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today’s news round-up

February 2, 2011

Have a great game tonight, boys, and beat Sevilla (and qualify for the final, obviously)!

ONE. Iker didn’t seem to have his purse (yay!) as he boarded the team bus last night (or else he hid it really well because he knew we would make fun of him), while Cristiano and Ricky made sure to sticknexttoeachother so that (probably) they could sit together on the bus.  Can’t you imagine Ricky boarding, and then waving Cris over while patting the seat next to him?

TWO. Pedro León and Fernando Gago were not called up for tonight’s game because… they got into a fight during Monday’s session at Valdebebas.

It all started during the mini game, when Fer made a hard tackle against Pedro León, who responded by getting into his face and then the insults started flying.  But nothing happened and the game continued.  However, Pedro León then decided to return the “favor” by tackling Gago.  When the session was over, as the players were walking towards the locker room, Pedro León yelled at Gago to apologize for the initial tackle, something which didn’t sit well with the Argentine.  It progressed to the point where it looked like they were about to start exchanging blows, but then their teammates intervened and separated them.  José Mourinho took note of what happened and didn’t call up either of the players because he didn’t like how the confrontation continued after the training session, and their lack of sportsmanship.

Let’s hope this just stays as an anecdote, with no other ramifications.

THREE. Karim Benzema spoke with Real Madrid before tonight’s game.  Nothing he said was very interesting or original, which is not his fault, because if you look at the questions he was asked, there was only one way in which he could answer them.  For example, he “revealed” that the Copa del Rey is a very “important” title for the team, that he’s going to continue working and hopes to play well tonight, and that he expects the stadium will be full of supportive people tonight.

On the other hand, Karim looks very cute in the pictures, and we also see that his Spanish has improved a lot and he seems much more comfortable speaking in it!  In some cases, when he couldn’t find the right word to express himself, he found alternatives (but he still had some help off-camera for the most difficult moments).  And his accent is adorable.

FOUR. And Castilla’s forward Joselu (full name: José Luis San Martín Mato) also spoke with the club’s web site (interview only in Spanish at the moment).  Here are the most interesting things he said:  the arrival of Alberto Toril has changed everything, and given the team and the individual players a newfound confidence; the locker room is harmonious and the team is happy; it took him a while to adjust to Madrid (this is his first season with Castilla, and he came over from Vigo, Galicia) but now everything is going well.

Well, there’s already one way in which Joselu integrates perfectly with the first team…

Joselu also talked about his experience with the first team (he played in the friendly against Hércules in the pre-season): “when I was told that I would train under Mourinho, I got as excited as little kid.  It’s the dream of any player to get to the first team, especially when it comes to Real Madrid.  I didn’t want the game to end because those are moments you never forget.  I was upset when the final whistle blew because I wanted to play some more.”  Cute!

FIVE. Iker spoke with Radio Marca as they celebrated their 10 years on the air.

Iker revealed that the best player he’s ever faced is Ronaldinho (from the 2005-06 season), that the best team he’s ever faced is the Bayern Munich from the period 1999-2001, and that he would like to face Chelsea, which he has never played against.  Fernando vs. Iker? As for when he retires from football, Iker said he’d like to continue doing something linked to the world of football, because that’s what he’s done since he was nine years old.  Iker Casillas, Real Madrid president? El capitán also said that he always remembers the bad things – for example, the 2002 World Cup still upsets him (and me too) even though it was nine years ago and Spain has won a World Cup in the meantime.  He then lists a lot of games in which Madrid lost in all competitions and unfortunately it’s long.

SIX. And this little graphic comparing the canteras of Madrid and Barcelona from La Información shows a problem that we have.

As you can see, the majority of Barcelona’s canteranos still play for Barcelona.  In the case of Madrid, we only have Iker Casillas.  Yes, El Pirata and Álvaro “my favorite word is imbécil” Arbeloa are also canteranos, but they had to leave Madrid for a while in order to prove their worth.  And as you can see, there are some very good players out of the ones that Madrid let escape, including Juanín Mata, Borja Valero and Diego López, who have all made the national team, and some very good (looking) ones too, such as Miguel Torres.

“Imbécil” does seem the perfect word to describe those who don’t count on our cantera, no?

SEVEN. And ¡¡IMBÉCIL!! (in capital letters and with several exclamation marks) is also the perfect word to describe Osasuna forward Walter Pandiani, who, if you remember, almost got into a fight with Cristiano Ronaldo at the half of the Madrid-Osasuna game last Sunday.  He’s also the star in today’s edition of Senseless Insulting of Real Madrid Figures.

Pandiani said in his press conference today that Cristiano should “learn from the best player in the world, which is Messi, and get rid of his cocky attitude… when he wins the Supercopas and the Copas del Rey that I have in Spain, then he can say something.”

(The Supercopa?  Really?  We’re basing success on that cup?  That’s the standard?)

But the insults didn’t stop there.  Pandiani also said that Cristiano should be more humble and that “he has a screw loose.”  He also expressed his belief that Cristiano should be responsible for the €602 imposed on Osasuna for the crowd’s ball throwing during the game.  His reasoning is as follows (read it and then tell me who you think has a screw loose): “since it was Cristiano who kicked the balls into the stands during the warm-up, he should pay the fine.”

(Ummm, how about the fact that your fans held onto the balls, didn’t return them, and then decided to launch them onto the field while the game was going on?)

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. Chloe permalink
    February 2, 2011 08:39

    Eeep! I hope Gago and Peter Lion patch things up :\
    Biggest wish is for us to have kept Juanín Mata!
    And Una, stop fueling my imagination of Cris and Kaka’s bromance.. I think it’s unhealthy hahaha!
    Great job as always!

