We Did It

27 May

Oh my, oh my, I’m still feeling this way, three days later. What a freakin’ RIDE that match was. I’m pretty sure RM had us feeling every emotion known to man, during the course of those 120 or so minutes. Fear, sadness, anger, shock, hope, happiness, ecstasy, it was all that and thankfully not in the opposite order! We did it, we did it, we did it! It’s so good to be a Madridista.

Before we get to it, don’t hate me if this post takes forever to load – I really packed in the pics & gifs, but I did it for all of you!

Can you tell Sergio loves his wheels?

Now, Xabi couldn’t play due to suspension, but oh the man made his presence known anyhow! Look at that effortlessly cool stroll and demeanor. Man, you are ON.

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Portugal Soccer Champions League Final

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And because the man-lurve brings luck, Sergio took the opportunity to love up on anyone he could get his hands on. KHEDERGIO!

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Illarra has mixed feelings about Arbeloa’s Moses beard….me too Illarra, me too.

Real Madrid's players pose before their Champions League final soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Luz stadium in Lisbon

Andddddd we were off! One person who was off in a different way was Diego Costa, his game came to an end just after nine minutes of play. You’d think without him, there would be a whole lot less shit starting, but alas that wasn’t the case. Errrybody was getting rough, particularly with Cris. In the 16th minute it was Gabi & Coentrao who ended up nose to nose in that “I’m so macho” but not macho at all kind of way. The spat was broken up before cards were handed out, but this was not the case for Raul Garcia and Sergio.

After Raul Garcia took Di Maria down, he was carded for it, but not without a little up close and personal attention from Sergio. For that, Sergio received a yellow card as well, and we were pretty much left in a panic thinking we’d be down to 10 men at some point.

Goal scoring chances? Oh they were there, but too often they were sent just right or left of the goal. With Xabi in the stands, he was feeling exactly what we were feeling, but of course, looked so much better expressing those feelings. He even makes agony look good, damn.

Xabi is a biter?

Speaking of agony, I probably should’ve saved that magic word to describe the 36th minute, when Godin scored on us. Iker, who likes to cause heart attacks sometimes, by coming way too far out of his box (WE LIKE YOU TO STAY IN THE BOX! IN THE BOX!) did the same in that moment and paid the price for it. He did almost make up for that mistake when it looked like he had Godin’s shot scooped off the goal line. How fab would that have been, channeling Albiol’s goal line clearances and all that. It wasn’t to be though, that ball got popped right back in and in that moment, hearts sank all around the world.

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Coming back from halftime, it was do or die. We needed goals and not a whole lotta time to score them.

Then we waited……

…and waited.

While we were waiting for those goals, Ancelotti started making some changes. Marcelo came on for Coentrao in the 59th minute, and Isco came on for Sami as well. The final change was made in the 79th minute, Morata coming on for Benz.

Meanwhile, the waiting was still going on….

Then we found ourselves staring at the last 10 minutes of the match and it seemed like almost every bit of hope had vanished.  I say almost because this is Real Madrid, remontadas are our thing. This last bit of hope had me turn to my brother in the 80th minute and say, “They’ll either score in the 90th minute or not at all.” Of course, I was hoping they’d put us out of our damn misery and score sooner, but I was damn close with my guess. The 90th minute came and went and I don’t think I can describe the fear I was feeling in that moment, but since you all were feeling the same, I don’t have to. You just understand meh! Without warning, all that hope we lost came rushing back all at once in the 93rd minute, when the FUCKING BEAST FROM ANDALUCIA saved our chances of winning La Decima from swirling away down the shitter! Dear Lord! I can’t say I’ve ever gone from despair to absolute joy, quite so fast. That jolt of adrenaline had me shaking in my seat, but OOH WEE it felt good!

This reaction. Yes, yes, yes!

Hope was restored, but fear was there right along with it. We were back in it, but there was 30 minutes to go and it was time to go to work.

Yes Iker, kiss the crap out of him!

