought about leaving.

"I know playing for Fiorentina will continue being good for me."

Cristiano Ronaldo Injured During Portugal's Win Over Hungary

Real Madrid and Portugal fans will be anxiously awaiting further news after Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to withdraw from the game against Hungary.

The Portuguese captain lasted just 30 minutes in Lisbon, asking to be replaced after his ankle injury worsened. He had already made an impact, providing an assist for Simao's opening goal.

Ronaldo is unlikely to be fit for Portugal's midweek fixture against Malta, and it now remains to be seen whether he will be able to take part in Madrid's match against Real Valladolid next weekend, which is followed by a Champions League clash against AC Milan.

Karim benzema may have had a difficult start to his RM career, but he does not regret the move at all and he is happy with the step up.

"In La Liga, games are played very quickly and this bodes well for me," he explained to AS.

"There are players of great quality and no team falls behind - everyone is competitive."

The French international, who is expected to be benched for les Bleus' qualifier against the Faroe Islands on Saturday, also praised his formidable attacking partners at los Merengues.

"I was really looking forward to coming to a great team," he said. "The truth is that I have adapted very well.

"To play alongside Kaka and Cristiano [Ronaldo] is a dream - when you call for the ball, it comes to you perfectly and this makes things very easy."

Benzema has scored three goals in five league appearances for his new side, but is yet to find the back of the net in the Champions League.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo & Kaka Make Playing Easier - Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema may have had a difficult start to his Real Madrid career, but he does not regret the move at all and he is happy with the step up.

"In La Liga, games are played very quickly and this bodes well for me," he explained to AS.

"There are players of great quality and no team falls behind - everyone is competitive."

The French international, who is expected to be benched for les Bleus' qualifier against the Faroe Islands on Saturday, also praised his formidable attacking partners at los Merengues.

"I was really looking forward to coming to a great team," he said. "The truth is that I have adapted very well.

"To play alongside Kaka and Cristiano [Ronaldo] is a dream - when you call for the ball, it comes to you perfectly and this makes things very easy."

Benzema has scored three goals in five league appearances for his new side, but is yet to find the back of the net in the Champions League.

REAL ribery worries

Real Madrid are reported to be concerned about the fitness of French midfielder Franck Ribery, after an injury-laden spell with Bayern Munich.

Spanish publication AS have noted that the talented attacking midfielder has only featured in 12 of the Bavarian giants last 26 games, while also having to withdraw early from France's World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands with less than half an hour played.

Ribery initially had trouble with an Achilles tendon during the pre-season and since then has had a groin injury and tendon trouble in his left knee and Los Merengues officials are said to be concerned as, AS claim, a deal is already in place to take the French star to the Bernabeu next summer.

The player's agent Alain Migliaccio and Real president Florentino Perez are said to have already agreed terms on a five year deal starting next summer.

A fee with Munich is said to be the only part of the deal yet to be settled but Real feel the German outfit would lose a great deal of bargaining power given that Ribery will, by then, be in the last year of his current deal.

Real Madrid president Florentino will rival Barcelona for Arsenal's Cesc

Real Madrid will compete with Barcelona for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas next year.

Barca are said to be increasingly confident of re-signing a player they lost as a 16-year-old, but Madrid could blow them out of the water in a second consecutive summer of stellar spending.

AS says Real president Florentino Perez has been panicked into making moves for Fabregas and Franck Ribery after losing against Sevilla at the weekend.

The 2-1 defeat was the first blip after winning seven straight competitive games, but it has led to a meltdown at the Bernabeu, with Perez insisting the team plays the kind of entertaining football that has become synonymous with rivals Barcelona.

Perez revealed an admiration of Fabregas in the summer and it has been claimed that Madrid held talks with Arsenal over a move worth more than £50million at a time when Barca were making offers of around half that figure.

Guti happy with role at Real Madrid

Guti insists he's happy with his role at Real Madrid this season.

