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yesterday at Valdebebas…

November 20, 2010

Madrid held their normal training session yesterday, but with two differences:  one was the start time, which was in the afternoon rather than in the morning.  The second was the presence of Diego Armando Maradona, who was in Madrid visiting his daughter and grandson.  He dropped by the training session to see his good friend Mou (when Mou coached Inter, he had a photo of Maradona in his office) and chat with his former players Pipita and Di María, as well as fellow Argentine Garay, and for some reason, Sergio Ramos (who, if you remember, was called an hijo de puta by Maradona for a hard tackle against Messi in the last Madrid-Barcelona game).  Mou called Pipita over by saying, “Pipa, come over here, your father has come!”  Maradona left Valdebebas with a shirt signed by Mourinho, which said, “it embarrasses me to sign a shirt for Don Diego!  You’re number 1 and I adore you!”

Wow, who knew that Mou could be reduced to a blubbering teenage fangirl?  And I expected his handwriting to be neater… after all, Aitor Karanka has to read his notes all the time, and it can’t be easy, especially when it’s compressed in that little notebook.

The players didn’t look too excited chatting there with Maradona (who appears to be the type who loves hearing the sound of his own voice) and maintained polite looks on their faces but perked up later when something to their right caught their attention.  The guy in the back looks bored too.

By the way, I love Pipita’s boots!  ¡Muy llamativas!

Speaking of shoes, you have to love the attention to detail from these three guys (I’m assuming this is deliberate) as they headed to the Mirasierra Suites yesterday.  Even though their clothes are made by Adidas, all three of them still found Nike sneakers to match their outfits perfectly.  Sergio wore black and white, and his sneakers reflected that color scheme.  Meanwhile, the lime green accents on Özil’s sneakers perfectly matched the piping on his jacket, while the chartreuse parts of Khedira’s sneakers, pants legs and backpack straps were “a juego.”

In other club news, Aitor Karanka is scheduled to speak with the press after the Athletic game, after his pre-game press conference yesterday was canceled, to put the focus back on the game and to avoid questions being asked only about the Mourinho-Preciado spat.  Mou will make his return on Monday, since his suspension will be over by then, during the official UEFA press conference before the Champions League game against Ajax on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Kaká is in São Paulo undergoing tests on his left knee, and his doctor believes he can return to playing football between January and February.

In other news, Royston Ricky Drenthe was sent to a hospital in Alicante after an ulcer brought on by stress was found in his esophagus, meaning he’ll be out for Hércules’ game on Sunday against Espanyol.  The fun thing was that his wife was also in that particular hospital, having just given birth to his third kid on Thursday night.  Hope everyone in that family is okay!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. HermosaChica permalink
    November 20, 2010 11:37

    Aww Marcelo’s huge smile was a great start to this post!

    Sergio’s sneakers kind of look like grandpa shoes..And what, no mention of Iker in the shoes section?..Must’ve been really bad this time 😕

    Also, get well soon Drenthe and Kaka!

  2. November 20, 2010 12:02

    LOL@Mou “blubbering teenage fangirl” funny story.

    The players look bored, indeed, while talking to Diego, have no idea why, but they look funny. Maybe Sergio really wants Diego to see his nice side, not only the one that got him to almost have the record of the yellow and red cards in Real and that’s why he’s there too;-)

    BTW ironic that Maradona visited Real while visiting his grandson, who’s father plays for Atletico;-). Speaking of grandson, he’s one of the most cute babies I have ever seen,little Benji, whenever I see his picture my heart just melts!!!!

  3. Maisoun permalink
    November 20, 2010 15:38

    “Pipa, come over here, your father has come!” Wow, this made me laugh but what an ego!

    As a person who can hold grudges til the end of time…I would have preferred Sexio give Maradona the cold shoulder 😉

    • Margie permalink
      November 20, 2010 19:36

      How does Mourinho have a big ego for calling Pipa over and teasing him about Maradona being his father? (sorry, I don’t get it :/, I don’t see how that’s arrogant…. maybe I’m just weird…)

      • Margie permalink
        November 20, 2010 19:38

        Mourinho called Maradona Pipa’s father because they acted like father and son when Pipita was on the Argentina national team right?

