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ICYMI – the goal celebration edition

December 19, 2011

In case you missed it – Sevilla vs. Real Madrid [2011-12-17, Liga jornada 17, 2-6].

This is what I love about this team.  On Saturday night in Sevilla, it was impossible just to pick one star of the game.  Was it Ángel di María, with his impeccable assists?  Was it Cristiano Ronaldo, with his goals?  Was it Iker, with his impossible saves?  Was it Xabi Alonso, with his posing?

ONE.  Despite the goal fest, the best moments of the afternoon in Sevilla took place while the ball was not in play.  Prior to the game, we had the A-team imitating scoring celebrations.  Raúl Albiol and Xabi kicked things off by discussing Cristiano/Marcelo/Pepe’s goal jumping celebration, and then Álvaro Arbeloa imitated José Calderón.  Then Xabi did Ángel di María’s heart!  I’d pay to see Xabi celebrate like that.  El Chori also imitated Karim Benzema, while Xabi did the same with Kiko and his El Arquero celebration.

The boys also did Sergio Ramos’s hand behind the ear celebration, and José Callejón’s… I’m going to call this one the listening to a seashell celebration.  And if all that wasn’t hilarious enough, Xabi imitated Cristiano with his popped collar!  Xabi imitates with so much class.  I’ve never seen anyone adjust a collar so elegantly.

Álvaro Arbeloa has since tweeted that they were imitating the trademark gestures of players, such as Lebron James (the powder tossing), Eric Cantona (the upturned collar), José Calderón (the two hands on either side with three fingers up), Ángel di María (the heart), Kiko (the archer), Luca Toni (the twirling hand next to the ear) and Jason Terry (JET, of course).  Watch the video here.

I love the A-team.

TWO.  More stuff that happened technically off the field.  Sergio Ramos injured his left thigh, so we got these scenes of it being checked out (which are once again a reminder that I’m in the wrong profession) and bandaged up.  These moments are reminiscent of our favorite photo, no?

He’s been since diagnosed with a Grade I tear to the biceps femoris of his left thigh.  I’d like to do an examination myself, just to confirm this.

THREE.  I love the boys in red; it was the perfect way to close off their Liga campaign for 2011, with only one week to go before Christmas.  Anyway, during the game, there were discussions…

… and secrets being whispered.  I suppose they were talking game strategies, but how fun would it be to imagine that Pepe was whispering to Sergio about José Callejón’s hair, or that Iker was telling Sergio to check out Xabi posing?

FOUR.  Okay, some great things did happen while the game was going on, namely the six goals we scored.  Cristiano kicked things off, and was rewarded with a kiss to the top of his head from Ángel di María (who probably ended up with a mouthful of hair gel, and had to go rinse his mouth off on the sideline).  Then José Callejón scored, and celebrated a la Ángel, by making a heart with his hands, before Marcelo jumped on him and nearly injured him.

I was really happy to see José Callejón get a start, and he once again showed Mou why he deserves a spot in the starting XI.  I felt very bad for him when he had to leave shortly before the half due to Pepe’s expulsion, as Calleti was the one sacrificed to allow Raúl Albiol to come on.  José is Madrid’s fourth leading goalscorer, after the three forwards, with seven.  He’s also the only player along with Cris to have scored in all three competitions (two in the Liga, four in the Champions and one in the Copa).

Cris then scored another goal, and then Ángel di María followed suit.  Angelito celebrated his goal by running over to the bench, where Chendo was waiting for him with a shirt.  He then held the shirt up.  It read, “Germán, te extrañaremos siempre” (Germán, we will forever miss you).

Germán is of course his father-in-law, who passed away earlier this week.  Ángel said after the game that he knew he was going to score and so he prepared the shirt.  By the way, Di María now has 12 assists, leading the Liga in this aspect.  He’s also scored five goals this season.

A made penalty allowed Cris to notch up another hat trick, and a last minute goal from Hamit Altintop made it six on the night for Madrid.  Look at how his teammates mobbed him, and how much effort Hamit put into getting out of their clutches!  If I were him, I’d do the complete opposite.  I’d be shoving myself in deeper into their embrace, and they’d be the ones making an effort to get out of my clutches.