The veteran midfielder is seeing game-time under coach Manuel Pellegrini and said: "I am in a great time and I know I can do important things.

"We have a good coach and a great squad and we will play well this season."

Evra: Man Utd and Real Madrid will meet in Champions League final

Patrice Evra has looked in his crystal ball and sees Manchester United facing Real Madrid in this season's Champions League final.

Both clubs are already well placed to advance to the knockout phase even though they have only played two matches.

"I know we will play Real Madrid," the French international told Inside United.

"I can't explain it. It is just a feeling. But I think we will play them, maybe even in the next round."

And that would mean Evra being given the task of subduing Ronaldo, a task he has had plenty of practice for.

"I once played against him in an Under-21 international but remember, I used to face him every day in training. He knows it could be very difficult for him," said Evra.

"Ronaldo was a close friend and I was sad to see him leave. But you need to accept it.

"And the thing about Manchester United is, no one player is the star - the club is the star. Sir Alex Ferguson tries to maintain that every year."

Ronaldo: I want to stay with Real Madrid for many years

Cristiano Ronaldo insists he wants to spend his best years with Real Madrid.

The current World Player of the Year said yesterday: "Those who do not know Real Madrid do not know what they're missing. I want to stay here for many years.

"I'm living a fairy tale.

"Real Madrid is a great family. The older players, Raul, Guti and Casillas, have greatly helped me to adapt as quickly as possible. They are fantastic."

Ronaldo added: "I am delighted to wear the No9, though at first I had doubts."
Garay saluda a la afición

"I will never forget this day because I happen to be at the Club for which I wanted to play as a child" / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Exequiel Garay turns 23 today. The defender told that he is very happy for having his first birthday as a Madridista.

Happy birthday!
Thank you very much. I’m very happy because I always get excited about birthdays and this one is a little bit more special. I turn 23 today and I am gradually becoming a man. Time flies by and we must be happy with what happens every day of our lives. I try to enjoy every instant of life with the people that are with me and I thank God for the good things in my life.

What’s the best thing about this birthday?
The best thing about it is that I can be with my family and that I play for Real Madrid, the greatest club in the world. This is a dream come true and I will never forget this birthday because it is the first I spend at the club for which I wanted to play as a child.

Which would be the best present with which to celebrate these 23 years?
The best present on a personal level is to be healthy and to see my family is well; they are the ones who make me happy. Professionally I’d like to play many games with the Real Madrid shirt and win many titles for the Club.

How are you going to celebrate?
With my parents, my two little brothers and with two friends.

What is your wish?
I want to climb on Cibeles to celebrate as many titles as I can with Real Madrid. My team-mates have already won trophies with this team and they’ve told it is impressive to celebrate a triumph at Cibeles. I can’t wait. We’ll have to work hard and do our best in every competition.

What do you think of Alcorcon, your first opponents in the Copa del Rey?
They are a great rival we must deeply respect because they will face Real Madrid in a beautiful championship. That will motivate them. They come from a nearby town and I’m sure it will be a nice clash for everyone in the city.

We hope you are very happy this year.
Thank you. I hope it is a very happy year both for myself and for Real Madrid.

Portugal keep watchful eye on Ronaldo

The player receives great praise from the Portuguese media and his team-mates on the national team

Portugal's World Cup future is at stake. They need to defeat Hungary on Saturday and Malta on 14 October to make it to the championship. In order to do this they need Cristiano Ronaldo, the best Portuguese player of all time. The Madridista is training with the team now that he has recovered from his ankle injury. The entire world keeps a watchful eye on him.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
"I will be fit for the games. I will be able to play the entire match against Hungary."

Expresso, newspaper
"The national team believes Ronaldo will recover in time for the game."

O Jogo, newspaper
"Ronaldo touches the ball and is ready to face Hngary."

