Raúl Albiol
Spanish footballer
Raúl Albiol
Raúl Albiol Tortajada is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. His main asset is his versatility, as he can play as a central defender, right back or defensive midfielder.
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Spain's national soccer team players wearing the new Spanish kit for the upcoming 2014 World Cup stand on the stage during a presentation ceremony in Madrid
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Spain's national soccer team players wearing the new Spanish kit for the upcoming 2014 World Cup stand on the stage during a presentation ceremony in Madrid November 13, 2013. (bottom row L-R) Javier Martinez, Alvaro Arbeloa, JuanFran Torres, Alberto Moreno, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, David Villa and Xabi Alonso, Jorge Resurrecion, Juan Mata and Ignacio Monreal. (top row L-R) Fernando Llorente, Sergio Busquets, Marc Bartra, Santiago Cazorla, Jesus Navas, Jose Manuel Reina, Victor Valdes, Andres Iniesta, Pedro Rodriguez, Raul Albiol, Inigo Martinez and Alvaro Negredo. REUTERS/Sergio Perez (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
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Soccer-Olympique Marseille v Napoli - teams
Yahoo News - over 3 years
MARSEILLE, France, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Teams for Tuesday's Champions League Group F game between Olympique Marseille and Napoli at Stade Velodrome: Olympique Marseille: 30-Steve Mandanda; 24-Rod Fanni, 21-Souleymane Diawara, 3-Nicolas N'Koulou, 15-Jeremy Morel; 20-Alaixys Romao, 7-Benoit Cheyrou, 17-Dimitri Payet, 28-Mathieu Valbuena, 10-Andre Ayew; 9-Andre-Pierre Gignac Substitutes: 16-Brice Samba, 2-Kassim Abdallah, 23-Benjamin Mendy, 13-Mario Lemina, 25-Giannelli Imbula, 11-Jordan Ayew, 14-Florian Thauvin Napoli: 25-Pepe Reina; 11-Christian Maggio, 33-Raul Albiol, 21-Federico Fernandez, ...
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Soccer-Martinez called up by Spain to replace Albiol
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* Real Sociedad's Martinez brought in as cover * Napoli's Albiol sidelined with muscle strain (Adds Martinez call-up) MADRID, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Real Sociedad centre back Inigo Martinez to replace the injured Raul Albiol for their final two World Cup qualifiers at home to Belarus and Georgia. Napoli defender Albiol was forced to withdraw from the games against Belarus in Mallorca on Oct. 11 and Georgia in Albacete four days later because of a muscle injury in his right leg. "Once the results of the tests on Raul Albiol conducted by ... ...
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Soccer-Navas strike rescues 2-2 draw for Spain against Chile
Yahoo News - over 3 years
GENEVA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Jesus Navas nipped in to score an added-time equaliser and rescue a 2-2 draw for an understrength Spain in a friendly against Chile in Geneva on Tuesday. Forward Eduardo Vargas snuck in behind the Spain defence to open the scoring for the visitors in the fifth minute before Roberto Soldado headed a 38th-minute leveller for the world and European champions. Cesc Fabregas almost put Spain ahead four minutes later when he bent a cross-shot against the bar but Vargas grabbed a second just before halftime when he left Raul Albiol trailing and fired past Victor Valdes. ...
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Alba relishing attacking role after Finland strike
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The full-back hit the opening goal as Spain took a step closer to World Cup qualification with a 2-0 win, much to the delight of team-mates Alvaro Negredo and Raul Albiol
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Spanish national soccer team player Raul Albiol Tortajada during a press conference in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday Sept. 5, 2013. Spain will face Finland in the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying soccer match on upcoming Sept. 6. (AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA, Sari
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Spanish national soccer team player Raul Albiol Tortajada during a press conference in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday Sept. 5, 2013. Spain will face Finland in the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying soccer match on upcoming Sept. 6. (AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA, Sari Gustafsson)
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Soccer-Top transfers in Serie A
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Sept 2 (Reuters) - List of major Serie A transfers duringthe transfer window just ended (estimated cost in millions ofdollars). Player From To Fee Gonzalo Higuain Real Madrid Napoli 48.84 Kevin Strootman PSV Eindhoven AS Roma 21.78 Mario Gomez Bayern Munich Fiorentina 20.46 Mehdi Benatia Udinese AS Roma 17.82 Angelo Ogbonna Torino Juventus 17.16 Alessandro Matri Juventus AC Milan 15.84 Raul Albiol Real Madrid Napoli 15.84 Adem Ljajic Fiorentina AS Roma 14.52 Dries Mertens PSV Eindhoven Napoli 12.80 Jose Maria Callejon Real Madrid Napoli 12.54 Carlos Tevez Manchester City Juventus 11.88 ($1 = ...
