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who’s excited for the Supercopa?

August 13, 2011

Our team continued preparing for Sunday’s Supercopa de España first leg, and the big news for today is that fans in Madrid will at last get to see their team – for the first time this pre-season – at an open training session and at the Bernabéu, both of which are quite unusual.

I expect more people to be in the stadium this afternoon.

The 10 international players were back in Thursday’s afternoon training session, joining their eight first team teammates and eight canteranos (Mejías, Jesús, Nacho, Álex, MFC from Castilla and Iván Sáez, Diego and Carmona from Juvenil A).  Sergio Ramos was absent, as he’s still following his specific plan to recover from his back pains, as were Nuri Sahin and Esteban Granero.

Discussing football tactics or gossiping?

And on Friday, the team once again trained at Valdebebas, but this time with Sergio Ramos.  He re-joined the group, working out at the same pace (with positive sensations), so it appears we’ll get to see him play in the Supercopa.  At the session were 19 first team footballers and five Castilla players: the Fernández brothers, Nacho and Álex; the third Fernández – Jesús; MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín; and Tomás Mejías.  Meanwhile, Esteban Granero and Nuri Sahin continued with their recovery work.

Shortly after this moment on the left, Sergio proceeded to squeeze Mesut’s biceps.  Watch it here.  If you saw Nacho and Álex without knowing anything about them, would you be able to tell that they are brothers?

Today, Saturday, the fans in Madrid at last get what fans in the United States or China have: an open training session – at the Bernabéu, no less – and a press conference by José Mourinho.  It’s about time!  The training session will begin at 19h, and will be free for fans, who can start entering the stadium from 18:15h through any of the gates on the lateral oeste (on the Paseo de la Castellana).  Socios get their own entrance, at gate 44, though they will have to show their socio card.  Following the training session, Mou will speak to the press from the press room in the stadium.

“A”s all around – andaluces and the A team.

The last time Madrid had an open training session for the fans and the press was Dec. 30, 2010 at Valdebebas, during the Christmas holidays.  And the last time Mou spoke at a press conference at the Bernabéu was April 30, 105 days ago, after the game against Zaragoza.  Shortly after, UEFA handed down their sentence of a five-game suspension and fine for his remarks after the CL game against Barcelona, and Mou stayed silent for the rest of the season.  Now that that issue is over, Mou can begin speaking to the press again.

Iker wrote on his FB yesterday that “tomorrow, the training session of the team is in the Santiago Bernabéu starting at 19h to prepare for the first leg of the Supercopa de España.  The news is that it’s an open session!!!!!!  Those suffering from the heat in Madrid who are fans can come to watch it!!!  A hug, people!  Enjoy!”  [His use of exclamation marks has been faithfully reproduced.]  Meanwhile, Álvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos tweeted that they were expecting to see everyone there.

And some random things:

Cristiano tweeted this photo several days ago.  I love the contrast between the brazen way Cris is sitting and the demure way Pepe is sitting, as well as how Pepe has his arm around Marcelo Sunshine.  And that purple watch!  It’s totally Marcelo.  Fábio looks a bit timid, as if he’s not sure whether he’s allowed to join the dynamic trio of Cris, Pepe and Marcelo.  I’ll just kind of lean towards them…

Cris (and Fábio, indirectly) are also this subject of this video, where Cris puts an ignorant journalist in his place.

And as I had reported earlier, Iker is the new face of the Liga BBVA, and now we see the first video from that collaboration.  He, along with Andrés Iniesta, star in this promo, which was just released.  The timing is ironic, given Iker’s support for the AFE’s strike which could see the first two jornadas postponed.  Iker definitely wore his own jeans during the filming.  There’s also a making of video here.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. manie permalink
    August 13, 2011 15:59

    Omg I love that video of Crispy and the silly reporter. I’ve watched it an embarrassing number of times but am still so incredibly entertained by it.

  2. August 13, 2011 16:11

    HALA MADRID!!

    It’s good to have you back Una. I’m so excited about tonight’s match.

  3. cisarovna permalink
    August 13, 2011 16:55

    I cant wait! I set my DVR! Anyone watching in the US, it will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes starting at 3:53pm on Sunday.

    I love that video of Sergio shaking Ozil’s hand… just don’t break it! 🙂
    Also love that Marcelo’s watch is coordinated with his laces. Wonder if he misses the purple kits, seems to be a favorite color of his.

    And Una welcome back, already looking forward to the ICYMI post!

    • cisarovna permalink
      August 13, 2011 16:58

      Oh and what is with those socks that Cris wears pulled all the way up? I think I remember it from last season too. They look so silly, but I have to imagine there is a purpose, and that is isn’t just a manifestation of his original stylings.

      • Zparklemotion permalink
        August 14, 2011 20:12

        They look like pressure stockings to me 🙂

      • emily permalink
        August 15, 2011 04:13

        those are probably compression socks, which help to enhance lower leg circulation. Otherwise, he’s a victim of poor fashion, but this we already know…

  4. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    August 13, 2011 19:40

    Omg! I am so excited for what Jose will say and so excited for the first official game, Classico, common hala Madrid, today just I get into the mood of this game, sooooooo excited, for the win com’on

    iker is rocking the leather jacket.

  5. Jacob permalink
    August 13, 2011 21:39

    If Albiol doesn’t play then we have a chance of winning.

  6. Cammy permalink
    August 14, 2011 06:56

    Nacho looks more like Jesus’ brother than Alex. I think I need to see a picture of the parents.

    Anyways, so excited for Supercopa. Hala Madrid!

  7. Hala_Madrid permalink
    August 14, 2011 09:00

    I am super excited for la supercopa!! Ok now i have to go sleep so i can actually wake up tomorrow and watch it. I’m sure we got this, our boys are gonna make us happy once again

  8. Cammy permalink
    August 15, 2011 07:05

    Thanks for the link Una! Oh so nice to hear that they are very close but still confused on where they get their looks, lol

  9. Jessie permalink
    August 16, 2011 15:23

    i missed the game, but love looking at sergio’s arms

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