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Kaka Goes To Madrid; U2 Goes To Barcelona

Posted in Barcelona, Real Madrid with tags , , , , on July 2, 2009 by LFCJen

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Kaka unveiled at Real Madrid

Posted in Real Madrid with tags , , , , , , , on July 1, 2009 by kemgooner

Kaka unveiled at Madrid

Kaka was introduced to around 50,000 fans at the Bernabeu yesterday.  It was revealed that he was given the number 8 shirt, instead of the 5 that many speculated he might receive. In his introduction he said that Florintino Perez’s project to get Madrid to compete with the best teams in Europe was one of the reasons he joined, and that Madrid was the only team he would leave AC Milan for. He concluded saying:

“It’s a great privilege to form part of great teams. I’ve been fortunate to play with great players, and I’m now going to continue doing the same.”

Cristiano Ronaldo has also completed his reported 80 million euro move to Real Madrid and will have his own unveiling ceremony next week.

Breaking News: Karim Benzema has now become the latest player to join Real Madrid, with it being announced that the 21 year old striker has joined from Lyon for 30 million euro.

Real Madrid vs. Espanyol

Posted in Espanyol, Real Madrid with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2008 by kemgooner

Madrid faced Espanyol Saturday following their disappointment of getting knocked out of the Champions League by AS Roma midweek.  Fabio Cannavaro was out injured and Gago was benched in favor of Higuain for los Blancos. The backline for Madrid was Heinze, Pepe, Torres, and Marcelo with the fabulous Casillas in goal for his 300th game. They looked shaky at the start, with Espanyol getting a great chance just 2 minutes into the match which Casillas had to make a great save to stop.

Espanyol were coming off a string of bad results, in which they lost 6 of 8 matches and were without midfielder Ivan de la Pena.  They were lucky not to concede in the 13th minute when Julio Baptista missed a header that could have put Madrid into the lead. After that the game died down some, with Madrid getting a few chances but none of them very clear cut. 

In the 29th minute Valdo scored a goal off a corner for Espanyol.  The Real defence seemed to completely miss him as he was unmarked at the back post, though Espanyol’s set up might have been a major factor. Luis Garcia played in a wonderful cross off a short corner, and Valdo had no problem heading it in. 

In the 37th minute Julio Baptista took a free kick about a yard out side of the box, and took it very well only to have Espanyol keeper Carlos Kameni pull off a wonderful save. Madrid did find their equalizer in the 42nd minute. Marcelo, who was having a great half, beat his defender on the right wing and put in a great cross and Higuain hit it into the net.  Kameni tried, but was not able to keep it out. 

The half ended with Madrid continuing to put pressure on their opponents and Guti had a decent shot at goal, but it was straight at the keeper. At halftime the score was 1-1.

The second half began with Robinho being substituted for Drenthe, who came on and almost immediately was shown a yellow card for a rough tackle.  In the 54th minute Espanyol almost scored again off a corner, when Casillas came out but came nowhere near to claiming the ball.  Luckily for him Pepe was there to clear it out for another corner.  The next 10 minutes were pretty back and forth, with Jonathan having a decent shot go over the bar for Espanyol, and Guti shooting a powerful shot right at the keeper.  Baptista was then subbed off for the finally fit Wesley Sneijder for Madrid and Jonathan was subbed for Raul Tamudo.

In the 70th minute there was a moment of controversy when Raul was brought down in the box and a penalty was given.  Daniel Jarque seemed to have pulled down Raul, who went down right away.  The penalty was taken by Raul, who smashed it into the right corner of goal for his 200th career goal for Madrid. 

 Guti almost got Madrid another goal, he went on a bursting run, cutting past two Espanyol defenders and almost turned to get a shot on goal but just lost the ball to the final defender at the last moment.  Madrid’s quality started to show as the match wore on, with more and more possession and chances coming for los Blancos. Sneijder and Marcelo both had shots, the first of which was saved, and the latter blasted wide.  As the match wore on it seemed more and more likely that Espanyol would not be abke to get an equalizer, but they won a late corner 3 minutes in to stoppage time for their last chance of the match.  It came to nothing however, as a foul was called on Espanyol, and less than a minute later.  Tamudo picked up a second yellow card after the match ended for arguing with the referee, and is now suspended for next week.  Madrid were able to get what seemed like a deserved win, though Espanyol played a good match and maybe feel a draw would have been a fair result. 

Final Score: Real Madrid 2 Espanyol 1