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October 4, 2011

Here are some bits and pieces left over from the game this weekend, plus a bit of other news from the last several days.

First up, a couple more moments from Sunday’s game.  While Mesut Özil was being attended to by the medical staff, Sergio took advantage of the moment to rehydrate himself, and have some fun with the girl on the cart.  As you can see, he sprayed some water on her back, and then smiled mischievously and used the water to clean his face and smooth back his hair.  And that is some lucky water bottle – first Sergio drinks from it, then Marcelo, then Pipita.

Meanwhile, Xabi showed concern for Mesut while posing fiercely.  What a man.

Other moments: a manly celebration – look at Xabi with the chest bumps -, the bench applauding Pipa’s goal, and Cristiano’s skills.

As you know, Gonzalo Higuaín went home with the game ball after his hat trick against Espanyol.  On the way back to Madrid, his teammates signed the ball, and here are a few of their dedications.  Álvaro Arbeloa wrote, “congratulations!  Today you didn’t have osteoarthritis.”  Xabi wrote, “boludo pelotudo” (love the use of “Argentinian”!), Marcelo wrote “Mr. Alegría” (Mr. Happiness; but isn’t that Marcelo?) with a huge smiley face, Adán wrote, “it’s about time, vinagre,” while Iker simply wrote “congratulations” and Cristiano “congratulations, friend.”

This is the conversation between Mou and Mauricio Pochettino as they headed down the tunnel arm in arm.

MP: No!  I saw that you were coming!

JM: thank you very much!

MP: thank you!  How is everything, good?

JM: everything’s good.

The image was better than the actual words.

Last Thursday, Cris went to the San Cristóbal de Los Ángeles neighborhood in the south of Madrid, which is best known for producing one Raúl González Blanco, to visit Rulo’s old school, the Colegio Navas de Tolosa.  The school has created a center for adults and children with intellectual handicaps, and that’s where Cris was headed.  His presence was a surprise, as the teachers hadn’t told their charges beforehand that Cris was coming, prompting reactions such as “oh my God, that’s Cristiano Ronaldo!”  Cris greeted all of them, saying, “how are you all?  Do you support Madrid?”  One kid replied, “Cristiano, I support Atleti, but you’re the best.”  During his visit around the installations, Cris said to Jorge Mendes, who had accompanied him there, “Jorge, this is really tough, but these kids are incredible.  They deserve everything that’s being done for them.”

The best moment came when Amador, one of the students at the center, told Cris, “look Cristiano, you’re number one, better than Messi.  But tell me please, are we going to beat Barça this year?”  In response, Cris put his arm around Amador and told him, “it’s okay friend, this year we’re going to beat Barça.”  This made Amador so happy that he told his 51 classmates, “now we’re all going to sing Madrid’s hymn.”  And that’s what they did, with Cristiano joining in.  This promoted Mendes to say, “it’s been a while since I’ve seen Cristiano like this.  He’s also a big kid and this type of thing makes him emotional.”

On Monday, Marca handed out the awards for the Liga for the 2010-11 season.  Cris won the pichichi award for being the top goalscorer of the season, while Mou took home the Miguel Muñoz award for being the best coach (it’s a subjective award), and Mou’s favorite referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz won the best referee award.

During the trophy presentations, the winners were interviewed.  Mou said, “each time I see the newspaper on Monday, there always one point for me, so I don’t know how I ended up winning this award.”  He also called last season “fun and amazing.”  Mou also joked about how he should stay away from the Champions League, since Madrid has won both of the games this season without him, and was seen larking around with José Ramón Sandoval, Rayo’s head coach, who had won the best coach award for the second division.

Meanwhile, Cris said, “I have to thank my teammates for making this possible, I also have to thank my coach and his assistants… they’re the ones who pass to me, I do the same for them, when they’re in the best position to score, they help me, I help them, only in this way as a team can we win.”  As to whether he’ll break his own record of 41 goals in a season, he replied, “nothing is unbreakable in football, everything is possible, we’ll see what happens during the next few years.”

In an interview with Le Parisien, Zinedine Zidane praised both Karim Benzema and Rafa Varane.  Regarding the former, Zizou called him “the most talented player in France.”  And with regards to the latter, our first team director said, “what surprises me about Varane is that he doesn’t feel fear, despite his young age.  He behaves in Madrid as he did in Lens and that’s important for his future.”  As for his son Enzo, Zidane said, “it’s not difficult being the father of Enzo” and that “no decision has been made as to whether he’ll play with Spain or France.”

Speaking of Zidane, he’s currently enrolled in a two-year master’s degree course given by the Centre de Droit et d’Economie du Sport on how to become a general manager of a professional sports team.  The school has said that Zizou requested that they treat him like any other student.  The course includes an internship at a sporting entity – I wonder where Zidane will do his???  Here’s his ficha.

