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May 9, 2011

José Mourinho must be having a good laugh and celebrating, because he doesn’t have to deal with the press anymore.  Aitor Karanka will speak to the press tonight at 19:30h from the Bernabéu, and after that, at 20h, the team will hold a training session at the stadium, their last one before tomorrow’s late game against Getafe (22h).  That’s certainly new, both the training site and hour, which might mean that Mou is going to make some changes.  Sergio Ramos is definitely out for the game, as he’s serving a one-game suspension, and so he asked for permission to stay in Sevilla after Saturday’s game, which was granted (how convenient for Sergio, no?  He got to spend almost all of the past week in his beloved Sevilla, enjoying the Feria de Abril, between missing the Champions League semifinal second leg and this next game).  And Xabi Alonso is recovering from some pain to his right adductor.  If he doesn’t recover in time for tomorrow’s game, then Xabi-in-training (Esteban Granero) will come in for him.

Madrid also officially announced today the worst kept secret of recent weeks, the signing of Nuri Sahin from Borussia Dortmund.

Uh-oh, Ángel has competition.  And Sami too, but in a different way.

The contract is for six years at a reported €2.5 million per year, and the transfer fee, according to AS, is between €10-12 million (Marca says it’s 10).  Sahin is a 22-year-old midfielder who was born in Germany, but plays for Turkey, as he has Turkish origins.  He gave a press conference today announcing the move, where he said, “going to Real Madrid is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t let go by.  I didn’t choose Real Madrid for money, but because it’s the biggest club in the world.  It’s impossible to say no to them for their history and for the project that they’re building.”  Sahin also revealed that he talked Mou, who convinced him immediately: “we met one day in Dortmund and it didn’t take long before I was convinced.  He’s one of the best managers in the world and I really want to work with him.”

How soon before we can see the pictures of Nuri staring at himself in the mirror, doing the double thumbs-up pose, pointing at the camera, etc.?

According to Marca, Mou will give an extra week of vacation to three of the Argentine players – Higuaín, Garay and Di María – in order to allow them to get some rest before Argentina begins preparing for the Copa de América, which takes place in Argentina from July 1-24.  The plan is to free them after Sunday’s game against Villarreal (jornada 37), meaning they won’t play in the last game of the season, against Almería during the weekend of May 21-22, as neither Madrid nor Almería will be playing for anything.

Cristiano and Iker, along with their respective girlfriends, took in the Madrid Open final last night between Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.  Iker didn’t look bad in terms of style, but then again, the direct competition was Cristiano, in his all blue outfit – blue leather jacket (yes, such a thing does exist), blue shirt, blue jeans, held together by a belt with a huge belt buckle, of course. By the way, Iker’s faithful companion – no, not Sara, but his purse – made the trip as well.

The girls competed with each other in PDA towards their novios (and perhaps in amounts of silicon in their bodies as well).  Cris looked a bit overheated, no?

The guys returned the favor… (did you notice that Cris and Irina shared the sunglasses?)

And though Sara and Irina are both attractive women, actress Paz Vega, sitting behind Sara, outshines them both.  (By the way, Sara needs to learn how to apply make-up properly.  It’s either too much, or improperly applied – at the tournament yesterday, it just made her eyes look even further apart than they are, and highlighted their downward slant.  And Irina needs more variety in her wardrobe, because she’s never not in anything either skintight or low-cut or both.)  As for the boys, there’s no question who wins the crown for hottest (in terms of looks and not body temperature, otherwise Cris would win for the latter) and best dressed – Miguel Torres.

Also on hand: the two Rickys, with Kaká looking very pijo.

Sergio Ramos watchers, mark this date on your calendar.  Sergio will be in attendance as the padrino for the Apascovi Foundation’s fourth annual Pro Am tournament in Madrid on May 17 at the RACE golf course.  Expect Sergio to turn up in something colorful and “muy Sergio,” to make up for the absence of Guti.

And MFC tweeted this picture of him enjoying Madrid today.

