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May 30, 2011

A weekend’s worth of Real Madrid news…

This is Madrid: Iker has been providing us with some real gems via his Facebook account (and Google translate), such as the title of this post (which makes sense in a weird way), and yesterday’s message, “outputs F1 fantastic!”  But what I want to highlight here is the congratulatory message he posted yesterday for Barcelona, congratulating them, and especially his national team teammates, on winning the Champions League trophy (he also congratulated them for winning the Liga at a public event).  Sergio also tweeted his congratulations, saying basically the same thing.

Meanwhile, FP sent a congratulatory SMS to Sandro Rosell, while Emilio Butragueño, as director of institutional relations, called his counterpart to offer his congratulations.  I am so happy to see this class and señorío from our people, especially when very few Barcelona players had this courtesy with Iker or any of his teammates after Madrid won the Copa del Rey.

Things that make you go vroom: Raúl Albiol and Álvaro Arbeloa were busy celebrating the former’s despedida (bachelor party) at the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday.  They visited with Spanish team Hispania Racing, as well as Fernando Alonso (Arbeloa invited him to come watch a game). I love Álvaro in those sunglasses, but I can’t say the same for those sandals and cut-off jean shorts.  And I can’t believe how short he looks next to Raúl, even though he’s 1.83m tall (Albiol is 1.90m tall).  Photos via Hispania Racing’s Facebook page.

Wedding bells: speaking of El Chori and Alicia’s wedding, it will take place on June 17 in Valencia’s cathedral, with the reception to be held in the Palau de Les Arts, the opera house that is part of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) complex.  This will be the first time ever that the building will play host to a banquet, as the government recently opened it up as a way to earn some more income.  Several of Albiol’s Madrid teammates will be at the ceremony and reception (Arbeloa is a certainty) but it appears that his former Valencia teammates won’t be, as they’ve all been invited to Ángel Dealbert’s wedding on the same day in Castellón.  Alicia Roig was last seen attending the Pronovias fashion show at the Pasarela Gaudí Novias earlier this month, so I’m guessing her dress will be the work of that firm.

Yes, yes and yes (or would that be oui): AS has Zinedine Zidane as the first-ever director of the first team, a position especially created for him, because both José Mourinho and the directors want him to assume a bigger role in the club and take on more responsibilities.  Zizou will of course report to Mou, and work next to him.  And speaking of Zidane, did you know that he’s a very, very, very minority shareholder (in the area of a €10,000 investment) in the French club Évian Thonon Gaillard, which was promoted to the Ligue 1 two weeks ago?  The owner of the team, Franck Riboud (who is also the president of Danone) is a friend of Zidane, and that’s where the connection comes from.  And in other Zizou news, he will be the subject of a book presentation at the Bernabéu on June 3 at 13h.  The title of the book is “La elegancia del héroe sencillo” (The elegance of a simple hero).

More from Karim: and on the subject of French footballers, Karim Benzema was at Roland Garros yesterday, and he told Stade 2 that he wants to stay with Madrid, that he has no problems with Mou (when will people begin to believe that?) and that he sent a text message to Eric Abidal congratulating him for winning the Champions League.  Our team has class all around.

And remember this interview?  Well Marca also spent an afternoon with Karim in his hometown, specifically the Bron neighborhood of Lyon.  Karim waited for them at his parents’ house.  He now has another house in the city, but he still comes back home to stay with his parents once in a while, since his father Hafid doesn’t want to leave the neighborhood.  Karim, between signing autographs and posing for pictures, takes the reporter to the field where he learned to play football, followed by his father’s German Shepherd Léonidas.  He spent six years playing on that field of Bron Terraillon, before he left for Olympique.  Karim often comes back to this field, to watch the kids play and to give them advice.

Hafid takes care of Léonidas while Karim is on the field, and says he always knew his son had something special, even when he was cut from Bron Terraillon the first time he tried out and he had to bring him back a second time.  The first time around, there were so many boys trying out that it was hard to get the attention of anyone, so Hafid brought Karim home, waited a bit and then went back a second time.  And this time, Karim caught the eye of the coaches.

Papá Cristiano: I love this video of a young goalkeeper, Duarte Lima, who won a contest and got the chance to spend a few days living with the Portuguese national team.  It’s worth a watch just to see Cristiano display his parenting skills – he tells him where to go to get hot food, serves him, fusses over him.  Don’t miss Cris’ laugh into the camera!  We also see how affectionate Pepe is with the kid.

