A Big Ol’ La Roja Pick-Me-Up

4 Sep


With all the La Liga/transfer drama & sadness, International Duty couldn’t have come at a better time. Hopefully the magic of La Roja & their pretty pretty can drag us out of depression and mourning for a few moments. This is a big post with a lot of compiled shizz, so I aim to bring smiles to your faces at least once! Here we go, awful outfits, handsome faces, and singing…yes, singing.

Oh arrival photos, how you continue to entertain us. I figured the worst outfits should go first, because it’s just more fun that way. Honestly, what would we do if everyone dressed like Xabi? There would be nothing to dish about, lots of drooling, but no dishing. So this time around, our thanks our owed to Mr. Negredo & Mr. Navas. Who wears short shorts? Man City boys wear short shorts!


My eyes! My eyes! I take it back, I take it back! You can have your acid wash jeans, just give your wife her denim miniskirt back! Another horror is the get-up Navas showed up in. Sorry hon, you’re not Kelly Kapowski & CANNOT do the one shoulder look. And green cuffed shorts? I can’t.


VdB promptly made the boy go change. “Get thy ass in a uniform, pronto!”


No Murse!


I change my mind about what I said about the acid wash jeans….they’re not allowed. And the Godfather? Really?

Look how much better it is when we only see the boys from the neck up! Gorgeous!

nacho_653x390via As.com


On his call up – “I was at home with my family. I learned because the phone was blocked with messages, calls and ‘whatsapps’. I thought there was something, but not this. It was the last thing that crossed my mind. At first I was surprised. Surprise I got it. Actually I did not believe it even after hearing it, until finally this morning I saw the newspapers with the news and my picture on them. It has been a gift from heaven. ”

On VdB – “I have not spoken to him. I am very grateful for what he has meant in my career. Hopefully restore confidence he has placed in me. I had set the goal for this coming season, but Vicente has trusted me and I come to use it. After passing through the lower, this is the best thing.”

On Bale – I’m happy. Gareth is great, it has been shown in England and he is sure to give us a lot of wins.


Hello foxy lady, hello sex beard.


 “Clearly he is a distinct teammate and friend. I have always had “feeling” (special connection) with him, and I am sorry (to see him go). He is great footballer, unique. His decision to leave does not bother me, but I am sad. These are personal things, he decides his future. Everyone chooses what is best for them and is free to choose to do what they want. It’s different, if I decided things at Madrid he would be one of the last ones to leave. But he has made his decision and so has the club.”



“I’m excited to be called up and thank you for shielding my outfit with you mics.” *phew*


And then it was off to Finland!



The boys got settled in their hotel and got straight to training.

La Roja’s second training session was held today, Isco did not participate due to a sore ankle. He’s had testing done and is said to be fine for the match against Finland.

When itty bitties pick up other itty bitties…

Presser time! Chattin’ it up with the press was, as always, VdB but also Pedro & Mario Suarez.

Via as.com


What a surprise call for Nacho. Why was he called up?

Because the last time I saw him I liked what I saw. He anticipates with much sense, has speed and plays simple, not complicated at the start with the ball. He can also play at center and side. Mourinho took Nacho to the first team and Ancelotti and Zidane have kept him. He’s a boy that has been international in all categories.

On Iker –  I do not say that Iker Casillas has to play in Madrid. I would not think to say something. What I do, and will do, is defend. I do so because Casillas is the captain of the team and a boy who is part of Spanish football, and an important part. This does not mean that I’m against anyone, but I am in favor of Casillas. In favor of his history, of his trajectory. Iker Casillas will always have me by his side. He is going through a bad time and needs the support of those who have respect and appreciation. It’s not a comfortable situation for anyone, but mostly it’s uncomfortable for him. Having said all that, I insist that I’m not going against anyone, but only for Casillas.



On the match against Finland – “We have to win, we aren’t going to make things easy, it’s a very important game for us, it will cost us, but now we are thinking of victory, and obviously with our style of play, that is the path that we will continue to go for the win. ”

Mario Suarez:

(The question the press never tires of asking!) Thoughts on the goal keepers? – “The three goalkeepers that are here are very close to being the top three in the world, it’s really no debate but for me, who is chosen by Del Bosque is well chosen.”

On being called up – “There are three members of the Athletic here, that means you are doing things right in your team. For me it is an award, I did not expect it much because it is very hard and now what I have to do is to show that they weren’t wrong in calling me up.”


La Roja enjoyed a screening of the movie “La Gran Familia Espanola” which comes out September 13th. Woot for advanced screening passes! The movie is about the youngest of five brothers, who decides to marry his pregnant girlfriend….but when is the wedding, you ask? The day of Spain’s World Cup Final in South Africa. Always plan your wedding around footy competitions!

The singing I mentioned was for Chori’s birthday, of course. The boys sang for their amigo and presented him with a cake, ugly as it may be. The best part is Albiol got to sit right next to his boo. Double A’s, best present ever!


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And lastly, a couple bonus shots of the pretty pretty.




“No you’re amazing.” “No you are!”

Pics, Gifs, & Videos via gfsports, concretar, pikoweoczy, infocasillas, fassbennder, & sefutbol.


27 Responses to “A Big Ol’ La Roja Pick-Me-Up”

  1. Laura Witrak September 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Thank you Lozil! This was wonderful. Mario Suarez – oh wow. Spain simply has some of the best DNA in the world.

