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a little reading before tonight’s game

October 18, 2011

Some leftovers from yesterday, which should keep you occupied for a few moments as you count down to tonight’s game (20:45h).

First up, the training session.  Xabi was having an excellent time, and as we can see, he has definitely got some moves.  Love the expression of pure joy on his face too!  At the other end of the field, Iker was acting like a circus seal, but with hands.

Meanwhile, Cristiano made some comical gestures and showed off his thigh – watch it quiver.  I can’t believe he allowed himself to get an uneven tan.  And Kaká couldn’t resist peeking.

Iker, Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol and Álvaro Arbeloa returned to school yesterday, attending the first day of the course on how to become a sporting director.  They had missed the previous week’s session, as they were on duty with the national team, as well as Monday’s morning session (which talked about the relationship between the sporting director and the media), as that coincided with their training session.  But the four amigos made it to the afternoon session, attending class from 15:00h to 16:30h, and 16:45h to 18:15h (they then had a bit of time to go home and prepare for the concentración, which started at 20:30h).  The afternoon session was given by Ginés Meléndez, who talked about the structure of the RFEF’s youth teams.  The twins arrived first, and Sergio last – he was late.  Raúl Albiol looked much better, though there is still a bit of bruising around his eye.  And for once, Iker’s jeans weren’t the worst of the lot!

Our four future sporting directors have reached an agreement with the professors of the course to make up those sessions which they will miss.  In the end, if the boys attend 75 percent of the classes, whether with the other students or private make-up lessons with the professors, and pass their final project which consists of presenting how they will structure a football club, they will receive a diploma in sports management through the Universidad Camilo José Cela.

Also taking the course is former madridista and Iker’s good friend, Bodo Illgner.  He told the press, “once you play in Madrid, you’re a madridista.

According to Punto Pelota, as soon as the game against Betis ended, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso (what a class act!) went to see Álvaro Vadillo.  Emilio Butragueño and FP also paid the chaval a visit, asking how he was and wishing him a quick recovery.  Also game related: Hamit Altintop’s behavior while the team formed a wall, highlighted of course by the red circles.  I like how boss Xabi was being, and how Hamit grabbed Xabi and Ángel’s shorts to get them closer.  Meanwhile, Gonzalo was trying to get Ángel closer to him.  The dynamics of wall formation are always so interesting.

Vicente del Bosque spoke to “El Larguero” on Monday night, and he told listeners that he is still mulling over whether to attend the ceremony which will see him become a socio de honor of Real Madrid.  He said, “I’m thinking about it.  I feel very uncomfortable because the words that you can say can be misinterpreted.  Sometimes it’s better to stay quiet.  I didn’t provoke this situation.”  He added that some people speak from ignorance.  Our former coach admitted that his departure from his club was difficult for him, but even more so for his family: “each one has our own history.  I don’t want to remember what happened, but my family had a worse time of it than me.  If someone is told that they’re useless or they’re not worth it… let’s not talk about it.  I don’t have to forgive anything or anyone, each one has his opinion.”  The presenters also asked VDB what he had told his son, the adorable and wise Álvaro, about this, and VDB responded, “I told him that in three years time, when he receives the gold insignia, I’ll accompany him.”

We started with Xabi, so we’ll end with Nagore.  Mrs. Xabi Alonso helped to present the Serum 7 lines of skincare in Spain yesterday, wearing a modified Gucci Resort 2012 dress.  She spoke with ¡Hola! about her family and her projects.  She said, “people always look at my husband, and therefore at me, but I like it when they look and feel affection for him.”  Nagore also talked about the clothing shop for babies that she opened in Donostia in August, saying things are going very well, “although we have to look at the results in the long run.”  She also admitted that “it doesn’t bother me when I’m called a ‘wag,’ because in fact I am one.”

As for plans to enlarge their family, Nagore said, “at the moment, we’re fine like this, we’re both busy with work, but we’ll see.”  No, have more perfect babies!  ¡Por favor!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Alyssa permalink
    October 18, 2011 09:51

    Just FYI, Nagore is my favourite WAG! 🙂

  2. maripili permalink
    October 18, 2011 11:38

    She is certainly a very classy wag. She looks so elegant.

