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this is like the best day ever

September 30, 2011

As if all the training, cantera and speed race adorableness weren’t enough, José Mourinho had to go arrange a surprise barbecue for all the players, coaching staff and other staff for lunch.  He really is an evil, twisted, cynical person who doesn’t get along with his players, isn’t he?

I love that in the above picture, Iker and Crís made sure to pose together and with Iker’s arm around Crís’ shoulders, how Mesut is about three feet in front of everyone else, how Xabi inserted himself within the French, Pipita joking around with Albiol and making José Callejón laugh, the way Sergio has his arm draped over José, how Sami and Kaká are too busy laughing and sharing a joke to look at the camera, Álvaro Arbeloa in his sunglasses, and Marcelo just hanging on there, spreading his sunshine.

That salad must have been real tough, from the way that Hamit is cutting it.  And isn’t Gonzalo lucky, he can just sit on Antonio’s lap.  And Antonio is lucky too, he has his leg propped up on Kaká.

From what we can see from the pictures, this is how the players arranged themselves, with the staff spread out among them.  Tables I to IV are no surprise, but I would have expected Iker to be at Table I, and Altintop-Sahin to be at Table III.  But it’s great that Iker ate with the new boys!

Table I: Adán, Albiol, Granero, Xabi, Arbeloa, Callejón, Sergio.

Table II: Cris, Pepe, Marcelo, Kaká, Coentrão.

Table III: Lass, Varane, Benzema, Mesut, Sami, Carvalho (though apparently not at the same time as the first five).

Table IV: Di María and I assume Pipita.

Table V: Iker, Altintop, Sahin.

And some observations: I can barely function… Esteban and Xabi looking totally, utterly and completely BOSS, and right next to each other?  I feel lightheaded… (P.S. I am ignoring Xabi’s shirt).

Sami and Mesut have the same hair, and I’m happy to see Rafa under Lass and Karim’s wings, even though he’s like a foot taller than Lass and half a foot taller than Karim.  The lunch looks delicious, no?

How fantastic do Álvaro, Esteban and Xabi look in their sunglasses?  And of course, Cris and Kaká are sitting next to each other – it’s easier to share food that way.  And seriously, this is one big family.

I love how Pepe is adjusting the shade, and how Kaká looks like such a neat eater.

And some close-up shots, from which we can see that Gonzalo and Hamit’s shirts are those with English words that make no sense, that José Callejón seems to get along with everyone, that if Cris’ biceps get any bigger, he won’t be able to fit into that shirt anymore (the sleeve is already strained to the limit), that Iker worryingly has just a bit of fringe left on the front of his head, and that happily, most of our players have trouble keeping their hands to themselves.

And given this rare opportunity, I also have to do a (brief) fashion review.

My favorite color is red, so I like Pepe and José’s shirts (despite the brand name splashed out on the front), as well as Lass’ shorts.  I’m ignoring Xabi’s shirt, so he looks great.  Esteban looks fantastic as well, but I don’t like Antonio Adán’s light shirt and pants combo.  Sami, Sergio and Iker’s cuffed shorts aren’t doing it for me, nor are Mesut’s flip flops with pants.  As for Karim, I’ve spotted his Gucci neceser, so minus points for that.  He looks good otherwise, as does Rafa.  Cris’ backwards Yankees cap is typical Cris, as are his tight, tapered jeans and Gucci sneakers (with a belt a juego) – I wonder if Junior has matching ones?  Sergio also went for an American sports team, with a Rondo Celtics jersey.  Kaká looks pretty and preppy (I wanted to type “preppy,” but my hands typed “pretty,” and I thought, well, it’s true, so I kept it).  And of course, Marcelo brightened things up in purple.  All in all, the boys looked pretty good on Friday afternoon, no?

The boys (and the staff too) really have a serious obsession with each other’s heads, and that encompasses headwear.  And remember how Raúl Albiol described Gonzalo Higuaín as “he talks a lot, very talkative?”  I can totally see that here.  Plus, why couldn’t Sergio have jumped up and started dancing?  He looked ready! 

Okay, post updated, ¡a descansar!

33 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    September 30, 2011 18:00

    I love love love this day, it is like they knew am little depressed, so they are trying to cheer me up, oh thank my boys I am cheered ( it is all my head I know)…

    I thought nuri looked sooo handsome, in the first picture I think either Benz or xabi ( my bet is on Benz) is doing something funny because pipa, Arbeloa, Jose, garnero were looking at that direction
    I am so in the mood for BBQ now!
    I still think media will milk these pictures to start creating stories that Mourinho did it to fix things up within the team ( I hope I am wrong) lol!