55 Comments leave one →
  1. Milleca permalink
    May 9, 2011 14:24

    Ahahahahaha Una, you’re very adorable.

    I’m actually very curious about Nuri. And lol your advices for both Irina and Sara. Maybe you should just replace them and sit between Iker and Cristiano, no?

  2. debsen permalink
    May 9, 2011 14:31

    I have to agree with you on our comment about Sara. I think she’s beautiful but this too much makeup, etc., makes her look older/odd.

  3. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    May 9, 2011 14:43

    Miguel Torres, my heart is broken every time I see him, I really miss him in Real Madrid, Irina need some stylist ASAP, is it model supposed to know how to dress at least most of the time!
    Anyway! for the best “kept” secert Nurin, I dont follow german league, but he is cute enough as Madridista! lol.

    About, Mourinho quiting conference! I hate UEFA, conferences will be sooo boring now! Com’on, Jose I will miss you :(.

  4. maddy permalink
    May 9, 2011 15:32

    oh una, what would i do without you…

    khedira is going to have to battle sahin for a spot on the team and for mesut’s heart.

    i actually love irina, she’s one of my favourite wags. she handles the baggage that comes with being cris’ girlfriend really well. i also love that she doesnt blab to the press, like you know who..

    i feel like cris is aging too fast. he needs to go back to the hair he had when he was at manchester. more hair on the sides (bye bye mohawk) and also a little long at the back (a LITTLE)

    • IsaBella permalink
      May 9, 2011 16:38

      I agree with your last comment: Cris definetely looks too old for a man his age. Gosh I am older than him and I look like I was his daughter! Maybe he just needs to stop with the tanning bed for a while?

      • maddy permalink
        May 10, 2011 09:59

        its the hair. he needs a full head of hair. the mohawk is horrible..

        even ozil wrinkles when he smiles, but it doesnt make him look a hundred years old.

        • IsaBella permalink
          May 10, 2011 15:47

          I agree on Ozi, he looks his age while Cris…. not really 😦

        • Jenny permalink
          May 10, 2011 17:39

          Footballers are sun-damaged!

          Let this be a lesson to you ladies – stay out of the sun!

  5. Meredith permalink
    May 9, 2011 15:34

    Please don’t put the WAGS on your site. It’s so perfect without them!! I want to see Cristi from every angle but when SHE is there it is just not fun… 🙂

    • RealSleiebtra7 permalink
      May 9, 2011 20:56

      I wholeheartedly agree with you Meredith, the site is great without the WAGs!
      and Ditto with the Cristiano thing!! :@

      Yeah, we’re jealous and the world goes on…

      • maddy permalink
        May 10, 2011 09:57

        if you ask me, football is better without sara spewing her 2 cents

      • AmyTx permalink
        May 10, 2011 13:27

        Personally I think Sara looks emaciated, and Miguel and Rafa both outshine Iker and CR7! Ahhhh Rafa, you can include him ANY time, Una:-)

  6. sam permalink
    May 9, 2011 15:35

    Curious about Sahin and where he will fit in. Good talent though and bought a great price. Sad if this means the end of the Khedira-Ozil bromance as Sahin is Ozil’s bestie.

    Also, totally agree, Sara Carbonero is a beautiful woman who does not know how to wear makeup at all. Every pic of her… it’s way too much.

  7. Sarah permalink
    May 9, 2011 15:59

    I loved the advice given to the girls. I also thought it was nice to see the four of them together, always nice to see the players hanging out together in the free time they have. I’m excited for the new signing as well!

  8. asma permalink
    May 9, 2011 16:17

    Una, does this mean someone would be leaving Real Madrid this summer to make way for Nuri?

