"No one player is as good as the sum of the team." -- Alfredo Di Stéfano

Real Oviedo 1-5 Real Madrid (7.24.12)


Post-Match Comments

Karanka: “The match is one more training session, a match against a team that is also in pre-season training and in front of a great crowd. We need to keep building on the working until the whole team can be together in the USA It is important to score goals but best thing in these games is to build-up pre-season pitch time.” [videos: 1 2]

Granero: ”The guys from Castilla are helping a lot and are proving they can contribute well. I try to help them with everything that they ask of me.” [videos 1 2]

Lucas: “If you’re given the chance, you have to go and demonstrate what you can do. If you’re intimidated, you’ll do poorly. Real Madrid has a very good academy, and we’ve proved our worth.” [videos: 1]

Morata: “Playing with Real Madrid makes you a better player. The coach knows he can count on me for anything he needs.” [videos: 1]

Á. Fernández: “Mourinho has shown confidence the youth academy in recent years and we try to reciprocate. It is a real luxury for us to share pitch time and changing room with the first team. They treat us brilliantly and the atmosphere is very good.”

Di María: “As a player, I’m certain about one thing. I hope I can continue to develop, achieve my aims and to have a positive, injury-free season.” [He also scored his first brace as a RM player. {video}]

Match Summaries: English / Spanish 

Videos: Goals (English) (Spanish) / Departure for Oviedo 

Photo Gallery: Arrival 

In Case You Missed It 


Con mi ídolo!

Real Madrid 2012/2013: Day Two

José Mourinho again supervised the squad’s two-a-day sessions. The morning’s training began with a 15-minute window open to the press. Rui Faria was on hand to lead the 22 players in warmups then sprints. Players ended the session pairing up in resistance training.


Following the session was Gonzalo Higuaín’s press conference. According to Cuatro, the last player to give one was José Callejón during last season’s Champions League. In response to Sandro Rosell’s statement about La Liga’s “strange season”, the striker replied, “100 points, 121 goals, victory in the Camp Nou - yeah, it was a strange season, but a spectacular one for us.”

In addition to his favorable comments about rumored signing Luka Modric, Higuaín also gave his thoughts on what to expect from him this campaign. ”I’m stubborn and don’t like to give in. I’ll fight for my place, which is what I’ve done since my first season here.“


The evening training focused more on tactics & ball work. The final exercise was a game in which Aitor Karanka participated. Those vested in blue won 2-1, with goals coming from Kaká & Gonzalo Higuaín.


For the second day, Ricardo Cavalho was absent from practice; Fernando Gago also failed to make an appearance. A closed training resumes Wednesday at 5:30. There will be no press conference.

In other news. The RFEF announced that the second leg of the Supercopa is moving up a day (August 29). Both legs will kick off at 10:30 pm CEST.

via Four Four Two -

"UEFA have asked the Spanish federation (RFEF) to change the date for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, from August 30th to the 29th," the RFEF said in a statement on Tuesday.

"So that it does not coincide with the gala put on by European football’s governing body in Monaco." 

There are conflicting reports on the return of the Euro 2012 players. In conflict with Marca’s published dates, El Mundo & Europa Press report that Karim Benzema will appear at Valdebebas on July 23 & the remaining players on July 28.

José Mourinho has added another member to his technical staff. Luis Campos is a former coach & TV commentator who has joined Real Madrid as club scout.


Photo credits: Getty Images / Agencia LOF / Jesús Aguilera 

Club legend Raúl González stopped by Valdebebas Wednedsay. Álvaro Morata was sure to capture the moment with his “idol”.


Photo gallery: training - morning / evening

Videos: morning training - English | Spanish / presser English | Spanish

Real Madrid’s First Day Back

Mourinho & company returned to Valdebebas this morning to kick off the new campaign. Before the 10 am session, the players took their medical examinations.


