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ICYMI – the body edition

November 22, 2011

In case you missed it – Valencia vs. Real Madrid [2011-11-19, Liga jornada 13, 2-3].

Well, I won’t get into the technical aspects of this very agonizing game, which gave us three golden points, because that’s not what I do here.  Instead, you’ll find another themed ICYMI post.  This one is called “the body edition,” because this game was all about parts of the body, from José Callejón’s back and Karim’s abs to Gonzalo Higuaín’s chest (or arm according to Valencia) and Sergio’s lips and ear.

(It seems that everyone wanted this post, so here it is.  I’m in a generous mood at the moment, but I can’t promise to always be generous in the future.)


When Sergio Ramos scored his goal (which incidentally was a header), his teammates immediately went for his head in their celebration, so Sergio ended up with very messy hair.  I love how he ran to the sideline to celebrate with the bench, and how ecstatic Marcelo was.


Sergio is the fourth defender to score this season, after Pepe, Marcelo and Varane.  He said after the game that the celebration, with his hand behind his ear as if he couldn’t hear something, was not aimed at the fans in the Mestalla, but because his mother always tells him that she never hears him when he tells her “I love you,” so the goal celebration was dedicated to her.


Earlier in the game, Marcelo had taken advantage of a sitting Sergio to stealthily touch Sergio’s hair.  You see it?  He then caressed Sergio’s face, along with Pepe.  Why can’t I be that lucky?  Meanwhile, at another point in the game, our two centerbacks wanted vigilance from their teammates and expressed that by pointing at their eyes.  I had a professor who used to do that, he would put his finger at the corner of his eye and say “ojo.”


Karim Benzema celebrated his goal by sticking out his tongue.  I love that he had a special hug for Xabi, who of course had given him a perfectly placed ball to finish off.  Notice Xabi’s patting of Karim’s ass.


In an attempt to evade those idiots with lasers, Cris moved his neck and shoulders around (much like Iker during the interview with “El Partido de las 12”).  Later on, when he made the sleeping gesture at David Albelda, it was once again by moving his neck.


Trust Xabi to be the one to use his arms in a multitude of ways, and with mucha clase as well.  First he used them to do his usual hands on hips pose, then to shove Albelda, then to pull Sergio away from Albelda.  Later on, when Roberto Soldado wanted to pick a fight, Xabi used his arms to show that he would not be provoked into a fight.  I also love that Sergio and Pepe, two players known for being hotheads, were playing the role of peacemaker.

The arms can also be used to show how much of a piña we are.


Both Xabi and Mou also used their arms to express their disbelief over the yellow card that Xabi had received.  As for fingers, I love this moment when Mou wagged his about 10 times – and alternating between both hands! – at several of the Valencia players.


As the halftime whistle blew, Karim Benzema removed his jersey and exchanged it with fellow French national Adil Rami.  I am so grateful for that gesture.  After the game, he and Adil walked off arm in arm.

And of course, the chest of Gonzalo Higuaín was the point of contention in the final seconds of the game.  This is in the chest section, because the ball hit his chest, and not his arm.  Remember several seasons ago, when Sergio was in a similar situation and so the club released a photo of him topless with a clear outline of the ball on his chest?  Too bad it didn’t happen again.


The back was the focal point of the third goal celebration.  Cristiano ended up on his back on the field, flopping over after scoring the goal.  I love everyone’s position in this photo.

Later on, once Marcelo had pulled Cris up off the ground, he got hugs from the aforementioned Marcelo, as well as Pipita.  Meanwhile, on the sideline, Mou and José Callejón were celebrating, with the former jumping onto the back of the latter, who gave him a mini piggyback ride, before both did the same arm pump gesture.


We’re so lucky because the abs section is divided into two parts.  For the upper abs, we have Karim and his much improved abs…


For the lower abs, we have El Espartano himself, Álvaro Arbeloa flashing his six-pack not once but twice during the game!  I want to go to there.

After the game, Álvaro Arbeloa revealed that during the halftime, he had asked to be subbed out, because he couldn’t take any more, as he had returned injured from national team duty.  He added that he played as well as he could during the first half, but that he was limited.  He also said that five minutes after starting the game, he knew that he could not take any more.


Do you know who this little ass belongs to?

It’s Xabi Alonso.


