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May 6, 2011

The latest in the sometimes crazy world of Real Madrid…

Some more pictures from Wednesday’s tennis action.  Cris’ jeans have something special on the back of them (you know that he would never wear regular, run of the mill jeans), while Xabi had to tell the bored Jon to be quiet, which he does in such a boss way.  Everyone behind them is looking on, trying to get pointers.  Thanks to reader asglass for that picture of bored Jon!  What a pout he has!

And yesterday, Sergio Canales tweeted that he was watching Andy Murray play, and so here he is, along with David de Gea and Edurne.

Meanwhile, MFC announced another Castilla incorporation into the world of twitter, Pablo Sarabia!  A little snooping investigation and you can find some pictures of him and his girlfriend – look for one of them sitting next to the estanque at the Retiro park.  In the meantime, here’s a twitpic from MFC ABMM today.

A video of the boys returning to work yesterday.  Esteban Granero’s Porsche needs a wash.  And why does Raúl Albiol’s neck look so long?  Today’s training session will take place in the afternoon, at 16:30h, and Aitor Karanka will be the one speaking to the press after before the team travels to Sergio Ramos’ beloved city at 18h.

Some news on Madrid’s summer plans, from Marca: the team will spend two weeks in Los Angeles, staying at the same place they did last year (the Beverly Hills Hotel) and using the same training grounds (UCLA).  The dates are not set yet, but it looks like they will be July 11-24.  This year, the team will in principle receive five weeks of vacation, though that will depend on what friendlies Madrid plays once the season is over and the commitments of the internationals.  The 2011-12 pre-season in Madrid on July 4.

Five summer friendlies have been scheduled: July 16 vs. the Galaxy in Los Angeles, July 20 vs. Chivas in San Diego, July 27 vs. Hertha in Berlin, Aug. 3 vs. Guangzhou Evergrande in Guangzhou and Aug. 6 vs. Tianjin in Tianjin.  In addition, the Supercopa against Barcelona will be played on Aug. 14 and 17 (home and away), with the Liga starting on the weekend of Aug. 20-21.  Madrid is looking for one other rival to play while in the United States.

Update: this makes total sense, no?  Reader Shay informs us that Schalke will be Madrid’s opponent in the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu in early August.  I don’t think I can handle Raúl back in the Bernabéu in the kit of another team.  I will probably start crying the moment I see him.  And I’m getting goosebumps even now just thinking about how we will greet him.

UEFA’s decision regarding possible sanctions against Real Madrid will be handed down this afternoon.  José Mourinho, who is accused of basically speaking his mind and expressing his feelings, albeit in not the most gentlemanly way, could be handed a four to seven-game suspension as a punishment.  UEFA is also studying the following events during the Champions League first leg game: the throwing of objects, Pepe’s red card, Mou’s expulsion and the pitch invasion.  No doubt UEFA will come down hard on us.  And will they investigate the second leg game for some of the same occurrences?

The Control and Disciplinary Body may also study Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo’s gestures and declarations during and after the second leg game, for expressing that the team was “robbed.”  Iker had touched his face before the cameras (even as I write that, I find it so ridiculous that these gestures could be punished), and said after the game, “the expulsion of Pepe and the annulled goal of Higuaín… it was impossible.  The referees killed us.”  For his part, Cris described the game as “Mission Impossible IV,” and added that “we knew that if we scored, they were going to do everything to make sure we wouldn’t advance.  It will be better next season if they just give Barcelona the cup directly…”  And, at the airport, he made gestures, once again before the cameras – gasp! – which some interpreted as meaning that Madrid was robbed of the game.  They could be suspended for up to three games and fined.  The justification for this was also used to sanction Xabi, Sergio, Dudek, Mou and Iker after the Ajax game.

UEFA also announced yesterday that they had received Madrid’s appeal against their decision to turn down the club’s complaints about repeated unsporting behavior from six Barcelona players (Alves, Pedro, Busquets, Keita, Valdés and Mascherano) during the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.  They said their Control and Disciplinary Body would study it on May 16.

