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November 29, 2011

The boys are back, and things started out wonderfully, with this photo posted by Iker of him and Raúl Albiol.  Iker’s bringing his own type of sunshine, through his Facebook posts and of course that bright yellow jersey!  As for Esteban, well he just looked good (as the hair is covered up a bit).

The team returned to training on Tuesday after a two-day break, to begin preparing for this Saturday’s game against Sporting de Gijón (18h).  The good news was that Kaká and Álvaro Arbeloa trained at the same intensity as the rest of their teammates.  The bad news was that Cris didn’t come out onto the field, as he has suffered a grade I sprain to his left ankle, according to the club’s medical report, and is receiving medical treatment and physiotherapy.  No one else was missing, and Tomás Mejías also joined the team for this session.

Álvaro and Kaká looked really happy to be back!

Here are a few more moments before the derby on Saturday.  Wondering why Iker was jogging up the tunnel half naked (well, half naked according to his standards)?  It’s because he had given away his practice shirt and shorts to fans.  Note to self and everyone else: get to stadium early from now on.  Meanwhile, Mou and Aitor Karanka were the only ones who refused to get up off their asses during the tribute to Iker’s 127 games with La Roja.  Peer pressure had caused Rui Faria and Silvino to rise to their feet, but Mou refused to budge, and Aitor imitated him.

And Marcelo was just being Marcelo, while Xabi was being Xabi.  I’d love to see what a conversation between these two are like.  As for Sergio: superstition or stairs hopscotch?

Did you know that Madrid is leading the table in the first, second B and third divisions?  We all know that the first team widened its lead atop the Liga table to six points after Saturday’s victory over Atleti, and on Sunday, Castilla beat Atlético B 1-0 (Joselu) in their own derby to maintain their lead and become the sole leaders of their group after Lugo tied Tenerife.  Castilla has a two-point advantage over Lugo.  They are also on a nine-game unbeaten streak.  Meanwhile, RMC steamrolled Carabanchel – their direct rival for the lead – 4-0, leaving them as leaders of Group VII of the third division with a two-point lead over Carabanchel.  And the basketball team is also leading the Liga Endesa, although they’re tied at the top with Barcelona Regal.

A little comparison between the 2010-11 Madrid and the 2011-12 Madrid, at this point in the season.

place in table: last season, Madrid was in second place, with Barcelona two points ahead.  This year, we’re in first place, and six points ahead.

number of points: at this point last year, we had failed on three occasions: two ties against Mallorca and Levante, and one loss to Barcelona, giving us 32 points.  This year, we have 34 points, having only lost to Levante and tied against Racing.

goals in favor: last season, there were three games where we couldn’t find the back of the net.  At this point, Cris had scored 12, Higuaín eight and Benzema one, giving the team a total of 33.  This year, we’ve scored 46 goals already, with Cris scoring 16, Higuaín 13 and Benzema eight.  We were only held scoreless on three occasions.

wins: last season, we had 10 wins, with the longest winning streak at seven.  This year, we have 11 wins, and a streak of nine straight wins.

goals against: last season, 11 goals had been scored on us.  This year, it’s just 10, with the pairing of Sergio and Pepe a big factor why.

The other news from the past several days.

Cris spent the first day of his break in London, attending the final of the ATP World Tour Finals with his brother, where they saw Roger Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

By Monday, he was back in Madrid to attend the AS awards, where he was honored as one of the best athletes of 2011 for his record-breaking goalscoring season.  The award was in the shape of an iron heart.  Cris said he was honored to receive the award, and he dedicated it to his teammates, saying “I’m very happy, I’m at a point right now where things are going well for me thanks to my teammates and the Real Madrid fans.”  During the ceremony, Cris also participated in a magic trick by magician Jorge Luengo, which you can see here.  It’s pretty self-explanatory, and watch out for Cris cheating just a little bit!

And much to my dismay, he was once again sporting a very spiky “fashion” hairstyle.

