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Cannavaro out of EURO 2008

06/3/2008

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.

UPDATE
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…

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Robben & Sneijder score against Wales

06/1/2008

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

06/1/2008

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

06/1/2008

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

Ruud van Nistelrooij scores in friendly match

05/30/2008

Netherlands 1-1 Denmark
Ruud van Nistelrooij scored Holland’s single goal in a friendly match against Denmark. Other 2 Real Madrid miedfielders played for Holland, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. Robben made a great match, being if not the best, one of the best players on field.

This was a preparation match for Holland before EURO 2008. Holland will play against Italy, France and Romania in group stages.

Diarra stays

05/28/2008

Real Madrid defensive miedfielder, Diarra will play for Real Madrid next season, despite the interrest from Inter Milano. The Mali captain seemed to have lost the battle with Gago for a place in starting eleven, and because of that, he’s morale was pretty affected, being unsure about his future. Altough he permanently stated that he wants to continue in Madrid, his situation was unclear. Speculations that Real Madrid would sign Roma’s Daniele de Rossi or Alberto Aquilani made Diarra’s future even more unclear.

Real Madrid sports director, Pedja Mijatovic had a meeting with Bernd Schuster and agreed that Diarra is needed next season in the Madrid squad, as he is a important piece in Schuster’s plan.

Another theory is that Inter Milano is no more interrested in signing Diarra, mainly because ex-coach Mancini was sacked yesterday and the new coach seems to be Mourinho. The portuguese manager would be interrested to land Chelsea’s Michael Essien.

Raul & Salgado in Bucharest

05/27/2008

Monday night, in Bucharest took place an event called Champions Evening, a charitable football game between Romanian Stars and World Stars. Raul, Salgado, Figo, Solari and other world stars like Roque Junior, Francesco Toldo, Hidetoshi Nakata, Olivier Dacourt, Maniche, Sa Pinto, Sergi, Edgar Davids, Pauleta, Jorge Costa, etc. played for World Stars against romanian players from all generations, like Hagi, Popescu, Balaci, Ilie, Stelea, Petrescu, Lucescu, etc.

The match ended 3-5 for World Stars, with Raul scoring 2 superb goals.

More than 500 000€ were donated for children.

Raul for the Golden Foot

05/24/2008

Votings are open for the Golden Foot Award. The competition is between 10 players above 29 years of age. This year, 2 players from Ream Madrid are nominated: Raul and Cannavaro. From the 10 nominees, 5 players have played during their career for Real Madrid: Raul, Cannavaro, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo and David Beckham.

To add your vote, just CLICK HERE.

Preferencial option for Dani Aquino

05/24/2008

Real Madrid is interrested in signing Real Murcia’s Dani Aquino, only 18 years old. It seems that Real Madrid have a preferencial option in signing the player, wich means that no mather what offer other clubs make, Real Madrid needs to match it and they get the player. Interrested clubs in signing Aquino are Arsenal, Barcelona, Valencia, Chelsea, Liverpool, Sevilla.

Dani Aquino has won some important trofees with Spain Under 17, including Runners Up in South Korea World Cup in 2007, and European Champion in Belgium, same year. Currently, he is a member uf the Under 19 Spain team.

This is a good player, and seeing what big clubs are after him, I think Real Madrid should take him ASAP and send him to stay on loan for another season to a first division team (Real Murcia was relegated).