UPDATED: It’s Fretting Time!

13 Feb

BC_w03TCEAAizlkSo yeah, I was going to post something to take our minds of the match, but who am I kidding? I can’t think of anything else and I’m guessing that you can’t either. This poster from @footymemes says it all.

All anyone can talk about is the match, understandably. A spectator with a rather unique perspective? Ruud van Nistelrooy who has played for both teams. He posted these two shots and said he was on his way to the match.

BC-ghDHCMAElIuPBC-gqUxCUAArCQ6Some other ex-Blancos weighed in on facing Manchester United (several who we met in yesterday’s post): Gento, Pachín, Amancio and Pirri.

Real_Madrid_-_ManchesterFROM REALMADRID.COM

“We’ve always had a good relationship with Manchester and I’m sure that we’ll see two great matches”
by Alberto Navarro

Gento, Pachín, Amancio and Pirri analyze the clashes against the English side and remember the friendly matches that they played in honor of the Munich air disaster and Zárraga and the 100-year anniversaries of Manchester and Bayern

A Real Madrid and Manchester United match up always results in an open playoff with plenty of goals. In fact, if we analyze the four clashes between the teams to date in Europe’s maximum competition, both squads guarantee an average 3.87 goals per game. An outrageous amount. Gento, Pachín, Amancio and Pirri lived some of those goals, particularly “La Galerna del Cantábrico”, who played in the first two clashes: “We’ve always had a good relationship with Manchester and I’m sure that we’ll see two great matches. Also, when we were on the squad we played many friendly matches against them. We traveled to England a lot and they came here”. Two of the matches had special meaning: “We’ll never forget the two games that were played in honor of the Munich air disaster, which happened 55 years ago. It was very emotional”, remembers Gento and Pachín.

Fate has brought Real Madrid and Manchester United together again in a Champions League knockout round. The two sides have faced off officially in precisely this competition and the numbers are in favor of the Whites (3-1). Gento, Pachín, Amancio and Pirri came up against the English side in the only knockout round that felled Real. Amancio remembers it this way: “It happened in 1968. I was on Stiles and he gave me a whale of a kick without the ball and I almost got injured. Julio Iglesias, who had come to see us at our hotel in Navacerrada, had warned about how tough this player was. He was friends with Velázquez, Grosso and De Felipe, who he had played with at Real’s youth academy. I was in the room with them and he sang La Vida Sigue Igual for us three or four times. Three months later he showed up in Benidorn and won with that song. Life went on from that point (la vida sigue igual) and we were eliminated”.

Gento, the only player of the four who eliminated Manchester, gave a warning about the current squad: “You can never give an English side up for dead. I remember that we eliminated them in 56/57 when we faced an English squad for the first time in an official competition. But eleven years later there were the ones that eliminated us, also in the semifinals. We lost 1-0 there, but here we have the match under control because we won 3-1. They scored the equalizer in the 80th minute and we were out”. Pachín and Pirri, defensive players, stressed the tough job they had in 1968 against two players from the British team and spoke about the fans that the Whites found when they came home: “George Best and Bobby Charlton were different players, very good. English football also has a very different style from ours and it’s a nice place to play. We’ll have to adapt”.

From the match played in honor of the Munich air disaster to Zárraga
The friendly matches between Real Madrid and Manchester have given a number of stories. Gento, Amancio, Pirri and Pachín lived many of those stores and their memories speak for themselves about the special relationship between both teams over the course of the years. The first time the teams faced off for a non-official match was in October 1959. Gento explains the reason: “We wanted to play a benefit match for the air disaster that happened to Manchester the year before against Munich, where 20 people between players, coaches and airline staff were killed. It was emotional. We won 1-6 and I scored the last goal, although the result wasn’t important”.

The English side visited the Spanish capital a month later and for the same reason. “It was a great match. We won 6-5 and I remember that Manolín Bueno took to the pitch and scored four goals. They knew he was a back-up and wanted to sign him that same day and take him back with them to England”, remembers Pachín.

From that point on these friendly matches became a tradition over the next three years. The squads played three (1960, 1961 and 1962) and all were refereed by French refs. The first two were held at Old Trafford and ended with 2-3 and 3-1 on the scoreboard. The latter, in honor of Zárraga, who racked up five European Cups, six league titles, one Intercontinental Cup and one Copa with the club, was won by the English side (0-2). “It’s the least he deserved. He was on the pitch for ten minutes and he was touched to see that Rivilla and Mendonça, Atlético Madrid players, played with us, “says Amancio.

