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the winter break news round-up

December 27, 2010

It’s been a quiet couple of days in the world of Real Madrid, as the team is taking a break (which means I sort of get one too)!  But, there have been some newsworthy events, both in the past and upcoming, so here they are.

One. Team Figo defeated Team Iker 5-4 in their Football 7 “hope” charity game last Thursday.  Among the madridista names who participated were Zidane (above right, looking like he could still play professionally), el Buitre (one goal), Sanchís, Miguel Torres (above, left) and el Pirata (two goals, including the game winner) with Luis (one goal), and Guti (two goals), Karembeu, Hierro and Celades with Iker.

The €70,000 raised from the game are destined for Luis’ foundation, Iker’s foundation and the CSD’s (Consejo Superior de Deportes) foundation for their cultural diversity league, to be played next year.

Guti played the game wearing a pair of casual sports shoes, because “I came from Turkey and I didn’t have anything else.  In the end, all you need to do is kick the ball and so any pair of shoes will do.  I’m very happy to be in Madrid.”  Since he scored two goals, maybe he’s on to something there…  And I love the fact that Iker and Luis had little banners to exchange with each other before the game.

Watch some highlights here.  Iker smiled a lot, which is always good to see, because I love his smile lines.

Two. Meanwhile, the next charity game on our schedule is this Wednesday, in the form of the Champions for Africa game co-organized by Sergio Ramos.  He’ll be joined by four of his Madrid teammates at the game, with Gago and Canales playing for captain Sergio, and Lass and Diarra suiting up for the African team led by Frederic Kanouté.  And José Mourinho will also be there, as he’s agreed to coach team Africa.  Will he be taking notes and chewing gum during this game as well?  Tune in to see…

And the game also has the support of Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina!  Too bad El Niño won’t be able to return to play at his old stomping grounds…

Three. Speaking of Mou, in an interview with Portuguese paper Record, he said that Cristiano Ronaldo “surpassed all his expectations” and that Ángel di María had “achieved the most difficult task, winning over the Bernabéu crowd.”  High praise indeed for these two players.

Four. Injury updates:  Kaká is expected to be ready to step on the field again in early January, with the Copa game against Levante on Jan. 6 as a possible target.  Ricky has been out for about half a year since getting knee surgery in August, which was followed by four months of rehab.  He didn’t return home to Brazil over the break, opting to continue his recovery at Valdebebas.  Mou had considered calling him up for the first leg game on Dec. 22, but decided that he didn’t have the necessary rhythm yet, and thus postponed his return for two more weeks.

(Speaking of Levante, watch a cute and entertaining video of the entire team singing the Christmas carol “Hacia Belén va una burra” here.)

And Gonzalo Higuaín will return to Spain from Argentina on Jan. 3, and by Jan. 10, we’ll know whether he needs to be operated on or not for his herniated disc.  Pipita has said that his recovery is going well and that he’s better but also asked for patience.

Five. While we’re on the subject of Pipita, Madrid’s web site has posted a video in honor of his four years with the club.  It’s worth watching just to see how much our Gonzalo has changed (and definitely soooo much for the better) over the past four years, especially in the areas of hair and teeth.

And check out the photo gallery as well, because Gonzalo has been a part of some unforgettable moments in the club’s history, including that famous goal against Espanyol in the 2006-07 season which ended up with RVN parading Pipita’s shirt, and the last minute goal against Osasuna in the 2007-08 season, which ended up with Gonzalo on Fabio Cannavaro’s shoulders.  Both occasions also resulted in a visit to Cibeles.  Good memories, no?

Six. Álvaro Morata gave an interview to web site Defensa Central after the Levante game, and talked about his debut at the Bernabéu.  He said that he never imagined that the fans would chant his name, and that he got goosebumps upon hearing them.  It made him enormously happy, and he’s very grateful to Mourinho for letting him have the opportunity to play at home.  MFC added that he’s very thankful to his family, including his siblings, and girlfriend because they’ve always supported him, especially in the moments when things weren’t going well.  His desires for 2011 are for the club to continue counting on the cantera, and health for himself and the entire world.

Seven. Speaking of MFC, Pepe, who made an appearance on MarcaTV’s Minifutboleros show yesterday, said that “Morata has shown that he has the quality to be on the first team, the same as Pablo Sarabia.”  Meanwhile, both of these canteranos say that Pepe, Cristiano and Marcelo were the players who supported them the most in the days prior to their Madrid debuts.

Eight. Rubén de la Red suited up yesterday for the first time since that tragic incident in Irun, when he participated in a charity game for children with cystic fibrosis that pitted bullfighters against artists in his hometown of Móstoles (Rubén played for the bullfighters).  He ended up on the winning team, as the toreros beat the artistas 7-5, and said after the game, “Of course I haven’t forgotten how to play football!  It’s like riding a bike – once you learn it, you never forget.”  It’s great to see him vestido de corto once more!

Nine. And Xabi Alonso is honored in his hometown of Tolosa.  More on that here, including a special bonus for all of you!!!

Ten. Meanwhile, on Christmas Day, Pedro León was honored in his hometown of Mula (Murcia), where he was bestowed with the privilege of carrying out the saque de honor in a charity game between veterans and current members of Atlético Muleño.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2010 13:29


    Thanks UnaMadridista for another great summary of the news, I always enjoy reading them. I hope you had nice Christmas.

