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June 24, 2011

Just a little warning before you begin reading.  It’s been a really light couple of days in terms of news, so there’s not much to write about.

They did it again!  You can now listen to the second prank on “Alvarito” Arbeloa’s poor grandmother Soledad!  ¡Anda Ya! aired the second prank yesterday, and they introduced it like this: “after the success of “Alvarito’s” first joke on his grandmother, the whole team will now gang up against the grandmother: San Bernardino, the great-aunt who will be looking for Isidora, Arbeloa, Marisol (Soledad’s daughter and Álvaro’s mother) and the mystery Pepa.”  You would think that Soledad would be more suspicious when answering the phone, but…

I have no pictures of Soledad, so I’ll just re-use these of her very hot (and not very nice) grandson.  But Soledad is right, he is the best.

This prank’s premise has San Bernardino’s real great-aunt calling up Soledad, and asking for “Isidora.”  After Soledad tells her that there’s no one named Isidora there, the great-aunt asks her who she is, and keeps asking as if Soledad were the one who called her, even asking her what number she called at one point.  And so they exchange a lot of “who are yous” and “ehs?”  The great-aunt keeps asking “eh?” making Soledad repeat herself each time about five times, each time getting progressively louder.  The best part is when the great-aunt asks who she’s speaking with, and Soledad gives a fake name (Magdalena).

In the second part, the great-aunt calls once more, and Soledad once again identifies herself as Magdalena.  Then Alvarito calls his grandmother, and she complains to him.  While talking to the great-aunt, she starts cursing her out (yo soy Magdalena, ya se lo he dicho, ¡coño!).  Then Álvaro pretends that it’s Soledad who has called him (“I didn’t call anyone, you called my mobile”) and asks why she’s shouting.  She also says to Álvaro, I think that woman is stupid.  Then Marisol gets in the act, also pretending that Soledad called her house, and the mystery Pepa does the same.  After the incident is revealed as a prank, San Bernardino and Álvaro put the blame on each other as being the author behind the new prank.  To end, they ask Soledad to send her regards and a big kiss to all the listeners, which shes does, and she also adds, “I hope everyone has a grandmother like me.”  She also laments that she’s not on TV, because she knows how popular she is at the moment.  Soledad is such a character!!

What a start: Hamit Altintop’s back will be operated on in Germany on June 27.  The injury was diagnosed after he felt some pain, and he didn’t respond to treatment, which is why surgery is needed.  The estimated period of recovery is three to four months (!); the injury is similar to the one that Gonzalo Higuaín had.  How come no one discovered this before he was signed?  He did have to go through a medical check-up, so why wasn’t this diagnosed?  He already had back problems throughout last season, which kept him out of games.  (And who’s paying for the surgery?)  I’m losing faith in Madrid’s medical staff… and bad memories of a certain Jonathan Woodgate are re-surfacing.  Marca reports that Altintop may still travel with the team to Los Angeles so that he can adapt to the dynamics of the group.

Only Esteban would tweet something like this: his tweet today said, “the next time you raise your eyebrows in disbelief, let it be directed at the world and not at me.”  I’m pretty sure that not too many people raise their eyebrows at Esteban in disbelief, although there might be a fair number of people who raise their eyebrows in disbelief at how perfect he is.  Reader Marie informs us that this quote is from the lyrics of this song.

Add Jesé to the list: Jesé Rodríguez will travel with the team to the U.S. for their summer tour.  He’ll join his new Castilla teammates (he’s been promoted from Juvenil A) Tomás Mejías, Jesús Fernández, Jorge Casado, Nacho and Joselu on this part of the tour.  One of Jesé’s biggest supporters is none other than Aitor Karanka, who coached him on the U-17 team a couple of years ago.  The canteranos who won’t be there are MFC ABMM, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Carvajal and Álex, as they will be playing with the U-19 national team during these days.

Speaking of the summer tours: the Philadelphia Union has released a roster supposedly furnished by Madrid for their friendly on July 23.  However, this doesn’t seem to take into account that some players will be playing in the Copa América, as Ángel di María, Eze Garay and Fernando Gago are included, though they’ll be on duty with Argentina on this day (should Argentina make it to the final.  Even if Argentina doesn’t, they will be given some rest).  Curiously enough, Pipita is not on the list.  Esteban Granero is also listed as an “attacker.”  And if this list is to be believed, then Madrid won’t be selling Lass, Garay, Callejón, Mateos, Kaká or Drenthe, and Hamit Altintop will make a miraculous recovery in time to travel with the team!

