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December 17, 2010

We start of course with Iker and Sergio.

One. FP, JV and MP had lunch with capitanes Iker and Sergio yesterday at the Señorío de Alcocer restaurant (once again proving that they never venture too far from the Bernabéu) to discuss the bonuses for the season.  The lunch lasted two and a half hours, and both sides agreed to keep the bonuses the same as last year.  In other words, that’s (per player) €575,000 for the Champions League, €360,000 for the Liga and €200,000 for the Copa (meaning that if Madrid wins the triplete, the players could take home a hefty €1.135 million each, even though they supposedly took into account – I don’t know how unless it’s that they decided not to increase the bonus – the crisis that Spain is currently going through).

When this took place last year, the third and fourth captains (Iker and Sergio) were invited, along with the first two (Raúl and Guti).  This year, Diarra and Marcelo were notably absent because they weren’t invited.  What does that mean?

Other notes:  Iker wore a plaid shirt for the second year in a row to this event.  Sergio stuck with his preferred color as of late, pink.  I like his hair like this! 

And Iker.  If you keep your sunglasses and phone on the table (picture below), then what in the world is in that purse of yours?  Are you carrying Sergio’s things for him or something?  (That would actually be kind of cute).  Watch a video of the protagonists walking into the restaurant here.  Iker Casillas’ purse once again takes a leading role, stealing the scene.

Two. Meanwhile, back at the Santiago Bernabéu, Kaká and Pedro León were busy handing out presents for the Real Madrid Foundation’s “no child without a toy at Christmas” campaign.  Kaká participated last year as well, with Zidane, to present gifts to minors living in residents in Madrid and immigrant children.  As he walked out, Kaká was asked by the press when he expected to be back, and his reply was that he hoped after the Christmas break.

(Surely the Madrid photographer could have gotten a better picture than this one, with the two of them looking less than thrilled – Pedro – and wooden – Kaká?)

Iker will also hand out gifts to children today, with the Clinica Menorca.

Three. Former Madrid player and coach Vicente del Bosque presented his biography, El valor de la dignidad (The Value of Dignity) yesterday.  The book talks about his 36 years in Madrid, from his first day with the club to the last day, that now infamous “cold” goodbye dinner on June 23, 2003.  If you don’t know what happened, here’s a brief recap:  that night, just hours after Real Madrid won the Liga, the club told VDB that they had decided not to renew his contract and so basically there were firing him.

Despite that, VDB said at the presentation he has no bitterness toward the club, saying that he was “lucky” and “fortunate” to have spent 36 years with the club.  He added that he remembers “very affectionately” his time working with the cantera, and “extremely proud to have been taught at Real Madrid, to have learned from Molowny, from Santiago Bernabéu, with the players from the Quinta del Buitre, Juanito, with Casillas, Raúl, Guti, Pavón…”

VDB’s dismissal was one of the lowest moments in my life supporting this club (and unlike him, I still hold some resentment), but in the end, if he had continued with Madrid, maybe Spain wouldn’t be world champions today.

Four. Charity game updates.

Since we just mentioned the Quinta del Buitre, we’ll start with Iker and Figo’s game.  Two members of that group have signed on for the game, the Buitre himself, Emilio Butragueño, and Manolo Sanchís (with Míchel coaching coach Figo’s team).  [Brief history lesson, if you’re interested – Miguel Pardeza (also mentioned above, since he’s now the sporting director) and Martín Vázquez were the two other members.]

Other participants that have been mentioned in recent days (but without real official confirmation yet):  Zidane, Guti, Cannavaro, Hierro, Busquets, Llorente, Piqué and Miguel Torres (yay!).

As for Sergio’s game, things are marching along quite nicely.  And if you live in Spain, you have the opportunity to either play a couple of minutes with one of the teams, or coach one of them.

This promotional video was also just released.  Forlán:  Africa made me the best player.  Sergio:  In Africa we achieved something incredible.  We can do it again.  Kanouté:  We hope to see you on Dec. 29 in the Vicente Calderón.  Champions for Africa.  Voiceover:  Champions for Africa.  For the victory of education in Africa.

