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in case you missed it – the 10>11 edition

April 18, 2011

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Barcelona [2011-04-16, Liga jornada 32, 1-1].

There’s not much to say about the game, since I don’t like to write about tactical details, so I’ll just go on to the momentazos during the game, since we’ve already covered the pre-game.

THIRTEEN.  With that said, I of course have to cover the goal, Cristiano’s penalty that tied the game 1-1, and all the celebrating that went on before and after it.

FOURTEEN.  Raúl Albiol was sent off with a direct red card, which means that he will miss the Copa del Rey final.  I feel bad for him, because the game is being held at his old stadium, the Mestalla, but he is the only one on the team who has already won a Copa del Rey, the 2008 edition with Valencia.  Meanwhile, Álvaro Arbeloa received a yellow card during the match, his fifth of the cycle, meaning that he’ll miss the next Liga game against Valencia.

Raúl couldn’t believe the call.  But Madrid really rallied after the expulsion, and ended up playing better despite being short (figuratively, of course, since Albiol is El Chori) one man.

FIFTEEN.  Cheers to Pepe not only for his fantastic game, lifting up his shirt and falling into the net, but also for scolding Leo Messi when the latter unnecessarily punted the ball hard into the crowd out of frustration.  Plus, what was up with Carles Puyol and the stretcher, because as soon as he got off the field, he was back on his own feet and walking again (I’m glad to see that he’s okay though).  Or Sergio Busquets rubbing his head after a fight for the ball in which nothing touched his head.  And I had to add the Barcelona goalkeeper shirt to the list of shirts that I don’t like.

SIXTEEN.  The obligatory Sergio Ramos moments, since I’m sure there are some of you who wouldn’t bother to read this post if you didn’t see the “Sergio” tag.  And how many of you would considering studying medicine/a career change if it could get you this close to Sergio?

SEVENTEEN.  Álvaro didn’t look too happy to have Pep Guardiola shouting instructions at his players right next to his ear as he was trying to throw the ball in.  He glanced at Pep out of the corner of his eye several times.

EIGHTEEN.  Iker was a fortress last night against the Barcelona front line.  And regardless of whether or not he committed a penalty against David Villa (there’s no use rehashing it because the game is over), his ass looked great as he launched himself at the ball.

Iker also showed off an original armband, which looked to be made out of gold velvet (okay, he probably chose it himself – now I’m imagining a drawer full of armbands made of different textiles/colors for the captain to choose from).  If this one was worn for a regular Liga game, are they going to use one where the escudo is made out of diamonds and other gemstones for a game as important as the Copa del Rey final?

A couple of Iker’s great saves.

NINETEEN.  And a couple of moments involving Cristiano Ronaldo, his tongue and my big eyes.

TWENTY.  As the two teams walked to the locker room for the halftime, Eric Abidal and Manu Adebayor continued their conversation, which had ended at this exact spot some 45-50 minutes earlier.  In the beginning, they were hovering just out of the camera’s range as all their teammates filed past them – that round black thing in the lower right corner is Manu’s hair – but then they could no longer delay things anymore.

Fifteen minutes later, the players returned, with Cristiano touching himself and then chatting with Raúl Albiol, while Ángel took a mini-break in the back and Sami fiddled with his hair.

TWENTY ONE.  I love this moment when Marcelo took down the linesman, because I love the way his hair moved.  It was also nice of Marcelo to help the guy up after.

More Marcelo (¡puta!).  Anyone know what “M12M” and “Mars,” which is what he has embroidered on his boot, mean?

TWENTY TWO.  Both the Germans looked much tanner than usual.  Maybe they’ve been taking turns visiting Cristiano’s tanning bed (you just know he has one at his house)?

TWENTY THREE.  A couple of guys being boss.

TWENTY FOUR.  Sergio Busquets and Mou had a little friendly exchange of words (I wonder what they talked about!), while everyone in the background imitated Xabi.

