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ICYMI – the Copa del Rey celebrations edition

April 25, 2011

I don’t think this post needs an introduction, so we’ll skip all the words and get to it!

Iker Casillas: perfectly representing Real Madrid and Spain.

Warning: this post is very, very, very image heavy.

The end of the game

At the final whistle blew, Madrid’s players exploded.  They ran around, they jumped up and down, they hugged (and I’m surprised Álvaro Arbeloa didn’t make a beeline for the game ball)….

… and formed a piña, with the two stars of the game, Iker and Cristiano, at the very center.  Notice Carvalho and Marcelo jumping on top.  It looks like Marcelo is just as good at “super jumps” as Cris is.

For some reason, Jerzy Dudek had his shirt in his hand, and he waved that around.

Pipita and Sergio went crazy with their arm motions, while Manu Adebayor decided to strip.  I love the variety of hats, wigs, flag, scarves, etc. that the boys celebrated with.

Pep, showing more class than the majority of his players, congratulated Madrid’s players after the game, and one by one as they stood in a line waiting to go receive their miniature replica trophy cups.  Ángel di María hugged his friend Leo Messi, and Álvaro Arbeloa also shook Pep’s hand as well as that of Iniesta (the footage wasn’t too clear, so I’m not 100 percent sure of this, but it looked like Álvaro offered his hand to Xavi, who ignored him and kept on walking).  In any case, in the majority of the embraces between Madrid and Barcelona players, it was the Madrid player who initiated the action.

Ahhh, now we know what Cristiano and Marcelo were doing the other day!  They were practicing this victory dance!

More images of the players going crazy celebrating, dancing, hugging, spraying each other with water… who knew Kaká could get this crazy?

And of course, Sergio did this.  I wonder what it means?  And even though it’s hard, take your eyes off of him for one second and check out that manpile in the back!

Iker kissed the escudo on his shirt…

… and got a little teary-eyed.  The fact that he’s not afraid to cry, plus the fact that he does it every single time he wins, endears him even more to me, if that’s possible.  And he showed what a true class act he is by going over to console the Barcelona players.

And yes, one of the high points in the celebration was the removal of shirts (and with no base layers).  Sergio Ramos did it, Manu as well.  And he stole Sergio’s hat and danced, much to the delight of Albiol and Dudek.

Manu has impressive abs, no?  Eze Garay was another of those who ended up topless.

The team also had to honor the man who brought them to this point, against all odds, José Mourinho.  They did this by tossing him up into the air, three times.

Only Mou could look this calm and collected while in the air.

And a couple of shots of the afición at the Mestalla.

The trophy presentation

The entire coaching stuff, plus Zizou (Mou had convinced him to go up to the palco with the rest of the team) all got miniature cups.

There was a moment when Ángel Villar, who was handing the cups to the king to give to the players, thought that Marcelo hadn’t gotten one, and so Kaká, who was next in line, pulled Marcelo back using the flag he had around his shoulders.  But Marcelo had already gotten his cup.  And El Pirata got a big old hug as he left the palco.

Iker was the last one in the line, due to his status of captain, and as he passed by Shakira, she gave him a high five.

I loved the hug between Iker and the king – no one else but Iker would have dared to do that, but then again, he is on quite familiar terms with the King of Spain – and how Iker gave Queen Sofía dos besos, breaking all protocol rules.  You can see how first he extends his hand, then thinks screw that, I’m going to kiss the queen!  Again, only Iker Casillas.  No one else would even dare think about that.

Iker, in order not to break with tradition (see the 2008 Eurocopa and the 2010 World Cup), had to receive the trophy while standing on the highest point around, which happened to be a table at the scene.  This was of course Iker’s first title as captain of Madrid, and his first Copa del Rey.

I love how the king of Spain – The King – is holding onto Iker so he won’t fall.  Only Iker could turn the king into a sort of bodyguard, no?  In other news, King Juan Carlos wasn’t present at the traditional Easter Day mass that the royal family attends every year in Palma de Mallorca.  His absence started rumors that he wasn’t in the best of health, so this example of the king supporting Iker was cited to prove otherwise.

This image made me cry.

What I didn’t like: Barcelona’s players removing medals as soon as they received them.  Puyol didn’t even wait to leave the palco before he took his off.  I know that they were disappointed with the loss, but it’s matter of common courtesy, no?  And by the time Madrid went to receive their trophies, the Barcelona half of the stadium had already emptied, in contrast to the Madrid side, where no one budged from their seats, except to stand up and cheer, of course!

The celebration

The celebration with the trophy started as soon as Iker ran down from the palco with the Copa del Rey held high over his head.  The first person who got to touch it was his co-captain Sergio Ramos.

Geri Piqué was the only Barcelona player seen congratulating the winning team, so he deserves to be recognized for that, though he might just have been trying to make up for what he said after the Liga game.

¡¡¡Sí, sí, sí, la copa ya está aquí!!!

As the himno played (I love that song, but it makes me cringe a little, because that’s the song I hear when I wake up each morning, due to my alarm clock), the players danced around and hugged.  Manu put on an Afro wig, and for some reason Ricky Carvalho decided to wear his game jersey backwards.  Love the hug and kiss between Iker and Marcelo!

