There is still some way to go before the current football season wraps up in Spain but for Real Madrid’s Under-19 team (Juvenil A) the post-season celebrations began early as they brought home the first title for the Academy yesterday. Not only that, they did so in style, by beating Atletico Madrid’s Under-19 team at the Cerro del Espino. Goals from Aguza and Jese ensured a 2-1 victory for the Whites as they went on to win the Honor Division’s Group 5. Technically, they still have two games in hand, but with the victory over Atletico, they opened up a 10 points gap over second placed Rayo Vallecano U-19s. Even if they lose both the remaining games, they will still be champions! And it seems the boys are celebrating their title win by opening new Twitter accounts!
Here’s a beautiful picture of their celebration as the team hoists Ruben De La Red, their assistant coach, into the air! Photo: Courtesy of @helenskiii on Twitter.
Bittersweet victory for Ruben De La Red
It was also a bittersweet victory for De La Red, a former Cantera and Real Madrid player, whose football career ended tragically at the tender age of just 25 years. In 2008, in a Copa Del Rey game against Real Unión, De La Red collapsed momentarily and was stretchered off to receive medical addition. The club subsequently announced that De La Red was out for the rest of the season as a precaution to his condition. Further medical tests were inconclusive and as a result, De La Red missed the entire 2009/10 before finally announcing his retirement from football on 3 November 2010.
Subsequently, De La Red was offered the chance to look into a career in coaching and was hired as the assistant coach for the Under-19 side.
Jese Rodriguez has been making quite a name for himself within the ranks of the Academy. Already touted as Madrid’s very own Cristiano Ronaldo, for his excellent skills with the ball and keen eye for goal, Jese penned down a new contract last month which will see him remain with Madrid until 2014. He has already made several appearances for Real Madrid Castilla, and played a part in Castilla’s remarkable turn of fortunes under the guidance of former Juvenil A coach Alberto Toril. Here’s a video compilation of what this kid is capable of!
Around the rest of the Academy
In other news, the Under-9 team remains undefeated after hammering Oña Sanchinarro B 7-2. Last week, Almudena B was on the receiving end of a 13-0 battering. The Under-11s beat UD La Poveda 4-0, while the U-13s won 3-1 against Union Adarve. The U-14s won 7-0 against Las Rozas while the U-16s beat Leganés 2-0. All in all, yesterday there were 9 wins, 1 draw, 40 goals scored, 8 conceded and 4 cleansheets kept. If this is an indicator of what’s to come, I’d say Real Madrid has a lot to look forward to – including Enzo Zidane’s possible promotion to the U-17 team next season, as well as Castilla’s promotion back into the Segunda division. Earlier today Real Madrid C’s five game unbeaten run came to an end as they lost out to Vallecas 2-1 in a close finish. Meanwhile, Castilla came back from behind to beat Leganés at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium, with goals from JuanFran (off a great assist from Juan Carlos) and Joselu, as they move one step closer to securing a spot in the promotion playoff. They are now second in their group.
Real Madrid will be in action against next week as they prepare for Sporting Gijon (match schedule remains unconfirmed) and Tottenham for the Uefa Champions League. Most of the internationals will be back for training on Monday. With the Academy in such a top form, they are setting the precedence for the first team to follow!