Lots of bits and bobs today – not all of it earth shattering, but c’mon in…
First off, can San Iker (and Adan, Dudek and Tomy) rock it or what? RealMadrid.com tells us that Real Madrid have played 58 matches this season, 30 of which have ended in clean sheets for the Madridista. It’s a new club record for the Whites, who in 1986/87 and 1987/88 finished with 25 clean sheets. Very nice!
Real Madrid also made an official announcement about the Busquets/UEFA ruling letting everyone know that they found out from the media instead of UEFA directly among other things.
Arbeloa said he’s “glad Busquets can play in the final” Well, I’m glad to tell Arbeloa that he can kiss my lily white ass in this case. Mama does not approve. Now granted, this info is from a very poor translation on a Barca blog so I can’t be sure how legit it is, so if I’ve cussed out Alvaro unnecessarily, my apologies but if that’s how he really feels, then I stand by my earlier statement. How’s about standing up for your teammate, bud?
Also on my shit list? The Ramos. Here’s a translation of his comments that were in Marca today (again, it’s via Goal.com, so take with a grain of salt. I’m waiting for una’s translations of both). “I’m happy for Sergio Busquets, because he is a Spain team-mate and I wish him well. The only thing that does not seem right or fair is that the only injured party here is Mourinho,” Ramos told Marca.com. Um, Sergio, what about MARCELO? You know, your teammate? I’m seriously pissed off by this. I’m going to ask una to please clarify the translations because I feel I can trust her.
UPDATED: Thanks to wa-tishista! mari who pointed out that una had posted on Con La Roja detailing various La Roja’s members thoughts on the El Clasico kerfuffle. Her post wasn’t up when I last checked into the site earlier today. She confirmed that both Sergio and Arbeloa said that they were happy that Busquets could play in the final, so you know, fuck them.
UPDATE 2: Albiol joined the apologist party as well “I’m happy for Busquets, because I know him from the national team and he’s a good guy. It’s clear that he made a mistake in insulting a teammate…” Oh so at least he’s ACKNOWLEDGING that Busquets really did say it. I guess that’s something, but ugh…fuck you too, Chori.
In other racist arsehole news today, newly relegated West Ham had to deal with a fist fight with their supporters after a drunken fan racially abused Demba Ba at the end of the season dinner. Wow.
I’m going to take a deep breath now and try to move on to other news…
AS is reporting that Real Madrid will extend Sergio Ramos’ contract until 2017 and Pepe’s until 2015. Ramos’ new salary: €4.5 million. Pepe’s: €3.8 million. They are also saying that Real Madrid will announce Hamit Altintop’s signing within the next few hours. So keep your eyes peeled for that.
Kaka says he wants to stay at Real Madrid. Sadly, I don’t think that is going to happen. Carlos Tevez said he would leave Man City and relocate his family to either Italy or Spain due to the “Latin culture.” Erm, sounds like Real Madrid is his first choice if that’s what he’s looking for.
Pepe says that the goal that is credited to him in La Liga (CR7’s shot bounced off his frigging back) really belongs to Cristiano Ronaldo which would give him 39 goals and the La Liga record. I’ve got to agree with Pepe on this one. It would blow if Cris doesn’t score on Saturday and remains tied in the record books as a result of this.
Speaking of Saturday, it’s the final match of the season against the relegated Almeria. It’s also supposed to be the end of the world according to many religious groups. As I said to The Sports Fag over on Twitter, if The Rapture starts before the final match of the season, I will be PISSED. Cristiano needs to beat the scoring record. Jesus can wait until the final whistle. Also, if it happens during the game and Kaka gets raptured off the field, are we allowed to send in a sub or do we have to play with 10 men? Inquiring minds want to know. I mean, I’m more than sure I’ll be left behind so how exactly does this Rapture thing work? And for all you other sinners? I’ve got a party planned – all back to mine!
Pamela_ from Twitter found a great site called Real Madrid Stats which is perfect for all the trainspotters/geeks around here, like, erm….me. So who has the best pass completion rate on the team? Actually, Dudek with 90.90%. He completely 10 out of 11 passes. But out of the regular players, it’s Carvalho with 89.55% completing 1827 out of 2040 passes. Most steals? The Ramos with 437. Turnovers? Angel Di Maria with 494. Fouls drawn: CR7 (128) Fouls committed? Lass (109) to Ramos’ 80! Cards was no surprise: Ramos with 19 yellows and 2 reds. The runner up was though – Xabi Alonso with 17 yellows and 1 red! Anyhow, go on over and have some stats fun for yourselves.
Pepe Reina is staying at Liverpool. Reina, Martin Skrtel and Lucas also made news when they tackled a streaker at Anfield, clad in nothing but black socks this weekend. Never a dull moment. Speaking of naked wrasslin’, fellow Red Steven Gerrard is using his injury time well as he and his missus Alex announced that they are expecting their third child today. (Insert obligatory “‘he’s big and he’s hard, Steven Gerrard, Gerrard” joke here and brace yourselves for the onslaught of angsty Stevie/Xabi fic that will surely come in the next few weeks).
Iker is learning English! Here’s his super cute update on Facebook:
Via iPhone?! What happened to Iker’s Blackberry? He was always glued to that thing!
Jailbait! had to inform us that he’s using Shazam to track down a Pitbull song. I hope El Pirata doesn’t see this tweet. That could be a bromance dealbreaker right there. Speaking of our intellectual hipster pirate, both he and Xabi have tweeted their love for the new Woody Allen movie, Midnight In Paris.
Here’s a great article on Guti, the man, the legend, the…Guti. There really is no one like him. (BTW, hot rumor of the day? Forlan is leaving Atleti for Beşiktaş and Kun Aguero is packing his bags as well)
And while we’re on the subject of legends, Raul signed up for the bone marrow registry in order to help out a Schalke 04 fan. Oh Raul, you are the epitome of class and grace. Caring is hot, people! Let Raul show you the way!