La Liga Lunes: Real Madrid try to sign every Dutch player known to mankind

Ollie Irish

13th, August 2007


As we mentioned on Friday, Pies is serving up a lot more continental dishes this season for you to enjoy alongside the bread and butter of your Premier League news, banter, videos and pictures. So following the inaugural French Football Friday, welcome to La Liga Lunes. You’ve guessed it, our weekly round-up of Spanish football.

La Liga doesn’t kick into life until the last weekend in August, but the usual pre-season rituals are in full swing. In the Spanish Super Cup, Seville took a 1-0 first-leg lead over Real Madrid thanks to a Luis Fabiano penalty. The second leg will be played next weekend.

Meanwhile, Real’s new German coach Bernd Schuster has decided he would rather have taken over the Holland national team. Instead of handing in his notice, the former Getafe boss is just signing all the Dutch players he would liked to have worked with. Schuster has splashed the cash on Ajax midfielder Wesley Sneijder (£18.3 million) and Feyenoord’s Royston Drenthe (£8.7 million). The pair will team up with Ruud van Nistelrooy at the Bernabeu, and Real’s chase for Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has been well publicised. Watch your backs, Wigan! Mario Melchiot could be next.
Real – they have been busy boys this week – also found time to lose the Trofeo Teresa Herrera (like the Community Shield, but with sweat and a bit of passion). Hosts Deportivo La Coruna won the match 2-1
[Via 101Greatgoals]
More from La Liga next week.
[Photo Phil Cole/Getty Images]

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  1. nick says:

    good stuff as usual. might be pre-empting the alliterative pattern, but can we expect Wednesday’s Weekly Welsh Wondergoals anytime soon?

  2. Rob P says:

    Ha! Possibly, Nick. Call back on Wednesday to see. We might have a surprise up our sleeves!

  3. Col says:

    Good to see that Madrid have strengthened their defence! How many free headers are they going to let through this year?
    Or do their defenders only play properly when they are at home?

  4. Gonzalo says:

    Real have decided to fill up with Dutchmen just as Barcelona have let their last one (van Bronckhorst) go, so for the first time in 11 years they have none in their squad (if you don’t count the coach, that is).
    There’s a feeling that Sneijder (good as he is) is third best after Real couldnt get their hands on Kaka or Cesc. Perhaps the expectations will be lower, though.

  5. Rob P says:

    Thanks for your thoughts, Gonzalo. We’d appreciate your input to La Liga Lunes over the course of the season.

  6. yaz says:

    is it me or are they trying to be barca
    saviola ,Schuster , dutch players
    btw there entire kit is dead awful
    whats with the girlish purple