Sergio’s lifeline lit a fire under everyone’s asses and you could tell we had that spark, our mojo back. Putting us in the lead for the first time after 110 fucking minutes, G-Money finally allowed us to breathe again! Well, maybe it sounded more like a growl than taking a breath, it was all that scary stuff and frustration that came rushing out.

Once the boys got going, they really didn’t give us a chance to recover after each goal. It was one excitement after another and in the 118th minute, Marcelo gave us our next goal to celebrate. If G-Money’s goal made us happy, Marcelo’s power shot made us feel safe. We were up 3-1 and there was no remontada on the horizon for Atleti!

San Iker knew what that goal meant and for him there was no holding back those feelings! If it’s possible, I love him even more after seeing him break down mid-match.

Two minutes later, Cristiano was awarded a penalty after being taken down by Godin. Honestly, I don’t even remember this happening. The time between Marcelo’s goal and Cristiano’s shirtless celebration, is completely blacked out in my mind. Not that I mind, I know I was insanely happy during those minutes that I lost!

Real Madrid's Ronaldo celebrates with his team mate Arbeloa after scoring a goal against Atletico Madrid during their Champions League final soccer match at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon

“Of COOOOOURSE, you can touch my man titty!”

Things got even crazier after our final goal, and not in a celebratory way…in a holy shit what’s happening sort of way. Varane vs. Simeone, ding, ding, ding! I’m not sure why Varane thought it would be a good idea to kick the ball over to Simeone, but I’m also not sure why Simeone thought it’d be a good idea to storm the pitch and create the scene he did.

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Finally, drama was set aside and it was time to collect on our long awaited trophy!

The feels didn’t just go after Iker, they got Marcelo as well, which led to some very sweet moments….which make me want to cry, if I look for too long, so moving on!

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Perfect, nekkidness. There ain’t nothin’ about nekkid Pony that’ll make you want to cry!….well, unless you’re a creep 😛

La Decima was calling, it was time to lift that beauty!

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Enzo is NOT likin’ the Croissant…

CAMPEONES!! CAMPEONES!! CAMPEONES!!

Pics & Gifs via gfsports, megustaelfutbol, aninjasdream, fuckyeahsernando, football-hqs, cristianosronaldo, chrisze, concretar, omaradly-madridista, ars-fc, shuaitou, royal-rma, leyenda-personal, parasiemprecontigo, & madridistaforever.

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Post Match Comments

From Realmadrid.com

The party ends when the pressers begin? Uh, not it does not.

Ancelotti:

Real Madrid won La Décima in Lisbon in a thrilling match that was decided in extra time. Carlo Ancelotti stated that they won “a cup that is very important for Real Madrid. We’re very proud of having won this for all Madrid fans. Happiness is giving happiness to those who always follow us. The fans are very happy and that makes us happy”.

“The other finals were very difficult and this one was too. It has been a very good season. The first year we tried to change and I have had a fantastic group of players who have always been professional and they showed that in this match too. Not only those who were delighted to be playing, but also those who were not playing. We’ve worked hard this season to achieve this”.

The key moment
“The most difficult thing was equalising because we really had to dig deep to do that. We didn’t have any space and Atlético defended very well. We gave our all and in the end we managed to equalise. Then the match changed because of our desire. The goal gave us strength”.

Message to the squad at half-time
“At the end of the first half I told them to play faster and look for more ideas up front. In extra time I decided to attack on the wings because we created a lot of problems when we played there”.

Added time
“I don’t think five minutes was a lot of added time, there were a lot of stoppages in the second half. In the end you could say I was a lucky man, but the truth is that we gave our all until the last second of the match”.

“It’s been a great season. Perhaps our quality dropped off after the semi-finals against Bayern, but I can only thank these players, who have done fantastic work all year”.

Congratulations from Florentino Pérez
“He was very happy and he congratulated us. He congratulated the players, and the club, which has worked so hard, first by signing players and then supporting the team and the manager at all times”.

“From the first day when I saw the trophy room in the Bernabéu I said there was one missing and that we would try and get it this year. Now we’ve done it. I have felt the confidence of the whole club by my side and I think that is why we had the peace of mind that we needed to win the matches”.

