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ICYMI – the Madrid edition

September 11, 2011

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Getafe [2011-09-10, Liga jornada 3, 4-2].

Despite not looking as great as they had two weeks ago against Zaragoza, Madrid beat crosstown rival Getafe in their Liga home debut, thanks to our forwards, with Karim Benzema scoring a double and Cris (despite the dubious penalty call) and Pipita (who needed just one minute or so to get into the game) chipping in a goal each.  With that said…

ONE.  … was Iker sporting a mustache?????  Now I like the clean-shaven look, and I got used to the beard, but I don’t think I like the mustache.  Luckily, Iker didn’t seem used to it either… hopefully it will be gone soon, because it looks like a villain mustache, and it’s ruining The Perfect Profile.

TWO.  Once again, the minutes before the game provided us with some adorable moments.  As Pipita walked out of the tunnel to the bench, he played around with his towel.  And Cris had a fun time warming up.

THREE.  Moments from the goal celebrations.  José Mourinho celebrated Madrid’s third goal by going to congratulate Cristiano, who had provided the assist that ended in a goal for Benzema, as Cris was on his sideline and Karim all the way on the other side of the field.  The two of them hugged before the rest of the players approached to celebrate with Cris as well.  And of course, Cris dedicated his goal to Cris Junior, who was at the stadium with grandma Dolores and (future stepmother?) Irina.

I love how tight the hug is!

Is this Cris-Ricky celebration a new thing?

FOUR.  I like how this moment prior to the start of the game and this other moment of the players waiting for a corner kick look almost like choreographed dances.

FIVE.  I also love how intensely Cris lives these games.  He plays with so much passion, no?

SIX.  Esteban Granero, aka Xabi-in-training, didn’t get a lot of playing time, but he did manage to give us some poses in the five or so minutes he was out there on the field.  A mini-Xabi indeed.

SEVEN.  A couple of random moments that I liked – Sergio running his ass off, almost literally, and Iker warming up before the game, allowing us to appreciate how bright his kit really is.

EIGHT.  Cris was unable to score off of a chilena, but he did look spectacular trying, no?

NINE.  Fun gestures from our players and coach.  It must be a Portuguese thing.  And I like how Carvalho has his hands positioned as if he were praying, and then he dropped to his knees, making it look like he was continuing with the prayer.

TEN.  The camera persons were kind to us, panning up Cris and Xabi’s bodies.

ELEVEN.  And Mesut was kind to us too.  I wonder if he and Karim have exchanged ab exercise tips?

TWELVE.  The moments after the game are precious too.  First we had Iker and Miguel Torres – both of whom had removed their shirts and were unfortunately wearing another layer – chatting as they headed to the tunnels.  And Sergio applauded la afición and winked at one of the referees.  Only Sergio.

THIRTEEN.  Speaking of Miguel Torres, here are a few shots of that extremely handsome man and canterano.  He hugged a few of his former teammates before the game, but there were just four of them (Iker, Sergio, Pepe, Marcelo) which shows how hard it is to stay on Real Madrid.

FOURTEEN.  The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

Poor Xabi, he hurt his right ankle midway through the first half, but it did give us some nice close-ups, allowing us to learn how to remove a boot with class and how to grimace elegantly.

Some of Xabi’s other poses during the game…

I love how he always pulls at his shirt while putting his hands on his hips.

FIFTEEN.  After the game, Karim Benzema told the media, “I’m 100 percent.  I have a lot of confidence in myself.  Mourinho and the president also have confidence in me and that helps me.”  He also praised Higuaín, saying, “he was great.  The two of us always want to score and help the team.”

Meanwhile, Iker, just two days away from the 12th anniversary of his debut with the first team, said, “it’s almost been 12 years since my first game.  I was 18 years old and quite nervous.  That day, I laid the first stone for the foundation that has brought me to where I am today.  With the passing of time, I’ve become more responsible and mature.  It’s true that when you look back, you realize what you’ve gone through is great.  I hope there are still many titles to come.  I will always remember Sept. 12.”

And Pablo Sarabia spoke about his return to the Bernabéu: “the day that I debuted, these fans were here and I remembered that.”  After the game, he chatted with Aitor Karanka and greeted Chendo, while Xabi did his runway walk off the field.

SIXTEEN.  The Mou corner.

In his press conference, Mou said he wasn’t satisfied with how his team played: “today I’m not happy with the team, I didn’t like it.  Although we deserved to win, I didn’t like it.  Our rival scored two goals and could have scored three or four.  Getafe was very well-organized and they made the game difficult for us.  We didn’t play well, so we have to think about why not.”  Mou knew this, because “I know they studied us well, because I heard Luis García’s instructions for his players during the game.”

