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July 31, 2012

The two training sessions that took place on Monday were the least interesting events of the day (although they did allow us to get glimpses of our beautiful, and for the most part very tan, footballers.  The team once again trained during both the morning and afternoon.

Ángel di María and Rafa Varane spent the morning session working apart from their teammates, with Carlos Lalín.  Ángel was able to join his teammates for the afternoon session, while Rafa continued working with Carlos.

The team also received several visits.  For the third straight year, Jorge Campos – the Mexican former goalkeeper – watched Madrid train at UCLA, and he told Real Madrid’s press people that “Casillas is the best goalkeeper in the world.  His reflexes and the reaction he has make him unique.  He’s a leader both on and off the field and he always appears in the most important moment of the game… he’s a humble and excellent person, in spite of everything he has won.  Young goalkeepers can learn a lot from him.”  I’d love to see Iker in some of the outfits that Jorge has sported over the years!

After the conclusion of the first training session, two Arizona Diamondbacks players visited the team, and helped the boys set up an impromptu baseball game, with the likes of Kaká, Pipita, Callejón, Xabi Alonso trying out their luck as pitchers and batters.  Gerard Parra said he was happy to have the opportunity to watch the best team in the world train, while Miguel Montero said he loves Spanish football and Real Madrid.  The two of them were playing in Los Angeles (the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 7-2 later that day) and so they decided to check out the training session.

Love their batting faces!

Parra and Montero left the game impressed with Xabi Alonso’s baseball skills: “we were speaking with him and he told us that he has watched baseball games and liked them.  He also said he’s practiced the sport with pitching machines and that’s why he’s so good with a bat.”

There was also time on Monday for the coaching seminar “Tactical Thinking with José Mourinho,” organized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as part of a three-day tactical course for future coaches.  Mou and his coaching staff – Rui, Aitor, Silvino, José Morais, Luis Campos, Santi Lozano and Carlos Lalín – all spoke during the seminar, which lasted for two hours.

Other activities during the course included watching Madrid train twice, and all the participants – Jorge Campos was one of them – received a copy of the pro version of the Mourinho Tactical Board software.

And here’s an update on six-year-old Zión Torres, who invited Iker Casillas to his birthday party last year while the team was in Los Angeles.  Iker had to decline, but posed for a photo with the kid.  This year, Zión wanted to get “el mejor goalie del mundo” to sign a blown up copy of the photo.  Did he succeed?  I love Zión’s glasses and his dad’s Manu Ginóbili jersey!

Today’s Pipita quote, courtesy of Álvaro Arbeloa: “tenes menos onda que pelo de japonés!” [sic].  It’s a bit hard to explain, since there is a pun involved.  “Tener onda” means to be cool, and “onda” also means wave.  Translated literally, it means “you have less wave than the hair of a Japanese person.”  In the context of the expression, however, it means something akin to “you’re so uncool.”  Does the explanation make sense?  I’m reading it over and I’m not sure it does… and it was all so clear in my head.  Álvaro also posted this photo of him and Jesé!

And the club also announced that Zinedine Zidane will start working with the cantera as he seeks to become more immersed in coaching.  In addition, this year he will complete the technical director course he is taking, so soon he’ll become a jack of all trades for Real Madrid!  I wonder if he’ll end up coaching any of his sons?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. MissLadya permalink
    July 31, 2012 14:09

    Benz, how dare you steal Özil right from under Sami’s nose?? The whole team’s together again for less than a day and already the bromances are running rampant! XD

    I was puzzled as to what Zidane’s role was at the club. What exactly is a “technical director”? Am glad he’s taking on more duties, though. I read not too long ago (could have just been a rumour) that Mou was not happy with what he felt was Zidane’s lack of commitment to the club. Am still new to Real Madrid, but I do love me those gorgeous shots of Zidane looking gorgeous as he … does whatever it is he does there. As long as he turns up and gets snapped looking proper elegant I’m happy.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      July 31, 2012 15:06

      Last season, he was the link between the first team and the club, and when he started the position, he even admitted he didn’t know what the job entailed, and I’m not sure if he does even now.

      • MissLadya permalink
        July 31, 2012 15:19

        I figured his role was kinda like Beckham’s during the 2010 World Cup, in that no one quite knew why he was there in the first place, and he didn’t appear to be contributing much to the team, but it was just nice having him around just for old time sakes. Maybe “technical director” is just fancy talk for “poster boy”? 🙂

  2. AJ Nelson permalink
    July 31, 2012 17:12

    I know we had the Euros this summer and I shouldn’t be greedy, but looking at this made me realize how much I had missed all the Madrid boys together! Can’t wait to see them in Philly in 2 weeks!!!

  3. Amy permalink
    July 31, 2012 23:07

    let’s be honest, una – is there anything xabi alonso ISN’T impressive at?

    • unamadridista permalink*
      August 1, 2012 16:13

      You’re right, there’s nothing.

  4. @ulonghaz permalink
    August 1, 2012 03:31

    Una, where did you get Calleti’s pic? Did I miss something?

  5. August 1, 2012 04:31

    of COURSE xabi is talented at baseball. of course he is. seriously, is there anything this man cannot do?! 🙂

    what a sweet thing for iker to do — he made that little guy’s day/week/month/year/life! bless!

    and thank you for explaining/translating the pipa quotes. i was wondering! :p

  6. August 1, 2012 08:36

    I don’t know why anyone is shocked that Xabi Alonso is good at baseball. He has a Midas touch.

  7. August 1, 2012 12:01

    love the story about Zión Torres and that Iker took the time to sign his photo. well, what else can you expect from a great man? thanks for this update Una…

  8. max permalink
    August 1, 2012 15:26

    To further explain Pipita’s quote, “tener ondas” can also mean “to be wavy.” So I think “onda” here, refers to waves in a person’s hair. Japanese hair is typically straight, and in this context “has no waves.”

    So Pipita is saying that Alvaro has less waves (This is where the pun comes in!) than a person who has no waves in his hair at all.

    It’s a bit of a roundabout way of saying he’s uncool, remotely similar to how we use “You’re about as interesting as a rock.”

    Did that make any sense? Now I know what you mean when you said it was all clear in your head but just doesn’t translate well in writing.

    Well, that’s my take on it. My Spanish is a bit rusty though.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      August 1, 2012 16:14

      Yes, that was what I was trying to say; apparently I wasn’t successful.

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