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ICYMI – the party edition!

April 28, 2011

I think that you all need this post today more than the ICYMI for the Madrid-Barcelona CL ida, so here is the ICYMI for the celebrations at Cibeles for the Copa del Rey!  Iker was the star, but Marcelo was the life of the party.

After the team finished celebrating at the Mestalla, they boarded the team bus to take them to the airport.  Mou was looking at his watch, wondering where some of his players were, and he glared at two of Madrid’s employees when they told him they didn’t know where Cristiano and Iker were.  So, the bus was about to leave, and then Cristiano came running up.  Seconds later, it was Sergio.  By then, the bus door was already shut.

The bus had started pulling away when… Iker came jogging up!  I can’t believe they almost left Iker behind!  Their captain!  As he got on the bus, he patted Aitor Karanka affectionately on the cheek.

As the bus pulled up to Manises, the players could be seen tapping on the windows along with the beats of the chants from the crowd.  They were also seen singing.

The 45-minute long flight back to Madrid was a continuation of the celebration that began at the Mestalla.  Apparently, Mou started a pillow fight during the flight.  He threw five pillows at one of the press officers, hiding after each time.  And when he ran out of pillows, he started throwing blankets.  The players noticed what was going on and joined in.  Meanwhile, they also posed with the trophy…

… and Kaká got everyone to sign his shirt, while Mesut went around collecting money for… his very own tanning bed (no need to go to Cris’ house anymore)?  A stylist for Iker?  Cup repairs because a psychic octopus had told him that someone was going to break the Cup?

I loved how the seats had pictures of the team on them!

The team arrived back in Madrid around 03:35 in the morning, and they headed for the Bernabéu.  While waiting for the bus to depart for Cibeles, Sergio and Marcelo started the party, and Iker grabbed something to eat.

It was after four in the morning when the team finally arrived at the Plaza de Cibeles, taking an open-top bus all the way from the Bernabéu.  Despite the late (or early) hour, the rain and the fact that it was a holiday, hundreds of thousands of madridistas thronged the plaza and the surrounding streets (Alcalá, Recoletos, Paseo del Prado) to cheer on their team.  Here are the views of C/Alcalá towards Sol and the Puerta de Alcalá.

Among the chants heard were “así, así, así, así gana el Madrid,” “ese portugués, qué guapo es” (this Portuguese, how handsome he is), the ever-popular “sí, sí, sí, la Copa ya está aquí” (yes, yes, yes, the Cup is here) and the one on the huge sign Madrid has been displaying at games, “hasta el final, vamos Real.”  Many of the fans had headed to the plaza as soon as the final whistle blew.  The city hall also got into the act (can you believe this building used to be a post office?).

For most of the journey, the ones in front were Pepe, Cris, Marcelo (now you see him, now you don’t!), Manu, Benzema and Sergio.  I really wonder what Marcelo whispered to Manu, and in what language!!!

The goddess was surrounded by a double-layered barrier.  Right before the team bus reached the plaza, the “copacidio” happened.  Sergio Ramos had been holding the trophy above his head while standing in the front of the bus when he fell backwards and the Cup slid out of his hands, landing on the ground right in front of the bus.  The bus driver, unaware of what had just transpired, continued driving, and the front right wheel of the bus crunched right over the Cup.  Ever time I see the crunch, I wince.

From a different angle.  I love that the bus license plate is R-Madrid!  By the way, 0n the back of the bus, there are little drawings of each trophy with the number of each of them that the club has won.  An astute person crossed out the “17” that was next to the Copa del Rey and wrote in “18.”

The poor Cup!  Marcelo kept on celebrating (he said later “I didn’t understand anything, I had no idea what had happened, just that the Cup was no longer there!”) but when he realized what had happened, he put his hands to his head.

Once the driver was made aware of the fall of the Cup, he stopped the bus, and emergency personnel went to go pick up the pieces.  The driver took the pieces of the Cup (apparently there were around 10 pieces) back into the bus, and it did not appear again.

Sergio Ramos later assured everyone that the Cup was “good,” and also reiterated that via twitter, saying, “it was a misunderstanding – the Cup jumped up when it reached Cibeles because it saw so many madridistas…” and “Welly” made fun of him.

