Real Madrid attempt to play American Football on US tour with hilarious results

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Real Madrid have been in the United States recently as part of their preparations for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

And it looks like the reigning UEFA Champions League winners, as well as working on their fitness and regaining match sharpness with a range of pre-season friendlies, have been soaking up a bit of the American sports culture while out in the US.

The quarterback role

The likes of Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were amongst the members of the Real Madrid squad to pick up the pig skin during a recent training session.

And whilst their efforts were admirable, it is unlikely we will be seeing any Welsh, Croatian, or Spanish representation in the NFL anytime soon.

The session reportedly took place prior to Real Madrid's game against Manchester United in front of a staggering 109,000-plus crowd at Eastern Michigan's college football stadium. Man Utd came out on top in that game, but at least Carlos Ancelotti didn't receive any untimely injuries after his player's attempts at football of the more physical variety.

US tours

Real Madrid and Manchester United have been joined in the US by European football's elite this summer with everyone from Roma and AC Milan, to Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur taking part in various fixtures.

And not to miss out on a PR opportunity, there have been numerous instances of soccer colliding with the NBA, NFL, and Major League Baseball during their recent ventures - all to different degrees of success.

This time though, college quarterback Devin Gardner was on hand to offer some advice to Gareth Bale, with the Welshman reciprocating later on in the training session as Gardner got used to the round ball. 

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Soccer a rival to US sporting powerhouse?

NFL remains the top sporting pastime in the US, with basketball and baseball not far behind.

Soccer is most certainly on the rise however, with the nation's recent success at the World Cup complimenting MLS' increased influence on the population as the sport continues to gain fans state side.

Jurgen Klinsmann's men outperformed many of Madrid's current roster in Brazil with the likes of Alonso, Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo all exiting the competition in the group stages.

Real did add one World Cup winner to their roster this summer however, with Toni Kroos arriving from Bayern Munich for around £20 million.

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