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February 19, 2011

A few more Madrid things going in to tonight’s game…

ONE. Maybe Iker Casillas is on to something there, despite all the news reports about how man bags hurt the wearers’ backs… because the majority of the players showed up for the concentración with their phones clutched in their little hands (I’m assuming there’s a phone in the mass of things Manu is holding in his hand), and we all know how easy it is to drop or lose the phone that way.  Wait, what am I saying?  Is the absence of Iker making me crazy, or am I just too distracted by the perfection of Xabi Alonso?  There is no – and never will be – justification for the purse that Iker wears!

As for the fashion choices last night as the players gathered at the stadium, here are some observations.  Even if you don’t know anything about this team, you can always pick out the canteranos by the fact that their luggage is from places like Nike or Adidas, not Louis Vuitton or Gucci.  And that little tag on Sergio’s hat makes it look like a turban, and that’s not a good look.

Aitor Karanka should do more than coach – he should hold classes on how to dress (for everyone except Xabi, obviously).  Manolín is the latest Madrid player to wear a silly hat (maybe it’s an initiation thing?), and Álvaro’s bedazzled sweatshirt is too short and not very attractive.

I have no words to describe Marcelo’s jacket, but expect Pipita to turn up in a black version soon.  As for Cristiano’s outfit, at least he’s not in head to toe Gucci anymore!  But that huge belt buckle… it could double as a weapon.  Tomy borrowed Sergio’s Crackòvia jacket, and apparently the latest trend is to wear a matching hat and jacket.  Sergio and Manu did it last night, just like Mesut did earlier in the season.  And Jerzy looks like a professor!

TWO. Guti is the newest “signing” of SER sports programs “Carrusel Deportivo” and “El Larguero.”  He’ll be a collaborator with both programs, joining the likes of Maldini, Michael Robinson, Santi Cañizares, Julio Salinas…  I’m sure it will be interesting!  I wonder what else Cadena SER will be doing after losing a massive amount of listener share to COPE?

THREE. Lass spoke to bwin, and this is what he had to say about Manu Adebayor:  “we’ve known each other since I was in Arsenal with him, so he’s like my brother, we did many things together before, so it’s normal for me, it’s a pleasure for me to play with him here, so I try to help him as much as I can.”

He looks so much better when he smiles!

Lass also reveals that he doesn’t know which sport he would have chosen to dedicate himself to if he weren’t a footballer, because he’s always had his sights set on playing football.  He adds, “I do like basketball, but I think I’m a bit too small to play… I follow many sports, such as tennis and basketball, but to play, only football.”  His favorite movie, The Hurricane, is also sports-related.

FOUR. Xabi spoke with La Otra’s “Hora Deportiva” program, where he talked about his two coaches.  Of VDB, Xabi said, “I already admired him before, and now that I’ve gotten to know him, a lot more.  We view football the same way as midfielders and as a person he’s exceptional.”  And as for Mou, Xabi stated, “Mourinho is one of those coaches that helps you become better, which is what everyone wants.”  He added that he doesn’t view himself as indispensable, only “important.”  And as for the rumors about cliques in the locker room, Xabi says “there are no problems… sometimes you just laugh at the things that are published.”

FIVE. Pedro León and Sergio Canales attended the presentation of Real Madrid’s summer camps – Real Madrid Summer Experience – yesterday at the Bernabéu.  I guess those two were chosen because they have a lot of free time on their hands, unfortunately.

SIX. And as stated in an earlier post, Castilla will not be playing this weekend, after Cerro Reyes withdrew from the match.  The team was suspended from the division several matchdays ago, for not fielding enough first team players, so for the rest of the games they are to play, the opposite team will be awarded a 2-0 victory.  This means that Castilla will prolong their winning streak to seven games.  Castilla’s next game is next Sunday, Feb. 27, against Cacereño in the Alfredo di Stéfano.

SEVEN. And finally, a sobering fact to go into tonight’s game with:  Levante’s TOTAL salary budget per season is €7 million.  That’s less than what Cristiano or Kaká charge alone.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. gaelle permalink
    February 19, 2011 11:24

    una hun just read a portuguese article about iker being engaged. WHAT?

  2. amouria permalink
    February 19, 2011 13:14

    This hurts a lot:
    “Levante’s TOTAL salary budget per season is €7 million. That’s less than what Cristiano or Kaká charge alone.”
    I feel very compassionate with them now… they should search for a Qatari Shyke or an Indian millionaire to help them through…

  3. IsaBella permalink
    February 19, 2011 15:47

    Manu’s hat looks exactly like Sergio’s the other day, no? at least very similar.
    Sergio’s hat&jacket: I like the color but it somehow it doesn’t look good at all.
    Thank you for appreciating Jurek Una 🙂 and of course fingers crossed for tonight!

  4. Aline permalink
    February 19, 2011 19:01

    Did anybody notice Sami’s new hair cut?
    Amazing 😉
    maybe Ozi can follow the example of his big bro and finally cut his hair…

  5. Maisoun permalink
    February 19, 2011 22:40

    ya I’ve got some wishes I want granted Genie Sergio…..mmhmm yes I do! ;D

    And I never realized Lass had such a baby face! So cute when he smiles!

  6. Laura permalink
    February 20, 2011 00:19

    claro, k gañamos! 2-0 contra Levante
    Es la primera vez que visito este blog y me encantó porque soy una madridista aficcionada y me encanta Iker e la roja campeona seleccion de mi corazon ❤

  7. February 20, 2011 05:28

    I watched the Spanish broadcast earlier today, and am now watching the English coverage on and was really saddened to hear well respected commentator Tommy Smith say this – “It’s strange the way Mourinho does things, isn’t it? I mean – he doesn’t like Sergio Ramos but then Sergio Ramos is Captain.” o-O Are you kidding me? Really, he ought to know already that RM go by seniority. So, is he just reading the tabloids or do we seriously have a problem between Mou and The Ramos?! Una, I’m confused and scared… Please make it all better 8′-{

    • IsaBella permalink
      February 20, 2011 14:26

      look, whether Mou likes Sergio or not knows only him and Sergi. We will probably never know what their real relations are. I personally think that Mou is fair when he judges who should play or not. If for any reason he puts Sergi on the bench it means it’s justified. He’s the boss, he decides. I may not like it, but well, what can I do…

    • Michelle permalink
      February 21, 2011 04:03

      I don’t know anything about Mou & Sergio, but I just have to say that Tommy “auld onion-bag” Smyth is one of the worst football commentators on TV and has been for the last 10+ years. Nothing he says should ever be taken seriously. (I used to have to suffer through his commentary watching CL games growing up in Asia – he was awful then, and he continues to be just as bad.) Expecting him to KNOW anything about the way teams’ captaincies works? Please, half the time he can’t even get his offside/foul calls right. He’s probably parroting some third-rate tabloid he read on the john earlier in the day.

  8. jean permalink
    February 20, 2011 21:09

    Informative and hilarious article as always.Una you are the Best:)!

  9. evellia permalink
    February 20, 2011 23:52

    una, is there any news of possible loans for canales this summer?

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