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ICYMI – the Brazilian edition

March 29, 2012

In case you missed it – APOEL vs. Real Madrid [2012-03-27, Champions League quarterfinals, first leg, 0-3].

What I love about this team is that it’s unpredictable, in the sense that you never know who’s going to step up.  On Tuesday, it was the turn of Marcelo and Kaká, our super subs that night, who came in during the second half, danced their way through APOEL, much like they did in the warm-ups, and changed the course of the game.  At that point, APOEL was holding Madrid to a scoreless draw.  The Brazilian duo then came in, and Madrid walked away with an important 3-0 win.  El Mundo called it the “alegría marceliana.”

Exit, stage right…

ONE.  Prior to the game, we had Iker being all affectionate with his mascot, and Sergio showing off his blindingly white smile.  That’s the thing that immediately catches my eye in the picture on the right.

TWO.  Karim Benzema, with his doblete in Nicosia, became Madrid’s leading goalscorer in the Champions League with seven.  He’s ranked third in the tournament.  I love that he celebrated the first goal with Kaká – and Marcelo – just as he had done against Real Sociedad!  Karim rubbing Kaká’s head is adorable too, no?

Kaká really does look like The Savior here.

To celebrate the second goal, Kaká gave Marcelo a kiss.  And I love Marcelo’s cheeky little grin and shouting!

As for the third goal, it was all about Mesut Özil’s pass, which is why he hurtled himself at Karim to celebrate the goal.  As usual, Álvaro Arbeloa and Pepe jumped on top of their teammates.

THREE.  I don’t mind the thumbs up quite so much in this game, because the boys seemed to be using them to tell us that everything would be okay.  And so they were.

FOUR.  Prior to getting into the game, Marcelo and Kaká had already been actively involved, as cheerleaders.

They, along with the others, encouraged teammates, lamented miss opportunities and cheered on the team.

Everyone looks fabulous in that blue color, no?

FIVE.  Nuri Sahin’s brilliant performance, made all the more impressive given how few minutes he has played with Madrid this season, made us forget that Xabi wasn’t out there on Tuesday.  In terms of posing, he didn’t disappoint either.

SIX.  Cris had spent part of the warmup period conversing with Nuri, so whatever he said or advised, it worked.  Cris is very expressive, isn’t he?

SEVEN.  Three cheers for the sheerness of the shorts!

EIGHT.  At the end of the game, Mou congratulated the rivals, our boys hugged each other, and Kaká and Kaká exchanged shirts.  I didn’t know that APOEL had their own Kaká (real name: Claudiano Bezerra da Silva)!  I wonder how he got the nickname, and if the two of them knew each other before the game, or was just united by the shared nickname and the novelty of exchanging jerseys with each other’s name on it.

And Iker and the rest of the team also made sure to thank the madridistas who had come to the game.

NINE.  All of the players who spoke to the press after the game confirmed that the “law of silence” was a decision taken together by the coaching staff and players.  Sergio also added, “we were silent for a reason.”  Meanwhile, Kaká was asked about AC Milan and Barcelona’s upcoming game (which ended 0-0), to which he responded, “of course I’ll watch it and I’ll support Milan, like always.”

I love Sergio’s megawatt smile and Karim’s shy little smile, and the awkward moment when Benz decided to cross his arms, and then immediately changed his mind!

TEN.  The Mou corner.

José Mourinho spoke with the press after the game (press conference and a TVE interview), and he also seemed to want to move on, saying, “to me, everything is good because we’re tranquil and we did our work in the best way possible.  Some strange things happened to us.  We didn’t want to talk about them at that time, and much less now that several weeks have passed.”  He also praised APOEL for “playing well, with a lot of effort, but without talent since it doesn’t have the same economic power as other teams in the Champions.  But it had a fantastic character.”  He added that “APOEL has played very well in the tournament and if we won it’s because we worked very hard… I could not do better than Jovanovic in APOEL.  I hope the Bernabéu will be full to pay tribute to APOEL, who deserves it.  It’s the most important team in this edition of the Champions League.”  [I was also very impressed by their fans.]

