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Castilla saves the day as Sunday’s plans are ruined

August 21, 2011

If things were to have gone as scheduled today, right now I would be finalizing my plan to run onto the field at some point during tonight’s scheduled game to rip off Javi Martínez (!!!) and Iker’s shirts (Iker’s undershirt included).  But since there’s no first division football this weekend, those plans went out the window.  Luckily, we still had Segunda División B league football, and Castilla didn’t disappoint as they beat Sporting B 1-0 behind a goal by José Luis Sanmartín Mato, who scored right after Jesús stopped a penalty.

Nacho is the new captain, following the departure of Fran Rico.  José Mourinho, Rui Faria and Aitor Karanka were all present at the Alfredo di Stéfano to watch the boys play.  And since we’re talking about Castilla, apparently Juan Carlos managed to get David Mateos to open a twitter account!  Real Madrid is scheduled to play Zaragoza in the second match-day of the season; hopefully we will be able to watch the game and a reunion between our team and our former canteranos!  And it was sweet of Fran Rico to wish his former teammates good luck in this game, no?

On Saturday, Madrid held another session in the afternoon (they’ve changed up their schedule a bit to avoid the midday heat, since it gets very, very hot in Madrid in August, which is why everyone who can flees during that time, though it’s still very hot in the afternoon, in the high-30s yesterday afternoon) as they continued to prepare for Wednesday’s Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu against Galatasaray.  Sami Khedira was absent, as he was suffering from the flu, and Mou was also missing those three players that have been injured for some time (I’m tired of typing out their names, so I won’t, and I’m sure you all know who they are), so five canteranos joined the first team.  These five were Tomás Mejías, Víctor Merchán, Pedro Mendes and Mandi from Castilla (where was Morata?  By virtue of his name, he would have made the cut) and Javier García-Noblejas from RMC.  They’ll train again today at 18h.

Do the canteranos not get the option of the sleeveless shirts?

Before the training session, a group of kids aged seven to 10 participating in  the World Youth Day 2011 celebrations visited Valdebebas.  The kids gave everyone on the first team a pilgrim’s kit, consisting of a polo shirt, a bracelet, a backpack and an official scarf.  Rafa makes The Pirate look tiny!  And I like how Karim Benzema seemed to think this was like posing for the team photo before matches and put his hand on Carvalho’s thigh.

Over in the Bernabéu, the visitor was Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose (and his entourage), who was in town for an Adidas event.  He took a tour of the stadium, taking pictures in the locker room, on the bench and on the field.  He said, “I love Madrid, the food, the people… the Santiago Bernabéu was a place I had to visit.  It’s great to be here, it’s spectacular.  I’m having a great time learning the history of the stadium and the club.”  Apparently, he was very impressed with how well the stadium was preserved.  And there was no doubt whatsoever that a picture like this would be how Real Madrid commemorated the visit.  Poor Derrick.

Meanwhile, AS reports that Mou’s spokesperson Eladio Paramés told them that, “José is not saying sorry, he knows that he was defending Real Madrid.  And that means facing up to the types of verbal aggressions that could happen.  He’s only interested in doing his work and helping the club he works in win the most number of titles possible.  But when some rivals use dirty methods, he knows that he can’t remain impassive.  He doesn’t care what the press says, he only cares with el madridismo thinks… Mourinho works for the biggest club in Spain, the one with the most fans and the most hated one at the same time by its rivals.  And he’s going to defend it to the death.”

I still don’t think Mou was right to assault anyone, but we madridistas very much appreciate the fact that someone out there is defending our club “to the death,” standing up for us, and saying the things that we feel.  I just wish he had gone about doing it without resorting to physical violence.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    August 21, 2011 17:11

    My sister and I are on vacation in Madrid and had ticket’s to the game tonight! How sad =( Lucky for us, we do not leave until thursday so we are going to the Trofeo Bernabéu! But still, not only missing the opportunity to see Javi am I devestaded, but my other love from La Roja, Fernando Llorente! Que pena! It was really too good to be true!

    • Gilly permalink
      August 22, 2011 01:12

      @ Jess- that’s crappy luck girl! Enjoy your time in Madrid anyway.

