Real Madrid’s 2014/15 Pre-season Schedule

A champion‘s work is never done. Real Madrid may have captured their elusive ”La Decima,” but they can’t afford to rest on their laurels if they want to reclaim their spot a top La Liga.

Los BlancosChampions League final triumph over Atletico Madrid helped to blunt some of the pain that came with watching the club’s crosstown rivals—Atletico—win the league.

Winning that 10th European crown had become an obsession at the Santiago Bernabeu, and now that it’s over, a sense of normalcy can return.

Preseason friendlies will offer players a chance to put the Champions League win in the rear-view mirror and shift their focus to the 2014/15 campaign. Bringing home one league title in six years is a bona fide drought for Real Madrid, so that will be at the top of the checklist for next year.

REAL MADRID’s 2014/15 PRE SEASON  SCHEDULE

By taking part in the International Champions Cup, Real Madrid are continuing to grow their brand in the United States. They’re already one of the most lucrative brands in world football, but overseas tours like this one ensure that they remain relevant for the newer generations of football fans.

The U.S. will also be riding a wave of momentum from the World Cup. Thousands of American fans will turn up to watch Los Blancos take on Manchester United, Roma and Inter Milan. Some of those fans may be watching club football for the first time.

Watching stars like Cristiano RonaldoGareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric is a great way to get hooked on the game.

The International Champions Cup will be a big moneymaker for the defending champions, but their more important matchup may come against Fiorentina. That friendly comes right before the Spanish Super Cup and will give players one more opportunity to gain match fitness before the important stuff begins.

Copenhagen 0-2 Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo sets scoring record as Real Madrid win in Copenhagen

Real Madrid put the finishing touches to a fine Champions League group stage with a 2-0 victory, and Cristiano Ronaldo setting up another record in champions league this season.

This loss puts Copenhagen bottom of the group even before Galatasaray and Juventus play their match which was abandoned due to sudden inclement weather, while Real Madrid have gained 16 points from a possible 18.

25 minutes in, Modric turned his man on the edge of the 18-yard box and bended a fine effort past the goalkeeper with ease, putting the side from the Spanish capital well on their way.

Johan Wiland was excellent in the Copenhagen goal, saving twice from Karim Benzema and then again from Cristiano Ronaldo. But he was finally beaten again by Cristiano Ronaldo just after the half-time break, Marcelo’s powerful cross was headed across goal by Pepe and Ronaldo was there to thump home.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 9th Champions League this season. With this Goal against copenhagen, Ronaldo broke the record for most goals in a Champions League Group stage in a season. Previous record was of 8 goals in champions league group stages.

Ronaldo‘s Goal also brought Real Madrid‘s 800 Goals in European Championship, Real Madrid became the first club to score 800 goals in European competition. It was really a special match for Cristiano Ronaldo despite he missed out on a penalty in the match.

Here are the Match Match Pictures: Fortsätt läsa Copenhagen 0-2 Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo sets scoring record as Real Madrid win in Copenhagen

Pictures: Audi Presentation 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo receives his new Audi RS6 Avant Car from Real Madrid’s sponsor at Hipodromo de la Zarzuela on Thursday (November 28) in Madrid, Spain.

 

Here is the List of Cars given By Audi To Real Madrid Players:

The 28-year-old Portuguese soccer star will be required to use the car to go to training and other club activities. He won’t be required to drive it during his off hours. Audi will be responsible for the maintenance, cleaning and refueling of the vehicles used by the the Real Madrid players (everyone got a new car).

Here are the Event Pictures:

Fortsätt läsa Pictures: Audi Presentation 2013

Real Madrid won’t Underestimate Juventus Insists Cristiano Ronaldo (Oct 22, 2013)

Cristiano Ronaldo insists that Real Madrid will not underestimate Juventus when the two teams meet at the Bernabeu in a Champions League clash tomorrow evening. 

Real Madrid come into the match having won both their group games so far, beating Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen, while Juventus have drawn both their matches, against the same opponents bRonaldo is not about to take victory over the Italian champions for granted.

We have six points in the table but that is not enough to make it out of the group. Nine points would take us much closer, the Portuguese told a press conference.

