Featured Club: Real Madrid

1 Sep

Real Madrid CF

THE BASICS

Full name: Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

Location: Madrid

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Images: Real Madrid Official Website

Nicknames: Los Merengues (the Meringues. Seriously.), los Blancos (the Whites), los Galácticos

Last season: 2nd place in La Liga

THE TALENT

Image: Getty Images via Daylife

Manager: José Mourinho

Big names: Cristiano Ronaldo (if you haven’t heard of him, I can’t help you.) World Cup stars Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos (Spain), Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira (Germany), Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina), Kaká (Brazil).

Former big names: Too many to count.

THE “TALENT”

Cris and Iker wave to swooning ladies. Photo: Getty Images via Zimbio

Hottest player: Cristiano Ronaldo (so the general consensus appears to be).

Cutest baby: Sergio Canales. We hereby dub him Young Skywalker.

My personal fave: Iker Casillas.

Overall rating: Off the charts.

THE SCOOP

Real Madrid has just had a pretty big makeover. Superstar manager José Mourinho is in, longtime captain Raúl is out (after 16 years with the club), a bunch of new players have been signed (and a bunch more are injured). After their draw against Mallorca in the season opener, it looks like Madrid’s still getting used to its new look, but should grow into it before long.

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