Road trip: things were looking good for Castilla as they traveled to Alcoy on Saturday to prepare for Sunday’s second-leg playoff game, with the chance to play for a spot in the second division at stake.  On the bus ride over, Jorge Casado tweeted these photos of him and his seatmate Juan Carlos, as well as MFC on his computer.

MSFC was in a playful mood, no?  And later that night, while some of the players (MFC, Pablo Sarabia, Álex, Dani Carvajal) gathered to watch the Champions League final…

… others decided to dar un paseo and this is how it ended up.  Denis said, “we’re in Alcoy!  I’m taking a walk near the hotel with Fran Rico, Óscar Plano and Víctor Merchán.”  Then Fran Rico tweeted, “Denis is eating an ice cream” and thoughtfully provided a picture.  Denis tweeted back (the picture below probably shows this exact moment), “Fran Rico ate the biggest ice cream in Alcoy!  And now he’s buying some candy for himself!”  This caused Fran to retort, “that’s a lie, he’s so spiteful, I had a (small) ice cream and the thing about the candy is a lie.”  You have to love these boys!

But…: those were the last good moments, because Castilla ended up tying Alcoyano 2-2 last night, and is eliminated from the playoffs.  Fran Rico and MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín scored for Castilla, and the pobrecito Juan Carlos left the field crying.

But I know they did their best, and that’s all we can expect from them, no?  Next year’s Castilla will be very exciting to watch.  And Iker wrote, “we have to cheer up the boys from Castilla!  They had an excellent season, and there is a great team in place so that they can ascend next year!  I’m sure they’ll do it!”

That baby face and full head of hair: as I’ve stated before, Madrid will be playing two games in China (Guangzhou and Tianjin) in August, and so Emilio Butragueño was over there last week to sign the agreements and attend press conferences.  The video on the Madrid site from this event included footage from Madrid’s previous visits to China, including some scenes of a very young Iker (the vintage footage was mostly of Iker since no other player from those tours are still with Madrid, unless you count Zidane).

Muy original: and it’s great to see that one year away from Spain has not changed Guti’s sartorial tastes!  This is how he appeared for son Aitor’s first communion this past weekend.  Guti will be spending the summer in – where else – Ibiza.

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36 Comments leave one →
  1. LaBlanca permalink
    May 30, 2011 09:03

    im a bit heartbroken for the Castilla boys. Even more when they came out saying sorry after the game. They dont have to say sorry to anyone. They have given their all, and it just shouldnt be. Im proud of them this season, reaching the playoffs at all. Love them so much!!! =) Viva Castilla!

    • LaBlanca permalink
      May 31, 2011 11:17

      P.S. I love Ikers message to the Castillistas! What a captain!!!! =) You feel where hes comming from and that he doesnt forget his roots. HALA IKER!!!

  2. May 30, 2011 09:18

    While I LOVE the idea of Zizou having more work at our team, I have to ask you Una, how do you feel about Mou having all this clout? I love Mou and believe in him, but despite that I have to ask you this question. Also, how long do you think that Mou will be with us?

    I will never not love Gutti’s taste in clothes. No matter what, this man always makes me smile.

    I am so happy that you are still posting about our team Una. I miss your regular posts so much. I’m also looking forward to summer holiday photographs.

    • May 30, 2011 16:36

      So much power concentrated in one person is never a good thing, but the only thing we can do is wait and see how it turns out. I don’t know how long Mou will be with us, as he’s very unpredictable, and FP is as well when it comes to firing and hiring, since logic does not seem to be a consideration.

  3. ebrahim permalink
    May 30, 2011 10:16

    The real madrid song has a line shake the hands of the enemy without envy or resentment.

  4. IsaBella permalink
    May 30, 2011 12:30

    oh Alvaro, I adore you no matter what you wear 🙂 (where was Carlota BTW? 😉
    OMG Guti! 😉

  5. Halle permalink
    May 30, 2011 12:43

    Thanks Una, awesome update as usual. Do you have any more pics of karim from the Marca interview? Would love to see his dad or the house.

  6. fialas permalink
    May 30, 2011 12:43

    Guti’s green shoes are ridicilous 😀

    Ronaldo again showing how lovable he is!!

  7. Gilly B permalink
    May 30, 2011 13:08

    That portuguese vid is so cute – thanks for the update Una 🙂

    Disappointed by the CL Final result as a Man Utd fan, but Barca were just better and won fair and square. I was sooo hopeful for the 2nd half after the Rooney goal, but lacking the right quality in our midfield made a big difference – ended up chasing triangles!

