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ICYMI – the alirón edition

May 5, 2012

Now, onto the celebrations!

Gold stars go out to Pepe, Mesut, Sergio, Pipa (an extra shiny one), Sami, Xabi, Esteban, Karim, Raúl, José and Cristiano.  And twitter/Facebook.  I think you know why.

On the field…

The hugs started as soon as the final whistle blew, such as this one between our two midfield wonders, or this one between our two defensive stalwarts.

Quickly, the players gathered in a circle to jump around…

… but not before Mesut and Nuri shared a tender hug.  Of course, Marcelo had to jump into the circle!  And then the team applauded the Madrid fans who had turned up for the game and cheered for their team tirelessly throughout the game.  ¡Somos una piña!

Then, much to everyone’s delight, the shirts started coming off, as some of the players, including Sergio, threw them into the crowd as signs of gratitude towards the fans.

Then another group formed, this time with Mou in the very center.  Even the more reserved players, such as Rafa Varane, joined in to jump for joy.  At one point, Kaká, reached out to tousle Sergio’s hair (he did it twice, can you blame him for wanting to run his fingers through it?), and Sergio retaliated by trying to do the same to Ricky.

Mesut’s abs!  Xabi’s tongue!

You know how we often talk about how perfect Sergio’s hair is?  Well, his skin is the perfect complement.  Look at how it is just gleaming there, the muscles rippling underneath, if only we could just reach out and stroke it…  Anyway, there were a lot more hugs during the celebration, and such enthusiasm from Mou!  And Meji really is a giant!

I just have to add, I thought Mou was extremely rude with La Sexta’s sideline reporter, Susana Guasch.  When she approached him for an interview, he cut her off with a terse “no” and then walked away without even looking at her.  He may not like journalists, but he should at least show a little respect, since she was just doing her job.

One of the highlights of the celebration was of course the manteo.  Despite José Mourinho’s resistance, the players managed to subdue him and toss him up in the air three times.  On the third attempt, Mou flipped over in the air (he had some help from Antonio and Sami) and fell on top of Sergio, who luckily did not drop his coach.  I wonder if Mou was worried when he saw that Sergio was amongst the crowd of players trying to throw him up in the air?

I bet this is the only time the players would ever dare to touch Mou’s ass.

A short while later, while the rest of the team was dancing away in the locker room, Iker returned to the field of San Mamés, because he wanted to take another look at the goal where he debuted 13 years ago.  In this video, Iker says, “hello, it’s 12 something at night, we’ve just become the champions of the Liga, and right now I’m walking through the hallway of San Mamés, on my way to the field.  I really want to take a picture on the field where I debuted, and where I won my most recent Liga with Madrid.  There’s still a lot of people out there…”

Out on the field, he filmed this video where he says, “we just became the champions of the Liga in San Mamés, and I’m going to do a report as I walk towards the place where I debuted.  I hope you all like it, even if they turn off the lights, but that won’t matter to me.  This is the field where I was born, in terms of football, and I have a lot of affection for it, especially since I also won my fifth Liga here.  I’ll let you all take a look at the field.  This goal here is where I made my debut, where I played my first 45 minutes, and where today we achieved a Liga.  Thank you to all of you, the madridistas, for this moment, I hope you all enjoy it and I hope that next year, we’ll be able to take things one step further… last year, we won the Copa del Rey for the first time in 17 years, we’ve won the Liga again and so next year we hope to conquer Europe.  Thank you, I hoped you liked this, and a big hug.”

And here’s a photo of Iker shooting the video!  I loved how intimate the videos were, how you could hear his footsteps and the little sounds he made with his mouth!

In the locker room…

I think this is quite possibly the highlight (and we’ve had so many, from the “not an easy party” to the “cronies”) of Iker’s relationship with Facebook, the numerous photos he posted of him and his teammates celebrating in the locker room!  After all, Iker managed to get a picture with Sergio, Sami, Kaká, Antonio, Esteban, Raúl, Álvaro, Xabi, Gonzalo, José, Tomy, Nuri, Fábio, Pepe and Mesut!  He also left us some gems such as “‘naink funk linea gounj,’ jajaja jajaja!! That’s my improvised German!!” or accompanying a photo with Kaká with the caption “maravilloso tío joder!!!” and one with the canteranos with “canteranos al poder!!! Viva la cantera!!!!”  Yes!!

