Raul’s Presentation

9 Dec

23EABE4100000578-2867363-image-a-2_1418149074587The glorious Raul was presented today as a New York Cosmos player at the Four Seasons hotel. I am both delighted and dismayed by this because Good: RAUL IN NEW YORK! and Bad: I have to haul my ass out to Long Island to see him play. Muy bien on the former. no me gusta on the latter.

Raúl has signed a multi-year contract with the Cosmos and will be playing in their 2015 NASL season. Once he decides to retire from playing, he will work full time overseeing the New York Cosmos Youth Academy. I think he should hire Guti when he does that! But I want him to play for a while more, thank you very much.


Raúl: “I’ll return to Madrid one day but for now I’m learning”

The former Real Madrid player was presented as a New York Cosmos man, where he’ll wear number 7.
by Dani Hidalgo

Raúl was presented in New York as a Cosmos player, and received the number 7 jersey from his new coach, Venezuelan Giovanni Savarese. “Thank you for giving me this chance and believing in me”, said the former Real Madrid striker, who scored 323 goals for the Spanish side.

Why Cosmos?
Everyone knows my career. Since I made my debut I’ve played for Madrid, in Germany and in Qatar. For eight months I had Giovanni calling me and selling me the Cosmos project. I had always wanted to come to the US, and especially to join the Cosmos, because of the club’s history, with players like Pele, Beckenbauer and Chinaglia. When I arrived I had no doubts about signing for this great club. Being able to play and to help develop the academy. Gio showed me the club’s vision and that’s why I’m here. It’s a big challenge, personally and for my family. I’ll put in every effort to make sure the project is a success”.

I had always wanted to have a family experience in the United States and I think this project has everything. What I wanted to do was to keep playing. I feel like I still have more to give but I also wanted an experience where I could also help train players. This seemed like the perfect place.

Level of football in the US
I feel as though the level of soccer in the United States is going to improve, soccer is evolving here.

Messi and Cristiano
Both of them are great players, you can’t compare them with anyone; they will continue to break records.

I’ve signed for two years, but it could be a lot more. I’ve come to one of the best cities in the world to live. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll play for one, two, three years… Or in six months my body will say that’s enough and I’ll devote myself full time to the academy.

Return to Madrid
Everyone always said go to Real Madrid, go to Real Madrid, but I feel like that will come, that I need to gain experience first. You don’t just go to Real Madrid to coach without experience. It is not the same playing as it is training, so I am excited to do this here. If I return to Spain I’ll work for Madrid. It’s my house, where I developed, where I have friends, but right now I’m focused on this project.

La Liga
I’ll follow my team from here. They’re playing really well, but the season is long. They could beat the record [of consecutive wins] but the season is decided in March, April or May. Atlético, Barcelona and others will be fighting for the title.

The move
Maybe it’s a risk at 37, but I’m ready for the challenge.

Welcome to New York, Raul! If you need any pointers on the city, feel free to call me. If you need a cup of sugar, call me. If you need some sugar, Sugar, call me.

I’m kind of ridiculously excited to have Raul here even if I have to deal with the LIRR to get to him.

– Lozil

5 Responses to “Raul’s Presentation”

  1. Katie Ann December 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    “If you need any pointers on the city, feel free to call me. If you need a cup of sugar, call me. If you need some sugar, Sugar, call me.”

    My sentiments as well. The fact that he’s in New York is delightful.

  2. mygypsyspirit December 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    I think I’m overdue for a trip to NYC. I will brave the LIRR with you if you will let me drunkenly sleep on your couch again 😉

  3. Miss_F December 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    Still as beautiful as ever! 😍

  4. Shan December 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    I’m glad he’ll be visiting me yearly in Raleigh 🙂

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