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ICYMI – the glass half full edition

February 23, 2012

In case you missed it – CSKA Moscow vs. Real Madrid [CL round of 16 ida, 1-1].

Lots of bad news from this game: the last second goal for CSKA that tied the game 1-1. And this from a player, Pontus Wernbloom, who told the Swedish press after the game that he’s been a madridista since the time he was small. Karim Benzema had to be subbed out due to injury and is out for two to three weeks. Yellow cards for Sergio, Xabi and Fábio, who are now one away from suspension.

However, there are reasons to be optimistic*.

REASON ONE. Look how adorable Sergio and Xabi were being with their mascots prior to the game. Sergio helpfully arranged his mascot’s hair (lucky kid!) while Xabi patted his on the head. And he had time for his protégé too!

* They might be superficial, but they are still reasons.

REASON TWO. The boys, when all wrapped up, are completely adorable and look like they’re five years old, especially Gonzalo Higuaín. He looks like he can barely move for how puffy his outfit is.

REASON THREE. That goalscoring machine named Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano’s goal was his 17th in the 23 Champions League games he’s played, and already enough to tie him as Madrid’s second top goalscorer in this competition. However, Fernando Morientes needed 58 games to reach this figure. Ahead of both of them is of course the one and only Raúl.

REASON FOUR. The wonderful celebrations we have and the fact that we are a piña. That’s something to be very grateful for.

REASON FIVE. José Callejón’s gravity-defying hair.

REASON SIX. The publicity free shirts, which I love, because the jerseys look so pristine and pure without the ugly logo. The reason for this was because Russian law prohibits betting houses from advertising in football stadiums.

REASON SEVEN. Iker and his manias. He wore a mixed kit for the first time this season, sporting a yellow top, black shorts and yellow socks, with a black shirt and black tights under the outfit. He also cut the sleeves and the bottom of his shirt, which was long-sleeved. I’m still waiting for him to wear the striped bumblebee socks!

REASON EIGHT. The sight of Karim… tending to his injury.

REASON NINE. Pipita’s ass.

REASON TEN. We have polite players. Both Cris and José removed their gloves specifically to shake hands.

REASON ELEVEN. Our team is gorgeous. Even the first team director is hot (and scorer of one of the most famous goals in recent history).

REASON TWELVE. Our captains (both official and unofficial), who act like real captains at all times, from encouraging their own teammates to refusing to say anything bad about other teams. I love that we can admit our own shortcomings too, instead of always blaming it on the other team or insisting that we were nevertheless superior.

REASON THIRTEEN. The elegance.

REASON FOURTEEN. Speaking of that, Xabi Alonso and his poses. And his flexibility too.

REASON FIFTEEN. The generosity, not only in goal assists, but also in life. According to this press release, a shirt autographed by Cristiano Ronaldo fetched the top bid (€638) at a charity auction to help a 10-year-old Russian boy receive treatment for leukemia in London. Proceeds raised at the auction from other items, such as a CSKA Moscow basketball jersey signed by Andrei Kirilenko or an Anzhi shirt signed by Roberto Carlos, also benefitted an orphanage.

REASON SIXTEEN. And finally, because I firmly believe we will be making one of those famous comebacks we have become so known for during the vuelta game, although it can’t really be called a comeback, since we didn’t lose this game.


José Mourinho complained a little about the uncalled foul (“it happened just in front of me, two or three meters in front. The referee made a mistake, but it’s alright”), but also advised everyone that “I’m not content but I’m not sad either. It’s not a sweet taste, but it’s not a big drama either…”

He also had this to say about Raúl Albiol coming in for Mesut Özil: “I saw it as a good option. I saw Albiol as the optimum option for the defense. I liked his attitude a lot and the form in which he interpreted what he had to do.”

Mou ended the press conference by saying “thank you” in Russian, which earned him a round of applause from the Russian journalists. His translator then asked him for an autograph. Mou obliged him, and also shook his hand.


Here’s a rundown on how our boys dressed for the occasion.

Tights, gloves and long sleeves: Callejón, Coentrão, Cristiano (though he ripped off his gloves and threw them to the ground in frustration at one point), Kaká, Higuaín.

Tights and long sleeves: Iker (since gloves are part of his kit), Sergio, Albiol.

Gloves and long sleeves: Özil, Benzema.

Long sleeves: Xabi (he didn’t end up wearing the gloves he had; those were some lucky gloves), Pepe.

Nothing extra: Khedira, Arbeloa (the most courageous ones; Sami is like a bull out there, no?).

On Wednesday, Karim Benzema headed to the Sanitas-La Moraleja clinic to have his injury checked out. The injury is to his right thigh, and he’s expected to be out for two to three weeks, though the club hasn’t confirmed anything. After he finished the check-up, he headed to the airport to take a flight to France, as the players had the day off and was not due back in training until Thursday afternoon. I adore his hat!!!! He looks very cuddly in it! I want to squeeze that pom pom!

Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, headed to Mallorca to film a Nike ad with Rafa Nadal at the Country Club Santa Ponça. They then had dinner together.

P.D. My glass looks like this.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    February 23, 2012 15:02

    I love this post una, one of my favouties. I do believe it is not a very bad result as much the fact we lost Benzema to an injury and the reports about angel :(((((((((

    Zizou has gorgeous eyes, so beautiful.

  2. Maddi permalink
    February 23, 2012 15:10

    Zidane’s eyes… I’m dead!!