    • noim303 permalink
      October 1, 2011 19:06

      I’m happy they managed to cheer you up! They always manage to do that! 🙂
      As for the one who’s doing something funny, if you look at the videos they posted on the website of the club you can somehow figure that the one doing funny things is Mesut. It goes as follows: Pipita is telling Mesut how to sit (he’s indicating it with his hand) and Mesut is listening to (and looking at) him and making (weird) poses which include Una’s adored thumbs up and so. And that’s making Pipa laugh a lot.
      Here you can see it clearly:
      Oh, I love them! 😀

      • Sarah, Madrid permalink
        October 2, 2011 17:54

        ohh thnx :)…I thought there is a little broromance going on between Ozi and Pipa! does :p

  2. Pammie permalink
    September 30, 2011 18:20

    wow we’re really in for a treat today!!

    I wanna bbq with the guys too! I share your feeling of the photo of Xabi and Esteban together. They are too much with their wayfarers! 😀

  3. AnnaJ permalink
    September 30, 2011 18:55

    I think I am light headed now. This is the best day ever!!!!

  4. ariadne permalink
    September 30, 2011 19:16

    rafa varane’s dress sense is really good!
    congrats, young man!!

  5. September 30, 2011 19:20

    So many awesome updates today! Yay! Thanks Una 🙂

  6. xabi permalink
    September 30, 2011 19:20

    xabi’s shirt is perfect

  7. September 30, 2011 19:23

    Perfect blog entry for the perfect Friday!

    Those pictures are hilarious!

    1) Xabi & Esteban: whenever I tell myself that we call them bosses too much and maybe that it is all in our heads they appear somewhere (on the pitch, in the picture like that) looking even more bossy and all my doubts are long gone! It’s as if they knew we are waiting for them to appear like that. The picture of them sitting in those shades is rocking especially because they seem like from the other world comparing to the guys sitting next to them. As if they were both in their “we rule big time” world with the rest of the guys sitting somewhere on the outside, if you know what I mean.

    2) ever since I saw the vid of Karim Benzema exercising his abs when he was on the national duty with the French team I cannot forget about it whenever I see him. oh.

    3) Sergio looks like a school-boy, who suddenly appeared on the event with the older guys. It is hilarious.

    4) I want to touch Marcelo’s hair. i it’s nothing sexually related or anything like that. It just seems so fluffy and nice, like little angels hair, so when you touch it it just feels nice and you are purely innocently happy.

    5) I am hungry, I’d love some barbecue.

    • TuTu permalink
      October 1, 2011 21:27

      #2 I thought I was the only one! hahaha

      • October 3, 2011 14:09

        Me too;-) I am glad it’s not only me, this video is a bit addictive, he looks so hot (even though I’ve never looked at him that way);-)

  8. Sara permalink
    September 30, 2011 21:07

    I can’t describe how much I love this team. And there are still some people in the media who dare to say that it this a divided team and make up stories about fights and disagreements.
    I wish Mou would give Esteban more playing time, his style rocks off the pitch and I hope he gets a chance to rock on it.
    I am glad that Iker ate with the newbies, I love my captain 🙂
    Cris and Kaka would make such a sweet couple! ( sorry Irina and Carol 🙂 )

  9. September 30, 2011 22:02

    Today can’t get any better. First Sergio video and now this! 😀

  10. Adi permalink
    September 30, 2011 22:52

    this is adorable, i love these guys so much!!! and by the way, table 1 has adan twice and arbeloa does not appear at all, so i’m guessing you meant that he was at table 1 as well?

  11. October 1, 2011 03:46

    just wanna say i love your posts theyre always so full of great quips, as is this post i agree with you on the outfits cant believe cris has got the same trainers as his son! its sweet i guess

  12. October 1, 2011 05:06

    We have the cutest, most adorkable team ever!

  13. Jennie Culhane permalink
    October 1, 2011 06:45

    Thank you for showing us what the guys do when they are not playing futbol. I like Kaka in his checkered shorts 🙂

  14. October 1, 2011 09:28

    this is obviously the world’s greatest BBQ.

  15. amouria permalink
    October 1, 2011 10:03

    Yes, best day for RM. This is a strategic move from Mou and it worked, at least in the press. I love the way they look: happy light and enjoying…but, the weird thing is that the pictures confirmed the alliances within the team: Spanish with Spanish, Portuguese with Portuguese, etc. One can find light excuses for this (language, personal preferences, etc), but that should change and serious efforts must be made. By whom? Iker as a captain, Alonso as a leader, Mou as a coach…and Christiano as the ultimate beneficiary 🙂
    I insist on the order of responsibility 🙂

    • Sarah, Madrid permalink
      October 1, 2011 18:14

      My friend has the same observation, but I actually don’t think it is a big deal, obviously there is groups inside the team, closer friends than others…I actually think it is normal to be seen seated like that, if I saw cris sitting in table with garnero, xabi..etc, I will think oh well look at this pr move! I am pretty sure the 9 to 8 photos didn’t convert the overall atmosphere of the place, ozil and nuri are very vey good friends way before uniting in real Madrid, I dont see them sitting together :)!…what I am trying to say, I think the seating arrangement is normal..