Iker proved to be a tease before the game, giving us a glimpse of his (pale) thigh.  Meanwhile, the legs led to the first and third goals from Karim and Cristiano, respectively.


Iker was forced to have his ankle wraps spray painted yellow before the game, while Gonzalo Higuaín was forced to put red tape around his.  The refs have been really serious about enforcing this measure recently.


All eyes were on Cristiano’s feet, as he debuted his new boots.  I found out that they’re not supposed to evoke zebras, but rather pinstripes.


All together, those parts of course form a body, which can be used for so many things, from dancing, like Karim did after the game, to making girls happy, as Iker did before the game (not in that way!).  That moment made me laugh.  A band was walking by in front of the goal where Iker was warming up.  All the males passed by Iker without any reaction, but as soon as the girls saw him, they all ran to him to pose for a picture.  Iker definitely has that kind of attracting power, no?


It’s such a shame that Madrid feels the need to cover up these bodies, no?  Madrid debuted the red kit in the Liga (I love it) and also these white warmup jackets with gold accents.

Madridistas!  Sergio Canales – still on crutches due to his injured leg – was in the stands watching, and before the game, Roberto Soldado received a kiss from Sergio (lucky boy) and hugs from Marcelo and Xabi.

Iker + Sergio = mustard and ketchup.  Or even a Cola Cao container.

The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

I love infiltrator Xabi!  Mesut, meanwhile, looks lost.

The Karanka corner.

After the game, Aitor Karanka was asked whether he felt embarrassed by the refereeing.  I loved his response: “one never feels embarrassment when he defends the shirt of Real Madrid.”  As for Mou’s celebration of the third goal, Aitor remarked, “he celebrated like that with Pedro León last year against Milan, I hope it’s not the last time and that there are many more.”

Other notes.

– Raúl Albiol got an ovation from his former afición when he checked into the game.

– Madrid received seven yellow cards on the night: Arbeloa, Cristiano, Marcelo, Özil, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Esteban Granero.

– we also got a ton of photos from the boys of the trip back to Madrid, as everyone was in a good mood.  Iker posted this photo of 2/3 of the A-team, and described Álvaro Arbeloa’s smile as belonging in a “toothpaste ad.”  Sergio gave us this photo of the three goalscorers of the night.

I was trying to avoid the thumb (obviously my least favorite body part) in the post, but this photo of Iker and Gonzalo is too adorable not to include, no?  Thankfully, there were no thumbs up in this other photo of Lass, Karim and Nuri.

And now I’m off to stare at the pictures from Athletic’s suit presentation (despite not liking the ties).  Javi (!!!) needs a haircut.  Why can’t Madrid do something like that?  Usually, the less they wear, the more I prefer it, but since these boys look fantastic in suits, a fashion show is definitely desired.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. Henrik permalink
    November 22, 2011 17:09

    great post, mes is seems to always be lost!

  2. Ally permalink
    November 22, 2011 17:12

    Thanks Una! The body edition – very creative 🙂
    I didn’t really watch this game, but thankfully you covered some cute moments, like the piggyback ride which was awesome to see 😀

  3. Pammie permalink
    November 22, 2011 17:24

    speaking of tooth paste ads, did you see the photo Pipita’s bff posted on his twitter? He posed with a tooth paste ad -for dogs xD!/Garay_24/status/138351538476294145!/Garay_24/status/138351790071619585

    I really enjoyed this ICYMI, thanks!

    I don’t get the controversy over Mou’s goal celebration, apart from people loving to create controversies over everything Mou does.

  4. rojafan permalink
    November 22, 2011 17:35

    You must watch 30 Rock! I want to go to there, too!
    I love: The theme of this post.
    Sergio’s goal and celebration.
    Mou’s celebration of Cristiano’s goal.
    The new enforcer/peacekeeping team of Sergio and Pepe.
    The biggest smile I’ve ever seen on Xabi’s face in the pose section!
    The camaraderie after the game.
    That Granero played, even if it wasn’t for long.
    This entire team. Thanks for helping me get to know them all!

  5. November 22, 2011 17:44

    Thanks for the treat Una! I for one, really loved it!

    Also, your ICYMI body edition – it’s the best one ever! I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading each and every section of this post.

