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the awkwardness is back!

April 4, 2011

Last time, Iker, Cris, Sergio and Karim were the victims.  This time around, they’ve roped in Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Ricky Carvalho and TSO himself, José Mourinho!  Do you think when the idea was proposed to Xabi, he groaned and tried to beg off of it, but couldn’t (I’m too classy for that!)?  At least there are no mirrors involved…

I can’t get over how awkward they look posing with the ball!  How long do you think they had to stand in that position before the photographers got the perfect shot?  And how many takes did they have to do, because I can totally imagine Álvaro cracking up?

I guess Ricky didn’t get the memo that they were supposed to look serious and not show any teeth?

I know this is not the intended effect, but these did make me feel a lot better after Saturday’s game!

The intended effect was to motivate the fans to be the 12th man on Tuesday night at the Bernabéu against Tottenham.  To do that, Real Madrid released this video and these photos of this quartet, because they “all have experienced in first person how much English stadium pressure.”  I suppose that is best expressed by gazing off into the distance with a súper serious expression on your face, no?

Look at Ricky trying not to crack up behind Xabi, and Mou wishing he were anywhere but with a Real Madrid photographer!

I don’t know about you, but I find these shots of the stadium, and the escudos much more motivating than any of the players.  These make me feel proud to be a madridista, not José and co. looking all serious.  That’s probably because these are eternal symbols of the club that transcend any players, coach or era.

Meanwhile, over in Guadalajara, Castilla eked out a 1-1 draw yesterday against Guadalajara, with MSFC Juan Carlos scoring a golazo!!!  The team’s non-losing streak now stands at 13 games (11 wins and two ties), and they continue in second place in their division.

And MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín tweeted this photo of Juan Carlos and Denis, saying, “look at how beautiful Denis’ face is!”  Plus, those are some big watches!

And in Barcelona, Sandro Rosell has apologized for his prediction that Barcelona would beat Madrid 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final: “I ask for forgiveness; what I said wasn’t appropriate.  Our values are humility and hard work, and my objective was not to slight anyone.”  You could have fooled me!  To me, it sounds like he was pressured into an apology, after even his own coach came out in disagreement, and he really doesn’t feel apologetic or wrong at all.  So, maybe Sandro needs to take a crash course in Barcelona’s values before he opens his mouth once more?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2011 09:17

    Maybe Sandro needs to take a crash course in Barcelona’s values before he opens his mouth once more? – THIS!

    Also “That’s probably because these are eternal symbols of the club that transcend any players, coach or era.” – THIS SO MUCH!

    I’m nauseous just thinking about tomorrows match.

    • April 4, 2011 09:32

      As Madrid have a better coach and better players in nearly every position, over two legs it shouldn’t be a problem. Especially as Spurs have many injuries.

    • April 6, 2011 19:25

      Thanks Una! :0)

  2. April 4, 2011 09:35

    Do you know any TV or radio channels that stream the manager’s press conference? It should be half in English so worth listening out for.

  3. Ebrahim permalink
    April 4, 2011 10:09

    Hi have what i assume is the video in question(based on the pictures above).

    I agree fully that the stadium shots are far more motivating then the players.

    I do however think the call to the Bernabeu is required, the Bernabeu is the greatest football stadium on earth and when the Madridistas get behind the team they turn it into hell for the opposition.

    Personally for me a hilight of the game is the noise from the ultras and their banners have been nothing short of specular.

    The video is required, its a calling to every Madridista to support this team because when they do the team will play the football we have to expect from the players that represent this great club.

    however i concede the stadium is more moving the player’s 🙂 .

  4. IsaBella permalink
    April 4, 2011 10:38

    Alvaro doesn’t have to ask me twice to be the 12th aficionada, I’m far away but in my mind I’m always there with them. Go boys!

    I agree with you Una on the motivating club symbols. They’re unique. 🙂

  5. Mandy permalink
    April 4, 2011 10:53

    When Mou is in sporty wear, he has another style.
    It makes me feel he really is the father of the team.:)

  6. mar permalink
    April 4, 2011 11:01

    :]]]] these fotos really made my day! i cracked up laughting as soon as i saw the first one! but i’ll be honest alvaro seems super boss in these fotos!
    I agree i feel more motivated from the stadio and especially the escudo

  7. Hala_Madrid permalink
    April 4, 2011 11:02

    I’m ready for tomorrow’s match, I think the boys and Mou have their minds set to win this UCL. They won’t disappoint us. The only ones that keep on disappointing us is the marketing team lol The message is not even taken serious, since they all look so funny and silly.

