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June 17, 2011

Iker in Chile, Karim in Ibiza, Kaká in Disney World, Guti on TV and more…

The world tour continues: Iker was in Chile these past few days, where he met with the first lady.  She got a pair of gloves that Iker used in the 2010 World Cup (and appears to be saying, “Praise San Iker!”), although Iker joked that, “I don’t know if these gloves bring good memories for the Chileans,” since of course Spain beat Chile on their way to the trophy.  He said the two of them exchanged many ideas and opinions on the future of children.  Iker also helped to promote Cecilia Morel’s healthy eating program, and held a football clinic.

The latest on Cristiano: the baptism of Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. took place in Lisbon today, and apparently the godparents were Papá’s sister Cátia and his agent Jorge Mendes.  Cris is scheduled to travel to Istanbul tomorrow at the invitation of Besiktas’s multi-millionaire president, who has signed Cris on to promote some of his businesses, including a gas company.  He’s good friends with Jorge Mendes, which explains the connection.  After that, Cris will spend some time in holiday resort Bodrum, where he’ll probably work on his tan.

How kind of them: UEFA has decided not to interrupt José Mourinho’s vacation by making him testify in the middle of it.  They’ve delayed his appearance before the appeals committee from June 30 to July 29 (at nine in the morning in Nyon), which means Mou will go there between the friendly in Germany and the friendly in England.  Mou isn’t on vacation yet, he’s been going to the Bernabéu every day for work.

Learn a lesson already: Karim Benzema was fined €250 for reckless driving in Ibiza, after police stopped his Porsche early Wednesday morning.  The Porsche and two other cars were racing and driving dangerously, so the police set up a blockade.  Karim paid the fine right then and there in cash.  Witnesses say those three cars were also driving very quickly in another area earlier that night.  Karim, don’t you ever learn?  You and driving fast don’t mix!

“Just in case:”  Guti’s been back in Spain for a while, and is making the rounds.  He was on “El Hormiguero” earlier this week (wearing black nail polish and the bright green pants), and he was also in news because he got a tattoo of the letters “Noe,” for his on/off girlfriend Noelia López, since they’re on at the moment (she had said several months back that they weren’t talking and she didn’t ever want to hear about him again) and have been spending time in Ibiza.  Despite getting inked, Guti said he made the tattoo very small, “just in case” and added that he doesn’t know how many tattoos he has, but he does have the names of his kids, his parents, his girl and God.  They also talk to a woman who basically has Guti’s entire career tattooed on one arm.

Guti also showed off the “five words” of Turkish that he knows, the ones for “good day,” “left,” “right” “free” and “alone,” and said he watched a lot of “strange” Turkish TV programs during his first months there, since he was in a hotel, and he didn’t understand anything.  Watch the program here, here and here.

He also told TVE’s “La Mañana” that he will retire in Besiktas, and that he will never return to Madrid, even if they call him.  He believed that for both him and Raúl, “it was the time to leave, the cycle had ended and when it ends you have to accept it.”

I got nostalgic for Roberto Carlos the other day, and now it’s time for me to have the same feelings for Guti, especially when they showed his taconazo and he said he and Karim have always understood each other very well on the field.

Kaká & Mickey: meanwhile, Kaká was in Disney World earlier this week, in advance of the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament, where more than 200 teams from more than 16 countries will participate.  He played a bit of American football, and was pretty good at it!  The American football players weren’t as good at football (soccer).

Kaká also told reporters that he wants to stay and triumph in Madrid, that he hopes to play in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and that he and his wife love Disney World, and now that he has two small kids, he’s going to be back every year.

And don’t forget… Raúl Albiol got married today, and Álvaro and Carlota were there!  Apparently ¡Hola! has the exclusive, so we’ll get to see pictures soon!

The latest on the summer tour:  Mou will take Tomás Mejías and Jesús Fernández on the American tour to accompany Iker and Antonio Adán.  Mou is deciding whether to have Mejías ascend to the first team, whether to have him alternate between Madrid and Castilla, or to have Mejías and Jesús alternate between trips and games with the first team.  Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal, Álex, MFC and Pablo Sarabia probably won’t be with the first team in Los Angeles, as they will be playing the U-19 Euro during those days.  So, the canterano possibilities are, in addition to Juanfran: Nacho, Juan Carlos, Denis and Joselu.

Just declares yourselves kings of the universe already: by now, you’ve probably heard of Sandro Rosell’s statement, where he accused Madrid of anti-sporting behavior and making false accusations, criticized José Mourinho and threatened to take legal action to preserve “clean competition” and to sever relations with Madrid.  He claimed things like, “We were provoked, but we stayed calm” and “Once again, football has put everybody in their place… Our team has come to be admired and recognised everywhere for its marvellous football and the values that represent and define our institution. And the values we represent include dignity and honour.”  Just when everything was finally dying down, and we got to see the La Roja boys back together and looking as if they get along, Rosell has open his big mouth again.

This was my reaction.

And I’m flattered that Barcelona pays so much attention to us in a season when they won two big titles.  There’s a lot more, but I already laughed enough yesterday, and so I won’t write anymore about it, though I have to say, it really does appear that Sandro hired Xavi to be his speechwriter!

