"No one player is as good as the sum of the team." -- Alfredo Di Stéfano

Injury Updates: Ramos and Coentrão

Both players have been ruled out of national team duty this week. Spain’s and Portugal’s federations confirmed each player is unfit to play after joining their national teams this morning.

Ramos picked up a knock to his calf during a collision with another player in yesterday’s league match. Coentrão, who hasn’t been called up since MD5 against Elche, is suffering from knee pain.

Update (October 10) - Sergio’s test results showed a microtear to his calf. He could miss anywhere from seven days to two weeks. A best-case scenario would have him return in time for Liverpool on the 18th. Marca believes no decision will be made until more time has passed.

Ancelotti confirms a Ramos calf injury (via Rhiannon Jones) | October 5, 2014 

Sergio injured the soleus muscle of his right leg. Initial reports suspect he may be a doubt for Spain’s upcoming Euro qualifiers.

ETA: He tweeted after the game that he was looking forward to joining his national team, so it seems that the knock may have been only a scare.

Update (October 6) - He has been ruled out of Spain’s Euro qualifiers.

Real Madrid on international duty: goals | September 2014 

  • Ramos (16’ p) vs Macedonia
  • Bale (22’) + (81’) vs Andorra
  • Modrić (46’) vs Malta

MRI confirms Carvajal thigh injury | September 8, 2014 

Dani Carvajal abandoned Spain’s training camp in Valencia this morning. Before doing so he had a MRI taken, which confirmed a muscular injury to his left hamstring.

AS reports the player had his leg covered by an ice pack the night before, but the swelling had not receded by the morning. Real Madrid’s medical staff are expected to conduct their own testing after he returns to Madrid.

Dani told a reporter upon his departure: “I don’t think it’s too serious. The most important thing is that I make a complete recovery; if I can be ready for Saturday’s game then even better.

Injury update: Dani Carvajal has been ruled out for Spain’s Euro qualifier on Monday. During today’s training he noticed a sharp pain in his left hamstring.

Reports say he is a doubt for Real Madrid’s league match against Atleti this coming weekend, but he will undergo further testing Monday to determine the extent of his injury.

Update (September 8)

Dani Carvajal’s La Roja debut | September 4, 2014

I’m still not at that moment, I want all this [in Brazil] to end as soon as possible, go on holiday, disconnect a little and then decide things with time. Right now is not the time. —Xabi Alonso, denying reports of his international retirement

Cristiano Ronaldo named World’s Most Marketable Footballer

In an independent index conducted by sports marketing research company Repucom, Ronaldo is considered “the most well-known and marketable player today”. The ranking was created using a tool that “measures the perceptions of over 6,500 people in 13 international markets, representing the views of more than 1.5 billion people.”

"Globally, 83.9% of people know of the Portuguese star and in markets such as Italy, Spain, Germany, Turkey and Argentina, this figure is above 95%. Ronaldo is also seen as the best trendsetter of all the players with 82.5% of people saying he reflects today’s trends in society."

According to Repucom’s founder and CEO, Paul Smith, “Ronaldo is an endorser’s dream. His value is as important to the teams he plays for as they are for the companies that endorse him. Global awareness of Ronaldo is what drives his commercial power and with over 82 million Facebook likes and 26 million Twitter followers, he is also one of the most liked in the business.”

Iker Casillas also makes an appearance on the list at #8.

"The Spanish captain is the 15th most famous footballer globally, with just over 49% of people knowing of him. However, among those people that do know of him, Casillas ranks within the top three players globally in seven of the eight attributes against which a player’s marketability is measured. Of that figure, over 83% say they find him appealing and more than 84% aspire to be like him. He is the second most trusted footballer globally and third most influential."

Paul Clement was interviewed by The Guardian earlier this week. He spoke about the team’s preparation heading into the Champions League final. 

“You have to practise everything that happens in a game: set plays, attacking, defending, periods of transition,” Clement counters. “We try to do all of it, including penalties. It is very difficult to recreate the pressure but we give the players the chance to repeat their penalties: repetition, repetition. Keep practising and feel comfortable. We practised them yesterday and we will practise them again.

“You have to account for substitutions, injuries, red cards, things that can happen in the game, but we have a good idea already of who would take them if it went to penalties. We have lined them up one to 11 and we [will then] make adjustments as needed.”

