Santiago Bernabeu TrophyBy: Corey | August 23rd, 2009
The Santiago Bernabeu trophy is in memoriam of the great Santiago Bernabeu, who was associated with the club for over 70 years. A player, grounds crew, administrator and visionary president, he is the watermark for all future presidents, both for Real and clubs worldwide. This one off match commemorates his legacy, much like the stadium that bares his name (The stadium is named Chamartin after one of the original spots Real ever played, although its technically Chamartin II) and will also showcase the career of Michel Salagado, who played 10 seasons for Real Madrid at right back. I did a post on Michelâ€™s career accolades a few weeks ago when he decided to part way with Real, and has since then signed for Blackburn Rover in the EPL for two seasons, so we wish him the best of luck in England.
The opponents for the Bernabeu trophy are Norwegian club Rosenborg, who we have met several times in the Champions League, as recently as 2007. Rosenborg possess a few unheralded playes such as Per Clijan Skeljbred, Abodou Razack Traore, Roar Strand and (Serbian guy). They will probably put up as much of a fight as Dortmund did in their centenary match, so we can expect to see some goals and run outs for Ruud and Mahamadou Diarra, who are both fit enough to play. Lets hope for the best for them, as this will be the first time either have played in a little under a year. Time flies.
Game will be on several streams and is on La Sexta for those of you in Spain.
Squad list for the match:
Pepe, Marcelo, Albiol, Garay, Arbeloa and Drenthe
Lass, Robben, Guti, Gago, Granero, Diarra and Xabi Alonso
Raul, Kaka, Benzema, Higuain, Van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo