International Champions Cup Preview: Real Madrid

Real Madrid are the richest football club on earth and the most successful club in Spain. Their name represents the absolute highest caliber of football, and they will be coming to the United States later this month to compete in the 2013 International Champions Cup.

Here’s a preview of the incomparable Real Madrid:


August 1, 2013: Real Madrid vs LA Galaxy, Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium) 9:30pm ET

August 3, 2013: Loser of Real Madrid vs LA Galaxy will play loser of Juventus vs Everton F.C. or winner of Real Madrid vs LA Galaxy will play winner of Juventus vs Everton F.C., Los Angeles (Dodger Stadium) 8:00pm ET or 10:30pm ET

August 6, 2013: Opponent to be determined, Miami (Sun Life Stadium), 6:30pm ET or 9pm ET

August 7, 2013: Opponent to be determined, Miami (Sun Life Stadium), 6:30pm ET or 9pm ET

What to Expect

Expect the kind of play fitting a club consistently fielding the world’s greatest footballers: massive doses of individual skill employed in the service of scoring goals. They are certainly on no one’s list of best defensive teams, but when you can boast fielding one of the top two best attacking players on the planet, do you really need to? Nevertheless, this is a team on the rebound after a disappointing 2012/13 campaign. Their squad has already seen some star additions this summer and will likely see more. Expect an extremely gifted team, hungry for success, but adapting to new teammates and a new manager in outgoing Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti, a man who will attempt just about any formation in order to get the players he wants on the field.

Who to Watch For

Two words: Cristiano Ronaldo.

What can be said about the man that hasn’t been said already? The gifted winger is the only player on earth capable of even attempting to dispute Lionel Messi’s claim to World’s Greatest Footballer. The man averages over a goal a game for Madrid, and he’s played hundreds there; there really isn’t a player more likely to score. Whatever can be said about Real Madrid’s ups and downs as a squad, Cristiano Ronaldo is currently one in around 3.5 billion.

Special attention should also be paid to the team’s new signings, a young Spanish trio of immense skill: Daniel Carvajal, Asier Illarramendi, and Isco.

What’s Changed

Out: Jose Callejon
In: Daniel Carvajal, Asier Illarramendi, Isco

While the biggest transfer stories surrounding Real Madrid involve rumors of players like Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale signing for the club, there have been some real live additions that should make a real impact on the already star studded squad.

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