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February 22, 2009
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February 20, 2009
Sergio Ramos has talked about the new coach Juande Ramos who takes 8 win in a row.
“We have improved on a lot of areas on the pitch such as your timing, the way we press, how we join attack and defence and cover for each other, and we understand how to come together in the centre of the field,” he was quoted as saying by AS.
“Juande knows how to organise a team. He took a risk by making a lot of changes, such as our playing system, but it has favoured us,” the defender added.
The 22-year-old Euro 2008 winner then went on to clear the air about the slight quarrel he had with then-Spain coach, Luis Aragones during the European Championships last summer in Austria-Switzerland.
“That argument served us well because it united us even more because he [Aragones] knew that he could get more out of me. I’m actually grateful for it.
“He also did the same with Fernando Torres and we both ended up performing better,” he revealed.
Finally, Sergio reiterated his desire to see Florentino Perez return to seize control of the ‘White House’.
“He has already demonstrated his qualities as a president. I know him personally and he’s a great person.
“As I said before, I will always appreciate what he did for me when I was still at Sevilla and the way he put his faith in me when I was a nobody,” he concluded.
February 15, 2009
Raul set a new scoring record for Real Madrid on Sunday, netting his 308th goal for the Primera Liga champions away to Sporting Gijon.
He overtook Alfredo di Stefano's tally of 307 when Sergio Ramos crossed from the right after 15 minutes at the Molinon and Raul caught the ball with a first time shot on the half-volley.
Raul scored his first for the nine-times European champions against city rivals Atletico Madrid in November 1994 aged 17.
His total includes 18 in the King's Cup and he is the Champions League's leading scorer with 64.
The 31-year-old number seven has won three European Cups and six league championships and is in his 15th season with Real. He also played 102 times for Spain between 1996 and 2006, scoring a record 44 goals.
Argentina-born Di Stefano helped Real to five consecutive European Cups between 1956 and 1960, and won eight league titles. He was made the club's honorary president in 2000.
Twelfth-ranked Sporting Gijon host Real Madrid on Sunday for the first time in over a decade. The Whites can clinch their eighth straight win but will have to do so without the likes of Robben, Sneijder, Guti, Van der Vaart, Metzelder and Salgado. It's a date with destiny as two clubs who combine for over 200 years of history meet in the longest-standing stadium in Spain.
Throughout the 37 seasons Real Madrid and Sporting Gigon have coincided in Spain's top flight, the two sides have met 75 times, 41 of which have fallen in favor of the Madridistas. Sunday's hosts have won on 12 occasions and manged to pull off 22 draws against the Madridistas.The record when playing in Gijon is however somewhat more balanced: 15 Madridista wins, 10 defeats and 12 draws. The Whites last visited Gijon and El Molinon Stadium in 1997, a 0-2 victory led by Fernando Morientes and Raul.
Eleven seasons later Raul returns to Gijon as the club's all-time top scorer alongside Alfredo di Stefano, but Real Madrid will be slightly short-handed on Sunday with Robben, Sneijder, Guti, Metzelder and Salgado injured, Van der Vaart serving a one match suspension, and Codina and Drenthe not included on the squad list. Dani Parejo, however, did make the trip and may see his first action of the season.
Juande Ramos' starting eleven should include Casillas in goal; the all-star defense comprised of Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Pepe and Heinze; Gago, Lass and Faubert in the midfield; and Raul, Higuain and Huntelaar up front. However, the Madridista coach may opt for Marcelo and Parejo.
Real Madrid can seal their eighth straight win and cut into Barcelona's lead after the league leaders drew against Betis on Saturday. But Sporting are no pushover and hope to maintain a foothold in the middle section of the table. After being completely dismantled 7-1 earlier this season at the Santiago Bernabeu, expect the hosts to be fired up and El Molinon to roll out the red carpet for two century-old clubs.
"I have to wait for my opportunity [in the first-team]," he began. "I will get my chance if I remain patient and continue working hard.
"I just scored for the Netherlands and that is morale boosting for a striker - all strikers need to score to keep their spirits high.
Talk was then moved onto the exclusion of Huntelaar from the Champions League squad, and the forward admitted that it was tough to handle.
"To be left out of the Champions League squad is not easy, but I will not surrender," he added.
"Anything can happen [for us this season] and we will do our best. In the past, [Madrid] found themselves behind Barcelona, but managed to win the league title.
"The people here are very open, welcoming, and they really cheer me up. The weather is marvellous - a lot better than the Netherlands. I love this city, and never thought about leaving."
