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March 25, 2011

An open training session and a player press conference, all on one day?  It must be international week!

ONE. José Mourinho only has seven players from his first team to train with this week, with the rest on international duty or injured.  So, Adán, Dudek, Granero, Peter Lion, Lass, Adebayor and Higuaín were joined by RMC players for yesterday’s session, to play a practice game of two 30-minute halves.  Pipa played the entire game (yay!) and even scored some goals!  And his fellow-coming-off-of-an-injury-and-almost-fully-recovered-Argentine, Fer Gago, trained alone, while Kaká and Cristiano stayed inside gossiping and doing bromantic things working out in the gym.

One side was made up of Adán, Tano, Suárez, Poley, Capote, Peter Lion, Lass, Granero, Marc, Adebayor and Higuaín.  Pipa scored the first goal (1-0), then assisted Manu for the second (2-0).  Marc scored once for the other team before the half, so the halftime score was 2-1.  In the second half, Óscar Plano scored for RMC (2-2), then Lucas did as well (2-3), and they held the lead until Pipita scored the equalizer (3-3).  Fran Sol made a penalty to win it 3-4 for the canteranos (Antonio Adán didn’t agree with the penalty call at all).

TWO. And in other injury news, Gago is nearing the end of his recovery process.  If you don’t remember, he’s been out since March 4 with a right groin injury.  He trained alone outside yesterday, and did some ball exercises.  Our poor Fer hasn’t had much luck with staying healthy this year.  He’s accumulated 139 sick days so far this season from four injuries: he sprained his left knee on Aug. 24, re-injured it on Oct. 7 and re-re-injured it on Nov. 8.

THREE. Esteban Granero spoke to the press, and when asked about Iker giving Madrid a grade of “9” for the season, his response was that “what the captain says goes.  It’s a good grade and I think we deserve it.  Things are going well and the best thing would be to wait until the end of the season, but he, as captain, has reflected the fact that we’ve been on the right path up to this moment.”

FOUR. Antonio Adán is the next player to get the Real… interview treatment!  His segment will be shown today at 18h.  He’s one of the least known members of the team, so it will be great to find out more about him, especially because he’s a canterano and so he’ll have a lot of things to share about the Real Madrid experience.

FIVE. Iker, speaking to Onda Cero’s “Al Primer Toque” on Wednesday night, asked “a bit more education” from the fans who scream insults in stadiums, especially to Mou and Cris.  He said, “I understand that it gets to a point where you can’t handle any more.  It’s normal, you go to a football field but you’re also a person.  I also have a father, a mother, a brother, a girlfriend… there are people who have children and there are things that people don’t understand.  I understand that people go to watch football to forget about things, to support their teams, but you have to have a bit more education, at least that.”  Some of the parts of the interview can be found here.

He also spoke about Mou:  “Now that I know him, and I’m with him 24 hours a day, I can say that I will defend him, that I will fight for him because I think he’s a 10 as a person, and as a coach.”

SIX. Juan Carlos, Nacho Fernández and Sergio Canales all started in Spain U-21’s friendly against France last night, but unfortunately Spain fell to the hosts 3-2, and had to play with 10 men after Juan Carlos (MSFC) was expelled with a direct red in the 40th minute for a late tackle.  Both Nacho and Sergio C. went on to play the full game.

SEVEN. A couple of videos.  Cuatro has some promos for a special they’ve shot, Guti in Istanbul.  Promo one here, promo two here.

In the videos, Guti says that he had doubts about this new adventure because he had never lived alone, and because of the language and the food.  We also see him informing us that his coach is “a very good person” (in English!).  Guti also takes us around his team’s training complex, tells us that he sits next to Ricardo Quaresma during meals, and that room A12 is his assigned room in the complex.  We also get to visit Casa Guti.

EIGHT. A wonderful video showing that Zinedine Zidane has still got it, that he really is one of the most amazing footballers ever, and that he’s also a gentleman.

NINE. As the referee of the Atleti-Madrid game did not note the racist chants against Marcelo and the death threats against Cristiano and Mou during the match, the Competition Committee had no way to act.  And the National Antiviolence Commission won’t be doing anything either, because the report presented by the Calderón’s security coordinator to them yesterday also did not reflect these chants (not surprising, no?).  If nothing is reported, then no actions can be taken.  The Commission did fine Atleti €3,750 for allowing people to carry into the stadium five bottles of beer.  Good to see that this country has its priorities straight.

TEN. To end on a good note, some photos of our internationals on duty.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Paddy permalink
    March 25, 2011 09:55

    Una, How many barcelona players started for the spanish under 21?

  2. March 25, 2011 13:39

    I loved what Iker said about Mou.

    Isn’t there a way to fine the REFEREES for not reporting it? I don’t know, but maybe they can set up a rule that if racist chants and/or death threats are heard, the visiting team has the right to complain, and an investigation has to take place. If the investigation deems that there were indeed chants/threats and the referee did not include it in his report, then the referee should be fined or disciplined in some way, and of course the offending team fined as well. This will force referees to report any incidents, and hopefully the knowledge that the referees won’t ignore the chants/threats will force the teams to educate their fans.

