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    Raúl González Blanco (born June 27, 1977), usually referred to simply as Raúl, is a Spanish football forward. He has been playing for Real Madrid at senior level since 1994, where he is the team captain.

    He has played more than 100 games for the Spanish national team, and is its all-time leading goal scorer with 44 goals. He represented Spain in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2004 and 2006 FIFA World Cup tournaments. He is the UEFA Champions League all-time leading scorer with 58 goals.

    Raúl is also currently 8th highest goalscorer in the history of Spain's top flight, with 193 goals in 458 games. All of these goals were for Real Madrid, making Raúl the club's 2nd highest goalscorer of all time. He is also called 'The Angel Of Madrid' by fans and pundits etc.


    When playing, he wears jersey number 7 for both club and country (until Euro 2000 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 2012 (extended to 2 more years).

    Raúl grew up in the modest San Cristóbal de los Ángeles neighbourhood of Madrid. After winning his spurs as a member of provincial amateur team San Cristóbal de los Ángeles, his father signed him up for Atlético Madrid at the age of 13. Raúl rose through the ranks, winning the national title with the Under-15 youth team (cadete), and seemed destined to join the professional side when Atlético president Jesús Gil dissolved the club's entire youth scheme in an effort to save money. Real Madrid scouts quickly signed Raúl and he started the 1992-93 season with the Cadete A.

    Raúl again won another Cadete title. In 1993-94, he began the season with the Juvenil B team, moved on to Juvenil A, and was promoted to the Under-19 División de Honor team. He began the 1994-95 season in Madrid's "C" team, and scored 13 goals in the seven games. In October 1994, head coach Jorge Valdano picked the gifted teenager in his first team.

    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. 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.

    Raúl made his national team debut against the Czech Republic in October 1996. Raúl's performances for Spain have since mirrored the nation's fortunes, Spain being dubbed the "greatest underachievers" in international football.


    Raúl was a key player in Real Madrid's six big titles from 1998 to 2003. With Real, he won three European UEFA Champions League trophies in 1998, 2000 and 2002, scoring both goals in the 2000 and 2002 Champions League finals. On the domestic scene, he won five Spanish La Liga championships in 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2007. After Fernando Hierro retired from the Spanish national team in 2002, Raúl became the captain for Spain.

    Ever since 2004, he has been under heavy criticism by the media and part of the supporters because of his poor performances in the last four years, in which Real Madrid struggled to win a European competition, with no success in either of them. 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. It is widely rumoured that the primary reason why Raúl starts in the Real Madrid line-up is because he has tremendous influence in Madrid.

    During the 2006/7 season, Raul has managed to regain some of the former displays of the past, and has created an impressive partnership with Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Because of his effort and passion for Real Madrid, he has shown his ability to play in a number of different positions including left/right winger.

    On 28 September 2005 against Greek power Olympiakos, 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. He is currently the top goal scorer in the history of the competition with 58 goals. His most recent UEFA Champions League goal came against Olympiakos 24 October 2007 at the Bernabeu.

    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.e., not a goalkeeper) in Spanish history.

    On June 19, with a goal against Tunisia, Raúl became the 18th player to score in 3 different editions of the FIFA World Cup. He has scored in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

    As of recently, Raul has been left out of the Spanish National Team squad on numerous occasions by coach Luis Aragones. Calls from former teammates, Fernando Hierro, current teammates, almost the entire Real Madrid squad, and many members of the Spanish National Team have been growing rapidly in recent times.

    The most recent addition to the list is Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster. Rauls recent form has been incredible, and many are puzzled as to why he has not earned a national team call up.


    Raúl has a distinctive celebration, with each goal acclaimed by a kiss of his wedding ring, an acknowledgment to his wife Mamen Sanz.

    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).

    He likes reading, especially the books of Arturo Pérez Reverte, and listening to all sorts of Spanish music. He also enjoys hunting and watching bullfighting.

