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the Marcelo show & other news

April 12, 2011

It’s apparently Marcelo Day on this blog!  Despite staying on the bench for the entire game, Marcelo was the clear star of the Athletic-Madrid game.  Here are some of his best moments from the game, plus other Madrid news from the past several days!

Marcelo and the water bottle: as you can see, Marcelino had a bit of trouble opening the water bottle.  He first tried twisting the cap off, but couldn’t make it past the plastic closure.  Then he tried biting, not once…

…but twice, while Xabi posed with his leg out!  Finally, Cristiano got tired of watching Marcelo struggle with the bottle.  He snatched it, and proceeded to open it with ease, flourishing the plastic closure to show off to Marcelo just how easy it was for him.

Cris then started to hand the bottle back, but decided that he better take the cap off for Marcelo too, in case he had trouble with that.  In the end, Marcelo finally got his water!

These two really are adorable together!  I bet Pepe was upset because he was missing out on all the fun on the bench!

Marcelo speaking English: Marcelo decided to spend some of the time before the game learning English from “Emanu” Adebayor, much to his own amusement, as well as that of Manu himself, and Cristiano.

What in the world is Manu teaching Marcelo?  Very useful phrases!

I wonder what exactly is so “BIG.”  Cristiano’s bottle of hair gel?  Sandro Rosell’s mouth?  Or El Chori?

Right Marcelo, Cristiano is the crazy one.

Marcelo on the bench: while Marcelo gestures, for lack of a better word, Xabi is busy posing and Mesut judging.  He’s thinking Marcelo is crazy, isn’t he?

Another exhibit showing just how hyperactive Marcelo is, and I loved this moment where Mesut and Manu were hitting him on the back in tandem, and Marcelo slaps Ozi’s knee.

Looking ahead: five of our players will serve a one-game suspension should they receive a yellow card in tomorrow’s match against Tottenham: Cristiano, Raúl Albiol, Di María, Sergio Ramos and Carvalho.  Apparently, Mou is thinking of keeping some of them on the bench, in order not to run any risks.  Álvaro Arbeloa will probably be called on to cover Gareth Bale.

The right thing: Tottenham has sent out a communiqué reminding all fans that “foul, abusive, homophobic or racist language will not be tolerated at White Hart Lane and that Stewards will take action against anyone heard using such language.”  They also facilitated a phone number so that fans can report others using this type of language via text message, with the club then focusing on the area of concern via CCTV.  People have been banned for committing these types of offenses.  I think clubs in Spain should sit up and pay attention to this.

Today’s plans: the team will train in a morning session today before traveling to London.  There, José Mourinho and Xabi Alonso (probably chosen because he can also answer questions in English) will speak to the press at 17:20h (16:20h in London).  Hopefully they won’t end up confused like Pep Guardiola, who became so muddled by the questions in Russian and the translations yesterday that he commented, “if we qualify tomorrow, we’ll be in the final.”  He later corrected himself, and in English, although he had originally started out in Spanish.

Luis speaks: speaking of Pep, Luis Figo told Veo7 that “Pep and José (Mourinho) are two very important persons in my life.  Pep is like a brother to me.  He helped me a lot when I got to Barcelona.  He’s the godfather of one of my daughters.  There are no colors in friendship.  José was the reason why I played one more year in Italy.  How he appears in the press is nothing like how he really is as a person.”

Raúl and Sergio: go here to read an interview with Raúl Albiol that I translated for the other blog, because it’s more about the national team, and here if you’re interested in the news that Sergio Ramos and Lara Álvarez have ended their never-proved relationship.  The article says Lara dumped Sergio because he was too possessive and apparently asked her to quit her job.

Again? Another game on Saturday at 18h!  This time around, it’s Valencia on April 23 (roses and books?), for jornada 33 of the Liga.

Yesterday’s tweets: are you sitting down?  Because yesterday Sergio tweeted a photo of himself and a teammate that did not, I repeat, DID NOT include them posing with their thumbs up in the air.  Instead, we get this pose.  Like Álvaro, they both look fantastic in aviators.  And Mesut must really like wearing silly hats, no?

Meanwhile, Álvaro tweeted that he was stuffing his face while waiting for his car to be inspected, that he had brought “merchandise as bribes” if needed, and also told us that unfortunately, we won’t be seeing the fourth musketeer on twitter anytime soon.

As for Xabi, he tweeted what I believe was supposed to be the same thing, but they don’t really match up.  In Spanish, he tweeted “watching the Masters at Augusta, playing on this field has to be the greatest thing.  Let’s see when I can learn to play well; it’ll have to be after I retire” but in English, it sounds like he’s already taking lessons, no?


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28 Comments leave one →
  1. kiki permalink
    April 12, 2011 16:16

    Well done AGAIN, Una! This is delicious fun! LOLOLOL!!!