A Bola, newspaper
"Ronaldo works with Portugal"

Ricardo Carvalho, team-mate
"Cristiano is a necessary player. He is very important to the team."

Nuno Gomes, team-mate
"Cristiano always tries to do what's best. Players sometimes don't have enough time to adapt to the national team. We need Cristiano."

Chelsea full back Jose Bosingwa is also injured. Juventus midfielder Tiago will miss the first clash. On the other hand, Bruno Alves has completely recovered from his injury and will be able to play.

There is much at stake for Portugal against Hungary. With two games to go, both sides have 13 points. Denmark are group leaders with 18 points, followed by Sweden, who have 15. These two teams still have to come face to face. Portugal's last qualifying match will be against Malta. They need to win both their games and wait for favourable results to make it to the World Cup

Alcorcon, first Copa del Rey opponent

The first match will take place on 28 October in Alcorcon; the retun leg will be held at the Bernabeu on 10 November

Real Madrid were paired with Alcorcon in the Last 16 of the Copa del Rey. The Madridistas will play at Santo Domingo Stadium on 28 October. The return leg will take place at the Bernabeu on 10 November.
AD Alcorcón
Alcorcon currently play in Group II of the Second Division B (the same as Real Madrid Castilla). The team came close to being promoted to the Second Division last season.

Real Madrid Sporting Director Miguel Pardeza attended the draw in Las Rozas Football City. "Real Madrid's duty is to fight to win the Copa del rey," he said. "We are very excited about this and we will take this knock-out stage very seriously."


Alcorcon - REAL MADRID
Cultural Leonesa - Barcelona
Marbella - Atletico Madrid
Puertollano - Villareal
At. Ciudad - Sevilla
Alcoyano - Valencia
Rayo Vallecano - Athletic Bilbao
Hercules - Almeria
Salamanca - Racing
Celta - Tenerife
Recreativo - Sporting Gijon
Murcia - Deportivo
Xerez - Osasuna
Valladolid - Mallorca
Zaragoza - Málaga
Getafe - Espanyol

Friday, October 9, 2009

I Would Welcome Roberto Carlos Back To Real Madrid - Guti

Real Madrid midfielder Guti has declared that he would love to see veteran Brazilian full-back Roberto Carlos return to the Bernabeu.

Carlos stated earlier this week that he would play for Madrid for free after leaving Fenerbahce at the end of the season and now his former Blancos team-mate has said he is in favour of the idea.

"Roberto is a great left sided player. I'd welcome him with open arms. We would be delighted if he comes, but it's up to the club," Guti told AS.

On his own role at the club, Guti admits he is surprised to be playing as much as he has so far this season. He said it is getting harder to make the first eleven and added that he may still play for another club, even though the soon to be 33-year-old has two years remaining on his current deal.

"Every year is more difficult because some great players come in, but as long as I feel I am useful in Madrid I will stay.

"I've said on some occasions I would like to play in England someday, we'll see. There are also exotic leagues, besides playing, you can learn about other cultures. There are clubs which I could not play for and Atletico [Madrid] and Barcelona are two of them."

Cristiano Ronaldo Fit To Play For Portugal Against Hungary - Report

Cristiano Ronaldo has come through training with Portugal without any setbacks and will be ready to face Hungary on Saturday, according to AS.

Ronaldo missed Real Madrid's defeat to Sevilla on Sunday due to an ankle injury he picked up in Los Merengues 3-0 victory over Marseille in the UEFA Champions League last week and only returned to full training yesterday.

Such was Ronaldo's comfort with the ankle yesterday that a scheduled scan on his ankle was declined by Portuguese medical staff and he trained as normal with the squad.

His availability will be a welcome boost for coach Carlos Quieroz as his side prepare to face their final World Cup qualifiers against Hungary and Malta. Ronaldo has scored 22 times in 67 appearances for his country.