FIVE.  Happily enough, this scene was seen six times at the Sánchez Pizjuán on Saturday night.

SIX.  I also adore how Mou celebrated Altintop’s goal.  And the win relieved all pressures and tensions, and so the bench could at last enjoy themselves.

SEVEN.  Of course, the goals wouldn’t have met anything if it weren’t for Iker and his incredible saves.  With Madrid protecting their 1-0 lead, Iker made two saves to deny Sevilla.  The first one, against Manu del Moral, was reminiscent of his fantastic save in Sevilla two years ago (although it was at the opposite goal).  Iker once again lived up to his nickname, San Iker.

As Fernando Pacheco tweeted, “there are no words to describe what Iker did…”

EIGHT.  A couple of gestures I found funny: Xabi shoving Sergio into position, and Cris doing something…

NINE.  Pepe got himself sent off foolishly (again) and unfortunately proved (again) that he needs to calm down sometimes.  With that said, I’d like to highlight these moments of Pepe.  After fouling Manu, he went over to see how he was and to help him up, and from Manu’s gestures, there was no ill will between them.  After Pepe was sent off, he showered and changed, and returned to the bench, where he watched the rest of the game and gladly posed with one of Sevilla’s security guards.  These remind me of the boy who raised fish so he could contribute to his family.

TEN.  Here come some gratuitous moments…

ELEVEN.  Iker looked a bit nervous and/or uncertain before the game, but in hindsight, we could see that he had nothing to worry about.  And when a collision with Kanouté left Iker massaging his back, I only noticed that he was showing his profile perfectly while doing so.  Bonus bottom half of Sergio walking by.

TWELVE. Like I said earlier, the best moments didn’t take place during the game.  Before the game started, we had Sergio giving his protectee Jesús Navas a kiss, and all of the Madrid players greeting our canterano Álvaro Negredo with a hug.  Manu del Moral also got a huge smile and a tap on the face from his national team captain.  

THIRTEEN.  Sergio and Jesuito also embraced after the game, as did Saint Iker and Jesús.  All we need is for Ángel to join in…

Here it is in picture form.  By the way, did you notice how Jesús celebrated his goal, by pretending he had a tummy?  It’s because his wife Alejandra is pregnant!

And Frédéric Kanouté also spent some time after the game chatting with Sergio and Iker – they’ve done a lot of charity work together and have supported each other’s causes.

FOURTEEN.  The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

The posing started at the hotel during breakfast…

… and continued on to the game.

FIFTEEN.  I love Cris’ statement after the game.  When told he had silenced all that criticism that he had received recently, Cris replied, “this is to shut up those mouths that criticized me.  I’m used to them criticizing me, it doesn’t bother me… I don’t care that they talk about me.  I do my work and I do it well.  Those who talk about me don’t understand anything about football.”

[All those idiots who chant Messi’s name… ¡toma!  There were also monkey chants directed at Marcelo from the stands, including from the mouths of people of African origin, ¡qué fuerte!.]

Meanwhile, Cris’ teammates were also defending him.  Ángel di María told the press that “he’s a great player.  He’s in great form, and he’s showed that by scoring hat tricks and he’s shut up more than one mouth.”  Iker’s statement was “he’s shown fully that he’s a great player and when he has to respond, he does.  For us, he’s very important and we hope that he’ll continue to score many goals.”  Me too.

SIXTEEN.  The Mou corner.  After the game, Mou had the following to say.

on the win: the truth is I expected this reaction after the loss to Barcelona.  I expected the win, but not in this way… my players were very effective.  Before, I told the fans that “we’re leaders.”  Today, I can tell them, “we’re the sole leaders.”

on his captain: I want to highlight the two great saves that Casillas made in the first half.  It’s not that we were lucky in certain moments in the game.  It’s that Casillas had two incredible saves.

SEVENTEEN.  Other notes.

