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March 18, 2011

Just some things to get you through your day…

ONE. Just some quick observations on the players’ outfits after the game against Lyon: Cristiano and Karim are the label lovers, Sergio and Marcelo are the plaid lovers (and there are way too many textures in Sergio’s jacket), Gonzalo would be jealous of Carvalho’s jacket, I don’t like Esteban’s jacket but it’s very him, and Xabi and Iker stay true to their style (in the case of the former, perfect, in the case of the latter, snuggly cardigan and plaid again?).

TWO. Sergio attended Pitingo’s (not Pintingo, as he tweeted) concert last night in Madrid, and he said he had a great time and would recommend it.  He also tweeted a photo of him at the event.  A Real Madrid photographer must have taken it, because their trademark double thumbs up pose appeared.  I like how everyone in the photo is wearing a big colorful and patterned scarf.

Gonzalo Higuaín was also seen at the Coliseum Theater.

THREE. The same day, Sergio – a bit worse dressed – spoke to Radio Marca’s “Intermedio” program.

When asked about José Mourinho, Sergio said that “the Portuguese is doing a good job.  The team is excited about accomplishing something important.  I have a good relationship with Mourinho, I have the maximum amount of respect for him and there are few managers like him.  He’s made me a better player and he’s helping me a lot in correcting the mistakes I may make during the course of a game.”  As for Mesut Özil, Sergio said he was “a wonderful signing” and that “Real Madrid has not had a player like him for some time.  He could become the best in the world.”  And Sergio also commented on Karim Benzema: “he’s changed.  Zidane has given him advice and been constantly with him to make sure his adaptation goes well.  Right now we’re seeing the best version of Benzema.”

Sergio also talked about his contract renewal: “you never know when I’m going to leave Real Madrid.  But I would like it to be during my last year as a footballer and to say goodbye in the Santiago Bernabéu, in front of the fans.  I would like to retire here.”

FOUR. And Karim Benzema spoke (skip to the 7:16 mark) to another radio program, Onda Cero’s “Al primer toque.”  During his time on the program, he said FP “is like a father” to him and “if I triumph at Real Madrid, it will be thanks to him.”  When the presenters commented that he can no longer be considered a “cat,” to quote Mourinho, he joked back, “I’m not a cat, I’m a man… I’m a lion.”  Uh-oh, should Peter Lion be concerned???

Speaking of Mou, Karim said that “I talk with him, he supports me and I’m happy with him, better than before.”  He also said that he’s feeling great right now and is in his “mejor momento.”  And he ran more than nine kilometers during the game vs. Lyon!  And Karim said that he’s spoken with Eric Abidal, his national team teammate.

His Spanish has really improved!

FIVE. During the presentation of his new Nike Mercurial Vapor SuperFly III boots (what a fancy name for a pair of boots, no?), Ozi said that he’s “very happy in Madrid,” he gets along “very well” with Sami Khedira whom he describes as “a great teammate,” and that he considers José Mourinho… what else but “special”?  After all, he is The Special One.  Mesut went on to say that Mou laughs a lot and makes a lot of jokes, and that he texts the players when they’re on national team duty to congratulate them if they win, which he appreciates because it lets him know that Mou is following what he and his teammates are up to.

SIX. Looking ahead to this weekend’s games, in an interview with AS, (future Madrid player?) Dani Parejo, whose Getafe is playing Barcelona this weekend, said, “I’m playing for Getafe, but I personally, as a madridista, would like to help out Madrid.”

SEVEN. As for the derbi madrileño, Mou is keeping his promise of not requiring his team to get together one day before the game.  The team will instead be required to be at Valdebebas at 12h on Saturday, where they will leave their cars and board the bus to take them to the Mirasierra Suites.  In case you don’t remember, this issue of the concentraciones has been one of those where Mou has remained inflexible, not giving in to the requests from the team to get rid of it for certain games.  But on March 9, while the press was watching, Iker and Mourinho gave each other a big hug.  Several days later, Iker revealed the reason for it: “the hug was because at last we were able to make him forget about shutting us up in a hotel; before the game against Atlético, no nos concentra.”  (I still haven’t found the right word or words in English to express the sentiment of the concentración.)

EIGHT. The dates of next year’s Liga calendar has been decided: the 2011-12 season will begin on Aug. 21 and end on May 13, and there will be four jornadas on Wednesdays.  The final of the Copa del Rey will be disputed on May 25 (while the final of the Europa League will be on May 9 and the final of the Champions League on May 19).

18 Comments leave one →
  1. IsaBella permalink
    March 18, 2011 11:54

    oh my sexy Sergio, actually I like his jacket in the first photo, and because we all know that it’s Sergio we can forgive him the ‘Pintingo’ error :p the scarf from the theater looks like a mop though jejeje 😉
    hmmm concentracion, maybe a call-up Una? still sounds strange though, no?

    • March 18, 2011 12:37

      No, I use call-up for when the coach reveals the list of players selected to play in the next game.