Nuri came in for some praise: “he played well.  All of us, coaches and teammates, are very happy for him.  He’s a fantastic boy who has worked very hard to overcome his situation.  We thought it was an ideal game for him because we knew that we were going to have high ball possession and he thinks quickly.”  And in response to a question on why he chooses to start Coentrão instead of Marcelo each time there’s an important game, Mou gave the following answer: “comparing Coentrão with Marcelo is a mission impossible because you can only compare comparable things.  When you don’t have a point of comparison, then the things are incomparable.”

Plus, there was also this little exchange at the press conference.

Mou (in English): Casillas didn’t touch a ball.

Translator to Spanish (in Spanish): you referred to a player, can you please repeat his name?

Mou (in Spanish): I don’t remember, I don’t remember.

Translator: I don’t either, so what should we do now?

Mou: they understand English.

Translator: okay.


ELEVEN.  Other things.

Iker posted this photo on his Facebook to show how united the team is, and to refute all the rumors going around.  I’m happy to see this moment, and we also learn that Pipita and El Chori sat together as well on the way back!

And March 27 is World Theater Day, and so “Felicidades Busquets” (congratulations Busquets) became a trending topic on Twitter that day.  Jajajajaja!!!!!

25 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2012 15:21

    Half way thru the match, I was pretty sure that it would remain goal less. But then our wonderful boys rose to the occasion.

    Nuri is so talented. And that pass he made to Karim that he goofed up on – ugh. I love our kitten of war, but at that moment, I wanted to scream with frustration. Also, Nuricorn is pretty. Very, very pretty. 🙂

    I laughed so much when I saw “Felicidades Busquets” trending. It’s so apt for the shameless diving wanker that he is.

    • March 31, 2012 12:53

      Shameless diving wanker!!! Me gusta!!!

  2. LosT SpiriT permalink
    March 29, 2012 16:29

    what do u think of this?

    new bromance ?!

  3. Alyssa permalink
    March 29, 2012 16:46

    So many epic hugs in this game!!!! Ahhhh I love how much we love each other!

  4. superfan permalink
    March 29, 2012 17:03

    I never expected a 0-3 scoreline. With the way we were playing during the first 60 mins, I’d be happy with a draw. So 3 away goals are amazing!! One step closer to that 10th!!! 🙂

    And I saw the Busquets trending topic on twitter thinking that it was his birthday. Hahaha. But the real reason why he was trending was even better. Hahahahaha. So true.

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

  5. Janni permalink
    March 29, 2012 17:10

    Hahaha u mean Busquet the master diving *in the football field* LOL

  6. Jenny permalink
    March 29, 2012 17:19

    LOL – the press conferences were funny because the translator knew nothing about football. She didn’t realize Mourinho spoke English, she didn’t know Casillas or Higuain.

    She knew Cristiano Ronaldo’s name though!

    Nuri is one pretty boy – prettiest lad on the team, actually. So much good looks and talent in one person!

  7. Diana permalink
    March 29, 2012 17:43

    Lmao, omg at the trending topic. djkfldjskafa

    I’m in my physics lecture right now and I am trying /so hard/ to stop laughing.

    Ugh, I love your posts so much Una. Nunca cambies :’)

  8. black widow permalink
    March 29, 2012 17:59

    “And March 27 is World Theater Day, and so “Felicidades Busquets” (congratulations Busquets) became a trending topic on Twitter that day.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! i actually laughed out loud at my desk when i read that (my seatmate thinks i’m mad!). yesterday, on my way home, i cut through the park and this guy on a bench called out to the guy walking next to me and asked if he happened to know the score of the barca-milan match. he replied it was a nil-nil draw, and i couldn’t help but quietly do a fist pump and say “yesss!” under my breath. they both noticed me, and the guy on the bench said, “no cule?” and i said, “no … yo soy madridista.” and he started to randomly chew me out in spanish, complete with hand gestures and everything! i hadn’t a clue what he was saying, so i just gave him my best RM thumbs up and a big smile and kept walking. jajajaja!

    i had no idea APOEL had a kaka too (and i’m dying to know how he got his nickname) and when i first saw the photo of the two of them together, i couldn’t understand how or why our kaka had a yellow shirt. that’s so funny. i love it!

    i also love how well kaka’s been playing, and what a boost it must be to his spirits. i hope he stays after the season is over, i really, really do. i LOVED the kaka/marcelo show! thousand watt grins from both (and the savior photo above killed me!).

    iker posing with his mascot made me swoon. i don’t know which one is cuter. 🙂

    love awkward benz. awww! bless!

    i also love that last photo. in a weird way, it makes me feel comforted to see arbeloa just across the corridor from albiol. hope their bromance is still going strong, despite pipa the interloper! :p

    gracias, una!

