Archive for June, 2008

Cannavaro out of EURO 2008


This is really sad news, as Italy captain and Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro will be missing EURO 2008 as he picked up an ankle injury when he colided with Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini in training. He will probably need surgery, so there’s no chance to recover for any match of the tournament.

Italy play against France, Holland and Romania in group stages at EURO 2008.

Cannavaro proves his character! Chiellini was simply mentally down, following Cannavaro’s injury. Cannavaro consolated him, saying:

I comforted him. He was broken. I told him that it wasn’t his fault. We lost a player – it’s not worth losing a second.

A true captain…


Would you exchange Robinho for C. Ronaldo?


Many rumours regarding Cristiano Ronaldo‘s transfer to Real Madrid appeared last weeks. Some say that the price would be 90 million €, some say that the deal would involve Ramos, Diarra, Robinho and 50 million €, even C. Ronaldo has put his future under shadow.

Robinho is a very interresting player, he is only 24 and I remember that in 2005 when he arrived, I was excited about his arrival, I’ve seen him play at Santos and I was amazed by his skills and technique. The transfer was pretty doubtful, because Santos didn’t wanted to let him go, only for 30 million € or so, wich was his release clause. Robinho was crazy about the transfer, he refuzed to train with Santos, was anxious to sign for Madrid. If I’m correct, the transfer was done in the last day of the summer transfer window.
He seemed to be the exactly what Madrid needs in order to win trophees again. His debut against Cadiz was incredible, he came in as a substitute and was involved in most of Madrid’s attacks. We won 2-1. Several other important matches came and his influence in the game was huge, he has the technique, skills and vision to decide a match all by himself.

It’s pretty obvious that Real Madrid are keen to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu. The latest rumours about this transfer is an exchange between Ronaldo and Robinho. It seems that Manchester United are interrested in Robinho, Real Madrid are interrested in Ronaldo. Ronaldo wants to play for Real Madrid (as he says), Robinho wouldn’t mind to play for another team (altough he says his desire is to stay in Madrid).

So what’s going on? Is Real Madrid willing to let Robinho go, in exchange for Cristiano Ronaldo? Would this transfer be good for Real Madrid? Technically, Robinho and Ronaldo are pretty much the same, they both have skills. Ronaldo is faster than Robinho, but Robinho is a better team-player. Robinho is now familiar with spanish footbal, Ronaldo isn’t. This could be important, as Ricardo Quaresma, another great portuguese player (with great technique and skills) played for Barcelona, but didn’t manage to impress.

If this rumour is true, I hope that Real Madrid won’t agree. Robinho is young, has made his impact on Madrid’s game and has great potential for the future.

What do you think?

Robben & Sneijder score against Wales


Holland outclassed Wales 2-0 today, with both goals scored by Real Madrid players Robben and Sneijder. After Ruud van Nistelrooij’s goal against Denmark, the 2 dutchmen scored for Holland in a game they dominated from one end to another.

Robben scored the first, by outspeeding 3 Wales players, netting past the keeper. Wesley Sneijder added his name on the scoreline by scoring a superb goal from a free kick.

Holland will clash Italy, France and Romania in group stages at EURO 2008.

Robben’s and Sneijder’s goals against Wales

Robinho providential as Brazil win


Brazil and Canada clashed yesterday in a friendly match, ending with the victory of Brazil, 3-2. Julio Baptista and Robinho were in the starting 11 for Brazil, but Robinho was the providential man for Brazil, as he set up the first goal and scored another for Brazil.
Just 3 minutes in, Robinho dribled 2 canadian players and served Diego, who scored past the canadian keeper. After Canada’s equaliser, Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano headed in to make it 2-1 just before the break. Canada equalized again, just for Robinho to make it 3-2, when he took advantage from a big mistake of the canadian defense; he dribled past the keeper and scored into an empty net.

Real Madrid 2008-2009 pre-season schedule


Real Madrid have announced their pre-season plans for this summer, with several entertaining friendly matches included. So here goes:

  • 14-19 July, team building in Algarve, Portugal
  • 21-31 July, training in Irdning, Austria
  • 2 August, friendly match against Hamburg SV (Emirates Cup)
  • 3 August, friendly match against Arsenal (Emirates Cup)
  • 7 August, friendly match against Independiente Santa Fe, in Bogota, Colombia
  • 12 August, friendly match against Eintracht Frankfurt, in Germany
  • Spanish Supercup against Valencia, 2 matches
  • 27 August, the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy against Sporting Lisbon