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Soccer-Napoli chasing Higuain and Damiao, president says
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MADRID, July 17 (Reuters) - Napoli are in talks to buy Real Madrid's Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain and Internacional's Brazil striker Leandro Damiao and are close to a deal for Real's Spain defender Raul Albiol, president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Wednesday. The Serie A club are flush with cash after agreeing the sale of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani to Paris St Germain for a reported fee of 64 million euros ($84.1 million) on Tuesday and are looking to strengthen their squad for their domestic and Champions League campaigns. ...
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Soccer-Spain 10 Tahiti 0 - Confederations Cup result
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RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Reuters) - Spain 10 Tahiti 0-Confederations Cup Group B result at Maracana Stadium Halftime: 4-0; Att: 71,808 Scorers: Spain: Fernando Torres 5, 33, 57, 78; David Silva 31, 89;David Villa 39, 49, 64; Juan Mata 66 Missed penalty: Torres, Spain 78 Teams: Spain: 23-Pepe Reina; 5-Cesar Azpilicueta, 2-Raul Albiol,15-Sergio Ramos (22-Jesus Navas 46), 19-Nacho Monreal; 20-SantiCazorla (6-Andres Iniesta 76), 4-Javier Martinez, 21-DavidSilva, 13-Juan Mata (10-Cesc Fabregas 69), 9-Fernando Torres,7-David Villa Tahiti: 1-Mikael Roche; 4-Teheivarii Ludivion, 10-NicolasVallar, ...
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WATCH: Ronaldo Hat Trick Lifts Madrid
Huffington Post - about 4 years
By Charlie Scott, Goal.com An impressive performance after the break from Real Madrid saw Los Blancos romp to a 4-0 derby victory over Getafe in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu, with all four goals being scored in the second half including three by Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo continued his scintillating form with a well-taken hat trick in a 10-minute span that takes his tally in the league this season to 21. Sergio Ramos opened the scoring for the home side that extended its unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions. Madrid manager Jose Mourinho appeared to have one eye on the Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona this coming Wednesday as he rested some key players for this game, and it was only after Sami Khedira was introduced at halftime that his side clicked. Following a scoreless first half in which Ronaldo looked like the most dangerous player on the pitch, and twice came close to scoring only to be thwarted by Getafe's goalkeeper Miguel ...
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Soccer-Carvalho must find another club or retire, Mourinho says
Yahoo News - over 4 years
MADRID, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Ricardo Carvalho will not be partof Real Madrid's first team squad this season and will have todecide whether to seek another team or end his career, coachJose Mourinho said on Tuesday. The central defender, who turned 34 in May, joined Real fromChelsea in August 2010 but has fallen behind Sergio Ramos, Pepe,Raul Albiol and Raphael Varane in the pecking order. Mourinho said a number of clubs had expressed interest insigning Carvalho and it was up to the player to decide if hewanted to leave or stay until his contract expires at the end ofJune 2013. ...
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Albiol pens long-term contract with Real
Fox News - over 4 years
Real Madrid announced late Monday that the club has signed Raul Albiol to a new long-term contract that will keep the defender at the Bernabeu until 2017.Albiol joined Madrid from Valencia and has enjoyed an impressive three-year stint with the club
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Spain 'won't take the biscuit' against Croatia: Albiol
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Spanish defender Raul Albiol said on Saturday the defending champions would be looking to beat Croatia in their final Euro 2012 Group C game on Monday.
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Manchester City looking to make move for Raul Albiol
Bettor - about 5 years
Manchester City are reportedly looking to make a move for Real Madrid defender <a class="fplink fp-652326" href="/raul+albiol+1">Raúl Albiol</a>, as they look to capitalize on the defenders uncertain future at the Spanish club. <a class="fplink fp-652326" href="/raul+albiol+1">Raúl Albiol</a> has started to fall down the pecking order at Real Madrid, ever since Jose Mourinho stepped in as the team’s manager in 2010. The Portuguese manager went on to sign Ricardo Carvalho after his arrival at the club and since then, Albiol has spent more time on the sidelines then he would have hoped for. The twe...
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Real Madrid's Raul Albiol looks set to join Malaga in January - report - Goal.com
Google News - over 5 years
Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol is close to agreeing a January move to ambitious Malaga, according to Radio Marca. The former Valencia man is reported to have reached an agreement to join the Andalusian club in January, with a three-year contract
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Soccer-Spain roundup-Real's Ronaldo doubtful for Levante game - Reuters Africa
Google News - over 5 years
Midfielder Hamit Altintop, who joined from Bayern Munich in the close season, trained for the first time with the rest of the squad while his Turkey team mate Nuri Sahin and Spain centre back Raul Albiol remain sidelined, Real said
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Raúl Albiol
    TWENTIES
  • 2014
    Age 28
    Albiol scored his first goal for his new team on 25 January 2014, an 88th-minute equaliser in a 1–1 home draw against A.C. Chievo Verona.
