Real Madrid: The Elections, Perez, Raul, Short-Lists and More
Real Madrid's board has been in a mess after Ramon Calderon resigned from his position at the top of the Real board's backroom staff pyramid.
With the board elections ready to take place this summer and promising to provide another revelation at the club, rumors persist that Florentino Perez is ready for a summer return.
Perez's last reign was not the most successful of periods at Real Madrid, but it was known as "the Galacticos era". Back then, the Real Madrid squad consisted of the best players in the world.
Among the players of a star-studded Real Madrid squad were legends like Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Ronaldo, David Beckham, and Roberto Carlos.
After Perez left, Calderon's reign bloomed with Fabio Capello's arrival and his no-star policy. The Madrid giants were able to take Barcelona off the top of La Liga and win domestic honors after years of disappointment.
But Real Madrid have lately suffered from identity crisis. Real Madrid is the Ferrari of football, the dream team in the beautiful game of soccer, but where is the club that once combined excellent results with beautiful football?
Any player's dream is to move to Madrid and play in Santiago Bernabeu. Real have the reputation, the trophy cabinet, the financial resources and the history to lour any world-class player to Madrid; just ask Cristiano Ronaldo how dreamy Real is as a football club.
The question is: what do Real need to do to return to their reputation as one of the classiest sides in the world and not lose 5-0 in the Champions League Round Two? Do Real need star players or another Capello?
Should Real fans demand another Galacticos era or the application of a no-star policy under a no nonsense manager such as Jose Mourinho?
One definite fact is that change will come; this elections will, much like the White House elections earlier this year, be a battle of revolutionary strategies.
Several football web sites and journals have mentioned, each writing their own version of "the true story", about Perez’s plans, should he be elected as president of Real Madrid.
Sources close to Perez suggest that he is thinking of doing a great revolution at Real Madrid and has already picked the names on his short-lists for players he wishes to acquire and those whom he is ready to cash-in on.
Some seemingly fabricated news (but we never really know until the time comes, right?) suggest that Perez will put 17 names on the transfer-list. Among those names, is Real captain, legendary striker and loyal servant, Raul Gonzalez.
But as far as Raul's future is concerned, I think that it is likely that a decision as selling Raul will be reversed once a riot takes place, just moments after announcing that Raul may leave. The club could be sold before its undisputed legendary symbol, Raul, moves from Madrid.
Raul had his tough time scoring goals and was "punished" as he slipped in the ranks in the Los Merengues squad and sat a fair time on the bench.
But now Raul is playing well, and will not be sold, unless the Real Madrid board takes an irrational decision. And they do take a lot of those decisions.
Perez is said to be ready for another galacticos which means that Real Madrid may well be linked with star players this summer—not only Cristiano Ronaldo!
Among the names on the alleged shortlist of Perez are Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, David Villa, and Andres Iniesta.
Those who still remember the galacticos era know it is a time when Real's defending was nothing short of disastrous. Don't you find it funny that the short-list doesn't include a single defender? Some people don't learn, do they?
It is almost certain that Florentino Perez will run for the elections that will be held this summer. Perez will almost definitely be joined by Zinedine Zidane and Jorge Valdano in his campaign.
Zidane will most likely occupy the role of Sporting Director, which is currently filled by crowd-favorite turned into hateful-figure Predrag Mijatovic.
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