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April 16, 2014

The Copa del Rey is ours, once again!  ¡HALA MADRID!

let’s bring number 19 home

April 16, 2014

Madrid takes on Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final tonight (21:30h) at the Mestalla.  ¡Hala Madrid!  ¡Vamos Real!


he has improved, if that’s possible…

April 7, 2014

… at the modelling and posing thing.  Here’s Xabi Alonso’s new spot for Emidio Tucci’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Whatever he’s selling, I’m buying.  Xabi also looked devastatingly handsome during the presentation of the collection several days ago in Madrid.

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Sergio Ramos at El Partido de las 12

March 21, 2014

Updated with interviews with Diego López, Pepe and Marcelo!

Sergio Ramos appeared on Cope’s “El Partido de las 12″ yesterday.  And he did it in a hedgehog print shirt (which is Dolce & Gabbana, by the way) paired with a vest and that dangly cross earring he’s been sporting recently.  Why, Sergio, why?  Let’s hope you won’t be the one in charge of dressing the little one.  Anyway, here are the highlights from the interview, which didn’t get interesting until they got to the personal section.

It still makes me smile whenever he refers to himself in the third person.

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the story of Manolín and Cristiano

March 17, 2014

This is Manolín, a little madridista who went to see Madrid play during their visit to Málaga.  The shirt he’s wearing here was given to him by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, and off his very own back too.  But getting the shirt was an entire history, and here it is, courtesy of Cuatro.

Real Madrid was warming up at La Rosaleda.  Manolín was shouting at Cristiano, hoping to get his attention and a souvenir.  He succeeded, and Cristiano pointed at him, indicating that his sweatshirt would be for him.  Cris then walked to the stands and handed it over, but while Manolín was confirming it was for him, another kid snuck up and stole the sweatshirt before running away.  Manolín began crying, and Cris saw all this happen from across the field.

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Xabi Alonso at France Football

March 5, 2014

Here are some excerpts from Xabi’s recent interview with France Football.  Hopefully nothing got lost in translation, as it’s a translation from Spanish to English, courtesy of AS which translated it from French to Spanish.

Many footballers are moving from Spain to England, but you went the other way…

Yes, in 2009, and I think it was a good choice.  After five years in Liverpool, I needed a change.  And what better way was there to do it than going to Real Madrid, the greatest and most demanding club there is.  The moment had come to take this opportunity.  The day-to-day in Madrid is very intense and tougher than at any other team.  What this club asks for is to win, win and still win, and while playing well.  Liverpool won five European Cups, but it’s not the same.  There, the day-to-day is more relaxed, easier.  In Madrid, there are always pressure and demands.  I wanted to see if I would be able to live up to this challenge.

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in celebration of the 63 points…

February 25, 2014
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… here are two moments from the game against Elche that got us there.

We have Xabi being muy jefe from the start to the finish, and Gareth Bale’s golazo leaving Sergio openmouthed in amazement.  It’s a good time to be a madridista.  And thanks to Real Sociedad and Osasuna for their stellar efforts!


ten recent madridista moments

January 27, 2014

Here’s a collection of recent moments that made me happy as a madridista, and that I wanted to share.

ONE.  The presentation of the Ballon d’Or at the Bernabéu.  A lovely golden and CR7 mosaic greeted our golden boy Cristiano when he emerged from the tunnel to play Celta.

Cristiano then presented the trophy to the fans.  That was a wonderful enough moment (Mamá Dolores got all emotional, prompting Junior to give her a kiss), but then Junior’s father called his teammates over to share it with them.

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