  2. bbBenz permalink
    February 2, 2011 08:49

    “Can’t you imagine Ricky boarding, and then waving Cris over while patting the seat next to him?” lol unaa i can imagine their faces too

    and yes Karim looks very cute and adorable as always

  3. IsaBella permalink
    February 2, 2011 10:34

    I’m really surprised about this fight between Pedro Leon and Gago…. let’s hope it was just this one-time incident… 😦 well, anyway, we all have good and bad days, no? they’re only human.
    Karim est tres joli dans les photos 🙂
    I agree on the cantera problem. Unfortunately, Barca seem to handle it much better.

  4. UncleSam permalink
    February 2, 2011 10:46

    Well, if they count Cesc as a canterano, then they obviously can’t count Pedro, Busquets and Puyol as canteranos since they arrived at the club at 17 while Cesc left for Arsenal at 16 (if not 15) making him an Arsenal youth product. Also, Eto’o and Cambiasso should obviously be counted in as well as Luis Garcia, Rodrigo Moreno (funny how they counted Marcos Alonso but forgot Rodri :P), Filipe Luis.

    Out of those, Filipe, Cambiasso and Eto’o would easily make first XI.

  5. February 2, 2011 11:13

    this Fernando vs. Iker meditation makes me sweat.
    oww, its so good to open the blog in the morning and have those amazing set of RM news ♥ great job bb ((:
    and I’m quite anxious for tonight’s game! Hope Mesut darling to score.

  6. Lola permalink
    February 2, 2011 11:26

    Cesc and Pique also had to leave before they had to buy them back (eventually in Cesc’s case) for expensive prices. At least Granero and Arbeloa were with us when they were 19-21.

  7. Cindy permalink
    February 2, 2011 11:56

    Oh I don’t like hearing about fighting between our players 😦
    Here’s hoping we cush Sevilla tonight.

  8. suzanne permalink
    February 2, 2011 15:18

    the fighting is not good. only adds fuel to the fire really. though hot-blooded men and their tempers…well, it’s a little hot. just a speck. but bad boys!!
    i’d love to play chelsea as well. i dispise them and it would be nice to beat them. it would also be a great match to watch, i think.

    super excited/anxious about tonight! i know our boys can do it!! let’s get to the final guys!! i love you! HALA MADRID!!!

  9. IsaBella permalink
    February 2, 2011 15:44

    ah, Una: in the video from the concentracion there is Iker’s purse… unfortunately. :/

  10. amouria permalink
    February 2, 2011 16:34

    the fight between Pedro Leon and Gago is normal, i think. Friends and brothers fight but then they come back soon to their love relationship.
    i agree with you Una re the questions asked to Karim. Interviews depend on the intelligence of the interviewers to pull out the best from their interviewees…

  11. browneyedgirl permalink
    February 2, 2011 17:00

    I don’t have a good feeling about this game. Anyways, always have to be positive….so we are going to WIN. HALA MADRID!!!!!

  12. canederli permalink
    February 2, 2011 17:36

    Aw! Karim looks adorable! 🙂

    Bummer news about Peter Lion and Gago. Everyone has off days and I think people are a bit tense lately. I think Mou made a wise choice to not call them up. It’s important to know that actions have consequences.

    Pandiani is a moron. How he can blame Cristiano and defend the actions of their fans (which is what he seems to be doing in a weird way) is beyond me.

    Also, only a 602 Euro fine? Seriously? Well, I guess it is something, but seriously, something really needs to be done about La Liga fans. Throwing items onto the pitch and hitting players, lasers, etc. It’s ridiculous.

  13. Pam permalink
    February 2, 2011 18:09

    Well, there’s already one way in which Joselu integrates perfectly with the first team…

    Seeing his liberal use of hair gel, I’d say two 🙂

  14. Yedu permalink
    February 2, 2011 19:01

    According to media reports ,I don’t know how far it is true, but I feel Ronaldo need not boast of his money earned by him and I do admit Messi is humble being the best player in the world

    { Ronaldo sparked the row by asking Pandiani how much he earned, and the Osasuna player replied by mentioning the trophies he had won.
    “You have to be more humble. When he wins the Supercups, the King’s Cups that I have in Spain then maybe I will listen to him,” Osasuna’s Uruguayan striker told a news conference.
    “As a footballer he is a phenomenon but to do the things he does, maybe he has a screw loose,” Pandiani added.
    “With his gestures and his cocky way of acting, he is the one who creates all the problems every weekend.”
    Pandiani advised Ronaldo to learn from Barcelona’s Lionel Messi who he described as “the best in the world.” }

  15. February 3, 2011 00:25

    oh, they won, they won! such a nice goal for Ozil and even nicer for Adebayor on his debut in Bernabeu!!!! I loved it!

    I feel a bit sorry for Karim though, he had few chances and after all his scoring struggles in the history, here comes a new player who scores in his first match at home….

    still, I am not so sure about the defense, but at least there were goals!

  16. February 3, 2011 04:48

    Bangsaaaaaat Pandiani!!

    Ok, so I just cursed with my language. I cannot bare to taint your blog with bad words (that you can understand). LOL.

    I just heard that they won against sevilla by 2 goals, yaaayy!! Who scores btw?

  17. IsaBella permalink
    February 3, 2011 09:14

    Ozil and Adebayor scored!!! 😀 enhorabuena, felicidades, estoy tan felizzzzz 😀 yyyy Una espero tu ICYMI, Sergio sin camiseta con el tatuaje nuevitooo 😉 ahhh a tatoo surprise awaits in ICYMI, so I hope 🙂 simply lovely and adorable, I couldn’t get my eyes off it…. I’m a tatoo lover 😉
    and please Ozi’s goal in high definition, it was a masterpiece!!! 😉

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