CF Real Madrid (Spain)


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(Angel Martinez/Getty Images Europe) — The starting XI for Real Madrid take a moment for the team picture before the start of the Champions League contest with Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the capital city of Spain.

Back row : Casillas, Pepe, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Carvalho, Ronaldo
Front row : Marcelo, Di Maria, Arbeloa, Higuain, Oezil
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Aside from Manchester City in England, no other professional football team in all the world spent more on transfer fees this off-season summer than tradition Spanish giant REAL MADRID, who have won La Liga on no less than 31 occasions.

Now, compared to the 94.0 million Euros (eighty million English pounds) that Real Madrid paid out to English Premier League side Manchester United for the services of Portugal World Cup attacker CRISTIANO RONALDO in June of 2009, the highest transfer fee bankrolled by Los Blancos this summer looks paltry, indeed.

Nevertheless, Argentina World Cup midfielder ANGEL DI MARIA was acquired by Real Madrid from Portuguese club Benfica Lisbon for 25.0 million Euros with a further eleven million on offer via incentive clauses.

A further 32.0 million Euros bought Los Galacticos a pair of midfielders from Germany’s third place World Cup squad; according a German newspaper article detailing the twenty-five most-expensive transfers this summer, Real Madrid sent Werder Bremen 18.0 million Euros for MESUT OEZIL while Vfb Stuttgart received 14.0 million Euros for SAMI KHEDRIA.

Another 10.0 million Euros went to CF Getafe for 23-year-old former Spain U-21 international midfielder PEDRO LEON, Mourinho’s old club Chelsea cashed 7.875 Euros for Portugal World Cup defender RICARDO CARVALHO and Racing Santander received 4.5 million Euros for 19-year-old midfielder SERGIO CANALES.

And still, the total fees spent on the six new players for this season fall well short of the amount that was required to reel in the Portuguese star Ronaldo, who scored 26 goals in 29 games for Real Madrid his first year in the Spanish Primera Division.

The biggest off-season arrival at Real Madrid, of course, is that of world-renowned Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO, who won everything in sight last season with Inter Milan including the Serie A scudetto, the Italian Cup and, most importantly, the prestigous as well as lucrative UEFA Champions League.

No other team, as is well known, has won more European Champions’ Cup / UEFA Champions League trophies all-time than the nine lifted by Real Madrid.

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REAL MADRID off-season transasctions
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Players In
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23 – mf – Sami KHEDIRA ——— Germany int’l — fr Vfb Stuttgart (Ger)
23 – mf – Pedro LEON ————— Spain — fr CF Getafe
22 – mf – Angel DI MARIA ——– Argentina int’l — fr Benfica Lisbon (Por)
21 – mf – Mesut OEZIL ————– Germany int’l — fr Werder Bremen (Ger)
19 – mf – SERGIO CANALES —– Spain — fr Racing Santander
32 – df – Ricardo CARVALHO — Portugal int’l — fr FC Chelsea (Eng)

Players Out
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33 – fw – RAUL Gonzalez —— Spain int’l — to Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen (Ger)
33 – mf – GUTI J. M. Gutierrez — Spain int’l — to JK Besiktas Istanbul (Trk)
27 – mf – R. VAN DER VAART — Holland int’l — to Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
29 – df – C. METZELDER — Germany int’l — to Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen (Ger)
23 – df – Royston DRENTHE —— Holland — to CF Hercules Alicante

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REAL MADRID squad
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37 – GK – Jerzy DUDEK —————————– (POLAND – 59 caps)
29 – GK – Iker CASILLAS ————————– (SPAIN – 113 caps)
23 – GK – Antonio ADAN

32 – DF – Ricardo A. S. de CARVALHO —— (PORTUGAL – 69 caps, 5 goals)
27 – DF – PEPE Kepler L. L. Ferreira ———- (PORTUGAL – 27 caps, 0 goals)
27 – DF – Alvaro ARBELOA ———————— (SPAIN – 18 caps, 0 goals)
25 – DF – Raul ALBIOL ——————————- (SPAIN – 23 caps, 0 goals)
24 – DF – SERGIO RAMOS Garcia ————- (SPAIN – 69 caps, 5 goals)
23 – DF – Ezequiel GARAY ————————- (ARGENTINA – 1 cap, 0 goals)
23 – DF – David MATEOS
22 – DF – MARCELO V. da Silva Junior ——- (Brazil)

29 – MF – Mahamadou DIARRA —————— (MALI – 57 caps, 2 goals)
28 – MF – KAKA Ricardo I. d.S. Leite ———- (BRAZIL – 82 caps, 27 goals)
28 – MF – XABI ALONSO Olano —————— (SPAIN – 79 caps, 9 goals)
25 – MF – Lassana DIARRA ————————- (FRANCE – 28 caps, 0 goals)
24 – MF – Fernando Ruben GAGO ————— (ARGENTINA – 29 caps, 0 goals)
23 – MF – Sami KHEDIRA ————————— (GERMANY – 14 caps, 1 goal)
23 – MF – Pedro LEON
23 – MF – Ernesto GRANERO
22 – MF – Angel DI MARIA ————————– (ARGENTINA – 15 caps, 2 goals)
21 – MF – Mesut OEZIL ——————————— (GERMANY – 19 caps, 2 goals)
19 – MF – SERGIO CANALES Madrazo

25 – FW – Cristiano RONALDO d.S. Aveiro — (PORTUGAL – 76 caps, 23 goals)
22 – FW – Karim BENZEMA ————————– (FRANCE – 29 caps, 9 goals)
22 – FW – Gonzalo HIGUAIN ———————— (ARGENTINA – 11 caps, 7 goals)

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(Denis Doyle/Getty Images) — With France international striker KARIM BENZEMA (9) watching, Argentina World Cup midfielder ANGEL DI MARIA (22) makes a circle with his hands after scoring a goal for Real Madrid against famous Uruguayan outfit CA Penarol of Montevideo in the the pre-season friendly of late August at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the capital city of Spain.

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