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ICYMI – the ¡! edition

March 23, 2012

In case you missed it – Villarreal vs. Real Madrid [2012-03-21, Liga jornada 29, 1-1].

Here’s the flip side of that game against Villarreal.

ONE.  Prior to the game, we had some of our boys – Xabi, Esteban, Jesús, Antonio, Gonzalo, José and Álvaro – gathered in a circle, laughing and looking towards the stands.  What was so interesting in the stands that Antonio and Gonzalo kept turning around and staring?  Cuatro provided the answer.

TWO.  Meanwhile, Hamit and Nuri were perched on the bench.  You would think that they would choose anywhere but there to hang out, knowing that once the game starts, they have two hours on the bench ahead of them.

THREE.  Also before the game, we had some of the native South Americans hanging out together, while Sergio was looking pensive.  I’d like to think he was missing Iker’s company.

FOUR.  Some fun moments.

FIVE.  The goal came off of a beautiful pass from Mesut.  This was his 14th goal assist in the Liga, the most out of any player (here’s a list of all of them).  Ángel di María is in second place with 13, Leo Messi in third place with 10 and Dani Alves in fourth place with nine.

I loved the celebration, other than the fact that Pepe appeared to be insulting the crowd.

Kaká was quite adorable, poking his head out, and Antonio wins the award for most enthusiastic teammate.

SIX.  Lass was taken out early, and José Callejón entered for him.  Notice Mou shouting ¡José! and José having to untangle himself from the comfortable position he had taken up on the bench.

SEVEN.  Poor Calleti.  He finally got the opportunity to get into a game early, and a brutal tackle put him back on the sidelines.  He watched the rest of the game from the tunnel.  The team didn’t release any information on the extent of the injury to his left ankle.

EIGHT.  Things I love.

NINE.  After the game, Álvaro Arbeloa went over to hug his old friend (he was at his wedding) and former teammate Diego López.  Esteban Granero also joined them.  I’m happy that Diego played well.

TEN.  The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

If Xabi is trying to make us crazy, it’s working.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Sorry Javi (!!!).)

ELEVEN.  Some notes.  Madrid has not tied two games in a row since the 2006-07 season, when they tied four in a row between jornadas 23 and 26.

And in this video from the meet and greet session on Tuesday, we get to hear from Vila-real’s Sergio Ramos.  He reveals that his family and friends say he looks like Sergio, and when asked what he likes most about Sergio, he replies, “his headband.”  Jajajajaja!!!!!

TWELVE.  Meanwhile, Castilla beat Leganés 2-1 (at least they did what they were supposed to do), behind goals from MFC ABMM and Joselu.  Álex returned to the game after serving a three-game suspension.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    March 23, 2012 15:57

    boys were teasing pipita, no? jajaja!

    Alonso ay ay ay ay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you for this post as it was needed.

  2. Alyssa permalink
    March 23, 2012 16:01

    That Xabi photo….just…ummm….well….whoa.

  3. kiki permalink
    March 23, 2012 17:53

    Only Una could make me smile & have ~ other ~ “happy” feelings after this match… & yes, I am referring to “The Xabi Alonso pose section.™” !!!!!!!!!!!! This “Xabi Alonso pose section.™” has left me speechless & in the BEST POSSIBLE WAY! Thank Heaven & Una for that!!! (ps. Javi(!!!) will have to accept it, you are only human). …I love seeing it, I am undone…. but I feel for our overworked” Brain/Engine”, even if the exhaustion let to that amazing shorts-pull-up!

    I don’t recognize the lady that Gonzalo & Antonio are oogling, but, “boys will be boys”! Is there a back story?

    Most of all I hope we get it together & stop this downward slide. Yes, the refs were horrible, but that exists everywhere & it seems worse in Spain. Barca seemed to have a lot of help last season, other teams have suffered against us & I have to admit after the Málaga match, I was ruminating that perhaps the Sheikh must have had a bigger bid ;/… Either way, we need to tighten up. It’s a lot of pressure on our precious team, as draws are considered losses for them… But they can do it! Hala!

  4. Jen permalink
    March 23, 2012 18:58

    Madre mia, this game!!! Let’s hope these boys pick it up..but of course we still love them 🙂

    Excellent posts as usual, Una! Just a quick question: does the club announce when they will be having meet and greets? I would love to attend one the next time I’m at a game!

    • unamadridista permalink*
      March 24, 2012 16:20

      Yes, it’s always at the team hotel on the night before away games. Usually it’s only open to socios and carnet madridista holders.

  5. March 23, 2012 20:59

    Boys will be boys. *snorts* How old are they guys that they are behaving like immature teens there?

  6. madridista89 permalink
    March 23, 2012 21:10

    Who is this girl, Gonzalo and Antonio are looking at?

  7. Mokia permalink
    March 23, 2012 22:03

    That chick at the very beginning is crazy hot haha Is that you UNA?!

  8. March 24, 2012 00:16

    “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Sorry Javi (!!!).)”


    Beautiful assist from Mesut! Was so happy for the goal, particularly since we weren’t playing exceptionally well. But, damn those free kicks at the end of the game! Let’s hope that was the end of them!

  9. Tiare23 permalink
    March 24, 2012 03:45

    I love seeing Xabi sliding in and being so animated during Cristiano’s goal celebration!

  10. warrior_princess permalink
    March 24, 2012 05:38

    Una, who’s the girl that Pipita and Antonio is looking at?
    Thanks for the post. I love the celebration!

  11. Morales permalink
    March 24, 2012 07:07

    LOL. omg, Xabi, what are you doing pulling your shorts up?? Heh. I think this is the first time I’ve seen Xabi willingly go into a group celebration huddle and then not wriggle out of it immediately.

  12. tawdih permalink
    March 24, 2012 10:01

    Thanks Una for this great service, This site is neva eva boring, but may I ask, who is that lady the players were all gossiping and laughing about? and to think Xabi and granero were part of the gang makes it even more hilarious

  13. maria permalink
    March 24, 2012 12:21

    I love that u’re so optimistic and always see the bright side of everything!!! Loved the post Una!!! Gotta keep seeing the glass half full!!! =)

  14. los blanco permalink
    March 24, 2012 23:57

    It’s Irina Shyk on that photo.

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