And speaking of Karim, he was checked out by France’s doctors in Paris on Monday and his injury was confirmed, so he was excused from France’s next two games, Euro 2012 qualifiers against Albania and Bosnia.

I’m organizing my files, and I found this, which I had forgotten to post earlier.  These are Marcelo’s boots, which say “Pedro & Enzo, my reason to life.”  I love it.  For those who don’t know, Pedro is Marcelo’s beloved grandfather, and Enzo his beloved son.  Go watch his Real… interview to find out more about these two important people.

Over on twitter, Álvaro Arbeloa re-tweeted some fun things that people had to say about the FIFA 12 game, such as “in FIFA 12, if you sign Pinto, the game becomes Street Fighter 12 and you play without a goalkeeper” or “each time you beat Barça with less possession than them, you unblock a phrase from Xavi.”  Jajaja!  Álvaro was busy on twitter during his free day, as he also found time to comment on this picture that little Álvaro (MFC) posted of him and his dog, saying “what a great couple you two make…”  Little Álvaro also re-tweeted a picture of him as a kid – can you tell which one he is?  It’s not too tough, since he doesn’t seem to have changed much, posing- and expression-wise!

And in this type of thing needs to stop already news, Atlético de Madrid had to ask Sevilla for forgiveness after some of their fans chanted some extremely unfortunate things during this past weekend’s game between the two clubs.  The fans changed, “ea, ea, ea, Puerta se marea” (ea, ea, ea, Puerta feels sick) in allusion to Antonio Puerta.  Absolutely disgraceful.  These are the same fans who chant “illa, illa, illa, Juanito hecho papilla” (illa, illa, illa, Juanito broken up into pieces) in the seventh minute of their games as an insult to Madrid.  Atleti’s communique said, “Atlético de Madrid regrets the chanting against Antonio Puerta during the game on Oct. 2 in the Vicente Calderón.  Our club expresses its rejection of these chants and asks for forgiveness from the family of the footballer, Sevilla and football in general.  We support respect in football and we hope that these types of actions won’t occur again in our stadium or any other football field.”

On this subject, our former player Manu Adebayor was subject to chants of “it should have been you, it should have been you, shot in Angola, it should have been you” from Arsenal fans during an Arsenal-Tottenham game.  Both clubs have denounced this.

I’ll say it again, this type of thing needs to stop.  What is wrong with these types of fans?  Do they have no human parts to them?

To avoid ending on a negative note, here’s one of the most positive things there are (and it’s nice to start and end on Sergio, no?).

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindy permalink
    October 4, 2011 13:18

    Una, as I’m typing this tears are falling from my eyes. The piece about Cristiano visiting the school and him singing, THIS IS THE CRISTIANO I FELL IN LOVE WITH.

  2. Gilly permalink
    October 4, 2011 13:27

    Wonderful post Una!!

    1. Sergio – such fun AND a massive flirt. Makes rehydrating look good, too 🙂
    2. Ozil and Benzi – get better soon!
    3. Higuain’s signed ball- I thought it was Pepe who wrote the ‘about time, Vinegar’ comment? Nice touch from El Jefe Xabi to use Argentinian variations (forget classy- he’s so just so bright and thoughtful!)
    4. Cris at the School- this was my favourite thing. Seeing the big smile on Cris’ face reflects what Mendes said: he’s a big kid himself, and those kids touched him. They were cute to start singing the Madrid theme- and to get Cris involved. Nice work!
    5. Ramos butt cheek- perfect note to end on

  3. Pammie permalink
    October 4, 2011 14:12

    Sergio the flirt and Xabi’s chest bumps! xD
    I love the special dedications on Pipa’s match ball, they must have a lot of private jokes.
    aw at Cris singing the hymn with the people he visited, and the atleti fan who’s a Cris fan. More people need to see this side of him, they’d be surprised. :’)

    It’s great that Atleti apologised to Sevilla and Puerta’s family, but why didn’t they apologise when a portion of estadio Vicente Calderon wished death upon Cris or called Marcelo a monkey? Or is this the start of a new policy of the club? Then I hope they’ll keep it up to educate their fans into being more respectful of their visitors.

    • Gilly permalink
      October 4, 2011 15:37

      I forgot to mention the nasty crowd chants that was heard last weekend *SMH*. At least more attention is being drawn to it in Spain and UK (it has sparked a big discussion here among the talk radio stations- what is ‘the line’? How far will clubs go to find and punish fans guilty of these chants?). I’d like to think Atleti would have apologised and reprimanded that sub section of fans anyway, but in likelihood they HAD to in this case because Puerta has national significance and died young.

      That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t also speak out against the vile taunts at Cris or Marcelo, but it seems race and vague death threats are taken more (and far too) casually.

  4. Kristine permalink
    October 4, 2011 15:07

    Ohhhh, I wonder if Sergio got in trouble with Lara! That girl on the cart is definitely his type! I wonder if she was dying inside while trying to remain cool and disinterested.