We are playing at home and against a strong Juventus team. Their last game might not have gone well, but that does not mean they aren’t a great team with good players.

We need to be focused and to play our best football to win.

 Cristiano Ronaldo on Gareth Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo has also backed fellow Real Madrid new mega signing Gareth Bale to come good and prove his critics wrong.

Summer signing Bale has only been able to complete 146 minutes of action since his world record €100 million move after seeing the opening few weeks of his Bernabeu spell disrupted by injuries.

His participation in Saturday’s Clasico clash with Barcelona could depend on whether he comes through Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Juventus unscathed.

Ronaldo had supportive words for the Welsh star, however, insisting he should be given time to recover from his physical problems.

He couldn’t take part in pre-season and has been injured so things have been difficult for him,” said the Portuguese. “We can’t pressurise him, we must allow him to develop here.

I don’t think talking about his price tag helps him and we must leave him alone in that aspect. He will do great things for the team.

Ronaldo also praised Bale’s eager spirit and pledged to provide any support the former Tottenham ace may need as he adjusts to life in a new country. “He always wants to learn and he’s a great guy,” he enthused. “When I talk to him, I can see how emotional he is about playing for Real Madrid and getting better all the time.

“If he asks for advice, of course I’ll give it to him because I’ve got sympathy for him. He’s a humble guy.

Wednesday’s home meeting with Juventus is the first part of a momentous week for Madrid as they also prepare for the first Clasico of the season on Saturday, and Ronaldo is setting his sights high as he aims for a maximum of six points from the two encounters.

Our wish is to beat Juve and then beat Barca, he stated. I don’t think it will be a decisive week, but it is very important. We didn’t start the season as we wanted to, but we’re getting better and we have to continue to improve.”

 

Carlo Ancelotti on Real Madrid-Juventus Match

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, is looking forward to the opportunity of going up against one of his former clubs. Ancelotti spent two seasons in charge at Juventus between 1999-2001 before being sacked after twice finishing as runner-up in Serie A, but he insists he became a better manager as a result of his time in Turin.

“My experience at Juventus was very important in terms of my growth as a coach and a person,” he said. “The results maybe were not great but my experiences and memories from that time are good ones.”

Juve suffered their first league defeat of the season on Sunday, conceding four goals in the space of fifteen minutes to go down 4-2 at Fiorentina, but Ancelotti is drawing little comfort from that rare blip.

“We have to analyse all aspects of Juve’s last game, not just the 15 minutes when they struggled,” he reasoned. “They have a lot of quality and their overall strength lies in their organisation.”

Press Conference Pictures:
Fortsätt läsa Real Madrid won’t Underestimate Juventus Insists Cristiano Ronaldo (Oct 22, 2013)

I am staying at Real, insists Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has ruled out a return to the Premier League this summer by insisting he will see out the remaining two years of his Real Madrid contract, despite claiming that ”anxiety” is inescapable at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo, who signed for Real in a world record 80 million-pound transfer from Manchester United in June 2009, is set to face his former team for the first time since leaving Old Trafford when the two clubs meet in the Champions League next month.

With Ronaldo expressing his unhappiness in Madrid earlier this season, rumours of a return to United have been aired in Manchester, despite the obvious obstacles of a potential transfer fee and wages. But the 27 year-old insists he will honour his contract at Real and then decide his next move in 2015. ”I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid,” Ronaldo said. ”I’m very clear about that. After that, well, I don’t know what’ll happen in the future.

”I think there’s more pressure at Madrid than at United. I’ve been here for 31/2 years now and I think that’s the case because everyone involved is totally focused on winning the club’s 10th European Cup. That creates a certain amount of anxiety, which can be felt at all times.

”Every Madridista wants that 10th European Cup – we’re more than aware of that. Last season we fell just short, which was very frustrating, but fortunately we’ve got the opportunity to set the record straight this year, though the fact we face Manchester United next makes it more difficult.”

United go into next month’s last 16 tie having failed to defeat Real over two legs since a European Cup semi-final victory in 1967-68. Real have won the two Champions League encounters since, but while Jose Mourinho’s team have been installed as favourites to beat United and progress to the quarter-finals, Ronaldo insists that the tie is too close to call. ”It’s not going to be easy and I reckon the odds are about 50-50, but I’m still very confident,” Ronaldo said to Fifa.com.