Cris gave the game ball to Iker!  Iker posted on his FB that “Cris had a nice gesture towards me and he gave me the ball from the game.  Another hat trick, I don’t know how many that is!  Congratulations and thank you CR!!”  I wonder if the guys signed the ball knowing that Cris was going to give it to Iker?  If so, I’d love to see how they teased Iker.

We also got this adorable photo of Marcelino and Pepe at the hotel earlier in the day.

EIGHTEEN. As for Castilla, they tied 0-0 with Alcalá on Saturday, and the game will be remembered for the three expulsions that occurred during it: Peter Mendes in the 20th minute, MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín (below, taking the walk of shame) in the 53rd and Álex in injury time.  These were the ninth, tenth and eleventh expulsions in 18 games for Castilla.  MFC said after the game that the referee had told him, “I want to send you off.”  Speaking of undeserved sending offs, how about Javi Martínez (!!!) vs. Zaragoza???

However, Castilla managed to go into the winter break as leaders of their group in the Segunda B division, after Lugo tied Leganés.  By the way, they are also the most carded team, with 80 cards (69 yellow and 11 red).

45 Comments leave one →
  1. Ally permalink
    December 19, 2011 08:46

    jajaja I love the A-team imitating the goal celebrations 😀

    Cris and Angel were great this match!! And Iker, WOW amazing save :O just like he did two years ago
    Thanks for this brilliant ICYMI!

  2. amouria permalink
    December 19, 2011 09:10

    Like all madridista, I am happy to get the 6-2 (again). It is such a bittersweet happiness. We can’t forget the defeat easily although we wish that we can make it later next year in the Camp Nu.
    I am very troubled by the fate of our boys in the Castilla. Our president should do something. It is as if there is somebody that target our kids intentionally.

    Romos; thousands of kisses and hugs to you…

  3. Iram permalink
    December 19, 2011 10:01

    Hi Una,

    This was one of your best posts ever. I loved all your video clips and pics. They were such a treat to view.

    I loved how DiMaria dedicated his goal to his father-in-law. It was very touching.

    Iker was brilliant as ever. Bless him.

    And from now on I’m going to oogle at Negredo too. I didn’t realize he played for Seville. I love his chiseled face 😀

  4. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    December 19, 2011 10:20

    Yeah Javi!!!!!!! sent off was soo weird!! Liga’ referees continue to blow us away.
    Poor Morata, I am heart broken for him apparently he would have been called for CDR tomorrow game if not for the sent off…poor Alvaro!!!

    As for the game what a better way to celebrate the xmas break than wearing red and heading out these 6 lovely presents to us fans, this game was amazing, you know what I loved the most about this game the fact that Cris scored a PK against Varas, it was satisfying. Btw, me and my friends celebrated the Iker save more than the goals because honestly it was a game changer, Iker San!! I love him…

    I loved Cris answer too, they deserved it the critics, I hope someone put himself in Cris shoes a guy who works his ass off for his teamS, end up getting beaten for 2 misses like he is the worse thing that ever happened to RM. About Messi chants getting it week in week off, getting boos, why is his talent not celebrated, I think Cris has been handling these Messi chants and laser very nice, I can imagine if another player who basically goes to any venue and just get treated like he is the worse player ever, how would effect him. Kudos Cristano kudos!! You are a champ, the fact that he gave Iker’s match ball says alot about his character btw. You can tell that his teammates love him!!

    About Marcelo’s chants, that’s prove that monkey chants are not racist, it is just pure stupidity…..

    A-team hilarious!! Alonso is so beautiful in anything he does.

    Winter Leaders, HALA MADRID!!

    • Dreamlover225 permalink
      December 19, 2011 21:09

      “About Marcelo’s chants, that’s prove that monkey chants are not racist, it is just pure stupidity…..”

      They are VERY racist! It doesn’t matter who says it…it’s still racist.

      • Sarah, Madrid permalink
        December 20, 2011 11:06

        You get me wrong what I meant is the aim is not being racist, of course monkey chants as chants will always be racist, but it is not neccassary means when some fans sing it they mean in racist way, that’s it!

