Ready for Italia

26 Jun

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The boys look like they’re ready to go, go, git ’em, git ’em, in their semifinal tomorrow! I wanna know who’s going to start, who’s going to score, and who’s going to win. You won’t find any answers to those questions within this post, but you will see lots of Sergio’s sweaty thighs & a couple boys struggling to recover from the sight…

 

La Roja’s final training session was held this afternoon, there’s so much pretty to be seen in the daylight! Here are some leftovers from yesterday and those sweaty thighs I promised.

Sweaty Sexio Thigh Victim #1: Victor Valdes

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“Ooh boy.”

Sweaty Sexio Thigh Victim #2: Pepe Reina

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“Homina-homina-homina..”

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Eye on the ball, my ass! Or…errr…Sergio’s ass, since that’s where Pepe’s probably looking!

Spain Training and Press Conference - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Look at this guy, just laughing away. He knows exactly what he do.

Spain Training and Press Conference - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

And then there’s everyone’s favorite Sweaty Sexio Thigh Victim…and what does he do in response to that glorious sight?

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*Checks pulse*

It’s not always fun and bromancing with La Roja, most of the time it is, but there’s a little bit of time cut out for pressers – that’s what we have here. VdB, Arbeloa, and Busquets were today’s featured speakers.

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VdB:

On Iker – “Until the time of the match you will not know who’s playing. It’s a fact that I don’t want to reveal now.”

On Balotelli – “It’s a remarkable low for them but they have other players with great quality. He’s a good player for Italy.”

On Cesc & Soldado – “They trained apart from the group these past days but today were with us. We’ll See how they are.”

On Italy – “It’s hard to be surprised because we know them very well. At the last European Championship they were better in the beginning of the game. They have quality. We have alternatives that allow us to have other records. We’ll see how the players come on game day. We must be ourselves and keep our style of play. ”

The secret to success – “It is the motivation of the players. No single recipe or a universal formula. But it is essential to maintain the critical spirit that has brought us here.”

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Arbeloa:

On the Euro final – “That game sure is a motivation for them, I do not know if they will come with desire for revenge but surely they’ll be eager to prove themselves and that it was an accident.”

On Pirlo – “He is a fundamental player for Italy a world class player.”

On Balotelli – “There are plenty of players in Italy to take Balotelli’s place, they will not have trouble finding alternatives.”

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Busquets:

On key matches – “It will be a key game, but we’re used to playing these types of games. It will be different but we really want to play and move on to the final.”

On favorites – “At this stage there are no favorites, you start 0-0 and anyone can win.”

On Balotelli – “He is a major player, but they’ll look for another insurance option, they have a list of 23 in which there are very good players, they’re not going to miss him the end as you get used to the game as it begins.”

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Today, Iker spoke with Fifa in what was a bittersweet interview. He talked about rediscovering happiness with the Spain NT, while I’m happy that he’s finally happy again, it’s sad to know that he was feeling so low. 😦

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From Marca.com

“I’ve cried, suffered a lot and I’ve had many nights where I’ve slept only a little bit and badly. I am a ‘Madridista’ through and through, but more important than me is the club.”

“I have rediscovered happiness. Sometimes you are not used to living certain situations from the other side. It was not easy but after breaking the ice I feel like another person now,” he said.

“Many people helped me get through the injury, which is a situation that I had never been in before. After I have to always try to be respectful. It’s clear that when you don’t play after the career I’ve had to now, you have to take it on board as if nothing has happened, work hard, and wait patiently,” he said.

Iker makes it clear that he wants to retire at Real: “I would love to retire at Real Madrid, but I’m not going to make it difficult for the club if tomorrow the coach does not want me. In that case I would have to look elsewhere but my goal is to stay at Real. This club has given me everything, including the possibility of wearing the national team’s polo shirt which I have on now.”

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The Spaniards were light on the social media today, they’re busy focusing y’all, but Juan Mata left us with this beauty of a shot. (No surprise there.) *Sigh* I’m looking forward to my upcoming weekend getaway.

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Pics via sr4oldpics, gfsportsfootball-hqs, & sefutbol.

Here’s to hoping for an awesome match tomorrow!

-Maisougio

14 Responses to “Ready for Italia”

  1. CinematiqueChic June 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Oh Iker. I just want to bake him cookies and give him a big hug. Fingers crossed that this next season will bring him good things.

    Gotta love that Sergio is so fine and so skilled, that even all these other hot ass skilled men are like “damn boy!”

    Can’t wait for tomorrow match. So much yum on one pitch, and hopefully a Spanish victory!

  2. Katie Ann June 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    My old coach used to talk a lot about how athletes have to redefine themselves time and again, and this interview reminded me of that so much… I totally wanted to bake Iker cookies and give him a hug, too, and I’m glad he’s happy with La Roja right now.

    Totally psyched for tomorrow’s match. Our boys are going to be their amazing selves, and hopefully they come away with the win.

  3. Laura June 27, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    Awww, Iker.
    Also, Sergio….what is there left to say?
    So a friend of mine offered me the chance to intern on Real’s summer tour of the US, which would have involved getting to meet the players. Alas, my grad school dissertation is preventing me (first time I’ve been sad to live in the UK). I was THIS close to making stalking Sergio into an actual legitimate/non-creepy endeavour.

    • Dr Heidi June 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      I think I need a drop cloth from those thigh shots…..so pretty, pretty, pretty…..

    • maisoun June 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      I’m trying to figure out what to say in reply to your internship opportunity, without making you feel worse about it! haha man, that would be so awesome…..can I take your place? 😛

      • Laura June 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

        I’m just sad this wasn’t an opportunity last summer before I started grad school and was just sitting around NJ all summer with nothing to do…
        I can forward you the info if you want, but I think he already found enough other interested people. 😦 But I can definitely get you in touch.

    • jellyace June 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      They do give extensions for dissertations, don’t they?

      • Laura June 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

        They do for like deaths of family members or very serious illnesses. Maybe I can say I’ve caught Sergio-itis? 😉

    • Dr Heidi June 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      damn girl! You would be doing a great public service to the rest of us 🙂 so you’d be a real philanthropist! That’s something, no????

      • Laura June 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

        😀 😀 😀
        My resume: “I brought much joy to the ladies of HBHB by taking pictures in which I molest Sergio Ramos. I also like to think that I brought joy to the RM players by my sheer wonderful presence (and the fact that I have very large boobs). Thus, I learned first hand about philanthropy and bringing happiness to people. In addition, I enhanced my Spanish skills by learning how to say ‘can you please take your shirt off?'”.

        • Dr Heidi June 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

          you’re a natural….now if you have a female dissertation chair, she’d be a damn fool not to see the logic in that! A male chair? Just show him some shirtless Ramos….we can sway him that way…..:-)

          • Dr Heidi June 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

            I’d almost be willing to take a leave of absence from my career to ‘serve the greater good’. I just don’t know to whose greater good I am referring. and yes, big boobs are magical when used properly, aren’t they? I think we need to put that to a scientific test…..hey, there’s an angle! It’s all in the name of research, yes indeedy….

            • Laura June 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

              Hahahaha. It reminds me of when I went on all those college tours back in high school, and at every college they’d tell you how people did their thesis while studying abroad on the differences in beer in different parts of Europe or whatever.
              My dissertation advisor is female but I don’t see her being convinced. If it was my undergrad thesis advisor, now him I would have had decent chances with…That’s the downside when you study something like law, your professors tend to be a bit on the strict side. 😦

  4. jellyace June 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Your captions on Sergio’s impressive skills were hilarious!

    I want Juan Mata to have a photo exhibit!

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