  9. emily permalink
    May 9, 2011 16:39

    Yep – too slanty eyed. She really doens’t need any of that. Boggles the mind.
    Irina – if you’ve got it, flaunt it… Her string tank is in stark contrast to Kaka’s shirt and sweater combo. He’s dressed for a fall afternoon, she’s all summer… Just what was the weather like in Madrid yesterday? let’s all take a guess at who was more comfortable. 😉
    the signing of Nuri S. spells doom for our little PLion. I hope he finds his way… he’s such a cutie patootie in the lost puppy kind of way. Hopefully he hasn’t suffered a loss of confidence and a degradation of match fitness after falling into bad graces with TSO.
    Some folks wonder why teams keep great players around, even when they are not starters. you can attribute that to the team wanting a really strong practice squad for the starters to play against. there are things that these individuals bring that help the starters to improve their own quality. If your team can afford to spend the money (i.e. RM) then you keep these guys around.

  10. IsaBella permalink
    May 9, 2011 16:42

    Una, your comments abt Sara and Irina are hilarious! Have you ever seen Sara de cerca? My friends told me that she’s not really THAT beautiful. But it’s all tastes of course. If I had to pick one of them Sara would go first, definetely.
    And Kaka looks simply stunning! 🙂

  11. amouria permalink
    May 9, 2011 16:56

    One of the new criteria imposed by Mourinho for choosing new players is their extraordinary cuteness. Of course, we know that Florentino tried it before (with Kaka, Cris, Gago) but now, he got a hand from the coach. I fully agree with them. They both think of our well-being, hahaha..

    Another phenomenon is the gradual shift from Latin America to Germany. In two years, we got three lovely Germans (well-know of their punctuality and commitment) and may be we get more…
    Turkish German: I don’t think they gonna find it difficult to find good restaurants in Madrid, on the contrary, they gonna appreciate the great Mediterranean taste of Spanish food.

    Una: love your critic of the outfit and make up of “our women”…
    Sara: my dear, your make-up is awful…Iker: you should have the courage to tell her…

    • maddy permalink
      May 10, 2011 10:03

      her outfit..what was that? a grey potato sack cinched in at the boobs?

  12. May 9, 2011 17:03

    “How soon before we can see the pictures of Nuri staring at himself in the mirror, doing the double thumbs-up pose, pointing at the camera, etc.?” LOL! Una, you always have the greatest comment and remark! I can’t wait to see him on the pitch! And Mesut and Nuri bromance! Sami would be a bit jealous and has to fight a spot in the midfield and Mesut’s heart. I saw the video of Nuri in BvB and he was fantastic! Such a great addition to our team! I just wish that no one leaves, though. I don’t mind if Ade’s or Peter Lion gone, but just leave the rest as it is. I’m gonna be so heartbroken if any of the players leaving. I love them all so much! 😦

  13. May 9, 2011 17:04

    I agree that Sara wears more makeup than she needs to but the odd thing about the tennis photos is that it looks that she is wearing more makeup in photos taken from afar and less makeup in the closeups!

    Of course Iker wins for me, I wish the purse is burnt though.

    Regarding Mou not talking, those idiots in the press who complain about him are the ffirst ones who will miss his press confrences.

    I don’t know much about Sahin but I wish him all the best. I’m sure Ozi and Sami will help him settle and adapt.

  14. superfan permalink
    May 9, 2011 17:16

    Major breaking news, Una! Apparently, Perez and Iker are on twitter already. Both accounts are verified but we have yet to hear from Arbeloa himself to verify the accounts. Haha. 🙂 Maybe Iker joining twitter would persuade you to make one too. Haha.!/FlorentinoPerez!/IkerCasillas

  15. Janni permalink
    May 9, 2011 17:18

    @IkerCasillas is now on twitter…ICYMI…btw do you have twitter?

  16. May 9, 2011 17:19

    Oh my gosh, have you seen this?!/IkerCasillas

  17. Savannah permalink
    May 9, 2011 17:23

    Alvaroooooooo *.*

  18. Cat permalink
    May 9, 2011 17:36

    IKER HAS TWITTER!!! My life is now complete!

