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December 18, 2012

… and I volunteer mine!

The Christmas lunch.

The football and basketball teams held their annual Christmas lunch at the Bernabéu on Monday, alongside the four trophies won this year: the Liga and the Supercopa de España for the football team, and the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España for the basketball team.

The players were divided as such.  The two captains, Iker Casillas and Felipe Reyes, sat at the presidential table alongside FP, various vice presidents, head coaches and Alfredo di Stéfano, among others.  As for the rest, they sat like this.

Table  1: Marcelo, Di María, Higuaín, Álvaro Borja Morata Martín, Nacho, Jesús, Sergio Rodríguez, Carlos Suárez, Jaycee Carroll.

Table 2: Xabi, Álvaro Arbeloa, Sergio, Adán, Callejón, Albiol, Guillermo Hernangómez, Rudy, Sergio Llull.

Table 3: Pepe, Cris, Coentrão, Kaká, Carvalho, Rafael Hettsheimeir, Nikola Mirotić, Mirza Begić.

Table 4: Özil, Essien, Modrić, Benzema (a big NO for the outfit), Varane, Khedira, Dontaye Draper (Don Draper???), Marcus Slaughter, Martynas Pocius.

There was of course also time for chatting before the meal began.  Why does it look like Pipa and Xabi only met each other for the first time that day?

This year’s Christmas present was the iPad mini.

Hospital visits.

Following the lunch, the players were once again divided up and sent out to the main hospitals of Madrid to hand out gifts and bring some Christmas cheer to sick children.

I love what Mesut and Sami wrote about their experiences.  Mesut wrote: “an amazing event: Together with Martynas Pocius, one of Real’s basketball players, Sami Khedira and I went to see children at Universitario Hospital – a wonderful Christmas surprise for the children. Get well soon, kids!”  Adorable!  And Sami posted about the experience, “we visited the hospital in madrid today..the Kids were happy, so i was too..i’m amazed by this joy of living..”  And how cute was it that Nikola was so excited to hang out with his “idol” Kaká?

I really love all of these men!

No child without a gift campaign.

Earlier in the day, before the lunch, the Realmadrid Foundation once again presented the “this Christmas, no child without a gift” campaign.  On hand were Pepe, Cris and Kaká (who is in serious need of a haircut), plus Rudy and Sergio Llull, to hand out gifts and smiles.  I love how Pepe, Cris and Rudy wore ties!  Sergio looked quite casual next to them, as he would also later on with the other captains at Sanitas La Moraleja.  During his remarks, FP said Real Madrid “never gives up, no matter how difficult the challenges are,” and he was speaking both about the efforts of the foundation to help out the disadvantaged, as well as the teams that play for the club.

Cris looked quite interested in this gift…

Realmadrid Foundation Christmas greetings.

Three of the four football and basketball captains also filmed Christmas greetings on behalf of the Realmadrid Foundation.  Iker did his in Spanish.

Sergio did his in both Spanish and English!  Judging by his accent and mispronunciation of several of the words, no help went on there.  The result is adorable though, even if you can see his eyes move as he reads the teleprompter, because hearing him speak English is such a novelty.  Side note: I thought I would miss the long hair, but the short hair has grown on me and I think he looks fantastic!

“Hi, we hof all of you had a greet time playing foot-ball at Real Madrid Foondation es-school.  Marry Cris-ma and Happy New Year.”  Poor Sergio received a lot of abuse for being brave and speaking English (after all, we didn’t see Iker do it!), and he responded with a classy message via twitter: “for the smile of a child, English, German, Russian… whatever is needed!”  Love him!  But really, how do he and Mesut understand each other in English?

Felipe also did versions in two languages…

… and his English one was much more successful than Sergio’s.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. anna permalink
    December 18, 2012 15:39

    bwahaha poor sergio, at least he tries

  2. Manie permalink
    December 18, 2012 16:31

    I love this time of year and anxiously await the holiday greetings (or, let’s be real, the bloopers)!!

  3. Nora permalink
    December 18, 2012 16:40

    I love these Christmas videos! From the stolen Harry Potter music for the intro, to forcing out some English out of our favourite players; these ones are special. Can’t wait to see the video where all the boys are together, and of course, the bloopers.

    Now we’re all in need of some English from our captain other than ” I Yam what I Yam” and “You happy?”.
    I’m also curious as to how much of a fight Iker put up when they asked him to do a video in English, because the other captains were certainly brave enough.

  4. Mia permalink
    December 18, 2012 18:17

    Oh I love Sergio´s video in English. I am dying….jajajjaajjaj
    Also I totally agree with you regarding Karim´s clothes…What is this man wearing??

    I am extremely happy to see Marcelo and Higuain again, I´ve missed them sooo much!

  5. Amanda permalink
    December 18, 2012 22:21

    Nope the long hair is missed terribly by me. He has more hair on his face than head now!! and I predicted because he went all Samson on us – we wouldn’t win the league..and its happened..we need the long hair back for more than just his good looks & the fact it was the most beautiful hair ever!! we need it to WIN!

  6. @ulonghaz permalink
    December 19, 2012 01:31

    did Marcelo just give Morata a kiss???
    awwww :* too cute

  7. @ulonghaz permalink
    December 19, 2012 02:47

    oh damn it…my office block access to some of entertainment and social media websites. So I cant watch the video T________________T

  8. December 19, 2012 03:25

    oh, sergio! i’m so proud of him, that was no small feat, considering it was being recorded and broadcast to the world. i thought he did a great job, and it’s such a delight to hear him speaking english (such that it is). the people who mock him or tease him about it really annoy me. (and hey, iker, where’s your english version?! your english is — arguably — a bit stronger than sergio’s, if your lessons with pepe reina and various other video snippets i’ve seen are anything to go by!)

    the fashion crimes from benz and arbeloa at the christmas dinner were atrocious. benz was the worst, in my opinion, but arbeloa was criminally underdressed, too. and i’m glad our boys didn’t wear any plaid shirts (that i can see), as i think they should be a bit more formal and dress a little more appropriately. and i’m with you, una — LOVE that pepe, cris and kaka wore ties to the event (and pepe even wore a suit! nice!). they’re all daddies, so i would think they’d enjoy something like this. i love how cris looks so puzzled by the girl’s present, it’s like he doesn’t know what to do with it, hahahaha!

    i love, love, LOVE the tiny clip of marcelo grabbing OFC and kissing his neck! (also, on a superficial note, marcelo looks really hot with glasses!)

    • December 19, 2012 03:28

      also? our b-ball team players have the BEST names! dontaye draper? marcus slaughter? so cool!

  9. December 19, 2012 03:28

    awwwwwwwwwwwww I love Sergio’s engish accent.

  10. Linda permalink
    December 19, 2012 20:42

    When I saw that title my first thought was “Sergio, english, yey!” He does actually sound quite adorable and regarding the Mesut and him talking, Germans can speak english quite ok I think…. So he might actually be helping Sergio…

  11. December 20, 2012 07:51

    OMG Sunshine Marcelo is so affectionate with Baby Morata! Jaja. SO ADORABLE!

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