Meanwhile, Sergio was in Sevilla, spending some time in a recording studio.  Will we get to hear the results?  He also tweeted this video, shot by José Callejón, right before the derby.  I’d like to have a word with José, as I’m not too impressed with his cinematic skills.  I mean, you have a half naked Sergio Ramos in the locker room, and you can’t even pause on his chest, or pan around the rest of the locker room so we could see what everyone else was doing??  To be fair, José was probably supposed to focus on what Sergio’s legs were doing, but still…

Iker and his cousin Bici were the big winners at a Mus tournament held at El Acebo, with Iker writing, “long live my cousin!  Long live me!!!!”  However, there was this exchange between Alexis Martín-Tamayo (Mister Chip) and Jordi Codina.  Jordi tweeted, “Alexis!! What a disappointment!  They’re idiots!  I didn’t expect that of you!!!”  The response was “they bribed half the bar to get the point that they needed, always cheating.”

And Álvaro Arbeloa was surprised and happy to see that Javi García had joined twitter.  I love that Javi still calls Alvarito “capi”! Javi’s appearance on twitter led to a lot of teasing between his former teammates in the cantera, among them Javi Balboa, Rubén de la Red and Borja Valero.  I love that they’re all still friends!  Alvarito is also starring in what appears to be a promotion for Gillette, alongside Sergio Busquets.  The premise of this commercial is that the “Fundación de Ayuda al Hombre Lija” (roughly the foundation to help men get rid of facial hair), which says that women prefer men who shave, has decided to boycott the upcoming clásico if Álvaro and Busquets continue to be bad examples and grow facial hair.

So, the women chase them around, prevent them from doing anything and even try to kidnap them to convince them to shave, all of which puts the clásico in danger.  So far, we’ve only seen the first part of the commercial, and I imagine part 2 will be out soon, given that there’s only a few more days left before the big game.  I love the expression on Alvarito’s face!  Plus, he looks fantastic in that suit and skinny tie!

And the real Guti made an appearance on Crackòvia, going one on one with his beloved alter ego.  This is the result.

Do you believe your reputation for being party-loving is justified?

JMG: no.

CG: what are you saying, you idiot?  With the amount of time I spend going out, the reputation I have for being party-loving is more than justified!  I deserve even more!

Do you know how to say anything in Turkish? 

JMG: yes, several things.  Ekmek, günaydın.

CG: gin and tonic, afterhour, disco club, Turkish is easy, friends!

What is the best thing about being a footballer?

JMG: to be able to do what you love.

CG: what idiots are those footballers who can go out and don’t!

And the worst?

CG: having to play football.

JMG: the worst thing is being recognized on the streets.

CG: whatever, that too.

Are Turkish women or Spanish women better?

CG: the best thing would be a Turkish woman with a Spanish woman.  Weah!

JMG: I like women in general, the nationality doesn’t matter.

CG: yes, it’s enough that they have a fantastic body.

Messi or Cristiano?

JMG: there’s no doubt: Messi.

What kind of music do you listen to?

CG: everything: house, trance, techno, minimal German techno…

JMG: Spanish music.

CG: what are you saying, you’re ruining my character!

Finish the sentence: pim…

JMG: pam.

CG: how great is this guy.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Ally permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:14

    hahaha, I love Crackovia Guti and the pimpampimpam at the end 😀

  2. manie permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:27

    Poor Cris, he played the entire match with a hurt ankle. Yikes. Hopefully he is back soon. Love the comp to the last season and especially the improvement in Karim Benzema. Finally, the Castilla boys are adorable and that goal was amazing!!

  3. November 29, 2011 15:34

    Oh, cool news:

    – Guti and pim-pam, I love it;-)

    – Alvaro in a suit. He’s the next best after Xabi in wearing suits. He looks awesomely handsome.

    – Marcelo – once again – I’d like to have a mini Marcelo to carry him in my pocket, he’s super sweet!