TWENTY FIVE.  The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

TWENTY SIX.  Stats from Mr. Chip:

– the “invictus” par excellence of the clásico is someone I just mentioned a few days ago, Steve McManaman.  He played seven of these games between 2000 and 2002 and didn’t lose a single one (and as mentioned before, he even scored).

– it’s been 35 years since a clásico was disputed without any cards handed out.

– the average ages of the starting line-ups were 26 years and 154 days for Madrid and 27 years and 55 days for Barcelona.

– the starting XI of Madrid has played a total of 55 clásicos, compared to 97 for that of Barcelona.

– this was the first Liga game in which Cristiano scored and Madrid didn’t win (until last night, they had won 32).

– and my favorite:  there were 12 world champion players starting last night, the first time ever in a Liga game.

TWENTY SEVEN.  Other notes:

– the city of Madrid put up a protective fence around Cibeles yesterday morning, in the event that Madrid would win and fans would celebrate there (fans had previously snapped her arm off).  I can’t wait to see Iker put a bufanda around the goddess!  I remember seeing him climbing the statue during his first celebration there, for La Octava, and that he was wearing a suit, but with his jersey as the shirt, so he looked a bit funny (and young).  And now I see he’s been true to his style since.

– quite a few number of well-known people were at the game, including former Brazilian president Lula, former Madrid coaches Bernd Schuster, Fabio Capello and John Toshack (the latter two were working as TV commentators), Luis Aragonés, José Mercé and Chad Ochocinco, who showed up at the palco presidencial in a Cristiano jersey (a purple CL one), telling everyone that he was here to see his “good friend.”  He would end up sitting in Cristiano’s palco.  I’m glad to see that after “wavering” between these two teams, he went with Madrid.  Also at the game was Rubén de la Red, as he said via his twitter.

ALL THE POST-GAME THINGS.

TWENTY EIGHT.  Iker was quite upset with several of his teammates after the game, because some of them went directly to the locker room instead of gathering at the center circle with the rest of the team to salute the fans, as Iker had wanted.  Only Pepe, Adebayor, Cavalho, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo joined Iker at the center of the field, causing Iker to gesture madly and shout at the backs of those teammates who were heading into the tunnel.  He looked really upset!  But what a gran capitán we have, no?

TWENTY NINE.  Pep once again had a spot of trouble opening up his water bottle at the post-game press conference.  He started off using his left hand, switched to his right, and when neither worked, and about a minute had passed of him simultaneously scratching at the bottle and answering questions, he used his teeth.  Solán de Cabras really should find a way to package their bottles to make them easier to open, after Marcelo and Pep both had “incidents” with them.

When Mou replaced him, he found an already open bottle there waiting for him.

THIRTY.  The Mou corner.

José Mourinho did speak to the press after the game, but he refused to answer questions from those journalists who had walked out on Aitor Karanka on Friday.  He did answer all the questions from everyone else, including those from Barcelona.

The exchanges went something like this:

First journalist: I’m from Diario AS (remember, Mou requires all journalists to state their publication/channel before asking the question), I would like to know what you thought of the performance of the referee today.

Mou: Are you (he used the formal “usted”) the director of AS?

First journalist: No.

Mou: Well then, I don’t have to respond.  According to your (he went back to the informal “vosotros”) philosophy, if you all refuse to speak to my assistant, then I should only speak your directors [Mou was wrong, because AS didn’t walk out on Karanka – they were one of the three media outlets that stayed – Punto Pelota and Catalunya Radio were the other two, as you can see below].

Second journalist: I’m Nacho Peña live with Punto Pelota, I want to ask you if you think you were able to condition the refereeing of the game, and your thoughts on your previous comment that you always end with 10 players when playing Barça.