  8. superfan permalink
    May 30, 2011 13:29

    Never change, Guti. Hahaha. He’s the only one who can pull that outfit off in a first communion event! 😀

    “…when no Barcelona player had this courtesy with Iker or any of his teammates after Madrid won the Copa del Rey” —> THIS SO MUCH.

    And the Castilla boys are too cute. There’s always next year for them. 🙂

  9. Glamgisele permalink
    May 30, 2011 13:49

    Iker is pure class. I am pleased to see that, no matter how disrespectful and classless the other side is, Iker will always be a gentleman.

    • Happy permalink
      May 30, 2011 18:23

      agree, that’s what a difference from a mardrid player and a barca player, their “class” only for their own team, like what Puyol did.
      I feel sad that Iker has to be with them for long time in NT.

  10. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    May 30, 2011 14:11

    Grace! one word Grace! The moment I read Iker status on FB and Sergio, that show Grace and Class! Madridista values that can’t be found in place else. No-one force them to congraluate Barcelona and they did. I LOVE MY CLUB! Benz interview is sweety, it will break my heart if he leaves because what I have learnt from supporting this club, you can’t never ever trust that even if a player wants to stay, managment won’t sell. I hope from my bottom of my heart this year is different.

    So, any idea what exactly will be Zizo role in the club?

    Yeah, Guti I miss you! You never disappoint.

  11. REAL WARDA permalink
    May 30, 2011 14:19

    O___o Guti’s green belt and his greeeen shoes! WOAH! 😛

  12. May 30, 2011 14:38

    It’s a bit sad to see that video with those already not in Real. Except Iker of course. He’s always looking gorgeous, at any time. And I really miss Raul and Guti. Wish they’ll be back soon.

  13. Jules permalink
    May 30, 2011 16:08

    Pique congratulated RM after the CdR win on Twitter, he referred to them as a great team.

    • May 30, 2011 16:39

      Fine, I’ll amend the post.

      • Una2sss permalink
        May 30, 2011 17:36

        hahahah! I thought you’d mention Pique, but you just changed it to “a few Bacelona-players” 😀

        Hilarious!

      • LaRojaCule permalink
        May 30, 2011 17:41

        It is good to see Madrid’s Ramos and Casillas, Butragueno and FP (that was a surprise!) doing the right thing. If only they could drum in some sense in their coach who was despicable with all the conspiracy hallucinations and insinuations. What a pathetic soul, the Portuguese was.

        • evita permalink
          June 1, 2011 11:57

          Actually, our team hasn´t disparaged any team they´ve played. You´re confusing that with the douchebaggery that is Xavi Hernandez.

          You can come on here and talk all the crap you want about hallucinations, but the bottom line is UEAFELONA is def biased toward barca. Those who disagree, or call attention to the facts will be fined, and suspended.

          Barca can participate in whatever fuckery they choose…whether it be blatant diving or blatant racism. You can call me all the names you want as well, but those truths will be there in the history books forever.

          They did play well against Man U. When they stand on their feet like men, they are very good. But, when they resort to racist name calling, diving, and faking injuries…they are bitchasses, and they do NOT get my respect.

        • LaRojaCule permalink
          June 2, 2011 05:17

          Yes. Evita. Keep up the conspiracy carousel. While 99% of the world rejoices the triumph of Barcelona and their beautiful football in the Champions League and how it is a continuation of a long trend of magical Spanish Football – from the 2006 Champions League to the 2008 Euros to the 2009 Champions League to the 2010 World Cup.. you can go along with the pathetic sore loser Mourinho in calling it all a conspiracy. Some of the Real Madrid players, particularly El Capitan and the Gentleman, Iker Casillas have accepted truth and moved on and have been generous in their praise of where praise should be. If only some Real Madrid fans have some hearts and brains and heed their own favorite team’s captain!

  14. Lola permalink
    May 30, 2011 16:20

    Thanks so much for the news-roundup!
    I’m very sorry to see Castilla didn’t make it to the next round, but you and Iker are right, theirs is a great team and they will surely have a good chance to make it next season. I just hope this doesn’t mean many of them will leave the team right now.

    News on Karim are always extra appreciated, so thanks a lot for that, too (same goes for Guti actually…I might be slightly fashion-challenged, but except for those shoes he looks great in that picture!).

