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happy Friday!

December 23, 2011

And ¡Feliz Navidad! to those who will be celebrating these days!  Today, we found out that Málaga will be our opponent in the Copa del Rey round of 16.  The first leg will take place in the Bernabéu on Jan. 4, with the second leg at La Rosaleda on Jan. 11.  If Madrid makes it through, they’ll play the winner of the Barcelona-Osasuna pairing (Jan. 18 and 25).

With that said, it’s vacation time for our team!  Here are some of our players’ vacation plans.

Xabi Alonso is in his beloved Donostia, as we can see from these photos he tweeted today of La Concha, one for “people who get up early,” and another showing “our feet on the sand and nothing more.”  We also get another one of his feet that he shared several days ago.  I love the light in that one!  Once again, Xabi is the perfect Tambor de Oro, because don’t you just want to go to Donostia after seeing those photos?

And the photos are just like him, classy, timeless and elegant, no?  And the captions as well!  Plus, I love this photo of him adjusting his bow tie from the GQ Men of the Year awards, so I had to share.

By the way, Xabi has been called up by the Euskal selekzioa to play in their friendly on Dec. 28 against Tunisia at San Mamés.  The players are due at Lezama on Dec. 27 at 17h for a training session.

Meanwhile, Álvaro Arbeloa drove back to Zaragoza yesterday to spend the holidays with his family, and he tweeted, “what co-pilots I have!”  And he’s looking forward to drinking Coke again, tweeting, only one more week to go!  This is despite the promise he made that if Xabi got on twitter, it would be extended to two years.  Alvarito tweeted, “that was a maneuver to trick him and make him get on twitter.”  And to round out the A-team, Raúl Albiol was named a favorite son of his hometown Vilamarxant.  He and his brothers Miguel and Brian will also present their football school today.  So, lots of happy events, even though no one won El Gordo from tickets sold at their parents’ lottery stand, though they’re hopeful for El Niño!  By the way, both Miguel and Brian are on twitter, when will it be Raúl’s turn?

To round out The Four Musketeers (what happened to them?), Sergio Ramos is back home in Camas/Sevilla, where he picked up the “Young Andalucía” award for this year, in the sports category.  He said he was “tremendously proud” to represent Andalucía and Spain, that he was accepting the award as a “camero, sevillano, andaluz and español” and that he loves seeing Andalucíans doing well everywhere in the world, in reference to those who were honored with him.  Sergio also said his injury is a bit better, and he’ll continue receiving treatment in Sevilla.  And Sergio chose quite a classic suit (in other words, unlike him) for this occasion, but luckily the award itself brightened things up.  It’s very in line with Sergio’s style, no?

Mesut Özil is spending his winter vacation in Devrek, Turkey, where his family comes from.  He was welcomed by dozens of fans who treated him like a hero, holding up signs saying things such as “I love Mesut” and “the king has arrived.”  He told the press, while avoiding their questions about his relationship with Mou, that he had traveled to Turkey to spend a few days with his family and friends, and to visit the graves of his grandparents.

We know where Iker and at least El Pirata will be on Dec. 28.  Iker presented his charity event, the “Partido x la ilusión” on Thursday at the Bernabéu.  The event, which takes place on Dec. 28, consists of three parts: a concert, a Football 7 match at the Palacio de Deportes and a charity dinner at the Palacio Marqués de Salamanca.  Funds raised from the event will go towards helping young people who are at risk of being socially excluded, to create employment for them, via the Fundación Exit and the Fundación Tomillo.  Iker said, “I hope that Palacio de Deportes will be packed on Dec. 28 – and this is not an inocentada – and that people will enjoy themselves.”  He added that the goal is to “give back what life has given me to those who most need it.”  He messed up at several points during his speech, including the pronunciation of Fabio Cannavaro’s name.

Iker called on his friends to make sure that the night would be a spectacular one.  The likes of Pignoise, La Musicalité, Huecco and Robert Ramírez will provide the music, while the football game will see big names such as Esteban Granero, José Reyes, Alejandro Sanz (yay!), David Bustamante, Fernando Hierro, Fabio Cannavaro, the Muñoz brothers (Estopa), Sergio García (the golfer), Álvaro Bautista and Rafa “no me jodas” Guerrero.

No, this is not a mug shot.

Tickets can be found here and here; they are €15 for adults and €10 for children.  In addition, you can also make donations to the cause, if you are unable to attend.

Pepe has also found time to be charitable, with this “Las bolachas de Pepe” project, in conjunction with the bakery Mamá Framboise (C/ Fernando VI 23).  The bakery is currently selling gingerbread men handmade by Pepe, with the help of chef Alejandro Montes.  The tagline of the campaign goes, “it’s true.  Pepe is a tough guy.  We all know that, but he’s also a great guy.”  That seems to be the perception of Pepe, no?  The proceeds will benefit the NGO Niños Sin Culpa, which helps children with AIDS who wouldn’t receive any help otherwise.

And go here to see a video of Dani Carril back in his hometown of Vigo (Galicia), wearing the vest that José Mourinho gave to him.  He said some of his Barça-supporting friends are calling him “traitor” but it’s obvious that he loves that vest, and he wears it so proudly, no?

30 Comments leave one →
  1. Pammie permalink
    December 23, 2011 13:28

    Happy friday to you too!