Ángel di María & Álvaro Morata were the first to arrive, & La Sexta reports that Nuri Sahin was the last. Thirteen of Castilla’s men were on hand, including Morata, whose first team promotion has yet to be confirmed by the club.


David Mateos, Castilla’s recent signing, returned this summer from a loan spell at AEK Athens.


Notable absentees from today’s trainings were all of the Euro players & Marcelo, who’s preparing for the London Olympics. Ricardo Carvalho was given permission to skip, further supporting the rumor of a departure. After spending the previous season at AS Roma, Fernando Gago was back at Valdebebas. Various reports say that Gago is looking for a return to Boca Juniors, since he is not in Mourinho’s plans this season.

Silvino Louro worked with the keepers during the morning session, while Rui Faria led the others through stretching exercises & an obstacle course run. When the players returned for the 5:30 session, they participated in more intense ball work.

The club will resume training Tuesday at 10 o’clock. The first 15 minutes will be open to the press. A press conference will also be held but no confirmation on who will address the press.

In other news. UEFA published the shortlist for the 2012 Europe’s Best Player Award. The list of three finalists will be announced on uefa.com on August 14th, then a live vote will take place to reveal the winner.

  • Xabi Alonso
  • Iker Casillas
  • Fábio Coentrão
  • Mesut Özil
  • Pepe
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Sergio Ramos

Moving up three places from last year, Real Madrid earned the second spot in Forbes’ list of most valuable sports teams. Real Madrid was the world’s most profitable club in 2011 & held a value of $1.88 billion.

Bottom right gif:

Morata has done this before. Meanwhile, there is Xabi.


premios alma 2012

Fábio, that outfit…


Real Madrid vs. Espanyol: Mar. 4, 2012 - Morata Makes His Season Debut [x]

RM: Post-Espanyol Comments (3.4.12)

Karanka: “The coach said yesterday that Higuaín is one of the best center forwards in the world, & everyone could see that tonight. He has a very special character. It’s obvious when he’s happy & when he’s not. Due to what’s gone on this week the match was very important to him, & he is very happy right now. He is the first to put pressure on himself. His self-demand is good.” [video - English / Spanish]

Higuaín:[video - Spanish]

on breaking his scoreless streak - “I’m happy. It’s important to score for a striker, but it’s also important for the team. I was never anxious. I always knew I’d have my chance to score. Strikers have positive and negative streaks. I’ve been here five years and I know what Real Madrid is. There’s always chances to score and I knew I would net goals sooner or later.” 

on Mourinho’s recent comments - “I’m happy for the coach’s public praise of me. It pleases me to hear those words coming from a manager of his stature.”

on the Bernabéu’s support - “I’m very happy. I needed the crowds affection, & I got it when I came off.” 

Kaká: “I felt good tonight. I pulled off everything I tried & ended happy. The match has built my confidence, & I’ll try to stay at this level.” [videos - English 1 | 2 / Spanish]

Morata: “I always try to learn when I join the first team because there are many World Cup & Ballon d’Or winners on the squad. Every player on the first team looks after us academy players in a special way, instilling in us the values of this club.” [video - Spanish]

Khedira: [video - English]

Men of the Match: Gonzalo Higuaín & Mesut Özil


Photo gallery / In Case You Missed It / Video highlights


Of note.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is the 1st player in Real Madrid’s history to score 30 or more goals in two consecutive La Liga seasons.
  • Real Madrid have won every official game Kaká has assisted or scored in (31). [x]
  • Gonzalo Higuaín (85) has surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo (83) in league goals for Real Madrid, now equaling Juanito. [x]
  • Ricardo Carvalho will miss the Real Betís match due to suspension.
  • Mourinho has given the team two days off; training resumes Wednesday at 11 am CET. [x]
  • Upcoming matches: 3.10, 10 pm CET at Real Betís; 3.14, 8:45 pm CET vs CSKA Moscow; 3.18, 9:30 pm CET vs Málaga


Photoset | Real Madrid training session | 02-15-2012



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