It’s been a while I’ve posted something on here so let me do a post by bringing you, readers, up to speed with things Real Madrid.
Real Madrid veterans and Manchester United veterans will come face to face tonight in the third edition of Corazon Classic with the proceeds going to Real Madrid Foundation charities in Africa.
Players from different generations and years will come together for both sides in what is expected to be a highly entertaining (and yet, competitive) match.
Before the game starts, Bernabeu will pay respect and homage to Real Madrid Castilla for winning their group and getting promoted to Segunda Division. Castilla also won their first leg v Mirandes 3-0 to determine the overall Segunda Division B champion.
To make the night complete with footballing legends, Pierluigi Collina will officiate the game. He is by far, the best referee I have seen officiate a game. A viewpoint shared by people at IFFHS who voted him as the best referee in last 25 years.
Previous Corazon Classics involved AC Milan and Bayern Munich which finished 4-3 and 8-3 respectively.
Real Madrid: Buyo, Contreras, Illgner, Roberto Carlos, Chendo, Rojas, Velasco, Hierro, Sabido, Sanchis, Fernando Sanz, Ramis, Karanka, Garcia Cortes, Redondo, Helguera, Zidane, Martin Vazquez, Figo, Butragueño, Amavisca, Alfonso, Ivan Perez, Santillana, Morientes.
Manchester United: Van der Sar, Lee Martin, Denis Irwin, Quinton Fortune, Ronny Johnsen, Bryan Robson, Dion Dublin, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Lee Sharpe, Clayton Blackmore, Jesper Blomquvist, Raimond van der Gouw, Dwight Yorke, Michael Thomas.
I wish the likes of Salgado, Van Nistelrooy, Makalele and McManaman were part of it too, would have been sensational!
The match is tonight at 7.15 PM CET/5.15 PM GMT.
Many Real Madrid players were involved with their respective national teams and will be in days to come.
2 June: France U-21 won 3-0 versus Latvia with Raphael Varane playing 90 minutes for France in their Euro U-21 qualifying campaign.
Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria were both on target for Argentina’s 4-0 win v Ecuador in the 2014 World Cup qualifier. Other goals came courtesy Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi. Higuain played 74 minutes and Di Maria played 83 minutes.
Portugal played their final friendly before the Euro campaign begins against Turkey. Surprisingly, Portugal lost 1-3 with Nani scoring the solitary goal for the Euro 2004 hosts. Cristiano Ronaldo provided the assist for that Nani goal after Turkey were leading 2-0 with goals from Bulut. Ronaldo did not have a great night, however, as his penalty kick was saved by Demirel. Things got worse when Pepe was adjudged to an unlucky own goal with Ricardo Costa trying to clear his lines but the ball hitting Pepe’s body and made it’s way into the goal. Pepe, Cristiano and Coentrao played 90 minutes.
Over on the Turkish side of things, Altintop played the full 90 minutes and Nuri Sahin came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute.
3 June: Brazil play Mexico in Texas and Spain play China in Sevilla in friendly games today.