    IMHO Pipa’s ass wins the body section hands down. But then, I’m kinda bias! 🙂

  6. conflictedinspain permalink
    November 22, 2011 17:56

    You outdid yourself with this post… Very creatively written! Maybe you just needed a little break. 😉

  7. mar permalink
    November 22, 2011 18:11

    wow!!!!!! i love the abs! ESPARTANOOO!!! and Sergio with that jacket looks like he is posing for a sophisticated photoshoot
    ps i love the way you have done the last 2 INCYMI posts. I hope you’ll always be in a generous mood! 🙂

  8. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    November 22, 2011 19:15

    I KNOW ABOUT THE SUITS, why wouldn’t they do it, I always wonder :(.

    You know what UNA, forever ICYMI will be my fav part of your blog, although I seen this some of this gifs before, but you definitely bring your own point of view to make totally different, please please por favor don’t ever stop posting these ICYMI 😦

  9. emma permalink
    November 22, 2011 19:36

    this is glorious! ugh, i love everything about this team. thank you for bringing them to us! and sergio, i will always be willing to mess up your hair. ❤

  10. Alyssa permalink
    November 22, 2011 19:56

    Love this theme! And of course, love these bodies!

  11. jellyace permalink
    November 22, 2011 20:14

    I did miss the match so am sending you many thanks for this, Una! I love the body parts you have highlighted, and it does keep things fresh and interesting. Muchas gracias, Una, y besos y abrazos!

  12. Hanna permalink
    November 22, 2011 22:11

    Simply awsome! This have to be the most perfect blog ever. Just love it.

  13. November 22, 2011 22:49

    Yay! Thanks for doing the post, I was really looking forward to it. This game was so intense and awesome, I loved it. The highlight was definitely Mou hopping on to Callejon’s back. It was wonderful and made me laugh. Callejon’s smile was so cute when it happened too.

  14. @ulonghaz permalink
    November 23, 2011 01:23

    happy to see your perfect ICYMI post again, Una!
    Best moment of the game? Mou celebration!! He always knows how to please us.

  15. November 23, 2011 01:30

    OOOOH. I am waiting for the gifs to load but by the title itself I know I am gonna loooove this ICYMI!!!!!!!!

    Btw I love the shade of red of those outfits, it’s so pretty!

    Okay, the gifs loaded – THANKS, what a great idea for the blog entry, I love, love, love it!

    I also love:
    – Alvaro’s abs
    – Sergio’s growing hair
    -Iker’s smile in the photo with Higuain
    – Benzema shirtless
    – Mou’s celebration
    – Xabi Alonso, sitting on a plane, relaxing himself with the newspaper and rocking the aircraft by just his presence

  16. wandering permalink
    November 23, 2011 02:59

    Days after, this game still gives me goosebumps. And Soldado! RM really should get more players from the Castilla. Top class and other teams benefit. :/

    Fave part of the game was Mou’s celebration with Callejon. Maybe this is why he scored 2 goals last night? :))

    Can’t get enough of this team.

    Thanks Una!

  17. Maddi permalink
    November 23, 2011 03:47

    WHEEE!!! Muchas gracias Una! 3 puntos!
    Now that I’ve exhausted all the Spanish in my vocabulary…
    Awesome ICYMI!!! Everything about this game was memorable. The only thing that really worries me is Xabi’s yellow card. The thought of him missing the clasico freaks me out. And even the possibility of missing the game against Sevilla (not to mention Sporting gave us a tough time last season AND we’ll be at the Molinon…) terrifies me.

  18. Flora permalink
    November 23, 2011 04:02

    Thank you so much for posting this! I was looking forward to reading it 😀

  19. TexFan permalink
    November 23, 2011 04:03

    Thanks for this post Una it was brilliant as usual. Hope you had an awesome Vacay, you were missed so welcome back!!!

  20. PepperPots permalink
    November 23, 2011 04:26

    Thank you for a lovely post, once again! Greetings from the Philippines! 🙂

  21. black widow permalink
    November 23, 2011 05:56

    i, for one, am really glad you made this post. gracias, gracias, gracias! what a clever idea, too. the whole time i was reading, i kept thinking, “what, no thumbs up poses? that’s the most ubiquitous part of the real madrid body! you can’t do a body ICYMI without the thumbs!” jajajaja!