    • maisoun September 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      I wrote this post, not Lozil. We sign our names at the bottom of the posts to let you know who wrote what.

      • Laura Witrak September 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

        Oops! Sorry!!!!!!

  2. hopechaser September 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Hahaha – brought more than one smile to my face Maisougio!

    Anyone else wishing and hoping these boys pull together a video a la the Belgium national team last month?! Of course, it would have to be them making room for each at a mirror rather than lounging in bed. 🙂

    • maisoun September 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

      Glad to hear it! 🙂

  3. MissLadya September 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Long post. Gotta list my thoughts:

    1. Men should be banned from wearing mid-thigh shorts. It’s just … no.
    2. Holy. Hell. Kelly Kapowski. Hey there, nostalgia! People who moaned about Ross and Rachel’s on-again/off-again relationship clearly don’t recall the exasperation that was Zack and Kelly.
    3. Was Sergio reading from a prompter being flown around the car park by a tiny helicopter? Regardless, OOF! Right back in the feels 😦
    4. I think they dropped Albiol’s cake in the dirt and just tried to pass it off as chocolate sprinkles. My cakes usually look like that when I try to get fancy while decorating, only to lose patience and try to camouflage my failed attempts by burying them under a sleet of sprinkles and powdered sugar because I always wait until the last minute to decorate and it never ends well. HOWEVER, I’m not a professional so my horrific creations are acceptable, if not quirky to a fault. I hope, at least, that Albiol’s tasted amazing, despite the not-so-appetizing appearance.

    • maisoun September 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      Umm…I’m pretty sure your sprinkle blanketed cakes look a hell of a lot more appetizing than those worm-like chocolate shavings. Yuck, it kind of gives me a stomach ache just looking at the pic. I love how the decorator in the vid is like “watch me put the finishing touches on this masterpiece, just a big ol’ blob of chocolate & perfecto!”

      Albiol should hire a watishista to prepare his cake, we’d make sure he wasn’t disappointed…how could he be anything but ecstatic when we have Arbeloa jumping out of a cake for him? 😉

      • MissLadya September 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

        The way he picked up that bottle of syrup with a flourish, as if to go, “BEHOLD! Amazement will soon be yours!” … *drip**drip* … “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??” Then again, maybe it’s just one of those artsy things common folk like us just don’t get. People “in the know” are probably praising the angles and curvature of the chocolate curls that combine intricately to make it DA GREATEST EFFING CAKE EVER, and we’re just sitting here behind our computers, talking shit about the Jesus Christ of cakes.

        Jumping out of a cake? Nah. We’d just slather Arbeloa in icing and have him lay on the table. We’d then probably power-slam Albiol out of the way to get a slice of our own creation, but at least he’ll still have his presents. Win-win.

  4. Charliechaz September 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Kelly Kapowski! Lmao!

    Too right.

    Congrats to Nacho. Hopefully he will perform well. And kudos to VdB for handling this Casillas mess well.

    And Sergio’s feelings…they’re giving me feeling…..ugh : /

  5. mygypsyspirit September 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Personally… I think Arbeloa looks smokin’

    And hello Mario Suarez. You sure do bring the pretty, don’t you?

    • Kate September 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      I do too! I think it’s the aviators. That man can rock a pair of aviators.

      • mygypsyspirit September 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

        Not that Arbeloa doesn’t usually look great, but you’re right. The aviators… Jeez Louise! A girl could get arrested if faced with that in person!

  6. Maripili September 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Wow! Mario Suarez is hot,hot,hot! Why did I never notice him before?

  7. CinematiqueChic September 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    What’s the problem with a Godfather t-shirt? At least he likes SOME good movies and it’s not just all 300 all the time 🙂

    I never thought I would be so relieved about international break, but between this particularly painful transfer season and the ongoing goalkeeper drama, it’s thrilling to have international football instead. I’m especially excited about Nacho’s call up and really hope he gets some playing time.

  8. Natalie September 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Do these men dress in the dark????

    • Laura Witrak September 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      They dress using black lights. Even the most horrible things can somehow look appropriate under a black light.

  9. Mehreh September 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    This pleases me greatly. I squeaked at nacho’s instagrammed pic of him with isco.

    And just as I type this, the Ramos and iker bein sport commercial came on my tv. So much la roja happiness. Mucho suerte, chicos!

  10. Anna September 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    It makes my day seeing the Double A’s re-united, if only Alonso was there so we could get some Triple A action too!!

  11. jellyace September 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Something must be wrong with me because I like Negredo and his shorts! I admit I’ve always fancied Negredo…but his legs look great!

    And Iker looks so fine in La Roja red!

    So happy for Nacho! He gets to play with the big boys!!! He and Isco must be so giddy to have graduated.

  12. Katie Ann September 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Oh my god, Jesus’ Navas shorts. I bet they were a gift from Sese.

    • Katie Ann September 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      And a misplaced apostrophe… woops.

    • pmpatrol September 5, 2013 at 1:53 am #

      Of course! He must be applying for the position of NT protégé of The Ramos. 😉

  13. Emilia September 5, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    La roja is in Helsinki. I am 15 minutes away from Helsinki. I am not in Helsinki. I have a problem. 😭

  14. Backwards September 5, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    … He has better legs than me haha

  15. Allison September 5, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Villa was sassy yesterday! All the pics of him smiling & horsing around are adorable! And it’s nice to see Iker smile too. 🙂

    • Anonymous September 5, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      need him to be sassy with silva and the world will be a perfect place!

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