Simeone
“I’ve spoken to him, I congratulated him on La Liga before the match and the same afterwards. I have a lot of respect for a team that fights all the time. Atlético deserved to be in this final, but I think in the end we deserved to win it”.

Bale’s goal
“It was very important because he had tried before, but he was unlucky in front of goal. But he turned up when he was needed. All season Gareth has been good and he will be better next year”.

Flo P.:

Real Madrid were in ecstasy in Lisbon and Florentino Pérez spoke of his joy at the end of the match. “This is a win for the players and for the fans, who have managed to grow Real Madrid’s legend with the magic number that is the Décima. I feel proud to be the president of a club that has these players, of the effort and hard work all year and of the fans, because they got us here”.

“The best thing about this club is the culture of the fans, which is passed down from parents to their children, who will already be thinking about the eleventh European Cup. That is what makes Real Madrid eternal. I would like to thank, congratulate and dedicate this to all the fans around the entire world”.

Pride
“All Madrid fans are very happy. I feel proud of everything that surrounds Real Madrid. The legend of this club has been built by the players, but with fans who have always demanded a lot. Overcoming every challenge is in our DNA, but now it’s time to enjoy the Décima”.

“Ancelotti has come and he has delivered us the Décima in his first year. It has been a difficult year as we had a new coach in addition to seven new players, but they’ve all worked very hard and we must thank them. They have all won the Décima, they have done a very good job, had a great season and played a great final”.

The goal from Ramos
“The goal wasn’t coming, but Sergio Ramos, who has had his best ever season, gave great pleasure to all Madrid fans in drawing us level, and after extra time, in able being able to lift this European Cup”.

The opponents
“Atlético have had a great season and played a great Champions League final. They made it very hard for us and I want to tip my hat to the opponents. I want to congratulate their president and all the players. They have great fans and they showed it”.

 

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San Iker:
“It was a very tough final, I think they scored a lucky goal. We tried during the 90 minutes and given our chances I think it was just. They defended well, they play another kind of football that is also effective”.

“We missed a few chances, put some away and luckily everyone will remember that Madrid won a European Cup in Lisbon. I can’t complain because it was my error that the side had to come back from and were able to win. In the second half of extra time we were both very tired, but they felt it more. I think when Bale’s goal went in it killed them”.

The fans’ support
“This is more important than the World Cup. It is so long since we won it, and it’s the Décima, which is a round number. We also have to congratulate Atlético for their part and everyone who has come here and those who have stayed home. They will have suffered as much as we have and they can say they’re European champions. There was no bad blood between the fans. They have shown dignity and respect”.

Sergio:

Sergio Ramos scored the equaliser and expressed his joy to the media at the final whistle: “The reward and satisfaction are incredible. We have fought until the end and this goal isn’t just mine, it’s all of the Madrid fans’. All of them who have supported us to the final and got their result”.

“After so many years it’s a great pleasure to dedicate this to the fans, all of them who have come and are at home. Viva Madrid, viva Camas, viva Seville, viva Andalusia and viva España”.

Feelings
“I can’t explain what I’m feeling inside. Today we’ve made history and against an Atlético side that have had a great season and deservedly won the league. After having gone through the good and the bad in a split second, to draw in the last minute, the hug with Casillas is a hug for all Madrid fans”.

“The Décima tastes of all the sacrifice that it entails. We’ve maintained our humility and strength and today we can enjoy it, we dedicate it to all Madrid fans, those who have come and those who are at home. My goal is dedicated to my grandfather, my wife and my child. Now we have to celebrate it with all the fans”.

 

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Marcelo:

“The effort from all the players before we equalised was incredible. Everyone’s hard work, those who were on the pitch, on the bench and in the stands… was amazing. At no point did we stop believing we could win the Décima”.

“We fought hard and we’re finally going to Cibeles. Words cannot express how happy we are. Ancelotti is a great manager, he really respects us, he gives us confidence and he deserves it”.

