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February 12, 2012

And all caught up, finally!  Madrid takes on Levante tonight at the Bernabéu (21:30h), and hopefully they can take advantage of the “Osasunazo,” as AS called it, and widen their lead in the Liga to 10 points.  Marcelo Sunshine was certainly fired up at yesterday’s training session, while AAAA (Antonio Adán & Álvaro Arbeloa) scolded and made fun of Iker for not following proper rondo etiquette, with Álvaro even showing us a few dance moves.  I love this team!

And Roberto Carlos – LEGEND – will finally get a much-deserved and long awaited recognition for his years of service to this team!

Feb. 5 – on vacation…

Karim Benzema spent the mini-vacation back home in Lyon, where he participated in a charity concert organized by the Les Enfoirés group of artists.  Benz got up on stage and sang a version of the song “Chanteur,” re-imagined as “Le footballeur,” and towards the end of the show, he also lent his vocals to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and Les Enfoirés’ new single for this year, “Encore un hiver.”  If anyone has video of this, I’d love to see it.  Did he get to rap as well?  And is he only shy in Spanish?

Feb. 6 – a pair of pajamas.

Raúl Albiol is doing very, very well so far on twitter.  He tweeted a photo of him watching “El Hormiguero” with the “baby of the house” (his dog Minnie).  Álvaro Arbeloa saw the photo, and decided to make fun of his pajamas: “what kind of pajamas did you spend your money on!!!”  As if that teasing wasn’t enough, Raúl’s response to Álvaro was priceless: “there’s no doubt that your pajamas are the type without sleeves… Samson!”  Jajaja!!!

Meanwhile, Miguel decided to have a little chat (via twitter, of course) with his younger brother about his hairstyle: “how great you are with this… hair!!!!  But you have to go to the barbershop.”  It looked like this little brotherly advice (command?) worked, because Raúl tweeted back, “since you’re my older brother, I’ll keep that in mind.”

Feb. 7 – back to work.

After two very welcome days off, Madrid returned to training on Tuesday to start preparing for Sunday’s game against Levante.  There was good news, in the form of Ángel di María and Sami Khedira’s recoveries, as they worked out with the group.  That left only Marcelo working out by himself, as he did recovery work with Carlos Lalín.  Canteranos Óscar Plano, Omar, Mandi and Tomás Mejías were called up for this training session.  Of note: Sergio fashioned his headwear into a bandanna with his ponytail sticking out of the back.

Also on Tuesday, Iker, Sergio, Xabi and Cris received their FIFPro awards, for forming part of the ideal XI for 2011.  They were unable to pick up the awards at the FIFA gala back in January, as they were in the midst of a concentración prior to a Copa del Rey match against Málaga.

Iker provided a photo of himself at home with the four FIFPro awards he’s won, while Sergio tweeted this photo of himself with Cris and their awards.  Sergio unfortunately decided to cover himself with a towel, while Cris should have as well, to cover up those studded jeans!  I think Sergio might have a chance of rocking them (especially in a bright color), but Cris doesn’t.  That Gucci jacket and off-center cap don’t help things either.  Anyway, all eyes weren’t on Cris’ outfit, they were on his new car (why didn’t he opt for a flashier color?), a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, which was apparently a birthday present for himself.  El Chori tweeted “envy is a sign of inferiority” and shortly after, “Cain was also envious of Cris’ new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4…”  Jajaja!!!!

Another tweet that I liked: MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín tweeted this with the hashtag, “reasonable resemblances”: “Jorge Casado and Nuri Sahin, jajajajajajajaja.”  It’s true, they could pass for twins!

José Callejón presented his new Adidas boots at a promotional event in Madrid.  Besides flashing that adorable dimple, he said that he’s very happy with how he’s playing, and that “returning to my home was a dream that came true.  It’s magnificent to train and play with the best players in the world.  I want to learn and give the best out of me so that this club can win many titles.  I always want to give it my all and sacrifice myself as much as I can for this club.”  He also said Mou is very happy at Madrid, he doesn’t believe he will be leaving, and he doesn’t want him to leave.  The other day, my friend asked me what I think of Callejón “and ignore the hair.”  Well, I absolutely adore José, hair and all!  I’m so happy to finally see a canterano triumph at Madrid, even if he did have to leave to make the higher-ups notice his worth.

