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ICYMI – the healing edition

December 3, 2012

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Atlético [2012-12-01, Liga jornada 14, 2-0].

It has happened so often in recent history that I think it may be on the verge of becoming a law: Atlético simply cannot get a win over Real Madrid.  On Saturday night, the streak was extended to 13 years, or 24 games, during the derbi madrileño.

ONE.  The two goals scored on the night were both sublime.  Cristiano’s free kick was a missile, while Mesut Özil’s volley was a work of art.

I loved how during the celebration for Cristiano’s goal, he, Pepe and Xabi all did the same thing!

Cris’ goal impressed Iker, who had a look of disbelief and amazement on his face in the moments right after it.  I love his reaction!  By the way, Iker is still tied for first place in the fight for the Zamora trophy.  He and Málaga’s Willy Caballero both have a coefficient of 0.71, having allowed 10 goals in 14 games.  This is his best start since the 2004-05 season, when Madrid only allowed nine games in its first 14 games.

And look how tightly (I first typed “thightly” by accident, but it’s not too wrong since we’re talking about Sergio) Sergio hugged Mesut after the latter’s goal!  Mesut looks delighted to be held by Sergio, no?

Hugs all around!

I also loved Cris’ primal scream, and Mesut pointing at the escudo and looking at it adoringly.

TWO.  Marcelo Sunshine was at the game, wearing glasses and sitting in the stands next to Óscar Ribot.  I love seeing players in the stands instead of in a palco, because to truly enjoy the game, you have to be out there with the fans.  He tweeted afterward, “another derby won by Real Madrid!  El madridismo will be happy!  There were only two goals but there should have been more!”  He also added the hashtag “GRANCRISTIANO” for those who still believe he and Cristiano no longer get along.

Also at the game was Santi Solari!  He’s one of the few men in recent history to have played for both Atleti and Real Madrid.  He was accompanied by Diego Tristán (they have been taking coaching courses together at the RFEF alongside the likes of Albert Celades, Iván Helguera or Fernando Morientes).

THREE.  Random moments: Mesut drowning inside his huge puffy jacket as he received congratulations; Mou and Sergio with their arms around each other as they discussed strategy; Cristiano’s impressive skills; and Sergio’s adorable smile.

FOUR.  José Rodríguez came into the game as time wound down, becoming the third youngest Madrid player to debut in the Liga, at the age of 17 years and 351 days.  Ahead of him are Raúl, whom Jorge Valdano debuted at the age of 17 years and 131 days on Nov. 5, 1994 – also against Atleti, so of course comparisons were made – and Javi García, who was 17 years and 294 days old when he came into the game against Levante at the hands of Mariano García Remón on Nov. 28, 2004.  By the way, Iker is ranked seventh, having played for the first time in the Liga when he was 18 years and 121 days old, against Depor on Sept. 18, 1999, while Rafa Varane is currently in tenth place (18 years, 152 days).  The day after the game, José tweeted, “yesterday was one of the most important days of my life.  I’m happy for the debut in the Liga and more for the victory of the team.  Thank you to everyone and Hala Madrid.”

Will he complete the triumvirate and debut in the Champions League against Ajax?

FIVE.  As he had promised, José Mourinho emerged from the tunnel at 21:20h for the plebiscite.  At that point, there were only about 5,000 spectators in the stadium, as the game wasn’t going to start for another 40 minutes.  He was received mostly with applause, though there were a few whistles as well (which makes sense, because fans would show up early to cheer, while no one would show up early to boo).  Mou stuck around for a couple of minutes before going back into the tunnel.

Over in Barcelona, the culé fans ignored their team, who was leading Athletic 4-1 at 21:20h, to chant “Mourinho, go to the theater…”  How sad that they’re so concerned about another team that they can’t even enjoy their own!  Apparently, there’s a case of madriditis going around, and it’s contagious…

SIX.  I love seeing all the hugs between the rival players once the final whistle blew, as well as that glimpse of Álvaro Arbeloa’s abs.  We also got to see Pepe’s abs, though we were denied seeing Sergio’s as he followed Iker’s example and wore an underlayer (Iker and Sergio copying each other in how they dress would be a classic example of the blind leading the blind, no?).

SEVEN.  The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

I love how nonchalantly Xabi flicked the ball over to Cris, while his hands remained on his hips the entire time!

During Xabi’s post-game interview, where he gave some model-worthy stares, Álvaro Arbeloa tickled his ear and Pepe messed up his hair.  Xabi must have been really concerned about his hair, because he smoothed it down here, and as we saw above, also during the celebration for Mesut’s goal after it got mussed up.

EIGHT.  Calleti is adorable!  It helps that he’s the only one without a thumb pointing up.

NINE.  The Ultras prepared two banners for the game, as they normally do.  The one displayed before the game was a nod to Madrid’s “Vikingos” nickname, and bore the words “a thousand battles, a thousand victories.”

Near the end of the game, with victory assured, the fans displayed this banner: “today, the incredible case of an Atleti fan who claimed he had seen his team win a derby.”  Jajaja!

