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Could not help it. :)

Thought this is funny, especially when it happens to Real Madrid. And of course a brilliant opportunity to 'comment' on their infamous Galactico-ism, their money politics, their annual election campaigns and the resultant side effects of it. Like this ridiculous phenomenon. :D

And not forgetting their constant lusting after (our) players, the media games they play and the extent they would go to just to achieve their objectives.:rolleyes:

While we can't deny their rich history and achievements, it is their manner of approach and the way they go about things that are highly contemptuous, probably backed up by their self-indulgent delusion that all players would die to play for them. Yet strangely, it seems true as we all unwittingly become first-hand witnesses in this summer...:rolleyes:



http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=558626&sec=europe&&cc=4716

Schuster: I have no knowledge of transfers

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has hit out at the club's directors for keeping him in the dark over transfers.

He has also claimed the squad are growing anxious at the lack of new signings, with only one player arriving at the Bernabeu this summer.

The Spanish champions have focused all their efforts on trying to lure Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, which has so far proved fruitless.

Racing Santander's young defender Ezequiel Garay is the only signing to date, although Ruben de la Red has returned from his loan spell at Getafe and on Wednesday president Ramon Calderon revealed Hamburg playmaker Rafael van der Vaart is close to joining.

However, when asked about the deals for Ronaldo or Van der Vaart, Schuster bemoaned the fact nobody had explained the situation to him.

'Finally I'm happy the president is coming, someone who can talk to me and tell me from his own lips how things stand,' he told a press conference. 'We made some theories some time ago (about which players to sign). I don't know if things have changed but it would be good to know.

'I'm not angry, I'm used now to being more or less the last to know. Everyone finds things out except me, someone who has more importance. It's not nice finding things out from others and not knowing how nor being able to answer questions. It's not good. I'd like to know more.'

The attempts to bring Ronaldo to Spain began before the European Championships and are still seemingly no closer to completion.

Schuster revealed on Saturday that Madrid had a 'plan B' in place should they fail to sign the Portugal star, but admitted the plan may become more complicated the longer the club waited to act.

Now the German coach believes that the club should have done more sooner to bring in their summer targets.

'Things should be done a lot earlier than in previous years, where players have come in very late or at the last minute,' he said. 'There's not long now until the new season starts for us with the Supercopa and there's a bit of concern.

'Nothing's happening. The players are worried. They're asking how long we need to wait for one thing or another.'

Despite the gloomy outlook, Schuster believes the club may still sign the players they are pursuing before the transfer deadline on August 31.

He added: 'The only advantage we have is that we are Real Madrid and any player would want to come however late it is. Certainly for me to get organised I like to have players as soon as possible, but there is a certain type of player who we've been talking about all summer, who maybe you have to wait for until the final day.'
 

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Simple answer really, when you've established yourself as a superstar, its your ultimate destination, once you are ready for the death of your career.
 

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Such a shame that they have such an attraction for so many of the players playing football today plus the fact that they somehow manage to win so many of their European encounters.
There is no denying their history and all but most players should realize whether they can or cannot work with a particular system before thinking about a move and surprising no one thinks about it. Never thought highly of them except for Redondo when he played there but that was a couple of seasons when I could watch him.
The fans are pretty fickle plus the stadium is never close to being full for many a matches
 

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as i oftenly said real isn't anymore what they were in past....in the past there was no competition that's why they've managed to win to tropy 5 times in a row...we live in different times.Competition is much bigger and the stake is huge. Money flows and for money everyone fights. Some even forget that this competition is to prove that you're the best not the richest. Real are trying to bring superstars so they can have money from the comercial part of the club and they forget about football.they expect that those superstars to reach the hights of football by themselves. The coach is merely a puppet. I don't understand why there is still such a big fuss about them...wake up everybody and smell the coffee:D
 

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It depends on where your from. Latin players consider Madrid and Barca to the the 'ultimate' where in USA, Asia, and most of Europe we are.
 

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i think real has changed from a team of the worlds best players but still a TEAM to a franchise such as the americans do it, it seems the directors choose the team and there signings about like that bloke at chelski, which is testament to the glazers cause they may call united a franchise but they really dont treat it like one were still a TEAM and fergie chooses the team and new players etc, the sooner players wise up to that the less of the ultimate destination real will be, although barca is a different story its ran by fans
 

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I think we all know the answer to that. What was the only trophy they managed to win last season? La Liga. Why? Barcelona forgot how to win and the rest are nowhere near the top two.

The fact that the manager doesn't even know what the hell is going on at the club that he MANAGES simply sums it up for me.

Absolutely crazy.
 

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TheManc said:
It depends on where your from. Latin players consider Madrid and Barca to the the 'ultimate' where in USA, Asia, and most of Europe we are.
Id go along with this too. For a lot of players and certainly some past
legends, the ultimate has been Madrid or Barca. Where you come from makes a big difference.
 

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Now that I think about it I'm suprised we don't do pre season tours in South America, that way we can gain popularity and increase are status there.
 

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Now that I think about it I'm suprised we don't do pre season tours in South America, that way we can gain popularity and increase are status there.
Thats quite a good idea considering the abundance of talent in that area of the world and also considering that two of the current best players in the world are South American (Kaka & Messi). For some reason, Fergie seems hell bent on these tours of Asia and our regular participation in the Vodacom Challenge.
 

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real madrid is a joke shop, any club that lets players dictate who the coach is or the signings and sales of other players is ridiculous, raul is a prime example of this, he is the presidents golden boy, in fact senor perez is godfather to rauls son.
apparently all the spanish players stick to themselves there is a major split in the camp.

i honestly dont understand why a player would want to play for a club like that, they are seriously lacking in morals remember coach vicente del bosque got the sack after winning 2 la liga a spanish cup and the c/l. crazy.
the treatment of fabio capello, the guy was only in the job a few weeks and the talk was about replacing him, he eventually led them to a la liga title and was duly relieved of his duties by mutual consent or he walked either way it was a shambles.

generally they operate with contempt and complete disregard towards other clubs they always seem to have fifa on board namely sepp blatter although mr platini is making a play for their attentions.
 

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Personally if I was a player I'd see it as a choice. You can go to Madrid or Barca. For that matter you could go to Man Utd, Juventus, Chelsea or where ever.

You would win trophies but you would probably be accused of being a sell out or having no loyalty.


The second option is become a fans favourite at a smaller club aka Sampdoria, Napoli, Villa, Fiorentina, Atletico...

You'd be sacrificing trophies but your reputation would be a glorious thing. Fans would point to you an scream about the last loyal footballer.

They would chant your name saying for him it's still about the football, not the paycheck. I think that would mean more to me than trophies.
 
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