  2. Linda permalink
    April 12, 2011 16:19

    One of my favorite things about the Spanish coverage – all the off-the-pitch action. I never get to see this kind of footage with other Leagues! Thank you as always for sharing your obession with such detail and dedication!♥♥♥

  3. colon permalink
    April 12, 2011 16:22

    i can’t stop watching the gifs of marcelo, cris and the water bottle! hahahaha

  4. Louise permalink
    April 12, 2011 16:42

    Xabi looks SO worried sitting on the bench! Unless he’s out there controlling things on the pitch (lecturing everyone), he just isn’t comfortable.

    Marcello is insane. I hope he doesn’t say anything crazy to any Londoners during their visit!

  5. Woranan permalink
    April 12, 2011 16:55

    “Marcelo and the water bottle” is so funny. Not only gif. files but also your description. Great….

  6. superfan permalink
    April 12, 2011 17:03

    Thank you for this news post!!!

    That photo of Segio and Ozil!!! I cannot. Seriously. What’s up with the pose? And the cap? Hahahaha. But it’s a bit of a good thing that it wasn’t a thumps-up pose, no? Hahaha.

    The video made me laugh! I wish I could go and hang out with the team on the bench!!! It looks so much fun. I doubt they were concentrating on the game that much.

  7. black widow permalink
    April 12, 2011 17:05

    the sergio girls must be pleased about the split … now if only a certain goalkeeper and a certain pastasauce would follow suit! ;)

  8. PepperPots permalink
    April 12, 2011 17:09

    HAHAHA! Mesut judging Marcelo’s hand gesture! OMG. I love RM!!!

  9. April 12, 2011 17:24

    Love the water bottle moment!! It’s like a big and little brother relationship. Cris’s expression when he finally tore off the plastic and looked at Marcelo was priceless!

    “Or El Chori?” HAHAHAHAHA! Una! But my guess is Iker’s bald spot?… The way they laughed makes me want to know soooo bad.

    The peace signs aren’t any better for me, though. Ok, maybe, it’s the same as ONE thumb-up.

    By the way, sent you the pictures via email, Una!

  10. April 12, 2011 17:33

    Aww, Marcelo! He really can’t keep still even for a second! I love seeing the team talking and laughing on the sidelines! You are the greatest, Una!

  11. April 12, 2011 17:39

    i can never find spanish coverage matches to download! D:

  12. IsaBella permalink
    April 12, 2011 17:42

    Una, dear, I think in London it’s one hour backwards…. so if in Spain it’s 17:20, it will be 16:20 in London….
    I wonder if any of the Donieck journalists were also aksing questions in Ukrainian, that would have confused Pep even more, I suppose ;)
    Finally a new pose, without the thumbs up! someone’s being creative :D

  13. Pam permalink
    April 12, 2011 17:47

    That footage of Cristiano opening Marcelo’s bottle was fun! As was watching Marcelo’s eager anticipation for water as Cris passed the bottle back to him…

  14. mar permalink
    April 12, 2011 18:02

    hahaha! marcelo is such a funny guy. As for his fight with the bottle cup…i can understand him. As I noticed he used his left hand, probably meaning his a left-handed, and this cups can be really mean to left-handers, as others things as well…trust me i have tried many times to open a bottle with my teeth befrore.

  15. amouria permalink
    April 12, 2011 18:50

    Lovely lovely Una, thanks a lot…

  16. Laykin ** permalink
    April 12, 2011 20:10

    Lol..I love the Marcelo show! Thanks Una, this is really great! Omg Cristiano is sOoo sweet **..& I’m really hoping the rumours about Sergio being single again is true!

  17. Mary permalink
    April 12, 2011 20:33

    That water bottle gif saga made my day…I love this team, great players and great people!

  18. Nurul permalink
    April 12, 2011 21:19

    Aha, oh Marcelo. He’s just so awesome, no other words for it. (And Ozil’s adorable!)

  19. April 12, 2011 21:58

    AHAHAHAH this post made my day. Marcelo’s hyperactiveness cheers you up so easily :D

  20. Mel permalink
    April 12, 2011 23:34

    I love that the never confirmed ‘relationship’ between Lara and Sergio is no more! I like him best single!!!!! It’s a shame the shades doesn’t reflect the person taking the photo.

  21. Joingk permalink
    April 12, 2011 23:45

    Can someone give me the link for the video of Emanu teaching Marcelo english?

  22. Cindy permalink
    April 13, 2011 00:00

    hehehe omg the look that Cris gave to marcelo in the 4th gif…priceless like a father gives to a son..:)

  23. Hala_Madrid permalink
    April 13, 2011 01:31

    UNA I think Sergio replaced the thumbs up for his new peace and love sing lol He did it again on the new picture he just twetted lol I love Marcelo he’s supper funny . Thanks again for this post. I’m ready for tomorrow’s game, Hala Madrid!!

  24. April 13, 2011 02:50

    Aww Crispy is such a big brother <3

  25. April 13, 2011 05:57

    oh no Una, Sergio’s started a new trend! instead of thumbs up, now he’s doing the “I’m so cool” V sign! =/ honestly, I can’t decide if this is better or worse than the thumbs up. I guess it depends on how often it shows up after this photo with Mesut and the new one he’s posted on twitter?? uh oh…

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