Feb. 8 – training…

Another day, another session that was more or less a repeat of the previous session.  All of the players were out at Valdebebas, joined by a handful of canteranos (Casado, Merchán, Tomás Mejías), and out of them, Marcelo was the only one who trained apart at times, as he’s still recovering from his injury.  It was so cold that even Mou wore a hat (or, as we would find out the next day, he was just waiting to surprise us), while some of his players looked like bank robbers.  As for Sergio’s hat, well it knew that it was a sin to cover up that perfect head of hair, and so it decided to show it off by helpfully falling off of Sergio’s head.

Also on Wednesday, Sanitas handed out their health insurance cards to all the players.  Sanitas has been Madrid’s official medical supplier for more than 10 years, which is why all the physicals of new players are held at their hospitals, why they choose a “healthiest” player each year and why they hand out these cards each season.

The lucky Sanitas representative got to pose with the players both before and after the training session.  Some of them looked more enthusiastic than others, although no one can beat Mou’s lack of enthusiasm last season.

When I heard that Xabi Alonso would be the ambassador of the Fundación Mujeres por África (Women for Africa Foundation) and attend the presentation ceremony along with the queen of Spain, Queen Sofía, I really, really wanted them to pose together, just to see if the photo could handle all the regality and class that it contained.  Unfortunately, the two of them didn’t pose together.  The queen did notice Xabi though, but it’s pretty hard not to, no?  He has such as presence… rivaled at the presentation only by the queen herself, and outshining some of the top politicians and businesspersons in Spain.

Anyway, the event was held at the Museo Reina Sofía, and FP was also there, as he’s one of the trustees of the foundation, along with other big names in business such as Emilio Botín, head of the banking group Grupo Santander, Spain’s richest woman Esther Koplowitz, former Real Madrid presidential candidate Juan Manuel Villar Mir, El Corte Inglés president Isidoro Álvarez…  Queen Sofía is the honorary president and the executive president is former deputy prime minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega.  Xabi and Pau Gasol (he provided a taped message during the presentation) are the ambassadors.  Former Spanish PM ZP was also on hand.  As you can see, this foundation has a lot of power behind it.  The mission of the foundation is to promote the development and progress of Africa through the empowerment of women and a fight for equal rights and opportunities.

Xabi told the press, “this foundation is worth it.  Trying to develop on all levels a continent with so much potential is something that’s for the common good.”  And of course, the media asked Xabi about football during the event, and he told them that it’s impossible to decide whether he’d like to win the Liga or the Champions, although “I’ve never won a league and I’d like one, but the Champions League has a special attraction to it.”

Feb. 9 – Mou gets buzzed.

The team trained at the Bernabéu this morning in a closed door session, as the meteorological conditions at the stadium are much better than that at Valdebebas.  We also found out that Hamit Altintop was diagnosed with a tear to his left calf, and that José Mourinho has a new hairstyle!  I think I preferred him with longer hair, but this style fits much more nicely with his tracksuits and vests, the only things he seems to be wearing nowadays.  It probably saves him a lot of time too, as it requires little styling.  That means more time to devote to football!

Speaking of new hairstyles, Raúl Albiol tweeted that “tomorrow I’m going to get a haircut…”  I guess he decided to listen to his brothers, Miguel and Álvaro!  And Sergio tweeted this photo of him adding to his tattoo collection.  He’s going to end up like David Beckham isn’t he, with hardly an inch to spare on his upper body.

