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December 14, 2010

The first of three charity football games this December involving our players will take place tonight, in Athens.  Former Madrid players Ronaldo and Zidane will captain the “friends of Ronaldo and Zidane” side, which will take on the All-Star Olympiacos team, made up of current and former players from the Greek club.  Raúl Albiol and Mahamadou Diarrá will partake in the event, which will benefit those people affected by the earthquake in Haiti and floods in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the rosters for Sergio and Kanouté’s Champions for Africa charity game on Dec. 29 have been revealed (Team Africa here and Team Liga BBVA here).  Some more players will join once they receive permission from their clubs.  I’m excited about Miguel Torres and Santi Cazorla!

And speaking of charity work (aren’t our players so very caring?), yesterday Esteban Granero, the unofficial “face” of the Real Madrid Foundation, helped to present the informative campaign “when you take in a child, your family grows,” which is organized by the community of Madrid and supported by the foundation.

El Pirata said that he likes working with the Foundation:  “I believe that it’s my responsibility as a Real Madrid player.  It makes me proud to walk onto the field and to participate in the acts of the Foundation.”  What a great guy, no?  I hope all our players feel the same way, and that this lesson was taught to Esteban during his years in the cantera.

And speaking of canteras, here is a very cute video of Getafe’s cantera (I couldn’t resist, even though this doesn’t have anything to do with Madrid).  The team recently made trading cards/stickers with all their players, so here we can see the kids, their parents and even grandparents buying packets and trading the cards inside.  I wonder if any of them will give me a Miguel Torres card?

And speaking of videos, here is one of Mou during the Zaragoza game.  My favorite moment occurs at the end, when he’s yelling instructions and the gum falls out of his mouth.

By the way, MFC gave the shirt from his debut to his father Alfonso.  His parents and his sister Marta (we love Marta, don’t we?) had been at the game in Zaragoza, but returned afterward via AVE, so Álvaro gave the shirt to his dad once he was also back in Madrid.  As for the other shirt from the night of his debut (the players get two shirts per game), that one was given to Zaragoza player Kevin Lacruz, who was his teammate on the U-17 team.  Álvaro was also seen after the game hugging his former Atleti teammate Gabi, who is now with the maño team.

And Iker will receive the World Cup Golden Glove today (not yesterday, as I reported earlier) in Germany, at Adidas’ headquarters.  He’ll be accompanied by Diego Forlán (Golden Ball) and Thomas Müller (Golden Boot).  The awards were scheduled to be handed out on Jan. 10, the same day as the Ballon d’Or, but they decided to move it up.  Iker will travel via private plane this afternoon, accompanied by his agent and Forlán.  We’ll also get to see the photos (finally) from the session he had last Nov. 8 with the award.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Hala_Madrid permalink
    December 14, 2010 09:23

    Wait i thought Sergio was not going to play for the rest of the year, because he was injured. Any way it is for a good cause, i just hope he’s well enough to play. I miss him : (

  2. jean permalink
    December 14, 2010 16:29

    I cant wait to see those charity matches:):):):):)

  3. YouNeverWalkAlone permalink
    December 14, 2010 18:39

    Aww…nice to know Morata has lots of friends in the Liga 🙂

  4. goldengirlsk permalink
    December 15, 2010 00:13

    Is Sergio going to play in the charity match after all?!

  5. Michelle permalink
    December 15, 2010 07:03

    Aw, I don’t think I ever got around to watching the Punto Pelota vids from last time. We do love Marta! She’s not only gorgeous (great hair) but is BRILLIANT on camera. She should narrate all the stories of everything!

  6. Marshmallow permalink
    December 15, 2010 09:47

    Esteban Granero is slowly stealing my heart. He cares so much about the club and the Cantera :}
    That’s sweet of Morata to give the shirt to his dad.

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