      • Maisoun permalink
        November 21, 2010 18:05

        Aww crap I read that wrong, I though Maradona was the one referring to HIMSELF as Pipa’s father, which in that case there would be ego issues…I never would have spoken ill of Mou, I LOVE that man!

      • Margie permalink
        November 21, 2010 22:58

        LOL I see! If that was the case I would agree with you! (I love Mou too, that’s why I was being all defensive xD)

    • MsLaSuerte permalink
      November 29, 2010 01:53

      Sergio didn’t look pleased at all talking to Maradona, did he?:) But being polite he couldn’t refuse talking to him at all, right?:)
      I personally dislike Maradona a lot. This man really lacks wisdom, modesty and (most of all) manners!!! One has to be sooo patient to endure his presence!:)) And Sergi’s about to lose his temper while standing in front of Diego, this is very noticeable. 😀 Still, he managed to control himself… our sweet Sergi… ❤ ))

  4. Emme permalink
    November 20, 2010 17:12

    I love how Mesut & Sami are always together! It’s a legendary bromance! Marcelo & Pepe always brighten my day. Always smiling. One more thought: why is it that our boys ALWAYS give the thumbs up sign when they know a camera is on them? So silly. I heart them more and more everyday!

  5. Rebekah permalink
    November 20, 2010 19:35

    I was wondering about Sergio/Maradona, too. Hmmm. Also, HAHA Mourinho!! Wow.

  6. Siv permalink
    November 20, 2010 23:24

    “Pipa, come over here, your father has come!” <–I loved that too, brings to mind memories of Maradona hugging all the players after each game. As much as I blame him for Argentina's lacklustre performance during the Germany game, I can't find it in me to dislike Maradona, EVEN though he called Sergio un hijo de puta…, and Messi is my favourite player even though he plays for Barca.

  7. RealLisa permalink
    November 21, 2010 16:13

    Any ideas why Maradona spoke with Sexio?

  8. November 21, 2010 21:35

    I don’t like Maradona and I don’t understand why some people like that guy.
    He has such a big ego, he’s full of himself and he’s so rude and stupid. He’s also the worst coach I’ve ever seen! He was the one responsible for Argentina’s humiliating exit against Germany and also a lot of humiliating results like losing by 6 goals against Bolivia and losing by 3 goals against Brazil in Rosario(!).

    Pipita and Di Maria are probably rolling their eyes seeying Maradona because this is the guy that was responsible for wasting one of the best generation of footballers that Argentina had in years! And it was Maradona that didn’t want to call Pipita for the national team, despite his great season with R.Madrid because he didn’t want his son-in-law Aguero to be left out of the team (he only called Pipita after a loooong time). And it was Maradona who was responsible for Di Maria’s and Messi’s lackluster performance in the World Cup because he made the 2 of them (and most of the other players of the argentinian squad) play in positions they aren’t comfortable with.

    By the way, I bet Sergio is thinking: ‘Spain = World Champion! Who’s the hijo da puta now Maradona?’

    Maradroga should take his bad vibrations to his son-in-law’s team instead of bringing them to Real Madrid.


    Marcelo, Pepe and Cristiano’s smiles are adorable!

    • MsLaSuerte permalink
      November 29, 2010 01:56

      Agree with you in every respect!!! I thought I was the only one who can’t stand Maradona and blames him for Argentina’s poor performance.

  9. JulieFromParis permalink
    November 21, 2010 22:20

    Mou calling Maradona Pipa’s father is at the same time funny and caring, and i didn’t expect less from the man who gave THE heartbreaking hug to Materazzi. The guy loves his lil’ ones 😉

  10. Evita permalink
    November 23, 2010 07:19

    Maradona just seems like a blowhard that has no idea that his day has come and gone. That to me is sad. Just because he was a great player, doesn’t mean he’ll be a great coach….


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