Getting Ready For Tomorrow

14 Jul

Llegada_de_Ancelotti_ (1)Hey all – I know I promised an update last night but after a fun time with watishista forzasusan at the New York Red Bulls game (4-0 over the Montreal Impact with Thierry Henry providing 1 goal and 2 assists), we heard the verdict in the George Zimmerman case on the way home and it just took the wind out of my sails.

I’m heartsick for Trayvon Martin’s family and disgusted that in Florida, a black woman got sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at her abuser while Zimmerman walked free after murdering an unarmed child. Something is not right, people.  I know that this case has spurred passionate debate from all corners but it just seems to me that what happened in these two cases goes against the intrinsic nature of justice. I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m a whole lot of emotions and I’m sure many of you are too, no matter where you stand on the issue. S0 many lives ruined.  There’s a petition asking for federal prosecution of George Zimmerman. It already crashed the NAACP site today because so many folks have signed so it’s been made available on as well. If you are so inclined, please head on over and add your signature. All we have at this moment are our voices, our outrage, our votes and (if you can spare it) money to donate to organizations focused on change and advocacy.

I had to get that off my chest, but I know you came here to read about football. So I’ll get back to that but here’s a caveat: I have no regrets about expressing my opinion on this. I’m sure its pretty obvious by now that I’m a hardcore tree hugging tofu eating NPR listening gay loving choice supporting bleeding heart liberal feminist so if that offends you, you might want to find another blog to read (or at least skip the posts I write).  Just sayin’…

And now, onward to the footy…

Llegada_de_Ancelotti_Our new coach Carlo Ancelotti arrived in Madrid shortly before midnight on Saturday. He was at the Cuidad Real Madrid bright and early today preparing for the team’s return with assistant coaches Paul Clement and Zinedine Zidane.

The team will start early tomorrow morning with their medicals and then the first training session will be at 17:30. Our first pre-season match is a week from today. Please note that the players arriving tomorrow will be those who did not participate in the Confederations Cup. The rest of the team reports back on July 22. I wonder if some will come back early to participate in the game at Bournemouth?

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited as hell to be able to see Zizou sitting on our bench every game. I mean, I wish he was still on the pitch for us, but since that’s not going to happen, I’m delighted to have this much at least. Here’s some fantastic photos from L’Equipe Magazine (N 1617 – 13 Juillet 2013). (Source: rg-90 via MGEF)

This English language article in AS  is an excerpt from the L’Equipe interview where Zizou talks about the move into coaching.

One thing I missed the other day in the Illara post was that he did a tour of the Cuidad Real Madrid facilities with FloPeezy. And who did they run into? None other than Illara’s new teammate, The Baby! I’m so delighted to see Varane back. I know he’s been working with a physical therapist and I hope his recovery has gone well. Can’t wait to see him back on the pitch again.

And where there are new signings, you can expect departures. So what’s up in the land of transfer rumors? Well, one big one that’s not going away is  that Napoli will also be signing Albiol.  BREAKING UP THE DOUBLE As? Oy.

One that may well divide Madridistas is that Kaka might be staying put. Ancelotti apparently called him and it was decided that his future would be depend on how well he did in training.

Pipita may stay as well. I’m feeling very conflicted about this. I think we need him but he wants to leave – doesn’t seem fair to keep him. However, if he goes,  it leaves us vulnerable in the striker position. Who are we going to buy? Please not Suarez (I repeat this multiple times a day).

There are also rumors about Pepe, Coentrao,  and Jesus heading off. Earlier speculation had Di Maria leaving as well, but I haven’t heard much about it since. Someone who is almost assuredly leaving is Adan (who deserves to be somewhere that he can get minutes)…


Kinda sad, but appropriate, that he’s pictured on a merry go round, isn’t it?

He was interviewed at his summer campus by AS in regards to his future with the club and had this to say. Our team is going to look so different in a month’s time. Part of me is glad, but I’m still in mourning.

There’ll will be a couple of big ol’ bits & bobs posts tonight, but first I’m taking a dinner break.

– Lozil

25 Responses to “Getting Ready For Tomorrow”

  1. number1barcachick July 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    sigh the verdict last night broke my heart man, but i leave all things to God,karma and time,people need to remember oj may have gotten off (if you thought he was guilty or not no difference) but he is now in prison. and also i cant wait for zizou and his fine ass on the bench 🙂

  2. CinematiqueChic July 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    I’ve been heartbroken since the verdict came in last night. I don’t even have words anymore. When tragedies and injustices happen it’s really hard for me to get back into the normal swing of things, and allow myself to appreciate the nice things in my life. To that end, I want to say thanks for all the hard work you put into this blog. It’s a real pleasure to be able to come on here, and know that this is a friendly space to chat about one of the things in life that brings me so much happiness.

    • number1barcachick July 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm #


      • Mehreh July 14, 2013 at 8:10 pm #


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          • jellyace July 15, 2013 at 11:10 am #

            I’ll drink a fifth to that!

