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January 28, 2011

It was a relatively quiet day in the world of Real Madrid yesterday, but there were still some interesting bits of news that surfaced.

ONE. More moments from the Sevilla game, from the videos here and here.  The saint and Jesús embrace after the game, as do Jesús and TSO during the game.  These types of moments are my favorite kinds.

We also get to see Mou congratulating Raúl Albiol on his save, and Mou smiling – that’s SMILING – before the game with Aitor Karanka.

TWO. Real Madrid has transferred Mahamadou Diarra to Monaco.  He’ll have to pass a medical exam and sign a contract before the deal is officially closed.  Diarra spent four and a half seasons at Real Madrid (he arrived in the 2006-07 season… and yet another player not signed by FP departs), and was the third captain, playing in 87 encounters, including nine this season.  Mahamadou traveled to Monaco yesterday to undergo the physical exam.  Suerte.

The new order of captains is as follows:  Iker (first), Sergio (second), Marcelo (third) and Gonzalo Higuaín (fourth).

In terms of jersey numbers, now that the “6” is vacant, it looks like the club, for marketing purposes, wants Lass to take over that number, and for Mesut Özil to wear the “10.”  This means that Emmanuel Adebayor will inherit the “23.”  The other option is for Sami Khedira to take the “6” and Adebayor to receive the “24.”

THREE. The second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal against Sevilla at the Bernabéu will be played on Feb. 2, at 22h, following the Almería-Barcelona match.

FOUR. In an interview with magazine “Champions,” Ángel di María said that signing for Madrid was “the best thing” that has happened in his career because “the club is simply incredible.  Everything exceeds the imagination.”  He also revealed that Mourinho calls everyone by their last names and that they never repeat the same exercises in the training sessions.  We also find out that it was Fernando Gago who started him thinking about Real Madrid, because during the 2008 Olympic Games, Gago always told Di María, “come with me, come to Madrid.  I thought he was joking, since I never thought I could go to a club as big as Madrid.  At the age of 19, I was already playing one of the great clubs of Europe, Benfica, and that was already a dream come true.”

FIVE. Marca reports in today’s edition that Mou has promised his players that he’ll stick it out for the duration of his contract, which is for four years.  I hope in the end that it will be his decision and no one else’s.

SIX. Remember Cristobal Soria?  He’s Sevilla’s team delegate.  Well, the cameras of Canal + captured him talking to the man in charge of the ball boys during Wednesday’s Sevilla-Madrid game.  That man then in turn communicated the instructions to the ball boys, meaning that they weren’t acting on their own, but following orders.  And we all know what happened later on.

Wednesday was not the first time that Sevilla’s ball boys have “misbehaved.”  On Jan. 2, against Osasuna, the ball boys refused to collect and pass balls to Osasuna’s goalkeeper Ricardo, meaning that for every ball that went out, he had to go chase it down himself.  And whenever he returned to the goal with it, he found another there, meaning he had to waste more time to kick one of them out.  Sevilla won that game 1-0.  There are other incidents as well.

SEVEN. No light fare for Xabi Alonso – he spent last night watching Full Metal Jacket.  This is the plot synopsis from IMDB:  A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal basic training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 Hue, Vietnam.

Vintage Xabi Alonso, no?

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. david permalink
    January 28, 2011 10:49

    Isn’t Gago ahead of Higuain in terms of seniority? I thought Gago would be the 4th captain.

    • Eliza permalink
      January 28, 2011 20:50

      No, Gonzalo came to Madrid first. I do remember it’s Dec 14,2006 when RM official website announced his transfer. And Gago came to Madrid 6 days later. It’s on Dec 20,2006. So basically Pipita was signed by el Madrid first. It’s correct and fair that according to the rules in RM (duration of staying with the club), he’s the 4th captain of RM. 🙂

      • Ana permalink
        January 29, 2011 18:26

        I just went through the marca archives and checked and yeah you’re right. All this time I thought Gago was the one who came first.

        • Ana permalink
          January 29, 2011 18:28

          And also Una I’m sorry I questioned you 😛

      • david permalink
        January 30, 2011 10:44

        ah ok, thanks. I got confused as to who came first and all that. and I’m happy for Higuain!

  2. Ana permalink
    January 28, 2011 11:33

    Why is Pipita the 4th captain? Shouldn’t it be Gago?

    • Eliza permalink
      January 28, 2011 20:52

      I answered th question above. 🙂

  3. January 28, 2011 12:40

    Wheeeeeeeeeeeee at the possibility of Mesut wearing number 10! I’d like it more if he wears number 8, same as his number in Die Mannschaft but that won’t be possible.

    • DebS permalink
      January 28, 2011 16:53

      Usually the #10 is assigned to the “playmaker” on the team i.e. Messi, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Maradona, Pele, Zinedine Zidane, Johan Cruyff, David Beckham, Ronaldhino, Francesco Totti and Landon Donovan have all worn the #1o. although, I’m not sure then, why Xavi and Cesc don’t wear the #10?

