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Raúl
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Personal information
Full name Raúl González Blanco
Date of birth 27 June 1977 (1977-06-27) (age 32)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 7
Youth career
1987–1990 San Cristóbal de los Ángeles
1990–1992 Atlético Madrid
1992–1994 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Real Madrid C 9 (8)
1994 Real Madrid B 1 (0)
1994- Real Madrid 544 (227)
National team
1994 Spain U18 2 (4)
1995 Spain U20 5 (3)
1995–1996 Spain U21 9 (8)
1996 Spain U23 4 (2)
1996–2006 Spain 102 (44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 6, 2006

Raúl González Blanco (born 27 June 1977 in Madrid, Spain), usually known simply as Raúl, is a Spanish football forward who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid for whom he is the all-time leading goalscorer. Raul is a three-time winner of the UEFA Champions League and has long been the competition's all-time leading goal scorer. He has also scored more goals (44) for the Spanish national team than any player in history.

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Real Madrid

Raúl González in 2009

Although he started out with cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid, he began the 1994-95 season in Madrid's C-team, but was promoted to first team status by coach Jorge Valdano after impressing with sixteen goals in nine games. He became the youngest player (seventeen years and four months) ever to play for the senior side, scoring in his second senior game against derby rivals Atlético Madrid. In all, Raúl registered nine goals in 28 appearances to help Real Madrid win the 1994-95 league championship in his first season. Over the next eight seasons, he won several honours, including another three La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. For most of this time, Raúl struck up a prolific scoring partnership with Fernando Morientes (and later, Ronaldo). Raúl took over the captaincy of Real Madrid when Fernando Hierro was transferred in 2003, a responsibility he holds to this day. Unusually for such a successful and long-serving player, and despite appearing in two finals, 2002 (in which he scored) and 2004, Raúl has never won the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup).

Raúl González

He became the first player to score fifty Champions League goals when he netted in a 2-1 group stage win over Olympiacos on 28 September 2005[1], and continues to be the all-time leader in both Champions League goals (66) and appearances (128).[2] He was also the first player to score in two Champions League finals, netting in the finals of both 2000 vs. Valencia in Paris, and 2002 vs. Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow. Samuel Eto'o later accomplished this feat, scoring in the 2006 final against Arsenal and in 2009 against Manchester United.

Raúl holds the distinction of having never received a red card throughout his 15 years at the professional level.[3] On 11 November 2008, Raúl scored his 300th goal for Real Madrid with a hat-trick against Real Unión, with Real winning the game 4-3 but being eliminated on away goals after drawing 6-6 on aggregate.[4] He has scored 322 career goals for Real Madrid, breaking the long-standing club record of Alfredo di Stéfano with a volleyed goal vs. Sporting Gijon on 15 February 2009. He is also the top active La Liga goalscorer with 227 of his 322 goals scored in La Liga matches,[5] and is presently 3rd on the all-time list, which is headed by Telmo Zarra with 251 goals.[6] Raúl holds the record of all-time top La Liga scorer for Real Madrid with 227, a record previously held by Alfredo di Stéfano.

Raúl and fellow long-serving teammate Iker Casillas were both awarded a 'contract for life' in 2008 - the terms of which stipulate that it will be renewed annually for as long as they play 30 games per season.[7] On 23 September 2009, Raúl equaled former veteran and legend Manolo Sanchís' league appearance record for Real Madrid,[8] and is now the second in the La Liga behind Andoni Zubizarreta who played 622 games[9].

International career

Raúl began his rise in the international scene with the youth teams and was chosen to represent Spain at the 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship, scoring 2 goals. He has scored a national record 44 goals in 102 caps for Spain. He is also second in terms of caps won for Spain, with 102.[10] The former captain has made more international appearances for Spain than any other outfield player. Raúl was not chosen for Euro 1996 and had to wait until October 1996 to earn his first senior cap against the Czech Republic. He participated in three World Cups from 1998 to 2006, along with Euro 2000 and Euro 2004, scoring at least one goal in each of the three World Cup competitions. Raúl took over the team captaincy following the retirement of Fernando Hierro in 2002, but has not been chosen for the national team since September 2006, following a shock 3-2 defeat against Northern Ireland in Belfast (a game in which Raúl hit the post late on). In addition, he was not selected for the UEFA Euro 2008 final tournament (which Spain eventually won) as Luis Aragonés preferred Fernando Torres and David Villa. His clubmate and goalkeeper Iker Casillas succeeded him as captain.

Of his 44 international goals, Raúl scored 25 goals in competitive games, 6 of which were in the finals of major tournaments. In a Euro 2000 qualifier, on 27 March 1999, Raúl scored one of only two international hat-tricks during Spain's 9-0 rout of Austria.[11] Interestingly, another international hat-trick was scored 4 days later, against San Marino during the same qualifying tournament.

Personal life

For many years, Raúl's goal celebration has consisted of kissing his wedding ring as an acknowledgment to his wife, with whom he has four sons and a daughter: Jorge, named after Jorge Valdano, Hugo after Hugo Sánchez, twins Héctor and Mateo named after Héctor Rial and Lothar Matthäus[12] and María.[13] He enjoys reading, especially the books of Arturo Pérez Reverte, and listening to Spanish music.

