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September 15, 2011

Looking at these portraits, the only conclusion to be had is that we have such a great and great-looking team, no?  Which one is your favorite?

And what do you think they were thinking while the photographer was snapping away?

Here are my guesses.  If you have better ones, and I’m sure you will, since you all are a very creative bunch, leave them as comments so we can all enjoy them!

Iker – here we go again, kids!

Carvalho – yes, here we go again.

Pepe – that would be the perfect trick to play on Crís and Marcelo!

Sergio – I hope my hair looks good.  It did take me two hours to style it this morning.

Sahin – I hope I don’t get injured taking a picture.

Khedira – what does “patata” mean?

Cris – my hair has to be higher than Callejón’s.  And I have to be tanner than Mesut.

Kaká – so if Isabella marries Cristiano Junior, that would make me and Cris…

Benzema – I have a certain je ne sais quoi, no?

Özil – it’s the new and improved Mesut – a tan, a six-pack…

Granero – Hemingway, Bob Dylan, Vonnegut, Murakami, the Beatles, Springsteen, Poe…

Marcelo – bafao, bafao, bafao, bafao…

Adán – I wonder how many more of these I’ll be in?

Xabi – … I’m not even posing.

Coentrão – so if Vitória marries Cristiano Junior, that would make me and Cris…

Altintop – ok, just tell me when… wait, you already took the picture?

Arbeloa – I really should tweet about this.

Albiol – I really should be on twitter.

Varane – this time last year, I was taking my school photos and now I’m at Real Madrid…

Higuaín – hey you, tienes msn?

Callejón – my hair has to be higher than Cristiano’s.

Di María – I wonder if they’ll let me make a heart with my hands for the photo?

Pedro Mendes – I cannot believe I’m here.

Lass – a thumbs-up?  Are you kidding me?

Mejías – maybe if I just stare straight ahead, they won’t be able to tell that I’m nervous.

63 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2011 14:24

    Bwahahahaha I love this!! And needless to say Pipa’s line is my favourite! LOL I’m shamelessly fangirling now. Forgive me while I squeeee for a bit.

  2. September 15, 2011 14:41

    Brilliant job!!! I mean, your guesses! Genius! Hahahah, I just can’t help laughing reading this post.
    Iker’s always this sweet =3= love his cute smile~~~~~
    And maybe Sergio was too nervous, worrying about his hairstyle, and got blushed! He looks sooooo red!
    Also I just can’t ignore the stripes on Cris’ and Karim’s heads!

    And can I ask why Mendes is included here? Doesn’t he belong to Castilla?

    • unamadridista permalink*
      September 15, 2011 16:52

      Yes, but Madrid can include 25 players on their “A” team (not The A-team), so they just decided to add Mendes and Mejías.

      • Pammie permalink
        September 15, 2011 19:06

        so they included Mendes who only just joined Castilla and not one of their best Castilla players who’s been with the club for years if not since the benjamin level? I think that sucks. 😦

        • unamadridista permalink*
          September 16, 2011 15:48

          Who knows what the thought process is, but Pedro Mendes is one of Jorge Mendes’ boys…

        • September 17, 2011 03:03

          Agreed. It’s quite a shame to see their choice like this…

      • September 15, 2011 20:08

        Any reason why they decided to specifically include Mendes instead of someone like Nacho who has actually played a full first team match? It’s a VERY strange choice, but then again, it’s Mourinho and Mendes is Portuguese, so I guess it makes sense. I’m still not sure if I’m happy about that.

        • unamadridista permalink*
          September 16, 2011 15:49

          And Mendes is represented by Jorge Mendes. I’m not too sure about it either.

  3. Anna permalink
    September 15, 2011 14:48

    hehe, i think Lass looks like he has already been asked to put his thumbs up, he looks so angry!
    sergio and arbeloas are the nicest 🙂

  4. September 15, 2011 14:58

    LMAO at Granero!

    How come Kaka, Pipita and DiMar have different background color?

  5. Henrik permalink
    September 15, 2011 15:16

    Altintop do looks like a serial killer!

    • September 16, 2011 07:42

      The sad part is that he’s usually not this insane looking. Wonder what on earth made him choose this ‘look’ when he knew that a pict was going to be taken.

