First Training Of 2013, More Holiday Snaps & A Very Sad Ending

1 Jan

The first training session of 2013 took place today. 23 players took part including Real Madrid C’s  Molero, Suárez and Llorente. They’re getting ready for Sunday’s game against Real Sociedad.  Pepe and Sergio will miss the match because of yellow card accumulation. Cristiano is on his fourth.Entrenamiento (11)Entrenamiento (1)EntrenamientoEntrenamiento (2)Entrenamiento (10)Entrenamiento (3)Entrenamiento (12)Entrenamiento (4)Entrenamiento (9)Entrenamiento (5)Entrenamiento (6)Entrenamiento (7)Entrenamiento (8)Iker did a presser today speaking about the situation in the Liga, his position on the team and the atmosphere in the dressing room.


Casillas: “We must be confident and get back to winning ways against Real Sociedad”
by Alberto Navarro

Casillas (3)“Teams look at us now in a different light from last season, but we are the ones who have to earn respect. We will try to win and forget the past”, added Real Madrid’s captain about the game this Sunday

Casillas (7)Iker Casillas gave the first press conference of 2013 at the Real Madrid Football City. The Whites’ captain wished all Real Madrid fans the best for the new year and analysed this Sunday’s game against Real Sociedad: “It will be tough. They have been on a great run and they have also been preparing for this game for quite some time. Teams look at us now in a different light from last season, but we are the ones who have to earn respect. They are coming to the Bernabéu and they will not hide away. We will try to win and forget the past. We must be confident and get back to winning ways against Real Sociedad”.

CasillasReal Madrid’s goalkeeper ended with a message for their fans: “Let’s hope this break will do us the world of good. 2012 ended with a defeat at Málaga and a 16-point deficit from the top of the league. We can’t go on like this and this is not what we planned. We should not give in. We must continue, run more, train harder and ensure that we get the results on the field. Now, in 2013, we have to try and cut our league deficit and realise that, although our situation is difficult, it is not an impossible one. We must continue to fight game after game”.

Casillas (6)Casillas, who came through the Whites’ youth system, is aware that Real Madrid now face two consecutive games at home and is hopeful that the fans’ support will be decisive in getting the team back to winning ways: “We must get back to winning ways and that means winning on Sunday and turning the tables on our Cup deficit against Celta. That will give us the confidence to get results as we achieve our objectives.”

Casillas (2)Casillas, who stated that “he is feeling well and in good form”, praised the work of two of his team mates from the squad: Adán and the goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro. He said about the former, who is also a product of the Whites’ youth system: “The most important thing is that the 11 players chosen by the gaffer perform to the best of their ability. As a person, Adán is the best and when he has been called upon, he has not let Madrid down. Above Casillas is the entity and the club”. About the latter he stated: “I really have learnt so much from him. He instills certain things that other coaches have not instilled into me. The work with him has been very good, but I also remember Amieiro, Xabi Mancisidor…I learnt a lot from them every day”.

Casillas (1)When asked about the possibility that he has lost his hunger for trophies on the pitch, and if he will play from the start against Real Sociedad, the captain of Real Madrid was very explicit: “When that thrill leaves me, I won’t be sitting here anymore. As players, you must have a desire to make people happy and always want more. I agree with the gaffer and our objective is to have ambition and appetite. I have to fight and battle to try and recover my place in the team. That is my target and I am hopeful that the gaffer will pick me from the start this Sunday. I have to fight, battle away and try to improve”.

Casillas (5)In reference to whether there is any tension in the dressing room, Real Madrid’s goalkeeper spoke very clearly: “The word is not tension. Our league situation, when we have had certain defeats, is not what we wanted. We all want to win and when things don’t go well, we feel sad because we want to win for ourselves and for our fans. We want them to enjoy the way their team plays”.

Casillas (4)He lastly explained the comments of his team mate Pepe, in which he revealed the he sensed somewhat of a persecution towards the Portuguese players: “He was referring to when we go to away grounds. Their reception is always a bit over the top. We must call for calm in terms of football in general. People should support their teams but in a respectful way”.

Iker has also made a rather hilarious commercial for H&S shampoo. (Via MGEF)

A few more pictures from the holiday festivities… Karim found someone to take a picture of him so we get his New Year’s pose. He really needs to sort that hair out.734677_392065704218215_1528628535_nReal Madrid released yet another video. This time Kaka and Carvalho. I’m starting to feel like they’re going to release one a day until next Christmas.

Here’s a shot of Sergio, his mother, his cousin and singer Miguel Poveda last night via marytorres92.
tumblr_mfyxzq4rmP1s06ztto1_500Alvaro Morata posted a picture with Ruben de la Red (and Guti) from Partido x La Ilusion saying that Ruben gave him great advice.