The continuation of the Esteban Granero appreciation section…

The players celebrated in the fondo sur, where most of their fans were congregated, and offered the Cup to them.  Do you think Álvaro was shouting “Espartanos!…”?  And the image on the right is included not for Marcelo lifting up the trophy, but for Iker and Pepe dancing like maniacs in the background.  Iker looked like he had eaten a lot of sugar, because he didn’t stop bouncing for a long time.

Everyone wanted a piece of that beautiful trophy.

The captains were also required to pose with the trophy for the photographers…

… and surprisingly enough, there were no thumbs-up in the picture!  Yes, that’s right, a picture involving Sergio WITHOUT his thumb sticking up in the air!  And look at Xabi posing in the background!  How boss!


The group also did the dive into the “piscina,” although Benzema decided to do a somersault instead, while others just ran on.  After they had all gotten up, two players remained on the ground: Iker, who was just lying there face up with his hands covering his face, probably exhausted after all that celebrating and overwhelmed at the same time, and Xabi, on his stomach, posing.

Sergio also sang “¡Que viva España! with the fans, and took over from Raúl in doing some medias verónicas with a bullfighting cape that his friend, the torero Morante de la Puebla, had given him.  The crowd shouted back “olé” in response each time he did one.

I couldn’t resist not including this lovely picture of Iker, with the Madrid scarf around his neck and the Spain/Madrid flag around his waist, looking every inch like the captain of Real Madrid that he is.

The ‘foto de familia’

The team also gathered for the traditional group photo, with Iker running out to sprawl at the very front, although later on he would get right back into the thick of things.

Álvaro and Sergio held the Cup in the middle as the players posed, and what looked like a ton of confetti rained down on them (it looked like it was snowing).  Later on, the Cup was relinquished to Manu.

The final result.

Who’s who, from back to front, left to right (click on photo to enlarge).  Back row:  Santi Lozano (fisio), David Pirri (fisio).  Second row: Albiol, Higuaín.  Third row: Adán, Khedira, Pepe, Dudek, Javi García (utillero), Manolín (utillero).  Fourth row: Dr. Serratosa, Fonseca (fisio), Canales, Marcelo, José Morais, Granero, Peter Lion, Javier Santamaría (fisio).  Fifth row: Agustín Herrerín, Carlos Lalín (recuperator), Juanfran, Xabi, Sergio, Álvaro, Iker, Silvino, Cristiano, Dr. Juan Carlos Hernández, Gago, Pedro Chueca (fisio).  Sixth row: Óscar Ribot, Ozi, Benzema, Adebayor, the Cup, Carvalho, Karanka, Chechu (chef), Dr. Carlos Díez.  Seventh row: Kaká.  Eighth row: Garay, Di María, Lass, Rui Faria.

The only absence was of course a very notable one, that of José Mourinho.  He explained why he was missing during the press conference (see below).

The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

As you can see, towards the tail-end of the celebration, Xabi struck his favorite pose – with the addition of his shoes as a prop – and looked like he just wanted the whole thing to be over so he could get on with his life.  Cris laughed at him.


Iker: it was a very special night for me, but I’m thinking more about all those people who came to Valencia and those who stayed in Madrid cheering us on with all their hearts.  I couldn’t stop the tears from falling.  I was asked about the value of Mourinho since he came here.  He’s the best.  This is for the fans.

(While they were being interviewed, someone sprayed water at Sergio and Iker.)

Sergio: Mourinho is the captain of the ship and we’re with him to the death.  What he has instilled in us is going phenomenally for us.  I want to thank the fans for their affection; they were fundamental in helping us win this title.

(Iker also used his Madrid bufanda to wipe his nose!)

Pepe: the game we had was incredible.  The team showed a great spirit and sacrifice.  We did a great job in the first half and in the second half we were more relaxed, but then Cristiano closed out the game.  All of the players have contributed something to this win.

Cris: this is my first title in Spain.  I’m very happy and this is for the fans.  They needed it as much as we did.  It’s been an incredible night, but we want more this season.

(Cris was interviewed by TVE during the team celebrations.  The interview in and of itself was not that interesting, but his teammates made up for that.  Manu Adebayor came jumping in and singing to hug Cris, and Gonzalo acted like any other typical guy who sees a video camera – he got crazy in the background.  He was shortly joined by Eze and the two Rickys, and all jumped around, waving and shouting.  Mission accomplished.)

Arbeloa: we had a great game.  You can only beat Barcelona by playing an almost perfect game.  We dedicate this to our families, and to the thousands of madridistas who came to Valencia and those who are in Madrid.  We won a title that el madridismo has waited a long time for.  People are excited to go to Cibeles and that’s where we’re going, to enjoy this with the fans.

Xabi:  I’m very, very happy and also very tired.

Raúl: I’m happy for the fans that I saw at the stadium and later at Cibeles celebrating the title.  I want to congratulate all the directors, the coaching staff, the team, the employees, the great fans, everyone in the club because that game wasn’t easy.

Guti: there’s no other club like Madrid, the shirt is very special.

On the flip side:

Xavi: at the end of the game, I congratulated Iker and I gave him a hug.  I’ve known him since we were 16, and we’re very close friends.  I don’t know Ramos that well and I have a professional relationship with Arbeloa.  I won’t say anything bad about Madrid’s players.  The only team that wanted to play football was Barça.

