Holland international striker RUUD VAN NISTELROOY of SV Hamburg negotiates his way around 1.FC Nuremberg goalkeeper RAPHAEL SCHAEFER but will not score a goal during the 1-1 Bundesliga draw this past September at the Imtech Arena in the north German port city, the country’s second-largest metropolis. (John MacDougal/AFP/Getty Images)
SV HAMBURG, a German club with a proud tradition and history which includes the 1983 European Cup title, have announced that Spanish La Liga giant REAL MADRID, who have won the highly-coveted and prestigous European Cup / UEFA Champions League no fewer than nine times, themselves, can go pound the pavement.
With respect to the proposed transfer of veteran Holland international striker RUUD VAN NISTELROOY, that is.
Real Madrid are, as is well-known by now, in the market for another goal-scorer to compliment Portugal World Cup sniper CRISTIANO RONALDO up front. Argentina World Cup striker GONZALO HIGUAIN, who led Los Blancos with 27 goals in La Liga last season, is expected to be out of action for at least four months following back surgery. And, France international forward KARIM BENZEMA just cannot seem to put the ball in the back of the net in a Spanish Primera Division match.
Real Madrid’s Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO consoles France international KARIM BENZEMA, who has scored just one goal on 18 La Liga appearances this season and is failing miserably to justify his massive transfer fee of 35.0 million Euros paid to Olympique Lyon in the summer of 2009, after the 23-year-old was taken off during the Copa del Rey derby match against Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the capital city of Spain. (Victor R. Caivano/Reuters)
Real Madrid’s Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO, however, must continue his search to supplement the attack of Los Merengues.
“He (van Nistelrooy) must see out the end of his contract,” stated SV Hamburg Director of Sport BASTIAN REINHARDT. “The decision is final.”
The 34-year-old Dutch international, who scored the only goal of the game in SV Hamburg’s noteworthy 1-0 win over Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen as the 2010-11 Bundesliga campaign re-started this weekend, is out of contract at the end of the season; the German club could pocket a decent profit from the immediate sale of van Nistelrooy, whom SV Hamburg acquired from Real Madrid in late January of 2010 for absolutely nothing at all.
Aging Holland international striker RUUD VAN NISTELROOY slips the ball in between China international defender HAO JUNMIN and Germany international goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER to score his second goal of the game and give visiting SV Hamburg a 2-1 victory over Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen at the Veltins Arena on the opening day of the 2010-11 Bundesliga season this past August. (Gero Breloer/AP)
What SV Hamburg really want, however, is a place in Europe next season and van Nistelrooy, who leads the north German club with six Bundesliga goals this term, is seen as essential to achieving that end. Overall, the Dutchman has produced 11 goals from 26 games in the German top flight since fleeing the Real Madrid bench in late January of 2010. After scoring 41 goals in 61 La Liga matches his first two seasons in Spain for Los Blancos, van Nistelrooy spent most of the next 18 months collecting splinters and got just seven league games (five goals) for Real Madrid in that span.
At this point, SV Hamburg stand seventh in the Bundesliga table with fifth place being the cut-off for entrance into the UEFA Europa League. The Rothosen attack, even with van Nistelrooy, has not exactly produced a plethora of goals this season as it is. If anything, the aging international, who has scored 34 goals from 67 games for the Netherlands in his accomplished career, is needed more than ever to fire home some strikes for SV Hamburg.
The second-leading scorer on the club with four goals in the Bundesliga, Croatia international striker MLADEN PETRIC, has been on the shelf with an injury since late November. Peru international striker PAOLO GUERRERO, who has scored 29 goals in 99 Bundesliga games for SV Hamburg since arriving from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2006, is also out at the moment. And, 18-year-old South Korean striker SON HEUNG-MIN is currently away on interntional duty at the AFC Asian Cup.