Madrid’s response was a much shorter (thank goodness) statement defending themselves against some of the accusations, and saying they would work to continue to have good relations with Barcelona.  I would have preferred for them to just ignore the whole Barcelona statement, just so that this whole soap opera will end once and for all.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Happy permalink
    June 17, 2011 18:48

    So what Gui means he will never back to Madrid after he retire?
    Why? I think he said he wants to teach the children in Madrid,
    too heart broken, I hope Raul never think that.

    • Lola permalink
      June 18, 2011 16:32

      Nah, he said he won’t be back as a player.

  2. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    June 17, 2011 19:17

    I dont know what the hell is wrong with Benz! he needs to chill with his driving! seriously! DONT GIVE HIM AN AUDI NEXT YEAR TO TEACH HIM A LESSON ( as if he needs it) :p!

    About barcelona thing, I kind agree with leaving the issue alone, I am not 100% sure on us reply, but it showed good intention, all I have to say! Rossel really accused us of the drug issue. Real Madrid I think wanted to end this BS by this statement, I hope it is.

    bUT Really Barc need to stop talking about it already enough is enough!

  3. Gilly B permalink
    June 17, 2011 19:18

    Yeah, Barcelona- Madrid: the bitching needs to stop. The seasons’ ended already! Barca seem determined to maintain their underdog mentality, whereas they should start acting like the leaders in world football that they currently are. Tsk.:-(

    Kaka is a sweet soul, but the boy is looking awful of late. Why so pale? Why so aged (around the eyes) all of a sudden? What’s with that Wolverine-ish hair? It’s off key…

  4. mar permalink
    June 17, 2011 19:33

    i have nothing to say obout rossel’s comments, just that you are right, it is flattering.
    karim should be more careful and stop watching the fast and furius series
    one question: aren’t cris and his family katholics? and don’t katholics get their babes baptised soon after their birth unlike the orthodox? my bad if i am mistaken, i didn’t pay much attention to the religion’s lesson at school

    • black widow permalink
      June 20, 2011 05:46

      in a perfect world, yes, you should be baptised as soon as possible after you’re born (i was baptised 5 days after i was born), but with the very lax attitudes towards religion and the church now, it isn’t as big a deal.

  5. mari permalink
    June 17, 2011 19:41

    tomas roncero might be biased (against fcb) but he raised important points there. and kudos to rosell, he even announced that he will say something about RM *rolls eyes*

    but ugh, i’m with you though. i wished real madrid just ignored it. and i wished it’ll stop already. but i guess, as long as rosell (and even Mou) is in this footy soap opera, then i guess it will continue haha.

    anyhow, saw that Guti (looking mighty fine!) interview on TVE but of course i didn’t understand it so thanks for the gist, Una. 😀

  6. IsaBella permalink
    June 17, 2011 20:19

    our Mou is a workaholic 🙂

  7. manie permalink
    June 17, 2011 20:56

    Gah, Kaka is so lovely. I really hope he does well this season. All the anti-Madrid rhetoric out of Rosell and Xavi (and whoever else may or may not come out with something) is getting old.

  8. mickymacky05 permalink
    June 17, 2011 21:19

    rosell… still butthurt about those clasico games wherein madrid didn’t let farça score 5 goals past them again… OMG Real Madrid do not play football!!11!!11 NOT AT ALL!! Do you hear?! c’mon guise listen to me… even if you’re on vacation already…!! someone?? please…?

    sheesh man… get a life already.

    In other news… congrats el chori!! 🙂

  9. June 17, 2011 21:26

    Rosell – do people from Barcelona even believe the s**t he is saying? We all saw that game. We all saw the replays. We all know what happened. Why does he keep thinking he can rewrite history? STFU, Sandro!!!

  10. June 17, 2011 21:33

    One of the best Real Madrid blog I’ve ever seen. Great job

  11. June 17, 2011 21:50


    Seriously, just drop it already you delusional fool Sandro and go celebrate what you won for heavens sake!

    Also, Karim, mon amour, please stop. Please. I love you healthy and in one piece tyvm!

    When does Iker and Mou go on holiday? It doesn’t seem to be fair. Poor Iker, he’s still working along with Mou.

  12. June 18, 2011 01:19

    kaka’s english is adorable!

  13. Beatriz permalink
    June 18, 2011 01:34


  14. June 18, 2011 04:08

    I would’ve wanted us to reply to Rosell with a big fat letter K. Seriously though, how do you respond to that.

  15. Hala_Madrid permalink
    June 18, 2011 05:47

    Una do you have a Twitter account??

  16. June 18, 2011 09:40

    Hi I was wondering if you would put up Nuri Sahin’s interview soon (the one published in AS). Thanks. Love reading your blog, keep up the good work. 🙂

  17. Daniel permalink
    June 18, 2011 11:58

    I think Guti is being economical with the truth here. Both he and Raul were PAID to leave Real Madrid to break their contracts as they were no longer wanted. Real will never call Guti back, so he can stop with all that.

  18. black widow permalink
    June 20, 2011 05:55

    good god, barca just needs to shut the f*ck up. i was having this exact argument at a pub last night with a guy who finally conceded that they might play beautifully but they are sore and ungracious winners.

    kaka at disneyland! yes … that seems about right. 🙂

  19. Jessie permalink
    June 20, 2011 14:59

    kaka and mickey is adorable, benzema never learns,lol

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