Others, including Álvaro, Mesut or Cristiano, for example, also posted photos, and since I can’t replicate all of them here, I’ve chosen the best ones (the ones with the most exposed skin).

I can’t possibly choose a favorite.

And with all the dancing going on, I really missed Manolito!

More photos…

It’s hard to tear your eyes away, isn’t it?

Álvaro Arbeloa also tweeted that since they were champions, “Xabi Alonso can now retire tranquilly,” and called Aitor Karanka “a great among greats.”

On the bus…

The Portuguese media outlet Sic Noticias was the only one Mou allowed on the bus, so they got to speak with Mou and the three Portuguese players.  While Pepe was being interviewed, Cris and Fábio decided to act like five-year-olds and sneak up behind him to make faces and get on the camera.  Later, Cris fooled around with Fábio while they spoke to him.  I wonder if they’re like this during their carpool rides?

Mou, meanwhile, was already planning the schedule for the next several days, instead of joining in the revelry.

It was on the bus that we finally got a glimpse of Álvaro’s famous “Robocop” body, when he gave his shirt away to the crowd.  Pepe had also stood at the door to the bus to throw out bufandas and the like, while Xabi sipped on a beer.

Then things got serious for a moment when Mou spoke with Xabi about the planning.

On the plane…

The fun continued on the plane…

… and the moments when Mesut  responded “me?” with a look of surprise when Sami said he was in a class of his own as well as when Gonzalo started speaking English and cracking Nuri up were some of my favorites.

I love this team so, so, so much that sometimes I feel like my heart is going to explode.

There was also dancing, and luckily, Iker and his trusty iPhone were there to capture all the moments.  Álvaro started out dancing to his favorite “Purpurina,” after being encouraged to do so from his teammates, who chanted “Maradona, Maradona” and then “Diego, Diego” as he danced.  Then Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” started blasting (now we know why it was the song featured in the “training with… Álvaro Arbeloa” video!) and Alvarito began his best Michael Jackson imitation, including moonwalking!

Sergio needed no encouragement, and got up to do his own moonwalk (yay!!), while Iker looked on with some amusement.  Cheers for our players having no inhibitions!  But I’m sure there were many moments that weren’t documented, or at least available for our viewing pleasure.  That’s too bad, no?  We need to see more!

More of the boys being adorable!

I think everyone in the world knows by now that this was Iker’s fifth Liga and Sergio’s third.

At the airports…

At the airport in Vitoria (which happens to be Aitor Karanka’s hometown), the fans mobbed Cristiano Ronaldo, and he literally had to fight his way into the airport, with the help of local police.  Back in Madrid, Marcelo and Pepe posed for Iker’s cameras.  I loved that Marcelo carried around the speaker all night like a boombox!

More fans were at Barajas as the team made their triumphant way through the terminal…

… and they also decided to wake up some sleeping travelers!  Jajaja!!!  Of course Marcelo and Pepe were involved, but so were Cris and Antonio Adán!  Can you imagine, you’re taking a nap because your flight has been delayed, and suddenly some shouting and nudging wakes you up, you open your eyes and there is Cristiano Ronaldo?  I wonder if the poor (or lucky) guy thought he was dreaming.  And then we had Xabi posing on the escalator, while his teammates waved bufandas around.

And in Madrid…

It was around three in the morning when the team finally arrived back in Madrid.  From Barajas, the team boarded their bus, which took them to Valdebebas.  After changing, they left the training complex to head back into the city, where the destination was the disco Moma.  By then it was around four in the morning.  At Moma, the team was greeted with Madrid’s himno and the players didn’t hesitate to sing along and dance to it.  Guti was also there, since, what’s a party without Guti, no?  Two hours later, the celebration finally ended.

I hope the players who weren’t called up for this game were able to join in this celebration, since they missed out on the one in San Mamés!

Meanwhile, several thousand fans congregated at the Cibeles plaza to celebrate the team’s win, and many motorists joined in the celebrations too.

