Bits And Bobs: Platini Really Really Likes Us, Iker Likes Judo, Xabi Gets All Pirata On Our Arses, Cris Jr & Irina Hangin’ Out, Classy Arteta

5 Mar

UEFA grand poobah Michel Platini was at the Real-Espanyol game yesterday sittin’ with FloPeezy in the Presidential Balcony and had some nice things to say about Los Blancos.

Platini: “Real Madrid is the best club in the world; it invented modern football and has mythical status”

“The team plays at a high level and has a great chance of winning the Spanish league” / Translation by Michael J. O’Donnell

UEFA President Michel Platini saw the match against Espanyol from the Presidential Balcony of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

“I thought the game was over when Real Madrid were winning 2-0. The team has a very good midfield and performs at a high level. The defence gave a serious performance and the front line has a lot of class.”

“The games remaining in the Champions League are very difficult. The best team in Europe ends up winning the championship, which is very tough. Games start in September and end in May.”

“I think Real Madrid have a greater chance to win the Spanish league than Barcelona this year. Real Madrid invented modern football, won the European Cup five straight years and is the best club in the world. It has mythical status, it is an ideology… It is magic.”

Yeah, that’s nice and all but you know what would really be magic? If the UEFA got their head out of their asses and dealt strongly with issues like racism and homophobia in the sport. That might be nice. Just sayin’.

Iker was over the moon about Navalcruz native David Sanchez Sanchez winning the title of Judo champion of Spain this weekend. First posting congratulations on Facebook and then following up today with a picture of himself with the news story.

He was giving mad props to his homie. I love it when Iker gets all excited about something, don’t you?

Xabi had a rush of Twitter activity considering how rarely he seems to post these days. He had good reason though – his hot brother Mikel has joined Twitter!

He also got all El Pirata on our arses, tweeting a shot of Lars Van Trier’s Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire. He said “Very diplomatic” Since I don’t read Spanish, I don’t know if he’s being facetious, but knowing Lars Van Trier, my guess is that Xabi is. Lars sure ain’t known for being diplomatic by any stretch of the imagination.

And I somehow missed this artsy snap he posted while on the train to Malaga for national team duty.

Oh man, now El Pirata is going to have to do something extra hipster to one up Xabi. I wonder what it will be? I vote for constructing a mixed media installation with found objects to highlight the continuing struggle of man to coexist peacefully with the earth.

Cris Jr & Irina (and Cristiano’s mami) were spotted watching the match yesterday. Cris Jr is getting really big from all the pictures I’ve seen. Even though we don’t post pictures of him with his face showing (as per his papi’s wishes) I can tell you that he is the spitting image of his daddy.

Poor Mikel Arteta ended up with a concussion during the Liverpool-Arsenal match:

Classy man that he is, he wrote a thank you note to LFC and Arsenal for all their help:

“I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and friendship towards me on Saturday.

After my accident on the pitch, the Arsenal medical staff did a great job, together with everyone at Liverpool Football Club.

From Anfield, I was taken straight to the Aintree University Hospital, where they checked me, just as precaution.

Everything was fine and I was able to travel from the hospital and join up with my teammates for the train journey back to London.

I’ve since looked back at the TV images of when I was being taken off and just want to show my appreciation to the Liverpool fans at Anfield. It is touching to receive that response from the fans of a great club when I am leaving the pitch injured. Thank-you.

I also want to thank Pepe Reina and the Liverpool players who have sent me messages of support and friendship, this again is really touching and just shows class from a great football club.

And very importantly, a message to all the fantastic Arsenal fans, not only all those at Anfield on Saturday who were brilliant, but also those who have sent me many messages since Saturday. It is hugely appreciated. I cannot tell you how much this means to me.

It must have looked very serious to everyone as I left the pitch on a stretcher, but I’m pleased to say that I’m fine now and hope to be back on the pitch very soon.

Thank you everyone.

Mikel Arteta”

Animo Arteta! Hope to see you healthy and back on the pitch (where you belong) soon.

One final note: Remember how Mou said that he would be taking off again on Monday and he didn’t need a permission slip. Word has come down the pike that after last week’s uproar about him househunting in London that he has canceled whatever plans he had for the two days off and will be staying in Madrid. Interesting.

Anyhow, the boys will be back to practice on Wednesday after a well deserved two days off.

– Lozil

3 Responses to “Bits And Bobs: Platini Really Really Likes Us, Iker Likes Judo, Xabi Gets All Pirata On Our Arses, Cris Jr & Irina Hangin’ Out, Classy Arteta”

  1. Andrea March 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    The entire Proust Questionnaire was “diplomatic”, as Xabi puts it. I’m not sure if this is what spurred his comment, but…my favorites are “Who is your favorite fictional hero?” to which he answered “Lars von Trier” and “On what occasions do you lie?”, to which he replied “On questionnaires”.


    • shiggers March 6, 2012 at 9:27 am #


  2. Jenny March 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Normally the press at this point in the season would be obsessed with the players and with bringing them down, writing nasty features on how they’re about to lose their 10 points. Worrying them with interview requests. Even Pipita’s bad game last week would have received 10 times the coverage it did.

    Instead: every newspaper, every writer, every magazine – they are all obsessed with one thing: Mou’s trip to Krispy Kreme.

    Genius. This man is a genius.

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