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November 15, 2010

In case you missed it – Sporting Gijón vs. Real Madrid [2010-11-14].

Well, I’m glad that one’s over, since I was getting quite bored with the war of words (and gestures, if you believe what happened in the parking lot after the game).*

One. Game notes:  Madrid used the same starting 11 for the fifth game in a row.  And Karim Benzema has basically been reborn, no?  He was once again decisive in the game, as soon as he came in for Di María in the 63rd minute.  Sporting’s resistance faltered against his interventions and the just reward came with Pipita’s goal.  This means that Sergio Canales should blow up soon.

Two. It appears that Baywatch didn’t give Sami and Sergio a callback, because they’re still auditioning very hard.  But this time, they have serious competition in the form of one Xabi Alonso.

Three. This was Aitor Karanka’s first game as “head coach” and he followed the game very closely.  Of course, he was helped by Mou, who was in constant contact with Rui Faria via walkie-talkies and mobile phone from his dark VIP box (making him look like an evil presence, the one pulling the strings from behind the scenes).  He gave his first order in the 20th minute, and from thereon Rui would ferry the instructions to Aitor, and Aitor to the players.  Mou was involved in everything, including the decisions about the substitutions,  and I suppose he also talked to the players at halftime as well.

Both Mou and Aitor started out sitting, but then stood up as the game got more tense.

Speaking of Mou, he was accompanied in the box by Madrid’s head of security Julio Cendal, six national police officers and a few of Sporting’s private security guards.  He puts the “v” in VIP.  With this win, he became the debuting coach with the best winning percentage, edging out Pep Guardiola.  And speaking of Aitor, he’ll be in charge for one more game, which is curiously enough against his former team (twice) Athletic.  Watch a video of Mou watching the game here.

Meanwhile, the players also had Mou very present on their minds.  Cris said after the game, “this win is for Mourinho.  He wasn’t on the bench, but we knew his orders.”  Meanwhile, Iker said, while evading a pronouncement on the verbal spat between Mou and Sporting coach Manuel Preciado, “I’ll limit myself to defending my coach, who is the best.  I respect the opinions of others, but I don’t share them.”

Apparently, Cristiano, Marcelo and Pepe had also prepared a special celebration dedicated to Mou if one of them had scored, to show their support.

Four. I love this bit of provocation from Cristiano, especially his facial expressions.  Notice the finger wagging too, and the shorts riding up.

There was another bit in the final seconds of the game, with the crowd shouting insults at Cristiano (ese portugués, hijo de puta es) and so he motioned with his hands as if conducting them.

They’re just jealous they don’t have a Cristiano.

Five. Iker once again showed his reflexes, saving a shot from David Barral in the 83rd minute (Barral’s reaction after the game was: “it’s incredible, I still ask myself how he got a hand on it”), as well as some other things.  Nice catch, no?  And I like how he had second thoughts about throwing the wad of newspaper back.  Iker ended up bringing it back to the goal with him, unfurling it, and then tossing it to the side.

Six. Front and back.™

You can seriously rest things on these next two booties.

A special back honorable mention goes to Sergio Ramos.

Seven. Fun moments: Pipita’s boot flying off, Sergio still fond of using hand gestures to get his point across (and Iker being all captainy by pushing him aside before he gets carded).

Marcelo losing the ball and taking forever to realize it, and Iker looking confused.

Sergio being selfish (and five years old) with the ball, and Pipita begging someone, anyone to have mercy on him.

Eight. The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

Very boss here, and here.  Even when he’s celebrating the goal, he’s still barking out instructions and orders.

And quite the boss here as well.

Nine. Speaking of boss, here are more people being boss.

Ten. Ok, what goes on in the locker room at the half?  How did Sergio Ramos end up in Pepe’s shorts???  I want to know!!!

At the beginning of the second half, Sergio came out on the field with number four on his shirt and number three on his shorts (click to see more clearly).

The referee noticed that his shorts had the number “3″ on them, while of course his number is “4″ and notified him.  Sergio glanced down at his shorts, and looked confused.

In the end, he was sent back to the locker room to change his shorts.  He was back on the field in about a minute.  That is information I’ll file away for later – that Sergio gets out of his clothes quickly.

And when he came back out, he was checked to make sure that he was indeed wearing his own shorts.  Yet another job I would like.  The cameraman did his part, by panning the camera over Sergio’s lower half.  That wouldn’t be a bad job either.