However, the maker of the Cup said it was completely destroyed.  Federico Alegre, owner of Alegre Jewelers, had just returned from Valencia, and he heard what had happened on the radio.  He thought it was a joke, and when he realized it was true, he went directly to the Bernabéu instead of going home to see what could be done.  Once there, he went to Agustín Herrerín’s office to see what state the Cup was in, and to try and repair it.  Luckily, he had a backup Cup just in case something like this happened, and it’s this Cup that’s now displayed in Madrid’s museum (this is the first time the backup has ever had to be used).

When the players arrived at the plaza, they got to walk around a sort of runway around the plaza.  Mesut said a few words in Spanish (“Yo soy muy feliz”) while Carvalho said the following about Peter Lion – “Éste es un crack,” which prompted Peter Lion to retort, “he doesn’t know a lot of Spanish.”  José Mourinho took a quick lap, then went back to the bus, from where he watched the rest of the celebration.

But mostly, there was a lot of dancing, singing and jumping around.  Even Iker got into it!  And Benzema showed more life than I’ve ever seen!

This pairing of Karim and Manu and what they’re doing here may just be enough for me to declare them the winner over Cris-Marcelo in the 2010-11 Real Madrid dance-off.

Pipita would have to get an honorable mention too.  He wore a white hat for the entire night while the other players were decked out in scarves and flags tied around their heads, wrists, necks, shoulders, waists…

The obligatory Sergio shot…

Marcelo just keeps going and going, doesn’t he?  And even the guys you would think are the most reserved – Adán and El Pirata come to mind – were getting crazy!

Even Zidane joined the party!

Ozi is definitely doing his part to get featured more on this blog, no?  Even if it’s just tamely tapping his bufanda on someone else… I love him and Iker together!

And also this tender moment with Sami!

More crazy dancing, this time from Kaká!

I love Iker in the hat, and his expression.  It’s good that Iker looks good in hats, because if the hair doesn’t stay on his head…


A couple of cute shots of our front line.  Cris was very composed during the entire celebration.

The two fathers of the team celebrating with their kids…

… Mou’s lovely dimple…

… and some shots from Álvaro’s Facebook.  We’ll ignore the thumbs just for tonight.

Iker, as captain, was the one designated to put a flag and a scarf of the team on the goddess Cibeles.  He did this quite tenderly and carefully, and then gave her a kiss while “We are the champions” played in the background.  Gone are the days when the team could climb all over her (I’ll always remember Roberto Carlos sitting on one of the lions pulling her chariot).

Iker said right before attending to Cibeles, “I’m new at this, I have no idea how to do it.”  But he was great, no?  Sergio filmed the moment on his iPhone.

Iker’s celebrations always have to end with a kiss, don’t they?

And this is how pretty Cibeles looked after Iker was done with her.

Meanwhile, Esteban got poetic.  He tweeted, “I have – exclusively – the words that the goddess Cibeles spoke to Iker, while he kissed her after putting the scarf on her.”  The next tweet had those words: “Never let me lose the marvel of your statue-like eyes, or the accent the solitary rose of your breath places on my cheek at night.”  He then tweeted, “I believe that she didn’t know what to say and so at the last moment, she asked for advice from a friend from Granada.”  That friend is of course Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, and those words – so, so appropriate, no? – from “Sonnet of the Sweet Complaint.”  I love that Esteban could quote this!!!!!

At this point, the celebration ended, and all of the team returned to the bus for the ride back to the Bernabéu…

… except for one José Mourinho, who was escorted by police to one of their armored cars, making it look like he was being arrested.  But you could see that he had a suitcase in hand.  He left Cibeles in a police car because he didn’t want to miss his flight to Lisbon, as he was returning to Setubal.  So, he asked the police to help him get a taxi to take him home.  He spent three hours with his family in his hometown, and was back at the airport by midday.

What a great celebration!!!

70 Comments leave one →
  1. Dina permalink
    April 28, 2011 17:33

    Una plzzzzzzzz do u still have the link to those videos of Cuatro! I couldn’t see the show coz I was working so I missed all the fun of that week (except the game of course :p). Plzzzz Una my depressed mood needs something to smile about….