    • Daddy permalink
      September 16, 2011 11:14

      That was exactly my first impression. 😀 He look like a guy that would kill your puppy and then send you photos about it. :/

  6. manie permalink
    September 15, 2011 15:18

    Cris – my hair has to be higher than Callejón’s. And I have to be tanner than Mesut.

    I wonder if he was shooting for a “there’s something about mary” look…

  7. Dina permalink
    September 15, 2011 15:20

    These are not all the new pics, Altintop was clean shaved the day they took the class photos, & Iker had already some of that tache he’s been sporting lately… 🙂

    • unamadridista permalink*
      September 15, 2011 16:53

      Plus for Altintop for shaving, minus for Iker for not shaving…

  8. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    September 15, 2011 15:28

    Una!!!!! This is my fav post so far,i don’t want to sound mean, but altintop kind ruin it, you go from aw Guapo guapo, adorable to altintop :p…

    I can’t think of any better, pipa – hey there: how you doinggggggg? I am doing great pipa! He has the best portrait.
    Lass has I am still in real Madrid look, really? If not, Why in hell this person is taking my picture.

    • September 16, 2011 07:39

      I actually got all fangirly when I saw Pipa’s pict. He’s just so effing hot here. /fangirlmode

  9. September 15, 2011 15:46

    i love them all but as soon as i saw Marcelo’s picture i smiled 2.

    • Hala_Madrid permalink
      September 15, 2011 19:45

      That’s so funny i did the same thing. He’s mr sunshine 😉

  10. asma permalink
    September 15, 2011 15:47

    LOL so funny Una..unfortunately I’m not as creative as you are. The pictures I like most: Lass because of its symmetry, Iker for his great smile and Pipita because he looks like a Hollywood actor in his snap haha.

  11. emily permalink
    September 15, 2011 15:58

    I love the thoughts! Thanks for the enlightenment!

  12. aqui_kai permalink
    September 15, 2011 16:07

    hi the thing you said about mejias..perfecto!
    at least ozi is smiling now unlike his last year’s photo
    where he’s a bit nervous and all..
    but alvaro is a stand.out here..

  13. Ally permalink
    September 15, 2011 16:26

    jajajaja I love the Granero one 🙂

    btw Iker looks good! and Altintop is pretty scary.. :S

  14. Vanessa G permalink
    September 15, 2011 16:58

    Pipita looks so pretty! Love the captions 🙂

  15. Annee permalink
    September 15, 2011 17:12

    “Iker – here we go again, kids!

    Carvalho – yes, here we go again.”

    LOL! Way to start off with a bang. I laughed so hard.

    I think the twins must have picked 17 & 18 so they can be together whenever possibel.

  16. Stella permalink
    September 15, 2011 17:49

    I like Raffa, Alvaro, Callejon, Lass and Graneros photos the most. Nice to see them back in the white kit again.

  17. mickymacky permalink
    September 15, 2011 17:53

    seriously LOL’ed IRL with “I hope I don’t get injured taking a picture.”


  18. Gabriela permalink
    September 15, 2011 17:54

    Granero’s one is so accurate!

  19. September 15, 2011 18:00

    I am sorry, all I can think of now is your new post on the other blog.

    But I am sure I will be able to enjoy those pics too, but later, a bit later today;-))))

    After the first glimp though – Sunshine is adorable!

  20. Erika permalink
    September 15, 2011 18:09

    This cracked me up. P.S. Altintop scares the crap out of me. Talk about a death stare …

  21. Rachel permalink
    September 15, 2011 18:24

    Arbeloa: I really should tweet about this.

    it’s true jajaja

  22. Amy permalink
    September 15, 2011 18:46

    Jajajaja Una! I love it. Xabi “I’m Not Even Posing” Alonso. I’m pretty sure that is his real middle name! Jajajaja.

  23. Mariam permalink
    September 15, 2011 18:48

    Iker, Granero, Arbeloa, and Higuaín look good/natural here.. most of the pics look awkward, but funny jaja.

  24. Anne permalink
    September 15, 2011 18:55

    xabi, omg. look at him look at him.

  25. Pammie permalink
    September 15, 2011 19:07

    lol, perfect captions, UM!!