Meanwhile, Cuatro Deportes provided us with a video of the top eight songs that play in Madrid’s locker room.  Marcelo and Sergio are apparently the DJs, and they really like reggaeton, don’t they?  But I’m surprised Sergio (with the help of Calleti) hasn’t managed to force any flamenco or flamenquito songs onto this playlist…

8.  Paulina Rubio – Me Gustas Tanto.

7.  Juan Magan – Bailando Por Ahí.

6.  DJ Buxxi – Como Tú No Hay Dos.

5. José de Rico feat. Henry Méndez – Rayos de Sol.

4.  Fuego feat. El Potro Álvarez – Una Vaina Loca.

3.  Michel Teló – Ai Se Eu Te Pego.

2.  Don Omar feat. Lucenzo – Danza Kuduro.

1.  Daddy Yankee – ¿Qué Tengo Que Hacer?

Feb. 10 – more training…

Marcelo trained at the same intensity as his teammates on Friday morning, meaning that there’s the possibility he will be available to play this Sunday against Levante.  He was one of the 21 players out on the practice field of Valdebebas, along with Castilla’s Tomás Mejías and Merchán.  Lass, meanwhile, worked out indoors, and Hamit Altintop was immersed in his recovery work.  I love Bambi’s big eyes!

Meanwhile, Iker finally sported a hat that I liked!

Unlike some people, Raúl Albiol came through on his promise, which was to tweet a photo of his new hairstyle (it ended up being basically a return to his previous hairstyle).  We weren’t the only ones looking forward to it, as Álvaro Arbeloa was also waiting for the big moment.  Surely he could just walk over to El Chori’s house?  Or maybe not, because last night he was busy having dinner with Pablo Ibáñez (aka El Hombre de Negro) who works for the TV program “El Hormiguero” and birthday boy (Feb. 11) José Callejón (which of course means it’s Juanmi’s birthday too).  Álvaro called Calleti “Seabiscuit” and tweeted some photos from the dinner, as did Pablo.  Those sunglasses suit José, no?

Speaking of twitter, two more of our Castilla players have joined recently – Jesús Fernández and Jesé.  The latter tweeted a photo of his new look, and said he hoped that it would bring him luck on Sunday.  Since I love stars, I like this look!  It’s better than that stripey thing he sported earlier.

And Kaká tweeted a photo of his shinguards, which sport a lion surrounded by his name and those of his wife (in a heart – cute!) and children, plus the words “we belong to Jesus.”

Feb. 11 – all set for Levante!

Preparations for Sunday’s game continued on Saturday, with 22 players working out at Valdebebas, everyone on the team except Hamit Altintop.  Tomás Mejías joined the players from the first team, which included Lass, who had worked out inside the previous day.  It looks like the birthday boy got a little extra attention during the session!

Twenty players were called up for the game, including Tomy.  Those players left off the list were the injured Altintop and Lass, plus Ángel di María and Marcelo, due to the coach’s decision, although this time there’s nothing strange about that since both are coming off of injuries.

After several weeks without speaking to the press (18 days to be exact), José Mourinho returned to the sala de prensa.  In this press conference, he was accompanied by his entourage Aitor Karanka, Rui Faria and Eládio Paramés.  He had the following to say.

on the month of February: February is perhaps more complicated for us than for our most direct rival.  We play against Levante, which is fourth in the table; against Racing, which is making a clear comeback and winning many points now; against Rayo, surely one of the revelations of this season, not only for points, but also for quality of play; and against Espanyol, which is having a great season and fighting to play in Europe… we have a series of games in February, and it’s difficult for any team to have a more complicated series of games than us.

on the “more team-oriented” Cristiano: here, we don’t work based on whistles or applause, but rather we focus on what we believe is the most important thing for the team.  The team needs everyone to actively participate in defensive tasks.  It’s normal for those players who play up front to not have a defensive culture, but that’s why we’re here, to improve.  It seems to me that everyone, and I’m not just taking about Cristiano here, I’m referring to Cristiano, to Higuaín, to Benzema, to Özil, it seems to me that those who play up front are improving a lot in the defensive aspect.  Callejón did have this defensive spirit in his essence but the rest are improving a lot.

