the first training session
As reported earlier, the players arrived at Las Rozas yesterday to begin preparing for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers. Upon arrival, the players most in demand were of course the new (and new old) faces: Aritz Aduriz (his second last name is Zubeldia, which means that his names all begin/end with A and Z), Pablo and Borja Valero.
I love Aritz’ freckles!!! Fernando Torres has a worthy rival…
The players had a training session in the late afternoon, including a partidillo, where Pablo scored two goals. David Villa and Fernando Llorente also found the net, although Fernando also had a goal annulled for being offside. The team made up of Iker/Pepe, Arbeloa, Piqué, Nacho, Bruno, Pablo Borja, Silva and Llorente was the winner. Watching the session was the U-17 team, and Captain España (Iker) spent some time after the session signing autographs.
I loved how some of the La Roja veterans took care of their former club teammates!
And Sergio did what he does best, look confused a la his Crackòvia alter ego hot.
I love this picture of Aritz, so I just wanted to include it, and as a madridista, I love seeing VDB and Borja Valero together again 15 years after they first met (Real Madrid paid Borja’s previous club 20 pairs of boots and 20 balls in order to sign him as an 11-year-old).
On Wednesday, the players will have a double session at 10h and 19h, and head to Salamanca on Thursday.
Meanwhile, over on the U-21 side, Sergio Canales showed that he’s fully recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out for three weeks.
These two can definitely continue to pass as U-21 for a while, and possibly even under 17.