    • Patricia July 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Thirded. And Lozil, thank you so much for the petition link. Still waiting for my signature to go through, because the site is so busy, which I take as a good thing.

  3. consuela July 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    While I appreciate your opinions regarding the Zimmerman case, I was surprised to read your post regarding your (Lozil)’s opinions. While I understand the complexity of the case and having watched it from start to end, I was a bit surprised by the verdict. But I don’t think it had anything to do with race… Our justice system (the blind woman with the scales) sometimes gets things wrong and sometimes right. But it’s our system. How many of you have sat on a jury that is a murder trial? I have. It isn’t easy.

    But I wish this blog would stay about futbol. There are plenty other sites to discuss your opinions of the case and the outcome.

    • headbandsandheartbreak July 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Yes, I have sat on a jury on a very extreme case and I agree it’s not easy.

      But I’m surprised that you think these two cases have *nothing* to do with race. It’s startling how amazingly wrong Florida got it in both cases.

      As for keeping this blog about football, anyone who has been following us all along knows that we often discuss other things: politics, religion, human rights, gay rights, womens issues, etc.

      And when it comes down to it, this is a blog that I write with Maisougio. Our opinions and views are going to be on here. If you don’t like what we post here, feel free to go find a pure football blog. There’s plenty of other places to discuss only football. This blog is not only about football, but in many ways, how we see the world. At times that can be fun and goofy and other times very serious.

      Along the same lines as the question you posed, have you ever written your own blog? If not, let me tell you, there’s no way in hell your personal opinions won’t come into it. That’s precisely why I put the caveat in the post. If you don’t like what we have to say, you’re welcome to find a place where you feel more comfortable, because I can assure you, our opinions are going to show up here.


      • JK July 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm #


        I do want to say that I appreciate the words you wrote and am happy to see that there are people out there who are just as heartbroken and upset about the verdict as I am. It can be comforting to come to a place where you already have a particular bond (love for Madrid) to see that they too care about other things that are also affecting your life as well. Sometimes you like to hear it from a comforting place, rather than suffer through on your own. This trial was one of those difficult things to see.

        Thanks for everything you do.


      • Nooria July 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

        And, I’m pretty sure I’m in the majority when I say that we the readers genuinely enjoy you two posting your views/opinions on this site. It shows that you’re only human, just like all of us, and you too are affected by what goes on in the world. After all, it could’ve been any one of us who lost a loved one in such a tragic case, and quite frankly, it shows that you have a heart, and in times of sorrow, we can mourn together.
        Hugs ❤

      • hopechaser July 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

        Brilliantly put! A blog is first and foremost the domain of the author(s). It is hard work and I admire how you both keep this one going. If I lived anywhere near you I’d buy you a drink and raise it with a resounding ‘cheers!’. 🙂

      • consuela July 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm #


        I wasn’t aware that one would get chastised expressing one’s opinions.

        I don’t understand Florida laws either, but it’s our system and we have to live with it. Or if you want, make the changes through changing the laws in Florida.

        I remember watching the OJ trial and felt as you do now. After only 4 hours deliberation, they came up with NG. I felt the jurors didn’t take their service seriously.

        I am able to watch these trials because I am disabled and am at home all the time.

        I hope in the future that if I don’t agree with you, that you won’t bite my head off. I really do like your blog and I couldn’t do one because I wouldn’t know how and no one would read it anyway.

        I look forward to other discussions.

        • headbandsandheartbreak July 15, 2013 at 12:35 am #

          Consuela –

          I’m going to say this straight up and I’ve said it here to others before. I was polite in my previous note, but I’m fast running out of patience. If you express an opinion, prepare to have to challenged. That’s the nature of debate. I didn’t ‘bite your head off’ (if you think that’s getting your head bit off here, clearly you’ve not been reading this blog long enough. If I bit your head off, trust me, I wouldn’t sign it “peace”), nor did I ‘chastise’ you for expressing your opinion. I simply explained to you why I would continue to express my opinion on my own blog. Do you not get how rude it is to tell someone *on their own blog* that you would prefer they not express their opinion and they should do it elsewhere? If this was a service that you paid for, I could see that sort of comment but I don’t get paid to do this blog. I do it as a *personal outlet* and share it with like minded people. I do it for love and I spend my increasingly rare spare time doing it when I could be off doing something like, oh, sleeping since I have to be up in 5 1/2 hours. If you don’t like what I have to say, there’s a whole huge internet world out there where you can find someone who will cater to what you’re into. But don’t come to my house and tell me how to run it, okay? This is PRECISELY why I added a caveat. I didn’t want to end up in one of these ridiculous discussions.

          You get easily riled up and that’s not going to make life here comfortable here for you. I noticed this last time I pushed back on something you said (the whole ridiculous “shorts/stilettos” issue) and provided evidence to the contrary, you got huffy mighty quickly. The first line in your most recent comment smacks of the same attitude. It’s off putting.

