Hierro Wants Del Bosque To Give Raul Tribute Match At The Bernabeu

La Seleccion sporting director, Fernando Hierro, has begun work to organise the Spanish FA’s centenary celebrations and he wants Raul involved.

Former Real Madrid captain, Fernando Hierro, currently working as the sports director for the Spanish national team, has been tasked to organise a centenary event as the RFEF [Spanish Football Federation] kick-off their hundred-year celebrations this November.

A friendly match will be scheduled then at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, believed to be against Argentina, and one of Hierro’s request to Spain coach, Vicente Del Bosque, is to have local hero Raul, reinstated to La Seleccion for that game.

According to abc.es, Hierro is also planning to invite King Juan Carlos and FIFA president, Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief, Michel Platini to the event, as well as assemble the nation’s two European Championship-winning squads (1964 and 2008).

Raul himself said a few days ago that he still harbours ambition to play for La Furia Roja one day, but the problem is that the 31-year-old does not want to appear in a one-off, farewell outing. The player’s representative had already said that “if it’s a tribute match for him, then he will not be going”.

The Madrid forward, newly christened as ‘Don Raul’ by the Spanish media, has returned to form over the past two seasons and so far this term, he has already netted 17 goals: 11 in the Primera Division, three in the Copa del Rey and another three in the Champions League.

At the weekend, he surpassed Alfredo Di Stefano to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 309 competitive goals.

KS Leong, Goal.com