Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez Blanco just announced that he is starting his career as a manager, he will take over the club’s under 15 squads starting today.
This week will mark the one in which Real Madrid legend, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, began his managerial career as the new coach for the club’s U-15 (or Cadete B) squad. The former Los Blancos’ all-time top scorer decided to finally step out of the offices at the club and finally give this option a chance, he owes this to himself and we are all very curious to see if he will be as good a manager as he was a football player. The Spanish new coach posted a series of pictures with the children squad, in which we could already look at him giving orders to all the lads during his first training session. This new chapter in Raul’s professional career comes in a time when Zinedine Zidane just left his post as the first team’s manager, the Frenchman was able to conquer three consecutive Champions League trophies and he also won La Liga once as Los Blancos’ boss.
— Raúl González Blanco (@RaulGonzalez) August 17, 2018
For Raul Gonzalez Blanco Zidane’s achievements are not even a possibility, he needs to go step by step on this new adventure and as time goes by we’ll see if he is even ready for the challenge. Should Raul do well with this category of players, he will take an even older squad and keep going from there until he gets enough experience to coach Real Madrid Castilla. The squad that is one level below the first team, is Raul’s main objective at this point, he does not think about taking the lead on Julen Lopetegui’s squad for the time being and he should only focus on what’s in front of him at the moment. But there is no denying that even club president Florentino Perez is excited with this news, for he has always regarded Raul as the club’s prodigal son and there is nothing he would love more than to watch him coach the first team someday in the not so distant future.
— Cantera Real Madrid (@lafabricacrm) August 17, 2018
Other Spanish managers who succeeded.
Apart from Julen Lopetegui who is currently taking on the biggest challenge of his life at Real Madrid, there is a long list of former Spanish players who have tried their luck as managers and they have gotten different levels of success. In Real Madrid, we now have the club’s own Guti, who is currently also coaching the club’s youth academy on the U-19 level. We also have Luis Enrique who became one of the most successful former players who became a manager, he had a historic spell with FC Barcelona as their manager, where he won a treble and managed one of the most competitive squads in recent history throughout Europe. We also have manager Roberto Martinez who just reached the World Cup semifinals as the Belgium coach, he eventually lost against France but his squad was able to defeat England in the third-place match and earned a well-deserved bronze medal for the effort.
The most prestigious Spanish manager in the world.
But knowing how ambitious Raul is judging from his amazing career as a player, we can already tell you that his dream is to one day compete against the likes of Pep Guardiola as a manager. The Catalan coach who has revolutionized the game with his tactics, he came to change the football culture in other countries like Germany and now England. Currently as the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola is already considered amongst the best managers of the last 20 years and can be included in the conversation of the best managers in football history. Raul has always been keen on reaching the very top like he did as a striker, this means he has studied for years to finally make the decision to become a manager and he will not rest until his name is also next to Pep Guardiola’s in the general conversation. Such dreams are going to be the reason he makes that extra effort every day, for now he needs to work on today’s objectives.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 16, 2018
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