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August 23, 2011

UPDATE below on how the RFEF has dealt with the incidents from the Supercopa…

So it wasn’t a dream… Nuri Sahin joined his teammates for Monday’s training session, as did Sami Khedira, who has recovered from his flu.  That left Esteban Granero and Hamit Altintop (I’m still not entirely convinced he exists) in the sick bay, along with new addition Álvaro Arbeloa, who’s been diagnosed with traumatic synovitis in his right knee.  So all in all, 25 footballers trained, 19 from the first team plus six from Castilla: Tomás Mejías, Merchán, Mendes, Álex, Nacho and MFC ABMM.  The Fernández brothers, who had played all 90 minutes on Sunday with Castilla, had a light recovery session while the others stepped up the intensity.  The last training session before Wednesday’s Trofeo Bernabéu game (where Nuri Sahin and Rafa Varane are expected to make their debuts before the home crowd) will be today at 17h.

At yesterday’s session, Iker seemed to be telling the photographers, “now that I’ve done your pose, will you leave me alone?”  Meanwhile, it looks like Mou is not too happy with only having “The Mou Corner” and is making his case for “The José Mourinho pose section.”

Sergio must have spent all his energy making his hair look perfect and then posing, because he got a ride from Kaká onto the field.  Given Kaká’s rather fragile state, I’m not sure that was the best idea.

Marcelo Sunshine was in a sunny mood, as was Pepe.  Marcelo Sunshine should have aimed some rays at the canteranos, as they for the most part (thank you Álex!) had some very long faces.  Still, it’s better than a thumbs-up pose.

Prior to the session, Álvaro Arbeloa and Antonio Adán were at the El Corte Inglés department store on Preciados to present the boots that they’re going to wear for this upcoming season.

Look who joined her proud papá!  The adorable Alba!  I wonder if she’s exhibited any signs of proclivity towards football yet?

And in Castilla news, signing José Antonio Ríos will be out two to three months for an injury to his hand that will require surgery.  Here’s to a fast recovery!


The RFEF has announced that after examining images from the game, it will open a dossier on José Mourinho and Tito Vilanova for a serious and petty infraction, respectively, for their actions in the Supercopa second leg game.  The sole judge in charge of this case will make a decision.

In the case of Mou, he will decide if he’s committed an infraction along the lines of Article 98 of the Disciplinary Code, which refers to aggressions against another without causing injury while play is stopped or at a distance from the play.  This could be sanctioned with a suspension of four to 12 games.  If the injury caused to the victim results in his having to miss work, the suspension could be six to 15 games.  The judge will also consider Article 100, which states that serious behavior against good sporting order can result in a suspension of four to 10 games or a fine of 602 to 3,006 euros.

In the case of Vilanova, the judge referred to articles 111 and 122, which speak about how a petty offense against good sporting order can lead to a suspension of up to four games and a fine of up to 602 euros.

Meanwhile, the Competition Committee has decided to suspend for one game each David Villa, Marcelo and Mesut Özil.  Marcelo’s suspension results from his red card, while Article 116 was applied to Villa and Mesut: “insults, threats and provocations: insulting, offending, threatening or provoking another, as long as it isn’t a more serious offense, will be sanctioned with a suspension of one to three games or for a period of up to one month.”

They also upheld the cards given in the first leg to Xabi Alonso and Dani Alves for dangerous play; Coentrão for giving the referee his point of view; and Sami Khedira and Alexis for breaking the rules of play.  As for the second leg game, they upheld the cards of Xavi, Pepe, Khedira, Sergio and Coentrão for dangerous play; Víctor Valdés for deliberately wasting time; and Javier Mascherano and Cristiano for arguing with a rival but without insulting or threatening.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2011 08:52

    awww…how adorable is little Alba & her papa?

    Good to hear that Nuri will finally be able to get some playing time. It will be interesting to see how he fits in with the rest of the guys. Let’s hope he does as well as Coentrao has.

    “The José Mourinho pose section” hahahaha he definitely would have some quality poses and it looks like he’s been taking lessons from Xabi. :p

    And wait! Is that really a picture of Sergio with no thumbs up?! Let’s keep it that way, Sergio!