(Click to enlarge the pictures; you won’t be disappointed.)

Bonus: since our minds are already there…

Eleven. Did anyone noticed that Mesut’s right hand was bandaged at some point during the game?  He apparently caught the ball wrong after it was thrown back quite strongly from someone in the crowd.  Bad Gijón fan.

Twelve. It came late in the game, and so it will come late in this post as well.  Pipita’s goal.  Iker managed to maintain his composure quite well, no?

And more head patting/rubbing/tapping, including Özil doing it to Sergio, and then Sergio returning the favor.

Did you like how Sergio celebrated the goal?  Meanwhile, Pepe made a big show of clutching his shirt and pointing at the escudo in response to the boos from Gijón’s fans, while Mesut showed off how much Spanish he’s learning by shouting a certain swear word at the same fans.

Thirteen. Benzema, after the game.

Fourteen. Looking ahead.

Ricardo Carvalho ended the game with a deep bruise to his left ankle, though he managed to finish the game, though, showing what a trooper he is.  He was checked out by Portugal’s doctors today and given the all-clear to participate in Wednesday’s friendly.

The players have two days off, but of course the majority of them have national team commitments and so they won’t have any days off.  The big game for Madrid fans is the Portugal-Spain friendly on Wednesday, where we could see up to eight of our players.

*Bonus Fifteen. I originally didn’t write anything about this, because it’s stupid (I can’t believe these are grown men) and pointless since no one knows the truth, but since some of you have asked…  There are conflicting reports as to what exactly happened in the parking lot after the game, and of course, it’s a “he said, he said” type of situation.

According to Manuel Preciado, as he was getting in his car, a very short person came down off of Madrid’s bus and told him that the Gijón would get relegated.  He answered him and that person got back on the bus.  Preciado said that Miguel Pardeza was also present.

It’s been reported that the person was Rui Faria but the height doesn’t seem to match.  Preciado also said that as he and his son passed through the mixed zone after the game, Mourinho held up two fingers, either for victory or to symbolize the relegation to the second division.

According to Madrid, Preciado started everything by throwing a plastic bottle at the team bus, insulting some members of the expedition and grabbing his crotch after people tried to calm him down.  They also said that someone accompanying Preciado told them, ‘Barça’s going to score five goals against you.”

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56 Comments leave one →
  1. Vanz permalink
    November 15, 2010 20:31

    Una you are just plain AWESOME
    I absolutely LOVE your blog

    I have 1 question though
    You wrote
    “and gestures, if you believe what happened in the parking lot after the game”

    What exactly happened after the game??

    Oh lemme just repeat what I said before
    I love ur blog and thanks a lot for providing us with this wonderful blog!
    :D

  2. sam permalink
    November 15, 2010 20:51

    Thank you SO much for the Sergio moments… saw it during the game and thought you’d have the perfect recap. :-)

  3. TheFunInFuneral permalink
    November 15, 2010 21:02

    Sergio’s thighs FTW! <3 Not the first time he showed them during a game, hope it won't be the last.
    Did anyone else notice how one of the Sporting players pressed his head against Sergio's chest at some point of the game? Or was it my imagination? o.o

  4. TheFunInFuneral permalink
    November 15, 2010 21:08

    Oh, one more thing…
    “A special back honorable mention goes to Sergio Ramos.”
    It looks like if he had a picture of a rabbit (with only its ears visible) on the back of his shirt, teehee ^^

  5. Tex permalink
    November 15, 2010 21:18

    You’ve been quite the busy bee today; many thanks for all your posts!

  6. jean permalink
    November 15, 2010 21:57

    Thank you again for the post(I particularly like the title).It is brilliant as always.Poor Cris:( for being bullied by the crowd and he was not the only one.All of our players were, and can you believe people booing San Iker?They dont even show some respect for their world cup captain?Im Glad that we won:):):)
    I wanted to see Cris and Celo celebration but maybe they will save it for the next match.
    OHHHHHHHHHH Sergio thats all I will say:):):):):) and the cameraman did a great job.
    Hala Madrid.I hope portugal wins but that will be a very difficult game.

  7. November 15, 2010 22:07

    The baywatch bit is too funny, this is why I absolutely love your recaps!

    Finally! I’ve been trying to figure out why Mesut’s hand was all bandaged…poor bb. Thanks Una, always amazing!