Calleti’s the teacher’s pet of this season, taking over from Esteban, no?

on his continuity at Madrid: I expected this question.  I think you all already should know my answer.  I’m not the one adding fuel to the fire, I’m not the one writing things, I’m not the one saying things, you all have to ask your sources, who are anonymous for you.  For me, they’re not anonymous, they’re imaginary [jajaja!!!!]…  The source should be the one providing the answer.  If your source is anonymous, ask them again.  If it’s imaginary, then imagine another one [jajajajajajaja!!!!]…  The press here is like that, it’s like the sea.  It comes and goes, comes and goes.  I don’t play your game, I play my game.

on playing the Özil-Kaká pair (Madrid hasn’t lost when they play together): I have a good memory and I haven’t forgotten your criticism or that of your co-workers when last year we played with Kaká and Özil together in Almería or A Coruña.

on Eládio Paramés and his twitter account: I don’t have anything to do with his twitter.  He’s a person that works for me but he has his own life, his own opinion, his independence and it’s not my problem.  I’m not anyone to say what he can say or cannot.  I don’t have one, I don’t like it and I’m not going to make one.  I must be out of date, from a generation that is getting older, but social networks are not for me.  I’d like to take this opportunity to say that those profiles on Facebook passing for me are fake.

The team met up at the Bernabéu on Saturday night to begin the concentración.  Now that El Chori has gotten a haircut, can everyone start working on Esteban?

Over on twitter, Sergio couldn’t let the day go by without sending out his birthday wishes for his bro, aka “Calletiiii.”  He also gave us a photo, tweeting, “you (José) have many more birthdays left next to Churu, jejejeje.”  If I remember correctly, Sergio’s nickname “Churu” came from Javier Saviola, who used to say that Sergio looked more like someone from Uruguay than Spain.  And thoughts on Churu’s attempt to look like an English gentleman off to a hunt?  Sergio also gave us a glimpse of his new tattoos, which are the name of his mother, Paqui, on his left hand and the nickname of his father, Rubio, on his right.  He tweeted, “they’re unique and I love them a lot.  Good night and have a good weekend.”  Here’s another picture of the new tattoos.

Some magazine appearances…

Sami Khedira and his girlfriend Lena Gercke are featured in the March issue of GQ Germany as a dream team, since he’s a top footballer and she’s a top model (original combination, no?).  The genetically blessed couple looked very much in love during the photo shoot, and the resulting photos, though a bit racy and possibly bordering on tacky (so I’m sure Sami will come in for a bit of teasing from his teammates) are quite romantic, especially the black and white shots (and excluding the cover shot).

Much like Xabi and Nagore, they seem to exist in a perfect parallel universe, no?

This is the cover shot.  In the name of equality, are there any German magazines aimed at women that will feature a naked Sami and a clothed Lena for us girls?

I love that Sami decided to show off his dance skills!  More of that please!

Mesut also made an appearance in GQ Germany, in the January issueIf anyone would like to provide translations to Sami or Mesut’s interviews, let me know!  The lovely girls over at Mesut’s LiveJournal community “Crinkly Ears” have provided a translation of the video and article that accompanied Mesut’s photoshoot (the Sami translation is also on the way too!).

Anyway, the highlights of the Mesut article are definitely “his freshly washed hair smells of fruit: something between strawberries and melons” and “he still gushes about it: the football mania of the Madridistas, the way fans stop him on the street and talk at him at such a rapid-fire pace he can’t understand a word until eventually everyone just laughs.”  Now I want to smell Mesut’s hair!!!!  And if it really does smell as good as it sounds, also ask him what shampoo he uses!  And while I’m at it, which one Sergio uses to make his hair always look so fantastic!

You know, if I ever get a chance to interview these footballers, those are the types of questions I’d ask (and also including, “why do you absolutely refuse to take off your undershirt?), instead of things like “who was your childhood idol” or “what title do you want to win this year.”

And a little note.

I just want to say a big thank you for all your support and encouragement over the last several weeks, when I wasn’t unable to post and while I caught up.  It means a lot to me, because since I started this blog, all growth has been organic.*  I’ve never advertised this blog, I’ve never told anyone to come visit (in fact, only a handful of very close friends know that I even write it), I’ve never posted links of it anywhere, so it really has spread and grown by word of mouth, and that’s why I’m very thankful to all of you.  ¡Muchísimas gracias!

* wow, I do remember something from business school!

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65 Comments leave one →
  1. Aniekie permalink
    February 12, 2012 13:45

    I’ll be happy to look at Mesut’s and Sami’s interviews, just send them to me and I’ll translate them for you 🙂

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 13, 2012 15:18

      Thanks for the offer, but I’m told they’ve already been translated.

  2. February 12, 2012 13:46

    Hooray for you catching up. I love this post!

