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all set for Celta!

March 10, 2013

Just a short “all set for…” post.  Real Madrid takes on Celta today (19h) at the Balaídos.  We have already played Celta three times this season, once in the Liga and twice in the Copa.  Cristiano scored in each of those games for a total of five goals (including a hat trick) against Celta.  And consider these statistics: Celta has taken 92 shots at goal this season (the lowest out of all the teams).  Cristiano alone has taken 82.  Celta has only scored 25 goals this season.  Cristiano has scored 24.  But my favorite Cristiano vs. Celta moment is not the goals, but the concern he showed Hugo Mallo after the game on Jan. 9.

During the game, Hugo tore his left ACL on a play, which effectively ruled him out for the rest of the season.  After the game, Cris visited Celta’s locker room to see how Hugo was, and gave him his shirt.  Hugo said at the time, “it’s something that I will always remember; it was very important for me.  I was lying on the bed and all of a sudden I saw him and I said, ‘ostrás, it’s Ronaldo.’  He sat down next to me, he talked to me, he was very friendly towards me, as if he were a lifelong friend, and he exchanged shirts with me.  He was spectacular with me.”

That Cris… again showing how arrogant and cocky he is!

Anyway, the team trained the last three days to prepare for this upcoming game.

They traveled to Vigo on Saturday evening, accompanied by RMC, who is playing Coruxo in the same city today at 16:30h.

After RMC’s game, they’ll head to the Balaídos to watch their “big brothers” take on Celta, and then the two teams will return to Madrid together.  Good job with the logistics!

In Vigo, Madrid’s only gallego signed autographs for the fans, along with Xabi Alonso.

“Kids and adults love them so.”

And while Xabi and Diego were busy meeting with the fans, Gonzalo Higuaín was hanging out with Raúl Albiol, probably in the latter’s hotel room, since that seems to normally be where everyone congregates, much to Chori’s dismay.

RNE has reported that Mesut Özil is the latest player to have driving troubles.  When is it going to end?  According to the radio station, the Guardia Civil stopped Mesut for making an illegal turn last Saturday.  He had to pay a 500 euro fine, and six points were taken away from his driver’s license.  He follows Karim Benzema and Marcelo in having brushes with the law.  And if you think back to the day when Iker injured his hand, he drove himself to and from the hospital wearing a cast on his left hand.  A driving school subsequently called on the Directorate General of Traffic to fine him, since you are not supposed to drive like that.  The DGT denied the request.

To avoid ending on a bad note, here are two recent photos of Enzo shared by his very proud parents!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Alankrit Jaiswal permalink
    March 10, 2013 15:14

    What a good daddy marcelo must be!! :p

  2. realmadridlookbook permalink
    March 10, 2013 16:58

    I think its so funny how tall Calleti’s hat is in the second picture! haha.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      March 12, 2013 11:10

      I know, that’s why I chose to use that photo!

  3. Sara permalink
    March 10, 2013 17:27

    Una, could you please explain to us how the Spanish drivers license system works? With the points being deducted from your drivers license and all that. How many points to you get to start with? Do all kind of traffic violations leed to points being taken away? And what happens when you run out of them all? What are you supposed to do then?

    Because I read that when Marcelo was caught, it was revealed that he actually had no points left. And that seemed to make his violation a whole lot worse..? Aren’t you allowed to drive at all when you’ve run out of your points?

    Maybe it’s a bit off topic with all those questions about the drivers license system, but the whole thing just made me so curious.

    Also, thx for an amazing blog, you totally rock!

    • unamadridista permalink*
      March 12, 2013 11:21

      If I remember correctly, the points system went into effect in 2006. Each driver with more than three years of driving experience started out with 12 points, while those with three years or less of driving experience started out with eight points. Those who lose all their points or their license also start out with eight points, when they get a new one. You can earn points up to a maximum of 15 for not having any violations for periods of three years (you get two points added for the first three years, and one more for the next three years).

      You can of course also lose points, like Marcelo did. The violations are “worth” 2, 3, 4 or 6 points. Examples: driving while drunk or high will cost you six points, not stopping at red lights or pedestrian walkways will cost you four points, and using a mobile phone while driving will cost you three points. The punishment for speeding can be a loss of 2, 4 or 6 points, depending on how much above the speed limit you were.

      If you lose some points, you can take a course to refresh your memory on driving regulations, or stay out of trouble for two to three years in order to recover some or all of your points. If you all of your points, you lose your right to drive. Then after six months, you can get a new one – with eight points – after taking the aforementioned course and passing a driving test. Driving without points is considered a crime.

      • Sara permalink
        March 15, 2013 07:42

        Thank you so much for explaining that. Sounds like quite an extensive system, but still not too hard to get the essentials out of… Like that it´s always best to obey the traffic rules 🙂

  4. Zparklemotion permalink
    March 11, 2013 21:57

    This team and their driving issues, I cannot. Is it really that hard lol
    Wonderful post, so happy about that win! 😀

  5. March 12, 2013 10:21

    I would just like to tell you how thrilled I am about finding that you are writing your blog again. Came back a few days ago just for old times sake, and BAM – new posts 🙂

    Thank you!

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