  8. Amelie permalink
    November 15, 2010 22:20

    Even if I’ve watched the full game, I still check out your blog and enjoy reading these kind of articles because you show funny and interesting moments. *Sigh* I love Sergio…

  9. Sunbird permalink
    November 15, 2010 22:21

    “They’re just jealous they don’t have a Cristiano.” exactly!

    – - Your envy our pride,your hate our strength. – - hala madrid! <3 Cristiano

    oh how i hate those words (ese portugues..) i know them well because that was shouted at Mou back when he was Inter's coach and defeated barcelona.

    • Maisoun permalink
      November 16, 2010 16:33

      You envy our pride, you hate our strength. —-I LOVE that! Did you come up with that? I want to use it on a poster Im making for the Barca game ;) I’ll credit you if it is yours!

      • Sunbird permalink
        November 17, 2010 06:01

        oh sweetie you’re free to use it! :) its a saying i read in spanish some time ago.
        just one thing… please share your poster with us i love fan made stuff <3

      • Maisoun permalink
        November 17, 2010 14:56

        Definitely will share as soon as its done! ;) I should probably clarify though that it wont be an actual poster seeing as I wont be attending the game lol but a digital banner that Im going to plaster Twitter with….I have a lot of Barca followers who are in for a treat ;)

        • Sunbird permalink
          November 29, 2010 01:33

          oh i see! :D where can i find it then?

        • Maisoun permalink
          November 29, 2010 15:03

          Thank you for commenting again lol I couldnt remember which post I had gotten that quote from ;) heres what I came up with, its a little rough but I’ll do a better one after we WIN!
          http://pikchur.com/4QT

  10. Kristine permalink
    November 15, 2010 22:29

    Una, I love,love love this blog!

    Thank you so much for putting in all the effort!

    So much SERGIO! THANK YOU!

  11. Ava Mendez permalink
    November 15, 2010 22:31

    what did mesut say??

  12. JulieFromParis permalink
    November 15, 2010 22:45

    I loved all of The Ramos Shorts episode. On sport + , they had such a laugh because at first they didnt get that there was a pb with the number on his shorts and when the ref went to Ramos and had a look at the back of his shirt for his name and number, they went like “oh come on ref, you don’t know who Sergio Ramos is?? He’s been number 4 for ages!!! ” . And they called Sergio n° 4 for like 10 minutes, imitating the ref saying “number 4, what’s his name again??” LMFAO.

    And the “it’s MY ball” gif is precious. In fact, he was quite bad ass during the whole match, pushing people aside so many times I was suprised he didn’t get a Y card!!

  13. Ana permalink
    November 15, 2010 22:55

    is that momo diarra sitting alone outside the vip box??

    • November 16, 2010 08:03

      He was sitting next to Fernando Pachecho (the two of them being the players excluded from the final list).

  14. November 15, 2010 23:12

    I was so pissed off when stuff started being thrown at the players. But I only started cursing when Iker caught that paper ball. I mean, how the hell can you do that to the captain of your national team – who incidentally just won you the world cup?!!! That’s just not right. Yes, he is the captain for Real Madrid but hellllooo he’s your captain as well. That’s just wrong.

    Also, Iker is called San Iker for a reason. Most people would have just flung that paper back, but he let logic prevail and just glared. My hero! The irony is that I’m not even an Iker fangirl. I just thought that what happened was just messed up.

    • emily permalink
      November 16, 2010 14:34

      Yes you are. You know you are, deep down inside. We all are Iker fangirls.

      • November 16, 2010 21:31

        LOL! I guess you’re right. He is my captain after all. :)

    • Dru permalink
      November 16, 2010 20:15

      The best part is, he caught it!!! What dumb fan is going to throw things at a man who catches things for a living- and is probably the best in the world at what he does- and expect him NOT to catch it?

      But sometimes football fan rivalries and the dumb things they lead to really make me sad.

  15. Gillian permalink
    November 15, 2010 23:12

    I am in love with the head ruffling. It’s a sign of the camaraderie between the guys. Adorable.

    Poor Baby Mesut and his bandaged hand, but how awesome is it that he’s swearing in Spanish now-lol. Too cute.

    • JennyJenkins permalink
      November 19, 2010 07:05

      According to a radio interview with di Maria, they’ve been “teaching Mesut all the swear words” – good to know some things don’t change!

      • November 19, 2010 19:42

        Haha for real? That’s great lol. Di Maria seems pretty awesome anyway. Is there a way to listen to the interview on the internet or maybe read a transcript? :D

  16. Maisoun permalink
    November 15, 2010 23:51

    Aaaah! I live for the ‘ICYMI’ posts!!!