TEN.  Here’s a look at the other pre-game banners displayed by the Ultras Sur in the last five seasons.  I think my favorite one has to be “a derby each night, your worst nightmare.”  Which one is your favorite?

38 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2012 10:53

    I just wanted to say how thrilled I am that you are posting regularly like how you used to do so earlier. I’ve missed your witty, funny posts so much. *hugs*

  2. sergio permalink
    December 3, 2012 12:10

    I am also very ecstatic that you’ve been posting regularly. Every aspect of this blog is so refreshing and it seems now that i cant help but whenever i watch our team play I try to spot little moments in the game that would feature in this blog lol. I got one correct, the moment when xabi flicked the ball to cris with his hands on hip. haha 😉

    thank you sooooo much for all your time and dedication una!

  3. Nina permalink
    December 3, 2012 12:26

    I love your blog, cause i don’t know Spanish and you give me inside story! although it is mostly about Spanish players like Ramos,iker, morata and xabi!
    look like Cris will leave real next year i hope he comeback to united where he is love!
    disgraceful the way Ronnie is getting treated by Flo, iker,sara and co!
    wish he never came here !everyone tried to warn him but sadly real was his boyhood club!

    • December 6, 2012 17:43

      Hey troll, do us all a favour and get lost will you. Or failing that, go find yourself a life or something.

    • Cosi permalink
      December 7, 2012 22:08

      Sorry, but where did you hear that Cris was being treated badly by (of all people) Iker? He seems pretty happy to be with us (and living his full potential) at RM imho!!

  4. cisarovna permalink
    December 3, 2012 13:30

    Fantastic post… The law of the derby… Madriditis infections… #GRANUNA

  5. mimi permalink
    December 3, 2012 14:33

    Love your blog keep up the good work. We from Sweden appreciate it a lot.

  6. Jenny permalink
    December 3, 2012 16:10

    The gambler putting all his chips on white! I LOVED that one. I think it was last year’s. Just amazing! And so true! I remember the odds on that game were a generous 27-1 😉

    Gorgeous, gorgeous spam!

  7. December 3, 2012 17:25

    Thank You Very much for the pictures your the best missed you a lot when you were not posting. Thank You Again!!!!

  8. Manie permalink
    December 3, 2012 18:13

    Hahhahha I love your comment about Barca fans. So true.

    Xabi’s nonchalant flick was my favorite non goal part of the match! I’m so so glad you are posting again because I really missed the Xabi Alonso pose section!

  9. mokia permalink
    December 3, 2012 18:29

    Loved it Una!! How about Diego Costa. What a scumbag eh?

  10. Eruhin permalink
    December 3, 2012 18:47

    I was so happy after winning that game! I hope the streak never ends 🙂 I’m with you on the favorite banner – the girl with the pierced ball is the best, hehe. And my second favorite is the Michelangelo’s one.

  11. December 3, 2012 18:56

    I missed your posts so damn much!! Thank you for posting regularly again, I love these ICYMI posts since I rarely get to watch the matches 😦 My madridista experience only started recently (more or less since Cristiano started playing for Madrid, but I have always chosen Madrid over Barça) and your blog is such a great part of it. Specially beacuse I’m from Madeira, I support Cristiano with all my heart, as well as Pepe, Coentrão and Di María, the last two mainly because they played for my team (S.L. Benfica) before signing with Madrid.
    I absolutely love your blog, keep it up!!

    Beijos!!! (Besos)

  12. December 3, 2012 19:17

    So glad to have ICYMI posts! Thanks for starting to post more regularly again – love your blog. x

  13. Soñando con Dios permalink
    December 3, 2012 19:48

    Una, your posts make my day! I loved Iker’s face when Cristiano scored. And I was so so happy for Cris to score that free kick! And of course, for Özil as well, but he already got his reward from that hug of Sergio’s. 🙂

  14. Maripili permalink
    December 3, 2012 21:46

    I was afraid they would not win. I should have had more faith in our boys!

  15. MissLadya permalink
    December 3, 2012 22:01

    Love how Xabi didn’t even flinch at the ear flick but was all “Dude!” when Pepe ruffled his hair, quickly smoothing it back down XD

  16. Mia permalink
    December 3, 2012 22:31

    My favourite Ultras banner is the way that says “Esto es Madrid” Fantastic!

    I love the Ultras, I cannot understand why some people don´t like them, they are incredible!

    Btw, I am so happy that Marcelo Sunshine showed up to support his teammates, we miss him a lot on the team, don´t we?

  17. Flora permalink
    December 3, 2012 23:48

    I love the one that says “Esto es Madrid” I wonder who the guy in the cloak is

  18. Kristen permalink
    December 4, 2012 03:59

    Great post! Thanks Una, so much appreciated. Miss you, and hope all is well.

  19. Gio permalink
    December 4, 2012 04:55

    Great post Una!! and its good to have you back!!! remember we dont always comment but reading we always do.

  20. December 4, 2012 04:57

    So thrilled to have an ICYMI from our favorite blogger, UNa! GReat stuff, U!

