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I have criticized Real's spending policy the past days.

Despite and having said that:

I am really looking forward to see this Real Madrid perform this season. With Bale, Cristiano, James, Kroos up front this is going to be a really exciting offense to watch and I for one am looking forward to see some brilliant goals! ;)

peace
Must be a record:
http://twitter.com/UberFootFact/status/492329321324089344
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The content of the twit:
"Real Madrid sold 345,000 James jerseys in the first 45 hours after he signed the contract.

At around €50 each = €17m"

Unless all 345,000 were sold at the official Madrid store, the club doesn't get the full cut of €50.

Let's say the wholesale price is €10 (low end?).
Therefore they made €3.4m.
Or roughly €1.81m per day.
Actually, Adidas makes the most profit from shirt sales. Why do you think they pay to make the shirts for the team? It's so that they can profit from shirt sales. RM, like any other team, makes peanuts from t-shirt sales if not at all.
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@Kaiss I assume all deals are different, so unsure whether Madrid would be getting a cut or not.
Real Madrid definitely get a portion of shirt-sale proceeds. The rest go to Adidas.

Shirt-sales alone won't cover the transfer fee of said player, but if the player is marketable enough (which transcends being able to sell shirts alone), it goes a long way in 'lessening' the cost of signing a player.

James Rodriguez opens new doors to the South American market.
Do the players get a cut as well? Like a bonus?
So we have Cordoba first in league day one and Atl. de Madrid on the league day 3 I cant wait to see what this season brings!!HalaMadrid!!
I take it the fixtures have been released?
Yup:
http://statics.lfp.es/pdf/calendario-bbva-2014-2015.pdf
Oops
'Who else should I bring?'

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtLawNfIEAIjQ87.jpg

lol
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Messi:p
Why is everyone complaining about who will play and who are gonna sit (mostly non-madrid fans)? In football today the team can change in style and players from game to game. There is a certain style against lesser opposition, and another style against bugger opposition. Against teams that park the his a different team will play then vs a team that will come out looking for goals. Depth is a great thing, and it will allow us to do that.

Last year imo we struggled against very defensive minded teams, and that could be why we slipped up in the end of the season. But against teams like Bayern who were on our level perhaps and came to look for goals, we had good games playing on the counter.

Carlo wants a note controlled possession based game, moving away from relying on counterattacks. Its why Kroos was brought in, he fits the mold for our midfield.
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James Rodriguez signs for Real Madrid and suddenly everyone is an expert on this club...

Real Madrid struggled with injuries more than anything last season. It was during opportune moments as well. Xabi Alonso's injury during the initial stages of the season and Jese Rodriguez's during the latter stages of the season really hurt the club.

Breaking through compact sides with a well thought-out defensive set-up was a point of concern as well. Atletico Madrid, Levante (away), and Elche (away), among others, really made the club work.

Real Madrid struggled more in Spain than in Europe (perhaps the domestic struggles paradoxically helped in Europe).

Having depth should provide the manager with further options, increase flexibility, and allow the club to adapt to the circumstances more appropriately.
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Asasiyum ,very well said, RM does't really had back up option for Xabi,when he got suspended for UCL final, khaderia was just returning from an injury,without playing many matches before final & not fully fit. illaramendi was clearly out of form and club was forced to play khedira.
when ronaldo & bale was injured during the last part of season, jese was also in the injured list and club was forced to make many changes.
Having depth in the squad can help to some extent,which i would fell do good if we are not selling many players
Finally comments that are more logical rather then opinion based, leave it to others to unify us behind what we should be doing from the beginning and supporting all our new players and the decisions of our clubs managers.

Depth= weapons of mass destruction Bale, James, CR7, Benz, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Jese, WOOW are you kidding me:)

We will see what happens to ADM curious to see the result.
SuperCopa leg 1: Aug 19.
SuperCopa leg 2: Aug 22.
La Liga match 1: Aug 25.
90,900Euros worth of shirts sold in one hour at the Real Madrid store they ran out of White shirts all James cant wait to see him link up with the BBC.