P.S.  If Neymar is the type of person that kicks rivals players when they are on the ground and participates in fights, then I really don’t want him (I didn’t want him to begin with, at least not now, but this clinches the case for me).  He has a track record filled with these types of incidents…

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Marie permalink
    June 24, 2011 17:13

    what Granero tweeted was part of this song’s lyrics

  2. ama permalink
    June 24, 2011 17:36

    Someone get Soledad a TV pilot right now! She is hilarious. Unfortunately, she also has the worst grandson of all time. (But of course it’s hard not to love him…)

    Re: Neymar, ugh. Keep him away from the Bernabéu. It would be so foolish to spend that kind of money, anyway, since (I think) we have the forwards we need, nevermind that he behaves this way, but someone with that kind of attitude/behavior just can’t be part of this club.

  3. PMom_GA permalink
    June 24, 2011 17:42


    Glad to see you posting the same questions/problems I had about the Altintop medical fiasco. (I had posted about it on the just earlier thread from 6/22.)

    Any word on Mourinho’s reaction?

    • June 24, 2011 17:47

      Considering that Mou now has complete control over signings, he must be partly to blame.

      • PMom_GA permalink
        June 24, 2011 18:11

        True, but this I believe was a venture (securing Altintop) BEFORE Mou got complete control. Signing was in early May, before the “V” eviction took place I believe. Negotiations would have been done before then.

        Maybe this “problem” was part of the reason Mou gave a mini-ultimatum – “there’s problems out there and if you want me to handle them/avoid new ones, give me control”.

        Guess we’ll see where this ends – likely once the surgery is done & RM gets the medical report. Have to wonder if there is an “escape” clause to void/rescind it based on possible/potential false info being given during negotiations – time will tell.

  4. Helah permalink
    June 24, 2011 18:18

    I think the website for the roster is incorrect because Neymar isn’t even on there. I don’t know where they got it from but there could possibly still be changes.

  5. LosT SpiriT permalink
    June 24, 2011 18:33


    Hi i think that madrid knew about altintop’s condition but they thought he will be ok without

    surgery (same cliche)

    I thought with mourinho in control the mercato willl be more organized but it seems like a randomly

    one and we are linked with names that i dislike personally such as neymar and aguero

  6. Nia2 permalink
    June 24, 2011 18:34

    Hello Una.

    I saw a video of the figth(s) between Santos and Penarol. If you look closely, the guy that Neymar was kicking, came flying with his legs up in the air at chest height. Had he hit somebody, it would’ve caused serious damage. I couldn’t get a proper look at it, but it seemed like he was going after the group close to Neymar. Then, when he missed and fell, Neymar kicked him in the back, and then walked/ran away…

    It’s definitely something that won’t help Neymar come to Madrid, but I think it’s wrong to say that he kicks people on the ground ( even though it is entirely correct ), because he was completely calm until that other person came flying with a Bruce Lee-kick…

    • DanDan permalink
      June 25, 2011 19:06

      I also see the video of the fight. And I also didn’t see Neymar kicks anyone on the ground!

      I just write these comment because I believe that many people build a opinion/conclusion based on Una Madridista personal opinions (by the way: I love the blog). But I disagreed with the things wrote about Neymar on the end of the article.

      • June 26, 2011 15:23

        I don’t think he connected, but he did definitely take a shot. Try this video, around the 0:33 mark:

        Regardless of what the other players did, he shouldn’t let himself be provoked like that. I’m not specifically picking on him, I hope the same thing for all players.

        • maria permalink
          July 2, 2011 06:37

          They kicked Neymar during the whole match, the Penãrol player kick him in the face and even pushed his hair during the match and Neymar stayed calm. I think its unfair how people judge Neymar, everything he says or do the press exagerate and write biased articles about him.

          It’s true that the incident with his coach wasn’t nice but after that incident he’s been behaving well. He’s now much more mature.

          I think he’s a great player, he has good relation with all his teamates and he has been loyal to his club Santos. Even when Chelsea was offering him a huge amount of money, he refused and stayed with Santos. He didn’t do what Aguero or Robinho did of using the press to force his team to let him go.

  7. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    June 24, 2011 18:58

    I DON’T WANT NEYMAR! I honestly would pick aguero, although am not a fan! but NEYMAR could be like Robinho, do we really want another Robinho, or even a worse version of him!

    Arbeloa oh lucky grandma, but he is really funny!.

    About Hamit, all I have to say, I am glad he was on free transfer.

    • maria permalink
      July 2, 2011 06:58

      Neymar =/= Robinho.
      Neymar is a better player and he is loyal to his club unlike Robinho.
      It`s unfair when people judge Neymar based on their views on Robinho. They`re 2 different people.