    I like the photo of Xabi for GQ a lot too. He is a legit GQMF 😀

    Now we know what el Chori does in his vacation, he received an award:!/albiol18/status/150178405785149441

    I loved what Don Alfredo said about winning El Gordo, this was what makes madridistas happy 😀

    I hope Pepe and the bakery raise a lot of money for this cause. The ad is great. 😀

    I’m looking forward to the charity match and hope there’ll be a way to watch the Basque friendly, because that much Basque hotness (and Xabi getting united with his new idol Iñigo Martinez sounds fun too)…

    No wonder that the Arbeloa dogs are so round, when they look at them with their big puppy eyes all the time. 😀

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 23, 2011 14:08

      Yes, just updated the post with El Chori!

  2. La madridista permalink
    December 23, 2011 13:44


    I hope you don’t mind that I used one of your pictures when I tweeted with Arbeloa about his Coke promise. He reteweeted and answered as you can see on his twitter! 🙂

  3. Marie permalink
    December 23, 2011 14:34

    Happy Friday and Merry Christmas Una! Alvaro’s pugs have such sad little faces! Maybe they saw Iker’s outfit…

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 24, 2011 14:21


    • Jennifer permalink
      December 24, 2011 15:37

      HAHA! I like the way your mind works…

  4. Charlene permalink
    December 23, 2011 15:47

    What was Arbeloa’s coke promise? To not drink any for an entire year; which would be extended to two years if Xabi joined twitter?

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 24, 2011 14:21

      He promised to go one year without drinking Coke if Spain won the World Cup, and add one year to that if Xabi joined twitter.

  5. Rose permalink
    December 23, 2011 16:18

    Whoever introduced Xabi to the magic of Instagram is my new hero! He needs to keep posting pics of of his feet now to make it an ongoing series, haha!

    Also, who’s the girl with Sergio?

    And props to all the players taking time out of their holidays to do all this charity work. I would buy a dozen of Pepe’s gingerbread men and bring them to snack on at Iker’s match if I could!

    Happy holidays to you and yours Una!

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 24, 2011 14:22

      She’s an actress from Sevilla, María León.

  6. Ally permalink
    December 23, 2011 16:23

    D’aww.. I would love some Pepe-cookies! He’s a good and lovely person, but on the field he can be a little “overexcited” ^.^

  7. noviana noor aisyiah permalink
    December 23, 2011 16:23

    yap. another day without football week. oh i need to get a life!

  8. December 23, 2011 17:42

    Have a great time UnaMadridista and all the fellow readers!

    Yes, Xabi is a perferc ambassador of Donostia, the pictures are as dreamy as he is!

    and I hope Iker’s game will be a big success and a lot of money will be raised!

  9. asma permalink
    December 23, 2011 17:56

    Dear Una, this is maybe a weird question, but do you know the name/type of the font used to make the J.M. initial on the vest?

    And Happy Holidays to you and everyone!

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 24, 2011 14:23

      No, I never even thought about that…

  10. December 23, 2011 18:32

    So much wonderfulness (no, I don’t think that’s a proper word) in one place! I wanted to go to Donostia anyway but Xabi just makes me want to go more!
    I adore Alvaro’s traveling companions.
    And I’m very excited that Alvaro Bautista will be participating again. Aside from the majority of the Spanish national team, he is one of my favorite Spaniards with Jorge Lorenzo

  11. AJ Nelson permalink
    December 23, 2011 18:43

    More reasons to love the musketeers (as if we need one!) 🙂 Feliz Navidad!

  12. Dia permalink
    December 23, 2011 19:04

    O.M.G. I love seeing photos of Arbeloa’s dogs!

  13. Mike permalink
    December 23, 2011 19:13

    Does anyone know Xabi’s instagram account?


  14. December 23, 2011 19:50

    tsk shame on arbeloa, he should quit coke for another year

  15. December 23, 2011 22:05

    mmm … if that’s a mug shot, then i wanna be the cop who gets to frisk him. or the prisoner that gets to share his cell! 😉

    those doggies! their eyes! ooooh! so cute! i’m proud of arbeloa for honouring his promise — that’s a tough thing to do. i have a hard enough time cutting out chocolate during lent for 40 days, i couldn’t imagine a whole year of it! bravo, alvarito!

    feliz navidad una, y muchos, muchos gracias por todo lo que hacen! xx

  16. Tasha permalink
    December 24, 2011 00:14

    Merry Christmas Una and best wishes for the new year!!

  17. oli permalink
    December 24, 2011 07:07

    Feliz Navivad, una!!

  18. Diana permalink
    December 24, 2011 10:22

    Your “No, that is not a mug shot” almost made me fall off my bed laughing, and that would not be a good thing as it is 3:22 AM and I don’t want to wake anyone up, hahaha.

    Felices fiestas, Una! Your blog brings lots of joy to many people, and may we have lots of fun posts and reasons to celebrate este año que viene! :’D

  19. cloudy permalink
    December 24, 2011 11:44

    happy christmas una!

  20. superfan permalink
    December 24, 2011 12:38

    What is that photo of Iker?!!!!!? Huhuhuhu. Thankfully, Sergio graces us with his hotness!! Haha

  21. burr permalink
    December 24, 2011 20:12

    is mesut more turkish than german? always wondered

  22. Cammy permalink
    December 25, 2011 07:01

    Xabi is so classy even on vacation:)

    Merry Christmas Una!

  23. Hazel permalink
    December 26, 2011 08:33

    That mugshot must be for when he got caught ransacking the closet in some elderly man’s home… Good for the elderly man though, he doesn’t own such a terrible sweater anymore!


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