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March 13, 2012

The team is almost set for tomorrow’s pivotal Champions League match against CSKA Moscow (one more training session to go today), and they want the fans to be prepared as well!

The team began preparing for Wedneday’s very important Champions League game on Sunday, just about 12 hours after they finished beating  Betis.  Twenty one first team players, plus Tomás Mejías, partook in the session, with the starters of that game doing recovery work while the rest of the players worked out at a higher intensity.  That’s the official story, but they seemed to spend most of their time jumping around.

On Sunday night, several of the players were seen heading to the El Trasgu restaurant in Torrelodones, which specially opened up that night (as it’s normally closed on Sunday nights) for Fábio Coentrão’s birthday celebration.  Cristiano, Marcelo and Pepe, accompanied by their families, were in attendance.  The Lamborghini appears to have been fixed, because Cris showed up driving it, with his family in another car (I guess since a baby seat doesn’t really go with that car).  Marcelo Sunshine drives a Mini.  That fits, no?  Pictures from Marca.

Other Sunday activities: Sergio spent some time with his horse Novillero, tweeting us these photos, while Iker enjoyed the beautiful Sunday to have lunch with friends and family.  It wouldn’t surprise me if Sergio bought some horses just to have the opportunity to dress like that.  He’s probably very jealous that Charlotte Casiraghi gets to be outfitted by Gucci when she competes, and is trying to find some way to get his hands on Gucci’s equestrian clothing.

The team returned to training on Monday.  The starters from Saturday’s game once again worked out at a lesser intensity, while the rest of the players were joined by Castilla’s Lucas and RMC’s Dani Suárez, Bruno and Edu as they trained.

Here are more photos from the “Play your part” starring Iker, Xabi, Marcelo, Pepe and Pipita.  I like that Gonzalo was able to use his Argentine Spanish!  Whoever produced this video has improved a lot from last year.

As for Castilla, those boys have been giving us even more things to smile about via twitter.  Our three U-19 European champions – Carva, Álex and MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín – headed to Lleida on Monday to attend the Spanish Sports Press Association’s Gala Nacional del Deporte and to pick up an award for winning that championship.  Their mode of transport was the AVE, and in the waiting area, they ran into moto racer Nico Terol (who was also honored at the gala), and Álex and Álvaro continued where they left off at the Premios Alma by getting a picture with Nico.

Then on the AVE, ABMM tweeted this photo, saying, “please, Álex is looking for someone to sit next to on the AVE…  jajajajja.”  Then he tweeted a photo of Dani sleeping (and topless), writing “Dani has fallen asleep on the train.”  He followed that up by clarifying (I guess because some people were horrified that Dani took his shirt off), “it was a joke with an old photo taken on Castilla’s bus!  That’s what the boredom on the AVE does to you…”  Dani got his revenge shortly after, tweeting a photo of Álvaro asleep (I love that he just has photos like that on his phone, I’d love to see what else is on there!).  They did get serious later on, as they donned suits for the gala.

At the gala, ABMM said, “we are very content with how the first team and coach treat us, with the advice they give us… we have the feeling that each time we are called up, we’ll be warmly welcomed, and the players from the first team try to transmit to us the values of the club.”

And reader Mouah points us towards these photos of Karim Benzema at the Les Enfoirés gala.  I’m hoping the all white suit was a costume rather than an outfit.  And Karim loves vests, doesn’t he?  Mouah also tells us that the blond is a singer named Jenifer (who’s really a brunette and wearing a wig) that Karim has been linked to.

You can also watch a backstage video here.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    March 13, 2012 11:30

    White suit … Karim!
    Hmmmm maybe cristano bought a new one? I found video funny better than last night ball holding video, but still I can’t believe Marcelo could hold his laughs with Pepe there lol…Pipita is soo hot!

  2. Marie permalink
    March 13, 2012 12:32

    Hahaha, omg I wouldn’t put it past Sergio to do that. He seems to have put way more thought into his riding outfit than anything else. And I just imagine poor Iker’s family getting bossily marshalled into a photo by him for his facebook.

  3. thediva permalink
    March 13, 2012 12:59

    I know it’s a big part of RM, but I don’t always like the promotional videos. They’re much more dramatic than they need to be. But they all look so cute! However, I saw Marcelo looking up and Xabi looking left, almost as if they weren’t sure where to look and they forgot what they were filming, or waiting for their cues. *lol*

    And that woman with Karim Benzema is wearing an ugly-ass wig, in my opinion.

  4. March 13, 2012 14:51

    Karim and his white suit. BWAHAHAHAHA! I love the boy, but his fashion sense and his self portraits are hilarious! :))

    Una, I disagree with you. Our photographers still suck. They should be all fired. I can’t believe that they get paid to work with our gorgeous boys and still come up with crappy results like this!

  5. Madridista permalink
    March 13, 2012 15:52

    Very nice reading once again. I love the fact that you write about Castilla, always funny reading bout’ them..

  6. Olivia permalink
    March 13, 2012 21:55

    Ugh, Karim. All white makes you look like Pitbull. Do not want.

  7. Kristen permalink
    March 14, 2012 01:35

    Karim is sexy!!

  8. Sara permalink
    March 14, 2012 04:03

    The Castilla boys are so adorablee!!! Sergio is killing me with his equestrian outfits!<3

  9. March 14, 2012 11:39

    After watching Marcelo & Pepe in the retakes for the Christmas video, I wonder how long it took the guys to get this video done? lol

    The Castilla guys are so funny with their tweets. I like the back & forth banter.

    Thanks Mouah for the Karim video/pix. I’ve heard he’s pretty shy so I wonder how nervous he was going out on stage like that? Maybe it gets easier the more he does it?

  10. Lish permalink
    March 14, 2012 14:23

    Hey UM, not sure if you’ve seen/posted about this video of Iker and Arbeloa having a race during training…I just came across it on Sergio’s official youtube channel. It’s quite hilarious! x)

  11. March 14, 2012 15:31

    Nice pick Benz! Brunette is the way to go.

  12. March 15, 2012 08:46

    ahhh! I love Higuain’s voice. That’s it, Pipita should just always talk to me instead of Raul. I would stop everything I’m doing just to hear him speak.

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