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school portrait time

September 23, 2010

As stated earlier, the kids team had their official photos taken, both individually and as a team, half an hour before the training session yesterday morning.

Let’s hope this will be the first and last photo of the season!  Remember the disasters from previous seasons, when players AND presidents kept changing and a new photo had to be taken each time?  (Well, I’d be ok if some of the positions where we’re a bit weak at the moment – i.e. NOT the midfield – were reinforced during the winter transfer season, but that’s the only exception.)

Anyway, all 25 players, the coaching staff, JV, FP and club legend/honorary president Alfredo di Stéfano were all present.  They posed together as a team, and the players also had individual photos taken.  And as expected, the boys had a bit of fun doing all of that.

Xabi – who else – looked like he was giving pointers to everyone on how to pose (chin up Antonio!), while Marcelo just laughed at everyone’s modeling efforts.

They were also divided into groups, such as canteranos (I was so sad to see that there were only five, and that only one had made the real entire transition from cantera to the first team), newbies (and a bit horrified to see that there were seven here), and captains.  They were also made to pose with the carnet madridista.  The best part was the change in faces of the new players as soon as the photo was taken.

The players chatted politely with la Saeta Rubia and asked about his health, and he reciprocated by checking out how healthy Cristiano Ronaldo’s leg was.

But with each other, the players let loose.  I loved how they seemed to be trying to make each other laugh during the individual photo session.  I wonder what Garay is saying to Pipita about Sergio?

And even though he’s only 19 and a rookie, Sergio C. was posing like a pro.  I loved how his teammates helped Eze adjust his shirt, and the transformation of Álvaro’s face from grumpy to happy as soon as the camera started clicking.

Poor Cris looked really tired, especially in the eye area, and the cutest moment came when he sneezed.  But like the professional model that he is, he recovered immediately.

And then it was on to the group photo.  During the prepping time, Xabi and Pipita started playing with Sergio’s hair.  I love how they’re looking away with blank expressions when Sergio turns around.

Meanwhile, Arbeloa played with Cris’ neck (looks like it both tickles and feels good, no?) and Marcelo couldn’t keep a straight face for longer than five seconds.

The boys are so adorable!!!

Video here, with strange music.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Siv permalink
    September 23, 2010 07:14

    awwww una, this is so cute! now back to studying for math midterm ><"

  2. mila_casillas permalink
    September 23, 2010 07:48

    Oh Cris why being so precious bb? Now I don’t know if I want to be Di Stefano’s hand on Cris’s thigh or Arbeloa’s hand tickling his neck… I swear this video made my day ❤

    Hmm. I wonder why our bb goalkeeper opted for the all green outfit.

  3. Miche permalink
    September 23, 2010 08:38

    This video is hilarious and adorable at the same time. 😀
    Haha, is it just me, or did Pipita basically undo what Marcelo did to Eze’s shirt? They pulled in different directions.

  4. Nurul permalink
    September 23, 2010 08:40

    I love this video so much. ‘Tis true though, the music is -so- weird!
    Mesut’s face after the photo was taken is hilarious. I love all of these gifs (I can’t even pick a favourite), thank you so much for them!

  5. LaBlanca permalink
    September 23, 2010 08:45

    LOL!!! The boys are so adorable!!

  6. Jennifer permalink
    September 23, 2010 11:07

    This was so much like an actual school/class picture – the boys are on their best behavior when the teacher’s around (in this case FP and Di Stefano), but then as soon as they’re looking elsewhere, mayhem breaks out! 😛 Adorable.

    At least it looks like these will turn out approximately one million times better than those awful headshots.

  7. Cindy permalink
    September 23, 2010 12:59

    Ah this team, they’re so freaking adorable.

  8. HermosaChica permalink
    September 23, 2010 18:19

    This usually bothers me with other people, but I somehow find Marcelo’s playful immaturity very endearing.
    Seems like Pipita’s the centre of all the mischief that went on, haha he’s such a naughty boy 😉
    Lol at the immediate change of expression. Oh I just melted when Cris smiled after sneezing!
    Once again, I must stress how much I love these guys.

  9. RubyTuesday permalink
    September 23, 2010 20:14

    I though the same. That music is so strange

  10. joanne permalink
    September 23, 2010 20:39

    I really love Arbeloa – he seems like a really fun person.
    Marcelo always giggling is cute.

  11. Jennifer permalink
    September 23, 2010 21:31

    I just kind of randomly glanced at the very last .gif, and it took me a (way too long) moment to realize that Sergio was, in fact, not Sami Khedira.

    They’re turning into one person and it’s scaring me!

  12. RealLisa permalink
    September 23, 2010 21:51

    Love them all!! They’re so cute, especially Ronaldo when sneezed. (Don’t worry Sergio, you’re still my honey) :-))

  13. wandering_gurl permalink
    September 24, 2010 10:48

    Nice article. I haven’t exactly been enjoying the team’s performance so far (I could understand why Mourinho flung that water bottle) but this article made a giggling fan again.

  14. realwarda permalink
    November 13, 2010 06:21

    awww!! ronaldo’s sneeze part is so CUTE!


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