I’m really hoping that they translate this great Mou birthday video into English (if they do, I’ll replace it here). At the very least, if you don’t speak Spanish or Portuguese, you can enjoy the visuals. UPDATED: English version is now up here.
The team gave Mou a signed picture of last year’s Liga winning celebration. How sweet of them to immortalize the moment where he took his life in his hands when allowing Sergio Ramos to throw him into the air. (Just kidding, Sese!)
Here’s a bit more on Diego Lopez to get us acquainted with him as he takes his place with the team and some footage of him in action.
There’s also a report on his medical examinations at Hospital Sanitas – La Moraleja.
This evening, Diego had his first goalkeeping training with Silvino Louro and Luis Campos.
It’s a good thing he got started right away, because Mou called him up for tomorrow’s match. Here’s a list of all the players chosen.
Goalkeepers: Adán, Jesús and Diego López.
Defenders: Varane, Ramos, Coentrão, Carvalho, Marcelo, Arbeloa and Albiol.
Midfielders: Khedira, Özil, Alonso, Essien, Modric, Callejón and Di María.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Higuaín.
It’s so freaking weird not to see Iker Casillas on the list, isn’t it? ::sob:: But Diego has taken up the role of horrifying plaid shirt wearer that Iker has so ably filled for so long. It must be a goalkeeper thing.
“I don’t want to let this opportunity pass me by and I’m here with a tremendous longing to help the team, my team, to get what they are aiming for”, said the whites’ home-grown player in his first interview as Real Madrid’s new signing
Diego López returns to Real Madrid. Last-minute jitters and the smile on his face after signing his new contract with ‘the club I love’ suggest that this is one of the most exciting moments of his life. ‘To go back to the club I love, where I grew up and got trained is beautiful and something really special. I don’t want to let this opportunity pass me by and I’m here with a tremendous longing to help the team, my team, to get what they are aiming for’, revealed the whites’ home-grown player to Realmadrid.com and Realmadrid TV.
I am really excited and very happy. It’s all been so quick. I’ll have to get used to it. To go back to my club, the club I love, where I grew up and got trained is beautiful and something really special. I’m going to make the most of this opportunity I’ve been given and thank all those that have made this signing possible.
You’re back in Santiago Bernabéu. What are your memories of this stadium?
As a rival player the matches against Real Madrid were all memorable, especially here in the Bernabéu. I was here for a long time. I have shared so many experiences, almost all good ones, and personally and professionally it’s a great pleasure.
It’s all been very quick. How have the last 24 hours been for you?
I found out from the media that Real Madrid were looking for a goalkeeper and I was in the running. Yesterday my agent told me that he was in Seville with Del Nido, looking at the possibility of a happy ending. By the end of the day it was all confirmed and you can imagine the rest. Hours with no sleep, having to say goodbye to mates in Seville, travel up and be here. I don’t have any other words other than those of gratitude and excitement.
You have extensive experience with Spanish football and you’ve come to share it with the team.
At Real Madrid it took a lot out of me to get me to the top. It was a hard path to tread and I had to work a lot and put in a great deal of effort. Having already been in the first team I trusted the coaches and the president. I left last time because it was tough competing with Iker and I thought I’d have more possibilities elsewhere. I was at Villareal for five amazing years, except for the last one which wasn’t at all great, but I did manage to play in the Champions, loads of matches in Europe and go international. The last six months have possibly been the worst. I’m really longing to help the team, my club, to get what they’re aiming for.
The Champions is a really special league and more so playing for Real Madrid, as we’ve won it the most and we’re always in with a good chance. To take part and play against the European clubs with Villarreal gave me the experience I needed to take on the competition.
You’ve worked with Casillas and Adán. How would you describe them?
I can’t describe Iker because everyone knows his huge value. Adán has always stood out, even as a youngster, and I remember that even I started to train him up when he was 15 and I was helping out as a coach for the academy in my spare time. He’s really come on, he’s got great skill and it just goes to show the enormous amount of home-grown goalkeeping talent that the club has. There are three of us and between us we must defend the goal really well and help out the team.
And now for a few bits and bobs. Sergio posted a shot with the man of the hour, Diego. These are thumbs up pros, kids, don’t try this at home!
Let’s check in on a few other people: First up, David Luiz, who must be dreaming of the off season in Brazil because he posted a shot with his surfboard. However, back to reality, he posted another shot watching the Benfica match on TV.
Also in London, teammate Juan Mata was checking out season two of Homeland and also went to Electric Cinema (which is an awesome spot). What do you want to bet he was with Pirata? I totally can see those two hanging here. I am so sure they’ll be there seeing Jules and Jim if they don’t have a game that day (I’d be there too if I could!)
Watishista Pinpanpam tweeted me a picture of my beloved Meow (Remy Cabella) saying “he might have a duck face problem” He TOTALLY has a duckface problem. I think it’s a French ‘baller thing. But we should thank Remy for his devotion to keeping the duckface alive since Karim is letting us down. I expected a couple of sad duckfaces at least over the last few days. Karim, c’mon! Are you going to let the young Meow show you up?!
And on that duckfacey note, it’s time for me to get ready to go to sleep. Getting up at 5:30 AM on a Sunday to watch a soccer match wouldn’t be my first choice on how to spend my weekend, but HALA MADRID!