    There’s so many goodies in this post but I have to start with my fave moment from the game of course….
    Sergio ‘Showstopper’ Ramos really does know how to provide entertainment, no? ;)

    I sure would like to know what goes on during half time also!!! Did Pepe end up in Sergio’s shorts?

    ….I think THAT should be there tribute to Mou for the next game, everyone mix & match jerseys and shorts then switch in front of everyone ;)

    The thigh/ass flash gif….Sergio you sexy beast! The ref is like “No, no, I said show me the number! Not show me whats under!!!” ;D

  17. November 15, 2010 23:54

    Great job!
    Greetings from Poland

  18. Lola permalink
    November 16, 2010 00:11

    Oh, you did do it today! I thought it would wait until tomorrow, thanks for getting it up so quickly, you are the best :)

    So happy we won, again!

  19. MsLaSuerte permalink
    November 16, 2010 00:16

    Una, i adore your humour!!!
    I was LOL all through this post!!:):)
    Sergio was VERY noticable during this match. lol <3 him all the way.
    CAN'T WAIT FOR WEDNESDAY!!!!! Go, Spain!!

  20. suzanne permalink
    November 16, 2010 00:29

    thank you so much una. you are amazing. we worship the ground that you walk on :D

    i’m so glad you had the beautiful sergio action b/c either goltv in the us didn’t show that or i was…well, i don’t know. i never saw it! so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
    what a tense match. so glad we came away for all 3 points, esp after the 1st pipa goal should’ve counted. on to the yummy basques. llorente and ocio!! can’t wait for that match.
    also looking forward to the friendly wed!

  21. Kai permalink
    November 16, 2010 00:36

    I loved Cristiano’s provocation and Iker’s catch/threat to throw it back. On that last one where Cristiano seemed to be conducting the crowd, he had been tackled pretty badly. I’d be angry too.

    Good job, Karim.

    And yes, I’d also like to know what happened in the parking lot. Thanks, Una.

  22. November 16, 2010 02:59

    What a great blog and so much fun to read. Thanks a lot!!

    I absolutely hated those fans. Poor Mesut, I felt really bad for him. I don’t think he swore though, because he never does, that’s just not his style. And of course there was no reason to swear at his teammates. Also, since he said it to Sami, I’m pretty sure it was in German. ;)

    Anyway, Una, this is such an awesome high quality picture that you posted:

    http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx268/unamadridista/unamadridista2/2010-11-1419.jpg

    May I ask where you get these HQ pictures from the games? Thanks for telling me! :)

    • November 16, 2010 08:06

      Mesut was saying it to Gijón’s fans, and in Spanish, it’s so commonplace that it’s barely regarded as a swear word.

      I get a lot of the pictures from Daylife (daylife.com).

      • November 16, 2010 19:41

        In the video I saw it looked like he was saying it to Sami, that’s why I don’t think it was a swear word. Not that I could blame him. Those fans were horrible!

        I go to Daylife too, but I was talking about the large high quality pics. I don’t think you can find those on Daylife. There are not many sites with high quality pics at all, unfortunately. That’s why I’m asking. :)

  23. YouNeverWalkAlone permalink
    November 16, 2010 03:48

    Lol what in the world is that goalkeeper trying to do to Sami? XD XD And Sergio Ramos…how in the world did he manage to get into someone else’s shorts?! XD

  24. emily permalink
    November 16, 2010 04:13

    I’m always realllly bummed when I miss an RM game, especially if I have to werk. Well, this week was one of those times. And GolTV is being stingey with the replays this week. *Can’t imagine WHY repeats of FIFAFootballMundial are so much more important* -_- But, thanks to you, Una, I can vicariously relive the best moments and hope that the TV schedule changes sometime soon and I can then fill in the blanks. You’re awesome.

    • emily permalink
      November 16, 2010 04:18

      Will you be dishing the juicy bits about the situation in the parking lot after the match? Can’t wait for your in-depth analysis…

  25. Jen permalink
    November 16, 2010 05:23

    what did Özil say to the crowd?? and better yet, is there a video? I always find it hilarious how quickly they all pick up these things jaja

  26. Michelle permalink
    November 16, 2010 06:45

    Xabi-centric comments first, as usual –
    a) Yes, quite the shelf-esque booty, isn’t it!
    b) Thank you for auditioning for Baywatch, I hope they take a long long time to get back to you… how about you try again next week?
    c) OMG, AWESOME SCREENCAP IS AWESOME – if I knew how to edit animated gifs, I would TOTALLY take that one of him pointing and make a “Haters To The Left” one!!! Someone made this one of Mou, which I *love.* Always makes me laugh.