Mou also admitted that the penalty was not a penalty: “it’s not a penalty, that’s a fact.  It was a clear foul, because Cristiano doesn’t dive like others, especially when he had already gotten a yellow card; it’s not a penalty.  The penalty resulted in a score of 2-1, but it arrived when we were dominating the game and goals would have come in some way or another, but speaking of the penalty, I have to say that it wasn’t a penalty.”  Will he be sanctioned for doubting the referee?

He also spoke about how the Liga is not easy at all, despite the picture the media want to paint: “I have to think about what happened here and why we played like that.  We’re going to have some games where we only have two days to prepare and this can’t happen again in the future.  The problem is that we’re inundated with written and spoken information and opinions about how the games are easy in the Liga.  If I coached Getafe or Levante, I wouldn’t like for anyone to say how there is so much difference between the two teams on top and the rest, because the coaches are professionals and the players are as well and they prepare for the games to win them.”

Karim Benzema came in for some praise: “he’s good.  He’s transformed himself and the merits are his own, with a bit of help from me and from Zidane, and possibly also Blanc.  He has a fantastic attitude and people can see that… After that, Higuaín came in, and also scored.  I have two great center forwards.”

Meanwhile, Luis García, in a José Mourinho-esque move, got himself thrown out of the game in the 85th minute for criticizing the refereeing.  He later said this about his expulsion: “the truth is you can’t say anything, you can’t say anything to the referees, because the only thing I said was that Güiza was fouled and even Mourinho went up to them and told them I hadn’t said anything” [Mou told the referees, “why did you expel him, if he didn’t do anything?”  Mou of course has plenty of experience with this].  However, this is what the head referee wrote in his report: “Luis García was sent off for the following reason: he shouted, ‘what refereeing, this is embarrassing!’ while making gestures of disagreement with the refereeing, even after he had been warned by the fourth referee to stop.”  Now he can go commiserate with Mou.

SEVENTEEN.  Other game notes.

– the first ovation of the night came when the scoreboard flashed the 2-2 tie between Real Sociedad and Barcelona.  Then José Mourinho got one several minutes into the game, along with the chanting of his name.  Silence descended when Xabi Alonso had to receive treatment to his right ankle, as everyone knows how important he is, and when he walked off the field with the doctors, he got an ovation.  Özil also received applause for his part in the first goal of the game (that was some beautiful passing, no?).  And of course, the goalscorers were also lauded.

– Peter Lion watched the game from the tunnel.  Speaking of the tunnel, I think this little gate looks very tacky and out of place!  I understand that Madrid received a lot of money from Emirates to advertise them, but there is such a thing as too much, because everywhere you looked in the stadium, it was Emirates this and Emirates that.  And this just looked silly.

– one of the items on the agenda during the assembly of socios at the end of this month (Sept. 25) is a proposal on the renovation of the Bernabéu.  The plan is to build two new plazas, one along the Castellana and the other on the corner of Concha Espina and Padre Damián, as well as a new private underground parking lot under the Castellana.  But that’s not all, because the stadium will also get a new façade, all the seats will have a roof over them, and solar panels will be installed to make the stadium green.

The extra land for this project comes as a result of an exchange between the government of Madrid and Real Madrid.  Madrid had received a parcel of land in Las Tablas (in the north of Madrid) as part of the agreement to sell their old Ciudad Deportiva to the government.  However, that land was subsequently designated as public, and so it wasn’t possible for Madrid to own it.  The government gave them instead a parcel of land between the Castellana, Rafael Salgado and Concha Espina, right next to their stadium; another in Carabanchel, whose development will finance the new roof of the stadium; and a third in Valdebebas, which the club will use, as it’s located very close to their new Ciudad Deportiva.

To me, it looks like the stadium got wrapped in plastic, you know, like those machines they have at airports that wrap your suitcase in layers and layers of plastic wrap.

EIGHTEEN.  Today’s training session.

The team was back in training on Sunday morning, as they are making their Champions League debut this week.  Sami Khedira (¡por fin!) rejoined the group, and trained with those players who didn’t get any or many minutes yesterday: Callejón, the twins, Lass, Higuaín, Granero and Varane.  Those who started the game had a light recovery session, while Kaká stayed indoors recovering from a blow he received against Getafe.

NINETEEN.  The Castilla update.