  3. lolo permalink
    February 23, 2012 15:25

    oh i LOVE Nadal, i like benzema’s pom pom too. its too cute right?!?!

  4. rojafan permalink
    February 23, 2012 15:55

    Oh to be at that dinner! I like your glass and I know they’ll make up the goals at home!

  5. Tasha permalink
    February 23, 2012 16:47

    In the .gif with Xabi petting his mascot, is that Pipita grabbing/hugging Callejon in the back? lol.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 26, 2012 11:23

      No, it’s Karanka.

  6. Ninanoir permalink
    February 23, 2012 17:06

    Pipita’s ass. It really is a great ass.

  7. jellyace permalink
    February 23, 2012 17:29

    I really admire your positive attitude, Una! I like the fact that they never put their opponents down…not like someone who is not only a sore loser but also a sore winner and has to mention RM no matter who his opponent is. It is a true sportsman who honors his opponent.

    Thanks for the great recap, especially the wardrobe details. The 2nd leg (vuelta) should be better since we shall be on home turf (with real Real grass!) and it will be much warmer due to the weather and the cheers from the Madridistas!

  8. Happy permalink
    February 23, 2012 17:56

    Hopfully we will enter the quarter final, I believe in our boys!!!
    The glass is so nice, it’s good to live in Madrid!!!!

  9. maria permalink
    February 23, 2012 18:45

    Una, in the first picture (the one with the puffy coats), who’s the player in the middle?? I can id pipa on the left and granero on the right, but I’m not sure about the middle one… I’m sure you’ll find out very quickly being the madrid expert that you are!! many thanx!! xxx

  10. Jenny permalink
    February 23, 2012 20:56

    Utterly gorgeous post – as always. The ICYMI is always such a unique way to see the game.

  11. karre permalink
    February 23, 2012 22:55

    wernbloom took actual conscious yellow card when he played in Sweden as his next match clashed with el clasico

    Watch this video:

    when he was asked why he chased and tackled bojan and then smiles, he replies: I do not like him, he plays for barcelona

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 26, 2012 11:19

      I like this guy!

  12. Soñando con Dios permalink
    February 23, 2012 23:37

    Our boys are so good looking! But man, it must have been cold out there. I’m surprised at Arbeloa and Sami. I was cold just looking at them in there short sleeves. Was the right gif at reason number 7 when CSKA scored? Iker looks sooo frustrated there. Though there is something strangly masmerising in that gif.

  13. February 24, 2012 06:05

    Thanks for update of a very cold trip… I think we got away fine and yes a win would have been nice but most teams would have drawn or lost that game. Real will get the win at home and move on. I only hope we get Benzema back soon as he is the ace with Ronaldo.

  14. wandering permalink
    February 24, 2012 07:55

    A little disappointed but I know we’ll bounce back. Your pics and gifs are precious Una! Salamat from a Filipina fan. 😀

  15. amouria permalink
    February 24, 2012 10:25

    This is the BEST blog ever…

  16. bbBenz permalink
    February 24, 2012 11:02

    omg Kamrim’s hat!!! squeeezeeeeeeeeeee

  17. Liz permalink
    February 24, 2012 15:09

    Una, heard that Perez & Mou wants Javi next season. Could just be rumors but still… 🙂

  18. hani permalink
    February 24, 2012 17:36

    thank you so much Una very very nice photos and news
    una i have one question from you when you put 3th part of iker’s biography book???

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 26, 2012 11:23

      When I have time, which is not any time soon.

      • hani permalink
        February 26, 2012 11:48

        thank you so much we stay tuned my dear

  19. Ally permalink
    February 24, 2012 18:06

    I love all reasons 😀 and I feel confident about the return because we’ll be playing at home where it’s not -12 degrees celsius!

  20. Joel permalink
    February 24, 2012 23:13

    Im from Sweden and Wernbloom is a well known Madridista since years back. When Swedens U-21 team faced Spains U-21 team he chased down Bojan and tackled him for a yellow card and just smiled. Then the Swedish journalists asked him why? He smiled and said: “Well I’m cheering for Real Madrid” 🙂 True story 🙂

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 26, 2012 11:24

      Fantastic story!!

  21. Sara permalink
    February 25, 2012 02:14

    We were so close to winnig that game, but I still believe we can beat them at the Bernabeu. I think they did really well considering the circumstances they played in. I want that glass so bad! and you got it for free!!!!

  22. February 25, 2012 17:02

    thanks for a report UnaMadridista, as always -superb. I lvoe the classiness of Xabi – how does he do it? Every time I think he cannot get more bossy another new classy picture appears. How is he for real?

    Too bad for the draw but let’s be optimistic, the game at home would be certainly different so it’s better to draw in the first match as guests than as hosts…

    and Sergio and the kid-adorbs!!!!!!!

  23. ama permalink
    February 25, 2012 17:26

    As always, a fantastic review with just the right tone! We have no reason not to be optimistic, and I’m really looking forward to the vuelta. I have a feeling it’s going to be a great game.

    P.S. I wish they could play with the logo-free shirts all the time–they all looked so sleek and refined.
    P.P.S. Ufff, Zizou. He just gets better looking with time.

  24. mickymacky permalink
    February 25, 2012 17:35

    still can’t get over karim’s hat (get well soon please!)

    i’m a little upset that we couldn’t score another goal. and i really hope (a little unrealistically) that we get back to the form where we stop conceding goals :/

    but thanks for this post, una… i love all these Reasons!:)

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