It’s Official: Isco Joins Real Madrid!

27 Jun

Isco_M__lagaCF_malagacf.com_467976052SWEEEEET! Such great news on a steamy Thursday! We’ve snagged one of the best young players in Spain. I looked like Isco in this shot when I heard the news


Isco, new Real Madrid player

The Whites’ are joined by one of the biggest young talents in European football, the 2012 Golden Boy winner and a winner of the European Under-21s Championship with Spain

Real Madrid welcome one of Spanish football’s best players into its new project. Francisco Roman Alarcon, Isco (21/04/1992, Benalmadena, Malaga), will play at the Bernabeu for the next five seasons. The overlap, imagination and speed are some of the qualities that define this midfielder, winner of the 2012 Golden Boy award, recent champion of the European Under-21s Championship with Spain and at 21 years old a player that has already made his debut with the senior team.

The 2012/13 season was the season in which Isco confirmed his arrival. A leader at Malaga that reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, in which the new Whites’ player scored three goals, the Andalusian dazzled a few weeks ago in the European Under-21s Championship in Israel, where he scored three goals and was instrumental in Spain lifting the trophy. Talent, the thing that led him to being chosen by the Tuttosport magazine for the 2012 Golden Boy award for being the best Under-21 player in Europe, is the word that best defines Isco, who is a player with enviable technical ability, brazenness and imagination, the qualities that led him make his debut with the senior Spain team (in February this year in a friendly against Uruguay).

Isco’s progression has continued in recent seasons. On 1st November 2010 he made his debut with Valencia’s first team in a cup match against Logrones, in which he scored two goals. Three days later, he made his First Division debut against Getafe and, at the end of the 2010/11 season, he signed for Malaga to go on to lead the Andalusian club’s best period in its history. In his first season he played 35 matches and scored five goals and in his second he consolidated himself as a star player and made 45 appearances, scoring 12 goals (nine in the league and three in Europe). At 21 years old Isco joins Real Madrid, where his talents will be made available to the project lead by Carlo Ancelotti.

Valencia Mestalla (2009-2011)
Valencia (2010-11)
Malaga (2011-2013)
Real Madrid (2013 -)
1st Division debut: 14/11/2010
Match: Valencia, 2, Getafe, 0

Full international for Spain

– European Under-21s Championship (2013)
– Golden Boy award (2012)

I’m getting so excited for the new season!

– Lozil

40 Responses to “It’s Official: Isco Joins Real Madrid!”

  1. Jorzil June 27, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Welcome to los Blancos Isco!
    He seems like a really nice guy and very talented as well so I’m happy:) I am just wondering where he is going to play and alongside who because, although I’m a football fan the tactics part is always a bit hard to apprehend for me.
    Anyone want to fill me in? 😉

    • Casey June 27, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      Probably alongside Mesut and Ronaldo . How that’s going to work depends on the formation Carlo chooses . Hope that helps 🙂

      • Jorzil June 27, 2013 at 9:46 am #

        thank you 🙂

  2. Casey June 27, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    I’m just worried about which position his going to play … I really want Kaka to get so playing time , and there’s no way his going to replace either Mesut or Crispy . The only thing that seems logical is : him and Mesut playing on the wings and Crispy playing a more CF role … Okay I’m looking to much into this !

    Great player , great signing !!! Welcome to Madrid p.s his past comments about Madrid totally forgotten .

    This is looking to be a GREAT season #cantwait

    • consuela June 27, 2013 at 10:53 am #

      I hope they don’t go the Mou route with this guy. They have abandoned Iker and Kaka and Mesut. I like and agree what Casey said. Only 11 are making the starting squad!

    • CinematiqueChic June 27, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      I think this probably signals the end for Kaka at Madrid. I love him, but it’s gotten to the point where keeping him on our bench is damaging to his career. It would be great if things were different under Ancelotti, but for Kaka’s sake, I hope we either play him or let him go to a club that will.

      • jellyace June 27, 2013 at 11:59 am #

        Kaka played for Ancelotti in AC Milan when they won a ton of trophies, so Ancelotti will not let go of him so easily.

      • futbolfan June 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

        As jellyace said, Ancelloti know’s Kaka from when he was straight up the best in the world. And he said in the presser that he doesn’t plan on letting him go. I for one want him to stay, and succeed.

        • CinematiqueChic June 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

          I think Ancelotti is Kaka’s best chance at Madrid, and hopefully he’ll get a proper chance. It’s not that I want Kaka to leave – I dread it every transfer season. But if things stay as they are for him at Madrid, I don’t think it’s right to keep him on our bench, when he could be getting playing time at another club.

    • mygypsyspirit June 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      A few things in response to all of this…
      They have not “abandoned” Iker. Crikey. Neither was Mesut abandoned. Just because we signed him doesn’t mean he’ll start. Ancelloti is tactically an attacking coach. Mesut and Kaka are both better utilized as central, roaming, attacking midfielders. You don’t have to play a strict 4-4-2, you’re all forgetting that. I’m more worried he’s taking the place of Callejon than I am about him replacing Kaka. Based on Ancelloti’s comments, Kaka isn’t going anywhere. Perhaps Isco will be used as a sub… Someone to come in and change the game the way that Callejon originally was doing for us. Rumor has it Di Maria is going…

      • futbolfan June 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

        See, that’s the problem. I’m excited Isco’s our player now seeing he’s great, but whenever we sign someone new I can’t tell whether I’m happy or not because that means someone we love currently on the team is probably going to be replaced.

        • mygypsyspirit June 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

          It depends on tactics. New player doesn’t always mean someone has to leave. Most times yes… But not always. Tactically Isco can fit without someone leaving. It just doesn’t mean that he’s going to play a lot or that Callejon is going to play a lot. I’m more worried about our striker situation than anything

  3. Mehreh June 27, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    even though his dog’s name is messi, i think he’s going to be quite happy at RM and i can’t wait for many, many alvarcon moments. welcome, my sweet little empanada!

  4. CinematiqueChic June 27, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Welcome Isco! Now that he and Carlo are official I’m feeling more optimistic for the new season!

  5. jellyace June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I so welcome Isco Cutie Pie!!! Good looks and great skills are a terrific combination!

  6. Anonymous June 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    I had a laugh when a reporter asked him about Messi and whether that’s going to be a conflict of interest. He said it doesn’t matter what his pup’s name is as he doesn’t listen to him anyway.

    I think it’s the end for Kaka too. They wouldn’t buy a 4th playmaker to leave him on the bench….especially one as talented as Isco. Anyway, a great and smart signing.

    Plus he is hot as hell. Hala.

    • Backwards June 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Whoops posting from new computer and forgot to log in…It’s Backwards (as you can now tell)

    • Mehreh June 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

      Maybe he and iker can talk about how not to train dogs…

  7. Ola June 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Such a relieve after all the rumours about him joining MCity… I can’t wait to see him playing in Madrid! 🙂

  8. Ola June 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    *I think I meant relief 😉

  9. drea June 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Awww, we got cutie patootie! Yeah, I know I shouldn’t infantilize a player of his skill level, but look! Look at that face. 😉 Welcome Isco, bienvenido a Real Madrid!

  10. Dr Heidi June 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Is Madrid trying to corner the market on the hot and talented? A little something for everyone…..

    • mygypsyspirit June 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      They’ve always had that market cornered

      • Dr Heidi June 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

        makes for good PR for sure!

        • mygypsyspirit June 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

          I’m just glad they’re good players. I’ll take an ugly, but phenomenal player all day. Ronaldo is still my favorite player of all time and he was not pretty

          • Dr Heidi June 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

            agreed, but between all the prettiness and Lord of the Thighs Ramos, I think I’ll need to be medicated every time I watch a game…. 🙂

            • la-la June 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

              You watch games then? Any thoughts on Spain v Italy

              • la-la June 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

                Just me watching then? I was fucking thrilled. Come on penalties…

                • la-la June 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

                  Although this is eating into the season finale of Nashville

                  • headbandsandheartbreak June 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

                    Gasp! But then you won’t know what happens with Deacon & Rayna! (Nashville fan here)

                • headbandsandheartbreak June 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

                  I’m at work and can’t watch. Following along on Twitter and via live commentary. Alot of us are talking about it on Twitter right now.

                  • la-la June 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

                    Should point out right now that I’m the Typhoid Mary of penalty shoot outs. No team I support has ever won. I’m Italy btw

                    • headbandsandheartbreak June 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

                      So am I.

                    • headbandsandheartbreak June 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

                      This shiz is going right down to the wire, innit?

                    • headbandsandheartbreak June 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

                      Sigh. Poor Bonucci. He’s this year’s Sergio. Cheer up Leonardo! The Ramos redeemed himself.

                    • la-la June 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

                      Fuck it all. poor old bonucci, cried like a baby at the semi’s last year and now this. Still, it wasn’t a massacre and Spain are not unbeatable. Is that a word? And Xavi’s hair made me laugh in an evil way. Still gutted tho. Off to try and catch up with Nashville…no spoilers!!!!!

                    • headbandsandheartbreak June 27, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

                      No spoilers but I’d love to hear what you thought of the finale. BTW, if you’re on Twitter, follow me at dld_ftw.

                    • Backwards June 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

                      I couldn’t even look. My country wasn’t even playing!

                    • mygypsyspirit June 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

                      I was Italy for this one. But I’m Brazil through and through since I was a kid. I had to leave for my own training about halfway through the first OT. I think I would have been crying during the penalty shootout

  11. Natalie June 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    good buy!!!

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