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a bit of Madrid on this Saturday

June 11, 2011

Kids and adults love it so: Iker’s in Mexico promoting his campus; he was in Mexico City on Thursday and Monterrey on Friday.  There, he told the media that if he had to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, he would choose Cristiano, because “he’s mine.”  Well, it only took Iker one whole season to come around to Cris’ side!  (Apparently, Sara has traveled to Mexico to join up with Iker and spend a few days of vacation together before he hits the next stop on his summer tour, Chile, so Iker may change his mind at any time because Sara thinks that Cris is individualistic.)  Anyway, Iker’s spreading his football and personal values to budding footballers around the world, and from his interaction with the children, I can tell he’s going to be a great father!  He’s also carrying out his duties as a UN ambassador while on tour.

(In case you’re wondering: I love candy, and one of my favorite brands is Haribo, and their slogan is “kids and adults love it so,” and when I see pictures like these of Iker, that’s what I think.  It applies perfectly to him.)

Those jeans are a travesty.  Horrible, horrible, horrible.

News briefs: Mourinho has decided that Juanfran will join the first team during the pre-season.  And Madrid apparently wants Rubén de la Red to continue as assistant coach of the Juvenil A team, so yay!

International update: a couple more pictures of Karim Benzema with France last week (the first one for the merits of the composition, and the second for the merits of Karim’s thigh) and two of our Argentine players preparing for the Copa América yesterday.  Ángel got a haircut!  Side note: most of his teammates look like they could do with one as well, although we all know that they deliberately choose to have awful looking hair in a misguided attempt to look fashionable.  Fernando Gago is one such example, though he looks fine now, maybe because he’s getting married?

Player news: Jerzy Dudek, in an event in Warsaw celebrating the countdown towards the 2012 Euro, told reporters that he’s not ready to retire yet.  And since “my family is very happy in Spain and in Madrid, and my son has a girlfriend, my priority is not to leave football or the country.”  He revealed he has some offers from Spain, Turkey and England.  So we may get to see Jerzy play next season somewhere in Spain!  The Polish football federation, meanwhile, has offered to organize a tribute game to Jerzy, but he protested: “I’m not retiring yet!  Wait until I stop playing!”  Jajaja!!!

Emmanuel Adebayor told Joy FM, a radio station in Ghana, that “when I’m 31, I’ll retire from football.  I’ll return to Africa to take my kids to school every day.”  Adorable!  But too young, no?  We also found out that he wants to have a maximum of three kids.  Manu also said that he owns more than 28 houses in Ghana, Togo and around the world, but “I’ve purchased so many houses that I don’t even remember how many (laughs).”

Sergio Ramos attended Jesús Navas’ wedding yesterday, while Álvaro Arbeloa is in Vigo for our former canterano Diego López’ wedding, and Borja Valero is there too!  I’ve said this many times before, and I’ll say it again: I love it when canteranos stay friends.

And the gorgeous Miguel Torres showed up at Kenzo’s summer party in Madrid last Wednesday, as did Aitor Karanka and his wife, whose dress was absolutely perfect for the occasion.

And Kaká and wife Carol celebrated Luca’s third birthday with a party in Sao Paulo on Friday.  You all know my feelings towards Carol, so the only reason I’m posting about this is because reader Laryssa sent it in, and because Luca is adorable.  I love the matching father-son shirts, but why do they insist on putting a barrette in Isabella’s non-existent hair?

Since everyone is asking about it and no one bothered to do a search, here’s the post on why I dislike Carol.

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41 Comments leave one →
  1. Maddi permalink
    June 11, 2011 17:23

    Yum, Haribo!! Has anyone ever tried those peach gummies?!
    Haha and those shoes are pretty Ikerish too.
    I love Pipitaaaaaaa! And I like Angel’s new haircut. And Gago looked sooo handsome after his. His old hair was AWFUL, and I guess he had to straighten it every day…
    Aitor and his wife make such a nice pair! and I also love her dress!

  2. June 11, 2011 18:03

    new comment format cool!! *~*
    and Una what’s your feelings towards carol?
    do you dislike her as much as Sara? :33

  3. June 11, 2011 18:06

    “…so Iker may change his mind at any time because Sara thinks that Cris is individualistic.” hehehe. I love it when you get all snippy!

    I actually find Iker’s outfit ok. Yes, the jeans are truly horrid, but the shirt kinda makes up for it. And there isn’t any murse in sight! Aitor’s outfit on the other hand, had me cringing. If I had made the effort to dress up and look so pretty, I’d be pissed if my partner decided to come out in those fugly sneakers and that ghastly jacket. Aitor – why, just why?!!

