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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Team Preview: Real Madrid Club de Fútbol



Official Web Site (In Chinese, English, and Spanish)


Real Madrid CF

History

The club was formed in 1902 as the Sociedad Madrid Football Club. Presently, they are the richest soccer club in the world in terms of annual revenues.

Team Colors

White and blue. They are affectionately and traditionally known as "Los Merengues" or "Los Blancos" due to the white color of their team kits. In recent times, they have also been called "Los Galacticos," which was reflective of their big-name signings (such as Roberto Carlos, Figo, Ronaldo, Zidane, Beckham, and Cannavaro).

Playing Stadium

Santiago Bernabeu. Capacity of over 80,000.

Team Honors

30 Spanish La Liga titles, which is a record.
17 Copa del Rey titles, which is a record.
9 European Cups/Champions League titles, which is a record.
3 Intercontinental Cups.
2 UEFA Cups.

European Players of the Year

Alfredo di Stefano: 2 times.
Raymond Kopa: once.
Luis Figo: once.
Ronaldo: once.
Fabio Cannavaro: once.

Ownership

Real Madrid, since 1902, has been owned by its members, who are called "socios."

Chairman


Mr. Ramon Calderon

Head Coach

Mr. Bernd Schuster

2007-2008 European Competition

Group stage of the Champions League.

Team roster and image courtesy of Wikipedia under the terms of their GNU Free Documentation License.

Current as of 15 August 2007:

No.
Position Player
1 Flag of Spain GK Iker Casillas (vice-captain)
2 Flag of Spain DF Míchel Salgado
3 Flag of Portugal DF Pepe
4 Flag of Spain DF Sergio Ramos
5 Flag of Italy DF Fabio Cannavaro
6 Flag of Mali MF Mahamadou Diarra
7 Flag of Spain FW Raúl González (captain)
8 Flag of Brazil MF Emerson
9 Flag of Spain FW Roberto Soldado
10 Flag of Brazil FW Robinho
11 Flag of Brazil DF Cicinho
12 Flag of Brazil DF Marcelo
13 Flag of Spain GK Jordi Codina
14 Flag of Spain MF Guti (vice-captain)
15 Flag of the Netherlands MF Royston Drenthe

No.
Position Player
16 Flag of Argentina MF Fernando Gago
17 Flag of the Netherlands FW Ruud van Nistelrooy
19 Flag of Brazil FW Julio Baptista
20 Flag of Argentina FW Gonzalo Higuaín
21 Flag of Germany DF Christoph Metzelder
22 Flag of Spain DF Miguel Torres
23 Flag of the Netherlands MF Wesley Sneijder
24 Flag of Argentina FW Javier Saviola
25 Flag of Poland GK Jerzy Dudek
26 Flag of Spain MF Rubén De la Red
27 Flag of Spain MF Esteban Granero
28 Flag of Spain MF Javier Balboa
29 Flag of Spain MF Adrián González
30 Flag of Spain FW Alberto Bueno



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