Training Bras, FutVolley, Keepy Uppy & Other Tales From Marrakech

18 Dec
Jese, excuse me, *Jey M* :ahem: shows off his training bra

Jese, excuse me, *Jey M* (ahem) shows off his training bra.

I’ve got a bit to catch up on. Getting home after 10 PM from work last night didn’t lend itself to posting. It did however feature ordering take out and falling asleep while eating said take out. It was one of those days.

On Wednesday, the team trained on side pitch 1 of the Grand Stade de Marrakech. The 10 starting field players did a recovery session back at the hotel.

And someone in the promo department is getting all artsy. They featured a behind the scenes video called “La danza de los porteros” (Dance of the goalkeepers)

We also got the Mister teaching us keepy-uppy. Here’s the video with the English subtitles.

And as anyone with an internet connection (or a TV) knows, Sergio Ramos gives good head. So, of course, the mothership made a video about it. I’ll always love his big thick noggin after 92:48. Just sayin’

And as if Gareth wasn’t having enough nightmares about competition for Cris, the mothership is also touting CrispyKarim as the perfect pairing with a compilation video. Does no one care about Gareth’s man pain?!

Satellite (11)The team trained again today at the Grand Stade de Marrakech facilities. Sergio didn’t come out on the pitch, but everyone else got to work. (Video)

Satellite (7)

Glory hallelujah! The Sex Beard is a making a comeback!

Gareth, Toni, Benz and Illara were the players featured at an event at the adidas store in Marrakech. Thousands of fans were present outside the completely packed event. They signed autographs and judged a keepy-uppy contest.

The ‘Peez was interviewed on El Larguero and had some lovely (reassuring things to say about the Mister and Sergio).

Florentino Pérez: “It’s important to round off the year with the Club World Cup trophy”

“We’ve come with great enthusiasm, aware of what football represents in Morocco”, he added as he spoke to ‘El Larguero’

Florentino Pérez offered an interview to the programme El Larguero on Cadena Ser, in which he analysed Real Madrid’s Club World Cup final clash against San Lorenzo in Marrakech on Saturday: “Rounding off this year, which has been a good one, with a trophy like the Club World Cup is important for us and for what we want to send out.”

“In Morocco in general and in Marrakech in particular, there is great love for football. And even if it’s rude to say so, there is great love for Real Madrid. It’s like we’re at home. The players are their idols, seeing them up close is a dream that they have been able to realise and it’s a spectacular atmosphere. We’ve come with great enthusiasm, aware of what football represents in Morocco.”

Sergio Ramos
“He wants to retire at Real Madrid and Real Madrid want him to retire here. He joined at 18, he’s phenomenal, the best central defender in the world in my view. Everybody’s happy.”

“I’ve always wanted to hire Ancelotti. He has a wealth of experience, first as a player and then as a coach. He has coached teams as important as Milan, Juventus, Chelsea and PSG.”

“The family atmosphere that Ancelotti generates is a very important asset.”

“One day I went with my friend Galliani, president of Milan, to a match there and we went down to the dressing rooms and all the players greeted me, beginning with the coach, who was Ancelotti.”

Winning run
“We don’t get complacent. We have a lot of experience and we know that every game is very important for the team playing against us, that they’re really motivated to beat Real Madrid. We have won a lot of games in a row, 21, and everyone wants to be the first to end Real Madrid’s run. We’re focused when we go out to play, but it’s so many games and in some we play a little bit better and in others a little bit worse.”

“The fans are delighted. We have a good team, a good atmosphere, a coach who treats the players as if they were a family. All of that leaves its mark, and we’re experiencing a special, good period and all I ask is that it lasts for a long time.”

“On the issue of violent groups, my stance is zero tolerance. I give my support to the president of La Liga, to the president of the National Sports Council of Spain and to everyone who is working to ensure that in Spain it comes to an end.”

“We’ve been working for a long time. I can assure you that there are no violent individuals at the Bernabéu. The members and supporters of Real Madrid can feel calm when they go to the Bernabéu; they have felt calm and they can feel calm.”

“I have to express my thanks for the collaboration of the police, who have been fantastic. It has been a year and I don’t see any unusual flags anymore. It’s a movement that cheers the team on, that is three times as big as the one that was on the other side and that helps to create that good atmosphere. We’re delighted and united too, because this is an issue on which we all have to stick together.”

And never saying die, Real Madrid has released yet another game. Pickem Real Madrid allows you to act as a coach and earn prizes. So basically Fantasy Real Madrid (and sadly, not the Fantasy Real Madrid games that we envisioned back in the days of Real Madrid Resort Island. I still think we should have gotten the job programming entertainment for that. Hmph!). Hey, I’m always willing to try anything Real Madrid related at least once. Hell, I even have Real Madrid cologne, a birthday gift from watishisto thankuelfano. Before I was the proud owner of a bottle, I posited that it smelled of Cristiano Ronaldo’s ball sweat and the tears of vanquished opponents but to be honest, it smells like a basic man’s cologne (woodsy, musky) AND the tears of vanquished opponents. It smells like VICTORY, y’all.

Anyhow, we’re facing San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final on Saturday. As you may recall, Pope Francis is a hardcore supporter of the team and loves footy in general. All due respect to the Pontiff (and if I don’t give it, my grandmother will rise from her grave and smack me up the back side of my head), but we’re going to have to kick their arses.  We have never won the Club World Cup. The closest we came was 4th in 2000 so….sorry, Pontifex, but we’re going for this.

– Lozil



7 Responses to “Training Bras, FutVolley, Keepy Uppy & Other Tales From Marrakech”

  1. jellyace December 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    When I realized we would meet up with San Lorenzo in the CWC final, it dawned on me that the Poop will actually be praying against us. Shudders.

    • jellyace December 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      Oops! I’ll be damned for eternity for this typo: The Pope (as in Francis) and not the Poop!

      • watishistacorrespondents December 20, 2014 at 1:19 am #

        That was quite possibly the greatest autocorrect fail ever!

        • headbandsandheartbreak December 20, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

          One of my other faves here was when someone said “Oh dear God!” and it autocorrected to “Oh dead God!” I kept calling her Nietzche. 🙂

    • headbandsandheartbreak December 20, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

      LOL! LOL! LOL! 😉

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