February 13, 2009
Boluda, who replaced Ramon Calderon after Calderon was forced to resign following a vote-rigging scandal, preferred to discuss his club's chances of winning a third consecutive Primera Liga title.
Real Madrid has won its last seven games under the direction of Juan de Ramos, but still lies 12 points behind league leader Barcelona.
Barcelona keeps matching Real Madrid win for win, but Boluda is confident that will change.
"We have still got our morale sky high, we would only be sad if we were 18 points behind them, as they were 18 points behind us a year ago. We still hope to be able to overtake them and to win La Liga.""I think we can do that. There are a lot of difficult things in life, but nothing is impossible," said the Real Madrid president.
Speaking to sports daily Marca, Boluda rejected claims that his club had agreed a 70-million-dollar loan with the Banco Santander to sign Ronaldo.
Boluda has stated that he will step down as club president at the end of the season to allow new elections to be held, but he insisted that Ronaldo was not on the agenda.
"We have not asked for any loans. There is also no sense in us asking for a loan for the month of June. At the moment there is no chance of us signing anyone," said Boluda.
Deloitte's Football Money League released the figures showing English Manchester United at number two.
The financial information from the 2007-2008 season was used in compiling the list. The weakness of the pound made the difference for United, as they would have achieved the top rank if the value of the pound had been retained, Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte said. Manchester United had a 21 percent revenue increase. Real Madrid has an increase of 4 percent, giving them a lead on United of EUR 41 million.
FC Barcelona retained their position at third place, while Chelsea dropped to fifth. Claiming third place is Bayern Munich, up for seventh place the previous season.
"The unique nature of the football industry will enable major clubs to be relatively resistant to the economic downturn," said Paul Rawnsley, director in the Sports Business Group.
"Clubs' match attendances are holding up well and clubs in each of England, Germany, France and Spain have TV deals secured well into the future at enhanced levels.
"Despite the challenging economic environment, the Premier League has just secured a record value for live domestic broadcast rights for the seasons 2010/11 to 2012/13, up 4 percent to GBP 1.782bn.
"Given the worldwide popularity of the Premier League there is likely to be further uplift in value from overseas rights when they are marketed later this year." Position (06/07) Club Revenue EUR/m (GBP/m)
1 (1) Real Madrid 365.8 (289.6)
2 (2) Manchester United 324.8 (257.1
3 (3) FC Barcelona 308.8 (244.4)
4 (7) Bayern Munich 295.3 (233.8)
5 (4) Chelsea 268.9 (212.9)
6 (5) Arsenal 264.4 (209.3)
7 (8) Liverpool 210.9 (167.0)
8 (6) AC Milan 209.5 (165.8)
9 (11) AS Roma 175.4 (138.9)
10 (9) Internazionale 172.9 (136.9)
11 (12) Juventus 167.5 (132.6)
12 (13) O. Lyonnais 155.7 (123.3)
13 (16) Schalke 148.4 (117.5)
14 (10) Tottenham 145.0 (114.8)
15 (15) Hamburger SV 127.9 (101.3)
16 (19) O. Marseille 126.8 (100.4)
17 (14) Newcastle United 125.6 (99.4)
18 (n/a) VfB Stuttgart 111.5 (88.3)
19 (n/a) Fenerbahce 111.3 (88.1)
20 (n/a) Manchester City 104.0 (82.3)
February 08, 2009
Real Madrid took their seventh straight victory against Racing Santander at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Higuain's goal and a very good defence. Higuain netted his 13th league strike and the defensive line conceded no goals. Iker Casillas played his 454th clash with the team.
Lass became increasingly important thanks to his wise distribution of the ball; his opponents could do nothing to stop him. His excellent job allowed the team to have three consecutive dangerous ventures in attack (12'). The Dutch forward served a cross into the box that found no one to finish it off. Keeper Toño then cleared a strong shot of his with the right foot. Finally, Sneijder pased the ball to Van der Vaart, whose lob was cleared by the keeper. Rául also had a chance in the final minutes of the first half when a header of his missed the mark by inches.
Higuain scores; Faubert makes debut
It only took Higuain three minutes into the second half to score the team's goal. He made great use of an assist served by Raul with his head and beat Toño with a crossed shot. Racing seemed to be in a state of shock and Real Madrid used this to try to score another strike. Pepe surprised the visitors with a powerful sprint. He passed the ball to Higuain, who shot on target again, but Toño cleared the ball with his right leg. Coach Muñiz was forced to replace Lacen and Tchite with Toni Moral and Luccin.