          As for changing the Florida laws, I suggested concrete action (voting, donating, signing petitions, making one’s voice heard ala the protests all over the country tonight). That’s something constructive we can do, a call to action. It seems like a lot of other folks commenting felt the same way as I did and wanted to express that.

          If you continue commenting here, that’s great but you’re going to need a thicker skin and learn to discuss, not throw a snit if you’re challenged. If you don’t like what we do here, I’m sorry, but it’s not going to change. Take it or leave it.

          I look forward to the end of this discussion.

    • JK July 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      “if that offends you, you might want to find another blog to read (or at least skip the posts I write)”

      I suggest you simply follow her advice.

  4. camimadridista July 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I truly love this blog. I love football, Real Madrid and sharing in the sisterhood of perversion that is headbands & heartbreak, but all these things take place within the context of a world that sometimes amazes me for good and for bad. I’m glad you capture this complexity.

  5. Elena July 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know that one of the reasons I prefer this blog is precisely because you’re a “hardcore tree hugging tofu eating NPR listening gay loving choice supporting bleeding heart liberal feminist”

  6. Kelsey July 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    The Zimmerman Case leaves me so conflicted. I do think that unfortunately race was a factor in the two cases, and that is sad and wrong. I am not very shocked that he wasn’t convicted for murder but was extremely shocked he did not get convicted for manslaughter. The reason I had a feeling he was not getting convicted was that no one other than those two men knew what happened that night. But bottom line the Stand Your Ground Law is shit and that man killed someone and he should have been punished. I am so sadded by this case and the total acquittal. Sorry that was long I won’t even try to talk to my friends about this, so thanks for giving me an outlet to do it!!!!

    • consuela July 15, 2013 at 12:02 am #

      To ease your mind, he will not have a normal life from here on out. He will be a pariah wherever he goes. And there will be civil lawsuits, but don’t know if he has any money left after paying these attorneys. They didn’t come cheap.

      So he could move to St. Louis or LA and with his name he’ll have a tough go of it.

      • jellyace July 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

        Taking someone else’s life, no matter the circumstances, is one such event that turns your life upside-down and changes it forever. There is never going to be a “normal” for someone who has killed another.

  7. Ola July 15, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    I just want to say that I (perhaps like majority of us here) like your blog especially because of all your personal opinions. In fact, many times you keep me updated not only about fun things but also more serious ones…for example,I wouldn’t have known about abortion issue in texas if it wasn’t for you. Thank you both for all the work you put in this awesome blog!

  8. Luz July 15, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    So I haven’t commented for a while on this blog because I needed a time-out from Real Madrid after ALL the drama last season and I’m still adjusting to the whole ‘new manager, new players’ etc.

    But I do want to comment on this post (a little late – but better late than never): I (like most people on this blog) agree with your sentiment and opinion for that matter on the whole ‘Zimmerman-case’ and when I heard the verdict I was speechless and shocked (and I still am) and I’m not even from the US but Europe. No justice system is perfect but this verdict was neither fair nor justice in any way. If I can get worked up over this case and not be from the US; I can’t even begin to imagine how many Americans must feel.

    I appreciate the work that you both put into this blog and your opinions as well. I didn’t know about the other Florida case and must admit that race seems to play a role in the judicial system, at least in Florida. And I didn’t know about abortion issue in Texas if it wasn’t for you.

    So I guess what I’m trying to tell you is this: Keep up the great work on this blog and I love to hear your opinions on other issues than football – the world and our lives do not only revolve around football, sadly… and it’s nice to have a place like this where you can write how you feel about football, RM and more important matters in a great and friendly community like your blog!

    So a big WOOT WOOT for HB & HB 🙂

  9. americanmadridista July 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Bravo to you for adding your opinion on the Zimmerman case! I am sure some will disagree, but you work hard to bring us incredible photos and updates daily on the players we love and if you need to speak your mind about other topics, you should do it! So thank you for all you do!!

  10. Danielle July 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I so agree with you about suarez. Im also praying they dont sign him. Always disliked the guy! They shouldnt let pipita go, gonna mis him loads if he leaves 😦

  11. la-la July 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Just to reiterate what everyone is saying, yours and Maisougio’s personal opinions and your willingness to share them are what I love about this blog, I came for the football (and lets be honest, lifestyle stuff) but stayed and posted because of the entirely relevent social commentary. Its relevant cos none of us live in a vacuum and I can’t think of a single instance where you’ve posted ‘non football’ issues/commentary that I haven’t found interesting. It’s great to know there are people out there who are prepared to voice their opinions and I also appreciate how much time and work it takes the both of you to keep this blog going. This place provides so much fun, entertainment and reasoned, frequently passioned debate, you frequently make my day! Thanks for your passion and committment x
    A fellow pinko tree hugging feminist gay lover x

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