Castilla, meanwhile, is playing Coruxo at 17h on Sunday.  Alberto Toril has Pedro Mendes, Nacho and Denis back from international duty, as well as Isaac, as Jesús was called up with the first team.  Sixteen players were called up for the game, with Zamora and Ríos left out due to injury and Merchán, Pablo Gil, Raúl Ruiz and Jesé due to the coach’s decision.  This is a bit of homecoming for Joselu, as he’s from Galicia (despite being born in Germany), his youth team is Celta de Vigo, and he even made his professional debut with them (in the second division).

As the team drove to Vigo to take on Coruxo, a very long drive, they spent their time tweeting, and also setting up Joselu on twitter!  One of his first tweets was to Denis: “this is complicated… the great Cheryshev is helping me to program this.”  Once he got the hang of it, he managed to tweet a photo of him and Denis listening to music.

Jorge Casado advised everyone to follow Joselu: “at last my brother Joselu is on twitter!  It’s about time!  Follow him!!!  A great footballer, a better person.”  Juan Carlos, despite moving away, also got involved: “my little brother Joselu is here!  I love you.”  Juan Carlos also tweeted that “I’m missing the great Jorge Casado” which prompted Jorge to tweet back, “I do miss you, I think about you a lot.”

Meanwhile, Denis tweeted this photo of “Giorgio” Casado, his neighbor on the bus, and Jorge returned the favor, saying, “he’s not talking, he’s posing” regarding this picture.   MFC tweeted that he was next to Álex and provided proof.

Álex was tweeting as well, wishing Pablo Sarabia luck against Madrid, and saying that Dani Carvajal is “for me, the future of Real Madrid.”  Once in Vigo, we found out that MFC was rooming with Jorge Casado and Joselu with Óscar Plano.  P.S. Denis also called MFC ABMM “the Killer of Castilla.”

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    September 11, 2011 16:54

    I kind hope our big boys will learn a one or two from castilla about how twitter should used, it is veryyy cute!!..

    I personally dont like how Bernabeu will look after the new project, I dont know.

    Anyway after the game, I just dont get the negative vibe and criticizm that we are subjected too, you know we dont have to win all games with 6 7 or 8 goals, this more interesting, I agree with Mourinho, calling liga clubs small are very disrepefectful! I actually in love with this Mourinho conference, the fact he will talk about the referee whether it is for him or against him, that’s show that this guy actually speaks what he thinks + the fact he defended Luis Gracia is admirable.

    Now the play, Benzemaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! He was a crowd favourite yesterday, Benz is game in. game out contiune being the best player on the squad and I love how Cris was such a team-player and his pass was beautiful, let’not forget kaka’ backheel pass, magic!.

    HALA MADRID!! Cant wait for UCL now.

  2. IheartOezil1993 permalink
    September 11, 2011 18:43

    Hey, Una, I wonder if you mind if I share your GIFS on Tumblr? I’ll give credit if you want. o.o

    Ahhh, that was a brilliant match, but it was a little difficult and it kept me on my toes for the full 90+ minutes, glad it ended well, and even though I don’t really like him that much, I loved Cris’ long pass to Karim, he just… gave a big shut up to all those who call him self-centered, arrogant and selfish.

    Keep up the good work. ❤

    • unamadridista permalink*
      September 12, 2011 14:47

      I don’t mind, as long as you credit me!

  3. mokia permalink
    September 11, 2011 19:27

    Una will you marry me? I have come to the realization that the only possible way that I will be happy with a woman is if she shares the same passion for madridismo that I have. I have never seen a woman hold the same level of passion for Real Madrid that you do. I am just smitten. Im only 17, but I assure you I am studying medecine in University already, speak french, English espanol and am learning portuguese. I’m on track to leading a good life. I dont know how old you are lol or even what you look like but just marry me please.. (PS Im not seriously proposing to you.. but I have come to the conclusion that I need a woman like you haha) <3<3<3 Mokia

    • unamadridista permalink*
      September 12, 2011 14:48


    • September 14, 2011 13:36

      LOLOL is this your first footy based proposal Una? If not, get used to it. This actually happens more often than not. :))

      Two men have asked me to marry them on the sheer account that I’m football crazy. Let’s leave the fact that I’m already married to a man who is NOT into football already.

      • unamadridista permalink*
        September 14, 2011 16:44

        Jajaja, no it’s not! But I think it’s the first one left as a comment here!

  4. asma permalink
    September 11, 2011 20:17

    If Iker trims the mustache nicely, grows a little beard and trims that too, he might look like Orlando Bloom in the Pirates movies.

