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ICYMI – the end of the season edition

May 22, 2011

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Almería [2011-05-21, Liga jornada 38, 8-1].

Remember how at the beginning of the season, everyone was talking about how the defensive stylings of José Mourinho would make Madrid boring?  Well, this Madrid scored 102 goals in this Liga season, the most of all teams and seven more than the “offensive” (as in attacking, not racist insults) Barcelona, and Cristiano Ronaldo won the pichichi with 40/41 goals, as well as the Golden Boot.  And the eight goals are the perfect way to end the season, no?

ONE.  I’m often told I need to include more of Mesut Özil, but he just doesn’t have that many moments during the games.  In this one, however, he did smile widely and lift up his shirt to show his tummy.  Since we’re at the end of the season, that’s enough to get him featured in this post, and as the first item too!  You’re welcome.

TWO.  Going back to the moments prior to the game, the boys all had their game faces on, even if they only thing at stake in this game was pride.

As always, I love the camaraderie.

THREE.  In the absence of Iker, one Sergio Ramos was the capi, which meant that he led the team out onto the field, and represented the team at the coin toss.

FOUR.  The 8-1 goal fest was the perfect way to close out the season, and it speaks of good things to come, so I can’t wait until next season!  Also of note, Cris shattered Hugo Sánchez and Telmo Zarra’s single-season goalscoring record by scoring his 39th and 40th goals (or 40th and 41st goals according to Marca, which prompted Cris to say he’d give one as a gift to Pepe).  Cris also had two assists on the night, and Mesut accumulated 18 throughout the season, a new record for Real Madrid!

Here are a couple of the goal celebrations.  On the left, do you think Marcelo was watching the dancing with a wistful expression on his face?  And on the right, this is a piña.

I wonder what this means?

There was more dancing yet to come, and kisses as well.

FIVE.  What a debut for Joselu, no?  He became the first canterano to score a goal with the first team this season (MFC came close)…

… and in the goal celebration, he even danced with Manu Adebayor!  This kid has cojones – I mean, this was his first ever call-up with the first team, he didn’t even train that often with the first team prior to that, and he celebrates by dancing a la Cristiano or Marcelo?  I see good things in his future.

SIX.  Speaking of the debuts, last night was the turn of Jesús Fernández and Joselu.  They became the ninth and tenth canteranos to do so this season, and as stated earlier, Joselu even managed to score the cantera’s first goal of the season, the icing on the cake of the game.

Here they are entering the stadium for the game…

… checking in (of course it would be Pepe giving a high five to the canterano, as he is, as I’ve stated many times in the past, their biggest cheerleader, and he had to be a even bigger one last night, to make up for the absence of Marcelo)…

… getting some playing time…

… and speaking to the press after the game, with copious amounts of gel in their hair.  Joselu said, “it was a dream come true and I’m very happy.  Cristiano gave me a great pass and I hugged him to thank him.  I was so nervous and I didn’t imagine I would score a goal.”  Jesús also called his debut “a dream,” and added, “Jerzy played his last game and we all wish him the best.  I felt a lot of emotion, but later on I calmed down.”

They of course also received congratulations from their Castilla teammates, such as Álex (he watched the game with MFC and Pablo) and Denis.

SEVEN.  After the game, as the rest of the team was saluting the crowd from the center circle, Pepe hugged Joselu and then Mandi came over to spray him with water (remember Pepe doing that to Nacho after his debut?  Maybe it’s a tradition).  Joselu then got another hug from Pepe, one from Mandi, and from Sergio and Xabi as well.

EIGHT.  A couple of Cristiano moments.  I like the angle of the shot on the right (and I love how in the summer, even when it’s nine at night, it’s still light outside) and how intense Cris was living the game, even with a five-goal lead (I guess he really wanted to score more).

NINE.  Xabi-in-training has the routine down pat, from giving instructions to encouraging teammates to posing.  He’s going to graduate soon!

TEN.  This game’s thigh flash came courtesy of Juanma Ortiz’ pulling of Álvaro Arbeloa’s shorts.

ELEVEN.  And some Sergio moments, for those who come here for that.  Sergio spent time on the ground, making faces at the referee, giving instructions (mmm, a man in charge) and just being Sergio.

TWELVE.  After the game, Cris told Canal + that “scoring 102 goals in a season is difficult.  I have to congratulate my teammates.  The míster wanted us to score many goals to start the new season with ambition.  We’re going to win the Liga next season.  I’m generous with my teammates because they were with me.  Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to score 40 goals and I’m very grateful to them.  This is a team sport.  I thank them for the 40 goals, which was the objective of everyone.  This pichichi is for them and for the fans.”  The best part of the interview was when Manu Adebayor came up behind him and shouted out his own name.