¡Hala Madrid!

More to come but it will take some time, so please be patience…

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32 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2012 18:05

    Ah, I loved this post too. Even better than the match post itself, which I quite liked, as you can tell from my comment in that post! This post.. Ah.

    I cried so hard while watching them celebrate on the field, it was just so obvious how much they had longed for this title.

    I loved Ikers videos… My Spanish could be a lot better (it’s my seventh language, haha), but I still understood what he was saying and even if I hadn’t been able to understand Spanish, I think I would still be touched by the videos, because they were, as you said, just so intimate and it was amazing.
    And oh, how much do I love Iker’s relationship with Facebook! Iker getting Facebook may very best be the best thing ever. When I finally went to bed at like 3am (I’m in the same timezone as Spain) I’d seen all the photos and liked them and laughed at them and everything, and I thought ‘He must be done now!’ and then when I woke up in the morning for school, there were even more and it’s just so amazing and I LOVE how much they share with the fans! And the locker room video…… What can I say 😛 And the airplane video and pictures, too… Basically, everything about this celebration nearly killed me. So much happiness and pride and just… Ah. So, so great.

    Looking forward to the post about Cibeles itself, as that may just have been my favourite part of the whole thing. So beautiful!

  2. Soñando con Dios permalink
    May 5, 2012 18:23

    Thank you Una for your posts on the game and on the celebrations! I just absolutely loved all the video and photo updates from Iker. And I often wonder how those airplanes stay in the air with all that jumping, dancing, congregating on one side that goes on! 🙂 And happy-happy nappers at the airport!!!

  3. May 5, 2012 18:36

    I’m going to bookmark this page and come back to it every time I’m down or sad. It’s made me so happy to see all these picts again. 😀

  4. Dia permalink
    May 5, 2012 18:37

    I wished I could have been there!! I would have loved celebrating with them all.

  5. May 5, 2012 21:45

    “I love this team so, so, so much that sometimes I feel like my heart is going to explode.”

    I know exactly what you mean. I feel so much love, pride and joy for these guys, it’s overwhelming.

    HAHAHA! I bet, everyone’s first thought when Mou got turned over and almost dropped was “Oh no, did Sergio drop Mou?!?!” That was what I first thought, but as it turns out, Sergio did the opposite and actually caught him. I’m not sure what Mou thinks, though, because he pulled at Sergio’s hair right after. Or maybe he just needed an excuse to touch it.

    I think it’s a testament to how much we all love these guys that we find it adorable when they act like 5 year olds on a sugar high. If the men in our lives acted like this (boyfriends, husbands, brothers, co-workers) we would be extremely annoyed and refuse to put up with it. Hahaha.

    God bless the day Iker decided to buy an iPhone AND join Facebook. Really. I didn’t think it was possible, but the combination of Iker + his phone + Facebook made me love him even more! The videos are just too much! Even when he’s inexplicably still taking video of himself drinking beer, I am mesmerized!

  6. manie permalink
    May 6, 2012 00:07

    Out of all the pictures, I still find it hard to believe that three grown men would choose to sit right next to each other on an airplane with standard legroom. And that Pepe and Cris make Marcelo sit in the middle. Of course.

    This was so great Una. Love this post.

  7. Sara permalink
    May 6, 2012 06:17

    “I love this team so, so, so much that sometimes I feel like my heart is going to explode.” My feelings exactly. And I just wanna say that we have the most perfect, flawless, and amazing captain (and team in general) !! I am soo proud of them and all their hard work was paid off at the end. HALA MADRID!!!

  8. Eva permalink
    May 6, 2012 10:08

    Dear Una~
    why do they sing about Maradona?

    • Noelia permalink
      May 7, 2012 02:08

      I speak spanish and I think they sang ”Maradona” because it was given at the time, there is no a why. It’s a chant very argentine, Pipa said something like ” A lo blanco, Diego a lo blanco!” ‘to the white Diego! to the white!” I don’t know if he was referring to cocaine, or to Real Madrid. Crazy .

  9. arkads permalink
    May 6, 2012 13:08

    Awesome stuff! Thanks for putting all of this up! Is there any chance you have a video with audio where Higuaín is saying “I’m a happy man”?