    Also, this evening may result in ten points. hehehehehehe! I’ve been thrilled with life ever since I found out that barca lost. I’m hoping that the boys keep it together this evening. I don’t want to jinx anything by celebrating too soon.

    I don’t like Sami and Lena on the GQ cover. I agree, it’s really sexist. Just to balance things, I agree we should have a mag shoot of Sami nude. Now that, I would happily pay to see. 😉

  3. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    February 12, 2012 14:03

    Una you can’t imagine how much we missed you in your departure. You are amaing and deserve it because of the time, effort, sense of humor you have in this blog deserve all the marketing we can get you!

    Gracias Una and again such beautiful post!!

    Can’t wait for today’s game, don’t screw it my Madrid boys, let’s make it 10!! Vamos! Hala Madrid!!

  4. February 12, 2012 14:03

    Haha. You know, that was exactly my reaction when I saw the Sami and Lena pictures. TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF, BOY! I agree that the cover is somewhat meh (it’s GQ… -_-;) but I adore the b&w ones.

    And Mesut’s photos… oh, the poor boy was photoshopped to death. He’s hardly recognizable!

    I have let Jenny @ our Özil community Crinkly_Ears know you would like an English translation of the GQ interviews (if she hasn’t already offered – I know she loves your blog after all). She has done both and will be absolutely overjoyed to provide them for you, I am sure. The interviews are a lot of fun to read! You get to find out about the smell of Mesut Özil’s shampoo. Things you never knew you wanted to know! 🙂

  5. Jenny permalink
    February 12, 2012 14:08

    I would love to provide the translations.

    Ozil’s has already been posted at his LiveJournal community – I will e-mail you the full text and links to the pictures and gifs that were done at the time.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 13, 2012 15:18

      Thanks Jenny! I’ll update the post and respond to your email when I get the latest ICYMI post out of the way.

      • Jenny permalink
        February 13, 2012 18:59

        Sami’s will be delayed by a couple more days – real life got in the way!

        Thanks for your patience.

  6. Madridista 4 ever permalink
    February 12, 2012 14:17

    Thank you for this wonderful blog!!!!!!!!!!!! I love them all =D I’m sort of new to this blog….I found it 4 days ago and I’m really enjoying my time watching all these things i wanted to see ages ago. Thank you again

  7. February 12, 2012 14:24

    Love this blog…… I am so happy that we are finally on schedule………Hope u will never have to leave this blog even for a day…..Looking forward to many more great post of yours……Thank you…

  8. garyllene permalink
    February 12, 2012 14:39

    Thanx for all the round ups posts that i’m sure takes a lot of your times. Thanx una!!!I hope you can write forever..;)

  9. asma permalink
    February 12, 2012 14:47

    Dear Una, your blog is a gem! And thank you for all the sacrifices you make for this blog.

  10. February 12, 2012 15:00

    thank u una i look forward to all ur posts

  11. February 12, 2012 15:06

    Thank you for these round-up posts, they were so fun to read! I missed you!

  12. mokia permalink
    February 12, 2012 15:10

    We love you Una!! and i still want to see who Unamadridista is! 😀

  13. Henrik permalink
    February 12, 2012 15:11

    I love it!

  14. Alyssa permalink
    February 12, 2012 15:16

    Iker’s “hat”! Hahahahaha what a cutie!

    I love Khedira but I’ve never thought of him as sexy before. Those photos though. Whoa.

    And no no, thank YOU for always being here for us! I can’t tell you how comforting it was to wake up on game day and see an “all set for…” post again!

  15. sweethearthalo permalink
    February 12, 2012 15:27

    I do have some part translations for Mesut, it’s the stuff from the the GQ homepage and the video 🙂

  16. Ally permalink
    February 12, 2012 15:39

    Thank you for another amaysin’ post! I love these dorks and that they’re teasing each other all the time 😀

    And cheers to Osasuna! I’m so happy right now, we can finally win La Liga again 😀 but let us not get too confident.. please…

  17. shan permalink
    February 12, 2012 15:46

    Ask your friend what there seriously isn’t to like about Callejón? He’s impressed me greatly this season and I get really excited whenever he has an outstanding game (which is often). He’s even become my cuñado’s new man crush (replacing Canales, who we both miss dearly). Yesterday he sent me a text that said “I heart me some Callejón.” At least he’s got good taste 🙂

  18. Anna permalink
    February 12, 2012 15:59

    so glad to have you back una!
    i’m liking iker’s new choice of hat 😀 and i’m also obsessed with song number 2 played in the locker room!
    let’s hope we have a good match tonight!