Mou: I’m answering you because Punto Pelota had respect yesterday for someone who deserves respect, for someone who won three European Cups with this club, who has all the credentials to be my representative during press conferences and represent Real Madrid.  That’s why I’m responding to you, even though you’re not the director, because you’re a true professional just like Karanka, just like all those who do their jobs with honesty.  All of them deserve the respect that some didn’t have with the man named Aitor Karanka yesterday.  Since Punto Pelota respected my assistant yesterday, it’s the same to me whether you or your director asks the question, so I’m responding.  [Response to the question.]

(More questions)

Third journalist: I’m from Diario Marca, I would like to ask you about Pepe, but since I see you’re angry with what happened yesterday…

Mou: I’ll only speak with Inda (Eduardo Inda, director of Marca).

Third journalist: Well, I’m not Inda, but I would like to ask you if what happened yesterday can be interpreted as a protest against you, not as a lack of respect towards Karanka.

Mou: Only with Inda.

Fourth journalist: Good evening, I’m from Cadena SER, I would like to ask the míster why you decided not to speak to the press yesterday, and why you are speaking to the press today.

Mou: I’ll only respond to your director.

The correspondent from Cadena SER then decided to (once again) leave in the middle of the press conference.  Mou’s press conferences are always interesting!

If you remember, Mou said after the Tottenham second leg game that the key to winning these games against Barcelona is to finish the game with 10 players, since “for some reason, someone always ends up getting expelled against them” (Chelsea twice, Inter, the clásico of the primera vuelta).  That of course once again happened last night, prompting this reaction: “11 against 10 is almost a mission impossible because in ball possession, Barcelona is the best in the world.  Eleven against 11 was already difficult.  Once more, my team had to play with 10 for a long time… I don’t understand why Daniel Alves didn’t receive a card in the penalty.  I asked the fourth official why he didn’t show him a card and he told me it was “because he’s a fullback.”  I’m tired of playing 10 against 11 and preparing for games against Barcelona with 10.  I would like to play with 11 against their 10, but in Spain and Europe that’s impossible.”  Mou also expressed his hope that his team would end the Copa del Rey final with 11 players on the field.

THIRTY ONE.  Post-game comments:

Iker preferred to be optimistic, saying that “we were able to end with a tie despite playing with 10, which is not bad, and we knew that this game was the least important one out of all of them.”  His hair is looking quite lush again, no?

Meanwhile Álvaro Arbeloa was satisfied because of “the attitude of the team,” saying that “the sensations were good.”  He also once again rose to Aitor Karanka’s defense (I didn’t think I could like Álvaro more, but…): “I still think the same.  The press wasn’t very nice to Karanka… respect is important.”

And Sergio expressed his gratitude to the fans: “if there’s anything to highlight, it’s the union between the public and the team, and if they left happy, it was because they saw how their team responded, the good attitude of the players.”

THIRTY TWO.  La cantera: over in the Canary Islands, Castilla tied Vecindario 0-0 for their 15th straight non-loss.  The one point from the tie keeps them in playoff position, so yay for our little ones!  I wonder if we will ever see the first team in shirts and shorts of different colors?

THIRTY THREE.  Looking ahead to the next clásico, a cute Adidas ad previewing the Copa del Rey, starring Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Canales, Esteban Granero and Ángel di María, along with several of their Barcelona counterparts.

And of course Xabi pulled his signature pose!

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53 Comments leave one →
  1. lyd permalink
    April 18, 2011 14:16

    granero is so cute trying to act in the scene where the ball invades his press conference

  2. Alice permalink
    April 18, 2011 14:28

    Una, please PLEASE get twitter! 🙂 So we all know what you’re thinking during the games! Yay LOL

