James Joins The Group, International Duty, Sese Speaks & Bebe Iker

24 Mar

Satellite (8)Great news!James returned to training with the group today. Very encouraging!

17 of our players are off on international duty (more on that in a second). Those who stayed behind trained along with reserve players Febas, Kuscevic and Lazo. (Training video)

International Duty


Seventeen Real Madrid players called up for international duty

Casillas, Ramos, Isco, Carvajal, Ronaldo, Pepe, Coentrão, Benzema, Varane, Kroos, Khedira, Marcelo, Lucas Silva, Modric, Bale, Chicharito and Keylor Navas will be playing international fixtures.

Seventeen first team players have been called upon to take part in various games with their national sides. Kroos and Khedira will be in action first when they play Australia in a friendly on Wednesday. The following day it will be the turn of Benzema and Varane, when they take on the Marcelo’s Brazil.

Spain face Ukraine in a competitive fixture
Level on nine points each, Spain and Ukraine meet for their fifth qualification game for the European Championship in France. Casillas, Ramos, Isco and Carvajal will look to put some distance between themselves and their Group C opponents on Friday in the Sánchez Pizjuán (8:45pm CET). ‘La Roja’ will then play the Netherlands in a friendly the following Tuesday (8:45pm CET).

Serbia come up against Portugal
Portugal, second in Group L and just one point behind Denmark, face off against Serbia on Sunday in the Estadio da Luz (8:45pm CET). Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Coentrão will also be in action the following Tuesday in a friendly against Cape Verde in the Antonio Coimbra da Mota Stadium in Estoril (9:45pm CET).

A friendly against Australia for Germany
Germany will play two games, the first a friendly match and the second a competitive fixture. The first rivals for the team including Kroos and Khedira are Australia in the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserlautern on Wednesday (8:30pm CET). They will take on Georgia in the Boris Paichadze Arena in Tiblisi on Sunday for a European Championship qualifier (6pm CET).

Benzema and Varane up against Marcelo
The French national team continue playing friendlies in preparation for ‘their’ European Championship. The first will be a world-class clash as the French take on Brazil in the Stade de France de Saint-Denis on Thursday (9pm CET). They will then play Denmark in their second match in the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint -Etienne on Sunday (8:45pm CET).

Wales look to secure top spot
The Welsh national team led by Gareth Bale have this fixture marked in red on their calendars. With qualification for the European Championship looking like a reality, they will be fighting it out for top spot in the Group B against Israel, who trail them by one point, in the Haifa International Stadium on Saturday (6pm CET).

Marcelo will also play Chile
The Real Madrid full-back will not only face fellow team-mates Benzema and Varane on Thursday in the Stade de France de Saint-Denis (9pm CET), but will also play a mouth-watering friendly against Chile on Sunday in the Emirates Stadium in London (4pm CET).

Lucas Silva gets ready for the Olympic Games
The Brazilian Olympic team, which includes Lucas Silva, will be preparing for next years games in Brazil with two friendlies against other countries looking to fine tune ahead of the main event. First up on Saturday are Paraguay in the Kleber Andrade Stadium in the region of Vitoria (1:30am CET), and then Mexico in the Castelão de Sao Luis Stadium on Sunday (10pm CET).

Modric faces off against Odegaard
The Croatian national team will take on Norway in the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb (6pm CET). Top spot in Group H, which is currently shared by Croatia and Italy, will be on the line in this game. Indeed, just one point separates the Balkan nation and Norway.

Two friendlies with Mexico await Chicharito
Ecuador and Paraguay are Mexico’s upcoming rivals in two friendlies, both of which will be played in the USA. The first game is on Sunday in the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles (3:30am CET) and the second takes place on Wednesday 1 April in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium (3am CET).

Keylor Navas, against Paraguay and Panama
Chicharito’s second opponent during this week of international fixtures will be his team-mate Keylor Navas’s first. Costa Rica take on Paraguay for the first of two friendlies. That match will be played on Friday in the Costa Rican national stadium in San José (3am CET). Their second game will be on Wednesday 1 April against Panama in the Rommel Fernández Stadium (3am CET).

So actually 17 first timers and our wee youngster Odegaard rocking out for Norway.