These two things really have a connection, don’t they?

THIRTEEN.  The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

This is one of my favorite moments from the game, when the referee gave Xabi a yellow, only Xabi didn’t see it because he had his back to the referee.  And when he finally saw it, his reaction was priceless, and he had some choice words for the referee.  I love you Xabi.

FOURTEEN.  The Mou/Karanka corner.

No Iker means no perfect profile pic, but our technical staff isn’t too bad, no?  And I love how this is Mou’s expression right after we scored a goal.

It’s always fun watching him gesture and make funny expressions.

In his postgame press conference (as much as I love Aitor, I miss José, so stupid UEFA!), Aitor Karanka said the team achieved its aim of scoring more than 100 goals, which is “important” for a team that is considered defensive, and so everyone is “content.”  He also praised Cristiano, saying, “his numbers this season are impressive.  He’s a player with quality, strength and ambition.  He broke the record because he is an impressive footballer.”

His embroidered shirt reminds me of Iker’s.

As for the debutantes, Aitor remarked, “I’m very happy when I see players debut.  I’ve known some of them since they were 14, when I was working in the RFEF.  Everyone who has been called up to the first team are role models for the rest.”

Karanka also said that Manu Adebayor’s hat trick wouldn’t affect the decision about his future, and that “he’s been a very good player for the locker room and he’s created a very good atmosphere.  He had a reputation for being controversial and he’s proved the opposite.”

FIFTEEN.  Ten minutes after the game had ended, with the Santiago Bernabéu already three quarters empty, some fans in the Fondo Sur continued chanting and singing José Mourinho’s name, and so he returned to the field from the locker room to thank them (shadowed by Óscar Ribot, of course).  Mou applauded them back and touched his heart several times to acknowledge their support.

SIXTEEN.  The boys won’t be back together as a team until July 11 (but wait, shouldn’t they have that day off, because it should be a national holiday?), but we will see a handful of our players playing with their national teams during the summer: the La Roja players, Özil, Khedira, Di María, Garay, Higuaín, Benzema, Pepe, Cristiano.

(According to AS, Madrid offered to play a friendly with Espanyol on Wednesday, as part of their agreement for the signing of José Callejón, but Espanyol has some problems with their schedule and so the game did not get the go-ahead.)

SEVENTEEN.  Castilla lost 0-2 to Alcoyano this morning at the Bernabéu, in the ida game of their two-game playoff series, complicating things in their bid to ascend to the second division.  But I have faith that we will see a remontada in the second-leg game, which takes place on next Sunday, May 29, in Alcoy at 19h.

As stated earlier, they had their first ever concentración this season prior to the game, so MFC tweeted this picture of him and Álex on the bus to the hotel.

Courtesy of the boys’ twitters, we found out that they had roommates in their concentración.

And they are already sending out apologies, messages of gratitude and talk of a comeback, also via twitter: MFC, Denis, Dani Carvajal, Jorge Casado, Fran Rico, Álex (here, here and here).

EIGHTEEN.  Things will be exciting in Madrid next year, with four teams from the capital in the first division for the first time ever: Real Madrid, Atleti, Getafe (which was saved yesterday) and Rayo Vallecano, returning to the first division after an absence of eight years.  Iker is probably very happy, because Mou might give them shorter concentraciones.

Speaking of all the movements between divisions yesterday, I thought it was very sweet how some of our boys remembered teams they have connections to.  Álvaro Arbeloa was happy for his hometown team Zaragoza, but sad for former team Depor, which was relegated to the second division.  Xabi congratulated his Real for staying in the first division, and said it would be strange not to travel to A Coruña next year.  Meanwhile, Miguel Torres (here and here), Jordi Codina and Esteban Granero were all very happy for Getafe, with El Pirata also sending his condolences to Depor.  Iker did as well, via Facebook.

NINETEEN.  And congratulations to Raúl, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Metze and former canterano José Manuel Jurado, who won the German equivalent of the Copa del Rey (Guti had won the Turkish version as well!).  Raúl celebrated by – what else – doing bullfighting passes with a cape.  Oh, nostalgia.

TWENTY.  And of course, this was Jerzy Dudek’s last game with Madrid.  See all the emotional and touching moments involving him from this game here.

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41 Comments leave one →
  1. Niek permalink
    May 22, 2011 17:42

    No congratulations for Huntelaar who scored twice in securing that German Copa thing?

    • May 23, 2011 14:58

      I meant to include him, but forgot, so I’ve edited the post!