[I know that in a group of 23 guys there are bound to be some that aren’t great friends, but was this really the occasion for Xavi to tell everyone that he basically would not consider Sergio and Álvaro his friends?]

Busquets: this is football, there’s no explanation and and sometimes the best team doesn’t win.

Iker also confirmed that Gerard Piqué had shouted something in the tunnel after the Liga game on Saturday.  Iker said, “there’s no need to rehash it.  He knows what he said, I didn’t hear it but my teammates did.  He’s a great guy and a future captain of La Roja.”  Meanwhile, Piqué denied he had said anything: “I never said those words.  They didn’t come out of my mouth.  The atmosphere after the game is tense, but I never said that.”  Piqué said in an El País interview today that he had said something but not what was reported.

The Mou corner

In his postgame press conference, Mou was serene and serious, saying that things were “fantastic.  On the field, the players gave it their all.  It could have been different had we scored in the first half, or if they had scored after the break.  Fate wanted the game to go into overtime and that’s when character and physical and psychological strength become determining factors.”  As for the game, Mou observed, “it was an equal game without being equal.  We were better in the first half and they in the second.  In the overtime, we were tired, but they also appeared to be mentally worn out.  They were a bit frustrated because they weren’t as successful as they usually are.  In my opinion, it was a great football game.”

When asked where he disappeared to as the team was celebrating, he said, “I went to the locker room to try and call my family, but I couldn’t get through because the lines were tied up.  I left the players to enjoy themselves.”

In the locker room

The celebration continued in the locker room, with champagne, dancing and singing.

Zidane entered the locker just to shake the players’ hands, but he ended up covered in champagne, as no one cared that he was wearing a suit.  The first thing he did upon entering was hug Iker.  And we have to love Sergio for his willingness to continuously strip, no?

Who wins the dance-off?  And seeing that iPod with the speaker in the background reminds me of Sergio, David Villa and Pepe on the plane back to Spain from South Africa!

Other notes

This is Madrid’s 76th title, which breaks up the tie at 75 with… Barcelona.

Carvalho (15) is the most-titled player on the team.

Madrid is now the only European team that can win a treble for the 2010-11 season.

84 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2011 15:36

    *hearts in my eyes* This is just so, so beautiful. I’m going to keep this post in my bookmarked folder permanently for cheering up whenever I’m down.

    Thank you so much for this Una. I adore this post and my club, and all my amazing players so much!

    SQUEE part – Pipa jumping around in the back. That man is just so cute!!

  2. peppy permalink
    April 25, 2011 15:44

    Una, I have to agree with you about Xavi. He did not have to say that he wasn’t friends with Sergio and Arbeloa. But I do like Xavi (when he isn’t talking about bad about Madrid) so I’m willing to let it go. Oh! Did you see Sara clapping in the stands when Iker was holding up the cup? It was sooo cute!

    • Ally permalink
      April 25, 2011 18:46

      Where was Sara? damn, I didn’t see her…

      Anyway, I LOVE THIS POST ❤

    • maddie- permalink
      April 26, 2011 02:34

      ahhhh!! I wanna see that clip of sara sooo badly!!! Is there a place where I can find it??

      • April 26, 2011 09:23

        Here’s a picture where you can see Sara next to Nagore:

        Loving Sandro Rosell’s expression!!! Of course he’s the only one in the entire palco not looking at Iker. Well him and the disgruntled Barça fan in the lower left corner.

        • Iram permalink
          April 26, 2011 09:39

          una u have eagle eyes. I would have never spotted out sara or nagore

        • IsaBella permalink
          April 26, 2011 12:27

          eagle eyes indeed! 🙂 thanks Una, Nagore looks stunning (as always… )

        • maddie- permalink
          April 27, 2011 09:13

          thanks so much una! I really appreciate it 😀

    • DebS permalink
      April 26, 2011 21:00

      good catch! She is looks so happy! 🙂

  3. manie permalink
    April 25, 2011 15:51

    what an awesome post, thank you for it! nothing like a happy team to put a smile on your face on a rainy monday morning. now onto wednesday, hala madrid!

  4. April 25, 2011 15:54

    This is a fabulous post, Una! The details are great and I love the fact that the himno is your alarm music–what a way to wake up!

    I really wish Xavi would rein it in sometimes. Busquets, too. Sigh.

    This win helps really seal that feeling that Real has grown as a team and it’s exciting to see where they’ll go this season. On to Wednesday’s match! Hala Madrid!

  5. anna permalink
    April 25, 2011 16:12

    i love this post 🙂

  6. April 25, 2011 16:20

    una, look, Hierro is here behind iker!!! :333333

    • April 25, 2011 16:24

      Vicente del Bosque and Pedro Cortés are also back there too!

      • superfan permalink
        April 25, 2011 17:17

        Ohmygod I never noticed!!!! I was too transfixed with Iker that I never noticed them. Thanks for pointing it out! 🙂

  7. Rave permalink
    April 25, 2011 16:21

    ughhhhhhhh, it’s genuinely stupid how happy these guys and their joy make me. I was so happy to read that Mou’s not planning to make a lot of squad changes over the summer — I feel like this group has so, so much potential and I can’t wait to see where they take it next season!!

