Tuesday, June 08, 2010

News from training after a day off for the players

It's "Blue Bibs" v. "Orange Bibs" again in Pretoria.

The ref is a little fat legend with a beard a thick AFA black jacket and a whistle.

For the Orange team we see the following lineup:

ROMERO
BURDISSO - OTAMENDI - Clemente RODRIGUEZ
Maxi RODRIGUEZ - VERON - BOLATTI - DI MARIA
TEVEZ - MESSI - HIGUAIN

And these are the players wearing Blue:

ANDUJAR
Jonas GUTIERREZ - DEMICHELIS - SAMUEL - HEINZE
GARCE - MASCHERANO - PASTORE
AGÜERO - MILITO - PALERMO

Of what I was able to watch live on TV, the Blue team went ahead after a high ball found PALERMO unmarked and the Boca Juniors legend hit it with a powerful left-footed volley past Sergio ROMERO.

Soon after that, there was a controversial call near the Blue team area. Indirect free-kick and after a quick touch towards him, Carlos TEVEZ blasted it in. 1-1.

Lionel MESSI made it 2-1 for the Orange team after his long range shot took a slight deflection to fool ANDUJAR.

Gonzalo HIGUAIN then scored his and the Orange team won 3-1.

This was a very recreational exercise.

So much so that after the short match ended, the Blue team had to accept their punishment which consisted in lining up along the goal line and wait for every one of the players from the Orange team to hit the ball full-strength towards the Blue players' rear ends!

The lovely touch about this? Diego MARADONA stood next to the Blue team players to share the pain with them.

Here is a picture (credit to La Nacion newspaper) in which Diego asks the Orange players for some more distance before they fire at them full-strenght:



And here's the result. All Blue players against the wall! Hope we don't see this kind of pictures during the World Cup!

It was a rare scene but one that I really enjoyed because I could see the players were bonding and were visibly happy.

After it was all finished, Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Javier PASTORE stayed a little longer to shoot from midfield and aim for the crossbar together with one of the kitmen. I don't have the result of that little competition because the cameras were not staying with them all the time. And I reckon the result is not as important.

In a few minutes there should be a press conference in which Clemente RODRIGUEZ (number 3) and Nicolas BURDISSO (number 4) will address the media.

On Monday, the players enjoyed a day off. Jonas GUTIERREZ went out and visited a shopping mall together with some of the youngsters that are helping our national team in training. The youngsters made the most of that day out and pretended to be part of the senior national team. So they posed together with Jonas for the many locals that wanted pictures with them. Very cheeky!

Carlos TEVEZ opted to go golfing. He loves that sport and he took his day off to practice his swing at a local golf club.

Most of the players, though, decided to stay in the University of Pretoria High Performance Centre and received the visit of their family members.

As for MARADONA? He was visited by his daughters and also went to the airport to pick up his girlfriend, Verónica.

22 comments:

rey said...

is there any constructed training sessions going on?? set pieces, penalties, formations, ect?? cross bar challenge... will not help.

Happer said...

Thank you Seba for keeping us up-to-date. I'm studying Spanish so I can find news myself though, hahaha.

Hiep.

Sebastian said...

I know Rey, but the training is only open for 15 minutes for the cameras. The rest, Diego and the players are doing it 'in private'.

Will add the video clips from YouTube as they start appearing. As always...if any of you find them first, just post the link here in a comment.

Now something I'm reading. Usain BOLT, the fastest man in the history of mankind -perhaps only behind Lionel MESSI, hahaha- has said to news agency DPA that he will support Argentina in this World Cup.

Bless him!

Sebastian said...

Hiep! You can study all the Spanish you want, but keep coming to Mundo Albiceleste once you're fluent! OK?

Don't forget we were always there for you, amigo! haha!

GK said...

Looks like Diego is trying our starting attack (orange) vs. Our starting backline (blue). I like this idea and I love that Jonas is still being used as a) in training!

Anonymous said...

TEVEZ golf that thought is kinda like walking along and finding a man having sex with a horse not plesent

it sounds horendous seriously TEVEZ playing golf he just isnt the poncy sort is he that was a shocker i hope he isnt a BI like cambiasso LOL im joking but it is strange to imagine are little street kid super striker playiung the sport of fat middle class white dudes lol

rey said...

AAAhhhh!! I didn't know it was only for 15 mins open to the press.. Thats great i am sure they have worked on alot of that stuff then...Well I hope..

Renjith(India) said...

Sorry to those who have seen this...
I am posting it again for those who haven't seen it yet..
Sunday's training session Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5euSduuYaeQ

Anonymous said...

In one of the videos I saw Pastore Higuain and Tevez playing the crossbar game and Tevez won!

Renjith(India) said...

A video is included in this news...Must see..
http://www.canchallena.com/1273043-risas-y-clima-distendido-la-formula-de-la-argentina-a-la-espera-del-debut-en-el-mundial

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