    *sigh* how much do i love my boys? where to start, even?

    i had the exact same thought as you about the mustard and ketchup, heh. i really like the red kits, it’s a colour that suits all of them. i wish their wearing red meant iker had to wear his black, though!

    xabi’s smile in that first gif in the XA pose section … wow.

    it’s been a while since i’ve said it, so … if the football career doesn’t work out, arbeloa could model. he’s SO beautiful (and his abs are spectacular … i want to go there, too!). and yes, his smile does look like it belongs in a toothpaste ad. perfection.

    i love that all the girls ran over to iker for a photo and he willingly obliged. heh. do you blame them?! 🙂 his smile lines in that photo with pipa are just killing me.

    love the gif of benz getting down and dancing! it’s so out of synch with how i picture him in my head, all serious and professional. i love how he’s loosened up.

    why are the refs so insistent about the colours of the ankle wraps? amongst other things — i know they’ve also come down hard on the colour of the underarmour, too. so … things like racist remarks (in other matches, not this one) are okay, but god forbid a hint of white peeks through on an otherwise coloured uniform? am i missing something here? priorities totally out of whack.

    mou’s finger wag, fist pump and pony ride KILLED me. he’s so entertaining. heh.

    nice match, guys! hala madrid!

  22. Jess permalink
    November 23, 2011 06:08

    Your posts make my day!!!:)

  23. November 23, 2011 06:32

    O_O Athletic’s suit presentation? I’m so there. I love your themed posts! Infiltrator Xabi hehe.

  24. noviana noor aisyiah permalink
    November 23, 2011 06:32

    haha i love when mesut got lost. he always seems bit confused when there’s a crowd around him jajaja

  25. kiki permalink
    November 23, 2011 08:16


    ……..& I love that about you….

    “Notice Xabi’s patting of Karim’s ass…..Notice Xabi’s patting of Karim’s ass……Notice Xabi’s patting of Karim’s ass……Notice Xabi’s patting of Karim’s ass….(don’t mind me, I am happily stuck in a time loop)….”Who’s little ass is this?” GGGAAAAHHHHHHHHHH @.@ I’m stuck on everything & I can’t stop!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ U, UNA!

  26. kiki permalink
    November 23, 2011 08:28

    Ps. “Infiltrator Xabi” !!!! jejejejeeee! Yeah, baby, yeahhhhh & El Espartano’s ABS!!!

    Pss. Did we miss a body part & will it get it’s own feature post? just kidding! (no really, I’m kidding about “just kidding”) ;D

    Psss. I accidentally stumbled on this video of Mesult, Hamit & Nuri at a wedding. I feel a bit bad as it’s “stalkerish” but I only accidentally found it and feel I must share it with fellow Madridista’s just because I care or for “educational purposes” or something like that! ;DDD

    Pssss. Hamit can really shake his moneymaker! XD

  27. superfan permalink
    November 23, 2011 11:55

    Seriously, thank you for this post! This was such a heart-attack inducing game. Those 3 points were certainly golden! But I super love the celebrations. The celebrations definitely show how much of a team Madrid is. 🙂

  28. amouria permalink
    November 23, 2011 13:01

    love their bodies, their smiles, their shirts, everything, everything…

  29. Happy permalink
    November 23, 2011 16:46

    Thanks Una!!! I never notice the details like you, your ICYMI post is the best conclusion to every Real Madrid game, I love how Mou react and jump to Callejon’s back, so cute!!!!

  30. oli permalink
    November 24, 2011 04:36

    una thanks, you’re seriously one of the best fans i’ve known watching football for what you’ve done so far. so thank you for posting ICYMI one more time 🙂

  31. manie permalink
    November 24, 2011 04:51

    Excellent post! I want to go to there too.

  32. emily permalink
    November 25, 2011 06:34

    On our national day of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for a thoroughly fantastic ICYMI. And I am thankful for Una making the awesome effort to compile pics and gifs, etc. to bring us the quality of these posts.
    The Mou piggy back gif is priceless, especially at double speed. Like the Keystone Cops.
    It was a difficult match and I am glad that RM prevailed. Sure was hoping that Iker could have that clean sheet, but Soldado es un soldado in front of the goal.

  33. Gabriela permalink
    November 25, 2011 17:35

    I’m surprised Karim is not making the thumbs up pose in the last pics! it seems to be his favorite.

    I love the abs session the most, jeje

    And I love the picture in which they are all hugging and we can see the Mestalla in the background! beautiful picture, and this pitch brings good memories!

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