A glorious stage is set for Saturday in the Spanish capital at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu as Gareth Bale is on track to make his long-awaited Real Madrid home debut.
As if the world-record $135 million player’s maiden march onto the field in a competitive match wasn’t already anticipated enough, Los Blancos face a fierce contest against crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, which comes into the contest having won all six La Liga matches to start the season.Los Colchoneros also will enter the match with their chests farther puffed out after defeating their richer neighbors 2-1 in the Copa del Rey at El Bernabeu last season to notch their first victory against Real Madrid in 14 years.
Bale, the wondrous winger hailing from Wales who was named England’s Footballer of the Year last season while staring for Tottenham Hotspur, scored an equalizer in his La Liga debut two Saturdays ago, a 2-2 draw at Villareal.
Last week he came off the bench to collect an assist in Los Blancos 6-1 thumping of Galatasaray in Turkey in the UEFA Champions League as he seeks to find his fitness.
He missed out on last Sunday’s home match against Getafe after being scratched in warm-ups with a thigh problem.
The new Real Madrid No. 11 also didn’t feature in Wednesday’s nervy 2-1 victory against recently promoted Elche in the Estadio Manuel Martinez Velero, but manager Carlo Ancelotti assured after the match that Bale is expected to recover and take the field at the Bernabeu for the first time since being unveiled at the club on Sept. 2.Look for Bale in the famed white home jersey of Los Galaticos and his adidas F50 adizeros in stunning Electricity/Hero Ink/Metallic Silver colorway. You can find them in our shop in synthetic or leather.You can also enter a contest to win a signed Gareth Bale adidas shoe from SOCCER.COM and ICONS.
Saturday begins the first chapter Bale’s Real Madrid odyssey in front of the home faithful. Find all the gear you need to fit the occasion at SOCCER.COM.