Honours

Club

Country

Individual

Orders

  • Royal Order Gold Medal for Sports Merit: 2006[18]

Statistics

Club goals

Last update:14 March 2010.

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1994-95 Real Madrid Primera División 28 9 2 1 - 30 10
1995-96 40 19 2 0 8 6 50 25
1996-97 42 21 5 1 - 47 22
1997-98 35 10 1 0 12 2 48 12
1998-99 37 25 2 0 8 3 47 28
1999-00 34 17 4 1 16 10 54 28
2000-01 36 24 0 0 12 7 48 31
2001-02 35 14 6 6 13 6 54 26
2002-03 31 16 2 0 12 9 45 25
2003-04 35 11 7 6 9 2 51 19
2004-05 32 9 1 0 10 4 43 13
2005-06 27 5 0 0 6 2 33 7
2006-07 34 7 1 0 7 5 42 12
2007-08 37 18 1 0 8 5 46 23
2008-09 37 18 1 3 7 3 45 24
2009-10 24 4 2 0 7 2 33 6
Career total 544 227 37 18 135 66 737 322

International goals

Raúl González Blanco: International goals[19]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1996-12-14 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Yugoslavia 2-0 2-0 1998 WCQ
2 1998-03-25 Estadio Balaídos, Vigo, Spain  Sweden 3-0 4-0 Friendly
3 1998-06-13 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France  Nigeria 2-1 2-3 1998 FIFA World Cup
4 1998-09-05 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Cyprus 2-1 3-2 2000 UEQ
5 1998-11-18 Stadio Arechi, Salerno, Italy  Italy 2-2 2-2 Friendly
6 1999-03-27 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Austria 1-0 9-0 2000 UEQ
7 1999-03-27 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Austria 2-0 9-0 2000 UEQ
8 1999-03-27 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Austria 5-0 9-0 2000 UEQ
9 1999-03-27 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Austria 8-0 9-0 2000 UEQ
10 1999-03-31 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 0-2 0-6 2000 UEQ
11 1999-03-31 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 0-4 0-6 2000 UEA
12 1999-03-31 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino 0-5 0-6 2000 UEQ
13 1999-06-05 Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal, Spain  San Marino 5-0 9-0 2000 UEQ
14 1999-09-04 Ernst Happel Stadion, Wien, Austria  Austria 0-1 1-3 2000 UEQ
15 1999-10-10 Estadio Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain  Israel 3-0 3-0 2000 UEQ
16 2000-01-26 Estadio Cartagonova, Cartagena, Spain  Poland 1-0 3-0 Friendly match
17 2000-06-18 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Slovenia 1-0 2-1 UEFA Euro 2000
18 2000-08-16 Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover, Germany  Germany 4-1 4-1 Friendly match
19 2001-03-24 Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  Liechtenstein 4-1 5-0 2002 WCQ
20 2001-06-02 Estadio Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo, Spain  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1 4-1 2002 WCQ
21 2001-06-06 Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel-Aviv, Israel  Israel 1-1 1-1 2002 WCQ
22 2001-09-05 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 0-1 0-2 2002 WCQ
23 2001-11-14 Estadio Nuevo Colombino, Huelva, Spain  Mexico 1-0 1-0 Friendly match
24 2002-04-17 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0-1 0-5 Friendly match
25 2002-04-17 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0-3 0-5 Friendly match
26 2002-06-02 Gwangju Stadium, Gwangju, South Korea  Slovenia 1-0 3-1 2002 FIFA World Cup
27 2002-06-12 Daejeon Stadium, Daejeon, South Korea  South Africa 1-0 3-2 2002 FIFA World Cup
28 2002-06-12 Daejeon Stadium, Daejeon, South Korea  South Africa 3-2 3-2 2002 FIFA World Cup
29 2002-09-07 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 0-1 0-2 2004 UEQ
30 2003-02-12 ONO Estadi, Palma de Mallorca, Spain  Germany 1-0 3-1 Friendly match
31 2003-02-12 ONO Estadi, Palma de Mallorca, Spain  Germany 2-1 3-1 Friendly match
32 2003-03-29 Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine  Ukraine 1-1 2-2 2004 UEQ
33 2003-09-10 Estadio Martinez Valero, Elche, Spain  Ukraine 1-0 2-1 2004 UEQ
34 2003-09-10 Estadio Martinez Valero, Elche, Spain  Ukraine 2-0 2-1 2004 UEQ
35 2003-10-11 Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 0-2 0-4 2004 UEQ
36 2003-11-15 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Norway 1-1 2-1 2004 UEQ
37 2003-11-19 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 0-1 0-3 2004 UEQ
38 2004-03-31 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Denmark 2-0 2-0 Friendly match
39 2004-09-03 Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain  Scotland 1-1 1-1 Friendly match
40 2004-10-09 Estadio El Sardinero, Santander, Spain  Belgium 2-0 2-0 2006 WCQ
41 2005-02-09 Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, Almería, Spain  San Marino 3-0 5-0 2006 WCQ
42 2005-09-07 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid, Spain  Serbia and Montenegro 1-0 1-1 2006 WCQ
43 2006-06-03 Estadio Martinez Valero, Elche, Spain  Egypt 1-0 2-0 Friendly match
44 2006-06-19 Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany  Tunisia 1-1 3-1 2006 FIFA World Cup