  19. Jennifer permalink
    May 9, 2011 17:41

    1. Did Cris miss a button, or is his shirt seriously gapping? It’s like when button-down shirts don’t fit over your boobs, and you side-flash everyone. (Protip, CR7: Get a bigger size. It won’t kill you. Either that, or just go shirtless. No one will complain.)

    2. I wouldn’t say Sara’s problem is necessarily too much makeup, it’s just BAD makeup. Pick a lighter shade of bronzer, apply it more sparingly, lay off the eyeliner, learn to use makeup brushes, etc. She should ask Irina for some tips, because she at least appears to be familiar with some basic rules of cosmetic usage.

    3. Iker looks like a grandpa. Especially in the straight-on view. But “adorable grandpa” is still preferable to Cris’s fashion disaster.

    4. Sergio has great timing. Not that I can blame him, because I, too, would rather be in Sevilla and at the Feria than… oh, anywhere else. Let’s hope for pictures of him in a traje, and footage of dancing and/or singing.

    5. I LOVE the Castilla boys on Twitter. They just… make me happy.

  20. Jess permalink
    May 9, 2011 17:59

    I saw Irina on an episode of “Chelsea Lately” (a really funny American talk show) and she was actually hilarious! I’m not a Sara fan in the slightest! I do feel as if she uses her relationship to advance her career and she does many things I don’t like…and your right Una, that makeup is horrid…not only her eyes but her blush/bronzer is all blotchy!

  21. DanDan permalink
    May 9, 2011 17:59

    “and perhaps in amounts of silicon in their bodies as well”

  22. Hala_Madrid permalink
    May 9, 2011 18:14

    I love Miguel Torres he’s one of the hottest guys my eyes have ever seen…. Come back Micky i miss you!! Cristiano and Iker are hotties, Irina is way better looking than Sara by the way.

  23. thisperson permalink
    May 9, 2011 18:57

    You can post as many Miguel Torres pictures as you like! They’re always welcome 😀

    And I’m so excited for Nuri! I hope he does well.

  24. May 9, 2011 19:55

    “muy Sergio” haha definitely looking forward to that! I think we should have a poll on what colour pants he’s going to wear…As for signing Sahin…does this mean we’re not going to keep some of our midfielders? Because we have so many midfielders who barely get any playing time!

  25. May 9, 2011 20:05

    Saaaame to above. I didn’t like Irina before, but she doesn’t blab or talk to the press about Cristiano, which is really nice.

    And Kaka! 😀 So good to see him hanging out with the boys.

  26. RealSleiebtra7 permalink
    May 9, 2011 20:47

    Ohh dear Una, we love you!

    “and perhaps in amounts of silicon in their bodies as well”…this line had me cracking up so many times!!
    and yes i agree with Milleca, you should definitely replace them-so much worthier!

    As for Cristiano, sad to say that i think i’m falling out of love with him…so i guess i’ll just stick with Iker and Sergio.

    Thanks for the lovely post as usual-esp. enjoyed the ‘feria’ edition.


  27. clara permalink
    May 9, 2011 21:56

    Lucky girl!!!!!!! LUCKY, ONLY THIS!

  28. Maddi permalink
    May 9, 2011 22:04

    Sahin is really pretty!!! He looks like a blue-eyed Pato. YUM!!!
    Wow Cris was really sweaty that day…

  29. Gillian permalink
    May 9, 2011 22:15

    Cool news about Sahin, but like others I wonder what this means for Mesut & Sami 🙂

  30. May 9, 2011 23:31!/CasillasOficial

    • May 9, 2011 23:43

      never mind that last comment…

  31. May 9, 2011 23:35

    awww !! The picture with only Irina and Cris, is so cuteeeeeeeeeeee! They look so in love!! 😀

  32. TuTu permalink
    May 9, 2011 23:56

    I’ve been saying Sara needs to learn how to put makeup for SOOO long but no seemed to agree with me. I am happy to see that some people actually do.

    With a new signing I wonder who will be out. I want to say Gago and Leon. I don’t think Abe will be bought after this season. Well I kinda hope he doesn’t. I don’t want anyone to be sold unless its Gago and Leon. Yes, yes I know that is mean to say…oh well.