    – Granero -okay, I am not the fan of his current state of hair (maybe he and Cesc have some secret union to grow their hair like that, because they both look million times better with the shorter hair). But – whenever I see his current picture, I come back to the gif that Una once posted here, where he is on the training, and goes shirtless – this gif is so mesmerising that it neutralises the current haircut;-)

  4. Louise permalink
    November 29, 2011 15:36

    Thank goodness Xabi isn’t in that Gillette commercial. Ladies love the ginger beard.

    I, too, was disappointed by the Callejon-directed Sergio video. We obviously have to send him notes on his debut.

  5. maddy permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:07

    its offcial. arbeloa should be in hollywood. in fact, he should be the next james bond.

  6. November 29, 2011 16:25

    See, right here is a perfect example why I never want to stop reading your blog. As a die hard fan who isn’t living in Spain, I would never see priceless stuff like what you feature. Yeah, you get bits and pieces if you look hard enough, (and I do!!) but never at this level or scope. Thanks again Una.

    I love seeing our team in action, would chase Álvaro in a heartbeat (and chase the racist diving wanker Busquets just to kick him hard between his legs!) and enjoyed Guti’s segment as well. Even though I strongly disagree with him about Cris and Mssi. IMHO Cris always rules.

  7. superfan permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:31

    I can’t believe Guti answered Messi!!! Whyyyy???

    And you should have that chat with Callejon. Hahaha. He should have taken the video a bit farther so we get to see Sergio doing his tricks and his naked upper body. Arbeloa is just oozing sex appeal especially in the 2nd gif you made. 😉

    And here’s praying for Cris’ speedy recovery. It’s great that everyone else is back in training. 🙂

  8. sogyel permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:44

    haha…its nice to read about real….:) hala madrid

  9. mar permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:52

    i like the guti un contra un is fantastic…!!
    and i totally suport the girls in the comercial (except the el clasico thing)

  10. Pammie permalink
    November 29, 2011 16:53

    I guess some people are quite jealous of the magician- he gets blindfolded by Cris and gets to hold his hand xD

    Seems like Iker took revenge on El Chori for complaining about appearing on this fb all the time.

    I’m glad that Kaka and Alvaro are back with the group for training, too bad that the malicious tackles Cris suffered at the derby took their toll. I hope the atleti guys are proud of themselves. 😦

    and yay for Castilla winning their derby as well, especially because it didn’t look like it’ll happen after Lucas got expelled.

    I guess Guti got a lot of flak for picking Messi over Cris, because he took to twitter to defend his right to have his own opinion.

    Arbeloa and Iker are the two guys I can see go acting after their footballer career.

  11. emily permalink
    November 29, 2011 17:17

    The no more beards ad is great, but the Guti contra Guti video is even better. Pim Pam Pim Pam Pim Pam Pim Pam Pim Pam!!!!!!!! How long have we waited patiently for that to finally happen?!
    dying in my chair…
    Thank You Una! that made my day.

  12. Alyssa permalink
    November 29, 2011 17:17

    Seeing Kaká that happy makes my heart smile. Oh how I’ve missed him!!!

    Sergio in a recording studio scares me. I hope we don’t end up with another Amor Mio…

    That commercial looks great! Arbeloa is SO handsome it should be a crime. And those two are surprisingly good actors! Although, I suppose Busquets does get a lot of practice on the pitch…

    You did post the Guti thing! You can ignore my comment on the last post then haha. I really should know by now that you’ll show me everything I want to see :). I didn’t expect it to be so heartbreaking though. Messi?! Seriously? SERIOUSLY? And he said that while looking so breathtakingly handsome? What a way to play with my emotions. His tweets during the derby this weekend made me so happy, now he says this. Sigh.

  13. ThatPerson permalink
    November 29, 2011 19:27

    with or without facial hair. Alvaro is beautiful. Though I prefer a little bit of a shadow on him 🙂

    Busquets can do whatever he wants, he will never be handsome. sorry bro

  14. November 29, 2011 23:36

    “I’m a bit tired of always appearing on his Facebook.” I wonder if Iker does this just to annoy him? lol Poor Abiol.

