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nicknames, a new shirt & excited Xabi!

March 9, 2011

ONE. Madrid and Castilla held a joint training session this morning!  After all the players warmed up together, Madrid took on Castilla in a training game!  The good news was that Sami Khedira was back in training, having recovered from the injury to his left leg.  On the Madrid side, Albiol, Khedira, Lass, Granero, Canales and Adebayor played with Isaac, MFC, Casado, Carvajal and Juanan.  They faced Mejías, Juanfran, Goni, Pablo Gil, Luis Hernández, Álex, Martínez, Denis, Juan Carlos, Rubén Ramos and Joselu.  Castilla ended up winning 1-0, behind a goal from Denis.

Meanwhile, Pepe, Sergio, Marcelo, Xabi, Mesut, Di María and Benzema, along with Nacho, trained less intensively with Rui Faria, while the three goalkeepers were off with Silvino, although everyone joined in in the game at the end.  The absences were Kaká, Cris, Arbeloa, Gago, Garay, Higuaín, Carvalho and Peter Lion (knee problems), who were indoors.

The other big news of the session was Adebayor’s new hairstyle!  He’s now sporting a much shorter style.  I like it, he looks like he has a lot more energy!  And he makes Mou look absolutely tiny!

And at the beginning of the session, when Álvaro Arbeloa made a brief appearance on the field, Xabi Alonso said jokingly, “look at that mug.”

TWO. And we finally got a player press conference today!  The club probably wanted to take advantage of EVERYONE talking about Mesut Özil, so they trotted him out in front of the press.

During the press conference, Mesut said his first words in Spanish to the journalists:  “quiero muchos títulos con el Madrid” (I want [to win] many titles with Madrid).  Ozi also replied “de nada” (you’re welcome) when a journalist thanked him.  He also revealed that he’s still studying Spanish, and “I understand a lot already, although speaking it is difficult… I have no problems understanding my teammates, with them I speak Spanish and English on the field.”

Ozi also asked that no one compare him to Zinedine Zidane because “Zidane has had success on the world level and I haven’t.  He was world-class and I’m still growing and I have a lot left to prove.”  As for his thoughts on the last game, he said, “you could see in the last game that we have a good team and that we’re strong.”  He also called Cristiano “a world class player” and said he hoped he would return soon.

THREE. Marca, once again showing that they’re not a serious newspaper at all, has as their headline story today… the nicknames of Real Madrid!  It’s accompanied by this extremely scary cover.

Now, this is not serious news at all, but it is the kind of news that this blog likes (assuming it’s all true, of course).  The story describes the team as a group of school friends, since they spend the whole day together, they have to obey professor Mourinho, and they have fun at recess.  So, the following are the nicknames they’ve given to their “classmates.”  Also, apparently, these nicknames are much nicer than the ones in the past, with Míchel Salgado and Gaby Heinze mentioned as two of the players who came up with the best ones, which is kind of disappointing, because the truth is (to borrow from Pipita) that most of these nicknames are very, very tame.

Iker, for obvious reasons, is “El Capi,” although he’s also called “Culote” (look it up).  Dudek and Adán don’t have nicknames.  Sergio Ramos is “Cuqui,” which is what he’s called at home, and Pepe is “Pepinho.”  Raúl Albiol‘s nickname comes from the national team, and is “El Chori,” for the size and shape of a certain part of his body.  Carvalho is “El Abuelo” (grandfather), though this is out of respect for how he behaves on the field.  Garay is “El Negro,” while Marcelo is “El Loco” (the crazy one).  Arbeloa is “Robocop” because he spends a lot of time in the gym working out.

The nicknames for the midfielders are for the most part less original.  Xabi Alonso is “El Señor.” Sami Khedira is just plain “Sami,” Lass is Lass, Kaká is “Ricky” and Gago replies to “Fer.”  Granero is called “El Bohemio” for his tranquil character and because he likes retro things, while Özil is “Nemo,” for his resemblance to the title character from Finding NemoDi María is “El Angelito,” and Pedro León – in addition to Peter Lion, I assume – is called “El Tomate” as that’s a very important crop in his home province of Murcia.  Finally, Canales is “El Niño.”