  2. Juey permalink
    August 23, 2011 11:26

    Una, i’ve always wondered what MFC stands for :3

  3. @ulonghaz permalink
    August 23, 2011 11:32

    i saw the pics from Real Madrid website first, and I knew immediately that you would commented on Sergio’s hair and Marcelo Sunshine bright smile..
    A brief and perfect post as you always do, Una.
    Love it 😀

  4. cisarovna permalink
    August 23, 2011 12:01

    I am sooooo excited that Nuri is out of the sick bay, but I did not want it to come at the expense of another player! Oy Ve! Here’s to a speedy recovery for Alvaro and a good debut for Nuri and Varane!

  5. Cindy permalink
    August 23, 2011 12:03

    I can’t wait for tomorrow’s game. Una any word on the strike? Awww Álvaro Arbeloa little girl Alba is .cute. Marcelo sunshine…good to see his lovely smile.

  6. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    August 23, 2011 13:01

    You made my day with this post Una, Jose pose section, Alonso is even influencing his coach, BOSS! NURI DOES EXIST! He is REAAAAL! We are going to see him tomorrow, NOWAY! It is good to be true.

    Arbeloa is sooo adorableee!! ❤

  7. August 23, 2011 15:54

    Alba. i had never seen any pictures of her or vid, like never. Her curly blonde locks are precious. But my fav little girls are Azahara and Alma, they look just like daddy but cuter. ( don’t know how that’s possible. )

  8. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    August 23, 2011 17:40

    I HATE RUMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORS that was spreading about Jose leaving, I hate journalist who helped in spreading it and pointing out there is something more going on!
    I love love Jose message, he apologized to us, ONLY us, Madridistas! Oh Jose!
    Now about this fine, it is fair, as long everyone invloved is pushed, fair is fair, now the time it can goes up to 12 games! Could this happen, like Pepe in that Getafe game? Oh Karanka will have alot of games to attend in Liga, practise his coaching and it means we are starting both Liga ( if it is happening any time soon) and UCL with no coach, now this is ironic!

    What about Cesc, I cant help wondering about it, nothing about it, I still think Ozil doesnt deserve a card, but it is me! I am not the referee.

  9. Cherrycake permalink
    August 23, 2011 23:37

    Go Nuri! Good luck to you!

  10. Lola permalink
    August 24, 2011 00:43

    Did you all see this?

    It’s Dani Alves quite aggressively grabbing Marcelo’s mouth. That’s a yellow card imo.

    I love Mou’s pose! I think it’s almost as boss as Xabi’s.

  11. August 24, 2011 01:16

    “They also upheld the cards given in the first leg to Xabi Alonso and Dani Alves for dangerous play; Coentrão for giving the referee his point of view; and Sami Khedira and Alexis for breaking the rules of play.”

    What exactly does “breaking the rules of play” mean? I thought what Sami did was “dangerous play” too. It was a foul, wasn’t it? Sorry for being too stupid to get the difference lol.

    Great blog as always tho. I always enjoy reading!

  12. jon permalink
    August 24, 2011 01:59

    Oh how nice of them not to do anything for little sweet Messi for his hand gestures and pushing Coentrao and the altercation he had with MArcelo.. Double standards as always.

  13. Alyssa permalink
    August 24, 2011 03:27

    Favorite thing in this post: Kaká + Sergio piggyback! I love those two so much! This is great! It’s hard to look at Marcelo and not smile. He really is just our very own ray of sunshine! I wish we saw Álvaro with Alba more often! And btw, he looks gorgeous in the gif on the left!

    Let me preface this by saying that I really really like Adan, I really do. And he’s actually pretty handsome. So I mean this in the best possible way. But is it just me or does he remind anyone else of Frankenstein sometimes?

    I didn’t expect much different from RFEF. Sigh.

  14. Iram permalink
    August 24, 2011 04:55

    which of the parents have curly hair? Alvaro or his wife? (the kid has super cute curls- and she’s darling)

  15. Arinne permalink
    August 24, 2011 08:47

    Just wondering, when will you be done with the snide side comments on Kaka?

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