  4. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    June 11, 2011 18:46

    Kaka and Carole a healthy picture of a footballer family, I love these two together, Lucas is so adorable, Isabella is so adorable, I have the same question Una about her hair lol.

    Iker, I was just saying the other day how Iker needed a break from Sarah ( really why I think that, but he does for me) and good that he is in Mexico, then I read this lol.

    Did I say thank you before Una for not forgeting to include Miguel picture always I hope he comes back to us and Benz thigh YUM!

  5. Priya permalink
    June 11, 2011 19:05

    Aww the boys look so adorable and Karim looks so happy ya! Oh and Kaka man you look GORGEOUS! lol

  6. Gilly B permalink
    June 11, 2011 19:29

    Who knew Jesus was even engaged? Not me! But his bride was gorgeous and congrats to them. Looking fine in your suit to, Sergio…

    By the way Una, what is your feeling about Carol? I must have missed that from previous posts. Just curious…Have a great weekend and thnx for the update:-)

  7. gaelle permalink
    June 11, 2011 19:44

    hey una, don’t you like carol?

  8. gray permalink
    June 11, 2011 20:19

    Hiya una, out of interest what are your feelings about Carol? haha

  9. Rachel permalink
    June 11, 2011 20:50

    Aw, I miss Jerzy! These boys never cease to put a smile on my face. Una I’m curious to know your feelings towards Carol. However I do want to thank you for updating this over the summer, I truly appreciate it!

  10. Claire permalink
    June 11, 2011 22:14

    Oh my god.. The horrible make up of Carol.. Isn’t her family supposed in the fashion business???

  11. June 11, 2011 22:15

    I’m a new reader so I was wondering how you felt about Carol and why 🙂

  12. mokia permalink
    June 11, 2011 22:46

    sorry, but i dont know you feelings towards carol lol may i know?

  13. June 11, 2011 22:59

    I just have to say, Una, I absolutely LOVE your blog. I can’t satisfy my Madrid craving without it. but I don’t get the last part. why don’t you like Caroline? she seems like a very nice person, and she and Kaka are such an adorable couple

  14. Lola permalink
    June 11, 2011 23:24

    Thanks for this update! Summer without football is always hard, but these little glimpses into live in/surrounding Real Madrid makes it better!
    Does the announcement that Juanfran will join the team for preseason mean that no other canteranos will go? Hopefully, more of them (Morata/Sarabia/Alex Fernandez,…) will join the big boys as well!

  15. Khalid permalink
    June 11, 2011 23:52

    Sorry Una, but I don’t know how you feel about Carol, but it seems you don’t like her? Can you tell me why? :S

  16. Milleca permalink
    June 12, 2011 00:56

    Oh Una, I don’t know about your feelings for Carol. Care to share/summarize even in just one sentence?

    And Iker! Always and always, I will keep on saying, he really needs to start reproducing. What’s your reaction in his new season kit btw?

    Thanks for this post!

  17. Pipita permalink
    June 12, 2011 01:01

    Una, here are som tips:

    Callejón playing poker. And his hair is different than usual.
    http://www.marca.com/2011/06/11/poker/1307782668.html

    ‘En el corazón de la copa’ is posted on the website of the club.
    http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/es/1330060130676/noticia/EspecialTodoNoticias/En_el_corazon_de_la_copa.htm

    Albiol in Cadiz.
    http://twitpic.com/5a52d4

    Guti’s new tatoo.
    http://www.diariofemenino.com/actualidad/famosos/breves/guti-se-tatua-nombre-noelia-lopez/

    Arbeloa with Carlota at Diego’s wedding
    http://yfrog.com/khwzgtfj

    New interview with Xabi Alonso, released June 5. But itäs mostly about his time in Liverpool.

  18. June 12, 2011 01:12

    hehe Ever Banega could definitely do with a haircut; there’s something about that hairstyle that most Argentines seem to have at one point or the other though, is it really fashionable in Argentina or something? =S

  19. madridista permalink
    June 12, 2011 01:42

    Hey UNA since MOU has decided to bring Juanfran whom I adored when he was here in LA do you know or have you heard of him bringing MFC ABMM ?
    would love to see him again he is such a great kid!