      • Mouah permalink
        December 20, 2011 17:56

        It just proves that people are stupid and don’t even understand what they are chanting !

  5. December 19, 2011 10:38

    How I wish that racism would be eradicated. It’s sad and pathetic that it’s so prevalent in this day and age.

    I love this game. The first half though had me biting my nails. The score like really does not show how the game was at all in the first half. Thank god for that though. HALA MADRID!

  6. dhanielo permalink
    December 19, 2011 12:41

    thank you so much for this adorable post. as usual, our boys is amazing! and you’re so kind to share this precious thing to us. Really made my day.

  7. Alice permalink
    December 19, 2011 13:08

    Una, once again you’ve proven why we all love your blog! 🙂

    Watching a Real Madrid game and ending with your post is just like the cherry on top of this glorious sundae 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to share these with us! We do hope you continue sharing!

    Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  8. Arshjot permalink
    December 19, 2011 14:01

    The first thing I thought about when I found out that Javi was red-carded was you!

  9. noviana noor aisyiah permalink
    December 19, 2011 14:35

    i love this club. how can cules cannot love real madrid?

  10. December 19, 2011 14:48

    Lovely, lovely, lovely – from the A-team to the Castilla section, this team is adorable!

    I especially love Sergio’s photos and gifs ;-), the gifs of celebrations and the smiling Iker. The sentence about Jesus, Iker and only Angel missing -hilarious! I adore the friendship of Serhio and Jesus too!

    last but not least – Xabi. Gosh, this guy is beyond awesome. I have no words.

  11. Trixie permalink
    December 19, 2011 15:14

    Una, you always have the most interesting posts, and this one made me laugh more than thrice! You have such a sense of humor and such a keen eye for observation! Always look forward to your blog, pre- and post-match! Do keep it up 🙂

  12. choovlet permalink
    December 19, 2011 16:34

    i love your posts! 🙂

    what a nice way to end the year in La Liga, us being sole leaders!

    I hope Sergio will be okay, I LOVE HIM!

  13. gabriela permalink
    December 19, 2011 17:10

    I love this post so much I want to hug it! ❤
    Adorable moments of the A-team, haha! I'd love to hear what they were saying, but the video is amazing enough by itself.
    Loved the name you chose for Callejón's celebration!

    I'm so happy with Di María's performances lately, he's been a beast on the pitch! By far one of my favorite players in the squad.

    About Pepe's expulsion, I think the second yellow was exagerated, but at least it didn't affect our game. I don't know why Pepe's behavior on the pitch is so different from the one off pitch. He's such a sweetie guy!

  14. December 19, 2011 17:19

    this was such a fantastic post! puts me right in the holiday spirit with a big smile on my face. thanks, una!

  15. December 19, 2011 17:44

    In terms of discussions…

    What is Xabi Alonso saying to Cristiano in that animated gif? When was that moment?

  16. December 19, 2011 18:05

    I love these guys, and was so happy to have a big win after losing to Barca. Thanks again for highlighting them. I hope this win brought up their spirits. Cris is phenomenal, but he’s also human, and it’s not fair for him to be criticized after all he’s done for this team.

  17. asma permalink
    December 19, 2011 18:41

    This ICYMI edition is sooo much fun. Love everything. And Unamadridista, what makes you a gem is entry no. NINE. That’s what I love most about you and this blog. You never fail to focus on the positives of a person, never bashes and shown your disapproval/displeasure in such a proper way. Other people would have called for Pepe’s head.

    Thanks so much.

  18. raooya permalink
    December 19, 2011 20:59

    Really had a lot of fun read this ICYMI the A- team are cute its nice to see Xabi imitates ppl in classy way rare when we see him havnig fun like this.. nice
    The game was great and Iker god bless him he made his saves @ the time wee need him if not with him we would not win with 6 goals .. HALA MADRID
    I hope we remains Leaders until the end of the season

  19. Rose permalink
    December 19, 2011 21:01

    Una can you please please please put a link up for the Cuatro video of the A-team?! Thanks!

