Real Madrid and their peculiar commitment to second parts that were never good

The signing of Ancelotti is another chapter in a series of reunions that will end up taking away Beenhakker, Toshack, Camacho or Capello.

Ancelotti and Zidane, in August 2013, during a league match against Betis.AFP

The signing of Carlo Ancelotti, six years after his dismissal, does not represent a discordant note in the history of Real Madrid. Rather the opposite. Throughout the last decades, the white club has granted second chances to those who had left a fond memory during their first stage. It wasn’t just about people in the house, like Vicente del Bosque O Luis Molowny, but from coaches of recognized prestige, who could not reissue their previous successes. This is a brief review of Madrid’s peculiar predilection for old acquaintances.

La Quinta and Tenerife’s nightmare

In 1986, just a few months after his proclamation as president, Ramn Mendoza was looking for a coach who would enhance the talent of the Quinta del Buitre, reinforced a year earlier with Rafa Gordillo, Hugo Sanchez Y Antonio Maceda. Leo Beenhakker, who had guided Ajax with only 37 years, also knew the League through his experience at Real Zaragoza. So his offensive proposal seemed ideal for that team that combined class and honor. All three league titles, plus a Copa del Rey, were certified brilliantly, but disappointments in the European Cup undermined their credibility.

In January 1992, after a brief stint at Ajax and the Dutch national team, he was again urgently recruited by Mendoza. One of the most controversial decisions in the history of the club, given that the team of Radomir AnticAfter the first round, he led the table with a three-point advantage over Barcelona. In addition to the elimination against Torino in the UEFA Cup, the remaining 19 league games ended with just nine wins and that dreadful epilogue in Tenerife.

Leo Beenhakker, in an image from 1992.
Leo Beenhakker, in an image from 1992.BRAND

Of the 107 goals to the “flying pig”

The European Cup, after that semifinal against PSV and the 5-0 at San Siro, had become an obsession, so Mendoza had only another turn of the screw. His four years in San Sebastian, with a Cup title and a league runner-up, endorsed Toshack as the most appropriate for that qualitative leap. Of course, the team played football on the way to the fifth league (107 goals), but another setback against Milan Arrigo Sacchi cleared any future options.

The explosive character of the gals, used to rubbing against the stars, was too tempting to Lorenzo Sanz, who in February 1999 gave him a wardrobe full of egos, capable of driving the good guy crazy. Gus Hiddink. The current European champion will fall to Dynamo Kiev and finish that League 11 points behind Bara. Still, Toshack started the next season. His erratic wandering would end abruptly with an immortal phrase: “It is easier to see a pig flying over the Bernabu than for me to rectify.”

Two insufficient leagues

“I have a three-year contract. In that time I will make Real Madrid the best team in the world.” The warning bore the stamp of one who had ridiculed Johan Cruyff: 4-1 in the final in Athens. Fabio Capello landed in the summer of 1996 with Pedja Mijatovic, Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf O Davor Suker under the arm. Without distractions in the European competition, his Madrid fought an emotional battle against Bara de Ronaldo Nazario. In any case, he had decided since February to return with Silvio Berlusconi. Only a few months later, on May 20, 1998, his accurate forecast was confirmed in Amsterdam.

The reverie of the Seventh continued to float for more than a decade through Chamartón. until Ramn Caldern could convince that hurao again real Italianalways ready to command his legion of centurions. The 2007 League title, with unlikely comebacks, is still fondly remembered for the Bernabu. Not enough credit back then, when that confusing concept of excellence was still being handled.

Fabio Capello and Lorenzo Sanz, in an image from 1996.
Fabio Capello and Lorenzo Sanz, in an image from 1996.EFE

Premature slamming

The trigger was an argument with Juan Onieva, economic vice president, regarding abusive clauses against his assistants Juan Carlos Lorenzana Y Pepe Carceln. On July 8, 1998, just 22 days after signing a two-season contract, Jos Antonio Camacho he closed his ephemeral first chapter on the Madrid bench. One of the craziest moments in 119 years of history.

The journey in the Selection, however, would reactivate the Murcian, who in 2004 succeeded the vaporous Carlos Queiroz. Super summer. And three days of the League, plus one of the Champions League, punctuated by the ridiculous against Leverkusen and Espanyol. “My work is not reflected in the team and I can not get the most out of it,” he explained before his second slam of the door.

Zidane and Florentino’s plea

It was January 2016 and not even the most enthusiastic could have imagined it. A 2-2 in Mestalla sentenced Rafa Bentez and all power passed into the hands of the Castilla coach, with only 57 matches in Second B. The main purpose of Zinedine Zidane fit in one sentence: “It is essential to be close to the players and have a good relationship with them.” So under these parameters of flexibility, both tactically and emotionally, the most glorious stage of Madrid in the 21st century was forged. The third Champions in a chain, with a gushing creativity, was only the prelude to the scared.

Zidane, with his aura of invincibility and his magnetic smile, could have left him there and not attend, in March 2019, the request of Florentino Prez. However, his passion for Madrid was stronger. With a more limited staff, where veterans continued to play an essential role in sports planning, the Frenchman reaffirmed his convictions. The competitive level, at times, was moving. But even that is not enough for Madrid.


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