  20. Jane permalink
    June 12, 2011 02:16

    Hi, I haven’t been following this blog for very long so I am curious about the ”You all know my feelings towards Carol, so the only reason I’m posting about this is because reader Laryssa sent it in, and because Luca is adorable” part

  21. black widow permalink
    June 12, 2011 03:20

    luca is kaka’s mini-me! and i agree about the barrette, it looks silly — it actually looks like a small band-aid, like the poor thing has a cut on her head or something. i actually didn’t know you didn’t like caroline … is it b/c of that twitter thing a while back?

    all this talk about iker being a great father makes me nervous. it isn’t that i don’t want him to have children, just not with … her. (and i really do wish/hope he can have an opinion about ronaldo independent of her influence. i don’t want a repeat of last season …) i do love how all the little ones flock around him, though. so precious!

    karanka’s wife’s dress is lovely — and absolutely perfect for kenzo, you’re right (such lovely perfume!).

    arbeloa tweeted a pic of him and carlotta at the wedding — they both look gorgeous! i’m serious, if he ever wants to leave football, he could model.

    and i’m glad jerzy is staying in spain. it’d be great if he could play somewhere prominent in la liga next season. 🙂

  22. kai permalink
    June 12, 2011 05:52

    i don’t get it when you say you have something about carol?! *confuse*

  23. Dreamlover225 permalink
    June 12, 2011 06:27

    What are your feelings toward Carol? Link to post?

  24. Nadia permalink
    June 12, 2011 13:37

    How are your feelings toward Carol?

  25. IsaBella permalink
    June 12, 2011 14:31

    I love Haribo, too Una! 🙂 especially the little bears! 🙂
    ooooh I would be soooo happy to see Jurek playing in Spain again!!

  26. bbBenz permalink
    June 12, 2011 18:00

    Una have you seen this video? adorable! but really no Iker????

  27. Pipita permalink
    June 12, 2011 23:45

    Iker in Mexico!




  28. Mani Thangadurai permalink
    June 13, 2011 00:34

    Nice to see that Dudek has at last decided to PLAY football, and hope he gets a good club! Also, wouldn’t it be wonderful if by playing regularly and well next season he could seal a sensational return to the Polish team in time for Euro 2012? Not likely under circumstances, but you never can tell!

    Speaking of which, reports have been rife that he might not stay in Spain and actually would return to the Premiership in England with Birmingham side Aston Villa. No real developments in that regard as of yet! To be honest though, I’m actually surprised that he got any offers given the chronic lack of football he’s had over the past six seasons!

    As for Adebayor, HOW man houses does one person need?! And I can understand his willingness to retire early, let’s not forget that while he was on international duty with Togo during the African Nations’ Cup his team were subjected to a horrific gun attack which left one of his teammates paralyzed below the waist. Maybe he wants to have a more peaceful life or his kids.

  29. Hazel permalink
    June 13, 2011 13:02

    I don’t normally say “good grief”, but when I saw Iker’s pants… Well, that was the only thing I could think of. Maybe he asked Villa for some fashion advice? 😀

  30. ssabripo permalink
    June 13, 2011 19:27

    Is that a beer gut I see on Iker? Say it ain’t so!!!! 😀

  31. rojafan permalink
    June 13, 2011 21:23

    I actually did do the search to find out your feelings about Carol, but in all fairness, it was a bit hard to find because I kept getting distracted by the more recent search results.;) I also wondered if there was any more to it that had happened previously because I don’t know much about her, but I think everyone is entitled to one mistake. Personally, I have given my favourite players many second (and more!) chances, so why not their wives?

  32. rojafan permalink
    June 13, 2011 21:26

    I forgot to mention how much I love the off season updates. Maybe the Argentina players will all get haircuts now if it’s deemed more fashionable.

  33. Gilly B permalink
    June 13, 2011 22:37

    Thanks for the link – glad you did, because I didn’t even think to do a search. Lazy? *hand up*
    Always annoying when the wives and others get involved in team affairs

  34. DanDan permalink
    June 14, 2011 01:06

    I think that is a popular question over here:
    I don’t know your feelings towards Carol Celico. You gonna say for us?

  35. cisarovna permalink
    June 14, 2011 01:46

    Una, you are psychic… One whole day passes and Iker calls Cris his enemy. It really doesn’t matter what else he says along with that word, damage done. What an idiot. Could you please give his some diplomacy lessons along with those English tutorials? You deal with the hostile Barca fans so well, he might learn something for his next meeting with the press. Some time apart from that Sara person might also help.

  36. June 14, 2011 06:09

    Haribo..I never eat it,,how is the taste??
    anyway, I think Iker will be a good daddy in the next time..
    and Luca looks so similar with Kaka.. 😀

    • Mani Thangadurai permalink
      June 14, 2011 19:05

      Haribo is a brand name for a soft candy if I’m correct. It tastes absolutely delicious. I remember having it quite often when I was a kid!

  37. Anna permalink
    June 14, 2011 07:54

    lol at hating carol for one incident….

    • rina permalink
      June 16, 2011 12:19

      Ikr! Its stupid to dislike Carol only for that!

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