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November 24, 2011

We’re privileged to be Real Madrid fans.  What other team has players who pose like this with his adorable dogs, who win awards from GQ and show up to collect it looking fantastic in a tuxedo, and who are not afraid to get up close and personal – while shirtless – with a electric shaver?

On Thursday, Madrid held their first preparatory session for this Saturday’s derby in Madrid, with the team – 28 players – split into three groups.

Marcelo joined the biggest group of 16 footballers, which included the canteranos Jesé, MFC ABMM, Carva, the Fernández brothers and Jorge Casado.  They trained at a high intensity.  The second group was made up of the nine starters from the Champions League game, with the exception of Rafa Varane, who was in the big group.  They stretched and did ball exercises.  The third group consisted of the goalkeepers Iker, Antonio and Tomás Mejías.  Álvaro Arbeloa and Kaká are continuing with their recovery processes.  And Mou looked grumpy.  By the way, Pipita tweeted that he’s going to get a tattoo, which will be done by Argentine tattoo artist Leo Millares, who recently tattooed the World Cup on Sergio’s calf (he’s also Guti’s tattoo artist, and obviously kept very busy by Guti’s rotating carousel of girlfriends).

After the session, Sergio tweeted this photo of him during an interview he was giving at Valdebebas.  We didn’t have to wait long for some fashion criticism, as Álvaro responded, “where are you going with that life jacket?”  I’m 100 percent in agreement with Álvaro!

GQ España held their annual “men of the year” awards on Nov. 23, and Xabi Alonso was one of the winners, for “best sportsman.”  The magazine said, “he’s not only one of our best midfielders, but he’s also a reference when it comes to style.  The madridista, who is classic and far from ostentatious, is the perfect combination of class and elegance.”  Yes, “class” (and classy) and “elegance” are the two words most used to describe Xabi, no?

He took along Álvaro Arbeloa wife Nagore Aranburu as his plus one, although they also invited Álvaro Arbeloa and wife Carlota Ruiz to accompany them on the night, much like they had during the Glamour magazine awards earlier in the year.

The award was nice and all, but the highlight of the night has to be Xabi and Álvaro wearing tuxedos.  They both look tremendously handsome.  I love seeing them in their Real Madrid and Spain shirts, but can I put in a request for them to either wear nothing or a tuxedo at all other times?

Xabi’s tuxedo was made by Dolce & Gabbana, while Nagore’s dress was a creation from Basque designer Isabel Zapardiez.  Carlota, meanwhile, wore Marchesa.  I prefer Nagore’s dress, and I love the low back.

Álvaro tweeted while at the event, describing Xabi as “maximum elegance and quality, all in one!  CRACK” and his “idol.”  This prompted Sergio to reply, “what a pair of braggarts, jejeje.  Congratulations Trufas.”  Meanwhile, Xabi said he was honored and grateful to receive this award, as he’s been a faithful reader of GQ magazine for many years.  He also imparted a bit of advice: to always be true to yourself, because you’ll always be uncomfortable when you’re trying to be someone else.

Iker attended an event organized by Philips yesterday.  He wore an ugly brown jacket (which matched the brown cake with ‘127’ written on it that they surprised him with) and didn’t say anything too interesting, but I did love this video that Philips prepared.  In it, he says the secret to feeling good is to change his image once in a while (unfortunately, he means his appearance and not his dress sense).  He likes to have a three- or four-day-old beard which is “more comfortable, more practical.”  To disconnect after weekend games, he gets together with his lifelong friends and they talk about everything but football, or he goes to Navalacruz or the movies with his girlfriend, anything to break free from the usual routine.  During concentraciones, Iker hangs out with his teammates, chats with them, plays cards and use social networks.  I also like all the looks – the one on the upper left is my favorite – and when someone else dresses him!

Iker’s good friend and the mayor of Móstoles Esteban Parro, has proposed renaming an avenue in the city after their illustrious son.  The “Avenida de los Deportes” will in this way become the “Avenida de Iker Casillas” (unfortunately not the more colorful “Calle de la madre que parió a Casillas”).  Parro said Iker was chosen “for his human values, for being the player who has worn the shirt the most times with the Spanish national football team, and for being the best goalkeeper in the world.”  He added, “for children across Spain and especially in Móstoles, Casillas is a role model who demonstrates hard work, sacrifice, humanity, consistency, humility and generosity.  He’s shown that you can succeed professionally without forgetting about your origins.”

