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Would you exchange Robinho for C. Ronaldo?

06/2/2008

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?

Why Raul is my favorite player

05/29/2008

He began he’s carreer at Real Madrid in 1994, in a game against Zaragoza. He didn’t score on his debut, but did it next week, against arch-rivals Atletico Madrid, in a game played at Santiago Bernabeu. Since then, he started breaking many records:

  • top scorer for Spain national team with 44 goals
  • UEFA Champions League all-time scorer with 61 goals
  • 2nd goal-scorer for Real Madrid in history, after Alfredo di Stefano, with 292 goals
  • 2nd most appearances in Real Madrid shirt, with 655 appearances

He won everything with Real Madrid, and has many individual trophees as well. In my opinion, Raul is the best captain Real Madrid ever had, one of the most important figures in world footbal and probably the most successful in spanish footbal. His attitude on field is exemplar, he is fair play, has gone for 3 seasons without receving a yellow card and has never been sent off. Rarely he’s angry on field, rarely I see him protesting about referee decisions.

He wasn’t called up in spanish national side for EURO 2008. Luis Aragones hasn’t motivated his decision, when asked why Raul wasn’t called up, he’s very “professional” response was “I’m the coach, what I say goes.“. Raul didn’t express his anger about this decision, never criticised the coach. He found the strength to wish the players good luck and support them.

How many players, wich had such a great season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, would have said this? How many players wouldn’t have criticized the coach about this foolish decision?

Raul was in Bucharest a few days ago, I had the chance to see him play, he even gave me an autograph. Altough it was only a friendly match, more like a charitable event, his commitment and devotion to the game of footbal were amazing.
There were times when Real Madrid won nothing, when players were criticized, many coaches fired, people were angry. I ask only this: how can you be mad on someone who devoted his whole life to Real Madrid?

I only hope that Raul will have the chance to win a trophy with Spain sometimes, because he’s 31 and time is running up for him. When he will be recalled, I will be Spain’s supporter to win the World Cup or a European Championship.

A true idol

Real Madrid – Cassano saga

05/25/2008

Antonio Cassano was a few years ago one of the most promising talents in italian footbal. I remember that 5-6 years ago, Real Madrid was willing to pay big to land him to the Bernabeu. Like many other players, Cassano’s life outside field was too hectic. He lost his position in Roma’s starting eleven, became unwanted at the club from the managers, team-mates and supporters. So Real Madrid bought him for 5 000 000€. At that time, I wasn’t aware of the rough time Cassano is having, and I was very excited for this transfer. I remember that he even scored on his debut, it was a game in the Spanish Cup.

Soon he started to show his “ugly side“. I guess that night life in Madrid is the same as in Roma, or even more tempting. He gained weight, was out of form for several months, rarely he appeared on the bench. I read in the spanish newspapers that he allways was unhappy about the decisions the coach made regarding him. What would you expect, considering his form and attitude?

Now he is at Sampdoria, on loan. I don’t know what they did to him, but I can’t recognize him. He is totally changed, was even voted the best player this season in Serie A. Now he’s going to Austria and Switzerland for the EURO’s. He is still a Real Madrid player. Now the directors of Sampdoria want to transfer him for good. I am pretty curious what the Real Madrid staff will decide about this player. I hope they let him go, because it’s clear that he found a club where he can play to it’s best. If he remains at Real, he has no chance to be in the first eleven. Cassano even accepted from Sampdoria a wage-cut, so he’s salary will be smaller than what he gets now, he accepted this just because Sampdoria is a small club and they couldn’t afford to pay for his transfer. So it’s clear where he wants to play, let him be happy…

Real Madrid player of the season 2007 – 2008

05/23/2008

Now that the season is over, it’s time to look back at who was Real Madrid’s best player this season.
Real Madrid’s La Liga season 2007 – 2008 in numbers:

  • 85 points in 38 games
  • 17 home matches won in 19 games
  • best attack: 84 goals scored, 2.2 goals / game
  • best defense: 36 goals conceded, 0.9 goals / game
  • best goalscorer: Raul with 18 goals