Di Maria:

Ángel di María was Real Madrid’s best player in the final. The Argentinian received the man of the match trophy from the hands of Alex Ferguson. “It’s amazing to have won the Décima and my first Champions League title. It is something you dream of as a kid and I’m very happy. Also for the group and the sacrifice all year. Today we deserve to be champions”.

“It was a match that we knew would be very tough. They were always going to sit back, we had a chance for Sergio and it went in, thank God. Everything ended up fine, we’re not tired now. Now it’s time to celebrate and for people to enjoy it”.

“I’ve really felt at home this week, in this stadium I did some great things that brought me to Real Madrid. Playing here again made me very happy, but winning the Champions League, even more so”.

Cristiano:

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the Whites’ fourth and won his first European Cup with Real Madrid: “We deserved to win because we played better. They didn’t have any chances and we were better. That’s football, there are matches you can win in the final minutes and that happened today. Atlético should be congratulated for their great season”.

 

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Pepe:

“This competition is very important for us. We followed the tradition of Madrid in fighting to the end. I think we were better for the whole game. They scored from a dead ball through our own mistake, but we fought and knew that together with the fans we could win the Décima”.

 

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Modric:

“We made history tonight and we’re very happy. In the side we have matchwinners with a lot of quality and we never thought the game was over. The stunner that Ramos scored was incredible. For us it was key, as in extra time we knew that we’d win as they were very tired”.

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Carvajal:

 “Like any derby it was a game full of heart and passion. Two corners defined the 90 minutes and in extra time their levels had dropped. If Atlético were to have won it would have been unjust”.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling, to have made history with the world’s best club. It’s a title that we’ve been without for 12 years and it’s dedicated to the fans because they deserve it”.

 

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Isco:

“I’m very proud to go down in the history of this club. The match was tough, but we are Madrid and we never give up. We kept fighting until the end and that makes victory taste even sweeter. We’re really happy to give the fans so much joy. La Décima is a title that Madrid has been looking for for a long time and we have to celebrate accordingly”.

“We had a great Champions League in defence and attack and we scored loads of goals. Today we played as a team and we did not give up on a single ball. That is what Real Madrid is about, never giving up and our reward is La Décima”.

 

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G-Money:

“This is for all the fans who have supported us. It was a tough match and I’m very happy. It’s a dream come true, it’s the first time I have played in a Champions League final and it was amazing”.

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Watishistas, this was the hardest post to start and even harder to finish, the reason for that is because this will be my last post here. I wanted to hold on to this last recap as long as I could (that’s why it’s so damn long!) and I’m just glad that it was this win that would be my send off. I want to thank all of you making me feel so appreciated, by commenting on my posts or even reading without commenting, because I see you silent readers too. I’ve felt so special to be a part of this crazy fun community and I couldn’t have felt that way without all of you. Since I made my decision that this would be my last season blogging for HB&HB, my mind kept going back to those early days when this whole thing was nothing more than a concept and a dream. How much fun Lozil & I had coming up with all this crazy shit and then realizing there were people out there just as crazy as us to share this with. HB&HB has come so far and sometimes I still can’t believe it. I’m proud of this thang that we created, I always will be. And HB&HB will always have my support. I may not be writing & posting, but I’ll be reading and hanging out in the comments. In that sense, I ain’t goin’ nowhere! 😉 I know I’ll probably feel like I have so much more to say to you all once I hit publish….which is why I probably should’ve prepared something instead of winging it :/ but really, the thought of this moment made me way too sad to plan my goodbyes. So I hope with this little message, it’s clear to all of you how much this place and all Watishistas have meant to me and always will mean to me.

Thank you Watishismo.

HALA MADRID!!!

-Maisougio

36 Responses to “We Did It”

  1. Dreamlover225 May 28, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    Thank you so much for everything!
    Besos!

    Oh and Sergio Ramos is married now?

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 28, 2014 at 12:12 am #

      It was a fake story and everyone got hysterical. That’s why we didn’t bother to put anything up.

      • Dreamlover225 May 28, 2014 at 12:19 am #

        He referred to his “wife” in the interview portion. I didn’t know about the fake story lol

    • Maisoun May 28, 2014 at 10:20 am #

      Thank you!

