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January 15, 2011

Interviews, events, stats and more!

ONE. There is a nice feature on Sami Khedira in Sport Bild, as part of a series on Germans playing abroad, where he talks about barbecues, basketball and bullfighting, and of course the three favorite – and already flogged to death – topics of his adaptation, Cristiano and Mourinho.  But for me, the highlight is that they dressed him up as a bullfighter (although it’s once again poco original).  Sami said of this, “I haven’t had time to go see a bullfight yet, but I would like to, and I’ll go soon.  I’m like a torero in terms of speed and aggression.  I’m going to show these photos to Mario Gómez – who celebrates goals by imitating a bullfighter – so that he can see that I look like one.”

Highlights from the interview dealing with Real Madrid:

on getting together with his teammates: we get together once in a while.  Some players such as Gago or Marcelo live outside the city, and they invited me to their houses and we have barbecues in their yards.  We have team lunches every six or eight weeks, where the players, the bus driver, the utilleros, everyone get together.  We also go watch basketball together.  The last time was against Olympiakos, I was there with Marcelo, Pepe and Cristiano [ummm, what about Sergio Canales?]

on Mourinho: to a lot of people, Mourinho is serious and arrogant, but he’s very humane and respectful.  He works hard and knows how to balance fun and work.

on being German at Real Madrid: when Sebastian Vettel won the F1 this year, the players said to Mesut and me, “you’re not Germans.  You’re a Turk and you’re Tunisian.”  Before the away game at Gijón, we followed the final of the F1.  The Spaniards, such as Sergio Ramos and Arbeloa, were sad [because Fernando Alonso lost out to Vettel and finished second].  We were the winners, and we enjoyed it.

TWO. Xabi Alonso will be in his (and my) beloved Donosti on Jan. 19 to pick up the city’s Golden Drum award, the highest award given out by the city to those who they consider good ambassadors of San Sebastián.  Xabi called it “an honor.”  The local government decided to change tradition and move up the ceremony by one day so that Xabi would be able to attend, as Real Madrid is playing the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinals against Atleti on Jan. 20.  The mayor of the city had contacted FP to make sure that Xabi would be given permission to attend.

THREE. Other tweets from yesterday.  Cristiano says the hand gestures he makes when he celebrates goals are for his son, and Álvaro reveals that the Germans’ Spanish has improved a lot. Arbeloa also confirmed that the fourth musketeer is not on twitter.

FOUR. I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Ruud van Nistelrooy is the latest name to be floated as Madrid’s new “9.”  I wouldn’t mind seeing that happen!  He already knows perfectly well what it means to wear the escudo and what will be expected of him.  But if that doesn’t work out, rumors are saying that Madrid is also considering bringing back canterano Rodrigo, who is on loan to Bolton for the season from Benfica.  The club would ask for his cession for six months.  If Madrid does obtain a new forward in the winter transfer market, all signs point to Mahamadou Diarra being the one to give up his ficha.  He’s currently in Mali with his sick mother, and there is interest from several teams, including Pellegrini’s Málaga, to obtain his services.

FIVE. Cristiano has said that he wasn’t looking to injure Tomáš Ujfaluši during Thursday’s game, while admitting that his tackle was worthy of the yellow he received.  He added, “I’m not the type of player who intends to injure others… because God sees everything, and if you have bad intentions, in the end you will be punished.  I wasn’t looking to hurt him.”  Cris’ actions after the play showed this, because he attempted to help Ujfaluši up and even assisted him in putting his headband back on, after picking it up from the ground.  According to Cris, they also had a brief conversation, which went like this:  “I asked him, ‘Ujfaluši, are you ok?’  He told me he was hurting a bit and I told him not to forget to apply ice after the game, which would help.  And we laughed.  He knew that I’m not the type of player to make hard tackles.”  Very nice of Cris.

Cris also had another collision, this time unintentional, with David de Gea, and also helped him up and patted him on the head.  Video of these moments here.

