nedjelja, 3. siječnja 2010.

Birmingham City Emerge As Front-Runners To Land Real Madrid Striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy

English Premier League side Birmingham City are favourites to land Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, according to reports.

The Mail on Sunday comments that the on-form side are interested in the 33-year old, who is also being monitored by Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn, with a loan deal until the end of the season the most likely move for the veteran frontman.

A move to Liverpool had initially been the most likely destination for the former Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven striker, but reported earlier today that boss Rafa Benitez had ruled the club out of a move, opening the door for Birmingham to make their move.

Van Nistelrooy is allegedly desperate for a return to the Premier League as he looks to force his way into contention for the Netherlands’ World Cup squad this summer, and realises that he has descended down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The main concern any prospective buyers would be the Dutchmans’ fitness concerns, as he has barely featured for Los Blancos in the past year as a result of a number of injuries that have kept him on the sidelines.

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About Real Madrid C.F.

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol , commonly known as Real Madrid (and in Spain, within an adequate context, simply as el Madrid), is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. It is the most successful team in Spanish football and was voted by FIFA as the most successful club of the 20th century, having won a record thirty-one La Liga titles, seventeen Spanish Cups, a record nine European Cups and two UEFA Cups. Real was a founding member of FIFA and the now-defunct G–14 group of Europe's leading football clubs as well as its replacement, the European Club Association. The word "Real" in the club's name is the Spanish term for "Royal", and was added in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.

Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has since spent all of its history in the top flight of Spanish football. In the 1940s, the club, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Ciudad Deportiva were rebuilt following the Spanish Civil War. The club established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe (known as La Quinta del Buitre), winning two UEFA Cups, five Spanish championships in a row, one Spanish cup and three Spanish Super Cups.

The team traditional home colours are all white, although it initially adopted a blue oblique stripe on the shirt. Its crest has been changed several times in attempts to modernise or re-brand; the current crest is a modified version of the one first adopted in the 1920s. Real's home ground is the 80,354-person-capacity Santiago Bernabéu football stadium in downtown Madrid, where it has played since 1947.

Real Madrid holds long-standing rivalries with some other clubs; the most notable of these is with FC Barcelona, the two teams regularly contest in El Clásico. Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club since its inception. The club is the world's richest football club (€351m) in terms of revenue and the second most valuable (worth over €950m as of 2008).