On Wednesday, the Realmadrid Foundation signed a collaboration agreement with the NGO “Cruzada por los niños” to create a social-sporting school in Massaca, Mozambique, where 200 children will benefit.  Pepe and his million watt smile were on hand for the signing ceremony.

And Marca is celebrating the upcoming derby by taking a look back at how they covered previous editions.  In 1994, on the occasion of Raúl’s first derby, they took Raúl and Pepe de la Sagra to the circus.  I’m including this just for Rulo’s shirt.  It is 1994, however.

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. PepperPots permalink
    November 24, 2011 14:14

    Carlota looks sooo sweet while Nagore gives the vixen vibe. 🙂

  2. manie permalink
    November 24, 2011 14:37

    Oh my goodness, Raul’s shirt is PERFECT. I actually am second-guessing Xabi’s choice of tux (did I really say that?) because I don’t like the satin. It IS cute, however, that he matched Nagore’s shiny satin, which I love.

  3. cisarovna permalink
    November 24, 2011 14:39

    Xabi is smizing LOL
    Thanks Una for these tidbits. Love Raul’s shirt… In a sort of “I remember when” way.
    Happy Thankgiving to any Americans reading this.

  4. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    November 24, 2011 14:56

    The tortrue post, xabi and Alvaro in tuxedos, something is nothing less than a torture :p! Nagore and carlota looks very beautiful! Very glamorous couples!

    I have a feeling Guti still owns and wear something like rauls’s one :p

  5. black widow permalink
    November 24, 2011 15:37

    jesus, that is an ugly shirt. i see raul influenced iker in more ways than one!

    when arbeloa tweeted that pic of the two of them in their tuxedos last night, i was almost struck dumb! muy, muy guapos! me gusta! (oh, and their wives look lovely, too, especially nagore … love her!) well deserved award to xabi, whom they should just put a picture of in the dictionary whenever anyone looks up the word “elegant”. he’s so lovely.

    i actually saw the phillips thing with iker on a gossip blog, but she got the information incorrect. i like him with the 3-4 days’ growth, too, but really, i’m not fussy, i’ll take my iker any way i can get him. i hope they name the street after him and have the sign posted before i go to spain next october, because i would really like a photo of that. 🙂

    that’s a lovely gesture for pepe to do that, and he seems so happy (you can’t fake a grin like that!). good for him.

    great pic of pipa and pirata! what a pair!

    great post! 🙂

  6. Ally permalink
    November 24, 2011 15:49

    I like the two pics on the right : clean shaven and with a full beard 🙂

    ahh Nagore and Xabi.. Mrs and Mr Perfect

  7. November 24, 2011 15:59

    We really are a team full of (to quote Cris) rich, handsome and great footballers!

    There’s no other footballers deserved the GQ award more than Xabi. He is effortlessly stylish! Iker does look good when other people dresses him. I like the top left picture, too! The color of the shirt really looks good on him. He should wear that kind of shirt more often! I also love Pepe’s coat with the colar popped up.

  8. Le me permalink
    November 24, 2011 16:59

    Raul’s shirt is priceless!

  9. Maddi permalink
    November 24, 2011 17:14

    Raul’s shirt!!! Hahahahaha!!! OMG teenage Raul!
    Iker is beyond handsome. Especially when someone else dresses him! 🙂
    Is that Alvaro with Mulder, Bauer, and Sawyer!? Cutest thing ever!

  10. Debsen permalink
    November 24, 2011 17:18

    Wow, Iker, Xabi and Arbeloa look smoking in their tuxes/suits! And love Nagore’s dress.

  11. Sunny permalink
    November 24, 2011 18:35

    What video does that Arbeloa gif come from?

  12. amouria permalink
    November 24, 2011 19:31

    ” I put in a request for them to either wear nothing or” NOTHING
    This is the best preference, we should give them no choice !
    Love them
    Love your posts:-)

  13. Thatperson permalink
    November 24, 2011 20:32

    What’s the story behind the first gif with Alvaro and his dogs?

  14. Kyrrdis permalink
    November 24, 2011 21:32

    Oh yes, we’re really privileged! I especially like the GQ-Part ❤
    Ah, I love our boys so much!<3
    Thank you as always una for the news and your work!

  15. simone permalink
    November 24, 2011 21:45

    nice shirt Raul is wearing

  16. Alyssa permalink
    November 24, 2011 22:12

    If anyone but Xabi was named GQ’s sportsman of the year, it would have been a giant disgrace. I love this! And those photos of him and Arbeloa…GORGEOUS!