Cristiano is “Máquina” for his strength and ambition, and Iker usually greets him with a “¡Qué pasa, máquina!”  Adebayor (already!!!) has several nicknames: “Manolito,” “Avatar” or “Adenabor” (look up what the fourth through seventh letters mean together as a word; this nickname has already become a twitter trending topic in Spain) while Benzema is “Monsieur” for obvious reasons and Gonzalo is “El Pipa.”  No word on if the players have a secret nickname for teacher Mou that they wouldn’t dare say to his face.

FOUR. We’ve talked a bit about the movie Torrente 4 in the past because Álvaro Arbeloa, Gonzalo Higuaín and Sergio Ramos make guest appearances in it.  At a promotional event for his movie yesterday, Santiago Segura described Gonzalo as “the most entertaining” in front of the cameras: “he was funny, and it was surprising to see how comfortable he was.  Álvaro was a bit more serious, but he seemed to me to be the perfect boyfriend that every mother wants for her daughter.”  Santiago also revealed that he believes José Mourinho would be the perfect villian for Torrente 5, for his ability to express himself and put everyone in their place, although he knows that would be impossible.

This is Álvaro’s latest tweet.  In it, he asks if Santiago Segura will somehow manage to get Gonzalo and Sergio nominated for the Goyas (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars) or the Oscars themselves?  Álvaro is too modest – who says he won’t get nominated?

FIVE. And a look at Madrid’s shirt for the next season!  The main change is the band of color extending from one side of the collar.  No word on what colors the goalkeepers will wear!  Some of the players will participate in a photo shoot wearing the new shirt today in the Bernabéu.

32 Comments leave one →
  1. playachica3 permalink
    March 9, 2011 13:53

    the new shirt look good! i liked the blue stripes from this yearbetter than the new ones though….it’s much darker now.=]

  2. March 9, 2011 14:27

    Ozil: Bambi & Nemo. his been cartooned.

  3. Liz permalink
    March 9, 2011 14:27

    Una, what’s the meaning of Cuqui? And is it pronounced as cookie? 🙂

    • JulieFromParis permalink
      March 9, 2011 22:15

      Yes it is pronounced like “cookie”. hummmm galletas, cuquitas :))))) Still, i dont know what to think of this nickname because a dear friend of mine from Bogota always uses it to refer to women’s private parts (like pussy in English) so it sounds really weird to me. I’ll stick to the cookie thing.

      • Liz permalink
        March 10, 2011 09:38

        Thank you for replying..

        Yes.. let us please stick to the cookie thing.. 😀

      • Carrie permalink
        March 10, 2011 13:57

        Well, I laughed at that because in Hungarian (“kuki”, reads the same) they use it to refer to boys’ private parts

      • Kristine permalink
        March 10, 2011 14:45

        Perhaps he is called that because he enjoys “cookies” wink wink

  4. March 9, 2011 14:43

    personally I think Ozil resembles the turtle in finding nemo more XD

  5. Milleca permalink
    March 9, 2011 15:38

    Why is Iker nicknamed Culote? Hahaha!

  6. Paddy permalink
    March 9, 2011 16:16

    this is what marca and As should be doing instead of demoralising the players by selling them in the papers to other clubs. I like the new shirt. I know most ladies will luv it as well.

  7. March 9, 2011 16:23

    Özil is “Nemo,” for his resemblance to the title character from Finding Nemo- But they should call him Bambi if they’re going for a closer resemblance. But I suppose it’s a rather girly name, even if Bambi is a boy.

    Oh, and that photo! I remember the video from that day with the shoot, where Xabi and Cris were examining Sergio’s hair VERY closely. Even THEY are not immune to the wonder that is Sergio’s hair. Haha.

    And, geeeez. I never though I’d say this, but I want to be Jerzy at that moment. 🙂

  8. March 9, 2011 16:36

    I really wonder where the people at Marca get their info from (like those nicknames, contract details and stuff). Not sure if I should believe it all lol.

  9. ana permalink
    March 9, 2011 16:37

    Is Albiol’s nickname really because of ‘that’? He has said it jokingly in the past but the explanation that is always given was his height and built.


