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all set for Sevilla!

May 7, 2011

Twenty-one footballers trained yesterday afternoon at Valdebebas, and the injured Khedira and Gago were absent, along with Di María, who is suspended for tonight’s game against Sevilla (22h).

Everyone is with Mou.  I’m not used to seeing Iker wearing shorts and no high socks at training sessions.  Pale legs!  And though you can’t see it, he also cut the bottom off his training shirt.

Higher!  And things are always more interesting when there’s a Sergio around.

Of those 21 players, 18 were called up for tonight’s game, along with canterano Tomy Mejías from Castilla.  Gago and Khedira were not called up due to injury, Carvalho and Di María due to suspension, and Pedro León and Adán (has he done something?) due to the coach’s decision.

Goalkeepers: Iker, Dudek, Tomás Mejías.

Defenders: Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Garay, Albiol.

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Lass, Kaká, Canales, Özil, Granero.

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Adebayor, Higuaín, Benzema.

Aitor Karanka spoke with the press following the session.  He explained that due to the five- game sanction handed down to José Mourinho by UEFA for “inappropriate declarations,” he would be the one in charge of communicating with the press from now on, because “the idea is that until the charges against the míster are specified or there is a more concrete reason why he was sanctioned, he won’t be speaking, although we don’t know what will happen next week.”

Aitor also confirmed that Mou will defend himself “until the end” and remarked, “a sanction like that is never well-received, and more so when the motives behind it are not explained.  The club has already announced that it will appeal, and he on a personal level will also defend himself.”

As for his own personal situation, Karanka said that his desire is to “continue for a long time” with Madrid and Mourinho: “when they called me to tell me that they wanted me to be his assistant, I said it was a privilege and something to be proud of.  And after eight months, this has multiplied by 300, because he’s given me responsibilities and confidence.  I hope that the míster and I will be here for a long time, and I would be very happy to be here a long time with him.”

He did also speak about the upcoming game, but I’m sure that was the least interesting topic from the point of view of the press.

After that, the team took a one-hour flight to Sevilla (no AVE this time?).

At their hotel, Esteban Granero and Pipa Higuaín signed autographs for the fans (how come the hometown favorite wasn’t chosen?).

Cheesy yet adorable.

And Zinedine Zidane had to go on record denying that he doesn’t get along with José Mourinho, after La Sexta reported that Zizou was upset with Mou for not playing Karim Benzema.  Our special adviser told Madrid’s web site that his relationship with Mou is very good: “my relationship with him and his team is very good and fluid.  I’m involved in his work and I collaborate with them in everything related to the first team… I have complete respect for the labor of José Mourinho on the bench of Real Madrid.  And in addition, any comment or idea I have about the team will only be shared with him.”

More on the farce that is UEFA:  the Control and Disciplinary Body opened a dossier yesterday to collect information on Iker and Cris’ gestures and declarations (print and television).  They’ll discuss the case during their next meeting, on May 13.  And AS has reported that Real Madrid believes that UEFA’s decision to suspend Pepe for only one game is proof that his expulsion was unwarranted, because “violent play” (that’s the justification that Wolfgang Stark noted to explain his expulsion of Pepe) is always punished with a three-game suspension.

Summer tour update from Marca:  it looks like the Philadelphia Union (Philadelphia, July 23) will be Madrid’s third opponent during their U.S. tour, after the LA Galaxy (Los Angeles, July 16) and Chivas (San Diego, July 20).  After returning to Madrid, there will be a game against Leicester on July 30, in addition to the one already scheduled in Berlin against Hertha on July 27.  These games, along with the two in China and the Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu against Schalke, bring the pre-season friendly total to eight.  Madrid will also play the two-leg Supercopa before the season begins on Aug. 20-21.

Note: reader Kailynn says that the Union are scheduled to play an MLS game on July 23, so it looks like that date may not be set yet.

Juvenil A will be playing their own clásico tonight at 20h, when they take on Barcelona in the final of the Copa de Campeones.  They have a chance to win their second title of the season (they won their division, which qualified them to play in this cup, which is made up of the winners from each of the seven divisions).  Juvenil A is the current defending champions of this tournament.  Let’s go boys!!!

And in sad news, the greatest Spanish golfer of all time, Seve Ballesteros, passed away today at the age of 54, three years after he was operated on for a cancerous brain tumor.  His condition had worsened recently.  Just a little more than a year ago, he was given a tribute by Guti and Iker, among others, where he spoke about Sergio Canales, who is from Cantabria just like he is.

Update: a couple of our players have tweeted their condolences: Sergio C., Sergio Ramos (here and here), Xabi Alonso and Esteban Granero.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2011 10:38

    OMG. I’m so SO there for the Philly/Real match. That’s only two hours from my hometown. I wonder how close to the pitch I have to sit for Sergio to be able to look into my eyes and fall in love with me?

    • DebS permalink
      May 8, 2011 02:02

      My daughter attends UPenn and, OF COURSE will be home in Illinois on July 23rd. The Union stadium is like 20 minutes from her dorm. But of course, I’m more upset about not going than she will be because she likes Barca. 😐

    • Bella permalink
      June 20, 2011 07:28

      OMG me too. 2 hours exactly. And WOAH you sound just like me hahahah i love me some Sergi as well. Do you have any idea how we desperate fans can find out what hotel they’ll stay at or if they’ll have an autograph sesh anywhere? So jealous of those UCLA students they get so many more days with them 😦

  2. georgia permalink
    May 7, 2011 10:49

    omg look at cristiano in the gif of kaka (i think its him) and mou hugging :3

  3. IsaBella permalink
    May 7, 2011 12:37

    Let’s hope it will be a nice game, with no bottle throwing nor extra balls on the pitch. Go Madrid! 🙂

  4. May 7, 2011 13:00

    omg!!! Granero looks cute with his sweet smile 😀

    anyway..I read that Madrid wouldn’t defenses Adebayor in the next season..right?