  3. kiki permalink
    October 18, 2011 12:18

    Thank you Una, as always, for your wonderful blog! I always try to hold back because I want to go on & on about everything, but you say it all so well, before I can!

    I simply love Nagore! (so lovely!) I can’t even be envious, what a perfect couple! & yes I wish they would have more babies, if it suits them, because the world could always use more wonderful people!

    I love Xabi dancing & being boss. I think our Cris is perhaps so grown up now, that he’s not so worried about his tan anymore(?!). I feel for VDB & family, but as he says, it’s opinion & all wise people will love them. What if all Sporting Directors & school boys were as yummy as ours? I honestly wouldn’t learn a thing in any class they were in. I would just be staring at a certain perfect profile & enter a trance of bliss! (uh oh, Sergio was late, we can’t complain as long as his hair keeps being so luxurious!) Poor Chori, his eye looked so painful, I hope he’s all better, he’s looking fantastic! Our sassy Spartan goes to class in ripped jeans, but he can definitely pull it off 🙂

    Nice to hear of our boys visiting Álvaro Vadillo, I hope he heals completely. Maybe one day we will see him up closer…. hmmmm?

    ps. thank you for always finding the best tidbits, like the boys lining up for the kick. 😀

  4. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    October 18, 2011 12:25

    Didn’t Valdano admit that he was why’s VDB departure of Madrid and since he was out. mister could accept it, I feel so bad for what’s happening between us and him! I love him, I want him to be honored, he deserves it, anything anyone can do? 😦

    Nagore is so perfect, I can’t stop laughing on the wall, their expressions!!!! Pipa like angel where you are going! Comeeee here!!

  5. Magda permalink
    October 18, 2011 15:42

    Nagore has been and will forever be my favorite ‘WAG.’ She’s absolutely perfect, just like her husband, and their kids. That whole family is just perfection.

    I love seeing Xabi being adorable at training!

    And I’m not going to comment on the VDB situation because it absolutely enrages me.

  6. Alice permalink
    October 18, 2011 17:30

    The original Gucci Resort 2012 dress:

    I like that Nagore has her own sense of style, but I don’t know, maybe this would suit her too! 🙂


  7. black widow permalink
    October 18, 2011 17:37

    nagore is so lovely! (and not to start rumours, but she looks a little preggy in that first photo–it’s just the way the dress is draped around her stomach, i think.) i love that she has a life for herself apart from xabi’s and isn’t just a “WAG” in the traditional sense of the word. they are such a beautiful couple, in every sense of the word. 🙂

    can you imagine being one of the other students in the class and trying to concentrate with those 4 there? i’d fail every assignment. (or pray very hard for group work and projects where one of them was on my team!)

    oh, altintop. oh, dear. that looks a little … painful? the way he’s mashing his bits and scrunching them up like that!

    i feel for VdB. truly stuck between a rock and a hard place–it’s an awkward situation and i hope he makes his peace with it and does what he feels is right, regardless of what anyone else says or thinks.

  8. October 19, 2011 01:52

    Xabi and Cris were the only ones who seemed to have gotten the exercise right in the first .gif! I expected a lot more from Sergio and Pepe but they didn’t deliver!

    And the wall formation was hilarious! And I love that in the end, Hamit jumped at the ball while still holding on to Xabi’s shorts!!

    But sheesh, what is it with footballers and the awful jeans? And the thing is, I’m sure the jeans with the holes and the rips probably cost more than any normal person’s hole-less jeans.

  9. October 19, 2011 05:36

    Nagore like her husband is uber classy. Oh and The video of Xabi running backwards made my day. Love his expressions!

  10. jellyace permalink
    October 19, 2011 11:19

    I was mesmerized by the back-hop dancing Xabi. But I was even more mesmerized by Pipita in the wall formation. While his one hand was pulling Di Maria closer, his other hand was…searching!

    I hope RM gives VDB an honest and sincere tribute. He deserves it!


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