Sese was interviewed by El Larguero and spoke about the kerfuffle with the idiot “fans” the other night.

1427188351_300723_1427188400_noticia_grandeFROM AS.COM

Ramos: “The critics? We need to have broad shoulders”

The Madrid defender told El Larguero: “When your fans demand more it is because they think you can give more.”

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos spoke to Spanish radio show El Larguero 24 hours after his side’s defeat in the Clásico. He spoke to host José Ramón de la Morena about the loss, the criticism of the fans and the unfortunate incident at Valdebebas.

Would you put anyone in focus? Iker, Ramos, Ancelotti, Bale?: “I respect everyone. I have lived with criticism and that has made me stronger and made me keep on improving. Whether or not the current favours Mourinho, I don’t care who the critic is.”

But why the focus?: “We are there because we are the biggest representatives of the team. The captains. They need faces who they can blame but we need to have broad shoulders. We need to let people see that when we go through difficult periods we repond.”

Contract renewal: “I went to talk about it one day. I have not called the club to ask for a renewal. I have two years left on my current deal, I am very happy and I have not made a call for a new deal. They are not rushing because I do not see myself in a shirt other than that of Real Madrid. I want to give me best for it.”

Did Madrid play well at Barça?: “A defeat is always bad but you can take some good things out of it. On Sunday we lost but we left with our heads held high because we played some good football. From memory, the first half was a great one. We couldn’t kill the game and it was costly at the end. When they scored the second goal we were not the same.”

The treatment of Cristiano after his party. Did it bother you?: “It didn’t bother me. I’ve been here ten years and whatever you do as part of this team has universal impact. I have a very clear conscience. I try to learn from any mistakes.”

Do you read the papers?: “Not much. Sometimes I read El País and El Mundo, Marca and AS to know the opinions of some of your colleagues. It doesn’t have an impact on me though. I don’t get bogged down by criticism or get big-headed with praise. It is impossible to please everyone. We are exposed to opinions as professionals and we must respect them sometimes.”

The dressing room: “The was a bit of silence because you know that you’ve left everything out there on the pitch and it was a blow to lose, it was a time to be quiet.”

What did Ancelotti say?: “The season is long and the important thing is how it ends. As I said the other night, I have seen titles won when the difference has been greater.”

What did you say to Florentino?: “Ask him, I’m sure he says he’s your friend.”

How was the trip on the plane after the defeat?: “I always go with Iker. We always talk about the game. We look at everything in a balanced way and we try to analyse things. I am the first and Iker is the same. We didn’t discuss anything specific. If there are two guys always encouraging the rest it is me and Iker because we are the captains.

The incident at Valdebebas: “We saw two or three fans at the gate. We saw what they wee doing. We went after Jesé. Apparently that had a few pints. They caught me behind Jesé and I started to hoot at Jesé so he didn’t stop, not to heat things up because I know him. I asked them what the problem was and I said that it wasn’t justified.”

Is the Bernabéu being too demanding?: “I’ll speak for myself. The level of demand from this institution, the public has always been critical when we have not been at the level that we should be. There are players who have expressed their discomfort at this because they have not noticed the love but when your fans demand more it is because they think you can give more. You have to live with it. They must be respected whether you like it or not. Their love is very important.”

Yeah, not sure I agree with the last paragraph there, Sergio. There are (there should be) limits.

And finally, peep this footage of a bebe Iker on his first call up for Real Madrid during the 1997/98 season. 17 years old! Look at him. He didn’t actually play in the match but he looks raring to go.

– Lozil

6 Responses to “James Joins The Group, International Duty, Sese Speaks & Bebe Iker”

  1. shiggers March 25, 2015 at 9:44 am #


  2. mygypsyspirit March 25, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    I’m so Jappy that James is back!

  3. barbarossa March 25, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    No sernando during this international break. That makes me sad.

    • Cosi March 26, 2015 at 12:01 am #

      Agh, so sad here about this as well. No!!

      • Mandy March 26, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

        Less than 20 days until Champion’s League. It has Sernando potential, of a much different capacity, but potential nonetheless.

  4. Cosi March 26, 2015 at 12:02 am #

    Great answers from Sergio :). Thanks for posting!

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