References

  1. ^ http://www.hindu.com/2005/09/30/stories/2005093007521800.htm
  2. ^ "Defeat mars Raúl record". UEFA.com. 2007-02-22. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/UCL/news/Kind=1/newsId=396659.html. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  3. ^ "The captain hasn't been booked in two and a half years (Raúl, a gentleman of fair play)". Realmadrid.com. 2007-04-24. http://www.realmadrid.com/articulo/rma39016.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  4. ^ Raúl alcanza los 300 goles
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Raul and Casillas commit to Real
  8. ^ Sanchís comments on Raúl's record
  9. ^ Raúl mit Einsatzrekord
  10. ^ [3]
  11. ^ SOC: Spain 9 Austria 0 result - AAP Sports News, reprinted on highbeam.com (Partial article)
  12. ^ Das Vorzeigespielerpaar um Raúl González Blanco
  13. ^ http://www.as.com/futbol/articulo/nace-maria-gonzalez-hija-raul/dasftb/20091204dasdasftb_36/Tes
  14. ^ "Raúl wins the Di Stéfano Trophy". Realmadrid.com. 2008-05-20. http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1202736803447/noticia/Noticia/Raul_wins_the_Di_Stefano_Trophy.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  15. ^ "Di Stéfano's worthy heir". Realmadrid.com. 2008-09-14. http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1202742030292/noticia/Noticia/Di_Stefano_s_worthy_heir.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  16. ^ "Raúl recibirá la Medalla de Oro de Madrid". Marca.com. 2009-03-05. http://www.marca.com/2009/03/05/futbol/equipos/real_madrid/1236257456.html. 
  17. ^ "Raúl recibirá la Medalla de Oro de Madrid". mirrorfootball.com. 2009-12-31. http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/opinion/blogs/mirror-football-blog/The-World-Team-of-the-Decade-as-selected-by-John-Cross-article257875.html. 
  18. ^ "Grateful Spain rewards Raúl". Uefa.com. 2006-05-25. http://www.uefa.com/footballeurope/news/kind=2/newsid=424494.html. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  19. ^ "Raúl González Blanco - Goals in International Matches". Rsssf.com. 2006-11-03. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/raul-intlg.html. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 

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Raúl González Blanco (born June 27, 1977), usually referred to simply as Raúl, is a spanish football player who currently plays for Real Madrid and the Spanish National Team.

About

  • Jesús Gil (29/10/99): "Raúl is my bete noire".[1]
  • Fabio Capello (15/11/99): "He is a winner. He is the inheritance of Real Madrid".[1]
  • Javier Clemente (01/04/00): "Raúl is the best forward in the world".[1]
  • Franz Beckenbauer (09/05/00): "Raúl is one of the best of Europe. He is Real Madrid's spirit. He is like Matthäus for us: indispensable, and with a bad haircut".[1]
  • Thierry Henry (25/06/00): "When he plays, in his mind there is only the goal; it's the football essence. Every time they do something, you stand up over your seat".[1]
  • Sir Alex Ferguson (08/04/03): "I hope he doesn't like travelling, Failing that we will stop him entering the country. Real buy these big players like Figo, Zidane and Ronaldo but I think the best player in the world is Raúl".[2]
  • Zinedine Zidane (12/02/04): "For me I would say my favourite players in Europe are Raúl and Figo."[citation needed]
  • Ottmar Hitzfeld (16/02/07) - Days before the Bayern vs. Madrid Match: "I’d sign him right here and now, and I’d go wherever it takes to land a player like that, he’s a "Crack" (a "match changing" player) player and I’m a fan of everything that he does, and what’s more now is the prefect time to sign him as he’s got a wealth of experience and has reached full maturity"[3]
  • David Trézéguet (08/05/03): "We all know what Raúl represents, not only for his team, but also for football".[citation needed]
  • Luís Figo (11/06/05): "I think he is the greatest player to have ever played the game. He walks on the turf and astounds. It is utterly amazing.[citation needed]
  • David Beckham in his last appearance at Real Madrid City's press room (14/06/07): "I want to wish the captain good luck because he has been a tower of strength for many people and for the team, and he’s been a person that a lot of people should look up to because he is very dedicated to what he does and what he believes in. Thank you to him and the rest of the team, and good luck throughout the rest of their careers". [1]
  • Fernando Hierro (27/9/2007):"I once said that Raúl is like a Ferrari and now I think he is like a McLaren, Fernando Alonso's car."[1]

Notes

  1. a b c d e f g John Carlin, (Not) the Raúl thing, The Independent, June 6, 2006
  2. Raúl shows Man United who Real champion is, Rediff, April 9, 2003
  3. Hitzfeld “It’s The Perfect Time To Sign Raúl", Goal.com, February 16, 2007

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