SIX. More from the Atleti game, this time with a focus on Mou.  At first I was surprised that he would actually wipe the bench himself (it was wet), but then all was right when he handed the towel to Karanka to dispose of instead of doing it himself.  As for the other moment, I love it because it looks like TSO is doing a dance.  These moments from the video here.

SEVEN. In this week’s senseless insulting of Madrid figures, Franz Beckenbauer told Gms agency that “Mourinho is rude and uneducated in the methods used to achieve his objectives.  The fact that he wears cashmere doesn’t mean that he’s a gentleman.”  Has someone headed the ball too many times in his career?

And the man many consider to be the new Beckenbauer, Gerard Piqué (Piquenbauer), showed that he’s like that man in more ways than one, as he told Dutch magazine Voetbal that “Cristiano finds it difficult to resist looking into the mirror.”

To be fair, Piqué also said of Cristiano, “he’s a very complete player.  People say he’s arrogant, but I remember him as friendly and fun.  He’s a great person.”

EIGHT. To balance this, Rafa van der Vaart told Marca from London that “I have good memories of Madrid because it’s the greatest team in the world.  I keep in contact with my former teammates.  I was in Spain a while ago and I met with Sergio Ramos…  Mourinho is the best coach in the world.  In the pre-season, he treated me very well and I think he’s the best possible coach for Real Madrid… I never considered signing for Barcelona because Madrid has something ‘magical’ about them.”  I miss you too, Rafa.

NINE. A fun stat:  out of the 77 goals that Madrid has scored this season, nearly one-third of them have come from passes from Di María and Ozi.  Ángel has 13 goal assists (six in the Liga, two in the Champions and five in the Copa), while Mesut has 11 (seven in the Liga, three in the Champions and one in the Copa).  They’ve also produced 13 goals between the two of them (five for Di María and eight for Ozi).  Impressive, considering that both players are only 22 years old, and in their first seasons in the pressure cooker that is Real Madrid.

TEN. And Jesé Rodríguez from Juvenil A has been training with Castilla this week (Castilla’s new coach Alberto Toril is Juvenil A’s former coach, so he knows perfectly what Jesé is capable of, such as this) and could make his debut with them this weekend against Universidad.  Jesé, who’s 17, has scored 14 goals this season, and was also called up to train with the first team once (which came before he was ever called up to train with Castilla).  It’s said that Getafe is interested in him for next season.  Go cantera!

ELEVEN. Lastly, I thought I would just slip this in because it’s been a while.

However, I also have this picture now.

Which do you prefer and want to see randomly in future posts?

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48 Comments leave one →
  1. Zparklemotion permalink
    January 15, 2011 11:41

    “Which do you prefer and want to see randomly in future posts? ” Why choose? Both, pretty please! xD

    Wonderful round-up as usual ❤

  2. fatima permalink
    January 15, 2011 12:01

    both on the sergio photos please haha!

  3. amouria permalink
    January 15, 2011 12:06

    Many people know that Franz Beckenbauer suffers Alzheimer, so instead of being angry, we’ll just ignore him….
    Poor Franz, despite his illness, he does not forget the humiliation of his team by Inter-Mou.

    • January 16, 2011 10:01

      “Poor Franz, despite his illness, he does not forget the humiliation of his team by Inter-Mou”

      GOD, you cracked me up :’D hahahaaaa… seems the humiliation runs deep into his veins..

  4. Amy permalink
    January 15, 2011 13:59

    Alternating them would be nice:-)) Ahh Sergio!

  5. faith permalink
    January 15, 2011 14:31

    Ohh what a tough choice front or backside? If we can’t have both, I think I prefer the backside just for the beauty of the shape. Ah Sergio…..