  3. SarahYasemin permalink
    April 18, 2011 15:25

    amazing as always – please never stop

  4. IsaBella permalink
    April 18, 2011 15:28

    I for once am not THAT devastated after the game, because we managed to survive playing with 10 boys against 11 and we didn’t lose. Of course I would have preferred a victory but a draw in that case was still a good result.
    I was a little surprised at first when Mou put Pepe in the midfield but now I think it was a very good idea. And the charade after Albiol’s red card: taking off Xabi and Di Maria and checking in Alvaro and Adebayor: this is what you call chess 🙂
    “I’m sure there are some of you who wouldn’t bother to read this post if you didn’t see the “Sergio” tag.” – well if there’s no “Alvaro” tag I don’t read jajaja, just kidding Una, I try to read all of your posts, you’re the best 🙂 as far as the Sergio moment is concerned, I would just skip the leg spraying and… do smth else 😉
    Marcelo saying “puta” is hilarious 🙂
    Cibeles is beautiful, I’m glad she got protected although it would be great to see our boys there this year….
    Solan de Cabras is a very expensive water but their bottles are so hilarious that they literally look like there was spirit inside, I love them! 🙂
    The pre-Copa final video is awesome, Xabi and Alvaro ❤ look stunning.

  5. Surbhi permalink
    April 18, 2011 16:06

    Hi Una, great job, as always:-) Just out of curiosity… are you a journalist? And do you get to see the matches live, attend the conferences, and so on? Where do you get all this material from?!

  6. April 18, 2011 16:40

    That mosaic of the escudo is nothing short of amazing. Really, really awesome. Coming to the Bernabeu is definitely on my bucket list.

    And it was very captain-y of Iker to want to pay tribute to the fans, and be upset at the players who didn’t do so. But I understand why some of them just walked off the field though. They must have been gutted.

    I think the team showed good spirit, and this was a much, much better performance than last November’s. Not just in terms of the score, but also in terms of everyone attitude and their tempers.

    Finally, Una, I want to say thanks again for all the work you do. You don’t know how valuable it is for people like me who don’t get La Liga coverage. Thank you, thank you.

    Hala Madrid!

  7. black widow permalink
    April 18, 2011 16:41

    gracias!

    damn … i don’t know how that reporter didn’t throw down her mike and jump iker when he lifted up his shirt right in front of her! now *that’s* professionalism!!

    i absolutely love the gold velvet armband — very regal!

    *sigh* just once, i would really love for a barca madrid match to be played without the drama, on field or off. 😦

    • April 19, 2011 11:24

      Susana Guasch wasn’t so professional later on when she interviewed Alves – she commented on how he was wearing a “very white” cap. That’s as bad as Sara Carbonero asking Piqué to choose which is more in fashion this season, white or dark red/blue.

      • IsaBella permalink
        April 19, 2011 12:06

        They’re probably just trying to provoke the players to say smth controversial that would bring more audience to the TV station….

  8. Pam permalink
    April 18, 2011 16:46

    Thanks for the great Clasico posts, Una. This had to be the most boring El Clasico that I have seen. I guess we can consider this as the warmup game for the 3 more to come. Those hopefully will be more interesting. I’d love for all the La Roja components of both teams to have great games!

  9. April 18, 2011 17:21

    Great recap, thanks for summarizing the Mourinho stuff. That ad is fantastic… I’m glad it’s a reason to laugh over the clásicos, instead of stressing. Love the scene with Alves playing his video game… “gol de Madrid!” Haha.

  10. April 18, 2011 17:30

    LOL at Marcelo sulking and judging Busquets, I guess? Love the Adidas commercial! Oh, Xabi and his pose. I can hardly wait for Copa del Rey final!

  11. April 18, 2011 17:36

    Iker’s hair was looking pretty good!
    The moment when Marcelo took down the linesman was funny.
    That water bottle company should make their bottles easier to open,but I guess its a good strategy because the more players and coaches struggle to open it, the more their bottle is shown on TV.
    I loved watching Mou’s press conference, even though Una wrote what happened I highly recommend watching it if you want to laugh!
    So excited and nervous for Wednesday! Hala Madrid!