      • Niek permalink
        May 24, 2011 17:29

        I have to watch out for my fellow Dutchie 😉 (as I am still heart broken they all had to leave)

  2. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    May 22, 2011 18:12

    Sad! Last game of the season *sigh*, I cant imagine not seeing the boys for two months.

    Thank you Una you summed everything in this post and yes so much for the defensive club which score 102 goals in one season in Liga xD! Congratulation Ronaldo for making history, I love how many barc fans are just very mad/sad/disappionted/bitter with this result, Congratulation Getafe for staying, I was rooting for them, but Depor relegating is really sad!

    Btw, I read Mourinho is appealing the ban himself? is it true?

  3. amouria permalink
    May 22, 2011 18:12

    Lovely post, as usual…thanks Una. I lived your expression of missing Mou, we miss him a lot. The so-called Ultras sang for him for 7 minutes or so, I got the video

    but couldn’t see him responding to them. It will be really really great if anybody can bring it to us, here in your blog Una.
    will you keep posting Una? I hope so 🙂

  4. May 22, 2011 18:17

    I love everything about this match. Everything is just perfect, amazing, and fantastic! What a way to end the season! Can’t hardly wait to see the boys next season! One question, though, is Real Madrid ever done the lap of honor when they have their last league match of the season? I was actually looking forward to see the boys bring their kids and babies on the field but I don’t think it happened last night.

    • May 23, 2011 14:59

      They don’t usually do that, the kids only come onto the field when they celebrate a trophy.

  5. mesutwag permalink
    May 22, 2011 18:22

    Wow what a great season ended., cant wait for the next season to come.
    You, Una…you remarkable scratch please us to know details happening to the team.
    Thank you Una. stay with us in the next season always.

  6. May 22, 2011 18:23

    ” seven more than the “offensive” (as in attacking, not racist insults) Barcelona, and Cristiano Ronaldo won the pichichi with 40/41 goals, as well as the Golden Boot. ” – LOVE THIS LINE!!

    The treble is ours next year!!

  7. LosT SpiriT permalink
    May 22, 2011 19:06

    “I wonder what this means?”

    Cris seems like he is mimicking lifting the golden boot 🙂

  8. maddy permalink
    May 22, 2011 19:19

    ooo THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! i knew mesut’s brilliant smile and tummy flash would make it to the blog!! but i love his game face more than anything..

    point 15 made me all happy and mushy inside. i just love mourinho. i hope he gets over his love for england and stays with us forever….

    i love his dimples…

    xabi’s yellow card reaction was gold.

    una what does piña mean. google says its a pineapple??

  9. RMFan permalink
    May 22, 2011 19:21

    waw Una nunca dejas de sorprenderme!!Me encanto este post, como siempre, pero debo admitir que me pone triste saber que no hay mas partidos. Primero que nada, GRACIAS POR EL UNO DE Özil!!!!!jaj te lo agradezco de corazón! Si tuvo sus momentos muy lindos y que bueno que los pudiste capturar! Mis chicos juegan la copa américa pero realmente voy a extrañar ver al equipo del Real :'(.. tendrias por casualidad el video de la entrevista que estaba haciendo Cris cuando Adebayor se metió , me gustaria verlo.Por cierto, se confirmó que Adebayor no se compra?es verdad que estan considerando a Tevez?q pensas de eso? lo necesitamos? teniendo en cuenta nuestro equipazo??Bueno, muchos besos y gracias por los hermosos gif Una you’re amazing!!!!!otra preguntita, sabes de las giras que van a hacer son durante “su” verano y donde seran?Gracias Una!

    • May 23, 2011 15:09

      Las giras del Madrid? Que yo sepa, jugará tres partidos en los EEUU (Los Angeles, San Diego y Philadelphia), uno en Alemania (Berlín), otro en Inglaterra (Leicester), y también dos en China (Beijing y Guangzhou).

  10. HolamaCHU permalink
    May 22, 2011 19:34

    What a GREAT way to end the season! very classy and entertaining.. Hopefully, they’ll begin the next season with even greater spirit n motivation. Who knows, maybe Ozil will join the dance celebration next time?? :p

  11. Hala_Madrid permalink
    May 22, 2011 19:36

    I love the way Juanlu goes to Cristiano Ronaldo he’s so cute, he gave him a bear hug he was so excited.Aww Una i can’t believe the season it’s over 😦 Thank you so much for this great season you kept us informed all the time.The only thing that makes me happy is that i’m going to see them here soon in Los Angeles yay!!! I already bought my tickets can’t wait to see them i will share my pictures i promise 🙂 I’m so proud of our team and so happy to be a madridista HALA MADRID!!!

