Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Humiliated Real Madrid in chaos [VIDEO]
by Paul Kennedy, October 29th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[SPAIN] Real Madrid spent a record $342 million on new players, but less than two months into its 2009-10 season, chaos already reigns at the White House. A 4-0 loss to Second Division B (third-level) Alcorcon will do that for you. Following the defeat, the Madrid media predicted first-year coach Manuel Pellegrini is on his way out.

Real was without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka was rested, but there was still plenty of talent in the field Tuesday night at the estadio Santa Domingo: Raul and French signing Karin Benzema up front, Dutch star Rafael van der Vaart in midfield, along with Spanish internationals Alvaro Arbeloa and Raul Albiol on defense and Pole Jerzy Dudek in goal. Spaniard Esteban Granero, a $5.5 million summer signing, was the only starter who is not a senior international.

But the match was no contest -- 1-0 on Borja's goal in the 16th minute, an Arbeloa own goal in the 22nd, an Ernesto goal in the 40th and a second Borja goal in the 52nd.

Alcorcon-Real Madrid Highlights:




Madrid sports daily AS called the loss "The Ridicule of the Century," and mainstream daily El Pais said Real players were "apathetic and indolent" and that Pellegrini "seems to have lost control of them." The Barcelona sports El Mundo Deportivo took delight in the Madrid club's loss, calling it "humillante." Marca went so far as to say Argentine Jorge Valdano, a Real Madrid executive, would replace Pellegrini, who arrived from Villarreal over the summer. Pellegrini admitted afterwards he was "ashamed" by the result.

The loss follows last week's 3-2 loss at home to AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League and a 0-0 tie at Sporting Gijon in la Liga.

Next up for Real Madrid: Getafe at home on Saturday and AC Milan away on Tuesday. The Madrid papers are predicting Pellegrini is finished if Real loses either of these games.

Real Madrid lineup against Alcorcon: Dudek, Arbeola, Albiol, Metzelder, Drenthe, Mahamadou Diarra, Guti (Gago, 46), Van der Vaart, Granero (Marcelo, 63), Raul (Van Nistelrooy, 72), Benzema.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
WPS owner Borislow dies of heart attack    
[OBITUARY] Dan Borislow, the controversial owner of franchise MagicJack in defunct Women's Professional Soccer, died Tuesday ...
MLS: Three games to watch    
[PREVIEW: Week 20] A pair of important Eastern Conference games and the first showdown of the ...
Teen star Saucedo becomes first Utahn to sign with RSL    
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] Real Salt Lake has signed 17-year-old academy star Sebastian Saucedo from RSL Arizona as ...
Teenager Hyndman in Fulham squad for Jax match    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Emerson Hyndman, the 18-year-old grandson of former FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, is in ...
Concorde Fire plays PDA Harkes for McGuire Cup    
[U.S. YOUTH SOCCER] Georgia's Concorde Fire Elite and New Jersey's PDA Harkes will play Saturday for ...
What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger    
"He is a player with a good eye and good technique and is very agile. He ...
Top 20 U.S. soccer crowds    
[CROWD COUNT] Wednesday's game between the LA Galaxy and Manchester United drew 84,632 fans at the ...
Galaxy II signs academy product Jaime Villarreal    
[USL PRO] Jaime Villarreal, younger brother of Jose Villarreal, signed with LA Galaxy II, becoming the ...
Falcao is back! Playing baseball    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Colombian Radamel Falcao, recovering from an ACL injury, was perhaps the ...
Freddy Adu's latest stop: Serbia    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] A decade after making his pro debut at the age of 14 with D.C. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives