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in case you missed it – the Cristiano who? edition

March 7, 2011

In case you missed it – Racing de Santander vs. Real Madrid [2011-03-06, Liga jornada 27].

The fantastic game that Madrid played, especially in the first half, had everyone wondering – does Madrid actually play better without Cristiano Ronaldo?  Mesut Özil carried the team on his back (Marca’s cover said it well – ¡¡¡ÖOOHZIL!!! – and check out that bufanda they’re promoting too) and helped Madrid to to patch up the huge offensive hole left by Cris.

ONE. Anytime you cross little kids with football players, something adorable is bound to happen.  In this case, it was Emmanuel Adebayor and a little baby.  Look at them!  And if Marcelo were wearing white or green, I would have mistaken him for one of the kids.

TWO. Three is a pretty good number, no?

The first goal was my favorite of the night, as it came off a superb, seven-touch play: Xabi→Ozi→Benzema→Ozi→Adebayor→Ozi→Adebayor.  Of course, it was celebrated with the obligatory head rubbing and Benzema jumping.

Xabi, Ozi and Karim once again teamed up for the second goal, but this time it was Ricky Carvalho (!!! as he’s usually one of the more serious guys on the field) jumping on top.  I loved how Marcelo and Pepe held their arms open and even left a space for him!

And in the third, it was Ángel di María breaking down the Racing defense, and once again Karim Benzema had a big finish, which he celebrated with a kiss and a fist pump.

THREE. A couple of guys being boss.

And as much as I love Sergio, let’s leave the free kicks to Xabi and Mesut (and Cristiano, when’s he around), ok?

FOUR. Álex Fernández made his official Real Madrid first team debut, coming in for Mesut in the 88th minute.  What a lucky 18-year-old, no?  And debuting on the day of Madrid’s founding!  Álex is the sixth canterano to debut this season, after his teammates Juan Carlos (Deportivo), Pablo Sarabia (Auxerre), MFC (Zaragoza), and first teamers Antonio Adán (Auxerre) and David Mateos (Ajax).

After the game, he told “El Larguero” that he was a bit nervous at first, but seeing that everyone treated him as one more guy on the team, it quickly passed.  Álex has been with Madrid since he was 13, coming over from Alcalá to join the Infantil A team.  His brother older Nacho is his teammate on Castilla, although he hasn’t debuted with the first team yet.  Álex kept the shirt from his debut for his family.  Fun fact: he wants to study physical education and journalism.

I love how he kept fooling around with his hair!  He fits in well with this team in that sense, no?

FIVE. Seriously, how cute are our canteranos?  I’m happy for Álex, but a bit sad that we didn’t get to see MFC in action.  And once again, I am surprised by how tall he is.  He looks like he had to bend over in half just fit in the bench area.

SIX. Meanwhile, the only man who can rival MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín in terms of big Bambi eyes, Mesut Özil, spent the minutes prior to the second half chatting with his former Werder Bremen teammate Markus Rosenberg.  Ozi was probably thinking, “finally, someone who understands me!” as Sami is injured (I assume Rosenberg picked up some German during his time there).

SEVEN. If I were Samanta from “Conexión Samanta,” I would be saying, “¡por fa-vor, Xabi A-lon-so!” right now.  And I’m sorry Raúl, but that jacket does not go with your suit.

EIGHT. Iker was quite boss at one point in the game, literally, as he was screaming directions.

He once again showed that he’s one of the best stoppers in the game, with the penalty save (although to be fair, it was a very weak effort).  I love the manly hug and chest/back slap that Pepe gave Iker in celebration of the save.

The last time Iker made a penalty save in a Liga game was all the way back in the 2008-09 season, when he denied Casquero of Getafe in jornada 32.

By the way, didn’t Iker look like he was sort of playing for Racing, as his green kit matched them better than it did Madrid?  And what happened to the green socks?

NINE. Speaking of Iker, did you notice that he took off his shorts and tossed them into the crowd as he made his way into the tunnel at the half?  I did.  But that’s not a surprise, is it.  Stupid biker shorts.  Remember that one time several years ago when he did the same thing, and was only wearing briefs underneath?  The good old days…

Also, how cute is Racing’s mascot Tula?  She’s a cow (don’t get the connection to the club, pero bueno) who walks on two feet.  I still like Mallorca’s Dimonió, because he always manages to “interact” with the opposition players.

Thoughts on what a good mascot for Madrid would be?  And don’t say Sergio Canales.

TEN. I loved those moments when Mou called his players over to confer with them, especially how he put his arm behind Marcelo’s neck and pulled him in, and then El Pirata did the same to him.  Mou was upset with Marcelo, because it was his lost ball that led to the penalty in favor of Racing.

ELEVEN. Karim Benzema spoke with the press in the mixed zone.  I’ve listened to him speak several times now, and no matter what is asked of him, he always says something along the lines of “I’m feeling good and I hope to score more goals” (he only gets interviewed when he scores).  I wonder if this is down to him not understanding the question, or those being the only words he can say in Spanish?

Anyway, this time around he also told the press that “Mourinho has worked a lot with me, including in the mental area.  I’m feeling good, both physically and mentally.”  And when asked whether he feels comfortable with Adebayor, his partner in this game, he said yes, but quickly added quite diplomatically, since he knows what the press is like, that he also feels good playing with Cristiano.

TWELVE. For the Sergio Ramos peñistas.  Look at the bulging eyes and hand language!

THIRTEEN. Do the assistants imitate Mou to get on his good side?

FOURTEEN. How to fall 101.  Don’t get tangled up in the net.  Do ride it out.

FIFTEEN. Well at least El Chori has a backup career as a dancer if the football doesn’t work out.

SIXTEEN. Sergio Canales made his somewhat triumphant return to Santander, in that he got some minutes.  As this was his first game in El Sardinero in a shirt other than that of Racing, I wonder if he felt a bit strange sitting on the opposition bench?  He got some boos and a few cheers when he started warming up (the camera panned to show that the cheers mostly came from teenage girls) and also when he checked in.  Sergio C. said after the game, “I’m content, it was incredible here.  This is the club that helped me to get to where I am now and I will always be grateful to them.”

His poor little culito got hurt.

SEVENTEEN. MFC did finally get onto the field, but unfortunately the game was already over by then.  I loved the hug Pepe – once again proving he’s the canteranos’ biggest cheerleader – gave to Álex!  ¡Muy adorable!

ABMM shouldn’t tower over Iker, it just looks strange!

EIGHTEEN. The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

I think he deliberately provokes yellow cards just to so he can pose (and get all of us to go, oooooh, Xabi!).

NINETEEN. The Mou corner.

Mou was happy with the way his teamed played and expressed this at his postgame press conference.  He also complimented various players.  With regards to Esteban Granero, Mou said, “I get along very well with him, which is not usual with players that don’t get a lot of playing time.  I talk a lot with him… he has the physical and technical qualities.  Today he played very well.  He’s intelligent, learns quickly, wants to be useful and has a big heart.”

Mou also explained why Álex played instead of Pedro León: “Pedro León was also on the bench, but with the result, I thought playing four minutes would have meant more for Álex, as it would have been for Casado.  For Pedro, it would have meant nothing.  I wanted to give this joy to Álex, who had a marvelous day.”

TWENTY. Sergio tweeted after the game, and this time he was correct – this game was worth three points.

He also gave us this cute – minus his thumb – picture with Mesut on the plane.  I wonder how Sergio chooses who to take a photo with?  And what happened to The Four Musketeers?

TWENTY ONE. I guess Castilla was missing MFC and co. because they tied with Conquense 2-2, ending their winning streak.  Mandi and Joselu scored for the boys, and Castilla played with 10 for a good part of the game after Daniel Carvajal received two yellow cards.  As the game went on, Alberto Toril would also be ejected.

TWENTY TWO. Looking ahead: Mou has given his team one and a half days off, and the big boys won’t be back in training until Tuesday afternoon.

And in case any of you are interested, former Madrid player, winner of the “más guapo de la Liga” award and unamadridista favorite Santi Solari has started writing a column for El País.  Read his thoughts here (in Spanish)!

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66 Comments leave one →
  1. Pammie permalink
    March 7, 2011 14:28

    Now that you mentioned Dimonio, I had to look for him and oh my god this mascot is so cute! 😀 Did he do something similar to the RM players once and was it caught on camera? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRYf5aQ9Pn0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3HnVUzKBXM

    Our mascot?…. Perez’ money clip? A regal lion? A white tiger!!

    so SC says something CR7 related and it gets on the cover of Marca? O_o

    Karim can say more in spanish than just his standard sentence 😀 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNeWBzqx3C0

    The pirate slide! 😀

    “(the camera panned to show that the cheers mostly came from teenage girls)”
    LOL

    Thanks for my favourite Xabi pose section. mmmm

    have a great monday!

    • Pammie permalink
      March 7, 2011 14:37

      oh and a question- I read on a site that the nickname for Ozil in Spain is El Buho, is this real? I prefer the german Mozart 😀

  2. Bee permalink
    March 7, 2011 14:37

    I seriously thought that Racing’s mascot was a giraffe. *facepalm*

    -Thoughts on what a good mascot for Madrid would be? And don’t say Sergio Canales.

    ^
    Single-handedly the quote ever. ABSOLUTELY GENIUS.

  3. March 7, 2011 14:40

    What a phenomenal game! All the boys, but especially Ozil, Benz, Alonso and Granero, played fantastically.

    Mou’s quote about Granero, is exactly why I love Granero and Mou for recognizing that!

  4. Milleca permalink
    March 7, 2011 14:50

    Oh una, you have very amaysing eyes! Thanks for this!

  5. March 7, 2011 14:51

    That first goal was brilliant. And thank goodness we scored and had a pretty convincing win. The initial news of CRon’s injury initially paralyzed me with fear, but this win has gone a long way in calming me.

    Oh, and idea for a mascot, if not Canales, then maybe a lion we can call Peter?

    And that was really nice of Mou to give the Alex his debut on Madrid’s founding day. That was really, really thoughtful and I’m sure it means the world to Alex. It’s little things like this that make me forget about the shameful comments about Pellegrini and Malaga and ranting about the La Liga schedule.

    http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com

  6. Annee permalink
    March 7, 2011 15:04

    That first Xabi pose has to be one of the best of the season. He even had a runway half-turn in there.

    I love that pic of Sergio and Mesut. Meust looks especially adorable.

  7. suzanne permalink
    March 7, 2011 15:12

    O.M.G! what a beautiful, beautiful, wonderful 1st half that was. the boys were ON FIRE! esp ozi!! just epic. it was such a joy to watch our boys play like that.
    thanks una for all the hard work on this. that pic with manu and the baby…heart melting into a puddle. and you may see xabi in that pic, but all i see is esteban. even with the questionable hair cut, wow! and he played really, really well. this is why he needs to be on the pitch more, mou. just one girls opinion.
    sergio getting a yellow and not any of the people trying to push him around was horrible. thanks for the gifs though. overall i didn’t like how racing was being so physical but acting like a bunch of pansies when the shoe was on the other foot. errr >:O
    congrats to alex on his debut! i’m glad bb sergio got in the match. hoping karim’s brace carries him more confidence! and again, i just have to say, wow ozi, wow! such class and beauty from him yesterday!!
    well done boys! well done indeed!

  8. Allbe permalink
    March 7, 2011 15:53

    El pirata looks so much like Pipita in the pictures in this post!

    I miss Gonzalo so much but atleast he’s getting better!!

  9. faith permalink
    March 7, 2011 16:33

    #14 (ooohhhh Xabi – but no, I mean your post) – Esteban is so cool and hip even when he falls it looks like he’s surfing.

    Great ICYMI again Una!!

  10. gaelle permalink
    March 7, 2011 17:04

    una hun, what did gonzalo higuain said in his interview?

    • March 8, 2011 08:25

      What interview?

      • LaBlanca permalink
        March 8, 2011 08:40

        RealHiguain from last Friday. I think thats what gaelle means. Its a pity that they have skipped almost the whole private parts in the English translation. Since he was adorable and considerably thaws up when the topic went to family & friends. Loved it!

        • gaelle permalink
          March 8, 2011 14:38

          yeah that is the one i mean. anyone has the full translation of it?

  11. March 7, 2011 17:13

    i think he wore black socks to justify him wearing the black gloves 🙂
    how many coloured gloves does he have?
    are they all the same pattern just different colours in the middle part?

    • March 8, 2011 08:26

      He usually uses the same pair of gloves until they wear out.

    • polly permalink
      March 10, 2011 00:22

      LOL – if only he were that fashion conscious! I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have been allowed to wear green socks because that’s what Santander was wearing.

  12. ICan'tThink permalink
    March 7, 2011 17:32

    Great work as always Una.
    But I can’t say I’m a great fan of this post’s title.
    It was actually rather disappointing seeing a title such as this one on one of the most followed Real Madrid blogs I know.
    We really can’t just forget and throw everything Cristiano did for the club behind us; his work ethic, dedication etc…

    I’m don’t want to be misunderstood here, just expressing my opinion.

    • March 8, 2011 08:29

      If you’ve been reading this blog, then you must know how much of a fan I am of Cris, especially his work ethic and dedication. Just because I titled one post like this – to express how well Madrid played without him – doesn’t mean that everything I said in the past has been forgotten and/or overlooked. I’ll be happy when he’s back, but I am also extremely happy that Madrid played well without him. The team comes first.

      • asma permalink
        March 8, 2011 16:51

        First time posting and I will start by thanking you for your wonderful blog. Your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated. One thing that makes me enjoys reading your blog so much is your sense of fairness on each of the player in the team. You manage to make every single one of them ‘appears’ special and appealing in their own way because you focus on their positive attributes rather than the negatives. I like that.

        But upon reading the title of this ICYMI post I confess I am quite taken aback. It sounds harsh if I may say so coming from you. I know how you are with Cristiano and that only emphasize what a sensible person you are because you are able to see him as the person he is. The title of this post is uncharacteristic of unamadridista.

        Now I’m questioning myself, in a general sense and not at all pointing at you..is this because it is Cristiano, that makes it easier to write such title? Maybe it is since I can’t imagine the Xabi who? / the Sergio who? / the Iker who? or anyone else for that matter.

        If I remember correctly, the issue of the team plays better without Cristiano has been raised since he was at MU. At one point he even got asked this question in an interview. On the other hand, the team has been said to rely on him too much, also since he was at MU. In the end it looks like this, if Cristiano plays, the team will rely on him 100%, if he doesn’t play the team will play better. lol. It’s bizarre.

        It’s hard being Cristiano as it seems like nothing he does can satisfy or meet the approval of anyone. But his mental strength is unparalleled. He would make a great golfer.

        • March 9, 2011 09:06

          If the circumstances were right, I would have titled a post the Xabi who, the Iker who edition, etc. But the fact is that the team (so far) has not played well without Xabi, and this time they played very well without Cristiano, who had shouldered a huge part of their offense all season long. Again, I’m not saying that I’ve forgotten everything that Cris has done because of this one game. I’m only highlighting the fact that the team – surprisingly or not – managed to play very well without him, and that’s something we should be happy about. He’s not going to be able to play in every single game of every single season and it’s good to see that the rest of the team stepped it up.

          In the end, I don’t care who’s out there for Madrid as long as they play well and play like a team. I put the team above any individual player, and that includes Cristiano, Xabi, Iker, etc. Everyone. No exceptions.

        • san permalink
          March 9, 2011 12:57

          I see what she is saying because the team played better without Iker the 2 games he was out though(despite being 10 men down for most of the first), especially the defense who actually looked like they were awake from start to finish, and Adan too, but we didn’t see a title like this. And what exactly made this performance better than the first against Racing where the score was 6-1 (with Cristiano scoring 4 of those) and we weren’t in danger of coming away with a draw or escaping with a close victory, unlike this game where the score was close to being 2-2 in the second half?

        • March 9, 2011 13:26

          Fine, from now on I’ll take a poll before I make any new ICYMI post titles to make sure I don’t offend anyone! In all seriousness, I’m not comparing any games, simply stating that in this one game, Madrid played well. And it’s hard to compare the two Racing games anyway, since six of the Racing starters were different, with four for Madrid.

      • mila_casillas permalink
        March 9, 2011 06:17

        As a big Cris fan and an even bigger RM fan, I say amen. It is great to see we didn’t completely fall apart without him like we did a few times last season. And the poor puppy got to rest somewhat.

        • asma permalink
          March 9, 2011 10:20

          Thanks for explaining Una. This is what I meant by your sense of fairness.

  13. Stella permalink
    March 7, 2011 17:46

    OMG! My Swedish crush Rosenberg and my German Özil crush together again… ooo I miss the Bremen time. Buhu! Serg and Özil in the last pic, how sweet is Mesut. Love him!

    The game was amazing, a lot of favoritplayers was AMAZING Özil, Manu, Di Maria and Benz did a great jobb. And no I did not miss Cris (sorry).

    Thanks Una again for this wonderful blogg. I was a bad day today but this post made me happy again.

  14. san permalink
    March 7, 2011 18:00

    Didn’t RM win their first game this season against racing 6-1, with Ronaldo scoring 4 of those goals? This hardly proves the team is somehow better without him. It does show however that he isn’t the only player out there(like some would have you believe) and while the rest of his teammates might not receive all the accolades he does, they do do their parts and contribute to our wins

  15. blitzen permalink
    March 7, 2011 18:34

    I watched this game, and I have to say yes I do think RM plays better without CRonaldo. More fluid and like an actual team. Some of the passing was almost Barca-like. Ozil in particular had a great mental connection with both Benzema and Adebayor. Well done.

  16. Claire permalink
    March 7, 2011 18:40

    Hi, Una. I think that the one who jumping on top during the first celebration is Benzema, not Pepe.
    dunno why Real Madrid doesn’t have a mascot?

  17. Nurul permalink
    March 7, 2011 18:59

    I absolutely -love- the passes leading up to the first goal. It was beautiful. And as the commentator said, “Fantastic team goal”! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching that play. Karim’s second goal was quite great, too.
    I thought that moment between Marcelo & Mou was cute, too; aha! Esteban sliding across the grass was hilarious. Canales, the poor kid…

    Overall I’m really glad that they did well, because I’m sick of all the “Madrid-are-dependable-on-Cristiano” -like posts I see.

  18. Vanessa G permalink
    March 7, 2011 19:11

    i adore this team wayyy to much! At times i find that i enjoy reading your “In case you missed it” posts more then watching the games 🙂 Thank you!!

  19. Michelle permalink
    March 7, 2011 19:28

    Riding it out. Verrah sexy. I approve.

    Madridista, in the suits photo (the one with HOTT Xabi), who is the one with his back to us? to Xabi’s left and facing Granero, with the Raul-esque hair? a) Could not identify him at all, and b) whoever it is, he desperately needs a new suit fitting. Way too big in the shoulders, and ay yai yai, the BREAK on those trousers; that hem needs to be brought up a couple of inches! Same thing for your pant hems too, Antonio Adan, I see them… Trip to the tailors’ for EVERYONE. Except Xabi Alonso, because his is perfect. (Look at your trouser break. Now look at his. Now back at yourself, now BACK to his. Sadly, you are no Xabi Alonso. But if you visit the tailor, you too could have a suit that fits like Xabi Alonso’s.)

  20. Barbara permalink
    March 7, 2011 19:37

    Thank you for all the pictures/gifs—I miss Sami; but it looks like Mesut has a new best friend for plane rides anyway. Does anyone know for sure when Sami will come back, other then 2 to 3 weeks?

  21. Evita permalink
    March 7, 2011 19:48

    someone please say somethiung to him about that damn thumbs up. i’d like to see him chuck dueces, rapper style….

  22. Kate permalink
    March 7, 2011 20:03

    do you see on the first image Adebayor with small baby on hands?

    on the left side?

  23. Manzanova permalink
    March 7, 2011 21:08

    Funny I never noticed this before, but Iker’s kit makes him kind of blend in to the field, with the white markings and all. Maybe there is a method to his madness…

  24. March 7, 2011 21:39

    Thanks UnaMadridista!!!!!

    I did not manage to see the game, so once again I am relying strictly on Una’s report and while I am waiting for the gifs to load I only can say – even in advance – thanks for number 12 of ICYMI;-))

    I am so happy that Karim scored and need I to repeat how much I love the signing of Mesut this summer? It seems like he had an awesome game, how cool is that! I love love love that he plays for RM!

    *load gifs, load, I cannot wait to see you!;-)

  25. Hala_Madrid permalink
    March 7, 2011 21:58

    Even though they played one of their best games this season. I still missed Cris =( Real Madrid will never be the same without him….

  26. DesiEnM permalink
    March 8, 2011 00:18

    Major lurker but i just wanted to say that i love your posts and thank you so much for all the hard work. cheers! :3

    • Zparklemotion permalink
      March 8, 2011 11:32

      I’ll second the lurking + appreciation :3

  27. Ang permalink
    March 8, 2011 00:22

    awww MARCELO (he acts a lil kid & sometimes he even looks like a lil kid…!!!!) … *lmao* with ” If I were Samanta from “Conexión Samanta,” I would be saying, “¡por fa-vor, Xabi A-lon-so!” ” … I can only think of when she said it to Juan Mata… that too me was a lil annoying… *lmao* … ok … sooo over all what a great game… it was werid not seeing CR7 …

    THANX UNA!!!!

    have you seen the new HOLA BRAZIL… it’s has Kaka & his stunning wife… I think they are the Brazilian version of Xabi & his wife….

  28. Gillian permalink
    March 8, 2011 00:34

    AAAAAAAAAAAAH! I am loving all the Bambi love. And how CUTE is that photo of Bambi w/Sergio. So much cuteness and win I. cannot. stand. it.

    Also, I don’t know where else to ask this: does anyone here watch Real Madrid matches on GolTV? Who is that annoying announcer who goes overboard when he’s commenting on a match? He calls Mesut Avatr eyes, and I prefer Baby Mesut or Bambi!

    Thanks – as always – for the recap post and pics!

    • March 8, 2011 09:41

      The commentator you refer to is Ray Hudson. He used to be a player and a coach, both in England (Newcastle U.) and in the US (Ft. Lauderdale). I really enjoy his wit and there is a FB page and a twitter that chronicle the silly things he says during matches. he’s had some real classics. Have found myself asking ‘Did he really just say orgasmic?’

    • Michelle permalink
      March 9, 2011 01:38

      Oh, I’m with you, I find him annoying and overblown and usually just roll my eyes. His commentary ruins Barca matches for me (because he loves them so much, he keeps coming up with stranger and stranger things to say). We seem to be in a minority, though. Eh, at the end of the day, I’m lucky that I can just change the channel to watch ESPN Deportes instead.

    • mila_casillas permalink
      March 9, 2011 06:21

      Ray Hudson is hilarious. But he loves Barca a bit more than he does RM so I refrain from watching him nowadays. >_>

  29. nicole permalink
    March 8, 2011 00:52

    una you have trained me well to spot all the ‘important’ moments of the game so yea i saw the iker moment.also i love that you have made a sergio section:)

  30. lalitta permalink
    March 8, 2011 00:54

    Once again an amazing ICYMI edition. I absolutely love your eye for details and your humor, Una! I have to say, Sexio Ramos looked so hot!! The long sleveed dark Real Madrid blouse made him even more gorgous (seriously I NEED to meet this man so I can confess my huge love to him) .. Another ting: Bambi was absolutely FIERCE! He totally owned the pitch, no doubt about that. Gooo Mesut, you sweet-little-pale-big-eyed hunnybunny. You are the playmaker over them all!!

