|Full name||Raúl González Blanco|
|Date of birth||June 27, 1977|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1. Events 1358 - Republic of Dubrovnik is founded 1709 - Peter the Great defeats Charles XII of Sweden Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Madrid (pronounced in English in Spanish and colloquially in Spain) is the Capital and largest city of Spain. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. 80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Second striker|
|Current club||Real Madrid|
|San Cristóbal de Los Ángeles|
|1994–||Real Madrid||483 (205)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Raúl González Blanco (born June 27, 1977 in Madrid, Spain), usually referred to as Raúl, is a Spanish professional football forward. Events 1358 - Republic of Dubrovnik is founded 1709 - Peter the Great defeats Charles XII of Sweden Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Madrid (pronounced in English in Spanish and colloquially in Spain) is the Capital and largest city of Spain. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Strikers, also known as forwards and attackers, are the players on a team in Association football (soccer in the row nearest to the opposing He has been playing for Real Madrid at senior level since 1994, and is the team captain since 2003. He was also a member of the Spanish national team, and is its all-time leading goal scorer with 44 goals. The Spanish National Football Team, commonly referred to as La Selección, is the national football team of Spain and is controlled by the es [[Spanish He represented Spain in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2004 and 2006 FIFA World Cup tournaments. The 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 16th staging of the World Cup was held in France from June 10 to July 12 after 60 years to celebrate the third edition scheduled The 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, or Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Football Championship, which is held every four years and organized by The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship (or just Euro 2004) was the twelfth edition of the UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament With Real Madrid, he has won the UEFA Champions League three times, and is the all-time leading scorer of that competition with 61 goals. See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club
Raúl is currently seventh highest goalscorer in the history of Spain's top flight, with 205 goals in 483 games. All of these goals were for Real Madrid, making Raúl the club's second highest goalscorer of all time. He is also called 'El siete' (The Seven), 'El Angel del Madrid' (Madrid's Angel), and 'El Capitán' (The Captain) by fans and pundits.
When playing, he wears jersey number 7 for both club and country (except WC'98 and EC'00 he wore 10 for Spain). He has been wearing the number 7 shirt for Real Madrid since he was 19.
His current contract with Real Madrid runs until 2011 and will be extended for a year each as long as he plays at least 30 official games for Real Madrid in his last year of a contract. This means that he will likely play for the club for the rest of his career.  He is considered by many to be one of the greatest Spanish Footballers of all time.
He began the 1994-95 season in Madrid's "C" team, and scored 13 goals in the seven games. Real Madrid C is a Spanish football team that plays in the Tercera División. In October 1994, head coach Jorge Valdano picked the gifted teenager in his first team. Jorge Alberto Francisco Valdano Castellanos (born October 4, 1955 in Las Parejas, Santa Fe Province) is an Argentine former At just 17 years and four months, Raúl became the youngest player ever to wear a Real Madrid shirt. In doing so, he nudged aside 1991 Pichichi Trophy winner Emilio Butragueño, and was soon well on the way to becoming Spain's new sensation. In Spanish football, the Pichichi is the trophy awarded by Spanish sports newspaper Marca to the top goalscorer for each league season Emilio Butragueño Santos (born July 22 1963 in Madrid) is a former Spanish football forward who played for Castilla CF He scored nine times in his first season from 28 appearances, including one in his second game against Atlético, and won the Spanish La Liga championship. Club Atlético de Madrid is a Spanish football club based in Madrid who play in the Primera División of La Liga. The Primera División of the es Liga de Fútbol Profesional ( Professional Football League) commonly known as La Liga or
Raúl has been a key player in Real Madrid's six big titles from 1998 to 2003. He helped the team win the UEFA Champions League titles of 1998, 2000 and 2002, scoring goals in both the 2000 and 2002 Champions League finals. See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club On the domestic scene, he has won six Spanish La Liga championships in 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2008. Although he has mainly played as a striker, Raúl has shown his ability to play in a number of different positions including left/right winger or playmaker. In Association football, a playmaker is an attacking player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play and is often involved in Passing moves which lead to
Ever since 2004, he has been under criticism by the media and part of the supporters for his supposed poor performances, during a period in which Real Madrid struggled to win domestic or European competitions. These struggles have seen Raúl relegated at times to the substitutes bench by both club and country, leaving questions as to how much he might have in the tank. For a time, it was widely rumoured that the primary reason why Raúl started in the Real Madrid line-up is because he has tremendous influence in Madrid.