  12. maddy permalink
    April 18, 2011 17:42

    i’m thinking ramos really should wear something other than white briefs. VPL is never a good thing.

    he’s still my honey bunny though

  13. jean permalink
    April 18, 2011 17:43

    great post as always Una. I love to hear from Mou’s interviews. He is fantastic.Thanks for the translation:) Hopefully we will win the next game:)

  14. Alex permalink
    April 18, 2011 17:46

    Great ICYMI as always Una. M12M is prolly a combination of Marcelo 12 May//Marcelo 12(shirt number) Madrid. Mars… because it’s a great snack? Or maybe the Roman god of war :b

  15. Stella permalink
    April 18, 2011 17:52

    Xabis pants on the last pic…. that is not our Xabi (deem you Adidas, he is the classy one not in this pants/jeans). The video is funny, love Alves on playstation and when he get the ball Madrid scores. To bad Barca!

    Thanks for the amazing post about the game and when I saw Pepe rasing his shirt on the game I was thinking this will be posted on Unamadridistas blog. And you did… ofc 🙂

    Marcelo with Manu and Marcelo and the flagrunner (don´t now the englishword) crash … He is lovely that guy!

  16. THETRUTH permalink
    April 18, 2011 18:10

    Alfredo Di Stefano

    “Barcelona’s football was simply brilliant. Their superiority was there for the whole planet to see: the whites were cornered all game. Barcelona play football and dance. They treat the ball with adoration and respect, almost nurturing it. To see this team in action is a delight. Madrid are a side with no personality. They just run back and forth constantly, tiring themselves out. We saw clearly that their approach was not the right one. Barcelona were a lion, Madrid a mouse.”

    • YouKnowI'mRight permalink
      April 19, 2011 16:02

      Sigh. Must be sad being you.

  17. Aby permalink
    April 18, 2011 18:32

    I feel the need to point out the fact that a laser was pointed at Messi from the crowd during the game and the same happened to Guardiola. The crowd was also heckling him(just like the Camp nou would do to any other players of opposing teams). He’s not justified but it’s dangerous and down right stupid to point lasers at people’s faces. A lot of criticism is thrown at Barca for the things they say and do(most are magnified into something they’re not) yet people quickly forget all of mourinhos comments ( who don’t need manipulation despite what he says) since he became coach of Madrid. The moral of my rant is humility should be practiced by everyone from the club to the fans instead of mud slinging and twisting things around to make others look bad. And if you’re wondering I am both a Barcelona and Madrid fan.

    • maddy permalink
      April 19, 2011 11:28

      i was disappointed too by the lasers and the missiles. not good madridistas!

      i have yet to see anything wrong with mourinho’s comments though. his coaching philosophy may be unconventional, but it works i guess. i always find that pep and mou are real role models among all the madness.

  18. Ange permalink
    April 18, 2011 19:07

    Thanx 4 the post Una!!! (FCB FAN POINT OF VIEW…SORRY FOR WRITING SO MUCH)

    & i have to agree I hate that jersey on V.V. I think that color is soo ugly … & Puyi on the bed… I was asking the same thing … but I very happy he is ok…

    I didn’t like seeing Lionel like that … but when your frustrated & in the zone you dont think you just do …. & in some video sometimes it looks like he didn’t do it on purpose but in others it just looks he kicks hard… But I’m sorry to those fans over their (on his behalf) …

    Even though I was very upset reading how SOME of the “Madridistas” start calling the players (especially Messi) & coach Junkies, Drugies…ext.. & when the pointed lasers at Leo before he shot the penalty & they pointed lasers at Pep & I think other players
    but thats part of the football & football “fans” … but I really can’t stand those type of fans that put their team soooo high up … & can’t do anything wrong… & the other teams are wrong…