  2. Whiskey permalink
    April 28, 2011 17:35

    Thanks for this Una! I was in Madrid when Spain won the World Cup and there was so much excitement and such a buzz in the city, it was contagious! wish I could have been there for this one. And we really needed something like this after yesterday. sigh.

  3. Forlond permalink
    April 28, 2011 17:36

    The timing of this post couldn’t be better. I love everybody here, that Copa del Drunk (Iker in hat) picture is my wallpaper right now. And Zizou was there too. Can I die from awesomeness overload?

  4. asma permalink
    April 28, 2011 17:37

    What do we do without you?

  5. Cosi permalink
    April 28, 2011 17:38

    on my mobile just now so the pix aren’t all coming up quickly, BUT just wanted to say…. i’m now more in love with Esteban Granero than ever!! despite him resembling my ex (but with major abs and skill…)! He definitely deserves his own fan section. 😉

    And LOL at Kaka collecting money. What, your cards not working in the trolley machines? Need some money for the cab? hahahaha HALA!

    Love you Una! Def brightens the day!!!

    • Cosi permalink
      April 28, 2011 17:42

      oh er my bad, totally NOT Kaka, but little Mesut. Forget that last bit! hahaha don’t judge me, i’m exhaustified from all the madness yesterday

  6. April 28, 2011 17:44

    Thank you, Una, for this! We need this post much more than CL post match. I’ve had it enough since last night. So much drama, it makes me sad. But this, this would always make me and every madridista happy! I was blasting Queen’s We Are The Champions while watching Real Madrid CdR celebration slideshow on my laptop! I hope, really, really hope that we could win in Camp Nou and then finally in Wembley. I want Iker and everyone to lift the cup once more. I want to see more celebration. I want victory for us.

  7. maddy permalink
    April 28, 2011 18:02

    looks like everyone wants to cuddle bambi 🙂
    the best pic – the one of the team tapping at the bus window in unison. beautiful,

    i love the laugh shared by benz and cris.

    was manu doing a cliche bollywood move?

  8. IsaBella permalink
    April 28, 2011 18:03

    Una, I don’t know how to thank you. After this horrible game of yesterday, you cheered us all up. The pics and gifs are amazing!!! you rock Una. 😀

  9. Dina permalink
    April 28, 2011 18:12

    and Telemadrid tooo!!!!!!!!!Plzzzzzzzzzz

  10. amy permalink
    April 28, 2011 18:15

    you are amazing

  11. April 28, 2011 18:17

    *hugs you tight* Thanks Una! I really needed to see this.

  12. April 28, 2011 18:31

    Awesome update – definitely cheered us up after all that bullshit for Pepe’s red card.

  13. zuneybunny permalink
    April 28, 2011 18:34

    This difinately cheered me up a bit.
    *sign*… I guess this is the last celebration of the season…

  14. barb permalink
    April 28, 2011 18:44

    What a day – RM loses, my computer crashes, it’s raining and it’s income-tax filing time… Then when my computer finally decides to work again – this post! Love the statue escapade and I’m very impressed at the poetry quote. Those guys know how to party – Marcello dancing, cowboy Iker, Mou pillow-fighting 🙂 It’s times like this which help make up for others when things…uumm…don’t go quite so well.

    As for what happened to the cup, (after a few drinks?) Sergio probably shouldn’t be allowed near anything breakable , even when it’s made of metal.

    Thanks for this Una – you’re a great psychologist 🙂

  15. Tasha permalink
    April 28, 2011 18:45

    Thanks Una!!! This post definitely lifted my spirits! =D

  16. hala permalink
    April 28, 2011 18:53

    Losing fairly is one thing but losing by getting influence of cheating is another. I am with Jose 110 percent with what he said.

  17. camille permalink
    April 28, 2011 18:53

    Beautiful! I missed the celebrations, so thanks for this. I loved seeing Iker so carefree and happy— he usually has the weight of the world on his shoulders.

  18. April 28, 2011 18:53

    Thank you Una. Great timing.