    On a less serious note, that picture of Karim is absolutely adorable! And “yey!” for Pipita playing and scoring! 🙂

  3. March 25, 2011 14:30

    Pipita now wears nike boots too. must have changed sponsorship.

  4. daniel Ikemba permalink
    March 25, 2011 14:36

    As a punishment for people who go to stadia to insult footballers, A court should sentence the person to 3 months off “hard insults.” By this, the court should organize a group of 30-50 people to go to the office (place of employment) of the perpetrator and hurl insults at the person every single minute, of every single day for 3 months. Lets see how he enjoys it. Since he goes to the footballers place of employment (stadium) to insult the footballer, lets see if he can handle 1 minute of being insulted in his own office.

  5. gabriela permalink
    March 25, 2011 14:41

    Marcelo will be a starter for Brazil on Sunday! I was so happy when I read =) I hope we’ll win this time, for a change ;_; I’m tired of disappointments.
    Loved Karim’s picture in the end, he looks adorable!

    I read an interview with Marcelo about the racist chants against him, it’s sad that he acts like he’s used to it. It should not be this way. Sad to know the authorities are pretending to be blind about it…
    Roberto Carlos recently had some racist episodes in Russia too. One guy was holding a banana and making gorila sounds towards him, and he was punished for it. He won’t be able to enter the stadium for a year or something.

    Guti doesn’t look like himself with this huge glasses and this cap! I like the glasses. The cap can just be thrown in the closest trash can, though.

  6. Ally permalink
    March 25, 2011 16:13

    Wow, amazing goal from Zidane!! He fooled the goalkeeper THREE times xD
    Yay for Pipita! I hope to see him soon in a game 🙂
    That last pic of Marcelo is cute! He looks like a little kid ^.^

  7. March 25, 2011 16:13

    Una i think you missed out the greatest highlight of today…Lass did a press conference….EN ESPANOL!!!! check it out, his Spanish isn’t bad at all

  8. kiki permalink
    March 25, 2011 18:19

    Oh Una! How do you do it?! Even during Intl. break you find such gems…

    I don’t know where to start, but I cannot get dear Guti with those blue glasses out of my mind! So adorable, so…so…sooo…GUTI. There can be only one! jajajajajajaa!

    You come up with such gems in commentary with your “Kaká and Cristiano stayed inside gossiping and doing bromantic things” being a highlight today! tee hee!

    Our poor BB NT, that red card didn’t help…

    Thank you for keeping us posted about the violence & rascist issues. One hopes the Leaders of the Nation will notice that it makes their whole country look ignorant and step in as it is endemic & systemic and clearly accepted more than in many other “1st world” (for lack of a better word) nations. The current plan is not working. In many countries this would not be accepted by OTHER FANS. Anyone making monkey noises (for example) where I live could expect a beat down from someone in the stands. That is not right either, but it shows that it is not culturally accepted as it seems to be in Spain. I know most people in Spain are above this, but a few make everyone look bad. It is a shame. (sorry for the rant)

    On a happier, incredibly delicious note – Our fine Capitan is clearly educated and wise and is above all that nonsense. UNF.
    Iker. Oh Iker. WHAT A MAN. WHAT A LEADER. I especially enjoyed the split screen parts where I could enjoy his incredible manly beauty from two angles….not that I can even handle one angle…

    Thank you for Zizou video!!! I know he was just playing around, but what can I even say about him. I’m just happy to exist on earth at the same time :DDDDDDDDDDDD

  9. Pipita permalink
    March 25, 2011 19:13

    Una, you must see this video of Iker, he’s so cute.

    There’s two parts.

  10. March 25, 2011 19:30

    “Now that I know him, and I’m with him 24 hours a day, I can say that I will defend him, that I will fight for him because I think he’s a 10 as a person, and as a coach.” I had little hearts in my eyes while reading this.

    On another note, the way the referee and the Commission should be collectively ashamed of themselves. It’s a disgrace that people can and are getting away with this kind of behavior.

  11. March 25, 2011 19:40

    Hey una –

    The Zidane video is actually from 2009. You can read about it here:

    Still a great video though. He’s a class act.

    I’m really bummed to hear that no one in authority wrote up the racist chants. What a mess. 😦

  12. Jill permalink
    March 25, 2011 21:36

    oh guti <3, he only said 6 words in english there but i love it

  13. March 26, 2011 09:32

    The Commission did fine Atleti €3,750 for allowing people to carry into the stadium five bottles of beer. Good to see that this country has its priorities straight.

    Yeah, that is really a bad bad thing! 😦

  14. The Swede permalink
    March 27, 2011 11:23

    Hi Una! Could you post some information about the situation with the Real Madrid – Sporting Gijon match? I have actually booked flight + hotel to see that match and I’m just waiting to be able to buy the tickets with the Madridista Card but they’re not selling any at the moment unfortunally…. There’s been some talk about the game being moved forward and that would be a disaster to me! I need to know something about this! Thank you for helping.

    • March 27, 2011 12:25

      It depends on what the court rules on Wednesday in the challenge by the G-6, so nothing will be known until then.

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