I woke up late, raced off to work without breakfast, promptly spilled a cup of coffee down the front of me upon arrival and when I finally logged on to my computer, still half asleep, I found this. Thank you, Real Madrid for making my morning infinitely better. El Pirata with light shining from his head like he’s the Patron Saint of Hipsters. I sure hope those are raindrops (not snowflakes) around him because that would add a certain Morrissey-esque drama to the whole affair. El Pirata: Why Does It Always Rain On Him? I’m going to go off and have a reverie about him that involves underground comics, guerilla art installations, experimental math rock bands and grungy lofts in warehouse districts. Bliss! But first…some news.
Those who were not called up for their international sides had a practice today at Valdebebas.
You see Arbeloa?! He’s doing just fine without you. Just fine, damn it! They look like they’re doing some sort of a commercial, don’t they? Running slo mo across the field… Wow, I must be tired today. We’re seeing a bit too much of my psyche, aren’t we? ;-)
A few other Real Madrid-related goodies…
Yesterday, we had the heartwarming story of Mesut meeting his little fan Javier. RealMadrid.com finally put up an English translation of the article which goes into more detail than I was able to provide.
The nine year old child was born without a tibia on his right leg and plays football with a prosthetic
by Edu Bueno / Translation by Michael J. O’Donnell
Javier Mejorada Chamon is a nine year old child who loves football. He plays for the Under-12 Gredos San Diego side despite being born without a tibia on his right leg. In order to play football, Javier uses a prosthetic that, with his incredible drive and will to better himself, allows him to be as good as other kids his age who play the sporot. A true Madridista, Javier had a chance to meet his idol, Mesut Ozil, last Friday during the team’s training at Valdebebas.
The meeting was very moving because Javier had been dreaming about if for a very long time. It was a surprise to him and he was rendered speechless upon seeing the Real Madrid player. Ozil had been interested in his story and gave him a signed Real Madrid shirt and another with Javier’s name printed on the back. The child embraced the German player and told him he wishes the team “wins La Liga and the Champions League.”
When Javier was only one year old doctors advised to dislocate the leg at knee height and his first prosthetic was installed when he was just 15 months old. Every time he steps onto a football pitch he he sets a great example for self-improvement and hard work, proving everything is possible if you set your mind to it. “I scored 19 goals last year and I’ve already netted five this season,” he said.
Update: Watishista jellyace found this video of Javier and Mesut’s meeting. It’s incredibly sweet. Thanks, jel!
Mesut was also featured on the site talking about how much he loves Real Madrid and he’ll also be getting an award today for German Footballer of 2011.
“I had to integrate, and learn the language and culture, but people here were marvelous in helping me”
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O’Donnell
Mesut Ozil is preparing for a friendly against France with the German national team. The Real Madrid number 10 feels “very happy to play for the best club in the world. I had to integrate, and learn the language and culture, but people here were marvelous in helping me.”
The match against France will be special for Mesut because before kick-off he will receive an award acknowledging him as the best German international of 2011. “I’m thrilled with this beautiful distinction,” he said, “I want to thank supporters for their confidence.”
Mesut showed up yet again in the section about international duty in this great picture with Sami from the Germany-Holland game.
The Real Madrid Foundation continues it’s good work, this time by hosting a clinic for 100 at risk youth in Togo.
I’m sure Manu would be really excited to see this. The Foundation truly is global, isn’t it?
And finally, this bit on Mou has been up for a couple of days, but I’m hella lazy (as per usual). I have a bunch of things that I need to get up (damn grad school) here including a little Nando spectacular. It will happen. Anyhow, Mou.
It has taken the Real Madrid manager 62 games to reach the number
by Margarita Perez, Antonio Martinez & Edu Bueno / Translation by Michael J. O’Donnell
The 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano on Sunday was Jose Mourinho’s 50th in La Liga. It has only taken him 62 games to reach the number, less than any other coach in the history of the competition. Mourinho has overtaken men like Guardiola, Miguel Muñoz, Villalonga, Van Gaal and Capello.
Jose Mourinho is truly having an impact on the Spanish league. In the summer he said his second season at a team is usually his best, and he is proving this to be true: in one year and seven months at the helm of the team, the manager has won the Copa del Rey title and is heading towards winning La Liga this season.
Mourinho has impressively only drawn and lost six games in the championship. Barcelona’s Guardiola lost as many games before earning his 50th win but drew 10. The rest of the coaches on the top 10 ranking lost more than ten encounters before their 50th victory.
And now I have to run off to a meeting. More updates later and good luck to all our internationals!