  21. black widow permalink
    December 4, 2012 05:05

    i’m so pleased to have your ICYMIs back! gracias! 🙂 🙂

    iker’s face!!! i actually snorted when i saw it the very first time! so, so funny!

    i LOVE marcelo with glasses. boy oh boy, do they ever suit him! intellectual sunshine! :p

    at this point, mesut and sergio should just move in together. they’re practically an official couple now!

    it’s nice to see mou and sergio with their arms around each other, too. that should shut a few people up.

    i see iker’s bad habit of base layers is rubbing off! nooooo!

    as for the cules, they’re not even worth discussing. i’d rather focus on mou putting his money where his mouth is and doing what he did. cojones de acero! 😉

    i’ve never been at a match where a big, big, big banner was unfurled like that. i’d love to see one live, just to see how they coordinate it with all the people. how does it get rolled up afterwards? don’t the people underneath it get annoyed they can’t see anything? is there some sort of pre-arranged agreement for how long they hold it up for? so many questions …

    • Soñando con Dios permalink
      December 4, 2012 11:49

      Yeah, Marcelo looked really nice, I thought so too. Very sophisticated.

  22. December 4, 2012 08:49

    There are so many good things about this post that I can’t even begin to talk about them. But I have to say, I LOVE all amazing all the banners are! I think “esto es madrid” is my favourite because it’s so simple and yet means so much. Xabi is perfection, like always, and Sergio and Mesut together are the best ever!

  23. nadia permalink
    December 4, 2012 13:58

    How much I laughed at the “blind leading the blind” comment. It really would be a perfect example! HAHAHAHA xD My favorite banner would be the same as yours although ‘esto es madrid’ is a close second.

  24. December 4, 2012 19:54

    Bless you for the gif of Xabi kicking the ball to Cris. I was screaming watching that, because of how awesome it was.

  25. December 4, 2012 21:14

    Una, I have a question…and it’s in regards to Cristiano and I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

    In Barcelona, all players unanimously say that Messi is the best player they’ve seen and they provide him with immense support, so much so that Pique said that Messi gets his vote over Iniesta, in a year that Iniesta won the Euro with him.

    Whereas in Madrid, that support for Cristiano is not the same. Why do you think that is? Why don’t we have players who come out and fully say “Cristiano is the best player in the world, without a shadow of the doubt” or something along the lines of “It is an honour to be on the same team as him”. I don’t understand this. Do you think Cristiano’s personality plays a part in this? Because his stats and work ethic speak volumes, and in my opinion, during the time he’s been in la Liga and considering all the variables, he has been superior to Messi and has answered his critics. Teammates have to constantly answer questions about his personality and their relationship with him instead of unanimously being enamoured by his skill and importance to the team.

    I’m not saying he’s not getting any support, because he is. Players speak well of Cristiano…but not to the extent that we see Messi getting praised. Maybe it’s just me, what do you think?

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 10, 2012 15:14

      Perhaps because over in Barcelona, all of the players have grown up with Leo and they know him a lot better, as opposed to Cristiano, who is just in his fourth season with Madrid. I also believe our players are more diplomatic, and in the case of the Spaniards, they have a lot of respect for their national team teammates and therefore they don’t want to slight anyone. It would be nice to see some more compliments thrown Cris’ way, since he is more than deserving of them.

  26. Ane permalink
    December 5, 2012 10:37

    Thank you Una! So great to see you post this much. I just love this blog and now I went back to the beginning of it and I’m reading old posts.

    About this icymi edition, great game from our team. What I loved the most beside the result was Iker’s face after Cristiano’s goal. #DirtyThoughts

  27. Ash permalink
    December 6, 2012 02:23

    Ah thanks for posting! I’ve been out of the loop now that La Liga sold its rights so lots of us over here in the US can’t watch games like we used to, so I’m so glad you’re back! Can you explain the comments by Barca about Mou needing to go to the theatre btw? Haha I didn’t get that

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 10, 2012 15:16

      They just think he’s dramatic.

  28. Cosi permalink
    December 7, 2012 22:11

    looove Iker’s reaction!! SO good to be hearing more from you again, Una!! Thanks so much ….. and i have to say the Ozil and Sergio bromance is quite cute 🙂 abrazos from London!!

  29. December 8, 2012 11:57

    especially happy for José Rodriguez, whom I met last April at Valdebebas. So proud! Huge talent comming up there!

  30. maria permalink
    December 12, 2012 01:42

    Hi Una, though I’m a huge Madrid fan, I wanted to point something out, since you talked about how Barça supporters were singing a chant about Mou… I was once at the Bernabeu to watch a Madrid x Mallorca game, and the madridistas would sing Barcelona anthem (instead of words, the were like “lololololo”), except at the end, it was something like: “barça, barça, mier**!!” Isn’t this a bit like what the culés did… I’m not saying I think it’s right, but I think that happens everywhere, no??

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 15, 2012 15:35

      Sometimes they do that in response to the scoreboard flashing the Barcelona score, and overall it’s just general singing, but what I was pointing out was that the Barcelona fans seem to be paying a lot of attention to Madrid’s affairs since they knew at what time to do it and coordinated what to do.

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