So this season, Real Madrid not only scored many goals, and the defending was great as well. Many say that Casillas was the best player this season, and I don’t agree with this 100%, I think this award should be handed to Raul as well. IMHO, this Real Madrid defense is one of the best in the world, depending on the form of Cannavaro and Heinze. Cannavaro is the hardest working player on training, he gives everything on field, but sometimes his devotion goes too far. He left the team down in so many games when he was sent off, sometimes I don’t recognize the 2006 Balon d’Or. Heinze’s problem is just like Cannavaro’s, he has to remain calm. Pepe and Sergio Ramos – one of the best defenders in the world, they played brilliantly, and this was Pepe’s first season, he’s only 25 years old. Marcelo was some surprise, I didn’t imagine at the start of the season that he will be such a constant player, if he keeps this rhytm, he will the next Roberto Carlos, no doubt.

I’m not trying to minimize Casillas’ skills, I think he’s on top 5 best goalkeepers in the world, but you have to admint the defense is awesome.

Raul deserves this, not only because of his goals, but for his devotion for the club, for his decisive passes and leadership. I still can’t believe he isn’t going to the EURO’s, Aragones must be crazy.

In conclusion, my Real Madrid player of the season award goes to Casillas and Raul.

Real Madrid transfers 2008-2009 – part I

05/22/2008

Now that the season is over, it’s time to look forward to the future, see what Real Madrid can improve in prospect about next season. It’s clearly that the biggest frustration this season was the early exit from the Champions League, when we were eliminated by Roma. This is the fourth consecutive season that Real Madrid can’t pass the first knock-out round. This is such a shame, because we have great players, great technical staff, great supporters. Because we don’t want this to happen next year, we hope that the staff will make the right choices about transfers. And I’m not talking only about who needs to come, but who needs to stay.

Casillas is one of the best 5 keepers in the world, nobody can question this. But Real Madrid needs to have a good backup keeper.
Dudek is a great keeper, but he’s 35 years old and I think he will retire in a year or two. I’m not sure if he he will stay next season with us, because he was given just a few chances by Schuster.
Codina, 27 has played just one game in Real Madrid shirt this year, in the final game against Levante. Altough he conceded 2 goals, he’s keeping was awesome. Again, he was given little time to prove himself. I guess between him and Dudek, I’d have to choose Codina, he’s much more younger, and I think Dudek should be given the oportunity to play for the rest of his carreer.

Sergio Ramos should defenetly stay, he’s the best left-side defender in the world. Hi’s pace and technique are awesome, and he gives everything when he’s on field. He’s like a warrior, has quality to be the next leader of Real Madrid. Milan and Chelsea are constantly making offers for him, I just hope the board of directors are aware of the disaster that could happen if Ramos would leave.
Michel Salgado will play at least one more season for Real Madrid, after that, I hope he retires. He was a great player, very devoted to the colours of the club, gave everytime everything.
I have to admit, if we didn’t had Miguel Torres, we would be in a incomfortable situation on the left side of the defense. Miguel Torres can play on the right as well as on the left, so this is very good. There were times when 2 of our 3 left-backs were unavailable, so he was realy handy. Many say that Salgado and Torres don’t rise themselves to Ramos’ level (I agree with that), and that RM should buy a world class backup for Ramos, someone like Dani Alves (I don’t agree). You can’t really expect that Alves could stay a whole season on the bench. He’s a great player, he doesn’t deserve such a treatment. I’m sorry Cicinho left us for Roma, but after reading some of his statements before our game with Roma, and seeing the brazilian manifesting itself in such a disrespectful way when Roma scored against us, I don’t feel any compassion for him. He never really cared about what Real Madrid means.

— End of part I —

Hello Real Madrid fans

05/22/2008

Hello readers,

My name is Valentin and I’m writing from Bucharest, Romania. Currently I’m a student and entrepreneur / web developer.

I’ve decided to start a blog about my greatest passion, a footbal club that means so much to me, Real Madrid. If you see this page and never heard about Real Madrid, either you’re from another galaxy, either you’re american (kidding :P). I’ll try to post daily 2-3 articles, mainly news about games, players, technical staff, tournaments, transfers, etc.

If you have any suggestions, complaints, or just want to say hi, leave me a comment on one of the posts, or contact me. My e-Mail address is varadi[dot]valentin[at]gmail[dot]com.

Hala Madrid !!!