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January 29, 2011

ONE. It looks like all of you who purchased Mesut Özil jerseys are safe for the time being, because LFP regulations prohibit Madrid from changing the jersey numbers of its players at the midpoint of the season (understandable), so Manu Adebayor will have to take over the “6” left vacant by the departure of Mahamadou Diarra.  But I expect the changes will take place next season, because if there’s anything Madrid is obsessed with and good at, it’s shirt sales.

TWO. Speaking of Adebayor, his flight back to Madrid from Manchester (he went to pick up some belongings) was delayed, so he didn’t make it back to yesterday’s training session in time.  He was then expected to train alone in the afternoon, but he didn’t make that either.  His presence in Pamplona is thus complicated, because he’ll only have one session with his teammates (assuming he trains today) under his belt before the game, and since he hasn’t played a game since Dec. 1, almost two months ago, he’s not in game shape.

THREE. Alberto Toril, Castilla’s coach, spoke with Radio Marca yesterday, during which he asked for patience to allow MFC Álvaro Morata to mature.  He also said that he was sure that Álvaro Borja Morata Martín would have a long career with the first team.  Toril also revealed that he talks more with Karanka than with Mou, and that Karanka sends him messages whenever the presence of a Castilla player is required, whether in training sessions or for games.  He described Mou as a “coach that keeps track of the boys (of Castilla).  Quite a few have debuted already and if this project continues, then more and more will have the chance.”

By the way, with Adebayor’s absence from the training session yesterday, Morata trained with the first team in their session at Valdebebas.

FOUR. Also at the session, though he was limited to just running:  Pepe, who has recovered from the muscle injury to his left calf which kept him out for a month.  He’s expected to rejoin the team in training next week, and be available for the game against Real Sociedad on Feb. 6.  Absent from the session were Marcelo and Xabi Alonso, both suffering from the flu.  They were replaced in the session by Castilla’s Luis Hernández and Merchan, respectively.

FIVE. And former canterano Jordi Codina posted these adorable pictures of his daughter Claudia on twitter yesterday.  I wonder if she’ll grow up to play football?  She’s a natural at posing, by the way.

To make this relevant to this blog, here’s a look at the adorable Claudia as she appeared back in May 2008, as Madrid celebrated winning the Liga.  Even then, she had her own jersey!  Bonus Iker and Claudia here.  And Aitor looks pretty cute in his goalkeeper jersey too!

By the way, I have a Q&A with Jordi from Don Balón, more or less equivalent to Xabi’s from last month.  Would you all like to read it?

And: isn’t it sad that this picture was taken just two and a half years ago, and yet the majority of these players are no longer playing with Madrid?

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. IsaBella permalink
    January 29, 2011 12:41

    Ozi is a perfect number 10, let’s see if he gets that number at the end of the season 🙂
    I had a gut feeling that there would be problems with Adebayor and here we go. “he didn’t make it to the training session” O.o
    poor Xabi, having kids makes you ill more often, no? I hope he’s better now.

    • cisarovna permalink
      January 29, 2011 15:32

      I also hope Ade’s plane issues were just a “fluke” and not a sign of things to come.

      I imagine a big reshuffle of numbers at the end of the season, but I suppose thats five months away.

    • Lenandro permalink
      January 29, 2011 18:49

      You might, and might not. Depending on the player som (by superstition of affection) prefer to keep their ‘original’ number. Also it is about the player actually having the number, how the club values him. And quite frankly I think all this talk about numbers are slightly meaningless. If a baller delivers he does so whatever number he has.
      Just look at sergio, by now he could surely have got his ‘4’ in la roja but he obviously prefers to keep ‘5’ and is just as good as 15 or as 4.
      and really did any one really think you could change numbers in the middle of the season? If you did perhaps you where thinking of the national teams, but there the numbers are only fixed during tournaments. Remeber Ikers infamous ’12’?

      • January 30, 2011 11:28

        Sergio wears the 15 on La Roja as a tribute to Antonio Puerta.

        Also, the LFP won’t allow number changes until the end of the winter transfer market deadline, so there may be some number changes yet.

  2. Ikérista permalink
    January 29, 2011 12:41

    I’m curious, where did you find the information regarding yesterdays practice, it was a closed one so there weren’t any info on realmadrid.com.

    Also, I would love it if you posted the interview with our ex. portero.

    • IsaBella permalink
      January 29, 2011 14:44

      “I’m curious, where did you find the information regarding yesterdays practice, it was a closed one so there weren’t any info on realmadrid.com.” – I was wondering abt the same thing.

    • January 29, 2011 16:09

      In this case, some of it was in today’s Marca. I’ll start translating the Q&A with Jordi.

  3. The Swede permalink
    January 29, 2011 13:05

    Yes of course we want to read the Q&A with Codina! Or, we want if it has some questions about Real Madrid, not if there are questions about Getafe etc so restrict the questions to only Real Madrid-related, and some about his life also ofc!

    Thanks for a GREAT blog! Keep up the good work!

  4. Dina permalink
    January 29, 2011 13:41

    thanx for the gorgeous pics una!!!! is there any link to pics of that liga celebration????

  5. amouria permalink
    January 29, 2011 14:19

    Claudia, such a cute girl!
    Yes, I also wonder how come you were able to get info about their training session while it was closed…Aha, so you have your own (internal) sources, Una? admit it, here, publicly…hahah, kidding of course 🙂

  6. amouria permalink
    January 29, 2011 14:22

    Ozil, regardless of his number, is the most elegant boy in the pitch of la liga. Next is Alonso of course. But the top elegant person in the world is their boss: Mourinho…

    • Jenny permalink
      January 29, 2011 16:17

      I’ve come to love the 23 on him a great deal.

      Nevertheless, it would be an honour to wear Figo’s and (especially) Ferenc Puskas’s shirt, so I hope he gets it – and the number suits him since he is our 10 on the pitch.

      He IS the most elegant boy – on the team and in the league – that is the best word to describe him. And he’s wonderfully calm. Everything he does is precise, intelligent and beautiful. I don’t think he made a single unintelligent pass against Sevilla on Wednesday.

  7. Sunny permalink
    January 29, 2011 14:32

    I’d love to read Codina’s Q&A.

  8. HermosaChica permalink
    January 29, 2011 15:27

    Adorable photos of father and daughter! Are goalkeepers allowed to choose what color they want to wear? I always wondered whether Jordi opted for bright pink because is was possibly his daughter’s favorite color!
    And yes of course, if Jordi’s gracious enough to post ancient photos of him and Iker, then as an RM fan, I would love to read recent news about him. 🙂

  9. January 29, 2011 17:40

    I was really looking forward to see Ozi in the # 10…

  10. January 29, 2011 23:48

    speaking of shirts, does anyone have any idea whether there will be available any long sleeve jerseys any time? i’ve looked everywhere for one and i’ve had no luck 😦

    • IsaBella permalink
      January 30, 2011 12:36

      search e-bay, I’m sure there are long sleeve ones 🙂

  11. Luna permalink
    January 30, 2011 00:56

    “I have a Q&A with Jordi from Don Balón”

    I’d read it.

  12. Ebrahim permalink
    January 30, 2011 08:22

    Mesut is the sb son 🙂

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