    • emily permalink
      October 6, 2011 02:48

      I would have passed out. Just being out there on the cart, amid a herd of ridiculous hotness would have been too much.

  5. noim303 permalink
    October 4, 2011 16:01

    Nice post! 🙂
    Cris and the kids – so cute! Going to that school was a really nice gesture of Cris and then the kids managed to make him smile, laugh and even sing our hymn. What I am wondering is if any of our players that aren’t canteranos or even Spanish know the lyrics. As far as hymns go ours is one of the most difficult ones, with all those old-Spanish words and so. I’m curious, Una, do you know if in general madridistas know the hymn?

    • unamadridista permalink*
      October 5, 2011 16:18

      Well, everyone knows the chorus at least! I think in general the older generations know it, the younger ones might not, and new madridistas might be more familiar with the centennial version, since that’s the one played before games.

      • noim303 permalink
        October 7, 2011 19:05

        Oh, I see…! Thanks a lot for the explanation, I’ve been wondering that for years but didn’t know who to ask until I saw this post and I thought you would be the perfect person to ask! 😀 It would be very nice if everyone knew the whole hymn, but there’s no such luck!

  6. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    October 4, 2011 16:07

    Great Post!!

    Exactly Una! I will never get fans who do such things, I will have to question their insanity!!

    I wonder if alvaro will be in trouble for retweeting this!!…

    So, I think about time I work as the girl in the cart too, Cristano that’s so sweet!

  7. October 4, 2011 18:19

    ^^

  8. Alyssa permalink
    October 4, 2011 20:07

    Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro, what a man. WOW!

    Omg I loooooved that photo baby Álvaro posted with his puppy soooo much and big Álvaro retweeting it made my day!

    It’s also just particularly nice to end with Sergio’s end 😉

  9. October 4, 2011 20:11

    Sergio’s naughty smile, Cristiano’s softer side, Marcelo’s boots…..i didn’t think it was possible but my love for this team continues to grow!!

  10. Sunny permalink
    October 4, 2011 20:24

    LMAO @ Alvaro’s comments.

  11. Whiskey permalink
    October 4, 2011 20:43

    Hmm – the conversation between Pochettino and Mourinho that was going on in my head was much more interesting than that 🙂 How disappointing. But love the shots of them together Una! Very nice story about Cris – I can only echo the other comments about it. Its getting very old having to defend him to people and I have just given up trying! Counting the days for the int break to be over…

  12. Magda permalink
    October 4, 2011 23:09

    Wow Cris is just an incredible human being. Too few people realize how incredible he actually is.

    Also I’m appalled at what some fans are capable of. I just don’t understand how something like that can even come out of anyone’s mouth. I know that it’s only a select group of Arsenal and Atleti fans but there’s no place for that in football, or anywhere really. It’s shameful and beyond disgusting.

  13. emily permalink
    October 5, 2011 06:29

    Ending on Sergio’s end is fine with us, U. By the way, found this when I was at Soccernet just now… If you were to apply, you can certainly use me as a referral. I will gladly express my appreciation for your blog to any who ask… Here’s the link: http://blogs.soccernet.com/realmadrid/archives/2011/10/espnsoccernet_needs_you_1.php
    ESPN are the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports.
    You do have a pretty full plate already, but I instantly thought of you as a great candidate. Just leave out all of the references to their body parts, and you will be all set! Well, I guess that would be too hard for any of us to do, seeing as how those body parts are perfect.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      October 5, 2011 16:19

      You’re right, there’s no way I can avoid talking about body parts.

      • October 5, 2011 18:45

        Pity though, I for one would definitely recommend you. Also, you can use me too as a referral any day. Your writing is just brilliant. 🙂 You would make such a refreshing welcome change from most writers all who seem to collectively fangirl barfa.

  14. emily permalink
    October 5, 2011 06:35

    Incidently, how do YOU know everything that was written on Pipita’s ball???!!! Is there something that you are hiding from us, Una? 😉

    • unamadridista permalink*
      October 5, 2011 16:20

      No, several of the sports shows aired segments on it.

      • emily permalink
        October 6, 2011 02:43

        crap… I was hoping you were hiding something… ;-p

  15. black widow permalink
    October 6, 2011 04:57

    what a wonderful post! where to begin?

    how that girl kept her cool when sergio did that is beyond me. i’d be grinning like an idiot! and what a flirt he is! but also, how adorable.:D

    i love how it is just assumed that enzo will play for a national team, period. i mean, i’m sure he’s good enough — with that pedigree, how could he not be? — but it kind of surprised me to hear that it already sounds like a done deal.

    what a lovely gesture for ronaldo to do. he looks like he’s genuinely enjoying himself, too.

    is OFC the one in the top row, on the left side? so sweet!

    i read on ONTD football the other day about the chants to adebayor. absolutely disgusting. what kind of people SAY that? despicable. same goes for the chants about juanito and puerta.

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