July 29, 2011
Hello, my name is Corey, and I have taken up the role as the Real Madrid correspondent/blogger here at Soccernet. Many of you probably do not know of me, so let me start by giving everyone a bit of background. I have been a Real Madrid fan since 2000, when I saw my first European football match, the 2000/2001 European Cup final between Real Madrid and Valencia. It seems a surreal experience now, as I sit here in an airport in Charlotte, remembering the game fondly. Many people probably saw the highlights of Raul jinking his way around Santiago Canazares, or the awesome karate like volley Steve Mcmanaman scored, but what I remember is how enchanted I was with Spanish football. I had already taken a liking to Real Madrid, and Raul in particular during the past few months, but this game cemented in my mind my affiliation with the club and the league.
I have also been reading ESPN Soccernet for six or so years now, and am honored to be able to write for the site. Before blogs really took off, and I taught myself to read Spanish, it was very difficult to find information on the internet about Real Madrid, much less world football. Soccernet was the first place I initially looked, and have visited the site daily ever since. In fact, its my homepage. And Soccernet’s very own Phil Ball, La Liga writer and avid Real Sociedad fan, has been my inspiration for writing for all of these years. His writing on Soccernet has allowed me to further understand and appreciate Spanish football for all its intricacies and intrigue, which would have been far more difficult given I am not fluid in Spanish, but can merely make enough words out of a sentence to have a rudimentary understanding of what is being expressed.
July 5, 2011
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July 4, 2011
As the heat in Madrid continues to rise so to do the rumours surrounding Real Madrid in the midst of the summer transfer window. Though Madrid have addressed certain concerns in the first couple weeks, the most interesting moves are still yet to come.
Hamit Altintop, the Turkish attacking midfielder who last played at the Bernabeu opposite Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in the 2010 Champions League final, highlights what, for the time being, is a short list of new, young talent. In a campaign filled with speculation over Mourinho’s future, even in his first season in the Spanish capital, it seems the Portuguese manager is putting the pieces in place to create a Madrid of the future.