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 20, 2011 10:20

      I’ve updated the post with a link.

  20. kiki permalink
    December 19, 2011 21:34

    I’ve only gotten as far as the A team part & must immediately THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, it’s the greatest thing ever !!!!!!!!!

  21. kiki permalink
    December 19, 2011 22:03

    Well Una, now that I’ve finished reading I must say once again you have covered it all & more!
    Condolences to Àngel & his family. His gesture was lovely and his play was amazing.
    San Iker is perfectly named, he is magic & we are so lucky to have him.
    I’m glad for Cris & sorry that he deals with this nonsense, he is an utter CRACK!, end of. Poor Sergio, I hope he is well soon…I know many who would like to kiss his owieee “all better” & the pictures you provided of him sure “healed” me, in a manner!
    The A-team are glorious.
    Xabi blows my mind, the light that shows out of his eyes is amazing, what a man!
    What a fishbowl Mou is in with the press! The whole team is wonderful!
    As far as Pepe, I couldn’t really tell with that foul, but he has a reputation that will continue to damage his movements, I almost feel as if he has calmed down quite a bit, but his reputation precedes him.
    I feel so bad for our Cantera, I just can’t stand injustices & they are so rampant. Sergio commented on “the ugly side” in that wonderful interview…. 😦
    So happy for Jesus & his wife, a new baby coming is such a joy, his celebration made me happy, even as he scored against.
    I am glad for Cris’ gesture to give Iker the ball, it was truly deserved for Iker’s brilliance. Too bad the rest of the world doesn’t see this respectful & unselfish side of our number 7!
    I love to see the men from both sides showing such warmth for each other & good sportsmanship, I wish the fans would follow their wonderful example!
    Thank You again, UNA! 🙂
    ps. sorry about your Javi(!!!) getting expelled, I didn’t see the match so I don’t know if it was fair…perhaps he didn’t know his own towering strength? 😉

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 20, 2011 10:12

      It wasn’t fair at all, and Athletic is appealing it.

      • kiki permalink
        December 20, 2011 21:34

        I watched the video after I commented & you are absolutely correct, it was a ridiculous call on beautiful Javi(!!!) I wish them luck with the appeal & even more I wish footy wasn’t corrupted like it often is 😦

  22. kiki permalink
    December 19, 2011 22:14

    I also forgot to say how thrilled I was with Hamit’s goal (as was Mou), I’ve really been impressed with him. He seems to have such a great attitude & work ethic & seems a lovely man. After all, it seemed the press were treating him as simply a necessary add-on to Nuri’s purchase, it’s really great to see him proving his value! Sehr gut, mein Herr! 🙂

  23. Flora permalink
    December 19, 2011 22:20

    Hey Una, I was wondering if you have the link to the video where the A team is making fun of everyone’s goal celebration? Great post as always by the way!!!

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 20, 2011 10:20

      I have updated the post with a link.

  24. jackie o. permalink
    December 19, 2011 23:30

    great work, una! i love how you took the time to gif the imitations next to the goal celebrations themselves — it really makes it clear what goofs our boys are!

    also, i know that pepe can be excessive, and that second yellow was completely unnecessary, but i do think it’s important to remember that his first card arguably saved us a goal. i think the game would have been very different if it was 1-1, as opposed to being 1-0.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 20, 2011 10:21

      That was Cuatro’s work, though they didn’t get the comparisons entirely correct…

  25. December 20, 2011 02:29

    Not sure which is my favorite moment, the a team imitating goal celebrations, the picture where I looks like Cris and Sergio are holding hands, Sergio’s thigh (yum), Iker’s saves (he was my MOTM), Jesus hugging Sergio, Iker and the game ball?! After much thought they are ALL my favorite moments. Thank you for the post, I was having a rough Monday and this made it alllll better 🙂

  26. December 20, 2011 02:43

    Aaaaaah! The discussion between the A-team about the goal celebration is all sorts of adorable!

    Angel really was outstanding in this match. His two assists were so accurate, especially the first one. Really amazing. And he seems to be laying off the diving, too. If he stops doing that entirely then nothing is really stopping him from become a great, great player.