  19. Mouah permalink
    February 12, 2012 15:59

    Hi ! So I looked up informations on Les Enfoirés’ concert. Turns out the concert has been filmed on Feb 5th AND 6th, and will be aired on March 9th on TV ! Let’s hope they kept the parts where our Karim is on stage ! I’ll try to keep you updated since you probably don’t have access to the French TV =)
    And thank you for your hard work on the blog ! It’s perfect

  20. Aksel permalink
    February 12, 2012 16:20

    Hi Una. I really enjoy your blog. A small request: Could you maybe start making links in the text open in a new fan/window. I tend to close your blog 4-5 times while reading it through because I automatically close eg. Youtube fans, when I’ve seen a video. 🙂

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 13, 2012 15:30

      I can’t seem to find a setting for that…

    • rojafan permalink
      February 14, 2012 21:39

      Right click and you’ll get that option yourself. I was doing the same thing for the longest time.

  21. Kika permalink
    February 12, 2012 16:27

    Una, you are seriously, seriously awesome…please keep making my days a little better with each and everyone of your posts.

    besos, from Portugal

  22. Moose9t9 permalink
    February 12, 2012 16:36

    It was tough when you were gone, things didn’t make sense in the Madrid Universe. Thanks for all your good work.

  23. Manie permalink
    February 12, 2012 16:39

    Una, I don’t know if you intend to keep this format it if you reverted to it to catch up, but I really like it! I like hearing your opinions and insights (dare I say more than the pics? Well, except Xabi). Finally, this blog is fantastic.

  24. Kristen permalink
    February 12, 2012 16:50

    Great round up, Una! One question, what is rondo??

  25. Happy permalink
    February 12, 2012 17:08

    Nice work~ Would you post more of the return of our Carlos?? I am so happy to see him back after such a long time, I still think he should receive a more resepectful farewell from Madrid.

  26. Sara permalink
    February 12, 2012 17:27

    I’m so happy that you are back Una!
    I hope I will be able to comment as I used to, I was very busy working.
    Expected 10 points lead to be confirmed today 🙂
    At this rate, Sergio will definitely end up like Beckham.

  27. Madrid Fan permalink
    February 12, 2012 17:54

    I have started reading your blog from past three four months. And it fulfills my addiction towards this club :D. Always looking forward to your latest post.

  28. Tasha permalink
    February 12, 2012 17:55

    I love Granero’s hair the way it is!! =)

    and btw your blog is beyond amazing!! and every madridista i know, says this is THE real madrid blog to follow! keep up the good work!

  29. Lucia permalink
    February 12, 2012 17:55

    I really love your blog, thank you for taking the time to do all these amazing posts with the best pictures of our team, keep up the good work!

  30. eruhin permalink
    February 12, 2012 19:00

    Well thank YOU, una! Thank you for all you do, I love your blogs:))

  31. Anom permalink
    February 12, 2012 19:26

    Damn, you’ve been on a roll lately.

    I just wanted to say that your blogs are fantastic, and has a lot of information about what happens inside Madrid that non-spanish supporters aren’t able to access, or at least don’t know how to. Keep up the good work. I don’t know how many comments you get, and as i recall, you’ve mentioned this before, but you should know that I, and many others, read every single post on this blog, and we rarely comment, and I’ sure other people are similar, so don’t let that fool you.

  32. Ana permalink
    February 12, 2012 20:26

    wow i neverr knew that story about sergio and saviola, very interesting!