However, during the latter part of the 2006-07 season, Raúl managed to recreate some of his past glories, partnering in attack with Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij (commonly spelled as van Nistelrooy; born 1 July 1976 in Oss, North Brabant) is a Dutch footballer
On 28 September 2005 against Greek power Olympiacos, in his 97th UEFA Champions League match, Raul became the first player in the history of the tournament to score 50 goals, passing Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stéfano. Events 48 BC - Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Super League Greece (Σούπερ Λίγκα Ελλάδα founded in 2006 is the highest professional football league in Greece. See also Olympiacos CFP Olympiacos FC (ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός also known as simply Olympiacos, Olympiacos Piraeus or with its full name Alfredo di Stéfano Laulhé (born 4 July 1926 in Barracas, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine - Spanish former footballer and He is currently the top goal scorer in the history of the competition with 61 goals. His most recent UEFA Champions League goal came against AS Roma 5 March 2008 at home. Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common
In 2007-08, Raúl's form has improved compared to the previous two seasons, as he has started almost every game and has scored regularly. He has continued to form an effective partnership with Van Nistelrooy. Raúl has scored 18 goals from 37 in La Liga and 5 from 8 in the Champions League. In 2007, he was among the top 50 players shortlisted for the Ballon D'Or award by France Football magazine. The "fr '''Ballon d'Or'''" ( French for " Golden Ball " often referred to as the European Footballer of the Year award is an association football France Football is a French bi-weekly Magazine containing football news from all over the world However, he has not earned a national team call up. Spain's coach Luis Aragones stated that Raul would be called up to future squads, but there are suspicions that Raúl will not be called up again whilst Aragones remains in charge. José Luis Aragonés Suárez (born July 28, 1938, Hortaleza Madrid) sometimes referred to as simply Luis, is a former Spanish
Raúl made his national team debut against the Czech Republic in October 1996. The Czech national football team is the national football team of the Czech Republic controlled by the Football Association of the Czech Republic. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) Although he has scored 44 goals for Spain - 15 more than previous record-holder, Fernando Hierro - Raúl's performances for his country have been regularly criticised, mainly because Spain have been dubbed the "greatest underachievers" in international football. Fernando Ruiz Hierro, pron feɾ'nando 'ʝero (born March 23 1968 in Vélez-Málaga) is a former Spanish footballer An extremely consistent scorer in the qualifying rounds for major tournaments, Raul has only scored 6 goals in 18 appearances in the finals of the various competitions (World Cups in 1998, 2002 and 2006, and European Championships in 2000 and 2004). He is also remembered for a crucial penalty miss late on in a game v France in the quarter finals of Euro 2000.
After Fernando Hierro retired from the Spanish national team in 2002, Raúl became the captain for Spain. Fernando Ruiz Hierro, pron feɾ'nando 'ʝero (born March 23 1968 in Vélez-Málaga) is a former Spanish footballer Overall, Raúl has played 102 games for the Spanish national team. When he led out the Spanish team against San Marino in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 12 October 2005, he surpassed his predecessor as Spain captain, Fernando Hierro, as the most-capped outfield player (i. "San Marino football team" redirects here For the club that competes in Italy's Serie C2, see San Marino Calcio. Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for UEFA teams Events 539 BC - The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. e. , not a goalkeeper) in Spanish history. In many team Sports a goalkeeper (termed goaltender netminder, goalie, or keeper in some sports
On June 19, 2006, with a goal against Tunisia, Raúl became the 18th player to score in 3 different editions of the FIFA World Cup. Events 1179 - The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet outside Nidaros. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The Tunisia national football team (منتخب تونس لكرة القدم nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage, is the national team of Tunisia The FIFA World Cup, occasionally called the Football World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international Association football He has scored in the 1998, 2002 and the 2006 FIFA World Cups.
In recent times, Raúl has been left out of the Spanish National Team squad on numerous occasions by coach Luis Aragonés. José Luis Aragonés Suárez (born July 28, 1938, Hortaleza Madrid) sometimes referred to as simply Luis, is a former Spanish Calls to reinstate their captain have come from former teammates, Fernando Hierro, current teammates, almost the entire Real Madrid squad, and many members of the Spanish National Team, and these have been growing rapidly in recent times. The most recent addition to the list is Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster. Bernd Schuster (born December 22, 1959 in Augsburg) is a German football coach and former player
Raul has been left out of the Spanish National team for the Euro 2008.
Raúl has a distinctive celebration, with each goal acclaimed by a kiss of his wedding ring, an acknowledgment to his wife Mamen Sanz, who is also a spanish model. They have four sons: Jorge (February 25, 2000), named after Jorge Valdano; Hugo (November 20, 2002), named after Raúl's childhood hero Hugo Sánchez; and twins Héctor and Mateo (November 17, 2005). Jorge Alberto Francisco Valdano Castellanos (born October 4, 1955 in Las Parejas, Santa Fe Province) is an Argentine former Hugo Sánchez Márquez (born July 11 1958 popularly nicknamed Pentapichichi, Hugol, was the former coach of the Mexican National Football Team from February 7 He enjoys reading, especially the books of Arturo Pérez Reverte, and listening to of Spanish music, as well as hunting and watching bullfighting. Arturo Pérez-Reverte (November 25 1951 Cartagena Spain) is a Spanish Novelist and Journalist. Hunting is the practice of pursuing Animals for Food, Recreation, or Trade. Bullfighting or Tauromachy (from Greek ταυρομαχία - tauromachia, "bull-fight" is a traditional spectacle of Spain
last update: May 18, 2008. Events 1152 - Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common
|Club||Season||La Liga||Cup||Champions League||Other*||Total|
|Real Madrid captain|
|UEFA Champions League Best Forward|
1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02
Ruud van Nistelrooy