    • Laurean permalink
      May 6, 2012 21:02


      This link shows a vid from the plane ride, and it ends with Pipa saying “I am happy man” 🙂

      • arkads permalink
        May 7, 2012 22:26

        That was brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. eruhin permalink
    May 6, 2012 22:02

    What a beautiful, beautiful post! I’m a truly happy woman now ;D Can’t wait for the Cibeles part 🙂

  11. Pammie permalink
    May 6, 2012 22:18

    My heart almost exploded too, because it swelled so much from the love for this team and the joy that they sealed the title early. How wonderful is it that Iker and Alvaro and the others shared their experience with us? Thank you social networks!
    Of course Guti would be there, how awesome! 😀 No wonder they were like this yesterday, they partied two days in a row.

    Thanks for gathering all of this!

  12. raooya permalink
    May 6, 2012 23:35

    Campeones Campeones Oee Oee Oee Great post as usual Una very happy for out 32 ligas…… drunk Xabi and Iker are so adorable more of that plz our players deserved the liga the celebration was great it was nice to see Benz, Xabi enjoying them selves because they are usually shy or very classy to let it go like that i hope next year we go there more than 3 times finally HALA MADRID

  13. A. E. Lupin permalink
    May 6, 2012 23:36

    Una, when do the players leave for Euro 2012? I am trying to mail a letter to Ozil.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      May 7, 2012 17:24

      Season ends on May 14, although there’s one friendly scheduled for after that.

  14. Jenny permalink
    May 7, 2012 04:45

    Actually I think it looks like the boys are pushing Mou on top of Sergio as joke!

    Una – this post is my new favourite of all of your posts!

  15. Jess permalink
    May 7, 2012 05:59

    They are so amazing. I can’t even.

  16. @ulonghaz permalink
    May 7, 2012 07:31

    I love this team so, so, so much that sometimes I feel like my heart is going to explode. << ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I just can't get enough of them

  17. Morales permalink
    May 7, 2012 09:02

    Loved this post! Thanks for putting all of this work into it :333 You’re awesome!

  18. Christine permalink
    May 7, 2012 10:36

    Great post as always, una!!! The boys look even more adorable when they’re drunk 😀 my absolute favourite picture is the one of El Pirata and Xabi!!! Pictures like these are probably the reason why I don’t find a boyfriend 😀 my expectations are just too high 😀

    Did I hear that right, that the team is going to some kind of celebration with the trophy on next monday to the puerta del sol and the almudena church? Heard something like that in the news on telemadrid after the celebrations at cibeles, but I’m not sure if I just misunderstood something because of my bad spanish 😉

    • unamadridista permalink*
      May 7, 2012 17:32

      Yes, the traditional offering to the city will take place on May 14. The team is scheduled to visit the Ayuntamiento (town hall, behind Cibeles), the Comunidad de Madrid headquarters in the Puerta del Sol and the Almudena cathedral.

      • Christine permalink
        May 7, 2012 17:39

        Thank you!!! That’s absolutely great as I’m visiting Madrid from May 12 to May 15 🙂 Do you have any idea at what time it is scheduled?

        • unamadridista permalink*
          May 8, 2012 17:37

          It’s still tentative at this point, I’ll let you know if I hear anything.

  19. May 7, 2012 18:41

    you brought the joy of the celebrations to all of us who live far away. thank you so much, una!

  20. Trixie permalink
    May 8, 2012 01:23

    what would we Madridistas do without your posts??? love this Una!!! thanks so much!

  21. May 8, 2012 16:32

    The top right gif is mesmerizing. Iker’s munching out with one hand, grabbing his junk with the other. Higuain is… well.. Higuain. o_O hellllooo babeee

  22. May 9, 2012 02:09

    great great post, you are the best UnaMadridista, thank you!!!!!!!!!

    now back to starign at the post;-)

  23. May 9, 2012 09:22

    Love Real Madrid & your brillant blog! Warmed up my heart and mind! Thank you!!!

  24. jean permalink
    May 10, 2012 05:57

    What more can I say that hasnt already been said?
    I looove these guys and this blog thats all:):)

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