  33. maria permalink
    February 12, 2012 23:14

    Hola Una!! I love when you write comments about the usually bad taste in fashion of our boys (minus xabi of course). Sergio as a british hunter?? That was hilarious, I was kind of missing your “fashion police” criticisms… And how sweet was that final note of yours… I’ve always wondered why wouldn’t you advertise on your blog and turn it into a profitable business, since you must have so many entries from all over the world!! I can see that you have many fans, so you’d probably be as rich as Cristiano is… =)
    A very big thanx to you, for continuing with the writing. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you’re very talented and skilled, and always do an amazing job with your RM reports.
    xxx

  34. February 12, 2012 23:57

    10 POINTS CLEAR AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *ahem*

    sorry about that. i sort of couldn’t help it. 😀 😀 😀 😀

    i know, i know — there’s a long way between now and may and anything could happen. but … i’m going to enjoy this whilst we have it, because the boys worked SO hard for it and deserve it SO much. hala madrid!!!!!

    OK, on to the post … did you see the side eye queen sofia is shooting in that photo!? it’s like she’s saying, hands off! xabi’s mine! heh. can’t blame her, he looks so very dapper and perfect here. 🙂

    that is a really nice photo of ozi in GQ. he normally looks so small on the field, i think shooting him ‘up’ like that (as opposed to at eye-level) really works.

    for months now, i’ve been trying to figure out who khedira reminds me of, and it finally clicked when i saw these photos: dave navarro! but not so much now, with all the tats and piercings and eyeliner, i mean back in the ’90s when he used to play for the chili peppers.

    i kind of LIKE english gentleman sergio! it’s probably the best look he’s had in ages (even if he does look like he’s auditioning for the broadway cast of newsies).

    glad you’re back! and every ounce of success you have with this blog — you deserve it! xo

  35. February 13, 2012 00:37

    I love that they listen to Danza Kuduro in the locker room! That song has been on my iPod for ages and I always play it to get pumped up for Real Madrid games. Great minds must think alike 😉

    Jenny over at the Ozil LiveJournal community has put up a full translation of Mesut’s GQ interview (and I’m sure will do the same for Sami’s when she gets her hands on it):

    http://crinkly-ears.livejournal.com/33536.html

  36. Jennifer permalink
    February 13, 2012 02:52

    Sergio’s not trying to look like an English gentleman, he just went shopping with Canelita! (He went for a similar look in his videos for “Lola” and “Vuelvo”.) Or at least that’s my theory. And on that note, Sergio and Calleti need to find some suitable flamenco-reggaetón, because that’s clearly the way to lure their teammates in. 😀

    Chori’s floppy hair will be missed, if not by Álvaro and company. And Jesé’s hair just makes me laugh a bit, but the stars are definitely better than the stripey awful thing. I must admit to being very surprised by his oh-so-correct writing on Twitter, though! He even puts accents! I was expecting him to write more like Iker Muniain, to be perfectly honest, but nope! Como un miembro de la mismísima RAE. (Same goes for Chori, actually! Surprises all around!)

    Mou’s imaginary sources had me cracking up – his sassy press conferences are the best!

    I know it’s not how monarchy works, but can we vote Xabi for King?

    Sami and Lena are such a lovely couple, but I’m with you on the cover photo – it sort of mars the overall feeling of the photoshoot. All the other pictures are really nice, but that one. Oof. Needs more clothes.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 13, 2012 15:33

      We always seem to think alike, don’t we? Case in point: Javi. And I also mentioned in a previous post that I was impressed by Raúl’s proper accenting and surprised by Xabi’s lack of.

  37. Kate permalink
    February 13, 2012 04:28

    Thank you unamadridista! There’s no other blog quite like this one.

    On another note, does anyone know where I could buy a real madrid jersey online? I’ve been checking the real madrid shop on their website for a few months now but all they have in stock is size 14 X large (in woman’s. I’m a girl btw). Please help! I live in Canada so hardly anywhere sells soccer jersey’s. 😦

    • black widow permalink
      February 13, 2012 16:30

      whereabouts in canada are you? there are loads of places in the GTA that sell jerseys, plus ebay.ca.

      • Kate permalink
        February 15, 2012 00:59

        Ottawa… so I’m not really down for that 5 hour drive! Lol! And those ebay ones seem sketchy. I heard a lot of them are fake.

  38. @ulonghaz permalink
    February 13, 2012 05:38

    kinda shock with Sami’s photos. and i prefer not to mention the reasons.