    More Details Hide Details On 3 May, he played the entire final of the Coppa Italia, helping to a 3–1 success over ACF Fiorentina. After having represented Spain at under-21 level, Albiol first appeared for the main squad on 13 October 2007, in an UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Denmark (3–1 away win). In the competition's final stages, he appeared twice for the eventual continental champions, against Sweden (subbing in for the injured Carles Puyol) and Greece. New national team coach Vicente Del Bosque included Albiol in the squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. He started in Spain's first game, partnering Puyol in central defence ahead of Valencia teammate Carlos Marchena and helping defeat New Zealand 5–0.
  • 2013
    Age 27
    On 21 July 2013 Albiol was sold to S.S.C. Napoli in Italy for €12 million, signing a four-year contract with the Rafael Benítez-led team.
    More Details Hide Details He made his Serie A debut on 25 August, in a 3–0 home win over Bologna FC 1909.
    Albiol scored his second official goal for Real Madrid on 8 May 2013, heading from a corner kick for his team's first in an eventual 6–2 home win against Málaga CF.
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  • 2012
    Age 26
    On 6 August 2012, Albiol renewed his contract with Real Madrid until June 2017.
    More Details Hide Details On 27 November, in his first game as team captain, at home against CD Alcoyano for the Spanish Cup, he had to be stretchered off after only one minute, being sidelined for approximately one month with an ankle injury.
  • 2011
    Age 25
    On 26 January 2011, in the semi-final first leg against Sevilla FC (1–0 away win), he cleared a Luís Fabiano shot just before it crossed the goal line.
    More Details Hide Details On 16 April, he was sent off for fouling former Valencia teammate David Villa inside the box during the El Clásico, which resulted in the first goal in a 1–1 home draw, going on to miss the Spanish Cup final four days later – through suspension – a 1–0 win against the same opponent.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    Albiol was picked for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but did not leave the bench for the eventual World champions after having suffered an injury in training.
    More Details Hide Details Again as an unused player, he was also in the squad for the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine, which also ended in the conquest of the trophy. Albiol was named in Spain's 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup, and was also included in the final list for the tournament. He made his debut in a major finals in the last group match against Australia with the Spanish already eliminated, playing the whole 90 minutes alongside Sergio Ramos in central defence in a 3–0 win. Albiol's nickname is "El Chori". His older brother, Miguel, was also a footballer. A midfielder, he was also groomed at Valencia, playing one league match with the first team, but mainly represented Rayo Vallecano. His father, also named Miguel, played lower league football mostly with Benidorm CF, and appeared in two Segunda División games for CE Sabadell FC in 1979–80; the youngest sibling, Brian, was named after Brian Laudrup, whom Raúl admired on account of his success with the Danish national team.
    In 2010–11, Albiol was relegated to the bench as Real Madrid brought in another player for his position, Ricardo Carvalho (a compatriot of newly appointed manager José Mourinho), only appearing in the league through injury or suspension to teammates (Pepe again missed several matches due to physical problems).
    More Details Hide Details He did start, however, in the club's domestic cup campaign, helping Real to reach the final.
  • 2009
    Age 23
    On 25 June 2009 Albiol joined Real Madrid, for a fee thought to be in the region of €15 million, becoming the first Spanish player signed by Florentino Pérez upon his return to the presidency.
    More Details Hide Details On 2 July, he was officially presented at the Santiago Bernabéu, receiving the No. 18 jersey from Rubén de la Red, who was absent for the season due to unresolved heart problems. Albiol scored his first goal for the Merengues on 8 December, in a 3–1 Champions League win at Olympique de Marseille. During the league campaign he was an undisputed starter for Real, mainly due to Pepe's serious knee injury.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    He also netted from long distance against Olympiacos F.C. on 12 September 2006, in that year's UEFA Champions League, which Valencia won 4–2 away; during his four-season spell with the first team, his smallest output consisted of 29 games, and he helped the Che to the 2007–08 Copa del Rey.
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    Albiol then returned the following season to Valencia, and quickly established himself as first-choice due to his versatility. In the opening game of the 2006–07's league campaign he scored the winner (his only goal of the season) against Real Betis in a 2–1 home win.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    He managed to recover completely and, after reappearing in January, played a very important part in the Madrid side surviving the relegation battle: he made his La Liga debut on 15 January 2005 in a 1–1 home draw with Atlético Madrid, and scored against another club from the capital, Real Madrid, in a 2–1 home triumph two months later.
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  • 2004
    Age 18
    In August 2004, whilst travelling to sign a deal to join Getafe CF on loan, Albiol was involved in a serious car accident, being put in intensive care.
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  • 2003
    Age 17
    He made his first-team debut on 24 September 2003 in a UEFA Cup first-round tie against AIK Fotboll, at 18 years and 20 days, but spent the first year still registered with the B-side.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on September 4, 1985.
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