    Gratuitous Sergio Ramos buttcheek: Completely essential part of life. Thank you, Sergio! (And thank you Pepe for supplying the original shorts which made that moment possible.)

    Finally, Sporting Gijon fans choosing to rag on Iker by throwing things at him — really? Think about this for a second, guys. This is Iker Casillas. HE CATCHES THINGS FOR A LIVING. And VERY WELL at that. You trying to taunt him by *throwing* things at him? That’s like saying “Hey, maybe we can defeat Aquaman if we get him in the water!!!” Seriously.

    • emily permalink
      November 16, 2010 14:39

      LOL – nice observation, Michelle!

  27. A.S. permalink
    November 16, 2010 07:35

    Awww… the Portuguese speakers certainly love their Mou <3

    Thanks for all the wonderful GIF. Also, your commentaries are always such a pleasure to read :)

  28. November 16, 2010 13:28

    amazing story!!! Thanks UnaMadritista! You are the best! I repeat what I said earlier – RM should hire you to prepare exclusive and unique reports from their games! Their website’s reports are nothing compared to yours!

    As to the matters mentioned, the game was very interesting from all points of view. Sports-wise it was very intense. Hottie-wise, even more! I love all the gifs, all the pictures and all the sections in ICYMI!

    So this time I will only limit myself to one comment: Sergio Ramos – such a tease!!!! It’s as if he knew the camera would catch him when he was back with the good pants! All in all, great story!

  29. November 16, 2010 14:08

    Ramos was the star of this game. Too much cuteness from him. And when he came back after changing his shorts and he showed some ass when he was being checked, I was like OMG I can’t wait for Una to write about it and show us pictures. This is how much I’m in love with your blog.

    And YEAH BABY, THEY ARE JUST JEALOUS THEY DON’T HAVE A CRISTIANO.

    Oh and Sami’s Baywatch auditions are just too much. I’m developing a new crush on yet another RM player <3

  30. amouria permalink
    November 16, 2010 16:41

    Lovely, your blog is very much appreciated. And OMG all these cuts and comments…too much work. THis shows how great fan of RM you are…GBU (GOD BLESS YOU)

  31. RealLisa permalink
    November 16, 2010 17:01

    I was waiting for this! And Una.. you know you’re the best! ;)

  32. Kristine permalink
    November 16, 2010 21:52

    I can watch Sergio being a five yr old alllllllllllllllllllll day.

  33. November 17, 2010 07:20

    It’s like Sergio reads this blog (or Kickette) and hiked up his shorts just for us. Because, really, I can’t think of any logical reason for him to do that. And the camera man that caught that moment deserves some sort of prize.

    I saw that Iker catch in youtube, and it was quite awesome, even for Iker because he wasn’t even looking at that direction, since he was running after the ball. I love the restraint he showed… But let’s face it, even if he threw it back or made paper flowers out of it right there we would still love it… I also loved when he pulled Sergio away from the ref when he was protesting too energetically and he was also stopping the other players in that first part of the gif, too… Iker taking charge = stuff that dreams are made of.

    I’m also loving Sergio being bossy. Stuff that dreams are made of, I tell ‘ya.

    In that gif were Cristiano was “conducting” them, it seems he was yelling “Mas, mas!” at the crowd, egging them on to boo some more, no?

  34. HermosaChica permalink
    November 17, 2010 10:25

    I wasn’t planning on commenting on this post since I read it so late, but there’s just too much Ramos in it for me to stay silent!

    I’m absolutely crazy about the fact that we can see Sergio’s abs through his shirt in the Baywatch gif. And his backside photo? A blessing from above, I tell ya!

    Thank you for every hilarious gif in part seven :lol: Confused Iker is too adorable for words! And I lol’d at “five year old Sergio” for a good five minutes, haha.

    A crowd that bullies Cris isn’t something unheard of, but being mean to Iker and Ozil is silly and completely unnecessary!
    :o The last gif in section ten: Sergio’s licking his lips! My prayers have been answered! Aaah..nothing like the feeling of complete and utter satisfaction topped off with a dash of fangirlish heart fluttering :) .

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