    • maddy permalink
      April 25, 2011 16:37

      me too!!! i want to see these boys together for atleast another 3 seasons! they’ll be PHENOMENAL with mou in the driving seat. we’ve got a solid midfield, good strikers and a maturing back 4. what more do we need???

      • April 25, 2011 21:38

        I’m crossing my fingers that we win the treble next year! With this team and Mou it’s so doable!

    • DebS permalink
      April 26, 2011 21:02

      Isn’t their happiness contagious!! It makes reminds me that inside they are kids in a man’s body. You can really see how important this win was to them.

  8. sam permalink
    April 25, 2011 16:25

    Xavi… sigh. I respect him greatly but every time he speaks a little less and less. I mean Ramos has been a senior international since 2005 and Xavi since 2000. They won the Eurocopa and World Cup together… but he doesn’t know him “that well?”

    Anyways, nevermind, the miserable cules (who didn’t care at all for the copa! lol)…THANK YOU UNA for giving us the chance to re-live some of this moment over and over. Absolutely beautiful! 😀

    Hala Madrid y Vamos Al Final!!!!!

  9. RealLover permalink
    April 25, 2011 16:26

    OH.MY.GOD! Thank you so much for this great post!! I was a bit disappointed after the game because you didn’t make a post about all the celebration but finally you did and it made me sooo happy!! Thank you! You’re my favourite blogger of all time!!!
    I would give everything to be there and celebrate with them!!

    • Lulja permalink
      April 25, 2011 23:22

      Una actually said that it’d take her some time doing all the ICYMIs. And judging by this post, I can say all the waiting was so worth it!!! 😉

  10. maddy permalink
    April 25, 2011 16:33

    this post made me relive that night and cry all over again.

    cant imagine what your posts were like when spain won the world cup!

    • Anna permalink
      April 25, 2011 22:28

      go check them out on the other blog….they’re wonderful!!!!

      • maddy permalink
        April 27, 2011 09:31

        i will! though it probably wont have the same effect on me as a real madrid victory. my team is germany. 🙂

  11. Lisa C. Madridista permalink
    April 25, 2011 16:35

    I got all choked up again, and of course a perma’ smile too!! Fantastic Una!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing some more images from this beautiful moment, what a team hey?! and our wonderful gracious Captain! All great pictures but I really love the picture of Alvaro and Esteban, pure elation! and the moment Cristiano picks up Angel to embrace him! 🙂

    (ouch Xavi ….. The only team that wanted to play football was Barça.) I think Mr. Hernandez needs to watch the game.

    Love and adore them all… I wish I could be in Madrid to support them, one day hopefully! 🙂

  12. April 25, 2011 16:38

    First things first. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU UNA for this!! This is awesome. Really, really.

    Anyway. Here goes…
    – I loved how tightly Iker and Ronaldo were hugging in the middle of piña.
    – Where did Arbeloa go? He left the piña to get the game ball, perhaps?
    – Love the picture of Arbeloa and El Pirata (?) hugging. Adorable.
    – And yes, I love Iker even more (if that were possible) when he cries. It just shows how passionate he is about the game, and how important winning is to him. And he’s not afraid to show it. Looooooove.
    – Loved that he kissed Messi, too. Soooo sweet. My love for this man know no bounds.
    – Mou’s expression while being tossed in the air is priceless.
    – Lesson learned: if you want to get hugged/kissed by Iker, make sure you’re around every time Madrid/Spain win a title.
    – Loved that hug between the King and Iker, it was so long! And seemed really intimate, a hug shared by two people who are close to each other. Well, I guess they are close if the King actually acts as Iker’s hand-holder. Haha.
    – I don’t think I’ve seen Iker this bouncy, even during the WC win!
    – And crazy Kaka. Who knew he had this side to him?
    – Oh, God. Sergio. You just know he practiced those bullfighting moves. You just know it.
    – What was Iker saying when he was making the crazy gesture when he was being interviewed? Was he talking about Sergio and the bullfighting? Haha.
    – Loved Ronaldo’s smile when Manu interrupted his interview. That’s enough to make a girl melt!
    – Xabi: “I’m very, very happy and also very tired.” Oh Xabi. HAHAHAHA.
    – Did Zizou wear a coat to prevent his (surely expensive suit) from being ruined?
    – I wouldn’t even call that “dancing”, Sergio. But we still love you anyway. 🙂

    Sorry for the long comment, but I just loved this post. 🙂 Thank you again, Una!

  13. someone permalink
    April 25, 2011 16:55

    amazing post as always, thank you!

  14. Milleca permalink
    April 25, 2011 17:01

    Thanks for the round up Una! The images are all lovely! 🙂

    Also, this might be unrelated, but do you still have plans to continue Pepe’s book in the La Roja wordpress?

    Thanks! 😀

    • April 26, 2011 09:12

      Yes, but I’m only going to translate the anecdotes, not Pepe’s stream of consciousness because I like being nice to myself.