    has for the game … David vs Iker … It depends on what video you watch…. sometimes it looks like a penalty other times it doesn’t …. But both penalties he called I agreed with him… But I’m not sure if the red for Chori was a red .. but all the other “professionals” said it was a red … so I guess I have to go with that… Dani vs Alves … yellow for V.V???? .. When they said it was a penalty for Madrid … I was like ok … so now it’s 10 vs 10 … no problem … I really thought they would give Dani is 2nd yellow … but when they gave it to V.V. I was like WHAT THE H3LL!!! I don’t know what the ref was thinking …but I didn’t like how Marcelo was celebrating … even though he is not the 1st or last person to celebrate a penalty …

    the women reporter… is it me or in the GIF w/ Iker … it look like she could care less … look at her face when she finish her question & points the mic at Iker…

    the video … I loved it .. just cause it had XAVI, David Villa, Alvaro, Sergio Canalas, Xabi, & Leo … jajjaja … I think … Nike should do commercial …. cause that be another goodlooking commercial…

    OVERALL

    I enjoyed the game … because we had half of “La Roja” players & the 2 of the “Best” players in the world L1onel & CR7 … even though to me Iker & Xavi are the best….

    I had a feeling the game was going to end up in tie but didn’t think it would be 1-1 … I also think that both teams could have care less about this game … & they are focus on Copa De Rey & Champions!!! they are more important then a Liga game….

    as for Copa De Rey … I have a bad feeling about that game… which means it’s a good feeling for the Madridistas…

    ONCE AGAIN UNA LOVED YOUR POST!!!! 🙂

  19. chaitanya permalink
    April 18, 2011 19:21

    i came to know that Di Stefano criticized madrid [ if true ] anything you can tell us about that?

    • April 19, 2011 11:30

      He did, but he’s entitled to his opinion, just like everyone. I personally never read what he writes, I just skip past his column whenever I come across it.

      • April 19, 2011 13:27

        May I ask why you skip it, Una? What does he usually say and write about?

  20. April 18, 2011 19:34

    yeah i agree with Alice please get twitter!!!!!!

  21. mar permalink
    April 18, 2011 21:24

    well, i liked so much what Pepe did to Messi- he was veeeery rude!
    When i saw the game I thought the same about sami and mesut-they look way too taned.
    Poor Pep…(about his bottle).
    And i think Mou did very well not to respond to those that left during the press conferance with Karanka.
    PS-I second what Alice said, it would be sooo nice if you got a twitter account!

  22. April 18, 2011 21:25

    LOVE THE TITLE UNA ❤ Most creative one so far ❤

    Funny that you would mention medicine. I'm seriously considering specialising in sports medicine for the sake of one day being RM's team doctor. Oh the joy ❤
    I was watching the game with some of my friends at medical school and when we saw the girls carrying Puyol on the stretcher, we all screamed I WANT THAT JOB! LOL

    Mou is beyond amazing.

  23. Galey permalink
    April 18, 2011 21:55

    That Adidas ad is super fun!!

  24. April 18, 2011 21:58

    That is a cute ad! And about Mou and the open bottle, did he actually drink from it or was he too suspicious to?

  25. suzanne permalink
    April 18, 2011 22:02

    love the title. loved the match. it was very exciting and tense. being the least important you almost wonder how the next 3 will be 🙂 hopefully my heart can take it 😉
    the adidas commercial is cute, cute, cute!

  26. Alexandra permalink
    April 18, 2011 23:06

    Una, porque no queres entrar en los detalles tacticos?

    • April 19, 2011 11:39

      Porque es lo que hace el resto del mundo (blogs, periódicos, los programas deportivos…)

  27. Iram permalink
    April 19, 2011 01:14

    Una, very nice post about this past weekend. I’ll admit I rather have seen a couple more goals from RM, but at least it was a draw!! Hopefully they’ll have some victories in the upcoming classicos. Thanks again!

  28. DebS permalink
    April 19, 2011 02:15

    Huge sigh of relief! After Albiol was sent off, I was a bit nervous but then the commentators mentioned that Mou had actually practiced playing with 10 men, just in case. Well done Mou!