  33. May 10, 2011 00:40

    I agree with Maddy – Sara was looking dreadful and Irika was looking smoking!
    And what happened to Kaka and Ricardo? It’s they left when the girls came back from the bathroom or something!
    Good to see Miguel Torres – I like that he keeps in touch with Ronaldo and the boys from Madrid.

    I don’t think Ozil is mean enough to ditch Sami when Nuri comes. I actually think all three of them are going to be great friends, that is at least, if Khedira doesn’t get too hurt if Sahin steals his starting job. I actually like Khedira as a player for us, I seem to be in the minority in this, and hope that all three can have playing time.

    I’d like to think that Mesut’s and Sami’s year of bonding has cemented a strong friendship and that Nuri will just fit in seamlessly. 🙂

  34. Katja permalink
    May 10, 2011 01:35

    Ha, Kaka looks amazing.

    Thank you for this btw, Una. Great post once again!

  35. May 10, 2011 01:47

    Welcome to Real Madrid for Nur Sahin 🙂

    anyway, ya,, Sara always use thick eye liner,,ja ja ja ja 😀

  36. May 10, 2011 02:04

    I saw pictures of the boys watching the match in Kickette, and I noticed that Iker looked quite good. There was no plaid in sight, the jeans look fine and then I saw it. The strap of the dreaded man bag on his shoulder! Ugggggh. Why, Iker, why?

    And this is priceless: “and perhaps in amounts of silicon in their bodies as well”. Hahahaha! Oh, Una… And, yes. Paz Vega is gorgeous. And most likely silicon-free.

    And how true is it, Una, that Iker has a verfied Twitter account, that the club set up for him, just so to prove that the others are fakes? But that he has no plans to use it? I saw it on Alvaro’s Twitter. But then the page is no longer available now.

  37. ulong permalink
    May 10, 2011 02:20

    Torres here? Torres there? Where was his seat anyway?

    and bout this one –> “How soon before we can see the pictures of Nuri staring at himself in the mirror, doing the double thumbs-up pose, pointing at the camera, etc.?” <– only you and it's only you who can think that further away 😀

  38. black widow permalink
    May 10, 2011 04:37

    The girls competed with each other in PDA towards their novios (and perhaps in amounts of silicon in their bodies as well).


    call me bitter, call me spiteful, call me whatever you want, but i will never like and never accept pastasauce. i want to smack the smug smirk right off her mug. bleargh. if i HAVE to say something nice, i guess it’s that this finally answers the question iker was once asked if he and CR7 and their respective trollops ever go out together …

    also? i actually think iker was the best dressed!

  39. Shell permalink
    May 10, 2011 04:46

    hahaha, Muy Sergio outfit. I can’t wait! I love all your cute comments.

  40. Cindy permalink
    May 10, 2011 05:12

    I like seeing the WAGS. I think Irina is so much more beautiful without any make-up. After tomorrow only 2 more games and the season is over..:(
    I can’t till August and the season re-start, because next season look out world Real Madrid is going to be unstoppable.

  41. May 10, 2011 05:44

    Lady Gago is not being called into the Argentine NT?
    Lady Gago is not being given extra holiday?

    Life is hard for Lady Gago.

  42. PepperPots permalink
    May 10, 2011 09:07

    Oh… goodness. How cheesy are those PDA pictures???!!!

  43. maddy permalink
    May 10, 2011 10:04

    i’m curious to know if cris greeted sara with a kiss the way iker greeted irina?

  44. May 10, 2011 11:50

    Did you guys notice that Miguel Torres is next to Cris and Iker in the first pic, and then magically next to Ricky and Ricky in the other pic. He’s everywhere! If only he’d been like that on the pitch too :p

  45. Happy permalink
    May 10, 2011 13:45

    I like Irina much more than Sara , not only because her bad makeup,
    but what she did before!!!!!
    And how cuteness are 2 Rickys!!!!!

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