      • April 26, 2011 12:29

        HAHAHAHAHA!! Because going through it all is torture for you, isn’t it Una? I read the first few chapters and it just went on and on and on and on…

      • Milleca permalink
        April 26, 2011 17:18

        Oh okay then, thanks for the heads-up! Hahaha I had high hopes for the book but well, it seemed… yeah, you get it 🙂

  15. superfan permalink
    April 25, 2011 17:12

    hfsjhfsjfhsfhj. No coherent thoughts from me after all these images and gifs and recollection of what happened. Thank youuu so much for this, Una!!!

    I loved every bit of the King and Iker. You could tell that the Queen was a bit shocked when Iker kissed her. Haha. Only Iker could have the courage to do that!!!

    And my god, I thought (some of) the Barca players would have a bit more respect and humility but I guess those words aren’t in their vocabulary. I mean, they just lost. Give credit to the other team. Ugh.

    I’m just soooo happy and proud for everyone. For the team, the coaching and technical staff, and especially to the fans! I hope this is just the start of a trophy-filled and fantastic seasons ahead. 🙂

    So damn proud. :’)

  16. Ros permalink
    April 25, 2011 17:16

    Thank you again for all the summaries. Such happiness in this one! I love the picture of Arbeloa and Granero’s hug as well as the facial expression of Mourinho as he is being tossed into the air. I also love the way Iker climbs on things to lift the trophies. I hope he gets to do it several more times in the near future.

  17. Henrik permalink
    April 25, 2011 17:18

    I’m disappointed on Ozi for not trying to do more interesting things.. But then again he is a “reserved person”.

  18. IsaBella permalink
    April 25, 2011 17:20

    “it looked like Álvaro offered his hand to Xavi, who ignored him and kept on walking” – now I’m pissed! how can you ignore Alvaro??!! @#$%^%$#
    I absolutely adore the Alvaro/Pirata pic!! 🙂
    I love Sergio’s pic with the shirt off, especially the face of the lady looking at his butt, unforgettable! 😀
    el himno del Madrid como sonido del despertador…. tengo que pensar en eso, me inspiras Una 🙂
    “Do you think Álvaro was shouting “Espartanos!…”? ” – Esta noche cenamos en infiernoooo!! anda Alvaroo mi amor ❤
    Sergio is a dancer and I'm a dancer… can I make up a choreography for that? jejeje 😉

    • Paddy permalink
      April 26, 2011 11:40

      Are you Kaka’s daughter?

      • IsaBella permalink
        April 26, 2011 17:35

        jajaja I could be a 30-year older version of her 😉

      • IsaBella permalink
        April 26, 2011 19:14

        jajaja, I could be a 30-year older version of her 😉

      • DebS permalink
        April 26, 2011 21:04

        hahaha…she’s pretty smart for a newborn baby :p

  19. mar permalink
    April 25, 2011 17:21

    thnx for all the hard work you did to bring this to us, it is fantastic! I wish i was there somewhere between them (but propably not in one of the manpiles!)

  20. Emily permalink
    April 25, 2011 17:32

    I must have watched the celebration at least 10 times, it just makes me so incredibly happy to see them like that. I loved seeing Iker kiss the escudo, when players do that it makes me so happy.

    I just have to say that Xavi does not take losses very well at all. To say that Barca was the only team that showed up to play is preposterous! I guess he sees it as if the other team isn’t playing Barca football, they’re not playing football at all. And to say that you’re not great friends with Sergio or Arbeloa at that time? Wow.

    Beautiful, wonderful post, Una. 🙂

  21. Rush permalink
    April 25, 2011 17:43


    You are too good to us. Thanks for all your hard work, its much appreciated!
    Loved all of the details and anecdotes above.. and especially Mou’s expression in the press conference.

  22. April 25, 2011 17:57

    I love seeing Iker happy, kissy and hugy when he wins a title….. I hope he lifts another one this season *knock on wood*. I agree, I think he is the only one who can hug the King like that and give two kisses to the Queen. The royal family especially the King and Queen seem to love him ( who can blame them?)
    I loved the craziness going around Cris’s interview.
    The hug between Alvaro and Esteban is adorable.

    On another note: Xavi has been disappointing in his choice of words lately – you have to be classy in defeat if you call yourself a humble club with high morals!
    Same thing with Pique, no one is gonna say what he said EXACTLY but he definitely said something, which is completely rude and unnecessary, when you have practically won la liga, the game is over in your rival’s stadium and when you are a World Champion who won the world cup with teammates from Real Madrid.
    I understand that dirty tackles and words will be exchanged ON THE PITCH but off the pitch we should all behave differently.

    In addition, it seems that Pep who said that he never questions referees did! Valdes did too! – One game makes them this scared???? And could Pep explain what he meant by a two centimeter offside ( in their annulled goal) mmmmm……..

    Thanks Una! Hala Madrid!

  23. barb permalink
    April 25, 2011 18:16

    When I got to the end of this post I realized that I had a big smile on my face the whole time! – I didn’t get to see much of the celebrations on TV, and it’s wonderful to see those guys so happy, because their joy is contagious and it makes me feel good too. I love all the Iker pictures and gifs (of course) and Sergio’s “bullfight.” Sergio looses the dance contest, though. And they all deserved the champagne!

