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Raul

Career
DOB:
 27.06.77
Caps:
 58
Goals:
 30

World Cup 2002
Appearances:
 4
Goals:
 3
Bookings:
 0
Sendings off:
 0
Raul
Club:Real Madrid
Position:Forward

Spanish golden boy Raul was heartbroken after Euro 2000 when his last-gasp penalty miss against France saw Spain tumble out at the quarter-final stage.

Having also had a disappointing France 98, he has been criticised for failing to rise to the big occasion.

The quarter-final with France was another match in which he did not deliver the goods.

His spot-kick sailed over the bar and the chance to take the game into extra time was lost. Spain were out and Raul was left to shoulder the blame.

Despite that, the Real Madrid man is still hugely popular among Spain fans.

His subtle technique and ability to turn defenders means he can play as a deep-lying forward, creating chances from midfield and bringing others into the game.

However, he can also play further upfield. His explosive and accurate shooting has been Spain's best source of goals.

Raul left Atletico Madrid for rivals Real in 1995 and has now become the talisman of one of the top sides in Europe.

Commentators have even dubbed the team Raul Madrid because of their dependence on him.



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