Something We Can Be Proud Of

18 May

In a week that has brought some unhappy moments from/for our team, we can at least be proud of this. Today we played a match vs. Selección de Murcia to benefit the people affected by the Lorca earthquake.

Three awesome guys and 1 guy that I’m currently not speaking to

Real Madrid went to Lorca and their first stop was Town Hall where they met with Mayor Angel Camara and presented a shirt signed by the whole team.

They also stepped out onto the Town Hall balcony to greet the crowd with a banner that said “All in Support of Lorca” and players also posed with signs sharing the same sentiment.

After that, Cris and his gravity defying hair joined Iker and That Guy Who Should Know Better went to visit earthquake victims in the hospital. They went from room to room to say hello, which I thought was just lovely.

Can you imagine looking up from your hospital bed to see San Iker, Cristiano Ronaldo and That Dude Who I’m Pissed At standing there? I’d probably freak.
Because I’m lazy as hell today (and have too much work), I’m going to use’s write up of the game and add some fun pictures. Please forgive me, peeps! I have to actually do my real job! I’m very happy that CrispyKarim were our goal scorers. Shame this doesn’t count towards the Pichichi.


Close to 32,000 people gather at Nueva Condomina Stadium to watch Real Madrid face Team Murcia (2-2)
Fernando Magallon / Translation by Michael J. O’Donnell

Nueva Condomina Stadium presented a near full house for the benefit match between Real Madrid and Team Murcia organised in support of those affected by the Lorca earthquake, which caused nine mortal victims. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Team Murcia (coached by Jose Antonio Camacho) and Real Madrid did their best to entertain the crowd. Mourinho used regular starters such as Casillas, Ramos, Arbeloa and Ozil, as well as Castilla players like Pablo Gil and Mandi in his initial lineup. Murcia native Pedro Leon and Sergio Canales also played and were the most active Madridistas in the first half. Granero had the most chances on goal, but both his shots were saved by Andres. Toche had Team Murcia’s clearest chance on the 25-minute mark, but sent the ball over the crossbar.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Kaka, Xabi Alonso, Pepe and youth teamer Carvajal came on after half-time and helped make the Whites’ game more vertical. The first goal in the match came from a combination of passes between Benzema and Xabi Alonso, after which the French striker sent the ball into the back of the net from inside the box (48′).

Team Murcia also worked hard for a strike and, five minutes later, managed to draw the score with an own goal from Pepe, who unfortunately defeated Dudek as he was trying to head out a cross by Aquino.

Team Murcia scored again through Meca, who headed in a free-kick in the 65th minute. Real Madrid responded swiftly: Pedro Leon served an excellent pass towards the box for Kaka, who then assisted Cristiano Ronaldo in the equaliser.

The final minutes of the game saw former Madridista, and current Real Madrid Team Delegate, Chendo wear the Real Madrid number ‘2’ shirt and the captain’s armband once more.

Seeing Chendo on the pitch was complete and utter awesomesauce, wasn’t it?

And he made a bitchin’ tackle too! He wore Carvalho’s shirt and he was given the captain’s armband.

For those that don’t know, Chendo is our team delegate. He’s Murcia-born, so this was an important event for him.  He played his entire career for Real Madrid starting at age 15. He played for 17 seasons winning 7 La Ligas, 1 Champions League and 2 Copa Del Reys. He also made 26 appearances for Spain’s senior national team, playing in the 1986 & 1990 World Cups. A Real Madrid legend!  It was Mou’s idea for him to play the last 10 minutes.

He had this to say after the match:

“It was so nice to play. I was touched by the applause I received when I started warming up and when I got in on the game.”

“Mourinho told me that it was a special day; that we were in Murcia to support a good cause.  I grabbed Carvalho’s shirt because he wasn’t going to play. I was very happy that I got to play for ten minutes.”

“The players congratulated me and we laughed a lot. I’m not in the best of shape, so I had to stop the opponent any way I could.”

El Pirata tweeted this post-game picture of himself with Chendo, Xabi and Two Guys Who I Am Also Really Angry With. Yeah, still not over it. Sorry.

Here are more pix and some comments from those who played today:


“It was important to be here and to help Lorca in any way we could. They deserve it. We hope everyone was able to forget about what happened for at least a day. We hope they recover from this tragedy.”