    Big disappointment was the behaviour of so many Barça players. They showed poor sportmanship and bad manners, and taking off their medals reminds me of two-year olds having a little tantrum. I admire Xavi, so it’s too bad that he has to behave like a complete jerk at times. Only Barça wanted to play football? Really?? As for Mr. Busquets, I watched that game and the better team did win. Those guys have been eating from a big bunch of sour grapes.

    Listen up RM players – don’t behave like Barça if you lose a big game! Congratulations on the cup and thanks to Una for a great blog 🙂

  24. evita permalink
    April 25, 2011 18:21

    Xavi the douche. So talented, destined to be a legend in Spanish futbol, but stilll can’t find too much nice to say about his opponets. I thought Maradonna was a blow hard douche bag….Xavi beats him by the buckets full.

    Busi, really? An underhanded comment. I knew when Pep taunted to Cristiano with the dropped ball…that these guys respected NO ONE, other than themselves. Who are the idiots buying into the ‘we’re just a humble club bullshit’.

  25. Vanessa permalink
    April 25, 2011 19:33

    Ramos dancing looks like a cheerleading routine i use to do way back in the day! lol Iker really is something special. Thank you for posting these, it was a perfect Monday treat! 🙂 All i can say is that i love this team!!!

    Xavi should be more of a professional especially when his team loses but unfortunately i have come to expect his condescending comments. Pique is young, a tiny bit loco and hot headed so I hope he grows up and learns the values of being a good captain before he ever takes the reins.

    Wednesday can not come soon enough! Hala Madrid!!!

  26. ama permalink
    April 25, 2011 19:43

    So many adorable moments, especially from our wonderful captains. I absolutely love that the king and queen treat Iker like a member of the family, and that he cries every time he wins. So sweet. And Sergio’s, um, celebratory spirit is really remarkable. I for one appreciate his commitment to shirtlessness.

    Thanks for letting us re-live such a great night, Una!!

  27. April 25, 2011 20:13


  28. Diana permalink
    April 25, 2011 20:20

    That picture at the top says it all. LOVE IT!

    I think Mou has really instructed the team well throughout this month of clasicos, telling them to keep quiet. Meanwhile, every time the Barcelona players open their mouths, they show poorer and poorer sportsmanship. Pep needs to tell them all to just stop talking!!! For real — their coach is such a classy guy, and the players and the fans are some serious spoilsports.

    I am nervous as hell for the upcoming Champions League games. I hope our team doesn’t get over-confident after the Copa del Rey win. They’re going to have to work hard to take Barcelona out of the competition.

  29. Andrea permalink
    April 25, 2011 20:33

    Thank you for posting this, Una! I’m glad that you spaced out all of the Copa posts, actually – now we all get to relive the wonderful victory again!

  30. Jennifer permalink
    April 25, 2011 20:48

    Sorry, I’m just going to take a minute to be a shameless Sergio fangirl and swoon over

    1. that little pataíta por bulerías

    2. those medias verónicas

    He definitely wins the dance-off. And the everything-else-off. Especially the clothes-off.

    Ahem. Anyway, in non-Sergio-related items my personal highlights were:

    – Álvaro and Esteban’s big hug. Canterano love ftw!
    – Kaká losing it – who knew?! However, he could use some celebration lessons from Cris & Marcelo.
    – Cris and Marcelo’s whatever that is. Flying hip bump? I think I’m mostly amused that they were caught practicing it!
    – Iker and los reyes. I mean. Whatta guy. Bear-hug the king, kiss the queen, and they love every second of it! (Not that I can blame them. Who wouldn’t love it?)
    – Xabi at the end of it all, holding his boots and looking like that girl at prom who’s just had enough and wants to go home. Which he probably did.

    I can sort of forgive Busi for feeling that Barça were the better team – they’re his team, he’s allowed to feel defensive after a loss like this – but what Xavi said about Álvaro and Sergio just seems uncalled for, even if it may be strictly true. There’s enough speculation and media frenzy about divisions within the national team as it is; he doesn’t need to add more fuel to the fire. Disappointing.

  31. jean permalink
    April 25, 2011 21:02

    Im a little bit emotional:):):).These guys have grown so much as a team.I love them. And hopefully on wed we will see another great performance.Im so proud of them.Hala Madrid!
    One thing I have been looking to see is Iker reaction when Cris’s scored.I dont see it anywhere.Where are the cameras when u need them?Well Im pretty sure that he was jumping up and down but I would have love to see him doing it.I love absolutely love that pic of him holding the cup, so bossy:)

  32. Pammie permalink
    April 25, 2011 21:26

    now my cheeks hurt from grinning all the way through this amazing post! (apart from the frowning at the Barsa player’s behaviour and what they consider necessary to say to the press. sore losers, I guess?) I’m so happy for the guys and all madridistas!

  33. Hala_Madrid permalink
    April 25, 2011 21:44

    Wow i’m in love with Sergio Ramos’s body mmmmmm…. he’s just so perfect.. i love Cris and Marcelo’s celebration they’re so cute. We’re ready for Wed, si podeMOUS HALA MADRID!!!

  34. Maddi permalink
    April 25, 2011 22:36

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do all of this Una!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m not even going to bother going in depth with how much I love this post (and this blog!!)–I’ll just end up writing a 20 page paper.