The last time Sergio Ramos took a penalty he dinked in a Panenka in the semi-final of Euro 2012, against Portugal, and he would do it again. It sounds like he has been threatening to do it in Lisbon. Clement grins: “Oh, God. It gives me a heart attack when he does that. I just say to him: ‘Sergio, no, no! Tranquilo! Calm down!’”

Injury update: Álvaro Arbeloa spoke about his knee injury at a Yahoo event Thursday afternoon. Stress at the joint resulted in a small 2 mm patellar crack. Although it’s not painful, he wears a brace that helps him lead a completely normal life. He is just unable to train and compete naturally.

He denied earlier interpretations of his injury, which assumed he would miss out on this summer’s World Cup. “My intention is to recover from this setback and even be able to help my team in a possible Champions League final, then help Spain in the World Cup if called up.

With respect to Dani Carvajal, Arbeloa stated the rotation at right back was good for the club. “I was in good form before this injury. Dani is a great player, and the competition is good because every day you have to demand more of yourself. The mister has felt it appropriate to rotate the position, and it’s working out.”

"FIFA World Cup Champion Sergio Ramos has high hopes for 2014. The expectant father talks to FIFA.com about the obligation to fight for titles with Spain and Real Madrid, being drawn into a group with the Netherlands and the challenges of his defence position." [transcript]

Real Madrid’s World Cup Group MatchesWC 2014

Full group schedule | Full WC schedule | TV listings 

Updated on December 8 to reflect FIFA’s changes to seven kickoff times. Three of the RM-related kickoffs were affected. FIFA made the changes due to a request from FIFPro, who complained about the early kickoffs and hotter, more humid temperatures.

Thursday, June 12

  • Group A: Brazil vs Croatia - 10 PM CET | 4 PM ET

Friday, June 13

  • Group B: Spain vs Netherlands - 9 PM CET | 3 PM ET
Sunday, June 15
  • Group F: Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina - 6 PM ET | 12 AM CET (Monday)
  • Group E: France vs Honduras - 9 PM CET | 3 PM ET

Monday, June 16

  • Group G: Germany vs Portugal - 6 PM CET | 12 PM ET

Tuesday, June 17

  • Group A: Brazil vs Mexico - 9 PM CET | 3 PM ET

Wednesday, June 18

  • Group A: Cameroon vs Croatia - 6 PM ET | 12 AM CET (Thursday)
  • Group B: Spain vs Chile - 7 PM CET | 1 PM ET 

Friday, June 20

  • Group E: Switzerland vs France - 9 PM CET | 3 PM ET

Saturday, June 21

  • Group F: Argentina vs Iran - 6 PM CET | 12 PM ET
  • Group G: Germany vs Ghana - 9 PM CET | 3 PM ET

Sunday, June 22

  • Group G: USA vs Portugal - 6 PM ET | 12 AM CET (Monday

Monday, June 23

  • Group B: Australia vs Spain - 6 PM CET | 12 PM ET
  • Group A: Cameroon vs Brazil - 10 PM CET | 4 PM ET
  • Group A: Croatia vs Mexico - 10 PM CET | 4 PM ET

Wednesday, June 25

  • Group F: Nigeria vs Argentina - 6 PM CET | 12 PM ET
  • Group E: Ecuador vs France -  10 PM CET | 4 PM ET

Thursday, June 26

  • Group G: USA vs Germany - 6 PM CET | 12 PM ET
  • Group G: Portugal vs Ghana - 6 PM CET | 12 PM ET

Real Madrid on International Duty - Goals | November 2013, Round 2

Of the eight countries our Madridistas represent, all but Wales (Bale) have qualified for the World Cup.
  • Brazil - Marcelo
  • Argentina - Di María
  • Germany - Khedira
  • Spain - Casillas, Alonso, Arbeloa, Ramos
The final three nations solidified their qualifications in the second leg of Tuesday’s playoffs.
  • Portugal - Ronaldo, Pepe, Coentrão
  • France - Benzema, Varane
  • Croatia - Modrić

Note: Players included came from the most recent call-ups.

Real Madrid on International Duty - Goals | November 2013, Round 1 

  • Morata vs Bosnia-Herzegovina U21 - 45 + 3’ (p)
  • Ronaldo vs Sweden - 82’

Real Madrid on International Duty | October 14-15, 2013 

Goals: Morata vs Hungary U-21 (9’) | Benzema vs Finland (87’)

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