  12. sam permalink
    May 22, 2011 19:41

    Ronaldo’s record is unbelievable… so much congratulations to him and the team. Shame we couldn’t get la liga… but next year!!!

    Joselu’s one touch goal and celebration were epic…you’re soooo right Una… cojones!!

    Can’t wait for next year. Thanks sooooooo much Una 🙂

  13. Happy permalink
    May 22, 2011 19:43

    A good ending to the season, so I will be very boring until July!!!
    Hope to see Higuain play well in the national team, and thanks for not forgeting Raul, I like how he smile, everyone can know that he enjoys his life so much now, I’m so happy about that.

  14. Nurul permalink
    May 22, 2011 21:00

    Possibly my favourite ICYMI of the season. Aaah, this was beautiful. It’s going to be better next season! Thank you for your hard work Una, it’s always a pleasure reading your posts. ❤

  15. May 22, 2011 21:05

    Great post, Una! Oh, and Raul and Guti winning domestic cups means they’ve completed their own personal sextuples!

  16. Lorelei permalink
    May 22, 2011 21:19

    I loved absolutely everything about this game–Jerzy and the pasillo, the goals, Cris and Mesut breaking records, the debuts, Mou’s faces, even Xabi’s reaction to his yellow card. I’m also happy for Raul and Guti. May next season be even more successful than this one for our team and our former captains. Hala Madrid!

  17. morales permalink
    May 22, 2011 21:42

    I’ll miss these during the summer. Thank you for posting this throughout the season!!!

    Joselu’s happy expression and Dudek’s pasillo, things of beauty, made me tear up to be honest.

  18. Mani Thangadurai permalink
    May 22, 2011 22:00

    Many congratulations to Raul and Guti on their cup successes, apt reward for their continued passion for the game and REAL professionalism! Also Michel Salgado managed to avoid relegation from the English Premiership with Blackburn Rovers, meaning that the experienced and accomplished defender will be playing top-flight English football for at least one more season! Always wonderful to see people who have a desire to play continue to succeed, proof that when you have a TRUE love for the game, you’ll go anywhere, even to the ends of the earth, to play football!

    Oh and Una, as a fan of the Spanish National Team, what are your opinions on the possibility of Raul making a comeback to la Roja? Personally I hope he doesn’t return, the extra football may take a toll on him and he doesn’t really have any need to return to that arena.

  19. May 22, 2011 22:21

    Mou smiling after Joselu’s goal *killed* me. When he’s not looking so serious, he’s totally a proud papa.

  20. Ralph permalink
    May 22, 2011 22:25

    I counted for a little more words about Jerzy 😦 But… from the second side, these pictures say it all!

    Abrazos de Polonia.

    • May 23, 2011 15:11

      You do know that Jerzy has a whole post dedicated to him, right? That’s why there’s nothing about him in this post.

  21. IsaBella permalink
    May 22, 2011 22:35

    a great game at the end of a great season! I can’t wait for the next one 🙂
    I utterly adore Xabi’s reaction to the yellow card, truly pricelesss. I also love Mou’s gesture to the fans after the game. That’s our Mou!

  22. Gillian permalink
    May 22, 2011 23:00

    BIG Mesut fangirl here, so thanks for the pics and gifs of him in this post. That said, I always things there’s plenty of Mesut in these ICYMI posts 🙂

    The high-five pic of Xabi & Cris is my favorite!

    Also, I’m just going to come out and say it: I’ve fallen very hard for Esteban!

    Question: when the team gets back together on July 11, will Nuri Sahin be w/them? And is he traveling w/them for the tour in the US?

  23. thisperson permalink
    May 22, 2011 23:03

    The hug between cris and Joselu was the most adorable thing ever.

    And why do I have to think oh House MD sometimes when I see Mou???

    And I didn’t know Jurado was a former canterano!
    PS: don’t forget about former Real player Huntelaar 🙂

  24. Gillian permalink
    May 22, 2011 23:16

    One more comment (and then I swear I will shut up-lol): I, too, am missing the musings of Mou.

  25. Pipita permalink
    May 22, 2011 23:34

    “this was his first ever call-up with the first team”

    It wasn’t Joselus first call-up ever, because he played a match during the pre-season against Hercules, but it was his first official call-up.

  26. May 22, 2011 23:40

    I am happy for Cris and Joselu but I wasn’t that interested in the game ( the best thing was how they said goodbye to Dudek). Friendlies of national teams don’t excite me that much 😦

    Raúl’s celebration is just too much 😦 I am happy for him but I will never get used to seeing him in another shirt.

