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Raul Gonzalez
Spelling Raul Gonzalez Blanco
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
Desc There are individuals who become fans’ favourites due to their dedication to their club, and then there is Raul, who has become so synonymous with the white jersey of Real Madrid that the pair are destined to be inseparable for as long as the Spaniard wishes to remain involved in the game. Raul will have an active involvement in the future of Real Madrid, simply due to what he has achieved already in his 15 years with the club. Whether it be breaking Alfredo Di Stefano’s all time goal scoring record, leading the club to Primera Division and Champions League glory, or becoming a dutiful, hugely-respected club captain, his ring-kissing goal celebration became commonplace as the darling of the supporters scored prolifically for club and country. He remains Spain’s all time leading goal-scorer, despite not having played an international match in close to three years, and at 31-years old is Madrid’s leading striker this season with an impressive 17 goals

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

1999 05 03 Retrieve

[Real Madrid striker Raul warning Steve McManaman that he’d made a ‘mistake’ in joining the Spanish club. Raul? Steve will be earning £50,000 a week, that’ll help him cope with the whispers] If McManaman thinks he is coming to one of the world’s biggest clubs then he is mistaken. The rumours surrounding the club are very dangerous and mostly true. The dressing-room is full of lies, backstabbing and whispers

2001 03 12 Retrieve

[Raul admits on his personal website that his team-mates got themselves deliberately booked against Leeds … despite his club’s denial to UEFA who have launched an investigation. Big mouth] Another of the objectives in the game was that Figo and Makelele should receive yellow cards so as to be clean for the quarter-finals - that was achieved

2001 03 12b Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s Raul proves he doesn’t know his farce from his hand-pass after that goal against Leeds] I don’t know what I hit the ball with, but it was not with my hand

2012 03 13 Retrieve

[on Michael Laudrup] The best I have ever played with

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

2014 12 20 Retrieve

[Raul on Messi vs Ronaldo] Who I would like in my team out of Messi and Ronaldo? That’s an easy one - I’d want both. They are two of the best players in the history of the game, up there with Pele and Diego Maradona. And Del Piero is the best player in the history of Italian football

2015 10 17 Retrieve

[Spanish legend Raul on hanging up his boots next month] My decision is to retire from playing at the end of this season. I am fully focused on finishing the season strong and helping the New York Cosmos win the NASL Championship. In the coming months I will decide the next step in my career. Playing soccer has been part of my life for so long and the decision to retire is not an easy one but I believe it is the right time

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 06 20 Retrieve

[Real Madrid great Raul Gonzalez will take over Los Blancos’s Castilla side next season] Raul Gonzalez Blanco will coach Castilla for the coming season. Raul, who this season was trainer of the Cadete B and Juvenil B, will begin a new professional spell in Real Madrid. A legend in Madrid, Raul played in the Real Madrid first team for 16 seasons, in which he won three Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups, one UEFA Supercup, four Ligas and four Supercopas

2019 10 27 Retrieve

[Raúl, after the loss to Racing de Ferrol, spoke about Valdano’s article and the opinions held within it] My relationship with Jorge has always been special as next week, it will be 25 years since I debuted with Madrid. It’s a column based on personal opinion and I am trying to earn praise in order to have this possibility in the future

I have always said that I arrived here as a manager a year and a half ago, I did my courses and I am here, the only thing I can do is keep working. I am happy to be home, in my club and in the future we will see. Now, I am focused on Castilla, in learning by the day and in instilling Real Madrid’s values on the players

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

2020 01 06 Retrieve

[Castilla coach Raul recently revealed he’s unaware of Reinier’s potential arrival in Madrid. The Brazilian would likely spend time in Raul’s set-up before being given the chance to impress for Zinedine Zidane’s first-team] I can’t tell you anything because I don’t know anything. You will have to ask the club or other people. Nobody has told me anything about this case