2003–04 Real Madrid C.F. season

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Real Madrid
2003–04 season
Chairman Spain Florentino Pérez
Manager Portugal Carlos Queiroz
La Liga 4th
Copa del Rey Runners-up
UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Ronaldo (24)

All:
Ronaldo (31)

The 2003–04 season was Real Madrid C.F.'s 73rd season in La Liga. This article shows statistics of the club's players in the season, and also lists all matches that the club played in the 2003–04 season. It was the last time that Real Madrid finished below second place until 2013–14 season.

Pre-season[edit]

The team embarked on a summer tour in Asia, for 18 days, to cash in on the worldwide appeal of their new signing, David Beckham. It included exhibition matches in Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, which alone earned the club €10 million. This was compared by popular contrary with the tour with the first visit of The Beatles to the United States in 1964. Although lucrative and generating wide publicity, the preparation value of the Asia was questionable, considering that the long 2003–04 season which lay ahead. It was exhausting for the players, due to endless rounds of publicity engagements and restrictions on the players' freedom of movement (due to the team hotel being besieged by fans). Most players admitted that they would have preferred a low-profile training camp and/or to have been home in Spain for the pre-season, instead of playing meaningless show matches against low quality opponents. The Asia tour has been said to have catered more to the needs of the club's marketing than to its players' preparations.[1]

Pre-season[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Season summary[edit]

In spite of the arduous pre-season, the team got off to a good start to the season. They won the Supercopa de España against Mallorca with a 3–0 victory on 27 August in the second leg. By the time half the season had passed, the team topped the league table and was still in contention for the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League trophies. However, the team was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by Monaco, and finished as runners-up in the domestic cup. They also lost their final five La Liga matches and finished in fourth place, which gave Valencia the title.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
23 MF England Beckham 28 EU Manchester United Transfer Summer 2007 €35,000,000 [1]

Total spending: Decrease €35,000,000

Out[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source

Total income: Increase €0 Makelele

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Iker Casillas
2 Spain DF Míchel Salgado
3 Brazil DF Roberto Carlos
5 France MF Zinedine Zidane
6 Spain DF Iván Helguera
7 Spain FW Raúl (captain)
9 Brazil FW Ronaldo[2]
10 Portugal MF Luís Figo
11 Spain FW Javier Portillo
13 Spain GK Carlos Sánchez
14 Spain MF Guti (vice-captain)
15 Spain DF Raúl Bravo
16 Spain MF Antonio Núñez
17 Spain DF Oscar Miñambres
19 Argentina DF Esteban Cambiasso
21 Argentina MF Santiago Solari
22 Spain DF Francisco Pavón
No. Position Player
23 England MF David Beckham
25 Spain GK César
31 Spain MF Jordi López
33 Spain MF Álvaro Mejía
34 Spain MF Juanfran
35 Spain MF José Manuel Jurado
36 Spain MF Roberto Soldado
37 Spain MF Álex Pérez
38 Spain DF Enrique Corrales
39 Spain DF Álvaro Arbeloa
40 Spain DF Miguel Palencia
41 Spain DF Javier Paredes
42 Spain GK Diego López

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
8 Spain MF Borja (on loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach)
9 Spain FW Fernando Morientes (on loan to Monaco)

Results[edit]

La Liga[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Valencia (C) 38 23 8 7 71 27 +44 77 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Barcelona 38 21 9 8 63 39 +24 72
3 Deportivo La Coruña 38 21 8 9 60 34 +26 71 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Real Madrid 38 21 7 10 72 54 +18 70

Updated to games played on 2009-09-03.
Source: 2003–04 La Liga#Final League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
La Liga 1 Fourth 2003-08-30 2004-05-23
Copa del Rey Second Round Final 2003-10-08 2004-03-17
UEFA Champions League First group stage Quarter-finals 2003-09-16 2004-04-06

Top scorers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/2003/08/11/real_home/
  2. ^ Ronaldo wore the #11 shirt until Morientes' transfer, at which point he was assigned the #9 shirt.