Portugal currently lie third in European Qualifying Group One, five points adrift of leaders Denmark, and two adrift of second placed Sweden. They must win both remaining fixtures to stand any chance of qualifying for the finals in South Africa next year.

real madrid are the strongest contenders for velez sarzfield starlet otamendi:spanish media

Velez Sarsfield starlet Nicolas Otamendi is close to signing with Real Madrid, instead of making a move to Italy and joining either Fiorentina or Juventus.

The Spanish media claim that the 21-year-old stopper is in Madrid as we speak, having discussions with Real management, but could also have talks with cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid, as reported by TMW.

A figure around €6million could see Velez let their star defender leave for greener pastures in Europe.

Juventus and Fiorentina have been following the Argentine international closely, but seem to be shut out from discussing a possible move to one of the Italian giants.

Argentina takes on Peru in a World Cup Qualifier on Saturday night.

Man Utd's Rooney admits using Ronaldo as inspiration

Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney admits he uses former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo's application to training as inspiration

Rooney told the Daily Mail: "Ronaldo found ways he could improve until he was the best player in the world. He worked hard in the gym, he got tougher, he used to be smaller physically but he changed his shape. I would like to improve in other ways - I could get better at link-up play, I could score more goals, particularly with my head.

"At United everyone said Ronaldo didn't run back or defend, but when you see what he did, he was that good going forward, the rest of the team had to make up for him at the back. I've watched Ronaldo's first few games for Real Madrid and he seems to have improved again. He is even passing the ball a bit more now. He is definitely the best in the world.

"Some things inspire you. You look at a player like Fabio Cannavaro, who had a great tournament at the World Cup in 2006 and then won World Player of the Year. There were better players around but that tournament did it for him. It can make a difference."


After Real Madrid's Guti was caught on television cameras in a furious dispute with 'keeper Iker Casillas during their loss to Sevilla last weekend, the midfielder has moved to play down suggestions of a rift.

Instead, he directed his ire towards the dozens of cameras filming the players' every move.

Spanish television station Cuatro had captured Guti saying "shut your mouth" to his 'keeper after the pair had been debating the marking at a corner.

"There have always been arguments," Guti stated to AS.

"It's part of football. The thing now is that there are loads of cameras and they see everything.

"Often in the heat of the match, you have an argument with a team-mate."

While there may not be a problem between the Spanish pair, Frenchman Karim Benzema has reportedly told Manuel Pellegrini that he is unhappy with his role in the squad.

Kaka convinced he can win Ballon d'Or as Real Madrid player

Kaka is convinced he can win the Ballon d'Or again as a Real Madrid player.

The Brazil star declared: "To be elected again I'd have to win several titles. I think I have that possibility with Madrid and with the Selecao.

"I'm going to make the most of the next 12 months. Brazil is well prepared and we can achieve the success that did not happen in 2006."

Barcelona ace Henry: Real Madrid's Benzema is future of French football

Barcelona striker Thierry Henry has jumped to the defence of Real Madrid youngster Karim Benzema.

Benzema admits he doesn't see eye-to-eye with Raymond Domenech and is unsure where he stands with the France coach.

But Henry is adamant, declaring last night: "Karim is the future of French football.

"We need Karim."
Real Madrid have made an approach to Pepe's minders about new contract talks.

Marca says Real have opened talks with the defender's agent, Jorge Mendes, about a new two-year contract extension.

The Portugal international's current deal expires in 2012 and he has firmly established himself as Real's prime defender.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Carlos Tevez considered long and hard before agreeing to join Manchester City's fledgling bid to become a major power in the game because he had offers from Real Madrid and Liverpool, his agent has revealed.

The Argentinian striker mooted all the options that he had on the table after leaving Manchester United in the summer and opted to join Mark Hughes' revolution, rather than two existing European giants.

“The decision that Carlos made was very, very well thought out," Kia Joorabchian told TalkSport radio in England.