  10. clara permalink
    March 9, 2011 16:42

    Culote??? Why?? I don’t understand…
    Monsieur, I really like it … 🙂 Veeeery
    Adenabor! HAHAHAHAHA

  11. ana permalink
    March 9, 2011 16:46



  12. yann permalink
    March 9, 2011 17:09

    Was Sarabia even present? appreciate the response

    • March 10, 2011 08:57

      As far as I can tell, no. He had some physical problems and so sat this one out, along with Fran Rico.

  13. nuni permalink
    March 9, 2011 17:59

    I’m loling at Nemo. Angelito is cute too.

    Is Sergio’s nickname short for cuquillo (=cuckoo) or cuquillero (= baker’s boy, who fetches the paste of bread, and carries it back when baked)? Either way it’s very amusing if they call him cookie, lol.

  14. mar permalink
    March 9, 2011 18:00

    Ozil always ends up in a cartoon… I like the detail they’ve added to the new shirt of the team

  15. bbBenz permalink
    March 9, 2011 18:53

    Özil is “Nemo,” for his resemblance to the title character from Finding Nemo –> too cute! 😀

  16. DanDan permalink
    March 9, 2011 19:34

    Una, what’s the meaning of Cuqui?

  17. Ang permalink
    March 9, 2011 19:38

    I can’t stop laughing at the pictures…. & I have to say Alavro has a lot of nicknames…. How does he keep track???

    & Nemo … jajaja … I love that movie…

    THANX UNA!!!!!

  18. mila_casillas permalink
    March 9, 2011 19:53

    Please tell me my translator is wrong. All I am getting for “culote” is “flabby ass”. Lol! :’D

  19. mari_madridista permalink
    March 9, 2011 22:04

    Reading Peter Lion still makes me laugh hard. I actually snorted out loud in class today when I read this because it made me think of the look on Iker’s face after he said that. The man is adorable ❤

  20. DebS permalink
    March 9, 2011 23:32

    I LOVE google translate: hahaha


    ‘Tomato’, ‘bohemian’, ‘Mr.’, ‘Kookie’ or ‘Robocop’ are other nicknames that are imposed in the white dress. Would you know who is responsible?

    Lina per line: The defense is composed of ‘Kookie’ Sergio Ramos ‘Cucumber’ Pepe , the ‘Chori’ Albiol, who apparently has a hard competition with ‘Adenabor’-the’ Grandfather ‘ Carvalho , the ‘Loco’ Marcelo The “Black” Garay and Alvaro ‘Robocop’ Arbeloa .

    For the media are ‘Nemo’ Mesut Özil , the ‘Lord’ Xabi Alonso , ‘Sami’ Khedira , ‘The Bohemian’ Barn , ‘Ricky’ Kaka , Pedro ‘Tomatoes’ Lion , the ‘Child’ Channels and ‘Angelito’ Di Maria .

    And in the lead, besides the already mentioned ‘Adenabor’, or Emanuel Adebayor , ‘machine’ Cristiano Ronaldo , ‘Monsieur’ Benzema, the ‘Pipit’ Higuain

    Una, couldn’t find anything with a definition for “nabor” or “Adenabor” but I’m guessing it’s along the lines of the El Chori nickname?

    By the way, Una, why are coaches referred to as “mister”?

    • March 10, 2011 09:04

      From the English influence on the game. When professional football in Spain was just starting, many teams had English coaches.

      • DebS permalink
        March 10, 2011 09:08

        ahh..okay…thanks for the explanation. Makes perfect sense 🙂

  21. ulong permalink
    March 10, 2011 01:41

    that new jersey… I love it
    but, I always love ALL Real Madrid jerseys, no matter what design it is 😀

  22. ChristinaLFP permalink
    March 10, 2011 05:58

    i literally squealed of joy!!! when i hear Mesut say ” qquiero muchos titulos con el madrid” and when he said ” de nada” and smiled he just melted me

  23. March 10, 2011 06:15

    that is one scary cover. I prefer Bambi >>>>Nemo.

  24. March 10, 2011 16:02



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