Can we talk about Sergio’s scarf?  It’s decidedly feminine, no?  The colors, the pattern, the way it’s worn…

Five. And an update on Jerzy Dudek.  The jaw fracture he suffered against Auxerre has meant that he’s had to keep his mouth closed, which is difficult for him, because he likes to talk.  Instead, he’s had to communicate via gestures and text messages, as well as the occasional mutter.  And when it comes to meals, he can only eat liquids, which means purees and baby food, all via spoons and straws (the only good thing is that the club gave him instructions on what to eat, so at least he didn’t have to worry about that).  On Monday, he’ll meet with doctors and hopefully get the clearance to speak again.

Six. And Cris was back in training yesterday.  Also present were four canteranos:  Pacheco, Sarabia, Juanfran and Joselu, with the latter subbing in for MFC, who was sent home with a fever.  Joselu’s currently the leading goalscorer of Castilla.

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. jean permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:23

    I dont understand why Diarra and Marcelo werent invited ?:( Im sorry but this does not dispel the rumors that they are some problems in the dressing rooms.Or the fact that maybe some players are more valued than others.Even if one couldnt attend at least the other could have.
    Im happy to see that pic of kaka and pedro leon hopefully kaka will be back after christams break.We miss him:(
    Una do U know how the return of kaka will affect our starting 11?In other words who are they going to replace?

    • December 17, 2010 11:15

      “I dont understand why Diarra and Marcelo werent invited”

      Maybe the reason is the financial crisis-they couldn’t afford food for more than 5! 😛

      But, seriously I don’t think this has anything to do with the supposed dressing room problems, ‘coz
      in fact, this would be an opportunity for FP to discuss these problems with the captains and find solutions.

    • Maddi permalink
      December 17, 2010 16:25

      Maybe it’s because last year there was a huge possibility that Raul and Guti were going to leave, so they wanted Iker and Sergio there to assume some responsibilty so that they would be prepared to sink into their captain roles when they needed to. This year there’s not a big chance of Iker or Sergio leaving, so maybe they didn’t think inviting them was necessary. just a thought

      • dev permalink
        December 17, 2010 21:25

        Maddi, your answer makes a lot more sense but more people are just gonna think its the whole locker room crisis

    • Amber permalink
      December 17, 2010 18:27

      I think it had more to do with last year there was the immediate possibility of Iker and Sergio becoming first and second captains where this year we don’t have that. Before the season started there were rumors that both Marcelo and Diarra might leave the club. Of course Marcelo has thankfully won over Mou and I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere soon.

      I do find it kind of interesting and sad that Marcelo and Diarra are hardly given a chance to act as captains.

  2. Ebrahim permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:07

    Diarra and Marcelo are the what???

    I always thought it was xabi and cr!
    they always talking and xabi barks orders at players after scoring.
    Would have liked them to be present.

    Media stunt by real Madrid.

    • mila_casillas permalink
      December 18, 2010 00:13

      I have told this to like 20 people already so one more makes no difference. Captaincy in Real Madrid is awarding in accordance to seniority within the club. Both Xabi and CR joined us just last season. 😛

  3. HermosaChica permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:21

    Awww, that is the CUTEST shade of pink ever! It’s strikingly similar to the shade newborn baby girls are dressed with 😆 haha, I can only imagine him having that amazing baby smell *sigh* Oh! And you know how moms always carry around big purses with baby gear in them? Well, that would be Iker. Makes sense, no?

    Hey Iker, can I get a present? 😉

    “Can we talk about Sergio’s scarf?” — *facepalm* it’s very reminiscent of Pepe’s wild collection, isn’t it? Well, even that couldn’t hinder how much I miss him.. Oh Sexio.

    “Because he likes to talk” — shame on me for giggling at that, but the details of his food regimen made me feel very sorry for him. Get well soon, Jerzy!

  4. Cindy permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:18

    What is going on with our team. I’m at the point where I’m happy that everyone will be with their family for the holidays, recharge their batteries and then they come back kicking ass in the second half.

    Wonderful job as always Una.

  5. Laryssa permalink
    December 17, 2010 13:27

    Who can imagine Marcelo in a business lunch with the president of the company where he works? And plus, who can imagine him in a financial negotiation? I can’t. He is too adorable for this. And I have the impression that he would be extremely bored, especially without Cris and Pepe to distract him.

