Tuesday Training, A Glimpse Into The Future & FloPeezy Presser

21 May

Entrenamiento_del_Real_Madrid (9)Mmmm, looking good there Calleti! The team had their second training today as we chug towards the end of the season.

Essien and Luka sitting in a tree...

Mikey and Luka sitting in a tree…

Kinda figures that Kaka has a bromance with Jesus. Just sayin'

Holy Bromancing!  Maybe we all misinterpreted the “I Belong To Jesus” shirt?

Makes me sad to see Marcelo walking by his lonesome.

Makes me sad to see Marcelo walking by his lonesome.

Essien steps up his bromancing!

Essien steps up his  bid for the 2014 Whore With More Tishie


One big take away from the training? Albiol has shaved off his sex beard. A moment of silence, please… ::bows head:: Okay, let’s continue.

Former Real Madrid striker (1992-1996) stopped by for a visit today and he was sporting a VERY familiar style.

Take a good look, because this is the Ramos in 20 years.

Take a good look, people,  because this is the Ramos in 20 years.

Plaid shirt? Check. Distressed jeans? Check. Blazer? Check. Man bag? Check. Aviators? Dish cloth scarf? Thumbs up? Check. Check. Check.  Behold, Sergio Ramos circa 2033. Unless we’re wearing space suits or something by then. He’s got an almost weird hybrid Sese/Iker fashion thing going on.

FROM REALMADRID.COM

Ivan Zamorano: “Real Madrid is constantly on a quest to always be champions”

“It’s very special when I return to an institution that I love so much, where I spent four wonderful years, and a stadium that gave me some incredible memories”, said the former Real player

Ivan Zamorano is in Spain and took advantage of his time in the country to visit Madrid and the Santiago Bernabeu for a trip down memory lane. The former Real Madrid forward from 1992 to 1996 spoke with Florentino Perez and talked about the club: “You always have to be optimistic and think that things are going to change one way or another. The team didn’t win much this year but in the end Real Madrid has to constantly strive to be a leader. It’s good when changes are made for the better, to think that things are going to change and that Real Madrid is going to continue on that constant quest to always be champions”.

Zamorano (3)The Chilean expressed how happy he was to visit a club he holds close to his heart: “It’s very special when I return to an institution that I love so much, where I spent four wonderful years, and a stadium that gave me some incredible memories. Every time I look at that goal where I had the chance to score a goal that meant the championship, where I was champion, pichichi, and where the love of the fans is intact and it seems like I never left, makes me feel happy to come back to Madrid”.

ZamoranoZamorano played 173 matches with the Whites and netted a total of 100 times: “I think that players pass through and it’s the people that stay. It’s all very tied in with what you’ve learned over your career, and it makes me happy that people continue to remember what I did in this club and value what I gave to this institution. For me, Real Madrid is something really special and it’ll be with me until I die”.

Zamorano (2)The former striker shared a dressing room with huge names in club history with which he still maintains friendships: “I had a lot of friends here. Butragueño, Amavisca, Raul…You get to know a lot of people and you always make friends that leave their doors open, which is something fundamental in football. I speak the most with Emilio Butragueño. He travels the most and he had to go to Chile to visit the university that’s opening there and we got together. I’ve kept significant relationships in Madrid and that’s really nice because when I visit I always find the doors open”.

Zamorano (1)To conclude, Zamorano spoke with Florentino Perez on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu: “I had the chance to talk with Florentino Perez about a little of everything, about football and his tie with the Chilean people. It’s wonderful that he has such love for our country. I told him that I would love to form part of this institution. I believe that there’s an enormous feeling and I’m more than willing to come back and do my part so that this team can continue to be the greatest in the world”.

So speaking of the ‘Peez, here’s the excerpts from his presser yesterday.

Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (2)FROM REALMADRID.COM

Florentino Perez: “We reached an agreement with Jose Mourinho to end our relationship at the end of this season”
by Alberto Navarro

“I’ve announced that I’m calling elections for President and the Board; according to the mandatory deadlines elections should be held this 16 June”, said Real Madrid’s president

Florentino Perez gave a much-anticipated press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu’s president’s box once the club’s board of directors meeting concluded. The president opened his statement by announcing two decisions: “The first is that, after speaking with our manager Jose Mourinho, we’ve agreed to end our contractual relationship at the end of this season. The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end. On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work over the last three years. With Mourinho, we made a big leap competitively and sporting-wise. We wish him all the best. The second decision is that, once heard by the board, and in accordance with Article 38b of the Bylaws, as Real Madrid’s president I announced that I’m calling for the established process to hold elections for the President and the Board, elections that, according to mandatory deadlines, should be held this 16 June. I’ve made the decision to stand in these elections and I’ll present my candidacy in the coming days”.

Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (1)When asked about the reasons for “dismissing” Jose Mourinho, Perez replied: “The question has nothing to do with reality. It was a mutual decision, no one has been dismissed”. Regarding the conversation with the Portuguese boss, Perez said: “When you’re here it’s never nice when you have to leave, but after three years we agreed that the timing was right to end this relationship and we want to thank him for his hard work. We had a frank conversation and we talked about issues that could be solved. He’s the longest-serving manager in the 1st Division. Personally, Mourinho thinks that it’s better to leave the club and I think it’s the right decision to embark on a new project”.

Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (4) Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (3)Asked about what were the highs and lows about Mourinho’s time as Real’s manager, Florentino Perez replied: “They way we see it, the balance of Mourinho’s time here is that we have made a very important qualitative leap both competitively and sporting-wise. We are back where this club should be; prior to his arrival we were knocked out in the Champions League round of 16 and were not even seeded. The balance is positive. A year ago we were all delighted with the squad’s season and “La Liga of records”. This year, making it to the Champions semi-finals, a Cup final and second in La Liga, would maybe be enough for mere mortals but not for a club like this. We’re demanding and proud to be so. Our culture is to win. The balance is positive, but we don’t consider this season enough because the club and Mourinho have such a high level of expectations”.

Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (6) Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (5)Florentino Perez was clear on whether Mourinho’s exit would force the club to pay compensation: “There’s no compensation. Mourinho said that in a press conference and I’m repeating it. I would have liked him to continue because I believe in stability, but the level of pressure has increased in such a way that people reach their limit”. About if the mutual decisions is made for the good of the club, the president said: “Every coach has his personality, but his level of expectation and competitiveness is unhesitating. He’s made mistakes and he’s apologized, but the level of pressure that he lives with isn’t normal. We’re used to the pressure, but there are also times that have surpassed the limits of what’s normal. This is a club that is used to living with pressure and when I arrived in 2000 I struggled to get used to it because many people want to exert their influence. This is something that happens sometimes with this pressure and Mourinho told me that in England a match lasts for two hours before the game and two hours after, and here you live it seven days a week and 24 hours a day. People aren’t used to that and can only handle it through experience. On the other hand, that’s what makes this club great, because you can’t rest, not even for a day. But there’s pressure that goes beyond what’s reasonable, with insults and defamatory comments; everyone has a family and children”.

Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (8) Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (7)Regarding the relationship between Mourinho and his players, Perez was clear: “We always respect the technical decisions the manager makes. These things have happened, happen and will continue to happen in Real Madrid. The most important thing is that we’re united as members. Economic and institutional stability will ensure that we hold on to our identity and today is a sad day because someone is leaving. This club will always remember him because he gave us a competitive leap. We were unlucky in the three Champions semi-finals. We could have made it to the finals. He’s a very demanding coach with himself and with others. He’s very competitive and that can wear someone out”. When asked whether, as president, he over-protected the manager or players, Perez replied: “I’ve stayed away from issues dealing with the players in this new phase and I haven’t disturbed the manager or the players”.

Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (10) Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (9)Regarding whether Mourinho’s failure is also Florentino Perez’s failure, the president said: “If you tell someone else that it’s been a failure with the level of success that we have it doesn’t match reality and it would be unfair. In our culture it’s not enough, but the important thing is that we’re back to where we should be. Our club is more united than ever. When I became president four years ago the club was going through a turbulent time, something we have to remember so that it doesn’t happen again. The members are now more united than ever”. When asked why Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t collect the runner-up Cup medals, Florentino Perez replied: “I imagine they didn’t go because they were sanctioned”.

Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (12) Comparecencia_de_Florentino_Pýrez (11)In terms of the profile that the new first team manager should have, the club president commented: “We have no pre-contract signed with any managerial candidate. It’s something we’ll have to look into in the coming days. This is a club that’s open to the world and we don’t place limits on anything. We want whoever it is to be someone who will help us to continue to improve because we now have a solid economic and institutional stability and a sporting level that we must never lose”. About the possible arrival of Ancelotti, Perez said: “We have the utmost respect for PSG. A few days ago the general manager went to talk with the PSG president to discuss the possibility of signing Ancelotti because we thought his contract was coming to an end. But since it’s not an issue that we’re going to solve tomorrow, we’ll think about a manager later. There are several options”.

