Raúl González Blanco was born on June 27th 1977 in Madrid, Spain. He was brought up in a modest quarter of the city, the colony of San Cristobal de los Angeles. Raúl is a product of Atletico Madrid’s youth system, but was picked up by rivals Real during a financial slump at his club. Real’s coach Jorge Valdano introduced him to the starting lineup at 17, and the youngster did not disappoint scoring six goals in his first 11 appearances.
National coach Javier Clemente excluded Raúl from the Spanish squad in Euro 1996 primarily because of his tender age. Raúl’s scoring record with Real Madrid proved that he was the real deal and eventually earned him starting position in Spain’s national squad. At World Cup 1998, Raúl could do little as his country failed to advance past the group stage. Four years later in World Cup 2002, he scored three goals in the group phase before being injured and missing the remainder of the tournament. Shortly after World Cup 2006, Raúl left the Spanish national squad which he had captained since 2002.
On the club level, Raúl’s career has been very successful. He was the top goalscorer in Spain for two seasons (1999 and 2001). In 1998, he helped Real Madrid defeat Juventus 1-0 in the Champions League final. Two years later, Raúl was once more on top of Europe as Real defeated Valencia. Real Madrid took the Champions League title again in 2002 with a 2-1 victory over Leverkusen. Raúl shined throughout the tournament and opened the score in the final. At the end of the 2010 season, Raúl left Real Madrid after a 15-year spell.
Raúl is a versatile striker. He has good skills with the ball and can shoot, beat defenders, play the ball quickly or hold possession. Raúl is the sort of striker who can disappear for 80 minutes of playing time, just to come back in the end and score two goals turning the scoreboard upside down.
|Name||Raúl González Blanco|
|Born||27 June 1977 in Madrid, Spain|
|Height||180 cm / 6 feet|
|Weight||68 kg / 150 pounds|
Shalke 04 (Germany)
Al Sadd (Quatar)
New York Cosmos (USA)
el Pichichi del Madrid (Madrid’s striker)
|Hobbies||Reading, music, hunting and video games|