    Honors

    Club

    Spanish La Liga: (5) : 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2007
    Spanish Super Cup: (3) : 1997, 2001 and 2003
    UEFA Champions League: (3) : 1998, 2000 and 2002
    European Super Cup: (1) : 2002
    Intercontinental Cup: (2) : 1998 and 2002


    Individual

    Pichichi Trophy: : 1999 and 2001
    Copa de Su Majestad el Rey Top Scorer: 2003-2004
    Spanish Player of the Year: : 1996-97 season
    UEFA Club Football Best Forward Award: : 2000, 2001 and 2002
    Intercontinental Cup Man of the Match: 1998
    IFFHS World Goalgetter: 1999
    Spanish outstanding sportsman: 2000
    UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 1999-2000, 2000-2001
    Royal Order's gold medal for Sports Merit: 2006
    Bronze Boot of Europe: 1999, 2001
    FIFA World Player of the Year, Bronze award: 2001
    European Footballer of the Year, Silver award: 2001

    Achievements

    Scored the 800th goal in Spain's national team history, March 27, 1999 vs Austria
    Scored the 900th goal in Spain's national team history, September 7, 2002 vs Greece
    Spanish national team all-time leading scorer
    Most appearances for an outfield player in the Spanish national team
    Top active scorer in La Liga
    Top UEFA Champions League appearances
    UEFA Champions League all-time leading scorer with 58 goals
    2 goals in 3 UEFA Champions League Finals
    Highest goal scorer against Barcelona in the history of Real Madrid (10 goals)
    — Has never been booked in 30 months and has never been sent off at professional level
    8º top scorer of all times of the Spanish league (193): 1 Zarra 251, 2 Hugo Sánchez 234, 3 Di Stéfano 227, 4 César 225, 5 Quini 219, 6 Pahíño 210, 7 Mundo 195, 8 Raúl 193
    2º top scorer of all times in the Spanish League of Real Madrid: 1 Di Stéfano 216, 2 Raúl 193




  • #2
    به نظر مي*رسيد رائول گونسالس، مهاجم سي ساله*ي رئال مادريد به پايان خط رسيده است. ظاهرا سرگروه رئال مادريد پس از 13 سال بازي به پايان دوران فعاليت خود رسيده بود. اما همه چيز به ناگهان عوض شده است.

    به گزارش خبرگزاري دانشجويان ايران (ايسنا)، اين اسپانيايي كه روزگاري از بهترين*هاي فوتبال دنيا بود زماني تنها سايه*اي از روزهاي خوب خود نشان مي*داد. كار به جايي رسيد كه لوئيس آراگونس، سرمربي تيم ملي اسپانيا اين مهاجم را پس از 102 بازي ملي از جمع ماتادورها كنار گذاشت. او در رئال مادريد هم آن چنان بي*اثر بازي مي*كرد كه روزنامه*ها با كنايه درباره*ي او نوشتند مادريدي*ها تنها با 10 بازيكن بازي مي*كنند.

    اما اكنون همه چيز رنگ ديگري به خود گرفته است. او همراه با روبينيو و رود فان نيستلروي نقشي پررنگ در خط حمله*ي رئال دارد و همانند روزهاي اوج خود گلزني مي*كند. رائول از ابتداي فصل جاري 8 بار براي كهكشاني*ها گلزني كرده است، 6 بار در لاليگا و دو بار در ليگ قهرمانان اروپا اما به راستي چه اتفاقي افتاده است؟

    رسانه*هاي اسپانيا معتقد هستند، راز جواني شگفت*انگيز دوباره*ي كاپيتان رئال را كشف كرده*اند. روزنامه*ي ABC اسپانيا در اين باره نوشت:« رئال در اتاقي اسرار آميز مي*خوابد.»

    به نوشته*ي اين روزنامه رائول شب*ها در اتاقي به سر مي*برد كه از نظر آب و هوايي در شرايط مشابه مناطقي است كه از ارتفاع 2 تا 3 هزار متري برخوردار هستند.

    به اين ترتيب او هر شب در شرايطي همانند حضور در كوهستان به سر مي*برد. بدون اين كه نيازي به بستن چمدان سفر باشد! همين كار باعث تحول عظيم در اين بازيكن شده است.

    اين اتفاق كشف جديدي نيست. دوچرخه سوارها، ورزشكاران رشته سه گانه و يا دوندگان ماراتن از مدت*ها پيش از اين شيوه استفاده مي*كنند.

