Here we are heading into August and the smell of the rubber ball is coming around again. My other love is football,soccer, or calcio, since coming into this world.
And there is no greater love than the Real Madrid FC, Madrid, Spain. It was my team while alavin, and benjamin divisions while living in Madrid, and it has stayed in my heart forever. If that time comes to be away from this world I have ask to be wrap in the colors of my team, blanco y puro para siempre. White and pure forever, the colors of the team or popularly known as merenque or meringue.
My love began in 1971 when in Madrid (from there went to Paris 1972 and you know the name of my blog). But lets talk about modern times.
WE have a new coach Carlo Ancelotti of Italy, a winner wherever he has been and hopefully that will continue with our club. He comes to us from making the Paris Saint-Germain French champions last year coming from nowhere. The amazing assistant will be the one and only maestro Zidanine Zidane, of France and former Real Madrid player. His son Enzo plays in the juniors with Real Madrid !
The team has been reinforce and change a bit as usual on every season. The Liga starts August 18th vs Betis of Sevilla at home. Before, starting today they are on a USA tour for friendlies and participating in an international champions tournaments with other European teams.
The squad for the trip will be Goalkeepers: Casillas, Diego Lopez, Jesus and Tomas Mejias.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Nacho, Casado and Mateos.
Midfielders: Khedira, Kaká, Özil, Xabi Alonso, Modric, Di Maria, Illarramendi, Isco, Casemiro and Cheryshev. Forwards: Ronaldo, Benzema, Morata and Jese.
Its not a definite squad but pretty much set up. Recently they tied 2X2 in Lyon vs OL Lyon and beat in Sweden the Paris Saint-Germain 1×0. So this tour is the final fine tuning before coming home for the XXXV Santiago Bernabeu cup vs Al Sadd at home August 22nd at 22h30. Raul Gonzalez Blanco the emblematic ex Captain of Real Madrid will return to the stadium where he played for 16 seasons. He will play 45 minutes with each team. This will be the first time that Qatari Club plays this Tournament. Al- Sadd FC is the most successful club in the country with 13 leagues, 13 Emir Cups and two AFC Champions League.
The basketball endesa league that I ,also, follow for the team will be starting the 2013-14 basketball season with La Liga Endesa Supercup in Vitoria on October 4th and 5th. The regular season will begin the following weekend of October 12th and 13th and will close on May 25th with the 34th fixture of the year,2014. The team will be lead by coach Pablo Laso, with Rodriguez, Drapier, Llull,Jaycee Carroll, Suarez,Rudy Fernandez, Darden, Mirotic, Slaughter,Felipe Reyes, Bourousis,and Mejri, amongst the sure so far.
You can have a tour of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1330131266093/ContenedorEstadio/Santiago_Bernabeu.htm
The official site for the team in English is at http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/Home.htm
My favorite forum for discussion is below on my blogroll in Spanish and here http://www.fororealmadrid.com/index.php
You can see the games in internet from afar here http://www.rojadirecta.me/
And you can, always do it in company with bars around the world that show the games here, http://www.soccerbars.com/
Now, you can buy Real Madrid souvenirs online here and the shipping is available to several countries, the real thing. http://www.realmadridshop.com/stores/realmadrid/default.aspx
or if at the stadium here Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Entrada C/ Padre Damián, Puerta 55
Telephone:+34 913 984 300
Mondays to Sundays 10:30 to 20:30h ,
and the Carmen location at Calle Carmen, 3
Teléphone +34 91 521 7950
Mondays to Saturdays 10 to 21 h, Sundays 10 to 19h
we have a foundation that helps others and keep kids in soccer/football away from troubles and needs, here http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1193041516335/Fundacion/Foundation.htm
Now for the uninitiated this is Real Madrid 9 times champion of Europe(most), 32 League championships in Spain (most), 18 King’s cup in Spain (third) , in football/Soccer. In basketball, 8 times Champion of Europe(most) , 23 King’s Cup of Spain( tied most); the main competitions. Hala Madrid!!!!!!