    And for Sergio shirt, this is the most gorgeous shade of pink that I’ve ever seen in my life!

    • Deb permalink
      December 18, 2010 06:03

      “And for Sergio shirt, this is the most gorgeous shade of pink that I’ve ever seen in my life!”

      It takes a real man to wear pink. Too many men think pink makes them look “feminine”. Sergio could never be called feminine, imo.

      btw – did anyone see the pix on the Real Madrid website about the luncheon? I thought Sergio looked p*ssed in the first picture and not extremely happy in the 4th pic. They didn’t show Iker’s face in the first pic but in the 4th he looked a bit pensive too. Wonder what was being said to them?

  6. Laura permalink
    December 17, 2010 15:46

    It seems like Diarra and Marcelo are rarely given the opportunity to act like captains. :/

  7. December 17, 2010 16:16

    Sergio’s scarf is a keffiyeh, I think. That’s why he has tied it like that.

    • mila_casillas permalink
      December 18, 2010 00:14

      I have never seen a keffiyeh tied like that. And I grew up with Arabs. =P

    • Maisoun permalink
      December 18, 2010 04:21

      hmmm…doesnt look much like a keffiyeh to me…more like something my elementary school principal used to wear lol silky and fab….on a woman! Just say “NO!” to stuff like this Sergio 😛

  8. Mani Thangadurai permalink
    December 17, 2010 18:06

    Dudek’s injury is really a sickening one which I would never wish even on my worst enemy. He can’t speak, he can only eat baby food and will not be able to train with his teammates for another 4-5 weeks, by which time Adan will probably have usurped him as Real’s no.2. You can’t help but feel sympathy for him, while at the same time thinking, “He really should never have joined Madrid.”

    Also, I think it’s horrible that Real Madrid’s website did not run an article where the players sent Dudek their wishes for a recovery like they did for Pepe. It’s almost as if the club does not care about its ‘fringe players’ as much as it does about the ‘first-teamers’!

    • December 18, 2010 10:35

      Six weeks out is a lot different from six months. It also doesn’t mean that his teammates haven’t done anything for him, maybe it just wasn’t publicized.

      • Mani Thangadurai permalink
        December 18, 2010 14:03

        Fair enough, Una!

  9. Touchthesky permalink
    December 17, 2010 22:54

    I really like Sergio but sometimes his fashion sense is not really acceptable. I mean that scarf is not that bad but it doesn’t fit Segio. And his hair in that video doesn’t look good too. I like it more when he wears it like in the first two pictures.

  10. December 18, 2010 00:10

    SERGIO ❤

  11. mila_casillas permalink
    December 18, 2010 00:17

    Meh. I don’t like Diarra and Marcelo being left out of this. 😦

    Ahaha. What is with our boys and funny looking scarves?

  12. Morales permalink
    December 18, 2010 00:18

    their bonuses!! i’m seriously trying not to be too bitter, just one of their bonuses would pay for my student loans *shake head*

    looking forward in Kaka coming back and seeing epic bromance moments with CR7, hahaha

  13. December 18, 2010 01:36

    I am updating myself after long hours away from the internet;-), thanks for the portion of news!

    Sexio! (I can call him like that again, because my self-enforced ban after Puyol-slapping just ended) He looks ADORABLE in those first pictures, what a cutie! the pink is sweeet!

    The scarf -definitely borrowed from Pepe’s collection!

    oh, okay, and there’s Forlan in the vid! I know, he plays for the rival team, but come on, Forlan, I could not not like him…;-)

  14. Maisoun permalink
    December 18, 2010 04:46

    Ah Sergio, you look like an adorable little tanned bunny in that pink sweater 😛 mmmhmm I like, no no I LOVE!

    Ok now as for the bonuses….why couldnt a Madridista bonus of *Required Jersey Swapping After Matches* *Shorts Confusion On The Pitch* and *Pre-game Besos* be negotiated? The 2 & a 1/2 hour lunch couldnt cover these things? ..I think I’ll host the next luncheon then 😉

  15. December 18, 2010 08:08

    Totally agree with Jean, something is definitely awry in the dressing room. That really sucks that Marcelo and Momo were absent. Flo Flo strikes again!

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