  19. RealLover permalink
    April 28, 2011 19:24

    OH. MY. GOD!!! Thank you so much for this amazing post. This cheered me up a lot and put a smile on my face! An amazing post as always, unamadridista. We needed this after last nights el clasico…

  20. April 28, 2011 19:25

    Oh thank you, una. I really needed that so much today. xoxo

  21. Lisa. permalink
    April 28, 2011 19:26

    Hey, I’ve never commented on here before although I have been reading your blog for a while however I thought I would today to say how lovely it is for you to do this post today after all last nights shenanigans.
    Continue your good work, its very much appreciated :).

  22. Barbara permalink
    April 28, 2011 19:27

    Awww Sami & Mesut…I miss Sami; I hope his leg heals fast & proper; That is a great angle of Iker kissing the Goddess & poetry quotes! WOWWOWWOW what a team!

  23. Amy2 permalink
    April 28, 2011 19:48

    Thanks for this, Una. You’re right it’s exactly what we need after that fiasco yesterday.
    Every second of this is perfect. I was prepared for the scarves and flags, but the hats! Purple! White! Iker’s straw (?) hat, which makes him look like he’s ready to retire to a golf course in Florida! And Karim’s flag-turban is a step beyond.
    My favorite, favorite moment was Iker’s little smile after he kissed the goddess. Perfect captain.

  24. April 28, 2011 19:51

    Thanks Una. This is what I wanted to see at this time. It gave me some hope that a miracle might happen. But I am in no mood to comment more than this…

  25. Rojafan permalink
    April 28, 2011 19:56

    What a cheerful post! Thanks for this. I hope you will find some good moments from the Clasico; I thought I saw some. Sometimes it looked like friendly moments. Casillas is truly the captain, isn’t he? I love Granero! He has the soul of an artist. Xabi is as classy as always, even in celebration!

  26. April 28, 2011 19:57


    I am ignoring the fact that there was any match yesterday, I didn;t watch the whole game, partly because I was not able to but also partly because I did not like it at all, even before the goals happened. The whole atmosphere around, I do not particularly enjoy, so I am pretending it did not happen;-)

    I have spent my day football-wise watching the video of Javi Martinez famous photo session and looking at his pictures from it.

    and now I will enjoy the ICYMI about the Copa del Rey celebrations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thanks!!!!!!!

  27. DanDan permalink
    April 28, 2011 19:58

    Chica. Where i can find these images?

  28. LaBlanca permalink
    April 28, 2011 20:00

    gracias Una!!! That was what I needed today!!!

  29. onedevotedfan permalink
    April 28, 2011 20:06

    brilliant as always, Una!

  30. Nurul permalink
    April 28, 2011 20:17

    Oh my god Esteban’s tweets. I’m speechless.

  31. SunnyK permalink
    April 28, 2011 20:18

    Thank you, Una! This is wonderful therapy after the debacle of yesterday.

  32. amouria permalink
    April 28, 2011 20:25

    This really lifts the mood, thanks Una. I shared the pics with some of my friends, but still they can’t get out of their sadness and pain. We are very angry, we feel that we are betrayed by the UEFA, why RM is treated like this? Why, as Mou said yesterday, Barca accepts such scandalous victory (or provokes it, in fact)?
    We will keep our faith in our team, players and coach. To quote Ramos: to death with Mourinho, the most critical thinker in the world of football…

  33. Andrea permalink
    April 28, 2011 20:40

    Una, you are amazing…thank you for knowing just what we needed today! Looking at this post has put a huge smile on my face 🙂

  34. Didi permalink
    April 28, 2011 20:45

    Thank you Una for this great post!! I think we really needed it after last night!
    p.s.: the image of Mesut collecting money looks so cute!!

