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third day of training

July 19, 2012
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Well, not much happened on the third day of the pre-season (hence the very uninspired title of this post, which I do apologize for), so here’s a picture of Raúl Albiol enjoying himself in Menorca to keep you awake for the rest of this post.

The boys got to take a break from the Madrid heat, with only one training session on Wednesday.  Still, it was pretty hot when the afternoon session began at 17:30h.  All of the available first team members (minus Ricardo Carvalho, who once again had permission not to train) were joined by the 13 canteranos who had practiced with them during the two previous days, plus a new edition. Fabinho, an 18-year-old Brazilian rightback, has joined Castilla to make up for the departure of Dani Carvajal.  He comes to us from Rio Ave.

According to Marca, Karim Benzema will report for duty on July 23, the two Germans on July 24, the three Portuguese on July 25 and the five Spaniards on July 28.  Apparently, Cris wants to play in the Eusébio Cup, as Eusébio is one of his idols (if you think back, Eusébio was present as Cris’ presentation three years ago).  And wouldn’t it be nice if Sergio could stay on vacation just a bit longer, so that we can get more pictures like this one?  Random observation: I notice that his friend is wearing a Redskins cap, one that Sergio was just wearing a few days ago.

Other pre-season news:  Oviedo has confirmed the friendly against Madrid on July 24 at the Carlos Tartiere, which will be Madrid’s first game of the season.  However, the kick-off time has not been confirmed yet.  Oviedo (the club) is negotiating with the workers of the control tower at the airport to go off duty later, so that Madrid will be able to return to the capital immediately after playing in the game.  If they are able to come to an agreement, the game will be played at 20h.  If not, the game will be at 19h.

Castilla’s pre-season started on Wednesday as well.  The 11 available players did medical tests in the morning, and then trained in the afternoon.  The only new face was Quini, although according to AS, Madrid is working on signing additional players for Castilla to reinforce the squad.  The names mentioned were Borja García (Córdoba) and Lucas Pérez (Karpaty).  Jesé and Derik will join Castilla on July 25, and some of the players currently training with the first team will return to Castilla once the first team – with some of the canteranos – heads to the U.S. for the American leg of its pre-season.

How come Madrid didn’t give us shirtless photos from the first team’s physicals?  Not fair!  I demand equality!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. lover_iker permalink
    July 19, 2012 12:32

    hi dear Una?i have a question about iker’s book?don’t you have decision to put part 8??was Unai’s memories the end?
    and an interesting thing i found a video from iker when he was 18 years old(he is so sweetly and cute as always)it is very fantastic video i put it’s link till you see and if you want to translate it in english for others of my friend know spanish he translated it for me it was so so so fantastic and funny

    • unamadridista permalink*
      July 21, 2012 16:38

      How about I have no time to translate?

      The video’s great, and everyone looks so young – Iker, Jesús Vázquez, Lorena, El Juli…

      • lover_iker permalink
        July 21, 2012 19:43

        oooh i hope you find free time soon
        i don’t know other i konw only iker in this video

  2. Amy permalink
    July 19, 2012 20:32

    Can we just post Sergio Ramos photos for the whole day it puts a big smile on my face 🙂 My boyfriend still doesn’t understand why I have a little crush on him haha

  3. inHighbury permalink
    July 20, 2012 09:33

    What’s so special about the Redskins cap?

  4. July 20, 2012 16:30

    your blog is fantastic! 🙂

  5. mel permalink
    July 22, 2012 21:24

    Did Albiol have his ribcage cracked open at some piont? It looks like nasty scars on his chest!

    • unamadridista permalink*
      July 24, 2012 12:30

      It’s from the car accident which resulted in Raúl having his spleen removed.

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