  6. IsaBella permalink
    January 15, 2011 14:32

    oh no Sami, please don’t go to see a bullfight 😦 Frankly speaking, this is something that I don’t understand, but on the other hand I’m not Spanish.
    nice words about Mou which I’m swallowing like crazy 😀
    I remember the F1 final, I even tweeted to Alvaro about it, I know how sad he was. And another well deserved award for my beloved Boss, it’s an honor for us to have him in the team.
    “God sees everything, and if you have bad intentions, in the end you will be punished”: hearing those words from Cristiano makes me think of the time he will spend in Hell 😉 no offense to anyone.
    “Cristiano finds it difficult to resist looking into the mirror.” – but this is actually true (and you don’t need to know Cristiano personally to notice that); Cristiano seems sick when the camera isn’t on him. but this is just him and I don’t see any offense in what Pique said.
    oh I miss Rafa van der Vaart, too. I hope he’s doing well at Tottenham.
    as far as Sergio’s pictures go: I want both of them forever 😀

    • meme permalink
      January 15, 2011 18:11

      i am not really sure if it is necessary to insult ronaldo when he is trying to hard for the team. i don’t think such comments are necessary. sorry to say.

      • IsaBella permalink
        January 16, 2011 13:04

        First of all: it is not insult, it is called freedom of expression
        Second: I personally couldn’t care less about what Cristiano is doing with his mirror or if he’s religious or not; Una mentioned it in her post, so I commented on it
        Third: I do not find it necessary for people insulting me only because I find some words amusing and I have a specific sense of humour
        Forth: I am an atheist so I will not go to Hell; sorry for those who wish me that.

        • Yohanna permalink
          January 16, 2011 20:06

          I could become a journalist, make up some stories about you, and then use my freedom of expression to make degrading comments about you. In fact, I can use my freedom of expression on you just for the heck of it.
          No one insulted you. It is you who were doing the insulting.
          Also, no one here is wishing you to go to hell. We are merely trying to explain something to you but you seem to be blinded by hate.
          In conclusion, you’ve got some issues. And just like one of Ronaldo’s commercial’s say, “Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable.”

        • IsaBella permalink
          January 16, 2011 22:45

          @Yohanna: I am not blinded by hate. Please don’t insult me by such statements. I am merely expressing my opinion. I do not hate anybody, neither you nor Ronaldo. I do have a right to have my own opinion as much as you do. I am far too intelligent to have sensless arguments like this. It simply doesn’t lead anywhere.

    • mar permalink
      January 15, 2011 20:51

      i thought something similar about cris too! so no offense from me!
      I like cris as a player and the fact that he loves his mirror does not bother me (as soon as he keeps scoring).
      i found it sweet that he helped the other player get up

    • Yohanna permalink
      January 15, 2011 21:35

      Why do you think Cristiano will spend time in hell? Do you believe what the media makes up about him? I agree with the mirror thing though.

    • January 16, 2011 10:24

      There’s nothing wrong with looking in the mirror, especially when you’re good looking. But how Pique said it, it’s in a degrading way, by basically saying that he’s a vain person. I love Pique, but sometimes not so much of the words coming out from his mouth.
      None of us really know exactly what Cristiano is in real life, so I could understand Una’s sentiment on this. I bet Cris will have lots of company in hell then, cos all the people who’s badmouthing him will join him aswell. LOL.
      Funny how people keep talking bad about Cris, but I never heard of him saying bad things back to them. I’d probably won’t be saying things like this last year, bcos I hated him like hell.. but he’s growing on me.

      • HermosaChica permalink
        January 16, 2011 12:29

        Same here. Love the guy, but I think he should keep it buttoned sometimes. Saying that about any other player would be fine, maybe even humorous. But because it’s Cris, it’s considered feeding the media exactly what they want. I’m not sure if he intended to “harm” Cris because honestly, I still don’t understand Pique as a person sometimes.

        People can say whatever they want about Cristiano, but the fact is that it won’t ever hinder his amazing skills as a footballer.