      I understand if people don`t want Real Madrid to sign Neymar because of his high price but when people say they don`t want him because they think he`ll be like Robinho or that he has bad temper is unfair.

      And don`t believe all these things press says about Neymar. Many of the things they publish on european press are way exagerated and very biased. If you watch the interviews and videos where the european press use as source you`ll see how they twisted his words and exagerated things.

  8. manie permalink
    June 24, 2011 19:13

    I’m hoping we don’t pay that much for Neymar, either. I was hopeful that Mou would be more supportive of the cantera slash express that support to FP. Talking about signing Neymar, Raphael Varane…this is making me a bit less hopeful.

  9. Belo permalink
    June 24, 2011 19:25

    I probably have some not popular opinion, but: I like Neymar, and I want him on Real Madrid. I’m not aware about his “record filled with these types of incidents”. I saw the video of the fight from Wednesday match, and I think that no one that video act in a right way. Not just Neymar. Sorry, I just think that your opinion about him is too hard. He is still a kid, and can learn a lot on Real Madrid.

  10. Pammie permalink
    June 24, 2011 19:36

    I share your questions about Altintop’s back problems. What was going on there?!

    Now I want Neymar even less at Bernabeu. This kid needs an attitude readjustment, but why should it be in Madrid? I don’t want to have to put up with his antics. Also he’s way too expensive.

    oh dear, grande Soledad! Alvarito, you’re such a bad grand child! He and San Bernardino should prank Xabi next. xD

  11. camila permalink
    June 24, 2011 19:39

    i think neymar is a little bit like di maria… they’re both very skinny and therefore are always on the ground. it must pisses them off

  12. jellyace permalink
    June 24, 2011 19:44

    Neymar and Ballotelli are cut from the same cloth. Phenomenal talent but immature and bratty both on and off the pitch. I wouldn’t want either one on the RM squad. They need to grow up.

  13. June 24, 2011 21:13

    Hm, I came across that song too when I googled Esteban’s tweet, but it doesn’t sound like something he would listen to (but what do I know?) so I think it’s actually this one: (which might be a cover of the other one, but more likely this is the original). As for Altintop, seriously guys? We have perfectly functional midfielders and we just keep signing more, but okay I’m not going to get into it. It’s kind of funny how they listed Esteban as a striker, it’s almost like they’re baffled by how many midfielders we have!

    • June 24, 2011 21:15

      nvm, the Nuevo Volcano one is the original!

  14. June 25, 2011 00:23

    Una, if you must should between Neymar and Kun, who would you choose?

  15. Buckhum permalink
    June 25, 2011 02:03

    What do you think of the new deal with Varane?

  16. Gillian permalink
    June 25, 2011 02:20

    Aw, I think I’m in love w/Granero!

  17. Resa permalink
    June 25, 2011 09:04

    I looked up the lyrics of the song, and actually the mentioned line goes a little further …

    La próxima vez que levantes las cejas de incredulidad que sea al mundo y no a mí condición de aturdido.

    He left out the last three words, so maybe he really adapted the quote for himself … 😦
    Poor Esteban. No one can deny and show ANY disbelief how wonderful he is. You’re right.

  18. cisarovna permalink
    June 25, 2011 16:37

    I think they knew about the back problem and have been monitoring it this whole time. I might be wrong about this, but I was thinking he was brought in as a more experienced player to assist especially in some of the bigger games in the second half of the season. accordingly I suspect they knew he might need the surgery and miss the start of the season. At least it is being addressed now, and not later in the summer. hopefully this is his only health issue, and not one of many.

  19. Pipita permalink
    June 25, 2011 19:27

    Vacaypic of Kaká and family on the beach!

  20. EVITA permalink
    June 26, 2011 17:18

    Do you guys know if the RM pracitices will be open for fans to come watch in LA?

  21. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    June 26, 2011 18:00

    I actually saw this video too and based on that I personally formed my opinion, Neymar is a great talent I agree, BUT I don’t think we should buy him based on three reasons:
    A) it is not the first time that Neymar is linked with temper problems in the first place.
    B) he is really expensive for a guy who is still 18 and didn’t experience much European footballing, many argue but he is the next Messi, but Leo was bought when he was 13 , really cheap and basically was raised in Spain. Plus, don’t I remind everyone that Robinho was supposed to be the
    next Pele and how things turned out to be.
    C) we do have one of the most talented youth products that anyone ask for, Sarabia when he played with Auxerre trended on twitter for his talent, Morata and Jesulu are scoring beautiful goals with Cato la, why do we have to waste a 58 millions to develop talents when we have our own extraordInary ones.

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