  35. Diana permalink
    April 28, 2011 21:09

    I really want to say this post cheered me up about the disaster at the Bernabeu yesterday. But the truth is, I am BUMMED! RM looked like the visiting team at the Bernabeu for most of the first half! WHY?! And why on earth didn’t Kaka, Benzema, or Higuain play??!! Not sure if I can take watching another clasico next week! At Camp Nou, no less. 😦

    Going to go read this post again to see if the second time does the trick. 😉

  36. Ally permalink
    April 28, 2011 21:19

    Thank you for helping me forget about the champions league match.. 🙂

    Hahaha, that shot of Sergio is epic! He looks a bit drunk 😀

    But please, will you do an ICYMI for real-barça? Only the fun parts of course, though there weren’t many fun parts, but you always come up with something nice 😉

  37. Zan permalink
    April 28, 2011 21:57

    Thank you SO MUCH Una!!
    You have no idea how much I needed this post.
    I mean yesterday’s match was…well suffice to say it was and I haven’t given up hope but today, today was hard and well just thank you.
    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

  38. jaa permalink
    April 28, 2011 22:03

    Post the barcelona game, and be sure too get all the dives and when they provoke the lousy referee. It was the referee who scored the goals, not messi, not barcelona.

    Like drogba said:

    its a fucking disgrace

    • Mani Thangadurai permalink
      April 29, 2011 15:50

      You might want to use asterisks for covering some of the letters! I do know how you feel about the match but foul language should never be used! 😛

  39. Samira permalink
    April 28, 2011 22:09

    I so needed this. Esteban quoting poetry!!! My life atm is great. =]

  40. Pammie permalink
    April 28, 2011 22:22

    Una Madridista I love you! You know exactly what makes us happy. This is such a beautiful post, I’ll bookmark it to go back to for smiles, grins and laughs.

  41. oiepy permalink
    April 28, 2011 22:34

    Una I do not know how Id survive our tragedies without you. You always say the right things.

    I hope you never stop.

    Hasta el final! Hala Madrid!!


  42. April 28, 2011 22:50

    Thank you so much Una, this was exactly what I needed after that disgrace of a game last night (still raging whenever I think about it).

    I love this team and this club so much ❤

  43. thisperson permalink
    April 28, 2011 23:01

    I love this 😀
    What a beautiful post office

  44. Lola permalink
    April 28, 2011 23:18

    Thanks so much for posting this today! There are so many great moments I won’t even try to pick a favourite and among them coverage from the bus and the plane I had not seen before.
    I still can’t believe they almost left without Iker…didn’t he sit next to someone? Should have worked a la class-trip- “is everyone’s neighbour there?”…

    Thanks again for putting all this work into this site, we all appreciate it!

  45. Lulja permalink
    April 28, 2011 23:29

    Wait, what was yesterday again?

    Marcelo!!! I’d be too thankful if anyone here handed me his number so I could book him for my next party. His whole family is invited, too!
    Madre mía, Iker’s smile makes me forget all things that annoy me for a moment.
    Benz definitely represents the (sweet) gangsta between our boys. He always pulls that (bitch-)face. Even with Zizou!
    I bet Mesut reads this blog. But maybe, just in order to ensure things, I should do some translations in German so that he gets everything we’d like to tell him right!

    Btw, wasn’t it Rubén de la Red who posted the (only?) picture of the destroyed cup via his Twitter? Even though I don’t think he did something “bad” at all, I guess there will be some people who aren’t too happy about him publishing that image.

  46. mar permalink
    April 28, 2011 23:43

    they were all so much fun! I would like to be there… All this dancing around and of course the “killing” of the poor cup! Thank god the maker had a second one!
    And Iker kissing that godess…damn lucky Cibeles! (off now reserching more about this godess, no idea who she is)

  47. Zparklemotion permalink
    April 28, 2011 23:57

    Thank you for this post, it lowered my blood pressure :’)

  48. Radhika permalink
    April 29, 2011 00:40

    You are absolutely wonderful !!! Seriously needed this party more than el clasico 3 icymi !! 😀 !! Love awesome post as always !!! 😀 !

  49. ChristinaLFP permalink
    April 29, 2011 00:49

    awww this cheered me up. i think Carvalho has a soft spot for Peter Lion, i saw this on telemadrid and i saw carvalho hug Peter at least twice

  50. April 29, 2011 01:41

    Thanks Una!! I almost thought you weren’t going to do this post. Gahh if Sergio doesn’t kill me one of these days with his fiascos, Esteban (being the adorable GQMF that he is) just might.