  31. PepperPots permalink
    March 8, 2011 03:00

    Esteban, smooth!!!

  32. March 8, 2011 03:12

    Una Madridista, once again you’ve given us an amazingly detailed post. Thank you! We’re really lucky to have you to point out all the awesome details that we might have missed. So happy for Alex and the team for all their accomplishments.

    “Thoughts on what a good mascot for Madrid would be? And don’t say Sergio Canales.”

    Now *that* made my day 🙂 I’m laughing so much I can’t think!

  33. March 8, 2011 03:44

    That gif in #3, Sergio gently blinking, is quite sexy. Nice catch, U.

  34. March 8, 2011 06:47

    Playing better without Cris? Are people forgetting that it was almost 2-2 in the second half?

  35. LaBlanca permalink
    March 8, 2011 08:42

    Awesome post. Loved the game & esp. the first half. So glad for Canales to play in his home return and the kid Álex got his debut. Gosh Im so happy for him. And how adorable was that hug from Pepe???? AWWWW!!!

  36. superfan permalink
    March 8, 2011 12:25

    Thank you so much for this recap!! 🙂

    You would notice Iker taking off his shorts, wouldn’t you? Hahaha. You’re too cute. 😀

    “Thoughts on what a good mascot for Madrid would be? And don’t say Sergio Canales.” I don’t get it but this made me laugh! Why would someone say Canales?

    I’m just so happy that we didn’t exactly feel the loss of Cristiano. I mean, he’s obviously important to the team but it’s really good that the team still did very good and not shaky.

  37. asma permalink
    March 9, 2011 08:39

    I don’t understand my earlier reply didn’t show up..

    • March 9, 2011 09:08

      It’s probably because I can’t sit around approving comments around the clock.

      • asma permalink
        March 9, 2011 10:24

        Ok, I will take note of that. Being first timer I’m not well versed yet.

  38. Elisa permalink
    March 9, 2011 19:02

    I think this may be too late, but people need to grow up and not take everything to heart. So the post had a controversial title, who cares? It’s Una’s blog, Una’s time, Una’s thoughts. Why must people criticize her instead of saying what an amazing job she does? If people are so sensitive, then make your own blog and let Una post what she likes because as I recall, this is HER BLOG and she doesn’t ask for anyone’s help to run it.

    Great job Una, I always love what you post. Even as a reader to all of your cited newspapers. I love your take on Real Madrid and really appreciate all of the hard work you put into it. You are, as Iker says, “Amaysing.”

    • asma permalink
      March 10, 2011 12:57

      Bahh…a blog published in the internet meant to be read by all the people with Comments section and you expect everything to be peachy? You have admitted yourself that the title is controversial and you don’t expect any dispute or debate about it? If you don’t care then don’t expect everyone is the same, obviously we care. If Una doesn’t welcome our comments, she would have blocked them and she also made time to reply back so that only showed she appreciated our views even if she disagreed. And there’s a thing called constructive criticism. Unlike yours, it’s ‘destructive’.

      And for the record, we all said we love her blog and appreciated what she did. And for the record also, I’m aware this is her blog, she can write anything she wants and this comes with responsibilities. If you think you can do or say anything you want, with disregard to society and with the ‘who cares’ attitude then definitely you are not living in civilization.

      We all love Real Madrid and its players and of course it’s a shock to see this title coming from dear Una whom we all know loves Cristiano and his biggest defender. She had explained why she had done that, to her she didn’t mean any harm and just want to emphasize about the team, unfortunately it so happen her choice of title didn’t go that well with some of us. Sometimes we meant well but didn’t come across like that to others. So a little disagreement. Please don’t turn Una into ‘who cares’ person.

      Una we know you can’t please everybody and it’s not our intention to force you to make a poll for titles and we take it as a joke ;). Please carry on with your good work.

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