        • IsaBella permalink
          January 16, 2011 13:06

          “People can say whatever they want about Cristiano, but the fact is that it won’t ever hinder his amazing skills as a footballer.” – totally agree

      • Michelle permalink
        January 17, 2011 03:33

        “There’s nothing wrong with looking in the mirror, especially when you’re good looking. But how Pique said it, it’s in a degrading way, by basically saying that he’s a vain person. I love Pique, but sometimes not so much of the words coming out from his mouth.
        None of us really know exactly what Cristiano is in real life…”

        Funny that you say that, because Geri actually does know what Cris is like in real life! They shared a dressing room for a couple of years at Manchester United, you may recall. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Cris took his time applying his gomina and pomada in front of the mirror after training so that he would look fabulous for any papparazzi that might be lurking outside Carrington to stalk him afterwards. (Based on some Gerard Pique Bad Hair photos from that era, I wouldn’t be surprised if a certain young Spanish centerback was right next to him at the sinks with his own kitbag full of product.)

        For what it’s worth, I love both Gerard Pique and Cristiano Ronaldo. I believe that any “shittalking” is an outgrowth of friends making fun of each other. Rio Ferdinand does that to BOTH of them on Twitter! And Madridista even provided more followup of Pique complimenting Cris as a person, so we have no reason to question people’s motivations or attribute animosity where none exists.

  7. HermosaChica permalink
    January 15, 2011 14:37

    Sami looks very handsome in the bullfighter outfit!

    Awww, Una, you do love Basque culture, not to mention Basque men, *cough*Javi Martínez*cough* 😉

    I must say that in the few instances where Ramos has been mentioned in this post, he’s proven to be such a sweet character each time!

    Haha, pobre Aitor! (Might I add that the little collection of Spanish terms you slip in here and there are SO contagious! Love those! 😀 )

    Without even considering the statistics, it’s so clear that Di Maria and Ozil have had a fantastic season so far! Very promising indeed.

    Now, what I really want to talk about is: AAHHHHHH!!!! That buttock photo made me go crazy! 😆 And I absolutely adore the “adjustment” photo, but nothing, I repeat NOTHING can top the side view of his culito! 😉

    • January 15, 2011 16:17

      Mmmm… Javi Martínez…

      • Jennifer permalink
        January 17, 2011 10:13

        Sorry, did someone say Javi Martínez? *swoon*

    • IsaBella permalink
      January 15, 2011 16:28

      Una has probably applied for the embajadora de Euskadi post 🙂 I wonder if she speaks a little Basque, it’s one of the most exotic languages in the world due to the fact that actually nobody knows where it came from 🙂
      ok, if I MUST choose of of the photos, I’ll go for the culito although as I mentioned before I’d take both forever 😉

  8. Nurul permalink
    January 15, 2011 14:49

    Love the round-up, aha. Thanks so much for it!
    I adore everything about Ozil & di Maria, they’re so wonderful.
    I’m also enjoying the whole F1 thing.
    And whoa, Khedira looks rather spiffy there.

  9. ebrahim permalink
    January 15, 2011 15:07

    thanks

  10. phiemdu permalink
    January 15, 2011 15:48

    Yay SAMI! He does look fly! 😀 My love for the 2 alemanes grows bigger and bigger everyday. Good costume indeed, although it reminds me a bit of our Rául. *sniffs*

    Cris is such a sweet and gentle guy. *rolls eyes* I loathe it when random people talk-trash about our players and coach as if they knew everything. Just stop it, it’s too horrible. Why don’t they learn to mind their own business, seriously?

    The 1st pic of Sergio Ramos, dayummmmm! This will never get old.

  11. January 15, 2011 16:49

    I love Di María and Ozil, it didn’t take much time for me to warm up to them. I agree with my fellow readers, why do we have to choose? Both pics of our vice captain are terrific. There is no need to watch bullfighting Sami, maybe just go once like a tourist.

    Now, I have to share those videos:


    look out for the lucky lady that wouldn’t let go of Iker after he and Wes were exchanging phone numbers or more likely BlackBerry Pin codes.


    Iker talking to FIFPro and looking amazingly handsome and its cute when he corrects the person interviewing him and I think he was amused with the way she is speaking.


    Cris talking in Spanish with his lovely Portuguese accent

    • IsaBella permalink
      January 15, 2011 17:04

      Thanks for the videos, I really enjoyed them 🙂 oooh, the lucky lady you’re talking about: I wonder if she’s a friend or a fan, cause if she’s the latter, wow, I didn’t dare do that, am I too polite? 😀
      I am not Spanish so I cannot asess properly the language skills of the interviewer but as far as my Spanish goes I think she speaks pretty well.

      • January 15, 2011 17:27

        I think she speaks pretty well too but there is something different that I can’t put a finger on because I am not Spanish, maybe she was nervous.

        If I was that close to Iker, I would just be staring at him till the opportunity of a photo and autograph goes away, I don’t think I have the courage to grab him like that! 😀

        • IsaBella permalink
          January 16, 2011 13:11

          Probably she just has a foreign accent 🙂
          You know, it didn’t even cross my mind to grab Iker like this 🙂 But I managed with the staring and I got the autograph 😉

  12. Jenny permalink
    January 15, 2011 17:51

    Coming from Beckenbauer that’s practically a compliment – you should hear the abuse he was dishing out at Germany’s rather adorable youngsters during the World Cup – and that’s when they were doing well! They just weren’t good enough, or patriotic enough, or training hard enough, or getting injured frequently enough (true story – not getting injured = lack of effort in Beckenbauer’s book – the boy’s should be coming home with broken limbs, career-ending injuries and smashing Argentina 5-0 because 4-0 against the tournament favourites just doesn’t cut it).

    He is generally a bit of a sh*t – but it’s okay because at least he’s like that to everyone and he is …ahem…the Kaiser.

    Cristiano – is class! Where does he get his reputation? I blame the maggoty British tabloids. He really doesn’t foul people either. That’s the first time this season he’s gone in for the kill – and you could tell he was sorry. Like Mou says – the school of Alex Ferguson!

    Mesut and Angel – well, they are fabulous, certainly! Angel needs to stop diving and losing his temper – and then he’ll be perfect – and won’t be 1 card away from suspension like he is now. Based on Thursdays gala performance, Mesut’s last remaining flaw (his tiredness and disappearance from moments in the game) could be on its way out. Well done to Mou’s trainers for strengthening the pale, frail boy up!

    Arbeloa! I’m considering joining twitter for the sole purpose of reading his stuff! And that was nice to say about the Germans.

    And while we’re on the subject. Sami is stunning. What a guy! Not many could pull that cheekiness off.

  13. Canederli permalink
    January 15, 2011 18:13

    I think you should randomly surprise us with both Sergio photos, Una! They’re both delicious!

    I saw the torero pix of Sami last night and was thrilled. He looks amazing. I’m sad he’s going to a bullfight though. Totally not my thing, but it’s not my culture so I’m making no judgments. I wonder if Sergio will take him to see the bullfight?

    I’m an Ozil girl so I’m thrilled that he’s doing so well. A lot of young players would have trouble under the pressure, but he seems so focused and grounded. I think it has a lot to do with the atmosphere at Madrid. If the team were less helpful or there was a different style of coaching, he might not have adapted/integrated so well.

  14. Kat permalink
    January 15, 2011 18:36

    Both pictures please, posted at random. You can just surprise us with which picture you use, Una.

    I’m not sure how I feel about RVN’s return. I love Ruud, and we have him to thank for that unforgettable 2006-07 La Liga title, but that was almost 5 years ago! His goal-scoring abilities are no longer what they were then now that he’s nearing 35 years old.

    http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com

  15. January 15, 2011 18:38

    oh.. sergio ramos!!!