      • lalitta permalink
        January 29, 2011 18:10

        Cesc Fabregas always said that number 4 is his favourite number, maybe thats why he is wearing that nr in Arsenal, however I dont get why Xavi isn’t wearing #10 in Barca? He is definetly THE playmaker, i love him eventhough i support RM.

        Btw i love this blog, keep on doing the great work .. love and support !

  4. January 28, 2011 13:05

    I love your blog<3
    One question why isn't Xabi a captain? He should be one

    • January 28, 2011 14:58

      Captains go by how long a person has been at the club. First it was Raul as Captian then Gulti as second captain, sice they moved it went Iker (first), Sergio (second), Marcelo (third) since they have been there the longest.

      I’m surprised its not Gago instead of pipita, but ok, *shrugs*

    • mumblo permalink
      January 28, 2011 15:07

      Agreed. He’s obviously the general out on the field, no?

  5. amouria permalink
    January 28, 2011 13:30

    Oh my goodness, the smile of Mou, lovely…
    He was light and happy during the game. I notices that he wanted to hug Karim, but the later, somehow, did not know what to do, so, lost the valuable hug. It is so rare that Mou hugs RM players. I think he needs some more time to develop a stronger intimate relationships with them, similar to those experienced with Inter and Chelsy’s players.

    well, we still have time, he will respect his contract!!!! at least according to Marca today…

    • Miche permalink
      January 29, 2011 03:35

      I beg to differ! I have photo evidence of Mou hugging a lot of different Real Madrid players saved on my computer! I’m sure a lot of us here do!

      I’m confident that he’ll fall in love with our team, like he has fallen in love with his old teams. 🙂

  6. crikey permalink
    January 28, 2011 13:35

    will lass change his name on his jersey as well as his number too? will it be diarra now?

  7. jee permalink
    January 28, 2011 15:10

    Mou seems happier since the conclusion of his epic “9” tale.

  8. Jenny permalink
    January 28, 2011 16:38

    There was a wonderful moment during the game against Mallorca. A Mallorca player had a throw-in close to Mou and was whistled at by the crowd. Mou reached out and stroked the boy’s head – the crowd stopped whistling immediately. Mou with the crowd at the Bernabeu is like an artist stroking a musical instrument.

    They love him, we love him, the team “would die for him” – according to Marcelo (and I believe him) – I just wish he would stay for his 4 years and create something brilliant with this team – a new outlook, a new way of thinking.

  9. January 28, 2011 17:26

    I really enjoy your round-ups, I gotta say. You always write them so interestingly. I liked reading points 4, 5, 7 today especially 🙂 I too hope Mourinho stays for the entirety of his contract.

  10. LaBlanca permalink
    January 28, 2011 17:29

    first of all, I find it absolutely disgusting that the ball boys cared about collecting the bottles rather than helping a hurt human-being!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its shocking really!

    Other, Sevilla is in charge to check the bags of the spectators. Here in concerts bottles are prohibited. Not sure about Spain.

    All the heating up before … even calling up for war … it results in things like that. Id like you to remind what happened in San Mames 3 years ago, unfortunately not only once….

    Im also surprised Pipa being 4th captain. Thought Gago would be. Hmmm.

  11. LaBlanca permalink
    January 28, 2011 17:39

    Im sorry Mahamadou left. Great player. I liked him a lot!!!
    His knee injury threw him back a lot. Bye, Mahamadou! Wish him a lot of luck with Monaco!

    here some twitter comments:

    Jose of La Sexta:
    He was one of the best persons who have been in this locker rooms in many years.

    Anton Meana
    What a shame. Those who knew him say hes a myth.

    Sid Lowe
    Pity to see M.Diarra depart RM. Bright, proud and a far better player than much of Spanish media would allow http://bit.ly/h6H0op

    Ill never forget his goal for our 30th league title which caused Iker crying

  12. Sisiliskosihisihississä permalink
    January 28, 2011 19:42

    Higuain made his contract earlier than Gago. That’s why he is the 4th captain.

  13. canederli permalink
    January 28, 2011 19:51

    Argh. Well, I’m going to have a ton of “vintage” Ozil jerseys with 23 on them. Sigh. Guess I’ll have to get new ones.

  14. IsaBella permalink
    January 28, 2011 20:23

    I kind of feel sorry for Mahmadou Diarra. He always seemed so down and depressed. Good luck in Monaco then.
    calling the players by their last names, that’s sexy 🙂

  15. January 28, 2011 22:04

    The whole set up at Sevilla is disgusting. I was livid when Iker was hurt. To pathetically try and cover it up; on top of what happened is absolutely repulsive.

    Moral character is something that they are obviously lacking. among other things like the ability to play without diving to the point of stupidity. ok that was a cheap shot, but I am still pissed off at the way they behaved with my team

  16. January 29, 2011 02:55

    No disrespect to Lass Diarra but I never understood why he had the 10 and I’ll be happy if Mesut gets that number. I definitely wish him all the best in France though!

    Were those Sevilla ball boys fined for refusing to pass the balls to Osasuna’s goalkeeper Ricardo? I mean, that’s absolutely unacceptable! As is removing evidence. If Real Madrid pulled something like this, there definitely would be consequences and rightfully so.

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