srijeda, 6. siječnja 2010.

Taiwan Looking To Book Real Madrid Friendly

Real Madrid are making waves in Taiwan amidst news that the Spanish giants may visit the island for a friendly match following World Cup 2010.

Los Blancos are set to commemorate the one year anniversary of Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium in a friendly against China later this summer and Taiwanese marketing company Dot Han are hoping to boost their country’s profile by squeezing in a friendly of their own.

Elephant Ching, a senior executive of the Dot Han Company who are attempting to seal an agreement with Real Madrid officials, told a press conference, “The presence of Madrid will help raise the international profile of Taiwan and promote tourism and Flora Expo 2010."

Ching went on to admit that “It is a very rare and precious opportunity for Taiwan to host a star-studded premier football team,” before adding a friendly against the Real Madrid would be “dream come true” for the islanders.

The Taiwanese company is hoping to arrange the fixture at the Municipal Stadium in Taipei on August 4 with rumours already circulating of a China/Taiwan All-Star team tipped to host the Spanish outfit.

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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).