Well it appears shirt sales will go as planned now hope our new boy can show what he has on the pitch and we all support him like we have all our other new players HalaMadrid!!

http://www.marca.com/2014/07/23/futbol/equipos/real_madrid/1406104810.html
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Barcelona just signed Jeremy Mathieu for €20 million. Ronaldo and Bale better watch out.
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Ooo....so scary :P
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Mathieu for Ballon D'or
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Considering we beat you guys both times in the league last season without any defenders apparently, I think the addition of ANY defender will be fine. Plus, he's stronger and has more pace than the log we call Pique. I think we will be fine.
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What a foolish signing. He's a good CB but not worth that much considering his age. Might as well gone all out on Hummels instead. Oh well, better for us I suppose
I think people are being a little too harsh on Mathieu. It's not his fault Barca are signing him for 20m when they could have signed him last year for 10m before he renewed his contract and his release clause went up.

10m less and a year younger. That's Zubi for ya...

I actually like Mathieu. I think he's getting so much hate because after 4 years of waiting for a new CB that they landed on him is pretty shocking.
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Mathieu is horrible.
Signing anything from Valencia FC is always a bad omen.
^Yeah, bad omen. Like David Villa, Jordi Alba, David Silva, and Juan Mata were.
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As long as Mathieu isn't the only CB Barca signs, I think it's perfectly fine. 20 mil for a proven CB that fits the bill isn't the end of the world in today market, and it doesn't rule out signing another, more expensive one as well. There's that transfer-ban looming after all.
Villa is the exception, amazing player.
Silva is fine.
Mata is average.
Alba I don't rate highly.

All the players (other than Alba) you mentioned were from their "glory" years. It should be obvious I was specifically referring to post-assassination attempts Valencia (and those not good enough to secure an escape). It's like buying current Villareal players based on the club's reputation from 6 years ago.
Examples:
Rami
Soldado
Banega
Postiga
Pabon
Costa
Gago
Viera
I'm just curious, what will your line-up look like with the addition of Kroos. Modric and Kroos together in the pivot seems very weak defensively so I assume that Alonso is a definite starter with Khedira leaving. So that leaves us with Alonso, Modric, Kroos, James and BBC. That's why I'm mindboggled, will either Modric or Kroos be benched?
You have to know that the players you mentioned mostly play a different position. i.e. Khedira, Kroos, and James.

And Carlo played both 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 last season.

In the 4-3-3 James will probably not start. In the 4-2-3-1 he will be the CAM. And vice versa for Kroos in the 4-2-3-1.. although having 1 CDM and Kroos beside him will be good enough.
@St10r

You didn't answer my question, ofcourse James, Kroos etc play in different positions but what I'm asking is what the line-up will look like. James will start I can guarantee that, one does not buy a player for 80m and bench him. What I'm wondering is who'll be benched? It has to be between Kroos, Alonso and Modric. Alonso is the only CDM though and I think that he will play because Khedira is leaving. So that leaves us with Kroos and Modric. Who will start games between the two of them?
Our Castilla has signed finnish striker Eero Markkanen. Can't believe it because few years back we were playing in the same team O_o. It is an honor to know the first finn to play for Real personally.
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Great news... Must be a special feeling to be a friend of a Real Madrid player

Imagine how Eero might be feeling now :)
We finally got an inside man! Lol just kidding,it must be an amazing and weird feeling to know somebody who actually plays for Madrid.
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Wow, that's awesome :D
At which club did you play with him? JJK or Warkaus?
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^JJK. And yeah, it feels weird lol :p
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As usual, we have to remember his name for he'll terrorise the defenses in the future :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrAVYRXadWE
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Wow.
Looks like a big, strong player that's also quick with his feet as well as having finesse.

Loan him to Bolton.
You won't be sorry. :)


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90
51
26
77
4
6
28
38
1
87
67
33
100
5
6
27
38
2
87
66
38
104
5
6
27
38
3
70
27
39
66
8
10
20
38
4
63
17
52
69
11
9
18
38
5
59
16
44
60
13
8
17
38
6
59
7
55
62
11
11
16
38
7
49
-2
53
51
15
10
13
38
8
49
-5
54
49
17
7
14
38
9
48
-8
43
35
14
12
12
38
10
45
-7
46
39
17
9
12
38
11
43
-34
80
46
21
4
13
38
12
42
-19
54
35
18
9
11
38
13
42
-10
51
41
18
9
11
38
14
41
-24
56
32
21
5
12
38
15
40
-20
50
30
16
13
9
38
16
40
-28
71
43
20
7
11
38
17
39
-30
62
32
19
9
10
38
18
36
-22
60
38
16
15
7
38
19
25
-42
78
36
25
7
6
38
20
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0
0
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2
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0
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0
0
0
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3
0
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0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
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0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
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0
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