Can you name Real Madrid’s XI from Jonathan Woodgate’s debut in 2005?
On September 22nd 2005, Jonathan Woodgate made his long-awaited Real Madrid debut – which entered folklore for all the wrong reasons.
After signing from Newcastle in 2004, Woodgate spent the entirety of the 2004-05 season on the sidelines with injury and eventually made his Madrid bow in a La Liga match against Athletic Bilbao.
But the former Leeds and Newcastle United defender managed to score an own goal and get sent off during the 3-1 victory. He went on to have some success at the Bernabeu but couldn’t quite outrun his first impression.
“It was a great moment, going out under the lights of that fantastic stadium, in that white shirt at last,” recalled in a 2005 Guardian interview.
“I thought, “Right, you’re back. Show them what you can do”.’
“[After the own goal] I lay for a moment with my face in the grass, then I got up, shook my head and thought, “Oh my God! This is unbelievable!”
“Now’s the moment to show a bit of character. Don’t hide. Go up for corners, go on, go and try and score one at the other end. An own goal’s an own goal. You’ve had worse things happen to you.”
Things famously got worse from there.
What we want you to do here, though, is name Madrid’s starting XI from the Englishman’s debut against Athletic.
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