"His thought processes were very long. On a football scale, Carlos first and foremost always thinks about his career and what he wants and when we sat down and talked through it, Carlos has won every single major trophy that he has ever competed in except for the World Cup.

“In South America he’s won the Argentinean championship, he’s won best player in Argentina three times in a row – something which neither Pele nor Maradona did.

"He’s won the Brazilian championship, he won the European championship here with the Champions League, he’s won the Premier League, he won the Copa Libertadores – so he’s won every major championship he’s ever played in.

"When he was making his decision, he wanted a club that had a lot of ambition which he could actually achieve some great things with, a club who had not actually achieved that greatness yet.

"Most importantly in his discussions with Mark [Hughes], he said ‘are you really going to build a great team to achieve something?’ and he took that risk because he believed in what Hughes had told him and that was the main deciding factor for him.”

Gago: "I understand the crowd's demands"

"I will always ask for the ball; nobody will ever be able to criticise me for not stepping up"
Fernando Gago is a strong asset on a squad that aspires to win every title.
"Real Madrid have to give spectacle and it's normal for the crowd to be demanding. We are working hard to do this in order to thrill the fans, but things don't always turn out as expected. The team is still looking for a specific style. It is important to win games as they sometimes help you play better because they give you confidence and more freedom."

"I don't think the fans are picking on me. I was whistled at in a couple of plays, but it's normal. I was very happy after the clash with Marseille because people appreciated the work I did. I always do the same; nobody will ever be able to criticise me for not stepping up. I know what the coach wants me to do and I will always try to do it. I will always ask for the ball, even if the fans whistle at me."

"Our goal is to fight for every title, but we must prepare for one game at a time. The best way to win every title is to think about your immediarte opponent as opposed to the one you'll face in a few days or weeks."

"For a moment we were the only team that won every match, which proves our potential. We should be able to lead in every competition with the players we have on this squad."

RM castilla official photo

Foto oficial Real Madrid C

Marcelo on Cadena SER

"We've forgotten about the match in Seville; the only one that matters to us now is our next clash"

Marcelo Vieira was a guest on Cadena SER. The Brazilian left back analysed the team's current situation.
"We had a hard time because we failed to take three very important points against Sevilla. We've forgotten about that match. We only think about our next clash."
"I normally don't read the press, but I did after the match in Seville and noticed my performance was criticised. I think that's normal and I know it isn't personal; it happens with all players. The press has also highlighted good performances of mine. The match was different to those we had played until then. We didn't play like we wanted and they performed very well. It was a complicated fixture. I suffered quite a bit because I saw myself in several 2-on-1 situations."

"We have to focus on continuing to perform well. I think it's normal that we sometimes lose a game. Every team will lose and our match against Sevilla happened to be very difficult. We have to concentrate on winning. It will be even better for us and our fans to do so by giving spectacle, but our priority will always be to take three points."

"Competition on the squad is understandable because the team always has the best players around. I'm used to it. The important thing is to be a proper team and that we all try to help Real Madrid."

Official 2009/10 photo

Foto Oficial 09/10

Check out Real Madrid's official photo for this season
This is the picture all Madridistas anxiously await at this time every year. The 2009/10 official photo is now a part of the Real Madrid legend. offers the picture to all Madridistas.
President Florentino Perez, Honorary President Alfredo di Stefano and Director General Jorge Valdano posed with all the new signings. This photo will go down in history as the picture of a team that aspires to win every single title.

This photo will soon be on the walls and folders of youngsters who dream about the success of their team. This picture exudes unity, compromise and excitement. This is the team that wants to make the dreams of all Madridistas come true.

The Champions League Is Our Most Important Objective - Real Madrid Legend Raul

Raul Gonzalez has revealed that he wants to win the Champions League this season and re-establish Real Madrid as European giants after several seasons of making an early exit from the competition.

Los Merengues' skipper believes that the European Cup, which the club has won on nine occasions, is ahead of the league in order of importance.

