You ever wonder how kids get to be team mascots? I mean these kids:
Well, apparently people pay upwards of $10,000 to let their kids walk out on the pitch with players. $10,000!
Anyway, a 10-year-old Las Vegas boy was awarded a mascot position when Real Madrid play Santos Laguna next month. He is being sponsored by a promoter for the friendly. Lucky kid.
Real Madrid 2012/2013: El Gato Is Back
Monday’s solo session marked Karim Benzema’s return to the fold. The French striker had approximately one month off since the end of his Euro 2012 run.
Monday’s session kicked off the second week of training & the last before heading to Oviedo for tomorrow’s friendly match. Twenty-one outfielders worked with Mourinho in a physical session, incorporating circuits where the pace & effort increased gradually. Louro supervised the three keepers. The next training is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 pm CEST.
In other news. Earlier in the day, Kaká & Mourinho met at the Bernabéu, presumably to discuss the Brazilian’s status with the club.
On Friday Mourinho will receive an award from the Association of Sports Journalists of Portugual (CNID). The event will take place in Lisbon.
The €200 million Bernabéu remodeling project is moving forward. The city’s planning commission has given the OK to present the project at the next session. Architects have until September 17 to submit proposals for the complete revamping of the stadium.
- Tuesday, July 24 - Real Oviedo | 7:45 pm CEST / 1:45 pm EDT
- Friday, July 27 - Eusébio Cup - Benfica | 8:45 pm CEST / 2:45 pm EDT
- Photo gallery: training - 1 2
- Videos: training - 1 2 3 4
Real Madrid 2012/2013: Day Four
The club returned to double training sessions Thursday. The same 23 men reported to Valdebebas at the 10 o’clock session. The keepers worked separately with coach Silvino Louro, while the others did their usual stretching routines. The final practice match featured notable stops by Fernando Pacheco & Antonio Adán.
The blue team took the victory thanks to a goal by Esteban Granero.
Smiles were on the faces of the players & coaches when they stepped back on the practice pitch.
The afternoon training focused more on ball movement, & the team separated into small groups practicing rondos (ball retention in tight spaces).
Another day of training begins again at 10 am tomorrow.
In other news. The club has finally confirmed all of the summer friendlies. The first will be against Real Oviedo just five days away.
Valencia & Real Madrid have come to a pre-agreement for Fernando Gago’s transfer. He will be presented at 6 o’clock Friday evening. It is reported that Gago agreed to a 50% pay cut in order to join Los Che for four years. Valencia will also finalize Sergio Canales’ move for an estimated €8m, which includes a buyback option after two seasons.
Iker’s reaction to being told he has a question from Carbonillas Fans
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
- 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.
Real Madrid UCLA Training Tickets on Sale
There are tickets available for the closed training session held at UCLA on August 4. General admission is $85; $382 for VIP access. [More info].
Can we please have a moment of silence for the loss of Xabi’s sobriety?
Euro 2012 SF: Mesut Özil Penalty ( 92’)
Euro 2012 SF: (Portugal vs Spain) - Sergio Ramos Awarded Man of the Match
On his chip penalty shot -
“I planned this. I’d been thinking about this in advance. It was a risk, of course, but I also had the confidence. I’ve seen how the goalkeeper moves so I was pretty sure he would go one way. I’m very happy my family and my future kids have something to remember.”
“After the experience with Real Madrid in the Champions League, it was said I wasn’t ready to take another one, but I was feeling very confident and now I’m proud.”
“My coach knows me very well and he trusted I could do this. He’s spent many years with me and he knows I’m a little crazy.”
This says the internationals meet up with the team on July 28, the same day they leave for the U.S.
But this is an unconfirmed itinerary posted on a forum, so…
Three quarter finals, three Real Madrid players awarded Man of the Match
Euro 2012 QF: Xabi Alonso Seals Spain’s Trip to the Semis (91’)
Euro 2012 QF: Alba Assists Alonso for 1-0 Lead Against France