    It’s so sweet that Cris gave Iker the game ball. Given the scoreline and Cris’s hattrick, the immediate assumption was that the offense did all the work. But of course, that’s not the case. It’s so great that they recognized Iker in that way. I’m sure he doesn’t have that many game balls in his display shelf.

    And I love the way Angel hugged Sergio, I think it’s a very girly hug, since he was holding his wrist with his other hand as he hugged Sergio. Heehee.

  27. December 20, 2011 02:58

    I wondered if Jesus’ wife was pregnant after I saw his goal celebration! Yay for them! I thought Jesus had a really good game. I’m sure VDB took notice. 🙂

    Yay for the win. Angel had a fantastic game. More of this Angel and less of the diving Angel, please. So happy for Callejon! What a great way to thank Mou for giving him playing time. I would hate to have Mou’s job though. How could I possibly pick who to play?! And very happy for Hamit too. I’ve noticed in the past couple games that he’s really starting to play better the more playing time he gets. People can say what they want about Mou but he really seems to get the best out of his guys.

    Iker was fantastic and definitely kept them in the game. I was quite nervous in the first half. Sevilla did a great job on defense and we couldn’t make the passes that we normally do so effortlessly.

    lol @ Marcelito when he jumped on Callejon. It reminded me of when Mou did that to Callejon a couple games ago.

    “Cris doing something” This was after Cris thought he was fouled. He was showing the ref that he was pushed. 😉

    Wait…so Castilla ended up with 8 players by the end of the game? Oy! Was that ref on a mission to force them to lose? Says a lot for them that they ended up drawing in spite of it.

    Thanks again for these posts Una. I echo what Alice wrote. 🙂

  28. futbolfan permalink
    December 20, 2011 03:12

    HOly moly what an amazing post Unaaa!!

    Ahh I absolutely loved every part of it, the imitations, the kisses, the hugs, the skin, the brilliantness of our boys, the kindness of our boys, the poses, the smiles, the whispers(Cris and Xabi are so intense!), the celebrations, etc.

    Thank you so much for this lovelinessss!

  29. superfan permalink
    December 20, 2011 07:01

    San Iker did live up to his name!! Those were two magnificent saves!

    The A team were so adorkable. Hahaha. I love this team so much!!! 🙂 And wow, so many cards for our Castilla boys. :O

    Thank you so much for this recap, Una. You’re the best! 🙂

  30. Gigi permalink
    December 20, 2011 07:32

    Lovely ICYMI post 🙂
    I wonder what hotel that was in Sevilla…looks a lot nicer than the one i stayed in! While there in May I caught the game with the same result, 6-2. It was my 1st trip to spain & 1st time seeing RM (and Sergio Ramos), I will never forget it!

  31. wandering permalink
    December 20, 2011 13:55

    We now have some La Liga games on free tv!!! It’s not live telecast but it’s a start. And Una, I love you and I love this team. I was all but crying of happiness after that 3rd goal.

    Win or lose, iHala Madrid!

  32. maria permalink
    December 20, 2011 23:04

    Hi Una!! Loved that picture of Mou on the benches with all the cameras around him!! It looks so artistic!! And it was such a nice gesture of Cris, specially when you about how Iker, even being the amazing player that he is, best goal keeper in the world, is the only player on the pitch who could never have the ball of the game for scoring a hat trick…. Goalkeepers are usually super underrated!! Well deserved to Iker!!

  33. Erika permalink
    December 21, 2011 06:53

    I was super impressed by Iker during this game … although when am I not? I was excited I got to watch this game, although I did have to endure the announcers on Gol TV who are very pro-Barça … proud of our boys. 🙂

  34. funkymadridista permalink
    December 31, 2011 01:53

    hey una , am new here and im absolutely loving ur blog ❤ it is by far the best RM blog i've ever seen!! i just have a couple of questions..what does ICYMI mean ? and why do u refer to morata as MFC ?

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 31, 2011 14:17

      “In case you missed it” and because he’s “my favorite canterano.”

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