When asked if he’d accept Real Madrid naming him as a “socio de honor,” Vicente del Bosque’s response was “we’ll see.”  That’s what he told radio program “Al primer toque” last night, because he believes that the gesture is more due to obligation than out of good faith.  If he chooses not to accept, I’d understand.

And some non-first (football) team events to keep an eye on.  Mucha suerte to all our teams!

– today, Rubén de la Red’s (with all due respect for Tristán Celador) Juvenil A plays Racing in the semifinals of the Champions Cup of the División de Honor Juvenil (12:30h) in Lepe (Huelva, Andalucía).  If they win, they’ll move to the final against the winner of the Barcelona-UD Las Palmas game on Saturday.  Madrid had beaten Villarreal 5-1 on Wednesday.  The tournament is made up of the teams crowned the champions of the seven groups of the division.

UPDATE: Madrid beat Sporting 1-0 behind a goal from Rubén Sobrino and will face Barcelona – not another clásico!  Win this one for el escudo, boys! – on Saturday at 20h for the trophy.

– and Real Madrid basketball plays Maccabi Electra in the Euroleague Final Four semifinal game tonight (21h) in Barcelona.  If Madrid wins, they’ll move on to the final on Sunday to face the winner of the Panathinaikos-Montepaschi Siena game.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. Niek permalink
    May 6, 2011 11:38

    I guess I can wait till I turn to stone for UEFA to launch an investigation into the pitch invasion at Camp Nou? And the throwing of objects at Ade as he warmed up?

  2. Shay permalink
    May 6, 2011 11:41

    It was announced not to long ago that Schalke have been invited to play at the Bernabeu this pre season too!!!!!!!!!!!

    a schalke fan club tweeted it but here it is on their website (it’s not on their english version yet)

    • Shay permalink
      May 6, 2011 11:53

      oh So it was said on twitter that Schalke is the team that has been invited to play for the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu………..

  3. May 6, 2011 11:54

    And I think La Sexta’s José Luis Sánchez just mentioned on Twitter that Schalke’s friendly against RM will be as the invited team for the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu:

  4. LaBlanca permalink
    May 6, 2011 12:29

    hey UEFA, why dont you suspend the whole team right away? Then you dont need to bribe the refs anymore. What a farce…

  5. May 6, 2011 12:45

    Nothing, nothing that the UEFA does will ever shock me or surprise me. They are nothing but a big bunch of corrupt, useless officials who are only good for banning snoods.

    Am I remotely optimistic about the results today? In one word – no.

  6. maddy permalink
    May 6, 2011 12:47

    was that ozil after albiol? on the phone while driving ozi, not good.

    how come esteban didnt get an audi?

    • May 6, 2011 15:36

      He did get one, he just chose not to drive it yesterday (maybe it was even dirtier than his Porsche).

      • maddy permalink
        May 6, 2011 16:53

        winner of the Drive Through Photoshoot – El Pirata. Hands down. can this guy get more perfect?

    • IsaBella permalink
      May 6, 2011 16:22

      yes maddy, I think it was Ozil… wearing a cap, driving a Mercedes and on the phone 😉

      • maddy permalink
        May 6, 2011 16:59

        even when he’s being a goof, he manages to look beyond hot

        • IsaBella permalink
          May 6, 2011 17:52

          he’s adorable 🙂

  7. sam permalink
    May 6, 2011 12:47

    How Granero manages to look smoking hot driving a dirty car for all of a few secs… is amazing to me… but he manages it. Pirata, as always, looking good!

  8. superfan permalink
    May 6, 2011 12:54

    At this rate, I won’t even be surprised anymore if UEFA suspends basically the entire team. UEFA is such a joke.

