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Friday, August 23, 2013

End of an Era: Raúl - Farewell Testimonial Tour

One of my favourite footballers of all time, Raúl González Blanco suited up for his beloved team Real Madrid (Spain) for one last time in the 35th edition of the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy

He played for the Madridista in the first half and then for his current Qatari club Al-Sadd in the second half. He scored the first goal of the testimonial match for Real Madrid who went on to win the game 5-0. This was just the second testimonial match for the Real Madrid legend who also played for and against his former German club Schalke 04 last month scoring two goals for the Bundesliga side in the second half.

When the Madrid legend left the Spanish capital in July 2010, he never get a chance to farewell the Madrid crowd but the testimonial match, though not as grandeur as what he got from Schalke last year, was good enough for the Merengues fans.

 After playing for Real Madrid for 16 years, he suited up for Schalke 04 in Germany's Bundesliga for a couple of years before taking his talent to Doha and played for Qatar Stars League outfit Al-Sadd last year.

Club Honours:

Real Madrid (Spain)
  • La Liga champions (6): 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08
  • La Liga runner-up (5): 1998-99, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10
  • Copa del Rey runner-up (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
  • Supercopa de España champions (4): 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008
  • Supercopa de España runner-up (2): 1995, 2007
  • UEFA Champions League (3): 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02
  • UEFA Super Cup (1): 2002
  • UEFA Super Cup runner-up (2): 1998, 2000
  • Intercontinental Cup (2): 1998, 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup runner-up (1): 2000
  • FIFA Club World Championship/FIFA Club World Cup fourth place (1): 2000

Schalke 04 (Germany)
  • DFB-Pokal champions (1): 2010–11
  • DFL-Supercup champions (1): 2011
  • DFL-Supercup runner-up (1): 2010

Al-Sadd (Qatar)
  • Qatar Stars League champions (1): 2013-13
  • Emir of Qatar Cup runner-up (1): 2013
  • Qatar Crown Prince Cup runner-up (1): 2013


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