Comparecencia_de_Florentino_PýrezIn terms of the possible role Zidane will play in his candidacy, Florentino Perez said: “It’s not a topic to talk about today. There will be an open electoral process in the coming days and that will be the time to talk about what we plan to do. Zidane is a player that all Madrid fans and members carry in their hearts because of the way he played and for his values. He’s on track to be a manager and we haven’t spoken to him again. He’s one of the club’s assets”. To conclude, Perez commented on possible opponents in the election: “Except in the last few there have always been candidates and it’s healthy if there are”.

So there you have it from the ‘Peez himself. Since that’s all just making me sad, I thought we’d end on an adorable note. Here’s some more of the wee Torres kids being perfect this past weekend. (Gifs from kellylu1017 via GFSports)

Little Leo tries 3 times unsuccessfully to kick the ball and falls flat on his teeny tiny bum. Adorable, but my fave part is Nora sneakily kicking the mascot in the first one!


And here’s another glimpse into the future: Leo Torres vs. Damian Cech! I seriously think that I dropped an ovary and I don’t even want kids.


Oh my god, I’m just dying here. They could not be cuter. All three of the little woobinses are in love with a football. It’s wonderful to see.

On that note, I must run. Meeting watishistas Mandi, mygypsyspirit and S for dinner before they head off on their European adventure!

– Lozil

21 Responses to “Tuesday Training, A Glimpse Into The Future & FloPeezy Presser”

  1. Katie Ann May 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Omg, those gifs! They’re precious!

    Also- “Maybe we all misinterpreted the “I Belong To Jesus” shirt?” – bwahahahahahaha. You are fantastic for writing that.

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      It had to be said! 😉

      • jellyace May 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

        You had me snickering! Purrrrfection!

        Are you back from your vacay? That was quick!

        • headbandsandheartbreak May 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

          Yes, got back late Sunday night. It was only a few days. Can’t really afford to take off too much time because I’m so busy. But our office was closed so I jumped at the chance to get away while I could. I’ll take 4 days in Mexico over no days in Mexico!

          • jellyace May 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

            Good enough. Hope your arms are now balanced (tan-wise). 😉

  2. Theresa May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Ahhhhhhh. Those gifs!!! Makes me wish there were reaction shots of Torres and Cech watching their boys play. SO CUTE!

  3. Beta May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Does anybody can tell me who is this lovely, cute and awesome baby? https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZzDB70d9AUU

    • SR 4 May 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      He´s Ross Turnbull´s son . Ross is Chelsea´s second (?) choice goalkeeper.
      Aww I can´t get enough of little Leo falling on his bum. Him and his sister are too cute for words. And I just can´t get over Leo´s cankles.

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 22, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      Awwwww! That is just so adorable! The crowd is so great to him too.

  4. Mehreh May 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Baby Leo’s hair is more than I can handle. I love watching him play with the other baby blues players. Esp Nora kicking Stamford the lion. Little sassy patch.

  5. cy (@meridiansour) May 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Omg little Leo falling on his bum. At least he has a really nice cushion. And Damian catching the ball! Seriously the cutest thing ever.

    PS. Just wanted to let you know that the Chinese government has decided that citizens in China should not be watish-ing and so HB&HB is banned in China. D:. 1.4 billion people… They’re missing out. Good thing my sneaky laptop can get around that.

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 22, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      We’ve been banned in China?! WOW! Guess we’ve arrived now. 🙂 But I’m sad that 1.4 billion peeps can’t join in the mayhem. Hope your trip is going well!

      • jellyace May 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

        Cy, I didn’t know you were in China and watching matches as we tweeted. Hope you can keep sneakily access HB&HB.

        So is this banning a badge of honor? LOL!

  6. Casey May 22, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    I literally burst an ovary looking at Damian and Leo , that is a cuteness overload !!!!!

    I’m hoping the new coach can bring in more youth players . The “galacticos” policy has brought in some out of this world talent , but I feel like we need home grown talent , more .

    • jellyace May 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

      Those Leo, Damian, and Nora gifs are precious! They could have their own show!

  7. Allison May 22, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    You know summer is here when Cris has his shorts hiked up to his crotch. Haha

    • Mehreh May 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      and it’s too warm for a snood to cover his fro.

  8. Luz May 22, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Just want to share this nice article by Brooks Peck from Dirty Tackle regarding the insulting and disrecpectful comments from Barca’s Vice President on Míster.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/barcelona-vice-president-happy-scourge-spanish-football-jose-231826267.html

    • la-la May 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      I just missread that as ‘Barcelona’s vile president’…lol

  9. Dr. Heidi May 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    the comment about Sergio circa 2013 had me peeing…..frightening thought, but still worth a giggle!

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