Thursday bits & pieces
Iker posted this picture on his Facebook earlier today, writing, “five eyes see better than two…” And then Real Madrid’s FB page re-posted the picture with the question, “who is behind Aitor and Iker?” Out of all the stupid questions to ask… After all, professional Real Madrid lovers like us (lovers sound much better than stalkers, no?) can recognize everyone in the photo instantly! And since Iker wrote “five eyes,” do you think that Esteban was covering his left eye in his patented El Pirata gesture?
Madrid continued preparing for Saturday’s game against Sevilla (it seems to me that they’ve played Sevilla around this time of year every year for the past six or so years) on Thursday, with a training session at Valdebebas. Twenty one footballers from the first team and five canteranos (Jesús and Jorge Casado from Castilla and Bruno, Fran Sol and Rubén Sobrino from RMC) participated in the session. Ricardo Carvalho continued recovering from his injury, while Ángel di María had permission from the club to miss this session as his father-in-law had passed away (condolences to Ángel and Jorgelina).
Sergio and El Chori were looking adorable, and while I love Álvaro Arbeloa, that thing on his head is doing nothing for him!
And since we missed it in the last game, here is a mini The Xabi Alonso pose section.™
Speaking of Xabi, he changed his twitter profile pic to this one of Dexter! Actually, that looks more like Mikel than Xabi, no? I think it’s the hair. That reminds me, I haven’t watched this week’s episode of Dexter yet; I’ve been really liking this season! Anyway, Alvarito had to chime in with “Xabi Alonso turned out really well in his new profile picture!!!! Jajajajaja!!!! CRACK!” I love them.
More Xabi news: Xabi Alonso headed to the “40 Café” on Wednesday to present pop group La Oreja de Van Gogh (like him, from Donostia, and Real Sociedad fans) with a commemorative plaque honoring them for having sold six million records in their 15 years of existence. Xabi appeared on the stage to cries of “¡guapo!” and he spoke about his memories of a concert LOVG had given at Anoeta.
Meanwhile, the group’s guitarist, Pablo Benegas, said of Xabi, “we admire Xabi Alonso very much, and when our record company told us that they were going to give us this award, we proposed that he be the one to present it to us, because we have many things in common and we share many values. In addition to everything he’s given us as a footballer, he’s also a great example of how to handle success, which is very complicated. He does it very well.” Pablo also recalled that “Xabi came on stage with us when we celebrated La Real’s second place finish in the Liga” though there was no chance that Xabi would once again sing on Wednesday, unfortunately. Y un día verás que este loco de poco se olvida… By the way, both Xabi and La Oreja de Van Gogh are past Tambor de Oro recipients.
Meanwhile, Kaká once again participated in the “at Christmas, no child without a toy” campaign organized by the government of Madrid and the Realmadrid Foundation, just like he had done last year and the year before. He helped to hand out gifts to a fraction of the 4,500 children the program benefits. Ricky spoke about the importance of “the greatest club in history also being the most charitable one,” and said that he likes to participate in causes such as this one because “it’s marvelous to make children happy.”
Karim Benzema was recently chosen by France Football as their French footballer of the year. In an interview with the media outlet, he said that José Mourinho had helped him to draw out the “fury” he had inside to make himself into a better footballer. Karim said, “I had this fury inside of me before, but it only came out in spurts. Now, I really have it. I give it my all on the field.” He revealed that he had a one-on-one chat with Mourinho at the beginning of 2011 after Mou had criticized Karim for not being hungry enough to score. He explains, “I wasn’t used to speaking like that with coaches. I wanted to discuss things with him. I wanted to know what he expected of me.” This makes sense, but what doesn’t is why Mou is wearing that expression in the photo with Benz and his award.
In Castilla news, Omar tweeted this photo of him and his two Canarian teammates with Castilla – Jesé and Mandi – as well as their friend Jali eating at El Tulipán. It looks delicious! Did you know that Jesé chose to wear the number “28” because 2+8 = 10 and 10 is his favorite number? By the way, Omar and Jesé are roommates.
And have a look at this video here of the locker room at El Toralín after Real Madrid vacated it. We can see a pair of socks, lots of medicinal gel and pizza, as well as the tactics José Mourinho designed for this game, which just shows how meticulous he is.