Friday Training, Iker’s Presentation, A Few Extra Bits & Bobs

14 Dec

Entrenamiento (9)Hey guys, I’m so heavy hearted over the tragedy in Newtown, CT today, I just don’t have it in me to be try to be flippant and silly about footy so I’m just going to post the training pix and Iker’s presentation and take the rest of the night off. My thoughts and prayers are with all the people affected.  I think it’s well past time that my country had a serious dialogue on gun control and how we approach mental health issues. It’s just so painful and unspeakable.

Entrenamiento (1)Entrenamiento (12)Entrenamiento (2)EntrenamientoEntrenamiento (3)Entrenamiento (11)Entrenamiento (4)Entrenamiento (10)Entrenamiento (5)Entrenamiento (8)Entrenamiento (6)Entrenamiento (7)Iker presented plans for the third annual ‘Partido x la ilusión’ at the Bernabeu today. In attendance to support him were Sergio, Pipita and Marcelo.

Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (1)FROM REAL MADRID.COM

Casillas: “The dream of filling the Palacio de los Deportes is ever closer”
by C. Trujillo

Florentino Pérez and the Real Madrid captain presented the third ‘Partido x la ilusión’ [Match for Hope], which will be held next Sunday, December 23

Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (9)The third consecutive Partido x la ilusión. Iker Casillas, Real Madrid captain, was this year once again the master of ceremonies for the presentation of this match, which will be held next Friday, December 23 in the Palacio de los Deportes of the Community of Madrid, and whose goal is to raise funds to create employment for young people at risk of being marginalized. The Realmadrid Foundation, the BBVA, the Tomillo Foundation and the Exit Foundation have come together in support of this goal. Accompanied by the president of the club, Florentino Pérez; Enrique Sánchez, vice president of the Realmadrid Foundation; and Ignacio Colomer, BBVA brand and image director, in the Santiago Bernabéu directors’ box, the white captain explained what organizing this game means to him: “Three years ago I dreamed of starting a charitable project that would continue over time in order to give back to society everything that I have been given these past few years.” Florentino Pérez stated, “This is a match for hope; hope for those who think that something more can always be done for those in need.”

Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (2)The Real Madrid president was the first to take the floor during the presentation of this Partido x la ilusión and he wanted to stress what charitable initiatives like these mean, especially at a time when things are not exactly easy: “Thank you all for being here at this very important event, which brings together sports and solidarity. Football, as we all know, has a tremendous capacity to generate emotions and hope. It has a very powerful strength that goes beyond the grandstands and the fields where the games are played. We are talking about an incredible potential that can become the energy for change in search of a fairer and less unequal world. That is why a commitment to solidarity is one of the values of our club. For Real Madrid, we are truly pleased that our stadium once again can host the presentation of this event in which solidarity is emphasized and with which we are going to extend a hand to those for whom things are hardest.”

Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (6)Florentino Pérez continued by thanking Casillas for an initiative that is already being held for the third time: “These are hard times and it fills us with pride, dear Iker, that once again you are raising the flag of solidarity, a value that forms part of our club’s identity. Iker, as we all know, is one of the great Real Madrid captains. He is a legend with Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, where he has achieved everything that any football player could ever dream of. But what is more, by implementing this initiative he demonstrates that in addition to his success in sports, he also knows how to act on the values of our institution. That is why Real Madrid, through the Foundation, stands by him. Because we also share with him this tiny dream targeted at improving the situation of many young people who are unemployed and who are at serious risk of being marginalized. That is why we are joining Iker and the BBVA and everyone who has collaborated on this magical match to show our thanks for trying to fill the Palacio de los Deportes on the 23rd.”

Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (7)The Real Madrid president concluded, “This is the match for hope; hope for those who think that something more can always be done for those in need. It will be a game full of good, charitable people both on the field and in the stands. This is one of those games in which we are playing to be better. And in line with the Real Madrid culture, this is a match that we love and have to win among all of us.”

Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (5)Casillas, driving force behind and organizer of the match, arrived together with the other three Real Madrid captains, Marcelo, Higuaín, and Ramos, and he expressed thanks for the support received in order to make this project a reality: “I am proud to present the third edition in the Santiago Bernabéu director’s box, which, incidentally, turns 65 years old today. Three years ago I dreamed of starting a charitable project that would continue over time in order to give back to society everything that I have been given these past few years; I hoped that at such a moving time as the Christmas season that we could all do our bit to help those who are most in need.”

Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (3)After the dream was born, the project took shape and Iker explained how it became possible: “I needed support from my president and my club, and they gave it to me. I also needed a large company, and for some years now BBVA has been committed in a truly impressive way. I needed help from my friends, players, and famous people to give up a day of vacation in order to move something like this forward. And I have to confess that I am awed by their response year after year. And lastly, I needed the fans. The dream of filling the Palacio every year is closer than ever and I believe that this year we are going to do it. 11,000 united for music, sports, and charity. And above all, 11,000 people united for a charitable cause. The funds raised will all go towards promoting employment for young people at risk of being marginalized. Last year we reached our goal.”


To conclude, Iker provided key information about the Partido x la ilusión: “The game is on the 23rd. At 6:00 p.m., musical performances and at 7:00, the game. It costs six euros which will be allocated for one single hope: that we can all come together at Christmas to help those who are most in need.” 

Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (8)Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (4)Presentaciýn_del_'Partido_x_la_ilusiýn' (10)Lastly, one of the main sponsors of the game, the BBVA, represented by Ignacio Moliner, the bank’s brand and image director, showed his active support for these types of proposals: “Iker represents humility, self-improvement, cooperation, and integrity, all values held by the bank. Helping young people at risk of marginalization is part of our identity and that is why we are here.”

A few other bits and bobs: Today is the 65th birthday of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. You can read more about it here. Here’s a video called Iker Casillas – El Santo | The Story So Far that I found.

And Real Madrid posted this rather clever little holiday spot likening the family holiday celebration to a game.

And that’s it for me tonight. Count your blessings tonight and give your loved ones an extra tight hug.

– Lozil

16 Responses to “Friday Training, Iker’s Presentation, A Few Extra Bits & Bobs”

  1. Allison December 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    I am a kindergarten teacher and it makes me physically sick to think that some one could come in and massacre all my babies. That’s what they are, babies. What the fuck.

    • headbandsandheartbreak December 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

      What the fuck, indeed. I’ve taught before and have elementary school teachers in my family, along with nieces and nephews in that 5-10 year old age group. It’s nauseating and terrifying.

    • Katie Ann December 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      I’m a teacher, too, and I feel the same way. It’s just… gutting, really. I can’t comprehend how this happened.

  2. Dr Heidi December 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    As horrific as this is, it is not the guns that are the problem, but the breakdown of the family and the total disregard for human life that is the root of the issue. our society has become callous and souless in a staggeringly short period of time, to the point where we have disintegrated in lunacy. How my heart breaks for those dear parents who must deal with this loss for the rest of their lives. I cannot imagine the depth of this pain, especially this time of year, when wonderful memories would have been made and shared…..Devastating loss for all……

    • Allison December 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

      Don’t even give me that “Guns don’t kill people” shit. I agree with you about society but when guns are so easy to get, guns do kill people.

      • JK December 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

        agreed. there is no reason for the country to sell these weapons to the public with the magnitude to do such harm.

        • Jenny December 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

          Well put. The constitution says “the right to bear arms” not “the right to carry an assault rifle”.

          I’m so angry. Canada scrapped the long-gun registry brought in after the Polytechnique massacre in ’89 (on my birthday, as it happens).

          ASSHOLES. How dare they? We don’t have the same gun problems, true. It takes 60 days to get a licence. But I support anything that makes it harder to get a gun.