With the final being held at the Santiago Bernabeu this season the pressure has also increased for Madrid to do well and Raul is hopeful that the team can perform.

"The Champions League is the most important competition. It has the best clubs in the continent participating in it," he told CNN.

"It has traditionally been our competition because we've won more European Cups than any other team. We want to recover that."

Madrid may have lost their first league game of the campaign against Sevilla on Sunday, but Raul is pleased with the way the season has begun.

"We've had a very positive start. Many people have joined the team in this new project and they have to integrate. We have a new coach with new ideas, so I don't think you can ask more of us at this stage.

"We can still do much more. We can improve on our performances, but there is nothing better than earning good results at the start of the season. We will play well in time. We just need to know each other better and play together more.

"We have to keep our chances to win titles alive in March, April and May.

"Football has different eras. We've gone through a very bad one in recent years. We weren't in the fight for the title. This new project has brought hope and excitement back.

"This is a great squad, both on a technical and personal level. We want to recover our prestige. We will do our best, especially because the final will take place at the Bernabeu," he concluded.

Great Players Should Play Beautiful Football - Real Madrid President Florentino Perez

Florentino Perez believes that Real Madrid and its fans can demand that the players not only win but also play great football.

Los Merengues' president was said to be unhappy after seeing the team lose to Sevilla and is disgruntled that the six previous wins in the league saw little outstanding play.

With only flashes of brilliance in return for the millions that he spent in the summer on new talent, Perez has publicly stated that he wants to see better and so do the supporters.

"The fans are very demanding and I think that is a good thing. If we have great players, we don't only need them to win, but also for them to put on a show," Marca quote him as saying.

Perez then explained that while spending around €250 million may have appeared to be an extravagant amount, the marketing value of each star name would see the club recuperate all that and more.

"The players assure us the best possible earnings and we will be able to put all of that in the service of the supporters. Our dividends are to share our values with the world," he continued.

"Our values are fair play, a spirit of sacrifice for the team for a job well done and solidarity."
The sorcerer chasing down Cristiano Ronaldo says he isn't finished with the Real Madrid star.

Since making his intentions public, the magician, known only as 'Pepe', has seen Ronaldo suffer an ankle strain after threatening to end his career through injury .

Speaking with Correio da Manha, Pepe says he's working on behalf of a wealthy woman who feels wronged by Ronaldo.
"That woman was expecting a man, not a 'Barbie'," said Pepe, who disclosed she was not European.

Guti: Real Madrid rotations cannot last

Guti is no fan of Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini's rotation policy.

Pellegrini insists it's important to utilise his entire squad, but midfield schemer Guti argues: "Eventually the rotations cannot be used.

"They're good for the early part of the season, but eventually, when you're playing for trophies, you need to go with your best XI."

On his future plans, Guti added: "My idea is to finish my career in Madrid, I have two years on my contract.

"Then, if the club wants and I want, I will continue playing and if not here, then elsewhere in the world."

Raul assures Real Madrid fans: The style will come

Real Madrid captain Raul insists the players are ready to turn on the style.

Raul knows Real have been criticised for the lack of fluency in their play so far this season, but says: "We can still give much more, especially to improve the level of play, but it is clear that there is nothing better than starting a season with good results.

"The good play will come with time. It is a matter of knowing eachother better and playing games together."

Raul added: "We have started a new project. There are many new people to be integrated within the group, and a new coach with some new ideas. But I do not think you can ask for more."

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos admits they missed Cristiano Ronaldo in their defeat to Sevilla on Sunday.

Ronaldo was missing due to an ankle injury , which saw Real drop their first points of the Liga season.

"Cristiano is a great player and obviously makes a difference. The truth is that in the match against Sevilla he would have been pretty good for us," admitted Ramos.

Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos: Kaka better than Ronaldo

Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos rates Kaka ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Currently with Fenerbahce, Roberto Carlos has declared an ambition to return to Real in January and also told AS: "I am always right. Kaka and I played together in the Selecao, with Cristiano, I have never played with him.