  5. Whiskey permalink
    May 7, 2011 14:06

    Very sad to hear the news about Seve, he was such a charismatic guy. Nice to see some of the players tweet their sympathies. On to the football – UEFA is a joke, but I didn’t need these recent incidents to convince me of that – i have very little regard for any of those governing bodies, FIFA, UEFA etc. They are rife with corruption – Oh maybe I will be suspended for saying that! And why can’t the team come to Canada too for their tour – we are just over the border 🙂

  6. mel permalink
    May 7, 2011 15:30

    How does someone end up this lucky??????
    And when was the rib tatoo made? I noticed one on the other side as well a few weeks ago. I wonder what they say!!

  7. May 7, 2011 15:58

    Oh, that hug between Mou and Kaka!! I loved how Kaka put his head on Mou’s shoulder! So sweet!

  8. La Pirata permalink
    May 7, 2011 15:59

    RIP Señor Ballesteros, still so young. 😦 In happier news, the East Coast visit from Real Madrid is so so welcome – I hope that date gets confirmed soon! Also, I would not want to arm-wrestle Pipita…

  9. May 7, 2011 16:07

    UEFA way to go. Just when I think the organisation has sunk as low as it can get, they surprise me and sink even further. I’ve just given up on this whole farce.

    I love the gif’s!! Especially the higher – higher one! 🙂

  10. Ros permalink
    May 7, 2011 16:47

    Pipita y Pirata! Your comment is perfect: Cheesy but adorable!

  11. black widow permalink
    May 7, 2011 16:48

    on a completely unrelated note … why do i feel peter lion is not long for this (RM) world? he’s never, ever played any more. like, EVER. i wouldn’t at all be surprised if he were let go at the end of the season. 😦

    • DebS permalink
      May 8, 2011 02:07

      I’ve been thinking the same thing…about Peter Lion and Canales. Canales has gotten some playing time but…. Also, I wonder if they want to be traded/loaned so at least they can play.

  12. Kailynn permalink
    May 7, 2011 16:57

    Hey according to L.A Galaxy website the game is July 16th at memorial and on the Philly website it says they will be playing Sounders on the 23rd at 10 I think Marca might’ve gotten their dates mixed.

  13. Jenny permalink
    May 7, 2011 18:33

    The only positive to come out of this UEFA mess is that Mourinho finally has his excuse to never give a press-conference ever again!

  14. May 7, 2011 18:39

    RIP Seve. My dad loves to play golf ( I find it extremely boring) and he loved Seve, he was a nice guy.

    Even though I lost my interest in la liga and I’m looking forward to next season already, I hope they win today just to delay Barcelona’s celebrations.

    The whole world saw how Pepe got that red and no one can say that it was a red card, not even UEFA or Barcelona fans. It is a shame because his sending off greatly influenced the semifinal. Anyways lets close this topic, we know UEFA is a disgrace, they better not punish Iker for the vaya cara! gesture…

  15. Pam permalink
    May 7, 2011 19:24

    how come the hometown favorite wasn’t chosen?

    Probably because feathers are still ruffled that he dropped the CDR cup under the bus 🙂

  16. Mani Thangadurai permalink
    May 7, 2011 21:02

    I had been so captivated by Severiano Ballesteros Sota’s play as a youngster that I immediately made my tribute to him as my status on Facebook even though the majority of my friends would not really know who he was. He was one of those rare sportsmen whose love for the game of golf shone through in his play and he has certainly left a legacy on the game. Brain cancer is a terrible, thoroughly debilitating disease, and the fight that he showed in trying to battle it for so long as a tribute to the same tenacity and courage that he showed on the greens, allied with his style and flair. A sad loss for the sport and for the country.

    I do hope that there will be some kind of tribute to him, maybe a Pro-Am tournament named in his honour. I’m quite certain that the likes of Jerzy Dudek, Jose Maria Gutierrez Hernandez and Esteban Félix Granero Molina would only be too happy to take part!

  17. May 8, 2011 01:47

    Pipita y Pirata! I’ve been waiting for a moment like this ever since Pipita screwed up and said that he was Esteban Granero in the RM Christmas vid!

  18. PMom_GA permalink
    May 8, 2011 02:46


    Oh NO!!! It’s contagious!

  19. Jennifer permalink
    May 8, 2011 06:19

    Una, what exactly did Pedro Leon do to be left off of the list almost every game?

    • black widow permalink
      May 8, 2011 16:52

      this is what i’m saying! i don’t understand it. every single match, practically, he’s not playing nor even on the bench. and it’s always “coach’s decision” why he’s left off the list. i wonder what that’s all about? as i said above, i really do fear he isn’t going to be around next season and it won’t surprise me in the slightest, unfortunately. 😦

  20. Pammie permalink
    May 8, 2011 19:45

    oops, I didn’t notice that Sergio was also pulling up his shorts, because my eyes were glued to Arbeloa.

    A late thanks for the review!

  21. May 14, 2011 07:24

    =((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( I will be in Argentina in the month of July. Hopefully they’ll come back to the East coast next year =/ (i missed then in Spain and now America…surprised I’m not missing them by a day in Argentina).


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