International break leaves Zidane with just seven players

Real Madrid players will travel 127,000 kilometres over the international break with the Brazilian travelling the furthest and French players with the lightest schedule.

Casemiro, de capitán en un partido con Brasil.

The first international break is upon us and it will mean Zinedine Zidane is left with seven players from his first team squad for training. The injury crisis which has claimed Isco, James, Rodrygo, Brahim and Asensio along with Hazard as its victims leaves Zidane with a very thin group of players to work with in Valdebebad for the next week. They train on Wednesday morning at 11:00 with 14 members of their first team missing.

Aside from the enormous time commitment, the players will travel a total of 127,000 kilometres over the break. The ones who will travel the longest are Militao, Casemiro and Vinicius, who will make his Brazilian squad debut. They travel 20,295 km to play Colombia in Miami and then Peru in Los Angeles.

Kilómetros que recorrerán los internacionales del Real Madrid

Jugadores Selección Km.
Areola y Varane Francia 2.126
Bale Gales 2.424
Kroos Alemania 4.434
Jovic Serbia 4.472
Carvajal y Ramos España 5.423
Courtois y Hazard Bélgica 5.793
Modric Croacia 9.184
Valverde Uruguay 18.877
Militao, Casemiro y Vinicius Brasil 20.295
TOTAL1 126.960

1En selecciones con más de un representante, los kilómetros están multiplicados por el número de jugadores para obtener la suma total.

Fuente: elaboración propia con datos de

Valverde will travel 18,877 km to play against Keylor Navas' Costa Rica in San José and then on to a meeting with United States in St. Louis, Missouri.

El calendario de los internacionales madridistas

Day Date Time* Game Venue
Thursday 5-sep. 20:45 Romanis-Spain Bucarest
Friday 6-sep. 20:45 Wales-Azerbaijan Cardiff
Friday 6-sep. 20:45 Germany-Holland Hamburg
Friday 6-sep. 20:45 San Marino-Belgium Serravalle
Friday 6-sep. 20:45 Slovakia-Croatia Trnava
Saturday 7-sep. 3:30 Brazil-Colombia Miami
Saturday 7-sep. 4:00 Costa Rica-Uruguay San José
Saturday 7-sep. 20:45 Serbia-Portugal Belgrade
Saturday 7-sep. 20:45 France-Albania Saint-Denis
Sunday 8-sep. 20:45 Spain-Faroe Islands Gijón
Monday 9-sep. 18:00 Azerbaijan-Croatia Bakú
Monday 9-sep. 20:45 INorthern Ireland-Germany Belfast
Monday 9-sep. 20:45 Wales-Belarus Cardiff
Monday 9-sep. 20:45 Scotland-Belgium Glasgow
Tuesday 10-sep. 20:45 Luxemburg-Serbia Luxemburg
Tuesday 10-sep. 20:45 France-Andorra Saint-Denis
Wednesday 11-sep. 2:00 United States-Uruguay St. Louis (Missouri)
Wednesday 11-sep. 5:30 Peru-Brazil Los Ángeles

*Spanish time.

European with a lighter travel schedule but still taxing

The South Americans will only play friendlies between now and March 2020 when they begin their pursuit of a place in the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The European players have two games in Euro 2020 qualification aside from Bale's Wales who don't play in the second fixture date. They will, however, take advantage of the chance to play a friendly against Belarus in Cardiff.

Those with the lightest travel schedule are Areola and Varane, who flew to PAris for game against Albania and then Andorra. A little over 2,000 km for each one. In comparison, Modric will travel close to 10,000 km with Croatia as they play Slovakia and Azerbaijan. Carvajal and Ramos will play against Romania and then in Gijón against the Faroe Islands.