"For me, Kaka is number one in the world, I have no doubt."

England legend Banks: Real Madrid's Casillas can be greatest ever

England goalkeeper legend Gordon Banks says Real Madrid's Iker Casillas is capable of becoming the world's best.

Former Stoke City star Banks told AS: "He's a very good goalkeeper. He has huge reflexes. I know all about him.

"If he continues along the line that he is, he can become one of the world's best ever."

Roberto Carlos touts himself to Real Madrid for no pay

Roberto Carlos has declared he's leaving Fenerbahce - and wants a return to Real Madrid.

The Brazilian superstar told AS: "I am still with Fenerbahce. It's my third season there, but I have decided and I will leave in December.

"Yes, I am 36 years old and I have two years left in football, so I would like to return to Brazil and play for a team there ... I miss my home, my family, my country.

"There is interest from some teams. There could also be another possibility ...

"I'd be willing to play in Madrid for six months without pay. From January to June, perhaps after that, then I could stay longer.

"I am serious about this. In Madrid I spent many wonderful years, I've won everything and I consider it my home."

Argentina Call Is A Dream Come True - Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain has revealed how excited he is to have joined up with the Argentina squad this week for the first time and described it as a dream come true.

The Real Madrid forward is in line to make his debut for Diego Maradona's side in the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Peru at the weekend and then Uruguay in midweek.

Argentina are fifth in the South American table and there is a real danger that they may not qualify for South Africa, but that has not dampened Higuain's delight.

"This is a dream come true. I am very excited. This is what I've wanted for a very long time and I have to make good use of it," he told AS.

"The situation is complicated. We hope the atmosphere in the team improves both on and off the pitch. That will help us reach the World Cup.

"I was very anxious before the call. I've tried to stay calm because nerves can sometimes play against you. I am very happy and I hope I'm not dropped from future squad lists."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Kaka on La Liga

"We will earn good results if we manage to consistently do a good job"
Kaka shared his views on La Liga and expressed his pride for being part of Real Madrid.

"I am proud to be part of Real Madrid. The expectation the team generates is amazing. It motivates me even more."

"We still have to play much more to improve. We always talk about winning, but take things slowly, focusing on one game at a time. We have to win as a team. The important thing is to make history with victories, titles, conquests..."

"The league is a competition based on regularity. We will earn good results if we manage to consistently do a good job. Our fans will be happy to see us win throughout the year."

Karim Benzema Outburst Causes Real Madrid Rift - Report

Karim Benzema has stunned Real Madrid by stating that he does not want to play up front with Raul and is furious about being constantly substituted during matches, according to a report in Sport.

The moody French striker raged at coach Manuel Pellegrini after the defeat in Sevilla, when he was again withdrawn, because he was assured that he would not be rotated.

The report states that Benzema's attitude has not gone down well at the Santiago Bernabeu and that his outburst may have more serious repercussions within the squad.

The €35 million signing reportedly believes that playing up front with Raul is hampering him because he thinks that the Madrid captain is not mobile enough and that they cross over each other.

Pellegrini chose to listen to the forward's outburst, remaining silent as the Frenchman fumed that it is his right to play whole games after being brought in for such a large fee from Olympique Lyonnais.

The outburst by the player and the coach's inability to react shows that Pellegrini has less influence than he would like at the club.

In the summer the Chilean coach wanted to keep Alvaro Negredo and use the €35m that was spent on Benzema to keep Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben.

President Florentino Perez wanted a big name up front, and the move for Benzema was made, but that could be about to backfire as the first signs of his temperament are showing.

Pellegrini supposedly felt that Benzema was not mature enough for a move to Real Madrid.

Florentino Perez Is Unhappy With Real Madrid Coach Manuel Pellegrini - Report

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly unhappy with the performance of coach Manuel Pellegrini this season as Los Merengues sit in second place in the Primera Division, according to Sport.

