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THE MARVELS OF MADRID

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Last weekend Granada CF took around 10,000 fans to Santiago Bernabeú as they faced the mighty Real Madrid, double the 5,000 that had been expected to travel for the match that took place over the Reyes holiday weekend.

This broke the the previous record for away fans visiting the Bernabeú, previously and coincidentally held by another club strongly linked with Granada CF, fellow Andaluz side Cádiz CF, who took around 7,000 during their last brief stay in Liga BBVA.

In spite of the 5-1 defeat the fans endured, they remained upbeat. Granada had gone in at half-time 2-1 down and after a great effort, were perhaps unlucky not to be on level terms. Real Madrid turned up the heat instantly, scoring two quick goals as the game resumed after the break, effectively killing off any resistance Granada could offer.

There were no surprises when Cristiano Ronaldo added the fifth late in the game.

Throughout the match and irrespective of the scoreline, the Granada fans sang their hearts out. Indeed they further impressed opposing fans and the media with the strength of their support, which has regularly been noted at home matches, where the fans are always vocal in support of their team.

During the week Granada CF president emotionally thanked the fans:

I don’t have any other names or adjectives to describe it, you are FANTASTIC and you have magnified the name of Granada and the Granada CF. As President I am proud of each and every one of the fans of Granada. I am convinced that with your support we will reach our objectives. We have given a real lesson and have shown that without doubt we ahve the best fans in the world. THANKS.”

This weekend sees Granada face another of the Madrid teams, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, with both teams looking for valuable survival points in the bottom half of the table. Following their defeat at the Bernabeú last weekend though, Granada are determined to put the record straight. Their objective is simple – a win and three points.

There’s been plenty of activity over the last week in the transfer market too, as the club looks to strengthen its position in La Liga. Curiously this week has seen the arrival of three left-sided players.

First to be confirmed was promising 20 year old Brazilian Gabriel Silva, previously with Palmeiras, who can play anywhere along the left flank. As part of the continuing link with Udinese, who paid €4m to Palmeiras, he joins Granada until 2016 as another “investment”.

Second player confirmed was another promising South American, 22 year old Chilean international Matías Campos. Another player who though primarily a left-back, can play anywhere down the left flank.

The latest confirmed signing so far this week, sees the arrival of established 26 year old Czech Republic international Daniel Pudil, from Belgian side Genk.

Yet another left-sided player who have operate anywhere down the left flank, but who can also play in central midfield. On Thursday morning the club confirmed he has signed a contract until June 2016.

Pudil apparently suggested that he quickly became very fond of the city of Granada, when the Czech Republic visited for their European Championships qualifier against Spain last season.

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