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yesterday’s news – the fun edition

November 26, 2010

One. The team had lunch together yesterday at El Espigón restaurant (they only seem to go to restaurants in that area north of the Bernabéu, don’t they?).  This was the idea of the captains, to unite the team even more four days before the game against Barcelona, and of Xabi, since it was his birthday and he wanted to celebrate with his teammates.  Kaká was the only absence, as he’s still in Brazil.  The Germans were the first to arrive, and Sergio the last, because he was busy with presenting his charity game.

The menu was composed of appetizers fried fish, rice with lobster, Iberian ham, seafood; main dishes sea bass, sirloin steak or entrecôte; and fruit or pastries for dessert.

I’ll wait for more pictures to do a fashion post, but if I don’t get around to it, here are some of my thoughts:  Mesut really loves those v-necks; Cristiano surprises no one by showing up in a Gucci jacket; Pedro León and Iker obviously share the same affinity for plaid; and Iker’s cardigan reminds me of Paddington Bear.  In a good way.  See the rest of the pictures here.

Two. Real Madrid’s web site gave us some vintage pictures of Iker to celebrate the 13th anniversary of his first call-up, on Nov. 25, 1997 (his first day at Real Madrid was July 1, 1990).  On that day, Madrid was about to travel to Norway to play Rosenborg, but Illgner and Contreras were both out, and then Cañizares suffered an injury, so Iker was called up, with team officials going to his cole, the Instituto El Cañaveral in Móstoles, to look for him.  He was of course surprised by the call but not fazed, not even by the fact that he had to borrow a suit from his father because he didn’t own one.  Also on that trip was one Aitor Karanka, today Iker’s assistant coach.  Can you spot him?  Iker had a great time in Norway, playing in the snow with his teammates and taking a walk around the city.  He didn’t end up playing in that game, but the season ended with Madrid lifting up La Séptima in Amsterdam.

Wow, I hardly recognize Santi Cañizares!  His hair has changed so, so, so much!  And ahhh, memories of when Kelme used to dress Madrid!!!  Iker probably loved that outfit and was super excited to wear it.

The video accompanying the article also gives us some images of Iker as a kid – he’s so adorable, and still has the same face, no?

Three. Speaking of players from that 1997-98 squad, and because he’s in one of the above pictures, Defensa Central spoke with Fernando Morientes, and here are his thoughts on the actual team.  El Moro says that it’s Özil who has caught his attention out of all the signings this season, because of his tremendous individual qualities, and because he has something different about him and is distinct from the rest.  But his favorite player on the team is still Iker Casillas, because he’s the captain, he’s a product of the cantera and because he knows what the essence of the team is.  Fernando called himself “un madridista de corazón.”

Four. And speaking of Iker, he appears in a new Mahou ad with David Villa to promote the Barcelona-Madrid game.  It looks like the book he’s reading is Los Secretos, although it has a generic cover on it.

Hotel staffer: Excuse me, but someone left this envelope for you in reception.

Iker: For me?

Hotel staffer: It has to do with the clásico.

Iker: Thank you.

Villa: What’s up Iker?

Villa: Let’s have a Mahou after the game?

Iker: Good, ok, perfect.

Villa: Let’s make it a loser pays all?  [Please.  David Villa would never use that emoticon.  The smile is too big.]

Villa: You up for it?

Iker: Yes, of course!

Villa: You’ll always have the chance to go double or nothing in the return leg.

Iker: Or you, phenomenon!

In case you can’t tell, I love his profile!  And the fact that he looks a bit like Alejandro Sanz in that first picture.

Five. The three amigos (that’s what I’m going to call them, until Kaká comes back) headed to the Caja Mágica to support Real Madrid’s basketball team when they took on Olympiacos.  Madrid ended up playing their best game of the season in beating the Greek team 82-68 in Euroleague play.

Pepe looked like he was concentrating on watching the game, and he must have had a hard time ignoring his two box-mates, since they were joking around.  How cute is Marcelino???

P.S.  Khedira and Canales were also at the game, but apparently not as interesting for the photographers even though they were sitting right next to the Portuguese-speaking trio.

P.P.S.  Cris was wearing a burgundy leather jacket.  And I think Pepe needs some styling tips regarding scarves.

Six. Yesterday was of course Xabi’s birthday, and he got applause and hugs from his teammates and coaches before yesterday’s training session.  And later that day, a dinner with Álvaro Arbeloa (and probably others) – who wouldn’t want that for their birthday?  And obviously, having lunch together was just not enough.

And they all tweeted about it.  Álvaro wrote, “we’re going to have dinner with Xabi and Nagore to celebrate Xabi’s birthday!”  And after the dinner, Nagore tweeted, “there’s nothing like a good dinner amongst friends…”  And Xabi’s is quite self-explanatory.

Where are the pictures?

I’m also including two tweets that Nagore sent earlier this month.  If you’re not jealous of her already, then you most certainly will be after you read what she tweeted.

Nagore was asked how she felt about Xabi coming in second on Don Balón’s best-looking footballers poll, to which she replied, “I already saw with my own eyes how handsome he is… I can’t stop looking at the cover of DT and I’ve been with him for years.”  And in another tweet, she wrote, “I would really love it if he won the Ballon d’Or.  I would like this recognition for him.”