    I like Pipita with the towel gif. It looked like he just came out of the shower, very refreshing 😀

    It was really a scary moment when Xabi got injured. Thank goodness he’s okay. And Kaka too, when he got fouled and fell down while running so fast. I was so scared that he will injure his legs again.

    I wish Cris doesn’t put his thumb(s) in his mouth during his goal celebration. What with the players spitting constantly on the pitch and him picking up or handling the ball that’s been rolling on the grass, I just cannot imagine what kind of germs that stick to the ball and come into contact with Cris’ hands and then he put his thumb(s) in his mouth!

  5. black widow permalink
    September 12, 2011 01:10

    oh, no. i do not like that mustache one little bit. i hope it goes away soon.

    there is a terrific photo on dirty tackle of ronaldo squeezing higgy’s bum from the match … really, who could blame him?

    that photo of benz is fantastic! it looks like he’s flying! i love it! 🙂 he’s come a long way since his debut, no? his confidence is wonderful.

    and then there’s poor, poor peter lion. even when he’s not technically even AT madrid any more, they’re still affecting him and not allowing him to play games! pobrecito!

    i really, really like this quote from mou: “If I coached Getafe or Levante, I wouldn’t like for anyone to say how there is so much difference between the two teams on top and the rest, because the coaches are professionals and the players are as well and they prepare for the games to win them.” it’s so true. it must be frustrating enough to be a coach or player with any of the other teams in la liga without the media making dismissive comments. even if the reality is that madrid and that other team have much more money to buy better players and as a result tend to dominate, it doesn’t negate the hard work and efforts of the other 18 teams in the league.

  6. September 12, 2011 01:45

    I love the goal celebrations! Everyone is so huggy! I particularly like Pipita jumping into Cris’s arms and Pipita stroking Sergio’s hair. Even HE can’t resist. Haha.

    I really wish the senior team was as enthusiastic as the Castilla boys about Twitter. It seems like we get a new Castilla player on Twitter every week! And the boys are so cute on the bus, with their feet up and shoes off. They really are still boys.

  7. @ulonghaz permalink
    September 12, 2011 02:41

    The Castillas is so active in twitter..
    Love them so so much, best luck for all the young squads

  8. Jennie Culhane permalink
    September 12, 2011 05:37

    Kaka “recovering from a blow he received…” What happened to Kaka? Was he injured?

  9. brad permalink
    September 12, 2011 09:55

    oh no! is kaka injured again?!!!

  10. Alex permalink
    September 12, 2011 13:53

    Hey Una, in Mourinhos interview he said “clear tackle” and not foul as it’s pretty hard to claim a clear foul isn’t a penalty.

    Once again a enjoyable read, thank you

    • Alex permalink
      September 12, 2011 13:55

      Btw Una, since it’s soon time for the General Assembly do you think its possible for you to write something about all the urban planning Madrid is doing with the City and the face-lift Bernabéu is getting?

      • unamadridista permalink*
        September 12, 2011 14:55

        It’s already in the post.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      September 12, 2011 14:55

      No, he said “falta” (foul). The thing is that the foul happened outside the area, so it wouldn’t have been a penalty.

  11. September 12, 2011 15:03

    Wheeeeeee, Sami is back!

    I missed the first half but I got up in time to watch the third and the fourth goal! That beautiful pass from Cris to Karim and Pipita scored after being on the pitch for only a minute! I wish to see more of him this season! I’m happy that Karim has shown a great improvement this season but I hope Mou would give Pipita some playing time.

    I love that wrists-bump(?) between Cris and Carvalho! And the hug between Cris and Pipita! He said that Cris waited with open arms and he decided to jump on him! Aww, these boys. Is it possible to love them even more?

    Btw, I can’t wait to see the boys in red because I’m curious how it’s gonna look. Red is not the color I associate with us so I think it would be a little bit weird seeing them in that color. I still can’t get over the beautiful purple kit we had last season! Why do we have to change it? 😦

    • September 12, 2011 15:16

      Okay, I meant to say ‘Pipita decided to jump into Cris’ not ‘Pipita decided to jump on Cris’ because that just would be awkward.

      • September 14, 2011 13:38


      • September 14, 2011 13:39

        that like sounds like it came from a bad fanfic!

  12. September 12, 2011 16:59

    Iker looks like a cross between a sexy pirate and a banana. That is all.

  13. jean permalink
    September 13, 2011 19:52

    Oh Una you are the best!
    I was just reading this post with a huge grin on my face and cracking at some parts.

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