  51. faith permalink
    April 29, 2011 02:11

    Thanks for letting us relive that happy, happy joyous night! Really needed it after yesterday!

    You are the best UNA!

  52. April 29, 2011 02:15

    I’m so glad to see this. 🙂 After yesterday…yeesh. I hate seeing our boys go down like that, in such a mess of a match.

  53. TuTu permalink
    April 29, 2011 03:07

    Is there a video of the plane ride?

  54. mumblo permalink
    April 29, 2011 03:11

    Reminiscing this positive experience was definitely a soothing balm, Una. Thank you!

    I’ve been waiting to see what your opinion would be of Iker in that hat. I think he looks dashing! He just has those classic features that suit it; the hat doesn’t wear him, he wears the hat.

  55. kiki permalink
    April 29, 2011 03:58

    Just want to say LUV YOU UNA! You have no idea all the compliments that you get all over the internets! Your ears should be burning, if not then at least toasty warm. You are very classy as well & that cannot be easy. I won’t comment more ATM, but I will come back & enjoy the beauty of our men in this post soon. Hala Madrid Always! 😀

  56. April 29, 2011 04:48

    OMG. I truly need this post to cheer me up after yesterday’s events 😐

    Anyway, Marcelo’s starting to climb up higher on my favorites list. He’s too precious/adorable for words. And don’t you think he nudged Sergio a bit before the cup fell? LOL. Hyperactive.

    “I love him and Iker together!” – I love to see everyone with Ozi :)) So glad he’s becoming closer to his teammates ^________^

  57. April 29, 2011 05:20

    You are so right, Una. I’d rather have this than the ICYMI for the CL match. Actually, no offense to you and the team, but I’d rather not have a ICYMI for that match, as that was one we’d all like to forget. I’m actually on a RMCF-FCB news blackout right now, as I’d rather not read/hear about how ugly the match was and the even uglier aftermath.

    Thanks for this, I needed it. Nothing like the sight of a dancing Iker to brighten my day just a little bit. I’ve never seen him this animated, not even when they won the World Cup! It just goes to show how much this title means to him.

    Dancing Karim will put a smile to anyone’s face, too! He seems so akward, his “dancing” and seemingly “gangsta” gestures are hilarious and adorable.

    And Esteban quoting poetry! Aaaaaaaaaaaaah! Plus a million points for Esteban! Beat that, Xabi!

    • April 29, 2011 15:54

      ja ja too..forgot the last CL optimist to the next CL match 🙂

      I love Iker’s pose when he wore hat and when he kissed Cibeles.. xx

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  59. Cindy permalink
    April 29, 2011 06:08


  60. ulong permalink
    April 29, 2011 06:16

    i said it before and i will say it again…

    I wanna be Cibeles, she had Iker kissed her

  61. April 29, 2011 08:42

    Thank you so much for this specially amazing post at such tough time.
    Maybe the Copa del Rey trophy cannot compare to the CL, at least we’ve seen Iker put the flag and scarfon the goddess and kissed her this season. It’s quite a relief to see Iker and his teammates dancing like this. I do love their laughs. Thank you.

  62. Sunny permalink
    April 29, 2011 09:23

    This was certainly a nice post, but I would have preferred one about the latest clasico. Best just to rip the band-aid off in my opinion.

  63. michel permalink
    April 29, 2011 11:50

    ive been reading ur blog for awhile and i know its very much girl oriented (not sayin it in a bad way, dont get me wrong 🙂 but nonetheless its very funny and enjoyable

    thanks for a breath of fresh air, every madridista needed that i guess

    keep up the good work

  64. superfan permalink
    April 29, 2011 16:03

    Perfect timing ever!! Thank you so much! 🙂

  65. Vanessa permalink
    April 29, 2011 18:56

    Thank youu thank youu thank youuuu! You are right after all the drama, we needed this! 🙂 PS The shot of Iker in the red hat he kinda looks like David Villa if you look at it quickly

  66. bbBenz permalink
    May 2, 2011 08:33

    Karim dance OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG *tearsofjoy


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