Seven. In the “is this really news” category, we have the information that Sergio Ramos is no longer wearing earrings.  Cristiano stopped a while back as well, but there are plenty of other players who still wear them, including some of the Argentines and Özil.  By the way, canteranos are not allowed to wear them at Valdebebas.

Eight. And of course, yesterday also saw the presentation of Sergio’s charity game for Africa.

Nine. And in “we’re all doomed” category, Abercrombie & Fitch will be opening up a store in Madrid next month.  Luckily for Gerard Piqué, they’ll be opening one up in Barcelona too.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Tora permalink
    November 26, 2010 09:57

    You’re amazing Una, how on earth did you find out what they had to lunch?
    I love Iker in that advert!!

    • November 27, 2010 02:57

      Wondering the same lol. Maybe someone tweeted about it?

  2. Linda permalink
    November 26, 2010 10:49

    that’s lunch…?! geesh my lunch usually goes like this: run down to cafetaria, buy a sandwich, stuff it in and run to my next class/practical whatever…
    Young Iker is so cute!!! He seems like such a sweet cuddly boy!
    Sergio is now longer wearing earrings? Great! i never really liked them on guys
    Thanx una, you make studying for exams so much easier!

  3. HermosaChica permalink
    November 26, 2010 11:09

    The 1997 group photo is just ridiculous: they all look like they’re a few steps away from walking into a space shuttle! *facepalm* Nonetheless, young Iker looks adorable. You can tell he’s trying to remain well composed and unfangirlish in front of the “big boys”.

    “Iker’s cardigan reminds me of Paddington Bear. In a good way.” — LOL! How the heck is that a good thing?! A grown man should never have a reason to be compared to a fictional bear (except for Marcelo ’cause,’s Marcelo!) Lol, Una, I can tell you’re exhausted from all the atrocities Iker regularly slips on before appearing in public. You’ll be okay *flashes Iker’s shirtless Vogue photo to calm Una down*.

    • Michelle permalink
      November 28, 2010 05:19

      It’s the duffle coat toggles! And I happen to think they’re awesome!!!

  4. November 26, 2010 12:53

    geeez, too much hotness in one blog entry!

    I love Nagore’s tweets. |She’s also so classy!

    Young Iker is soo cute, so is nowadays.

    I want to have mini Marcelo and carry him in my pocket, he’s so adorable, like a teddy bear!

    and what’s the deal with the earrings? I do not quite get it? I mean, once you stop wearing them, you can always come back. Or is it Cris and Sexio’s new plan to minimize the bling bling in their outfits, and they started with earrings? LOL

    • Maisoun permalink
      November 26, 2010 22:45

      Yes by removing the bling on their ears they can focus on things like huge shiny belt buckles! They’re doing us a favor by directing our attention elsewhere 😉

  5. Hala Madrid permalink
    November 26, 2010 17:05

    So it seems like your name is Una, I’ll call you Una then?

    Great review of the dinner party. Mesut not only wears vnecks all the time, but he c0ntinues to wear the same brand (DS2). I think Cristiano also has to get away from Gucci, he should diversify his wardrobe… I think Xabi is the one who dresses the best, he uses a variety of different brands

    You would think that Sara would help Iker what to wear…what’s he thinking sometimes!

  6. November 26, 2010 19:25

    Mesut v-necks are starting to grow on me. I think he looked really good.

    Oh and the cute 3 amigos ❤ But seriously Pepe the scarves must go.

  7. Deisi permalink
    November 26, 2010 21:31

    This is really off topic but I just want to let you know that this blog is like my morning coffee, it’s the first thing I do when I get on the computer. I check this blog before I even check my e-mail! Keep up the amazing work! 😀

  8. Fatima permalink
    November 26, 2010 23:23

    Lol Una!! LOVE UR BLOG:D it’s like u know everything hahaha

  9. Rebekah permalink
    November 27, 2010 06:12

    It SO does look like Paddington, with those button things. Paddington is my favorite character from childhood, so that makes me happy 🙂

    Nagore is quite perfect (sensing a trend here)

    • November 27, 2010 11:10

      I’m hoping Iker is as snuggly, and there is a tag around his neck saying, “please take care of this boy.” I would.

  10. Michelle permalink
    November 28, 2010 05:27

    Nagore completely wins at life. *sigh* Lucky betch…

    That Mahou ad completely struck me as more of an iPad ad. Either way, Iker was great in it!

    And re Abercrombie and Fitch: *facepalm* (actually, I’d like to invoke the Double Facepalm, for when One Facepalm Is Not Enough. With the number of players who are likely to patronise the store, trust me, we will need the extra facepalms.)

  11. MsLaSuerte permalink
    November 28, 2010 20:35

    Thanks a lot for this post, Una:) Can’t wait for your fashion report!:)

    As far as I remember, Sergio stopped wearing earrings about half a year ago. He suddenly wore them again last month just for one occasion only. I haven’t seen him with earrings any more since then! And he looks much better without them to my liking.:)


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