    I thought Pepe & Sami had really good games. Sami seems to play a lot better when he can push up the field more. I also think he plays better when Ozi’s out there but I’m sure that’s because they’ve played together on the GNT. Truly, I’m beginning to see why Mou has been so successful. He seems to be able to get the best out of the guys, even when putting them in different positions.

    I must admit that I was getting a bit upset with DiMaria for holding onto the ball too long. I suppose that will improve with time though.

    I was so proud of the guys for not giving up, in spite of all the obstacles. I know it’s easy to complain about the missed/blown calls but, as in any sport, teams have to find a way to win(draw) in spite of the refs, field conditions, etc. I think the guys showed they were up for the challenge.

    As much as people would like to paint Pep as perfect, it’s obvious he has his devious side too. There’s no way you can get me to believe that him yelling to his guys practically in Arbeloa’s ear was not intentional. Just as Messi kicking the ball into the stands was intentional. It’s all about gamesmanship, I get that but for some reason Madrid gets criticized for doing similar things but Barca doesn’t.

    Love the Adidas ad. My favorite part is when Alves is playing the game on the tv. “And is Madrid goal” Dani’s like “damn!”. hahaha and of course Xabi has to pose! classic

  29. henry permalink
    April 19, 2011 02:36

    Pls i don’t mean start a “flame Barcelona” post, but did anyone notice how the Barcelona players and staff are kind of friendly and behaving sport-like with US because they haven’t been on the losing side in a while? I’m sure if they haven’t been winning recently, they would have been scowling and probably wouldn’t even hold any friendly chit chat with our players and coach …….
    p.S ……Una, you can edit this post if you want to, i just thought i should let this of my chest…….
    Have a swell time.

  30. ulong permalink
    April 19, 2011 03:04

    my fav part of your ICYMI is The Mou Corner
    I’m totally in love with our beloved coach 😀

  31. April 19, 2011 04:02

    This is probably a stupid question but why will Raúl Albiol miss the Copa del Rey final and not the next match in La Liga? I know the Copa del Rey final is the next match, but for some reason I thought players were supposed to miss the next match in the same competition in which they received the card.

  32. PMom_GA permalink
    April 19, 2011 04:17

    Funny stuff from the weekend…Omar Momani / Goal.com cartoon

  33. Mandy permalink
    April 19, 2011 05:08

    I think the journalist from Diario AS must feel very innocent. lol
    I love the advertisement of Adidas, especially for Messi, he is shopping in the Madrid area.

  34. April 19, 2011 07:05

    it’s my third comment in your blog..and I would say that I really love what your report..
    Iker is really respect with his fans and it makes me love him more 😉
    I also watched the video yesterday..ah be impatient wait final of Copa del Rey..

  35. April 19, 2011 12:10

    THANKS UNAMADRIDISTA!

    another wonderful ICYMI post!

    as always, gifs are enjoyable. every single one of them. aaaawwwww.

    I enjoyed the match, I will rewatch it calmly now when I know the result and I cannot wait for the rest of them, even though I will probably have difficulty watching them in full, as I will be so nervous….

    anyway, I think any football fan should appreciate what we can witness, two great teams, so many world champions, so many legendary players. I refuse to downplay it to the battle of the length of the grass, as many journalists do, I will just sit, watch and enjoy it all. Cheers!

  36. amy permalink
    April 19, 2011 15:30

    if you watch villa in the penalty box you can see his back leg is already dragging on the ground before iker touches him so hes clearly on his way down already

  37. sortacrunchymom permalink
    April 19, 2011 20:55

    I LOVE the first photo of the escudo in the Bernabeu. Love it. And I agree 100% with your last post about the feeling you get being in the Bernabeu. When I was in Madrid last month, I took the Bernabeu tour, and it was the highlight of not just that trip, but of the many trips I’ve taken to Spain. Muy impresionante.

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