  15. Sanchez permalink
    May 30, 2011 17:34

    I really believe with the team we have have now we can take home more than one trophy next season. Now everyone knows what they can achieve look how close we came to making it to the CL final. Yes we’ve made a lot of stupid mistakes that cost us La Liga but let’s hope everyone learned their lesson from this year and don’t make the same irresponsible mistakes again otherwise I will really start to question them. I hope the new players can fit into the team as well it sucks that we keep having all these new players that have to adapt again. We really got lucky with Ozil and Di Maria but what if we don’t with these new ones this time? Anyways I know we can do it just got to put in the effort and no more excuses.

    I feel so lost without the games, thanks for whatever updates you bring us una, i’m always looking forward to waking up and finding a new post on here!

  16. playachica3 permalink
    May 30, 2011 22:46

    what is a communion?

    • Lola permalink
      May 31, 2011 18:33

      From wiki: “The First Communion, or First Holy Communion, is a Catholic Church ceremony. It is the colloquial name for a person’s first reception of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Catholics believe this event to be very important, as the Eucharist is one of the central focuses of the Catholic Church.”

    • Elizabeth permalink
      June 1, 2011 01:53

      It’s a Christian ceremony children complete so they can eat the wafers at Church…and it’s one of the sacraments, I think. Sorry if that’s kind of a dumbed down version, I’m sure there’s a more spiritual explanation to be found somewhere.

    • black widow permalink
      June 1, 2011 04:08

      it’s one of the 7 sacraments in the roman catholic religion, where you take (eat) holy communion for the first time during mass. children generally have it when they’re about 7 years old.

  17. Gillian permalink
    May 31, 2011 01:18

    Aw, that video of Cris is cute.

    Also, Alvaro is adorbs!

  18. May 31, 2011 02:19

    haha, Guti, so green! I wonder if Sergio gets fashion tips from him 😉

  19. emilyl permalink
    May 31, 2011 04:33

    Guuttiiiiiii!!!
    I bet those were handmade for him right there in Istanbul. Only the best for the best! 😉
    When I first saw the picture, I saw only the top half and I’m thinking – Ooh look at Guti, all tidied up and looking niiice. Then I wondered why Una was dissing on him… and then, I scrolled down… He sure does like to leave an impression.

  20. Rei permalink
    May 31, 2011 04:38

    Sergio is so nice, congratulating players even when they’ve said they don’t know who he is. Lookin’ at you Xavi.

    • black widow permalink
      June 1, 2011 04:09

      HAHAHAHAHA. love this.

  21. Elizabeth permalink
    May 31, 2011 04:52

    Lol at one of the comments on Iker’s FB post asking what the team could improve next season:
    “No más camisas a cuadros. No más pantalones desgarrado. No más bolsas de hombre. Por favor!”

    Translation (I think): no more checkered shirts. No more ripped pants. No more man purses. Please!

  22. Mandy permalink
    May 31, 2011 08:14

    Have you watched this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnQa2iuS3JI
    It is a video promoting the Real Madrid summer pre-season games in China. At around 1:16, Xabi, Kaka, Mourinho say “hello ” in chinese.

  23. black widow permalink
    June 1, 2011 04:15

    oh, guti. those look like clown shoes. i’m amazed the priest let you in the church looking like that! :p (kidding)

    that video of ronaldo acting all mother hen over the little boy (who reminded me of oliver twist, all waif-like and looking for food) was actually kind of adorable. it is absolutely amazing to me how much i despised ronaldo during his tenure at man utd and even during international tournaments (being an england supporter, i still don’t think i can ever forgive him for world cup 2006) and how much i rolled my eyes and cringed when i found out he was coming to RM, but i have to say … he’s grown on me quite a bit. not that i will ever publicly admit that to my friends! ;p

    i love our castilla boys and i love the camaraderie amongst them. it’s so good to know the future of RM is in such good hands.

    I am so happy to see this class and señorío from our people, especially when very few Barcelona players had this courtesy with Iker or any of his teammates after Madrid won the Copa del Rey.

    here, here una. iker has such class and is so beloved in all corners of spain … he’s truly a national icon and transcends borders! it is heartening (but expected, no?) to see supportive gestures from our players to the barca team. as for the reverse, if their own fans don’t have the sportsmanship, class and discretion not to come on blogs like this and demonstrate good will, it doesn’t surprise me that their idols don’t, either. after all, they have to learn their poor, boorish behaviour from somewhere, right?

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