  9. March 29, 2012 18:12

    “And March 27 is World Theater Day, and so “Felicidades Busquets” (congratulations Busquets) became a trending topic on Twitter that day. Jajajajaja!!!!!”

    OMG! That is HILARIOUS!!

    I do have things to comment on about the game but I’ll try to come back later & do that.

  10. Happy permalink
    March 29, 2012 18:14

    Good game for the last 20 mins, APOEL deserve praise, as I saw from news, some of their players are non full time football player, and I love the stadium too!
    Macerlo’s reaction is adorable on the bench, I guess most of us react like him when saw Benz’s impossible miss!!!
    We’re highly chance to advance now, it’s really a dream for almost 7 years, hopefully we could enter the FINAL!!!! Hala Madrid

  11. sidney permalink
    March 29, 2012 18:34

    Omg I cant believe that Busquets was a trending topic for world theater day???? jajajjajajjajajja Awesome!!!!
    Great game so pleased for Sahin, Benz, Mou well the whole team.
    And Marcelito is really our ray of sunshine in this team:):)

  12. March 29, 2012 19:15

    I just want to say thank you for this post (and all your posts, really) because I was at work during the game so I couldn’t watch it. It’s so great seeing all the little details that I missed! =o)

  13. Mokia permalink
    March 29, 2012 20:20

    Hahahahahhahahaah at the little comment at the end!! Brilliant!!

  14. Olivia permalink
    March 29, 2012 20:56

    Karim looks like a shy schoolboy in that gif with the reporter, especially with that backpack on. Very cute 🙂

    I was a bit disappointed when I couldn’t click and enlarge the photo of Mou on the bench with Rui and Aitor, by the way.. (I have a secret crush on Rui, and there aren’t very many pictures of him :p)

    • unamadridista permalink*
      March 30, 2012 13:02

      I fixed it, you should be able to click and enlarge it now.

  15. digger permalink
    March 29, 2012 21:02

    Benz is so inconsistent even in the same game. He could score a double in the same game he misses a sitter.

  16. March 29, 2012 21:22

    Your last sentence:

    And March 27 is World Theater Day, and so “Felicidades Busquets” (congratulations Busquets) became a trending topic on Twitter that day. Jajajajaja!!!!!

    Made me crack up LOL! hahahahahaha

  17. senjo permalink
    March 29, 2012 21:26

    girl, i havent finished reading yo post bt u r damn funny:) esp comparing to Nuri and Xabi. I hope Xabi reads this post regularly….
    Granero is the only player who comes close in terms of posing.

  18. manie permalink
    March 29, 2012 21:41

    So great, Una, you are so good to us! I agree with you about the team – I love that it is so unpredictable and we never know who will be the one pushing us forward. I was also very happy to see Nuri get a game, finally, and Mou was right about it being a good game for him to get. I am, however, looking forward to a Xabi pose section in the next ICYMI. Heh.

  19. March 30, 2012 05:21

    im so glad kaka scored, he needed that goal. <3333
    hi una how have u been? :3

    • unamadridista permalink*
      March 30, 2012 13:02

      I’ve been great, a little overworked, how about you?

  20. amouria permalink
    March 30, 2012 11:01

    Its been a long time since my last comment on your lovely blog. Like many others, i needed to settle my use name and pass, etc, which was silly from the part of wordpress.
    Any way, I am looking forward to our decisive game with Osasuna. Pray for our team to pass one of the most complicated games.

    Love you all

  21. mel permalink
    March 30, 2012 18:13 not so sweet now, when Iker wipes his ….. on the little boys face. Who does that……
    Made me laugh hard though!

  22. TXfan permalink
    March 30, 2012 18:33

    I hate to be the bearer of gross news, but our fearless captain was not being affectionate with his Mascot but rather dispositing his moco’s on the baby’s sweet little face. Oh Iker..I guess boys will be boys though LOL!!!

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