  26. AnnaJ permalink
    September 15, 2011 19:27


  27. Hala_Madrid permalink
    September 15, 2011 19:56

    Una you’re funny the description for CR7, Sergio, Arbeloa, Varane y Di Maria made me laugh so hard. My personal favorites are Sergio, Arbeloa, CR7. Tomas and Sahin are really handsome in person, i know they don’t really look handsome in the pictures but i had the opportunity to meet them in LA and wow i was impressed, handsome guys ❤

  28. Thomas permalink
    September 15, 2011 21:24

    I want the pictures of our Castilla-boys!

  29. September 15, 2011 22:00


  30. September 15, 2011 23:34

    Altintop does look pretty scary. Altintop “Maybe if I make this picture more memorable, people will remember that I’m still on the team!” Gah. I haven’t forgotten you, but you need to recover. Soon. Hehe Khedira does look like he’s trying really hard to figure something out in his and Lass has a “why am I still here?” look. Xabi looks good without even trying and Pipita’s picture is a pretty good one of him too. Hmmmm.

  31. September 16, 2011 00:06

    OMG Haguin looks GOOD! Love my pretty team ❤

  32. jean permalink
    September 16, 2011 03:25

    omg the hair , the hair! Yeah they are lovely:). My fav is of course Cris:)

  33. Gilly permalink
    September 16, 2011 04:22

    Oh those comments are too funny Una! Kaka and Coentrao’s might be my fav; Sergio, Cris and Marcelo’s are probably true- LOL and Sahin’s ought to be.

  34. September 16, 2011 04:38

    Esteban! Closely followed by Sergio and Marcelo because of their smiles.

  35. Cammy permalink
    September 16, 2011 04:54

    I am distracted by the different colored background for Kaka, DiMaria and Pipita. Una, you are right on the money with what each player was thinking, I love Granero’s, Cris, Mesut and Arbeloa.

  36. Gina permalink
    September 16, 2011 04:55

    Hahahaha I lol so much at all of the lines! Brilliant, they are. Particularly love the Pipa, Xabi, Lass, Sami and Arby ones. ❤

    Pipita, Granero, and Xabi look best. And they should totally take a new pic for Atlintop…poor guy looks way too scary.

  37. Buckhum permalink
    September 16, 2011 06:55

    Una, I have a question: Is the Ronaldo ‘rich-handsome-brilliant’ quote that’s been spreading around the internet like a virus actually true? Or is this simply a mistranslation? I unfortunately cannot understand Spanish, so I don’t know what he actually said in the interview.

  38. September 16, 2011 07:43

    Doncha wish they added Morata instead?

  39. max permalink
    September 16, 2011 14:53

    I don’t know if it’s just the way their new shirts fit, but it seems to me like Arbeloa is losing weight. Higuain too. What do you guys think?

    • Alexandra permalink
      September 16, 2011 18:17

      I agree! Arbeloa seems to have lost weight.
      I wonder how he’d look like if he was at the gym as often as he’s on twitter 😀

      • unamadridista permalink*
        September 17, 2011 16:48

        He and Cris are known as the two players who spend the most time at the gym.

  40. RealLover permalink
    September 16, 2011 16:07

    Altintop definitely needs a makeover! 🙂
    Una, I love everything you wrote (as always because you’re perfect).

  41. noim303 permalink
    September 16, 2011 23:05

    I’m loving the big (for his standards) smile that Ozi has in his face, definitely my favorite! And I can totally imagine Khedira saying that, something like: “but… what does ‘patata’ mean? hey? somebody? please?” Special mention to Marcelo and Pepe, with those smiles they can lighten up a whole room!

  42. Mouah permalink
    September 17, 2011 01:32

    Hum, for Karim, it’s a “je ne sais quoi” ^^’
    They all look GREAT ! I’m so proud of them, they are perfect ! And look at that Marcelo smiley face… Gosh that guy can pass on his joy by every means !

  43. nicole permalink
    September 17, 2011 21:46

    can someone explain the pipta msn reference- is there a story behind this

  44. @ulonghaz permalink
    September 18, 2011 09:28

    aww, they are o perfectly perfect
    i love our boys, i just can’t wait til weekend to see them

  45. September 19, 2011 15:18

    So Funny.. Could not stop Laughing..
    Hala Madrid !!!

  46. Pat permalink
    September 20, 2011 20:26

    Granero, Sergio are great , but Huguain is so sexy and perfect !!!

  47. lolo permalink
    February 12, 2012 18:19

    i love all the lines that you posted their amazing!!! LOL on Altintop’s picture. the guy looks freaky!!


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