    AAAAH how can I possibly love these players more?!?

  35. daniel Ikemba permalink
    April 25, 2011 23:05

    I actually like Xavi, but over the last couple of months he has begun to show his true color as a poor poor human being. They say “the true essense of a man is revealed in difficulty!”

    By the way, i understand Xavi may still be upset that Sergio slapped him @ the Camp Nou, but his comments is clearly showing the cracks in the La Roja dressing room.

  36. Lulja permalink
    April 25, 2011 23:37

    Absolutamente inreíble!

    Have to agree with what many already mentioned, Iker in fact was so bouncy! Seeing him like this after all the stress he was experiencing was heartwarming.

    I loved PKs sportsmanship. Even if it came out of bad conscience, I really appreciate it (especially compared to the other culés lack of crongratulation).
    About Xavi and Busi – sigh – I guess it’s obvious they said that because they were extremely disappointed (which is only human), and I’ll always love my Xavi, but still, in this situation they just should have shut up (or better: at least accept Real’s win!).
    Some – no, many! – people should really take Pep as their example!

    Uf, don’t know whatelse to add as this post sums up everything. I’ll just go on enjoying this plenty of adorable gifs. Thank you so much, Una!

  37. Zparklemotion permalink
    April 25, 2011 23:40

    Oh wow, what a wonderful post 😀 Thank you!!
    I got a little lump in my throat at going over all these special moments :’)
    Gagh! ❤

  38. Anita permalink
    April 26, 2011 00:03

    I watched the celebration again out of curiosity and sure enough, it was Xavi who refused to shake hands with Arbeloa. You can see his captain’s armband if you pause it.

  39. Iram permalink
    April 26, 2011 01:03

    Loved this post too Una, great job. I love how your country’s royal family seems so down-to-earth, and they connect to the athletes-esp Iker. The hug he gave the king is awesome.

    I hope that the UEFA games go really well too.

  40. EIFF permalink
    April 26, 2011 01:32

    Fantastic post in a very good blog.
    I was just wondering whether or not you are gonna make a post about the celebration at Cibeles?

  41. evita permalink
    April 26, 2011 02:49

    So, una…what do you think about this ref that we have for the first leg? All the Barca fans are quite stoked to have him. Apparently he’s a big Messi fan, and hands out cards like he’s handing out candy on Halloween.

    Any thoughts from Madridista’s or Cule’s (not the trolling asshole’s) on this guy as ref?

  42. wandering permalink
    April 26, 2011 03:42

    Thanks for this post una! The piña pictures always make me feel so gooey inside. I remember before when so many people wanted to destroy the harmony in this team, esp Cris-Iker and so when I saw them hugging, all I could do was cry of happiness.

    The celebration also reminded me of how great TSO is. No matter if you agree or disagree with his tactics, his players, old and new, have him in such high regard. It’s about time people give this team a chance, not because of how much the club spends, but how much they all work hard for it. 😀


  43. Karlie permalink
    April 26, 2011 03:42

    I was on the edge of my seat the entire 120 minutes of this match, literally, and I think I might have bitten off a few nails. I was SO incredibly nervous for the result and I don’t think I’ve wanted a win as badly as the Copa del Rey final since the World Cup final this past summer. That’s how intense this feeling was and I’m sure you understand. Again, Barca may have had greater possession (as they always seem to do) but el Madrid out shined them that night, and not just because we were the ones able to score that glorious goal. We played so well and were able to showcase the team’s never-ending talent and let Barca know that we’re a force to be reckoned with! I can honestly say that I feel we deserved and earned that trophy (even if the poor cup didn’t deserved to be dropped from a bus) and I’m still finding that I occasionally get a little emotional about this game. Now if we can get past the Champion’s League semis I will explode with happiness! I’m so proud of these boys, as usual.

  44. Cammy permalink
    April 26, 2011 05:11

    Principe Iker has a nice ring to it.

    That was good of Shakira to high five Iker. Her expressions and reactions during the game were so funny.

    Weird for Xavi to say that, so if you barely know Ramos and Arbeloa then next time the Spanish Team meet he should make the effort to get to know them.

  45. erika permalink
    April 26, 2011 06:36

    una here’s the reason for

    “and for some reason Ricky Carvalho decided to wear his game jersey backwards’

    it’s a Porto tradition when they celebrate. Carvalho used to celebrate everything(they did win everything lol) with Mou in Porto in this style.

    hope you will find this useful ^^

    • April 26, 2011 09:19


    • April 26, 2011 15:22

      o that’s interesting!! Thanks for this info. I, along with everyone else were wondering why he did that!

  46. April 26, 2011 07:08

    Now I’m going to need a separate folder just for copa del rey pictures!! Xabi looked really really tired even at the edge of that pina. Maybe someone sprayed water at Iker and Sergio during the interview to get them to take their shirts off? haha that would’ve been my objective but it wouldn’t have worked =(

  47. black widow permalink
    April 26, 2011 10:39

    revised game plan:

    1. score ticket to CL final at wembley in may, where RM will undoubtedly play and win.
    2. find iker after the game, as he is apparently very fond of handing out impromptu kisses to unsuspecting women.

    seriously, though, i had to giggle — i’m british born and raised (though i don’t live there any more), and the thought of john terry or steven gerrard or another club captain grabbing and kissing queen elizabeth II twice after winning a similar trophy in england makes me howl with laughter. it would NEVER happen. solo iker!