    Am I the only one who wants next season to start already?!
    ( I hope Iker continues with his facebook addiction and increases the doses of posts per day and Sergio, Álvaro and Xabi should post more pics)

  27. Jodi permalink
    May 23, 2011 00:44

    I was there, sitting right by the Real bench! There were so many moving moments in the game… the celebration of Dudek, cheers for Cristiano when he scored #40, cheers for Mou throughout the game, Adebayor, Benzema and Joselu… You couldn’t help but grin the whole game. Great way to end the season.

    I posted a few photos from the game if anyone wants to check them out http://nonsenseinwonderland.tumblr.com/

  28. May 23, 2011 01:22

    THANKS UNAMADRIDISTA for this wonderful ICYMI and for all those from this season!!!!it was so enjoyable! My favourite place in the internet I think!!!!

    I am pretty happy with the season, I have to say, I can be only optimistic when it comes to the next one, I cannot wait!

    Now to the ICYMI:

    – I missed Iker, but the silever lining was Sergio as a captain and Dudek in a goal
    – Dudek – so much dignity, so much modesty, a truly hard-working man. It was really moving to see how everyone applauded him
    – a goal in the debut for Joselu – wow!
    – Adebayor dancing!
    – CRISTIANO, wow and nice gifs!
    – Xabi Alonso,what a total boss
    – Esteban Granero: indeed, he could not be more Xabi-in-training. I am really loving it!

    Last but not least: RAUL

    It warms my heart to see him so happy in Schalke, it’s very refreshing how much he’s enjoying it. He looks 10 years younger in fact. I would have never thought, before this season, that I would look like that. Of course, NOTHING can compare to Raul in Real Madrid, but this is certainly not as bad as I was afraid it would be, it makes his leave a bit less painful.

    I let myself post the link to the ton of his wonderful pictures,because I cannot get over how cute and happy he looks.
    http://ontd-football.livejournal.com/3398200.htmls

  29. black widow permalink
    May 23, 2011 07:46

    thank you for all the ICYMIs over the past season! i bet you’ll be happy to have a bit of a well-deserved break, no? 😉

    i think karanka rocks. he’s been doing an admirable job in mou’s absence.

    congrats to ronaldo on his pichichi. well deserved. it’s funny how much i couldn’t stand him when he played for manchester … he’s grown on me.

    i missed iker during this match, but it was wonderful to see jerzy get a proper send-off and be able to start the game. (and iker probably enjoyed having an extended birthday break, too!)

    speaking of missing iker, sergio filled in admirably as captain! i like the look of the armband on his arm, it suits him. 🙂

    and finally … OFC is adorable. i want to pinch his cheeks and pat him on the head!

  30. superfan permalink
    May 23, 2011 17:17

    I can’t believe that the season’s already over!! Cannot wait for the friendly games during the summer and of course, for next season!! 🙂

    Thanks so much for the two ICYMI posts. 🙂 Perfect as usual.

  31. KDJ permalink
    May 23, 2011 18:09

    THAT HUG GIF! GAH! so frikkin’ adorable!!! Joselu is just too cute to be true… his face when giving that bear hug to Cris.. perfect!

  32. Vanessa permalink
    May 23, 2011 19:29

    SOO happy for Joselu, his goal celebrating is already on par with the first team and it looks like he knows how to give great hugs! 🙂 I did notice our captain for the evening changed shirts at half time, too bad he didn’t strip twice! Now that would have been a treat 😉

    I can’t believe this season is over, I really liked how Iker said Mou made this team a family and I completely agree. I cannot wait until next season!

    Una, from the bottom of my Madridista heart thank you for all that you do!! My love for this team continues to grow and grow and grow because of reading your great posts! Hala Madrid!!

  33. jellyace permalink
    May 23, 2011 21:22

    Thank you, Una, for all the wonderful ICYMIs of the season. For us without La Liga coverage and lousy live streams, it makes all the difference. You put a tremendous amount of work on this blog and the result is simply amazing. I also admire your positive editorial values! Your blog is my favorite spot on the web and while you and the team take a break, I will go into withdrawals!

    This match has to be one of my favorites (even without Iker — sniff, sniff!). It was like Cris was playing the part of a generous uncle buying ice cream for the kids. “Who else wants a goal? Manu? Benzie? Ahhh, Joselu — you need a goal, don’t you?”

    Spraying Joselu with water is like the water dousing pilots get when they make their first solo flight. It is a baptism into the RM piña.

    The send off for Jerzy thru the pasillo was so touching. What a team! HALA MADRID!

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