  39. Morales permalink
    February 13, 2012 08:18

    hmm I approve of the locker playlist. Me Gustas Tanto is such a catchy song.

    god, Xabi is so perfect.

  40. Marie permalink
    February 13, 2012 09:23

    OMG, Mou’s face in that Sanitas picture from last season practically made me spit water at my screen – I’m cracking up! And we’re thankful for you, Una! You do an amazing job, when I’m sure this blog takes up lots of your time, and I’m sure everyone appreciates it a lot! The reason its reputation has spread by word of mouth is due to that: I only wish there was a blog like this for the other team I support!

  41. fatii permalink
    February 13, 2012 10:22

    una you have an amazing blog and I’m so glad that I found it:D I get to know sooooo much more about the players…so thnx Una:D

  42. justme permalink
    February 13, 2012 11:00

    you’re most welcome sweetie..instead,we’re the one that should be thankful to you for all the efforts you put in..it means so much and really helpful since i don’t understand spanish..keep it up your good work,una!! 🙂 and hoyeahhh!!10 points clear and we’re a big step closer towards Liga~~~ 😀

  43. February 13, 2012 12:38

    It’s so great to have you back – I missed the blog a lot while you were gone, I mean, if you take a look at your visitors-stats in time you were gone, you’d probably see that I visited this blog like 148 times a day. You do deserve all the visitors you get and I’m quite sure that the Real Madrid-fandom wouldn’t be the same without you, so thank you for everything you do!

  44. February 13, 2012 12:59

    Thanks for all the updates UnaMadridista, it’s great to see you back in all your glory and I yet have to read two other posts!

    How cool the situation is right now, ha? I am afraid to say or think anything or hope for too much, but having 10 points advanteage is definitely better than no having 10 points advantage…;-))

  45. Nokwanda permalink
    February 13, 2012 15:30

    I love your blog so much-it contains everything a Real Madrid fan wants to read-and all the things a Female fan would be interested in:-). thank you for taking ur time and writing this blog ❤

  46. msronaldo permalink
    February 13, 2012 16:52

    Your blog is the best!! i was scard that you quit :/ thank god you are back!

  47. February 13, 2012 16:59

    Wow, what a post Una.

    You included almost everything in this one. Love the pics of Lena…madre mia!

  48. February 13, 2012 17:57

    What an epic post! I laughed when you mentioned the questions that you would ask a footballer. It’s pretty much what we all really want to know, isn’t it? Thanks Una!

  49. sidney permalink
    February 13, 2012 19:14

    I have so much things to say about this post :
    1O POINTS 10 POINTS take that Barca lol. Arghhhh so happy:):):)
    I see that Callejon is being influenced by the team( hairstyle, clothes….)
    and Im so glas to see a Canterano like him doing so well in the twam:)
    -Cris ,” sigh” that outfit “shake head” I seriously think that he should endorse Gucci ; he seems to love that brand.
    -Some of those Sami K. &Gf pics were a bit tacky imo but they are a beautiful couple.
    And Xabi ,could he be more perfect?:)
    Iker looks looks adorkable in that pic with his trophies:)
    Ok I really think that Sergio should stop with those tattoos; Its just too much.Im not sure if its going to look that good when he gets old.
    February looks like it might be a difficult month for us but Im sure we can win more games.
    Im patiently waiting for the ICYMI edition:):)
    Once again , what a fab. work you do Una:):)!!!

  50. February 13, 2012 23:19

    As always a great read and the behind the scenes articles are beautiful. Now I have a nervous few months because I have predicted a Real vs Bayern final in Munich and have arranged tickets so have you any influence over the little draw balls that keep them away from one another LOL. I just have to ruffle Jose’s new buzz cut 🙂
    Keep up the fab work..

  51. Linda permalink
    February 14, 2012 01:24

    I’m so glad you’re back! I missed you!

  52. Sara permalink
    February 14, 2012 04:04

    The nicknames that they come up with for each other never ceases to amuse me! And thanks for the link to Özil’s interview translation, Una. My love for that guy grows more each day.

  53. Nas permalink
    February 14, 2012 17:24

    Welcome back!!!! Oh how I have missed you and your posts!!!

    Thank you thank you! 🙂

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