    And the first team better take notes from the Canteranos about twitter. Haha. 🙂

  9. May 6, 2011 15:43

    Pleasure to have helped:) Though I have to say that’s not my post, but from someone else on Tumblr, since I know some may care a lot about the copyright thing.
    And a little advice: Tumblr is really a fansy world to find something interesting~

  10. Laryssa permalink
    May 6, 2011 15:50

    Iker deserves to be punished because he skipped his La Masia acting classes and completely missed the order of things. He couldn’t touch his own face ironically. First, he has to dive, roll in the grass in agony, pretend he would die and, only then, touches his face. With both hands!!! If he have hit the right order, he could even make racist comments and escape completely unharmed… Oh, Iker, you should learn from the especialists…

    In a serious note, I really think he will be punished for this. UEFA can’t deal with the public mockery. He will be fined and probably suspended for a few games. I hate UEFA!!!

  11. IsaBella permalink
    May 6, 2011 16:31

    OMG Una thanks fro the video!! I love it!! Sergio’s Porsche is just mmmm… ❤

  12. Pammie permalink
    May 6, 2011 16:38

    aw de Gea and Canales watched the game together. 😀

    I think it’s a shame that the UEFA uses video evidence in the case of the Ajax incident, but chooses to ignore it on a much serious case with the racial abuse from Busquets. They need to get their priorities right. I’d say they have to do it to save their reputation, but which reputation would that be? I feel really bad for the people who work for the respect campaign and at FARE, because their work is getting ridiculed by the UEFA officials.

  13. emily permalink
    May 6, 2011 16:46

    Power corrupts.
    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    Obviously, these dinosaurs at FIFA and UEFA have absolutely nothing better to do than wield their sceptres of dominance and greed. Why would anyone want to see the truth of the corruption when the ‘feel good’ team, struggling against world hunger and political suppression, is winning everything. The big bad Madrid and their history of being suppressors of the lovely Catalan peoples need to take their punishments now for someone else’s ‘crimes’. What a crock of sh*t. (Sorry kids – my caffeine and sugar charged rant will end soon)
    I’m old and cynical… But I have optimism that something good may come of all of this. It won’t erase the ridiculous robbery that occured these last few matches. But now the truth about their play has been exposed for the world to see. The image is tarnished, thanks to their own misdeeds and the power of instant replay and digital imagery. Understood, the fundamental program is fantastic. La Masia is second to none. It’s just sad to see the current group of players be SO arrogant and misguided in everything they have done and said. They may have won the battle, but the war isn’t over.
    You know, I have always really, really liked XAvi. His Gretzsky-like vision – the ability to see the play unfold more slowly and deliberately, and his patience, and the finely weighted passes. He’s inspirational. Problem? I really, really wish he hadn’t come out so blatantly holier than thou these last few weeks. he’s drinkin’ the kool-aid and reading his own press clippings and that’s really ruined it for me. he’s coming across as kind of a bad guy. Maybe that’s why he’s 31 and still not married. hah!

    • IsaBella permalink
      May 6, 2011 17:52

      “Power corrupts.
      Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – may I buy you a drink for that? 🙂

  14. Annee permalink
    May 6, 2011 17:45

    I love how Chori got the Dad Audi.

  15. Jean permalink
    May 6, 2011 18:31

    Sorry, I must’ve left like 5 comments already about their friendly against Chivas and I don’t think anyone answered my question. So when you say San Diego, you’re talking about California right??? Ahhhhh!!!!

  16. andrea permalink
    May 6, 2011 21:37

    pablo sarabia is My Favorite Canterano 😉

  17. Polly permalink
    May 7, 2011 02:33

    LA Galaxy is now advertising a match against Real Madrid via e-mail (7 PM, July 16th, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum). Not really a surprise, but nice to have confirmation of a date from one of the parties. 🙂

  18. May 7, 2011 05:45

    is it my fault that I’m more worried about el Pirata’s dirty Porsche than he is? A Porsche should never ever be dirty…As for Sergio, he does have quite a thing for rosaries doesn’t he =)?

  19. KathyInCA permalink
    May 7, 2011 07:44

    All this news about UEFA is horrible, so lets focus on the positive…Real Madrid is playing 2 (TWO!) summer friendlies within 1.5 hours of my house! I can’t wait for July!


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