      Thanks for the update Una. I’m so not surprised by Mou’s response; don’t know whether to laugh or shake my head, so I’ll do both! At least he’s sticking himself out there as the target of press wrath, and so long as the players stay focused and don’t let emotions get the better of them on the pitch, I really think Madrid can win La Liga this season

  2. Nikita permalink
    August 21, 2011 17:38

    I hope that the Bernabeu shows it’s support for Mourinho during the Trofeo-match.. I think the loudest people in this situation are those, who don’t support him, and I wouldn’t want him to think that he isn’t wanted here!

    Soy de Mou!

  3. Manie permalink
    August 21, 2011 17:43

    Mou looks like he’s a ghost watching over the game (I’m assuming he was behind glass?).

    I also don’t think it was right for Mourinho to resort to physical means to defend the shirt, but I am really very happy that we have a coach with authority and belief who doesn’t stand for the ridiculous things that seem to impact our club. If that’s what’s making everyone uncomfortable – and “destroying Spanish soccer” more than the ineptitude of the league or, this hurts, but the tv rights that aren’t split evenly except between us and Barca – well, I am all Mourinho defending Real Madrid as he has done.

  4. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    August 21, 2011 18:06

    How Hot does Aitor look in his shades, no? Good Job Castilla!
    Most of the madridista I know, let’s say all madridista I know are actually behind Jose Mourinho, they all have been saying, Madrid has been playing nice for long! I kind dont agree with it in the sense we dont have to poke a person to show support, but after today I know whatever we do or Jose does, we in the end of the day will be the only bad side, so whatever! JOSE MOURINHO VAMOS MOURINHO!.

    Oh! Marcelo could fit in with the kids, sunshine Marcelo!

  5. Alyssa permalink
    August 21, 2011 18:27

    That photo of Cris, Kaká and Sergio. I don’t even care that we can hardly see anything else, THOSE ARMS! Whoa!

    Haha you can’t blame Benzema though. If I was around these boys, I’d be grabbing thighs (among other things 😉 ) every chance I got!

    Your last paragraph is utter perfection and I agree with you 100%!

  6. Lorelei permalink
    August 21, 2011 18:34

    Congrats, Castilla! Hopefully they dominate the competition this year a la the Benjamines.

    As a Bulls fan, I’m happily surprised to see Rose in the Bernabeu, even if he’s doing that awful thumbs-up pose!

    And while Mou should never have to apologize for defending the club, he should apologize for getting physical with another person.

  7. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    August 21, 2011 20:33

    Hello, una! Apparently Khedira doesn’t have a twitter account after all! It is confirmed.

  8. Nomz permalink
    August 22, 2011 01:41

    Just become a regular to your lovely blog. I must say, something about your writing makes the articles you write so fresh to read. I don’t know really what it is. It’s like the articles were written specifically to the one reading it, sort of personal 🙂
    Have a good one, and keep it real 🙂

  9. Futbolfan permalink
    August 22, 2011 03:46


    And the the team pic with the kids. Our players are too gorgeous.

  10. black widow permalink
    August 22, 2011 05:51

    una, did you have tickets for tonight’s match? 😦

    i agree … whilst it’s wonderful jose will defend the club and its fans and players to the death, i wish he would do so in a more constructive manner. violence sets a terrible example, creates and furthers deep-seated grudges and solves nothing.

    damn, arbeloa … you work those sleeveless jerseys VERY nicely. me gusta! (and seriously, it’s a sign of how much the twins hang out with each other that i had to squint and look at the photo three times to make sure that wasn’t albiol! they’re truly becoming interchangeable!)

  11. August 22, 2011 06:03

    D-Rooossee!! More love for Madrid from Chicago! And seriously, the thumbs up HAS to be mandated by Madrid because that is not something D would normally do for a pic.

    Love the pic of the team and how almost all of them are smiling. How cute are these guys? But it seems there’s a few MIAs?

  12. August 22, 2011 18:45

    Castilla has played really well. When you think of that 2 absolute KEY-players have left and the new ones still need to adapt the level.

    But same old refs f*in it up and same old problem with converting chances. They really need to improve on the latter. For the refs my hope is gone. :S Joselus goal was lovely, CR style. I love him celebrating his goals!

    Vamos Castilla! =)

  13. Pammie permalink
    August 23, 2011 01:06

    I think someone should tell Mourinho that a lot of madridistas were not happy about the physical assault and that it wouldn’t hurt him if he did apologise in public.

    Congrats Castilla! I was pretty impressed how they played under the hot noon sun and Jesus’ save!

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