Despite winning seven out of eight games so far this season it is reported that the defeat to Sevilla, the first real test for Madrid this season, has already raised doubts in the mind of Perez regarding the Chilean coach.

Perez is said to be irked at the notion that Pellegrini has demonstrated his own ideas and different approaches to the those imagined by the president as regards team selection.

Pellegrini's decision to rotate the playing staff with so many games to be played this season is understood to be contrary to what Perez had in mind as he wants all the best players to play in every game, without exception.

The Chilean was apparently aware of the presidents stance on the matter of who plays and when but has gradually stamped his own system on the squad and it is now possible that Perez could become more intrusive in team selection especially when it comes to key games this season.

Real Madrid to miss Gago for AC Milan clash

Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago has handed coach Manuel Pellegrini an injury headache.

The Argentina international has suffered a thigh strain and missed Sunday's defeat at Sevilla.

Gago's injury is so severe that Pellegrini doesn't expect him to be available for their Champions League clash with AC Milan.

Cruyff stunner: Real Madrid cash has Barcelona scared!

Johan Cruyff has made the extraordinary claim that Real Madrid has Barcelona running scared!

Cruyff, a Barca legend, has criticised his old club for extending the contract of Lionel Messi.

"I'm not in favour of long contracts and that's what Barca signed with Messi," said Cruyff. "I prefer renewing for three or four years. The player, whoever he is, needs a motivation to continue growing. And I, as a club, would always look to go ahead improving something year by year if he deserves it."

Reports suggest Real president Florentino Perez was considering an audacious bid for Messi and Cruyff believes that forced Barca's hand.

"In sport you can never be sure about anything," he continued.

"I know that an anti-Florentino clause applied, I know that they have put him on a salary level with the best in the world. But to extend it from now until 2016 seems excessive to me.

"The club did it for the old fear of in case the bogeyman came and took him away. But if he comes so what? There are many and yes they can come and they will continue to come."

Diarra happy about his recovery

"I wish to thank the Club's Medical Staff, its physiotherapists and the new Board, who had faith in me. I wish to thank everyone who supported me. My knee is in perfect shape now. I feel stronger than before and even younger. I've recovered the speed I was lacking and I'm capable of doing things I wasn't able to do before I underwent surgery."

"I'm sad for the defeat against Sevilla, but I'm also happy because I was born as a player again in the match. It's like starting a career all over again. I tried to concentrate as hard as I could as soon as I learned I was going to be a starter. Both my legs felt like they were new. I will gain more strength in time."

"We can draw positive conclusions of what happened on Sunday. I'm sure this setback will help us improve considerably. A great team never loses twice in a row, or so they say... And we are a great team!"

"We can and we must do something great this year given the squad we have. Talent isn't enough; we'll have to showcase the drive and strength that helped us win two league titles. Everything seems easier when you play with men like Kaka, Cristiano and Xabi."

Marcelo battling to convince Real Madrid management

Marcelo is fighting for his future at Real Madrid.
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Sport says the way Sevilla winger Jesus Navas tore apart the Brazilian on Sunday has Real management deeply concerned.

The stop-gap is former Liverpool fullback Alvaro Arbeloa, who was signed to play on the right.

With Royston Drenthe also on the outer, Real are expected to return to the market in January for a new left-sided fullback.

Granero denies walking out on Real Madrid teammates

Esteban Granero has denied reports that he skipped out early on Real Madrid's victory over Tenerife last week
It was reported that Granero, upset over being hooked at halftime, left the stadium well before the final whistle and was later reprimanded by general manager Jorge Valdano for his behaviour.

But he insisted last night: "I never left before the game had run it's course. I saw the second half from the locker room and after the game I greeted my friends and then I left.

"With my teammates there was no problem, I think that everything has been exaggerated."