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a DVD, photo shoots & cantera thoughts

February 18, 2011

The latest…

ONE. Iker Casillas, Alfredo di Stéfano and Jorge Valdano hosted the presentation of the documentary “Real Madrid: the best club in the world” (now out on DVD!!) yesterday at the Bernabéu.  Iker called these images…

the best legacy possible for those who love Real Madrid, and for those people who come to Real Madrid from the outside… I believe it’s very important to know where this club has been, who has been here and what it means to wear this shirt… there’s no doubt that this shirt weighs heavily.

The six-hour long documentary (on six discs) takes a look back at some of the most unforgettable moments in the history of the club, from Di Stéfano’s best goals to Iker’s best saves, as well as the values of the club.  The honorary president said, “the great history of Real Madrid and its values are possible because we are one big family,” and confessed that “I was able to see images that I had never seen before… that will make el madridismo emotional and happy.”  Meanwhile, Iker also said that he would have liked to thank Santiago Bernabéu for everything he did for the club.  He did however get to thank Di Stéfano and the other veterans for the great legacy that they left, saying “they’re an example for el madridismo.”

At one point, Iker said, “I’m 29 years old and I’m the second oldest on the team” to which I have to say, no you’re not, because you’re the third oldest after Jerzy and Carvalho.  Iker was in what seems to be his go-to outfit when he has an event with the club – white dress shirt, black blazer with piping and dark jeans.  And Jorge Valdano said of Iker, “when Iker speaks, it’s the club speaking.”  I hope not, in some cases.  (By the way, I’ll get around to sharing my thoughts on the RealCasillas interview, but it’s already available in English, so I’ll dedicate myself to other Madrid news for the time being.)

Watch a little preview here.  You will get goosebumps, and not just because Sergio’s touching his lips.

TWO. The Santiago Bernabéu will be host to another event today, the Real Madrid Summer Experience (a summer camp for football and basketball), this afternoon.  The Real Madrid Foundation will present the camp, and Sergio Canales will be there to support it (because he looks so young he could practically sign up for the camp, no?)

THREE. Xabi Alonso + modeling watches = this.

FOUR. Meanwhile, Cristiano was off shooting some ads and commercials for Nike.

Maybe Irina should have shared some posing tips?  But no, on second thought, I really don’t want to see Cristiano pushing his chest out.

FIVE. Castilla’s coach Alberto Toril spoke with Marca yesterday, and he had some interesting things to say about the cantera.  Since I’m a big fan of our youth system – if that’s not obvious enough – I’ve included in this post what this miracle worker (Castilla has won six in a row!) had to say.

on whether the cantera can contribute players to the first team right now: yes, but they’re very young.  We have a lot of hope in them, but right now it’s the club that has to place their bets on them, not us.

on the reaction of the Bernabéu (who has booed Canales and Granero this year): I remember when Sarabia debuted.  He did several things and the crowd went wild.  The same thing happened to Morata.  There are players here that can play in Madrid.  The idea is for the players to play 10 games with the first team the first year, then 15 the next year, then 20, and when they’re 21-22 years old, they’ve already had the experience of 50-60 games.

on Mourinho: he cares very much about the cantera.  He’s come to watch us many times and if he can’t, he tapes the game and watches it during the concentraciones.

on Jesé: for his capabilities and talent, he’s a player that could be with us already.  He’s a special footballer, although he’s still very young and you have to take one step at a time.  I’ve seen very few players with his quality.  You have to let him mature, which is what he needs.  I’m sure that it won’t be long before he’s playing with us.

on whether Morata is ready: he has many qualities, especially if you take into account the fact that he’s 18 years old and being a forward in Real Madrid is not easy at all.  He’s very versatile, he plays very well in the area, and he can play all over the field.  He’s very intelligent and brings many things to the team.  If he and the club have the patience to let him grow bit by bit, I believe that he’ll go far.  But he’s still very much a kid; he needs to mature some more.

on five players who will triumph in Madrid: Sarabia, Morata, Carvajal, Jesé and Álex have the potential and the capabilities to triumph.  But there are many others with the capabilities to get to the first team as well: Fran Rico, Nacho, Juan Carlos, Juanfran.  Behind them are Cristian Benavente and Raúl de Tomás.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. IsaBella permalink
    February 18, 2011 10:24

    photos of Xabi = amazing! 🙂 but I agree with Una on the Photoshopping overdose, though.

  2. February 18, 2011 10:49

    Hi Una, I just wanted to tell you that RM website did not translate the entire Iker interview, there are some questions that were left out, it is 7 pages in the Spanish version and only 5 in English. I liked that when he was asked what Real Madrid means to him, he replied its my life without hesitation.

    That video definitely gave me goosebumps, its wonderful, I hope we can buy the DVD outside of Spain.
    Toril is really bringing out the best in the boys, I like him.

  3. February 18, 2011 18:15

    sometimes i feel really bad for sergio canales. he works so damn hard and i know RM did not like him previously but he has been trying harder and harder. hope he gets as much chances as morata in the future, and not be overshadowed by the cantera peeps just because they’re cantera and he’s not.

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