      • IsaBella permalink
        March 18, 2011 12:49

        oh yes, sorry, you’re right 🙂

      • DebS permalink
        March 18, 2011 15:50

        how about “sequester” – 1 formal : to keep (a person or group) apart from other people ▪i.e. The jury was sequestered until a verdict was reached. ▪ He was sequestered in his room. 😉

        The first thing I thought of when I first saw Sergio’s picture was how much he resembles a lumberjack in that outfit. Once I zoomed in on the pic…not so much tho. The scarf kind of ruins the tough lumberjack persona. lol btw…are the scarfs the “in thing” in Spain? I’m seeing quite a few of the footballers wearing them lately.

        “A Real Madrid photographer must have taken it, because their trademark double thumbs up pose appeared.” Una you never fail to make me laugh. 😀

        Iker must LOVE that sweater. He wears it a lot! Too much, actually. 😉

        Una, did you see this article? ‘What Do Real Madrid, Justin Bieber, Glee and Manchester United Have In Common?” Madrid is behind Justin Bieber & Glee?! Really?! lol

        • IsaBella permalink
          March 19, 2011 11:57

          ‘are the scarfs the “in thing” in Spain?’ – as far as I noticed they’re the ‘footballer thing’ 😉

  2. Pipita permalink
    March 18, 2011 13:01

    “I still haven’t found the right word or words in English to express the sentiment of the concentración.”

    How about teamgathering, or just gathering?

  3. Whiskey permalink
    March 18, 2011 13:19

    Una we are so grateful that you translate all of these interviews, but really, why do these reporters trot out the same old questions time and time agin [do you get along with so and so , what do you think of Mou etc]. You should make up a few more interesting Q&As and see if anyone notices :). anyhow, I quite like Estaban’s jacket, but he looks much younger without the facial hair. I have a plaid shirt dress exactly like Marcelo’s – the plaid shirt part of course, not the dress part! Have a good week end everyone.

  4. March 18, 2011 13:52

    I laugh so hard at the boots name. It could be a name for a star wars movie or something!

  5. superfan permalink
    March 18, 2011 13:59

    For the concentracion, I was going to suggest ‘kind of a concentration camp’ but then Nazi/WWII matters may spring to mind.:( Anyway, than you so much for the round up, Una! 🙂

    Hopefully, Dani and his team would be able to help Madrid big time. 🙂 Hihi.

  6. March 18, 2011 14:21

    I don’t know if you have considered this word yet, but ‘sequester’ is a term used in extended, high publicity trials (i.e. OJ Simpson) when they have to keep the jury isolated for a long period of time. It keeps the jury from being tainted by public opinion about the trial. A jury is usually sequestered in a hotel at the taxpayers expense. -.-
    I think I have made a new word for you: Mirasequester Suites!

  7. Ally permalink
    March 18, 2011 15:29

    What about ‘confinement’? xD

  8. madrid permalink
    March 18, 2011 15:42

    i would say concentracion is the same as the english concentration. to concentrate all the players before the game so nothing can go wrong like partying or other things. the word has a bad feeling to it though because of ww2 and concentration camps.

  9. ama permalink
    March 18, 2011 15:50

    Hm. I think that “sequester” takes care of the “shutting [them] up in a hotel” part, but still doesn’t quite translate the (intended) mental preparation aspect of the act. And there’s no noun form of it. So I still like concentración better.

    Also, as an Ozi and Sergio fan, it makes me really happy to hear Sergio’s praise of little Bambi/Nemo. Sergio’s jacket at the radio appearance makes me less happy.

  10. black widow permalink
    March 18, 2011 15:53

    can’t you just call it a ‘concentration’ in english? because that’s what it is — the players are sequestered away from all outside distractions the night before the match and have to ‘concentrate’ on getting rest mentally and physically and boosting team morale to prepare themselves for the match the next day. it’s almost like a confinement, but that sounds much harsher.

  11. Lola permalink
    March 18, 2011 15:55

    I love all their different outfits and that their so typical!

    Regarding twitter, apparently Guti got one, too now (Guti_SER) and has started tweeting yesterday.

  12. ChristinaLFP permalink
    March 18, 2011 19:42

    Karim is so adorable, and his spanish has gotten so much better, and i love his voice ( sounds a lil sick, but i guess that’s just his voice) I Love Him

  13. March 19, 2011 02:33

    I also read this:el preparador portugués no ha adelantado la convocatoria como en ocasiones pretéritas por lo que habrá que esperar para saber que jugadores son de la partida en el Vicente Calderón.

    Does this mean he hasn’t told the players who is in the team like he usually does? When would he normally do this, the day before? I think some teams know a few days before but it can be demotivating for those left out. And is it because the players don’t like to be told (I can’t imagine so)?

  14. March 19, 2011 03:02

    Are there any pics of Mesut presenting his Nike Mercurial Vapor SuperFly III boots (awesome name indeed lol) or maybe even a video? I didn’t find anything about it on the official RM website and would greatly appreciate a link. Thanks! 🙂

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