  17. Martek permalink
    November 24, 2011 22:19

    thanks for the new post, I love your blog! 🙂 and btw you’re right, Xabi and Álvaro look amazing in tuxedos!

  18. AJ Nelson permalink
    November 25, 2011 00:57

    Arbeloa and Alonso…along with their lovely wives…always looking fabulous!

  19. noviana noor aisyiah permalink
    November 25, 2011 04:13

    i love carlota’s dress. it’s marchesa. oh how can all the wags are so lucky?? uhhh

  20. superfan permalink
    November 25, 2011 04:37

    I am loving Carlota’s dress except for that flower in front. Haha. That was so unnecessary. But seriously, Carlota and Nagore are working it. So perfect. With perfect husbands too.

    And Arbeloa’s tweet to comment on Ramos’ jacket is too funny. Mean but funny at the same time. Oh, our boys. So much loooovvveee. 😀

  21. November 25, 2011 07:41

    I LOVE IT. This post = endless love.
    This thanksgiving, I’m so, so thankful you’ve kept posting Una.
    I just can’t express how very, very much I love this blog and just how super grateful I am that you put as much time and effort into it as you do but your dedication and love for this team and our boys really shines through and has always really boosted my own love and pride and madridismo.
    Thank you. ❤

  22. Haliemeh permalink
    November 25, 2011 07:48

    NOOOO NOOO NOOOO!! I DO NOT want Gonzalo to get a tattoo!! I really really don’t!! I swear, that was one of the things I APPRECIATED about him! 😦 I will have to re-think his favorite status! 😦 Ah, I think my day is ruined,, I am very disappointed! Do we have any details Una, when and where this is going to happen? I really hope he changes his mind! Other than that, great post! Keep it up! 🙂

  23. November 25, 2011 09:07

    OMG Rahul’s shirt. I know it’s from the 90’s – but still….!!

    IMHO Pony’s tatoo wasen’t that great. So I’m quite horrified that Pipa will be going to the same guy as well. Ah well, at least I hope to see it soon!

    Also – life jacket – hahahahahah! Good call! I’m shocked no one said anything about the pants. Which was quite horrid as well.

    Lastly, I love El Pirata, but he really need to cut his hair. ASAP!

  24. Gabriela permalink
    November 25, 2011 17:44

    Pirata, please, cut your hair! (I know I say this every time I see pictures of him, but it gets more horrible as days pass by!)

    I adore Carlota’s dress. I don’t like Nagore’s, it’s too shiny for my tastes. But she looks amazing wearing anything, realy. She could wear a trash bag and still look beautiful.

    what in the name of God was Raúl thinking with that shirt? MY EYES

  25. mokia permalink
    November 25, 2011 20:41

    I think pepe de la sagra kinda looks like pedro leon in that last picture!

  26. kiki permalink
    November 26, 2011 15:56

    UNA! YOU ARE A GEM! I read this post immediately, but was so overwhelmed, I couldn’t form any words at first.

    XABI.*sigh* Of course he MUST be GQ’s sportsman of the year! I love Álvaro’s comments about it, what good friends! 🙂 They all look stunning (of course), but Nagore is a total old hollywood gorgeous BOMBSHELL in that dress. I just adore Xabi….I can’t even……

    -Those photos of IKER give me hearts in my eyes.
    -thank you for the old derby pics…Raúl & his shirt!!!!!! ♥
    -Pipita’s tatooo makes me frightened
    -I feel I must savor every moment with Pirata
    -sergio’s “lifejacket”! jejejeje

    other than thet, Xabi, Xabi, XABIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ♥ 😀 ♥
    thank you!!!!!!!

  27. November 26, 2011 18:48

    All the best for the Derby tonight.

  28. Lulja permalink
    November 27, 2011 01:00

    Pepe de la Sagra looks just like Peter Lion in the picture with (sexy 90ies) Raúl!!!

  29. November 28, 2011 16:39

    the amount of handsomeness and beauty in this post is impossible. If I had an inspirationla poster, you know, like the paper that you glue the pictures from the papers to, representing your dreams, for motivational reason, the picture of Xabi in tuxedo would be there for sure.

    I also love Iker’s little video, nice clothes (chosen by someone else…)

    last but not least: Raul, I will never stop missing him. even in this ugly shirt, it is still our Raul.

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