    There are so many news that I cannot even comment them all. I will just say that the Pipita news are kinda cool and it’s nice that the club honours his anniversary with the team.

    I also like what Mou said about Crispy and Angel, very nice for the players to hear that. Somewhere deep inside I always knew that Mou and Cristiano are meant to meet somewhere along their careers and that the cooperation would be good, so it is nice to hear that it indeed happened.

    I will try to catch Sexio’s charity match somewhere on TV, I think it will be a nice event, just like Iker’s and Figo’s match.

  2. HermosaChica permalink
    December 27, 2010 13:55

    Hahaha, I loved the Levante Christmas carol!

    And I agree with you regarding Pipita. I’m sure the creatures that were living in it were pretty devastated, but I’m definitely glad that nest of a hairdo is gone for good! Also, thanks for giving us a peek at some of the important things that I personally missed over the past four years.

    Ohh can’t they actually have video footage of Morata’s interviews from now on?! I really miss his mumbling voice!

  3. Stacy permalink
    December 27, 2010 15:14

    I love seeing our players participate in charity matches.

    I’m super happy seeing Ruben like that too!

    I heard Ronaldo is having fun in the Maldives with Irina for his break? Hmm strange.

    He said that this Christmas shall be “special”…I thought maybe because it’ll be his son’s first Christmas? I guess I’m wrong as Irina was seen carrying flowers 😛

  4. Kristine permalink
    December 27, 2010 15:39

    Only news I could focus on was the rumor that Sergio has a girlfriend! Supposedly, they have been together since LAST summer! I dunno, you would think someone would have noticed this before now. Anyway, shes really cute and he certainly deserves some love!

    I’m still gonna fantasize about him. Haha!

    Thanks for all of the other news Una, I love waking up to read your posts.

    • Stacy permalink
      December 28, 2010 11:23

      Wait? Are the rumours you’re hearing/reading is that he’s linked to a Spanish commentator who looks like Sara Carbonero?

      Do you have any links?


      • Kristine permalink
        December 28, 2010 14:12

        Yes, Lara Alvarez. but aside from being tall and pretty with dark hair, she doesn’t look like Sarah. She’s really cute and doesn’t have that WAG look. If it’s true, I’m happy for him. Hell, he’s just a fantasy anyways..

    • RealLisa permalink
      December 28, 2010 12:07

      *lalalalalala* not listening. Sergio is single! Sergio is single! Sergio is SINGLE! 🙂

      • Stacy permalink
        December 28, 2010 12:20

        Hahaha I’m telling that to myself too 😛

      • Lulja permalink
        December 28, 2010 15:09

        …and he will always be!
        I like this song.

  5. Ange permalink
    December 27, 2010 16:43

    Thanx Una!!!! love the video of the team singing… sooo are we going to see the bloopers from the Christmas Video any time soon… I just saw the part that Mou was laughing but haven’t seen all of it…+ u always make some great comments… to go with videos and pics… so i hope you do… but I understand you busy person!! 🙂 … Hope you got everything you wanted for Christmas….since you been extra good this year posting all this + the national team…

  6. Bekah permalink
    December 27, 2010 18:06

    Thanks for keeping us up to date as always 🙂

  7. Lauren permalink
    December 28, 2010 00:41

    Thanks for another great post! Love reading your blog. I check it every single day 😉
    Yes, Kaka is coming soon!
    Does anyone know on which tv channel I can watch that charity game on Wednesday? It doesn’t matter in which language they’ll show it..
    That news about the pipits honour and the singing levante team were also great 🙂

  8. ulong permalink
    December 28, 2010 03:13

    Guti’s picture next to Iker’s…
    Sorry, Iker but Guti won my heart 😛

  9. Deb permalink
    December 28, 2010 05:41

    Any ideas if Sergio’s game will be shown online? It doesn’t look like it’ll be on TV here in the US 😦

    “Meanwhile, both of these canteranos say that Pepe, Cristiano and Marcelo were the players who supported them the most in the days prior to their Madrid debuts.”

    Where’s the love from the rest of the team and captains? 😮

    • Lulja permalink
      December 28, 2010 15:14

      If you click on “La Sexta Deportes” here ( – it doesn’t explicitly mention Champions for Africa, while during Iker’s and Figo’s match it did.

      Does anyone have further info about this? Waaah, I really want to watch it, since they’re even playing at a stadium (and not at the Gym).

    • Lulja permalink
      December 29, 2010 10:48

      Sorry! I checked it for yesterday! Apparently they are going to air it online, as well. 🙂

  10. jerry permalink
    December 28, 2010 11:27

    this is random but i heard that the cristiano ronaldo’s celebration where he does the claw thing with his two hands relates to kaka? does that relate to kaka please?

  11. December 28, 2010 13:14

    Sexio’s gf rumours- at first it kinda broke my little heart but than I decided to live in denial. In DENIAL!!!! (although I have to say that the girl he’s supposedly dating is super super cute and pretty so good for our Sexio)

    All in all, we are kinda surviving the fact that Iker, IKER, is not single and that Xabi Alonso is married – I think we can survive everything LOL

  12. Savannah permalink
    December 29, 2010 14:36

    Why do you call Alvaro Morata “MFC”?? I really want to know ;p

    • December 29, 2010 15:11

      It stands for my favorite canterano. It’s easier to type out three letters than three words.

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