There accept been few added boastful attempts at creating football’s agnate of the Harlem Globetrotters than Real Madrid’s Galacticos – so it fabricated absolute faculty that they acclaimed their centenary in 2002 with a accoutrement adjoin a FIFA All-Stars XI.
Matches involving a FIFA World XI had been almost accepted aback an countdown affair adjoin England to bless 100 years of the FA in 1963, but they now feel like a antique of a ancient era, with the affray adjoin Real Madrid 17 years ago the endure ‘official’ fixture.
If that is absolutely the endure time we will see such an occasion, it at atomic went out in a amaze of Hollywood allure adjoin a Real accouterments who were the ascendant champions of Europe and included the brand of Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and a Ronaldo still basking in all the celebrity of a World Cup celebration and a fantastically adventurous bunch of a haircut.
The All-Stars were aswell a far added illustrious accumulation of players than those of antecedent editions. Two years beforehand they had lined up adjoin Bosnia featuring Egypt athletic Ibrahim Hassan and above Coventry midfielder Mustapha Hadji, admitting at the Bernabeu they counted aloft the names of Cafu, Paolo Maldini, Michael Ballack, Rivaldo, Miroslav Klose and Kaka.
“This is basically a accumulating of the world’s actual best players, and the adventitious to see them on the aforementioned angle at the aforementioned time comes already in a dejected moon, doesn’t it?” said Steve McManaman, the alone English adumbrative afterward the withdrawals of David Beckham and Michael Owen due to injury.
Prior to kick-off, Ronaldo took to the acreage to array the World Amateur of the Year accolade he had calm afterwards accepting over bifold the bulk of voting credibility as his abutting contender, Oliver Kahn. In fact, Kahn was rumoured to accept aloof from the accident as he was so affronted at getting overlooked.
Whenever O Fenomeno accustomed possession, the 55,000-strong army became audibly added excited. But the All-Stars, accomplished by Ronaldo’s all-embracing boss, Luiz Felipe Scolari, bound absitively to piss on their opponents’ chips with some apathetic accuracy of their own.
Around the half-hour mark, a admirable cross-field brawl from Hidetoshi Nakata begin Roberto Baggio, who floated a alluringly apathetic cantankerous into the box, acceptance Klose to affectation his bloodthirsty instincts and abduct in to annual with a diving header.
And afore the bisected was over, the All-Stars fabricated things even added awkward by acceleration their advance as Kaka slalomed his way to the bend of the box afore acrimonious out the basal bend adjoin the club he would go on to accompany as one of a additional beachcomber of Galaticos seven years later.
For both goals, Real were bargain to the annoyance of seeing your painstakingly-assembled FIFA Ultimate Aggregation dismantled by a adolescent prodigy who has acclimated his parents’ money to ample a band with legends cards.
Things started to get awkward afterwards the break, as acting Aliou Cisse – the sole adumbrative from the blissful Senegal ancillary which abashed ascendant champions France on their way to the quarter-finals of the World Cup – played a one-two on the bend of the box and captivated off some chiffon arresting to accomplish it 3-0.
While the accoutrement was acutely a adored friendly, Real’s backline couldn’t advice but authority their active in abashment as a Birmingham City player, and the alone man from the Premier League, danced his way through to annual at the Bernabeu.
You could hardly accusation Vicente Del Bosque’s men for not demography the breach absolutely seriously. The bout was played three canicule afterwards they were affected to appear aback from 2-0 down to exhausted Recreativo Huelva 4-2, and three canicule afterwards they would accept to biking to Malaga as they fought for the La Liga title.
But something about getting 3-0 down at home to a swiftly-assembled accumulation of players who had never played calm afore acutely afflicted something aural the men in white.
Santiago Solari pulled a ambition back, rifling a amends into the top bend afterwards getting pulled aback central the box.
And the improvement aggregate clip in the 65th minute as a attempt was agitated into the administration of Tote Lopez, a Madrid-born youngster for whom this represented his alone ‘goal’ for the club.
Lopez appeared just 5 times for Real Madrid in La Liga but eventually begin a home at second-tier accouterments Hércules, alone to accept his career austere by a austere knee abrasion which affected him to retire early.
It is somewhat acrid *this* Real Madrid ancillary equalised adjoin a aggregation of All-Stars through a amateur who would ultimately leave the Bernabeu because he acquainted he did not fit in with the Galaticos.
In the 85th minute, Esteban Cambiasso calm the brawl 25 yards from ambition and accursed the brawl into the basal bend in what would be one of alone two goals he denticulate for the club beyond two spells.
Cambiasso would accept to leave Real Madrid in 2004 for Inter, area he would accept been a adversary for any academic World XI on annual of his absolute appropriate commonsense and ability rather than clear flair.
And the midfielder bemoaned the absurdity of the Galacticos in an account with Marca in 2017: “Already in the aboriginal team, the backroom of the moment meant that a lot of of the ancillary were fabricated up of academy players and Galacticos, and I wasn’t either of those.”
“There was no chain for my characteristics,” he went on to add, “and I drew added absorption getting absent from the starting agency than getting present.
“Makelele was the same. He was not advised until he left. We are players who do a lot of plan for a aggregation and if we leave, it shows.”
There is the befalling to attending at the accoutrement in one of two ways: a assignment in the airs of footballing vanity, or – the yield we adopt – just the befalling for absolutely a lot of fun. Like Soccer Aid, but with Ruben Baraja patrolling midfield rather than Jonathan Wilkes.
And we don’t wish to advance getting able to practise addition improvement helped Real Madrid win La Liga, but three canicule afterwards Los Blancos travelled to Malaga and denticulate three second-half goals to annul a 2-0 arrears and grab all three points.
The aftereffect at the end of the season? Real won the alliance by two points.