  16. Maisoun permalink
    January 15, 2011 21:27

    “Which do you prefer and want to see randomly in future posts? ”

    hmmm…such a toughie…..but since the first pic was the Original WHOA! then I vote for the first, its a classic 😛

  17. Ange permalink
    January 15, 2011 23:15

    THANX UNA!!!!! love the last 2 pics!!! 🙂

  18. sara permalink
    January 16, 2011 00:19

    pleeeeeease keep posting pictures of sergio ramos in his hotness .. is it even legal for him to look THAT good???

    • IsaBella permalink
      January 16, 2011 13:20

      a huge “like” under your comment 😀

      • sara permalink
        January 17, 2011 14:30

        hahahha thank you 🙂 and a likelike under ours !

        • IsaBella permalink
          January 17, 2011 15:14

          a LIKE 😀

  19. January 16, 2011 02:21

    Una, can I ask you for a favor, please?

    You mentioned Arbeloa confirming that the fourth musketeer is not on Twitter. I love your blog and I know LOTS of people read it. Would you mind making a post saying that Arbeloa also confirmed that Mesut Özil does not have a Twitter account?

    There are several Özil imposters and one of them has almost 53,000 followers (yes, that’s FIFTY THREE THOUSAND!!) who all believe it’s the real Özil and who repost all the crap that dude says all over the internet claiming Mesut said those things..

    I’d just like to spread the word that that is a fake account and it would be awesome if you could help.

    Thank you so much!

    • IsaBella permalink
      January 16, 2011 13:19

      wow 53000 followers is a pretty good result for a fake account O.O this guy must have really made people believe he’s the real Ozil, I wonder how he did that, what’s the name of the account? I’m gonna see it 😉

      • Aline permalink
        January 18, 2011 03:44

        There’s something that puzzle me about ozi supposed account on twitter: kk and cris follow him!!! about now? fake or true? i’m not sure!

  20. January 16, 2011 02:36

    awwwww,Cristiano quote about not wanting to hurt anyone -sweeeeeeeet!

    I read what PK said, I think the mirror thing was in rather friendly mocking-style, not offensive…

    but anyway, for me, Crispy can look into mirror 10h a day and it would not change the quality of him as a player, so mirror mirror is irrelevant for football in his case (and also it does not help when it comes to choice of CR’s clothes;-)))

    Besides that all the news are pretty interesting, thank you!!!!!

    OH, and I’d of course say both pictures of Sexio. But if I’d have to choose only one, I’d go with no 1, I think.

  21. January 16, 2011 06:21

    hehe lots of love for #11. Sami looks really good and it really suits him! As for di Maria, I love him since before he joined Real Madrid since he’s part of la Albiceleste, but I wish he would stop diving, it’s annoying sometimes =(

  22. Lauren permalink
    January 16, 2011 22:38

    Di Maria and Ozi have been playing good. We’re proud of you guys!
    So cute how Cris said he doesn’t have the intention to injure other players. It was even cute how he checked if that player he tackeled was ok.

  23. elise permalink
    January 17, 2011 00:29

    I think Pique was jsut joking about the Cristiano mirror thing(you know he does joke a lot) and the way that the media portrayed it made it seem like he was trying to say that Cris was vain which I don’t think he was trying to do at all. I think people here on this post that think he was trying to insult him are only saying that because its Cristiano and he plays for Real. Let it be anyone else and its all “hahahahahahahaha”. But Im sure that Cris isnt vain at all and thinks that Pique was just joking.
    SN: Sergio looks good in both pics mmmmmm….

  24. emily permalink
    January 17, 2011 04:12

    It’s gotta be the leg.

  25. Jennifer permalink
    January 17, 2011 10:19

    Everyone else has made all the relevant serious points, to I would just like to say that that is one of the ugliest trajes de luces I have ever seen in my life. Sorry, Sami, I love you, but no. It looks like they repurposed an Elvis jumpsuit or something.

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