[56], On 27 March 1999, in a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier, Raúl scored four goals in Spain's 9–0 rout of Austria. Although he conceded the first goal to Scott Arfield at Turf Moor, Chelsea won 3–1. [75], Courtois and his side made it to the quarter-final, where they lost to Wales despite taking an early lead. [33] and scored his first goal for Schalke in the Bundesliga against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 25 September 2010 in a 2–2 draw. Courtois played every minute during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, as Belgium qualified for its first major tournament since the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In the final match, they played against MSV Duisburg, the first 2. As per Diario AS, Courtois wrote on his Instagram stories page: “I started as a goalkeeper when I was 11 years old and since then I have had the ambition in my head, but I never imagined that I would play for the best team in the world. [36] On 19 February 2012, he scored the 400th goal of his career, at that time, 323 with Real Madrid, 44 with Spain and 33 with Schalke. However, he missed their last two games through injury. Following Atlético's then-president Jesús Gil decision to close their youth academy as a cost-saving measure, Raúl moved on to Real Madrid's Cadete team in La Fabrica. [48] Chelsea would go on to lose the match 0–2. [50] Courtois also played for Chelsea in the FA Cup Final; which Chelsea lost 2–1 to Arsenal. He made his first and only appearance at that level on 6 February 2007, in a 2–2 friendly draw against England held at Pride Park Stadium. In July 2011 he joined Chelsea for a reported £8 million, and was immediately loaned to Atlético Madrid. Courtois opened the season by playing in the 2015 FA Community Shield on 2 August, a 1–0 loss to Arsenal. [73], A prolific goalscorer and a highly creative forward, Raúl is regarded as one of the greatest and most consistent strikers of his generation. In 2018, Real Madrid signed Courtois for £35 million, becoming La Liga's most expensive goalkeeper, surpassing the record set by Jan Oblak. In European play, Raúl has since become the highest goal scorer in all UEFA competitions with 73 goals, ahead of Milan veteran Filippo Inzaghi with 70 goals. Raúl González Blanco (Spanish pronunciation: [raˈul ɣonˈθaleθ ˈβlaŋko]; born 27 June 1977), known as Raúl, is a Spanish football manager and former player who played as a striker. [29] Before the substitution could be made, Real Madrid launched a counter-attack to create a goal. Courtois graduated through the youth system of Genk, and aged 18, he played a key role in the team's Belgian Pro League victory. 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