    • headbandsandheartbreak December 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

      I think there is a number of issues: gun control, desensitization of society, how we deal with/access to mental health care, etc. It snowballs.

      • jellyace December 16, 2012 at 10:20 am #

        To me, it’s the guns and access to weapons meant for warfare and not personal protection. You can’t kill as many people as swiftly with a baseball bat (sarcasm here).

        My heart goes out to the families and the community. I hope they find some healing from this horrific tragedy. It’s a sad season.

  3. Ira December 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    My heart breaks for all those poor kids and their family and friends. It’s so damn horrific.

  4. Maripili December 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    I can’t imagine sending a child to school in the morning never to see them again alive. My heart goes out to those families and the other kids who will go back to school to those sad memories.

  5. CinematiqueChic December 15, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    It’s just unspeakably horrible that something as unimaginable is this is actually happening. And as much as it saddens me, I’m even angrier because just like after the Giffords shooting and this past summer’s movie theater shooting and the recent shopping mall shooting, as a country we’re still only dancing around issues of gun control and mental health, and I’ve lost my faith that any real steps will be taken to stop things like this from happening again. Everything in me hurts for those children and their families.

  6. Nooria December 15, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    My heart goes out to all those affected by this tragedy. I may not be from the US, but i can only imagine how it feels to go to collect your child, who’s just about to go on Christmas vacation, and to be faced with mass murder instead. Some serious gun laws needs to be implemented now.

    RIP to all those innocent little souls lost today….may they be the guardian angels of their families ❤

  7. em December 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    When I got home from work last night, I kissed my kids and told them I love them. I talked with them about it. Later on I told my older daughter that there are presents under Christmas trees that won’t be opened this year and she responded, rather astonished, that she had thought the very same thing when they talked earlier about the situation.
    I feel such immense sadness for those innocent lives, yet to be lived, stolen so soon from the ones who loved them the most. I can’t imagine the pain that community is going through.
    Gun laws don’t stop idiots with issues from getting guns. We have seen that. This is an individual who had issues and wanted attention, and boy did he get it. He needed help years ago and no one took the time to figure out what was going on. And now we are all reduced to tears over his skewed decision matrix. What are we going to do about this?

    • Jenny December 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

      The effect of gun laws can be measure in GB and Canada – more knife crime. GB has as many shootings a year as the US has in a day.

      Knives are not as deadly. Yesterday a Chinese man stabbed 22 children in a freak coincidence. All of them survived.

  8. PMom_GA December 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Confused on the date of the charity event. The 23rd is a Sunday, not a Friday.

    That said – – – “RANT ON”

    As for guns – ban assault weapons & super clips, period.

    Stop allowing gun companies to get away with bad production values – production that makes it so easy to turn a low volume weapon into one able to a mega-clip weapon

    As for who can own a gun? If you can’t wait 10 days for a full federal, state and local police review of your entire background, that’s too damned bad. And why the mother had at least 6 guns registered to her, I’ll never understand, especially since she KNEW her son had “issues”.

    Not 3 days before the attack, the mass murderer tried to buy his own personal assault rifle (from what I’ve heard/read – stopped reading, too depressing, as of Saturday’s last news conference – so if there is new info since mid-afternoon, I don’t know about it), but was stopped.

    I’ve had a long time friend lose her son in a non-mass murder situation, and the killer never should have been able to get near a weapon in the first place (felon and history of manic depression). That was 13 years ago – she’s never gotten over it and every time something like this happens near her residence, never mind a mass casualty like this, she winds up right back in hell. That 8 year old boy was my godson – and it hurts me still, but in no way as a parent feels the agonizing pain of their loss.

    “RANT OFF”…sorry, had to get it out of me.


    Now as for today’s match – WTF happened?!?!?!?! Barca ran rough-shod over Athletico after a slow start. Sounds like La Liga repeat opportunity is finito. Perspective means it’s not good in the grand scheme of footy life, but…. ^#)@()D$$<?

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