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Name Raul Gonzalez
Spelling Raul Gonzalez Blanco
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer

Affiliation

Org Spain National Team
Club as Coach Real Madrid Castilla
Club as Player New York Cosmos
  Al Sadd
  Schalke FC
  Real Madrid
  Atletico Madrid

Notes

Jorge Valdano Real Madrid coach Jorge Valdano signed him to their C Team in the ‘94/95 season, where he quickly impressed, with 16 goals in nine games. Jorge Valdano, going through an injury crisis to his strikers, saw Raul’s talent and gave him his first team chance

2014 02 26 Retrieve

[Raul’s reasons for leaving Real Madrid and joining Schalke. The Real Madrid captain’s relationship with president Florentino Perez had never been warm, while the forward feared his playing time would be increasingly reduced under Mourinho] It was my decision to leave. Mourinho wanted me to stay. Schalke were the ones who did the most to make me feel wanted

[With little left in the tank and his enthusiasm dimming at Madrid, where his reduced role brought only criticism and increased scrutiny, Raul opted to say goodbye to the club he loved and rediscover his passion for the game in Germany] I’m enjoying myself like a little boy. Schalke, for me, is a great adventure, and I wanted to experience new sensations away from Real Madrid

[Raul returned in the Bernabeu Trophy last summer and played 45 minutes for his former side as Madrid paid homage to their homecoming hero against the striker’s new side, Al-Sadd. And he showed that, even at 36, he still had it, scoring the opening goal and threatening to add many more] It was very special. This is my home and when I am ready to come back and offer something different, I will return

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Raul praises USA midfielder Christian Pulisic] I love Christian Pulisic. The other day, he scored in the win against Bayer Leverkusen. I’ve seen him for a while and the truth is I love his game. I saw him here in two games with the [USA] national team, and I saw him against Mexico. I like him a lot. He’s a player who can break through, he just needs to keep playing. Young players like Pulisic have the talent. They just need time to develop, and when they can play for important teams, it helps that process

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[Raul Gonzalez reveals Atletico Madrid tried to sign him before he made his Real Madrid debut] Atletico knocked on my door again, but Jorge Valdano saw me play and he came to talk to me in one of his first meetings. Months before it seemed very difficult to get in the first team, but that talk with Valdano made me change my mind

Valdano had the habit of giving the line-up a day before and he called me to his office and said, ‘you will start tomorrow; don’t be scared when I say your name in the line-up’

Luckily, my career began there. I came home, I told my mother and she didn’t know how to react. We waited for my father to arrive and when he saw me he didn’t believe it. It was all very beautiful. They were able to travel to Zaragoza; it was a very special day, although they suffered from the chances I had and couldn’t score

[Raul Gonzalez expresses his gratitude to the club for giving him the opportunity to join their academy as a coach] Coaching is a different element and for me it is a very beautiful experience. With 15-year-old boys, then the Juvenil side and at the beginning with a lot of uncertainty, because you don’t know if you are going to have the ability to transmit [your ideas]. But now I thank the club for this opportunity and the chance to coach [Real Madrid] Castilla. I have a group of extraordinary kids. Everyone has the dream of playing for the first team at some point and I am going to put all my desire and my passion into helping them