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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Benzema's top scoring season

The striker tallied 32 goals in the 2011/12 campaign
Javier Garcia / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Karim Benzema's third season at Real Madrid has been the one in which he's tallied the most goals in his career. The player has netted 32 strikes (one more than in the 2007/08 campaign with Olympique Lyonnais), brigning his total tally at Real Madrid up to 67. This is one goal better than his 66 goal tally during his five years on the French team.

SeasonLigue 1Cup of FranceLeague CupUCLSuper CupTOTAL

SeasonLa LigaCopa del ReyUCLS. S. CupTOTAL

Casillas celebrates 31st birthday

The captain has just ended his 13th season on the team winning his fifth league title
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Iker Casillas joined the Real Madrid academy to play for the Under-10s and proceeded to climb through its ranks to become a true Madridista icon. The captain has won two Champions League titles, two Intercontinental Cups, one European Super Cup, five league titles, one Copa del Rey and three Spanish Super Cups with Real Madrid.
Casillas was born on 20 May 1981 in Madrid. He made his first team debut against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on 12 September 1999 in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw. He has since made 625 appearances with the Whites. Casillas is also the most capped Spanish player (128), winning the World Cup and the Euro once each with Spain.
SeasonLa Liga UCLCopa del ReyInt. C./W. C. C.*S. S. CupE. S. CupTOTAL
1999/00 27 12 347
2000/01 34 11 47
2001/02 25  9 40
2002/03 38 15 55
2003/04 37   9 50
2004/05 37 10 47
2005/06 37   7 48
2006/07 38   7 45
2007/08 36   8 46
2008/09 38   7 047
2009/10 38   8 46
* Intercontinental Cup and World Club Championship games

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Real Madrid's records in La Liga 2011/12

Among-st other impressive feats, the Whites took 100 points, scored 121 goals and earned 32 victories
Alberto Navarro / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Real Madrid won their 32nd league title when they defeated Athletic Bilbao at San Mames, becoming the first visiting side to win the trophy at the stadium. The Whites have established several new records this season, such as taking 100 points, scoring 121 goals, winning 32 games, earning 20 heavy victories and having a +89 goal difference.
Taking 100 points has made a real impression in Spain and in the rest of Europe, since never before had a champion side from any of the top six league championships in the continent achieved this.
SpainReal Madrid2011/12100
EnglandChelsea2004/05  95
PortugalPorto2002/03  86
FranceO. Lyonnais2005/06  84
GermanyDortmund2011/12  81
ItalyInter Milan2006/07  97

The Madridistas took 100 points in 32 victories and four draws, losing only two games in the entire season. No other team has won so many games in La Liga; the previous best mark was Barcelona's and Real Madrid's 31 wins in the 2009/10 campaign.

Twenty (62%) of those victories were heavy victories in which the team scored three or more goals. This is also a new record that improves on Real's own 16 heavy victories of the 1989/90 season.

The Whites turned scores around nine times, also a first in the championship. Real Madrid and Deportivo had done this eight times in the 1996/97 and 2002/03 campaigns, respectively.

Real Madrid also scored a record 121 goals in the competition, largely improving on their own 107 goal record from the 1989/90 campaign. Thanks to conceding only 32 strikes, the Whites earned an unprecedented +89 goal difference.

Real Madrid are also the first team in the history of La Liga that managed to win at the stadiums of seven previous league winners in one season (Deportivo played in the Second Division). They've defeated Barcelona, Atletico, Athletic, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Betis and Sevilla at their home turfs.

Most points100Barcelona: 992009/10
Most goals121Real Madrid: 107
Most victories  32Real Madrid y Barcelona: 312009/10
Most heavy victories (three or more goals)  20Real Madrid: 16
Largest goal difference+89Barcelona: +74
2009/10, 2010/11
Most turnarounds  9Real Madrid, Deportivo: 8
1996/97, 2002/03
Most victories on the road  16Barcelona: 142008/09, 2009/10
Most goals scored on the road  51Barcelona: 49
Most points taken on the road  50Barcelona:46
Most victories at the stadium's of former league championsAgainst Barcelona (Camp Nou), Atletico (Calderon), Athletic (San Mames), Valencia (Mestalla), Real Sociedad (Anoeta), Betis (Benito Villamarin) and Sevilla (Sanchez Pizjuan)
Victories against every opponentTwelfth time the team achieves this

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Kuwait 0-2 Real Madrid

Whites seal season with victory in the Middle East country with goals from Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo

Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Real Madrid put an end ot the 2011/12 season with a 2-0 victory against the Kuwait national team with goals by Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo. Jose Mourinho used a different lineup in each half and the team always dominated the encounter.
Mourinho said in the pre-match press conference that Real Madrid weren't doing tourism in Kuwait and proved it tonight. He used a lineup with changes in the defensive half, but using heavy guns Ozil, Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the first half. Ozil put the local goalkeeper to the test with a powerful shot on the 7-minute mark. Cristiano Ronaldo was the team's most active player in the opening minutes and hit the crossbar from a free-kick early in the game (9').

Mourinho made Callejon come on for Benzema on the 22-minute mark and Di Maria scored the opener four minutes later with a left footed shot from outside the box. Cristiano Ronaldo later scored the team's second goal by heading in a solid cross into the box by Altintop (31').

Nine different players joined forces with Callejon and Altintop after half-time and Real continued dominating the encounter while Kuwait tried to create danger in counterattacks. The locals also made changes and improved their game, forcing Casillas to clear three shots before the end of the clash.


  • 22N. Al KhaldiGoalkeeperSubstitution Off
  • 5A. Al Fadhel
  • 2A. Al MaatouqSubstitution Off
  • 13M. Al EneziSubstitution Off
  • 3F. ShaheenSubstitution Off
  • 7F. Al EneziSubstitution Off
  • 11F. Al AnsariSubstitution Off
  • 14T. Al Amer
  • 15Waleed AliSubstitution Off
  • 16H. Al EneziSubstitution Off
  • 20Y. Al SulaimanSubstitution Off


  • 23A. Al SalimiSubstitution On
  • 6K. Al QahtaniSubstitution On
  • 19M. RashedSubstitution OnSubstitution Off
  • 4H. FadelSubstitution On
  • 8S. Al SheikhSubstitution On
  • 18J. Al AtaiqiSubstitution On
  • 12H. Al MoussawiSubstitution On
  • 17B. Al MutwaSubstitution On
  • 1K. Al RashidiSubstitution On
  • 21A. Al MaqseedSubstitution On
Goran Tufegdzic

Real Madrid

  • 13A. AdánGoalkeeperSubstitution Off
  • 16H. Altintop
  • 19R. VaraneSubstitution Off
  • 2R. CarvalhoSubstitution Off
  • 15Fábio CoentrãoSubstitution Off
  • 11E. GraneroSubstitution Off
  • 5N. SahinSubstitution Off
  • 22Á. Di MaríaGoalSubstitution Off
  • 10M. ÖzilSubstitution Off
  • 7C. RonaldoGoalSubstitution Off
  • 9K. BenzemaSubstitution Off


  • 6S. Khedira
  • 1I. CasillasSubstitution On
  • 12MarceloSubstitution On
  • 17Á. ArbeloaSubstitution On
  • 4S. RamosSubstitution On
  • 21J. CallejónSubstitution On
  • 8KakáSubstitution On
  • 24Lass DiarraSubstitution On
  • 18R. AlbiolSubstitution On
  • 20G. HiguaínSubstitution On
  • 3PepeSubstitution On
José Mourinho