MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 21: Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid looks out before the La Liga match between Real Madrid and UD Almeria at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 21, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Welcome to Bernabeu Bites where every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday we take you around the world of Real Madrid, La Liga and European Football, all in bite-size form. So sit back, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy.
Today's BB might be a bit smaller than normal: besides just sending my son home after a two plus week visit, on my way back from the Seattle airport my car and I got into a fight with a off-ramp guard rail. While the bumper on my Explorer is toast, I'm fine. A whole lot of sore, but I'm OK.
I'm also working on a Champions League primer that should be up later today, possibly this evening with the Group Stage draw happening tomorrow.
So hey, at least we'll have CL football if the La Liga strike isn't worked out in a quick fashion.
We all knew this was bound to happen after the events of the El Clasico--it appears that the RFEF will take action against Jose Mourinho. So let's not act surprised shall we? Bright side is he's not the only one; it seems that the RFEF will looking to Tito Vilanova's action as well. As they say, it takes two to tango.
"[On Monday August 22, 2011], after examining the images sent [to us] by the press area, in accordance with Article 22.1 of the Disciplinary Code, the RFEF agrees that, firstly, disciplinary proceedings will be taken against Jose Mourinho, after carrying out actions that, at this time are purely circumstantial, could be in violation of Article 98 and/or Article 100 of the RFEF Disciplinary Code," the statement read.
"[In addition], disciplinary proceedings will also be taken against Francesco Vilanova for carrying out actions that could be in violation of Article 111 and/or Article 122 of the RFEF Disciplinary Code."
According to Sky Sports, Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan is unhappy there and wants out. It seems like he would like to move to Serie A side Inter Milan--at least according to his agent and father.
"Diego is unhappy at Atletico Madrid, for whom he has given everything and has been professional, although he has not been treated the same way," Forlan Sr. told Radio station AM Libre.
"I hope Diego joins Inter and his agent is negotiating in Milan and Diego is anxious for things to be resolved. If my son does not go to Inter then it will be another club. I don't know which one, but I am certain he will not stay with Atletico because his time there has come to an end even though he is still under contract."
I guess the Pope's stay in Spain wasn't what you'd call a good one, but leave it to los blancos to try and take the edge off. They presented Pope Benedict XVI with a Real Madrid jersey, with #16 and his name in Spanish on the back. Then the entire club signed the front of the jersey.
The one thing that I don't think many have taken into account is that the Barcelona/Real Madrid feud could hamper relations and team unity for the Spanish national team or at least that's what midfielder Santiago Cazorla thinks.
"The situation in the national squad is tense. However much we want to avoid it, these cup competitions have an influence on relations," Cazorla told La Nueva Espana, referring to Wednesday's heated Supercopa tie."The atmosphere is still very good" in the national team, he added, but warned that "if this kind of problem continues it could have an influence and that could end up being very damaging."
Now that Valencia has sold Juan Mata to Premier League side Chelsea, it seems that they have a bit of cash to throw around, and they want to throw it at Real Madrid for defender Raul Albiol. It's rumored that they're preparing a €10M bid for the 25-year-old, a bit below what Real Madrid payed for him in the first place. Again, like I say with all transfer rumors, take it with a grain of salt.
Bloomsbury has bought the rights to a non-fiction book about El Clasico. That's right, there's going to be a book titled "El Clasico: Barcelona v. Real Madrid, Football's Greatest Rivalry" by Richard Fitzpatrick.
"This is the football story that was screaming out to be told, and Richard Fitzpatrick brings its epic nature fully to life with fascinating interviews and historical detail. We are hugely excited about publishing it."
It'll be published August of next year.