  16. Tareq permalink
    October 1, 2011 13:07

    una.. Great post 🙂

    many thx for yr work .. kindly one question .. what software do you use for making GIF out of videos ?

    best of luck

  17. Magda permalink
    October 1, 2011 16:39

    This really has been a perfect day with all of these adorable things that Real has been providing us with! And they really do look like one big happy family. I love it!

    And it’s really great of Iker to sit with the new boys! That man is just perfection (well I would like the facial hair gone but I guess we can’t have it all).

    • Magda permalink
      October 1, 2011 17:32

      Was I blind when looking at the posts and commenting? Haha Iker’s facial hair is gone! Maybe we can have it all 🙂

  18. October 1, 2011 19:01

    Hey I’m waiting for Alvaro’s interview. I would love to know about Alicia n his family.

  19. kiki permalink
    October 1, 2011 19:01

    Thanks for this Una, all this “adorkableness” as stated above, is trully appreciated! The Boss & Boss Jr. do leave one breathless, today Pirata has really left me speechless & drooling! They are all so cute! Cris is really more attractive in more normal (if tight) clothes! I can’t tell who is playing with Cris’s hat & drawing circles in Pipita’s hair but I love it! Pipita does look so chatty & happy! Yes, they sit may sit in groups that we’ve heard of, but the comraderie and fun they are ALL having together is quite evident and heartwarming! What a sweet & great looking family! XDDDD

  20. noim303 permalink
    October 1, 2011 19:20

    Oh, we do have the most adorable team in the world! Seeing this totally made my day (and the day of any good madridista) and it made me so happy! They look happy, they’re treated well and they play in Real Madrid, what else can one person ask for? Yeah… 🙂 Seeing their interactions and everyday behaviour is the best, I think!
    Una, I loved your comments of the pictures because when I see them I just look at them (ok, I LOOK at them :P) but when I read your comments you manage to make me imagine what they’re doing when the pictures were taken and it’s very funny! (huuge LOL at the comment of Hamit and the salad, you got me in tears!)

  21. TuTu permalink
    October 1, 2011 21:37

    Since everyone said what I was going to say I am not going to repeat it. I wanted to put in my opinion about “Gonzalo and Hamit’s shirts are those with English words that make no sense” I am going to play the guessing game. I will say Hamit’s shirt is preferring to the movie. As for Gonzalo I think it says “Crossway”….right? =/ Picture is a trafficlight…..going to assume its suppose to be sexual. It reminds me of a shirt I’ve seen before which indeed prefer to something sexual. That’s my guess…what are your guys???

  22. cisarovna permalink
    October 2, 2011 01:29

    I don’t know if they scheduled this BBQ just so we could oogle their clothing choices, but it wouldn’t bother me if they did.

    I love the Yankees, but the way Cris is wearing that cap is practically criminal. He needs to break it in. Maybe Mesut, man of a thousand caps can help him out.

    Although I like Mesut’s flops, I am less please with his large belt buckle. After he helps Cris with his hat situation, he should run away quickly to avoid further contamination.

    Xabi needs to get out of that shirt fast, he is not a school boy!

    Sergio and Sami have both been seen in, and criticized for, these outfits before. Why can’t they listen? We do mean well!

    And WTF with Altintop’s T-shirt…

    I will say though, Varane gives some hope for the future! And as for the rest of them, even if I criticize or complain, I love ’em all just the way they are!

  23. HermosaChica permalink
    October 2, 2011 02:58

    *facepalm* I thought Adan’s shirt said “Guapo” should though.. 🙂

    Ohhh how I love these men!

  24. SunnyK permalink
    October 2, 2011 18:21

    And this is the greatest post ever! Bookmarked for when smiles are needed!

  25. Gillian permalink
    October 3, 2011 04:55

    Omg, that first picture is LOVE.

  26. black widow permalink
    October 3, 2011 06:15

    iker shaved! iker shaved! between that, the video with arbeloa (my second-favourite) and sergio, and this BBQ post: best. birthday. presents. ever!!! 😀

    the first photo kills me. it looks like it’s ozi’s team and everyone else is just his back up, the way he’s sitting out in front like that. hilarious.

    i’m glad iker made an effort to hang with the new boys, and i’m glad to see such unity — you can’t fake the type of cameraderie i see in these photos.

    and granero and xabi aren’t just boss — they’re also total bad asses. those glasses? those poses? totally hot. meanwhile, sigh, at the complete opposite end of the fashion spectrum, we have iker and sergio … in cuffed jean shorts. with that ridiculous celtics jersey. it’s a good job they’re both so pretty, because their dress sense is atriocious!

  27. Madridista 4 ever permalink
    February 12, 2012 16:55

    Love your blog!!!! What a great day thay had….made it my day too! these men always have me smiling. I just love them all so much. They are all sunshines (of course non of them compares to MARCELO ….Mr. Sunshine himself.

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