    Glad to hear that Kaka and Arbeloa are back with the team! Sad about Cris although seeing the injury during the game and the way he was wincing while trying to continue to play afterwards, made me think that it was bad. Get well soon, CR7!

    lol at the magic trick! Although I can’t blame Cris for peeking after seeing what was done with the first cup!

    Yay for all the Madrid teams!!! Well done guys!

    While I do like Granero’s hair, I do wish he’d get it trimmed…just a bit. The way it is, it’s overshadowing his adorable face, imo.

    Can’t wait to see part 2 of the video! I wonder if the girls end up holding them down to shave them? If so, some girls get all the luck! lol

  15. Courtney permalink
    November 30, 2011 04:03

    I must say, I love a little stubble on a man.

  16. CanadianMadridista permalink
    November 30, 2011 04:37

    CRACKOVIAAAAAA!!! I miss your posts on that show! Lol I love Crakovia Guti! 😛

    Off topic, but I was wondering if anyone here knew where I could buy a Real Madrid macbook pro case or skin? I know the Real Madrid store doesn’t sell it, they only sell iPhone 3 cases. 😦 I’ve been looking online everywhere and can’t find it! I’d really love one so I can show off my love for this team! Thanks!

  17. Futbolfan permalink
    November 30, 2011 06:11

    AAhhhh Kaka’s back; YAAAAYYY!
    Oh, and una, did you see the vid of Madrid’s training on the website, in which it showed Alvaro totally grabbing Pipita’s butt!? Omg I couldn’t stop watching it, and I was sure you’d post it!

    Cris was so cute with the cheating, and his smile is gorgeous; the vid of Sergio was awesome; Alvaro is so dang handsome; and Guti said Messi?

  18. November 30, 2011 07:03

    i LOVE this post! everything about it made me laugh, and i needed that today! 🙂

    guti is a really good sport to go on crackovia (though i can’t help it, even though i don’t understand a word of it, his crackovia character is my favourite!), though i did raise an eyebrow when he chose messi over ronaldo. still, hilarious!

    also hilarious is that clascio ad! OMG! the look on his face as he peeks around the corner is priceless! who knew arbeloa had such comedy in him? busquets is funny in it, too. i love their outfits. (and here i go again … arbeloa could so model. so beautiful!)

    i also loved the photo of iker and bici. from what i understand and have read in the past, they’re quite close and more like brothers than cousins. so cute! the tweets about them bribing the bar also made me giggle. and speaking of iker photos, the one of him and albiol is ADORABLE. i want to pinch raul’s cheeks!

    then we have the shot of iker running up the stairs in his base layers (una, you spoil us!! GRACIAS) and sergio doing some weird hopscotch-y thing. at first i didn’t know what you were talking about, because i thought the second person was sergio (it’s … khedira? maybe?) and i didn’t notice what sergio was doing, but when i finally figured it out, it made me laugh. i’m not sure if he’s got a cramp in his foot or is just superstitious, either!

    then there’s the lovely photos of kaka returning with his dazzling grin, and pipita and arbeloa together, all smiles. lovely! finally, there’s marcelo spreading his sunshine and making me grin with his little dance moves. love it!

    the only thing that marred the post was mou refusing to stand up for iker’s ovation. not a nice thing for his coach to do, nor the fella on the extreme right, with his arms folded, not clapping at all. not cool. show a bit of respect!

  19. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    November 30, 2011 11:55

    Thank you for the Guti :D:D, Oh mine, Guti looked like he was being butchered by Madridista on twitter for picking Messi, he even changed his avatar for his picture kissing our escudo!! lol.

    Wouldn’t it be fun if they get Ramos on Crackovia or even Cris or even better Mourinho to release the tension of these two clubs, ( I dont think it is happeneing though).

    Arebeloa is such a HOTTIE.

  20. antrea permalink
    November 30, 2011 14:53

    The Crackovia pimpam part was the GREATEST XD

  21. December 1, 2011 07:00

    thanks for posting the un contra un for Guti! “pim pam, pim pam” how great is the guy?


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