“There are more important things in life than Barça-Madrid matches. That is what makes this club great. It helps people when they need it most. All that matters is that we were here to help.”


“We had a great time. It was a match to enjoy playing and Chendo deserved to get in on the action. He played hard. I am sure he enjoyed the minutes he got.”

“This for us was like another training session, although we always try to compete and do our best, especially in matches of this nature.”

 Erm, El Pirata? I think we could have done without the whole “this was like another training session” comment. It was enough to say you had a great time for a great cause. Can I suggest that Real Madrid get some media training for their players? The past two days have made it obvious it’s sorely needed.

Benz is just helpfully keeping Adrian from falling, right? How sweet! 😉

Ozil breaks on through to the other side

Maybe the ball will knock some fucking sense into his head

Iker was a cheeky little brat and posted this update on his Facebook page:

Laugh while you can, Iker because my calendar says that you turn 30 on Friday. Who will be laughing then, eh?  I hope “Grandfather” gives it back to you 200% at your party!

13 Responses to “Something We Can Be Proud Of”

  1. suzanne May 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    this was such a fantastic thing that our club did. one of the reasons i love them so much. and CHENDO!!!!! i was so excited when i read that through kay’s twitter (the only way i was able to follow the match).
    lol, i read on una that people are typing in iker’s spanish on google translate and it comes out exactly how he is typing his english. bless! at least he takes the effort, and it’s actually him doing the work 🙂
    i loved the non-naming. they deserve. the part about the ball knocking sense? perfection 🙂
    and yes, our boys obviously need pr training :facepalm:

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

      Yeah, after Pirata’s stupid ass comments back in his interviews and with those three, it’s obvious that some education is needed. For reals. I’m taking the evening off from footy drama (well a few hours) and going to see Suzanne Vega in her one woman show, Carson McCullers Talks About Love. Gonna get some cult-cha. So behave yourselves and don’t leave a mess in the blog for me to clean up. AND NO PARTIES! 😉

      • suzanne May 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

        we’ll be good momma 😉
        have fun bein all cultured 😀

        • headbandsandheartbreak May 18, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

          It was quite a bit of fun as were those two (very much needed) extra dirty martinis!

  2. Maisoun May 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Oh Iker, see what happens when you make fun of others? You make TYPOS honey bunny! haha “Grandpather”

    Something new I learned today: Karanka has a really fit ass! Look at those cheekys! Go on scroll up 😉

  3. Mais May 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    hahaha ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’. Damn right! Cris’s photo kinda looks like a mugshot. Did you guys check the one Somebody posted on twitter? With Cris creeping in the back? Life-maker. Seriously.

  4. Lym May 19, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    Hey, I am a huge Madrid fan, and love your blog. I havent had the oportunity to read any news about the team for like a week and dont know what`s going on. Can you tell me why you are mad at Sergio??? I`m a huge fan and havent read anything about this. jeje

  5. IsaBella May 19, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    I’m sincerely proud of Madrid for having made something so nice and so emotional. I absolutely adored Xabis’ interview with TVE after the game and in general the match atmosphere .
    On the fourth pic: there’s Sergio’s autograph next to Arbeloa’s and the one on the bottom left is Marcelo’s. 🙂
    Iker’s “grandpather” makes me die!! 😉

  6. Mais May 20, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Btw guys, he wasn’t making fun of Carvalho, ‘grandfather’ is his nickname! I’m pretty sure you know this but remember that Marca article revealing what players nickname each other? Exempts:

    – Ozil – Nemo
    – Alvaro – Robocop
    – Karim – Monsieur
    – Sergio – Cookie
    – Carvalho – abuelo (grandfather)

    There were many more but you get me. Yeah so for those who didn’t know, if any, Iker was just calling Ricardo by his nickname haha, I’m sure he wasn’t making fun (considering he’s only 3 years younger!) or maybe he was and was being very sneaky about it 😉

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 20, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      Um, I was implying that he was joking around with Carvalho – trash talking back and forth – as you do. I teased Shigs on her birthday about being an old lady (even though I’m actually older than her). I was just joking. I’m well aware of their nicknames – we all saw the Marca article.

      • Mais May 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

        Oh no, don’t get me wrong! I understand that you were joking obviously!

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