  8. superfan permalink
    April 4, 2011 11:42

    “That’s probably because these are eternal symbols of the club that transcend any players, coach or era.” – Trueeee. I couldn’t agree more!!!! 🙂

    Regarding Rosell’s comment, I don’t get it. Didn’t Pep defend that statement saying it was about a charity thing? Oh well. I guess, it wasn’t really for charity if Rosell had to apologize. Damage done already.

    Anyway, cannot wait for the match!!! Aaaahhhh it’s been too long since we’ve been in this place again! Hopeful and praying for a fantastic (and huge) win! 🙂

  9. Pammie permalink
    April 4, 2011 12:12

    I agree with you on the shots of the stadium and the escudo, they’re the good goose bump parts, while the group game me goose bumps of second hand embarrassment. But they cheered me up with this awkward positioning and editing, so it’s ok.

    The club’s value of humility doesn’t seem to extend to all of the players though, cough cough, I didn’t say anything.

  10. ulong permalink
    April 4, 2011 12:44

    Gosh Una!
    when i first saw the article (and photos) in Madrid website, i just got a feeling that you’d write something bout it.
    Nice tough 😀

  11. gabriela permalink
    April 4, 2011 14:24

    Oh God, Real Madrid. I can’t with our photographers. These pictures and video managed to be even worse than the others with Karim and Cris!
    Seriously, I couldn’t even watch the whole video without dying of second hand embarassment!

    Mourinho really looks like he’d rather be anywhere else in the world. The poor man. I bet he was thinking “this wasn’t in the contract I signed with the club last summer!”.

  12. browneyedgirl permalink
    April 4, 2011 15:13

    “I ask for forgiveness; what I said wasn’t appropriate. Our values are HUMILITY and hard work, and my objective was not to slight anyone.”

    😀 Why do they always have to mention their humility!! I don’t know about any of you but it’s driving me tired. I won’t believe anything this guy saids. 😀

  13. April 4, 2011 16:27

    I want to know what’s going on in Mou’s head as they were shooting that… Jeeeez.

  14. Annee permalink
    April 4, 2011 17:06

    “And how many takes did they have to do, because I can totally imagine Álvaro cracking up?”

    Haha, this was my thought as I watched the video and looked through the pics. Luckily Chori wasn’t involved or I don’t think Zipi and Zape never would have gotten through it.

    At least there were no “thumbs up”.

    I’m loving Morata and Denis’ twitter presence. It’s nice to see the twitter future of Real Madrid is in good hands.

  15. Ange permalink
    April 4, 2011 18:25

    ok 1st of all i<3 the videos that have images of the fans the stadium….but them being serious i just wanted to laugh…

    i love the videos they showing here in the USA …promoting the games between Madrid & Barcelona…I get chills everytime i watch it…if i find it on youtube i'll send it to you!!! 🙂

    as for Rosell…I already gave my opinion … on that … I didn't agree that he should have said it … & I'm scared …because I do believe in Karma!!! But .. hopefully one day Pep, Xavi Hernandez, or Puyi … will one day be President of FC Barcelona ….

  16. jean permalink
    April 4, 2011 18:30

    what a wonderful post.It cheered me up 🙂

  17. April 4, 2011 19:42

    Well, the stadium shots show they can make a properly moving video but unfortunately someone in the media department couldn’t leave it like that. But at least there were no thumbs-up!

  18. Lily permalink
    April 4, 2011 20:32

    Those are some awkward pics lol, but enough to get me riled up for tomorrows game!!!


  19. evita permalink
    April 4, 2011 23:40

    people who have to mention they’re humility constantly generally have zero.

  20. April 5, 2011 02:33

    I agree about the FCB president. I mean, come on, he’s not fooling anyone. And that charity excuse was crap, as if anyone would be inclined to donate more just because he said he thinks Barca will beat Madrid with a higher score. Puh-leeeease.

  21. kelvin_bader permalink
    April 5, 2011 04:00

    when you talk that much about being humble, it isn’t really humility anymore is it ? Talk about astroturf humility !

  22. shan permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:44

    I was at the game on Saturday. And seriously, Madrid fans really need to step it up. I was hugely disappointed in them. They were sooo quiet. Totally unexpected. They really better do better this time around.

  23. HermosaChica permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:54

    Eek. The one with Xabi and Álvaro standing back to back..
    I first saw the photo with the ball on the RM homepage and thought: “madre mía..”.

    Oh these are watches? ..My bad, I thought they were a pair of compasses..


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