    يان اولريش، وچرخه*سوار پيشين زماني كه هنوز با اتهام دوپينگ روبرو نبود، از اين شيوه استفاده مي*كرد. اين اتاق*ها بر اساس اين ايده است كه مي*گويد:« زندگي در ارتفاع، تمرين در مناطق پست و كم و ارتفاع.»

    شيوه كار اين اتاق به اين گونه است كه اكسيژن هواي آنجا كم است. با اين روش گلبول*هاي قرمز خون افزايش مي*يابد و اين باعث مي*شود تا در جريان مسابقه*ها اكسيژن سريع*تر به عضلات برسد و عضلات ديرتر احساس خستگي كنند.

    در بين بازيكنان فوتبال استفاده از اين اتاق ويژه چندان گسترش نيافته است. رائول را مي*توان پيشگام اين جنبش در فوتبال دانست. رئال مادريد در پي به كارگيري اين شيوه براي تمام بازيكنان خود است. كهكشاني*ها البته به دليل هزينه*هاي بالا به اين شيوه نگاهي جدي ندارند. هزينه هر اتاق 20000 يورو تخمين زده مي*شود.

    در عين حال پزشكان هم بايد به اين بازيكنان نظارت داشته باشند.

    آژانس جهاني ضد دوپينگ استفاده از اين شيوه را بر خلاف مقررات ندانست. بر خلاف اسپانيا در ايتاليا و فرانسه اين شيوه ممنوع مي*باشد.




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    • #3
      Raul Gonzalez's ice-cold precision on the soccer field is no fluke.

      The Real Madrid striker is bathing in ice and sleeping in high-altitude conditions, and he's off to his best start in nearly a decade with eight goals in 14 Spanish league matches.

      "I've done it because of the love I have for this team and this club, and I have never thought about how it could hurt me," Raul said Tuesday about his ice baths, which can last up to 10 minutes.

      Spanish media recently reported that the 30-year-old striker had converted his bedroom into a hypoxic chamber which simulates high-altitude conditions.

      The practice, which is used by some NBA and NFL teams, increases the number of oxygen-rich red blood cells in the body to improve endurance, reduce fatigue and speed up recovery.

      Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe and rugby player Jonny Wilkinson also enjoy ice baths, which can aid recovery and improve respiration.

      After a serious knee injury in 2005, Gonzalez -- Spain's leading career scorer with 44 goals in 102 matches -- looked to improve his long-term health. Last season's drop in form, when Raul was left off the national team and managed only seven goals in 35 games, improved his resolve.

      "I get a kick out of this," said Gonzalez, who has scored a record 58 goals in the Champions League. "If you look after yourself and eat and rest properly, it all adds up."

      He isn't the first athlete to use the hypoxic chamber, a performance-enhancing method the World Anti-Doping Agency deems a violation of the "spirit of sport."

      "If I thought it was doping we would never do this," said Carlos Santa Maria, a former triathlon champion whose company, Soluciones Deportivas, provides the technology in Spain.

      "It's a different way to help athletes who don't want to leave their family for four months of training in the mountains of Colombia," Santa Maria said. "Why not take advantage of other available means to improve your performance?"

      Oscar Pereiro, the 2006 Tour de France champion, has been sleeping in one of Santa Maria's oxygenated rooms for three years.

      "It's nothing new, it's only news because Raul is using it now," Pereiro said. "It is not prohibited and it only helps with the training since it's not easy to get away for a month to train at high altitude."

      Pereiro spent $11,870 renovating his bedroom to simulate the near 9,840-foot conditions, according to Santa Maria.

      An intense 15-minute workout in high-altitude conditions can match a 60-minute session at normal height.

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      • #4
        Raul Gonzalez has agreed a transfer from Real Madrid to German Bundesliga side Schalke 04, Spanish media reported Saturday.

        The 33-year-old still has one year left on his contract with Real but will announce his decision to leave in the next couple of days, bringing weeks of speculation about the player's future to an end, the Marca newspaper reported.

        Raul, 33, is poised to sign a two-year contract with Schalke, which would end an era at the Estadio Bernabeu. He is the top goalscorer in the club's proud history, ahead of the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano, with 228 league goals in 550 matches since his debut in 1994.

        Raul Gonzalez Blanco, to give him his full name, is also the leading Spain scorer, having put away 44 goals in 102 caps 1996-2006.

        His goals helped Real win three Champions Leagues and six Ligas.



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