100-year anniversary friendly matches
Sixteen years passed before Real Madrid and Manchester United faced each other again for a non-official match. This time the English side celebrated its 100-year anniversary and that Whites, who had won the La Liga, couldn’t miss out. “The game had a special feeling. It was really amazing. We were right in the middle of the pre-season because the match was in August 1978 and they were more complete. You could tell. In the first half they scored three goals and there was no thrill on the pitch anymore”, describes Pirri.

The last friendly match between the two was in 2000 in celebration of another anniversary. This time in was Bayern Munich’s turn to celebrate and invited the Whites and the Red Devils to the Munich Olympic Stadium. A last-gasp goal by Scholes sentenced the match (1-0).

Classic Match
The last act of the tremendous warmth between Real Madrid and Manchester United was seen last June. The teams of veterans faced off in the Santiago Bernabéu, packed to celebrate the third annual charity Corazón Classic Match. The locals picked up the win (3-2).

It’s so interesting to hear about these classic matches from the men who played in them! I know that I posted this before, but it makes sense in context today – you can see the respect between the two clubs. A MUFC loving colleague of mine shared this bit of history with me.

imageWatishista Em sent in this picture of our bebe capi in the Champions League. We’ll miss you today, Iker! ::sniffle::

BC47KTsCEAI62XcIker himself is feeling a bit misty today as well. He posted this shot on Instagram with the caption “Nervous, emotion, passion”
240ba57275d711e293a222000a1fb70a_7WAH! Pobrecito Iker! That made me all weepy. However, when @101GreatGoals posted this ‘article‘ (and I use the term loosely) today, I just got plain angry. WT-everlovin’-F? How does this ‘writer’ (again, using the term loosely) Derek McGovern have a job? This has less to do with a betting tip and more to do with outright attempted character assassination of Cristiano. What a douche. Watishista @IsraQM and I had a good old bitchfest about what a tool we think this guy is. How is this even necessary? Just ridiculous. Just makes me (and probably Cristiano) even more fired up. Arsehole.

Well the boys are in the stadium. Only one picture so far but it’s Crispy & Nemanja so, yum. I’ll add more as they appear. It promises to be interesting. There’s nearly 2000 police are on duty to help keep the peace. Let’s hope it’s a great game with no problems.


UPDATED: Of course, as soon as I hit ‘publish’ new pictures were posted. Never frigging fails! And a bit of drama? Arbeloa has lost the sex beard. Not sure if that was a good idea.

The fans look ready for action. There’s a white flag on every seat at the Bernabeu so it’s going to be amazing. NOW AND FOREVER, HALA MADRID!

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– Lozil

14 Responses to “UPDATED: It’s Fretting Time!”

  1. yvette February 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    So nervous! I’m a two-team person… and these are both my teams!

    • headbandsandheartbreak February 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Oh no! That must be torture for you!

    • randomthoughts57 February 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      same here! but I’m rooting for Madrid since ManU will most likely win the EPL.

    • Mehreh February 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      oh, you poor bi-teamual girl. i’ll admit a soft spot for van persie, for sure. either way, you’ll be a little happy and a little sad, i guess?

  2. Christine February 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    The atmosphere at the Bernabeu is already great!! I’m so excited!!!! ManU fans were singing all around the city and in the metro it was kind of funny to hear them sing one song after another. Hope our boys will kick some ass!! Hala Madrid!!!

    • headbandsandheartbreak February 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Have a fantastic time!!!!!!!!!!!! Please give us a report after – dying to know all about it!

  3. pmpatrol February 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Im going Crazy my heart rate has been above the usual since I attempted to go to bed last night!

  4. Luz February 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    I’ve been sooooo nervous all day.
    I haven’t been able to concentrate, tonight’s game has been on my mind constantly. I’m not sure I can watch……soooo anxious
    Damn – this game can make or break our entire season. I just hope we make it, we HAVE to win tonight, so that we’re one step closer to La Decima.

    Fingers crossed…

    ¡Hala Madrid!

  5. Mehreh February 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    i feel so bad for iker, bless him. you can tell he’s bored b/c he’s been taking pictures of signs all over madrid, and probably really anxious that he’s not playing. we’re in good hands, we’re in good hands. *chants*

  6. Dr. Heidi February 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    *going back to my happy place – the Sergio slideshow*

  7. Nooria February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Its 1-1 right now…pshh…who needs fingernails *bites dvery fricking nail off*

  8. Nooria February 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    *every….sorry, must be the nerves getting to me

  9. Anna February 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    the atmosphere at the Bernabeu before kick off was incredible! I would love to go to a UCL game.
    can’t believe that article from McGovern, but then it is the Daily Mirror. Absolutely disgusting, “ladyboy”?! Glad Cris got a goal to prove him wrong
    getting emotional seeing pictures of young iker, he’s been gone too long already! cannot wait to have him back

  10. Natalie February 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    more fretting time to come 😦

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