  48. Cheryl permalink
    April 26, 2011 11:32

    What a fantastic post! Thanks for the all the hard work you put into all the posts, they’re a joy to read!
    I also am sat here beaming like an idiot, the videos and photo’s are amazing to look at again and I had tears in my eyes watching Iker hug the king and lift the trophy. It’s crazy how much affection you can have for a team and each and every player on it.

    I have tried to read as little as I can about what the Barca players have been saying, other than what you’ve posted here and I am disappointed and annoyed about it. The thing that bugs me the most is that Barca are referred to as ‘classy’ in pretty much everything they do and I have no doubt in my mind that if things were reversed not ONE of our playes would’ve made derogatory comments about either their squad or their win, it’s like petulant children not getting their way.

    Aside from that, what a moment to remember as a Madridista, it’s been too long since we’ve seen this team celebrate something like this, I am so proud of all of them and even if we achieve nothing else this season I am so excited to see the difference in this team and about the next season.

  49. EM. permalink
    April 26, 2011 11:47

    It was classy of Pique to stay behind and congratulate our players. Good on him.

    The celebration post was beautiful ❤ I can't believe I missed out on Iker and Pepe jumping around like wild idiots. Incredible to see Hierro there.

    Ramos' matador celebration was very reminiscent of Raul's and it made me tear up a tiny bit wishing he and Guti were there.

  50. April 26, 2011 11:53

    AAAAAWWW UnaMadridista!!!! thanks for a wonderful post!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am extremaly busy, and cannot write too much, so I can only say:


    SERGIO IS SUCH A DIVA (I still adore him though) LOL

  51. Marie permalink
    April 26, 2011 16:25

    Me encanta, me encanta, me encanta!! 🙂
    Once more, you’re the best Una! This is a great description.
    By the way I keep having this recurring dream in which Iker and Sergio Ramos come to the bookstore that I work at to well sign books (lol) and all I do is stare and shout, “Have you read Una’s blog yet?!” XD

  52. April 26, 2011 18:00

    lovely post, una!!!!

    non-spanish madridista here: i’m very curious about sergio/raul’s matador celebrations!
    i saw this video of raul doing it, and it looks like he’s using the a similar hot pink/yellow cape (raul’s has the escudo though!)

    is this a tradition that raul started, or is this a real madrid thing? is there some significance of matador moves, or is it just a random fun thing?

    i hope we get to see sergio do the matador celebration again soon. hala madrid!

  53. Lalitta permalink
    April 26, 2011 18:36

    Thank you so much Una for this great post. Every single picture made me smile! And I love to see Sergio like that, smiling, dancing and fooling around … oh, and of course stripping!
    How can anyone not like the Madrid players? They are so adoreable to look at. They deserved the title, most definetly!

    And Xavi really disappointed me, *smh*. I have always had huge respect for him, and I thought he deserved to be the player of the year, but he need to learn to be more humble, the best team won and if he can’t respect or accept that, then … stay quiet!!


  54. DebS permalink
    April 26, 2011 21:24

    Other than to agree with all the other posts, I only have a couple other comments

    1) I noticed the Barca players taking off their medals almost immediately. I thought that was really rude, not only to the Madrid players but also to the royal family since this was their tournament. And Xavi & Busi’s comments…smh

    2) I really admire how Iker is not ashamed to wear his emotions on his sleeve. I think I loved his “celebrations” more than the others because of that.

    3) I am not surprised that Xabi was tired. He gave 110% the entire game; not that the others didn’t but it just seemed like Xabi was everywhere…wherever he was needed. He had a really good game, imo.

    4) Adeboyer was so excited and happy; like he had been with Madrid for years. I’m glad to see that he’s fitting in so well!

  55. justwondering permalink
    April 27, 2011 16:53

    Hi Una, this is a WONDERFUL post and thank you for all the time you have put it running this blog.

    Just want to know if there is any photos of the few lines of words under the RM crest on the jersey that night? Or anyone knows what was written under the crest?

    Thank you very much!

    • April 27, 2011 17:00

      Final Copa S.M. el Rey (Final of His Majesty the King’s Cup)
      Real Madrid C.F. – FC Barcelona
      Estadio de Mestalla – Valencia

      • justwondering permalink
        April 27, 2011 17:19

        OMG you are a QUEEN! You have no idea how hard it is to find this info anywhere else.
        Would that be a photo by any chance? (I am trying to replicate the Copa jersey, the Copa batch is very difficult to get so I am trying to settle with getting the words on it)
        Thanks again!

        btw, the first line
        “Final Copa S.M. el Rey (Final of His Majesty the King’s Cup)”
        is (Final of His Majesty the King’s Cup) on the actual jersey?

        Lots of questions… sorry about that, but thanks!

        • April 28, 2011 17:27

          No, I added the translation, in case you didn’t understand the Spanish.

  56. alex permalink
    July 16, 2011 15:56

    what is name of this dance music played in messtalla in the celebration
    its verry nice
    i want to get a link for downloding this music pls


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