Right here, apparently. The chill weather has brought the return of the ninja look to Valdebebas just as we were hoping for sleeveless shirts and training legs. No matter, I’ll take my Blancos in cloak-and-dagger mode anyday.
So much to do to get ready for the match on Saturday. One thing that I always can predict about El Clasico. No matter what the outcome, I will have a hangover of epic proportions. I’ve stocked up on lemon and carrot juice in preparation. (Thanks to watishista Tali for the lemon water cure).
I notice that Albiolita are sticking close together. I guess they’ve renewed their bromantic vows, eh?
As always before a Clasico, there are a rash of articles that pop up. Here’s a few:
Sports Illustrated: Grant Wahl interviews Ray Hudson
Artist Eduardo Salles has designed a campaign called Real Unhate, which merges logos of bitter footy rivals as a way of promoting peace. Considering all the horrors that hatred can bring this year (I’m thinking primarily of the tragedy in Port Said), I heartily approve. Here’s his El Clasico themed one. Timely, no? Other teams used: Manchester United x Liverpool. Boca Juniors x River Plate. América x Chivas. Inter x Milan.
A couple of fun extras:
A neat article on Levante: Levante Nearly Primera Party Poopers
Here’s a hilarious take on Chelsea vs. Barcelona from the wonderful Chris Wright of Who Ate All The Pies: Champions League Semi-Final Preview: Chelsea Must Engage Barcelona In Demonic Anti-Football Worth it’s weight in gold if only for the line “Lionel Messi is an archangel that floats uponst a divine wind of holy kitten farts” I bow to that line. Damn. Wish I’d written that.
Dirty Tackle: Phil Scolari says people don’t like Cristiano Ronaldo because of his success with women (Awwwwww! I’m sure Crispy is crying all the way to the…bedroom)
And of course: Didier Drogba’s complete rundown of first-leg disgraces
@NadeenAlk over on Twitter suggested that this be a present for Iker on his next birthday. Evil, but hilarious (and not a bad idea at all!)
Here’s a leftover twitter shot of Karim from concentracion the other day. Focus, boo! Learn it, live it, love it.
If Mesut ever wants to give up this football lark, I think that the Rockettes might have an opening. This was on the front page of RealMadrid.com today.
Pre-Champions League, Juanin, Nando and David Luiz played keepy uppy with a tennis ball. I especially like it when it rolls down Nando’s back and right over that juicy rump roast he’s got. Ring the bell, it’s time for Sunday dinner! (said Sergio)
More to come, peeps! Just need to get my act together on the stories I’m getting ready to publish.