Monday, June 1, 2009

Altidore to Madrid!

And that's the most midleading headline ever on UF, but this might impact the Haitian Sensation in some way.

As expected, Florentino Perez (re)took the presidency of Real Madrid. He was the only candidate on the ballot. An orgy of spending will ensue.

Surrounding his ascendency are rumors that he will bring pretty much everyone to Madrid. Everyone being Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Ribery, Xabi Alonso, and David Villa. Perez is also going to mandate that La Liga games be allowed to play multi-ball to keep everyone happy.

The only person actually brought in thus far during the hours-old tenure of Perez is Manuel Pellegrini (pictured above), the (now) former Villarreal manager. Pellegrini replaces Junade Ramos who replaced Bernd Schuster who was fired for sucking.

As recent as Saturday, Pellegrini said he had had no contact with Madrid. Today, he's the new manager.

The most interesting tidbit from the AP story is this: "Recent reports have said incoming Real Madrid president Florentino Perez plans to present Pellegrini on Tuesday and Milan's Kaka as the club's new star player Thursday."

That's complete nonsense. Kaka will actually move to Dinamo Bender in Moldova.

See how easy it is to make "reports"?

Anyway, expect a Galaticos redux at the Bernabéu as this is Perez' second stint at the helm of Madrid. He takes over in the wake of December's hilarious vote rigging scandal perp'ed by Ramon Calderon (recap here if you need it).

Perez first presided over Madrid from 2000 to 2006 when they bought Beckham, Zindane, Originaldo, Mikey Owen, Luis Figo, and maybe some other people to fill out a squad.

So what's this have to do with Jozy Altidore? Pellegrini was instrumental in bringing the young American to Villareal. Of course he was also likely part of the decision to loan him out to Xerex where he never even got in the squad (we don't think). But hey, the summer is all about rampant speculation.

While it would be totally cool to see a 'Merican Meringue it ain't happening and, if anything, this puts Altidore's status at Villarreal that much more in doubt.

Still, it might behoove Madrid to develop some cheap younger players. Because while they've been running through coaches and trying to drain the Eredivisie, their rivals in Barcelona have been paying €0 for players like Andres Iniesta because they brought them up through the youth system.

24 comments:

Mike Georger said...

Looks like deadspin has less United fans now.

Too soon?

Mike Georger said...

Also, handing the reigns of the world's most successful club to Vincent Ludwig doesn't seem like the wisest idea. I'm not sure if there's a monarchy in Spain, but if so, they should stay the hell away from Angel's Stadium.

jjf3 said...

looks like deadspin has less fans, period...

/stating the obvious

Mike Georger said...

Reading the list of the departed and the comments on that other site was staggering, some of those people were downright hilarious. Oh well, those new guys shit on soccer and hockey, then can go to hell, hell, hell.

/young guns 2 reference.

The NY Kid said...

I can't believe BigTenObsession lost his star. That guy was brilliant.

jjf3 said...

I have a red Will/Che t-shirt from 289 (yes, I trusted a drunken Philly person with $25 of my hard-earned cash), but I've never made a serious effort to be a commenter. DS is about to die in a flaming train-wreck...(and the saddest part may be that I'm not really sure that I care anymore...and not just for soc-cer? reasons...)

Spectator said...

And to think, this is where UF was born (sniff!)....

http://deadspin.com/331873/a-full-weekend-of-losing#c3263944

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

Don't worry, Mike. I'll still be lurking here and there. I'll do my best to be a polite satanist.

jjf3 said...

NYK - too bad Wandering Bear can't still spend what's left of his career attacking your "Frenchiness", or did he get the axe at some point? (I gave up following...)

Mike Georger said...

You got the boot too? I was referring to Senor Red Devil.

Whatever happened to Hirshey, wasn't he working for the mouse?

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

No, I'm still there. I'm just saying there is still an evil presence.

Hirshey disappeared after EURO ended. I haven't seen or heard of anything from him since.

Spectator said...

Hirshey returned to his dayjob as part of a Jewish cabal.

The NY Kid said...

@jjf - I had Pete ban Wandering Bear one night when Pete and I were both drunk (in separate places)

jjf3 said...

@NYK - nicely played, sir!

jjf3 said...

@WSR - good to know one of you devil-worshippers are still around!!! :)

That's one Hell of a team SAF has created. But I do wonder if the debt will eventually cut into the transfer moves...(no matter what Perez offers for Chrissy)...

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

I don't think the debt SAF has created any problems. But what the Glazers did will eventually cripple the team. They will get Leeds'd. Right now, I feel like I'm halfway through the tunnel and can see the train coming.

Mike Georger said...

I'd be more worried about when SAF dies, as he won't retire. I'm feeling a post King Kenny slump for them. And raging prosperity for Everton, for some fucking reason.

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

Oh, that frightens me too, Mike. And I could see Everton taking their place, unless the silly rumors of Moyes replacing SAF are true. I'd stab a kitten for either him or MO'N.

jjf3 said...

I agree its not SAF who's created the problem. But that is a train-load of debt, and all it takes is one random "failure" or "mistake", or moment of "bad luck" to kill it...I don't think its happening, but I didn't expect a lot of things this season....

Precious Roy said...

And I thought there might be 19 comments about Madrid...

Steve said...

I've never really spent much time on Deadspin (don't like the layout much, among other things), so I've spent the last 30 minutes figuring all this out. Pretty crazy, and really too bad

Mike Georger said...

PR you should have known better when the first two were by me. I tried to reconcile it with a dynamite Naked Gun comparison, but alas.

The Fan's Attic said...

hey, i have one of those will/che shirts as well.

WhiteSpeedReceiver said...

Can Madrid try to set up the Galacticos again? Is there enough money floating around in this economy that you can buy multiple elite players without potentially mortgaging your future security for it?

(better, PR?)