”No team is unbeatable, but when we’re at our best we’re a really good side. Manchester United have started the English championship race very well and are a long way ahead of the rest, but still, if we play the way we’re capable of, we can beat them. To do that we need to pull together and play as a team, like we’ve done in so many matches before,” he added.

 

Real Madrid Aim To Extend Cristiano Ronaldo Contract

Real Madrid want to extend Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract at the club, according to Spanish daily AS.

The future of the Portuguese has been in some doubt in recent months, with Ronaldo on occasion not cutting the happiest of figures, while there has also been talk of a bid by Paris Saint-Germain to take the forward, along with Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, to the Parc des Princes.

But Real Madrid do not want to lose Ronaldo and will not sell him to PSG, leaving the only way for the French club to sign the former Manchester United man to activate his release clause of €1 billion.

Real Madrid had been planning to offload Kaka over the summer and use the wages paid to the Brazilian to increase Ronaldo’s salary.

However, Kaka stayed put, although he is likely to leave either next month or in the summer.

Real Madrid want to add an extra three years to Ronaldo’s contract, taking it up until 2018, while at the same time handing the Portuguese an increased salary.

Ronaldo is believed to want to remain at the Bernabeu, leading Real Madrid to believe they will be able to come to an agreement with the forward.

REAL MADRID vs MANCHESTER UNITED! @ UCL Round of 16

Manchester United drawn against Real Madrid in Champions League last 16.

Manchester United have been drawn against Real Madrid in the stand-out tie of the Champions League last 16. The match will see Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford for the first time since his £80m move from United to Madrid in 2009 and will also pit Sir Alex Ferguson against José Mourinho.

Britain’s two other representatives, Arsenal and Celtic, have also been handed tough draws. Arsenal will face last season’s beaten finalists Bayern Munich while Celtic take on the Italian champions Juventus as they look for a place in the quarter-finals.

United have a slight advantage over Madrid in that as group winners they will get to play the second leg at home. Arsenal and Celtic, who were group runners-up, will both play their second legs away.

The most eye-catching tie not involving British sides is that of Barcelona v Milan, while the German champions Borussia Dortmund face Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia play Paris St-Germain, Porto meet the Spanish side Málaga and Galatasaray come up against Schalke.

Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for United, but it was another Ronaldo – the Brazilian striker – who took the headlines when the clubs last faced each other in 2003, scoring a hat-trick at Old Trafford as Madrid went through 6-5 on aggregate.

The United defender Rio Ferdinand reacted to the draw on Twitter , saying: ”Oh yes, Madrid!! What a great couple a games that’ll be!! @Cristiano  see u soon bro!!”

Full Draw:

Real Madrid v Manchester United

Arsenal v Bayern Munich

Celtic v Juventus

Milan v Barcelona

Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund

Valencia v Paris St-Germain

Galatasaray v Schalke

Porto v Málaga

• First legs to be played 12/13/19/20 February 2013

• Second legs to be played 5/6/12/13 March 2013

 

 

Ronaldo moves into sixth place on Real Madrid goalscoring table

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has moved into sixth place on the club’s scoring charts.

The Portuguese is determined to make history at Real Madrid and has already equalled Gento’s record as the sixth highest league scorer for the club. In the match against Espanyol he scored his 126th goal in the 117 matches that he has played in the championship.

 

 

1) Raúl: 228 goals, 550 games

2) Di Stéfano: 216, 282

3) Santillana: 186, 461

4) Hugo Sánchez: 164, 207

5) Puskas: 156, 180

6) Cristiano Ronaldo: 126, 117

7) Gento: 126, 428

Cristiano Ronaldo Will Not Be In Action Against Alcoyano Tonight

Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested for today’s game against Alcoyano in a Copa Del Rey Opener game for Real Madrid. Alcayano is Spain’s Second Divison Team (Division B). Cristiano Ronaldo has been continuously playing all Real Madrid Official Games from Last Season. Mourinho has taken a good decision to give rest to Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo and Other players – Casillas, Pepe, Ramos & Ozil.