A_jnbUXCMAE2PllLucas Piazon shared a picture from David Luiz’s New Year’s Eve party via Instagram. How much fun do you think that was?

luizs partyOver at Marcelo’s there was more celebrations of Caio’s 25th birthday. He got some leopard sneakers, they drank Irish coffees (I see your hand, Marcelo!) and he also commented that it’s his seventh anniversary with his lovely lady, Yasmin Carvalho. So sweet!
4cae679e543011e2aadd22000a1fbd6a_75499f5d4544b11e29bb822000a1f9abd_732On a very sad and upsetting note, another marriage has ended unhappily. Rafael & Sylvie van der Vaart are divorcing after 10 years of marriage. They claim to have been growing apart for some time but it all reached a head when Rafa slapped Sylvie at their New Year’s Eve party in front of the guests. He admitted it to the press and apologized, saying it was stupid and he shouldn’t have done it (ya think?!). To say I’m shocked is an understatement. This a couple that I thought was rock solid. Rafa was incredibly supportive during Sylvie’s breast cancer treatment and they renewed their wedding vows in June of 2011. The only people who really know what goes on in a relationship are the two in it. Right now my thoughts are with their 6 year old son Damian. Sylvie said that they still love each other but the marriage is definitely over. I just hope that they can get things sorted out quickly and amicably for the sake of their child.  ::shakes head:: What a mess.

– Lozil

12 Responses to “First Training Of 2013, More Holiday Snaps & A Very Sad Ending”

  1. Katie Ann January 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Oh, so many emotions from this post. Tackling it from the bad news up:

    Divorce sucks, but, man… You. Do. Not. Hit. Someone. The end. *puts soapbox away*

    I want Guti lurking in the background of every picture, I think.

    The shampoo commercial… BWAHAHAHAHA. That’s fabulous. My life is improved now.

    • headbandsandheartbreak January 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

      I’m with you on that one. If it’s gotten to that point, it’s better that they are apart.

      • jellyace January 2, 2013 at 8:08 am #

        I think it’s hilarious that they chose Iker (of all people) to do a hair/shampoo commercial since, he just air-dries it with the car window rolled down. But it has a funny concept!

        Too bad about Rafa and Sylvie. I thought they were solid.

  2. black widow January 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    i actually gasped when i read about rafa and sylvie … they’re close to the last people i would expect to be having problems, and he’s close to the last person i would expect to do something like that. no excuse for it. i hope they put their son’s feelings first and foremost during the proceedings. so sad.

    on the bright side … that ad! hee! as someone on tumblr said, the irony of having a man who is a bit … follicularly challenged … doing an advert for shampoo is rather delicious. 😉

    • CinematiqueChic January 2, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      I gasped too. I’d have been surprised to hear about them splitting anyway, but that he hit her… that is unbelievable. I’ve always loved Rafa for how loyal he was to Madrid even after they sold him, but hitting your spouse is just unforgivable.

  3. number1barcachick January 2, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    wow i was not expecting that :O you have no right to put your hand’s on someone, but however we dont know what was said or what has been happening to let him snap like that 😦 it’s really sad though

  4. Danielle January 2, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    I’m quite enjoying Benz’ new hairstyle. He seems to have good dress sense too.

    • Suse January 2, 2013 at 9:38 am #

      I agree; Benz’ hair is getting to look much better now, after a worrying few weeks.

      Re the slow dribbling out of official RM Christmas videos: the big day in Spain isn’t until 6th January, Kings’ Day, when they exchange presents; so perhaps they will keep coming until then. I’ve often thought, if you live in Spain and have lots of presents to buy [and money to buy them with] you could save some dosh by visiting the sales in London the week after 25th December!

      • headbandsandheartbreak January 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

        Oh I definitely know about January 6th, but every other year they’ve had all the videos and bloopers released by Christmas Day. Not sure what the issue is this year! (Good idea about the sales, btw!)

  5. Mehreh January 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    sese is looking shockingly tasteful for new years. i hope this doesn’t mean a death to all things LV and green in 2013. karim’s outfit is better too, but i won’t count on that lasting.

    ugh, i am so disappointed to hear there was abuse between rafa and sylvie. i echo katie ann in saying,”you just don’t hit people.” just, don’t. kickette mentioned it on twitter last night and i didn’t want to believe he could do that.

    luiz’ NYE party? i would have LOVED to attend that. all those sweet brazilian boys. goodness.

    speaking of luiz, wouldn’t he have been a better choice for the H&S commercial? el capi’s hair, well, is as much of a mess as his wardrobe.

  6. Hélène January 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    It’s quite unfortunate that violence had to play a role in an already deteriorating relationship.

    With respect to Real Madrid, I hope we have resolved the majority (if not all) of the issues that have plagued us in the past. Bless us and our defence in the upcoming weeks because Pepe will be out for a month after performing an arthroscopy on his right ankle. It’s been bothering him for a while.

    On a lighter note, LOL Iker! And will someone please shave that atrocity off of Karim’s head. As if his fashion sense wasn’t enough of a headache….

  7. GinaM January 4, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    OMG I never would have thought that they would split up let alone him hit her…

    I am shocked!

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