  2. headbandsandheartbreak May 28, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Thank you so much to my partner in crime and fellow (blog) baby mama. It’s gonna be weird without you but I know you’ll be around in the comments to bring your own wacky sense of humor. Now you can kick back and have a nice vacation without worrying about recaps! xoxo

    • maisoun May 28, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      Ah I’ll probably have to remind myself not to collect pics and gifs for a while 😉

  3. Ana May 28, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    Thank you for a wonderful post and for all your hard work and the pleasure and fun that you bring to us Madridistas, it is truly appreciated. Best of luck! x

    • maisoun May 28, 2014 at 10:27 am #

      Thank you so much!

  4. GinaM May 28, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Thank for all the great posts and all the effort on keeping us entertained with all the latest news!
    Although I don’t comment that much I really do love this blog. First thing I do when I get to the office is grab a coffee and catch up on post!
    Thank you again and we will see you in the comments 😉

    Gina

    • maisoun May 28, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      Thank you, Gina 🙂

  5. Dr. Heidi May 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I will miss you, and although Lozil thinks I’m somewhat of a traitor and I don’t support Real, this is still the ONLY blog I read religiously, and what has provided me with so much great information about the team. No matter where my footy allegiance lies, I check here all day long at work, so that has to count for something! Thanks for all the laughs, the incredible recaps, the pics, the gifs, and general mayhem and merriment. love you both!

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

      Love how you managed to get in a dig at me couched as a compliment. Super sweet. 😉 We love you too, Dr. Heidi, no matter what you may think.

      • Dr. Heidi May 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

        Hey, you said it, not me! 🙂 Not laying blame, as it is mostly true……and you ARE the cause of my uncontrolled obsession for one man in particular who needs no further introduction, for which I am eternally grateful. Hopefully, I will have another chance this summer to achieve a #bucketlist item…..

    • maisoun May 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

      Thank you Dr. Heidi 🙂 Keep reading, learning, and reppin’ that Sergio lurve HARD!

  6. M May 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you so much for all the hard work and effort that you put in here. I will miss your terrific sense of humor and amazing posts. *hugs*

    Also, this post is going to be bookmarked forever and returned back to often. MUAH!

    • maisoun May 28, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

      That means a lot :’) Thank you!

  7. Sweet May 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks so much for all your good work! Total props, woman!

    I’ve totally enjoyed your posts.

    Take good care!

    Hala!

    • maisoun May 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

      Thank you so much! :))

  8. B May 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Thanks so much! I appreciate all the hard work you’ve done. Your posts could always make me laugh =)

    • maisoun May 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

      Thank you :))

  9. mygypsyspirit May 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Thank you so much for everything! I’m glad that our boys decided to see you sent off with a bang! Even if it was rather stressful for a very long 93 minutes.

    • maisoun May 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

      Ooh so am I! :))

  10. jellyace May 29, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Maisoun! Thank you so much for your witty posts and for creating and delivering daily what I call my Happy Place. I shall miss your presence. I hope you are moving on to bigger and better things and I wish you success always!

    • jellyace May 29, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      P.S. I clang because of you!

      • maisoun May 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

        I appreciate it, Jelly! Thank you :))

  11. Anonymous May 29, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    Aaaaaaaa I miss u already! Thanku foe all the crazy shit and the crazy times we shared together. I’ve never enjoyed reading any blog like this blog before and I don’t think I ever will! A good perverted soccer/real madrid loving person is hard to find;). LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR COMMENTS

    Lozil had better not go anywhere, EVER!!!!!

    • maisoun May 30, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

      This means so much :’) Thank you

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

      Ah, Anon, you’re stuck with me. Not planning on retiring any time soon.
      😉 – Loz

  12. hopechaser May 29, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Way to bury the lead, Maisougio! I second and third every positive, gushing compliment people have already left above. I’ll definitely miss your photo captions which often kept me chuckling way longer than my office mates may have liked. I consider you and Lozil every day “Campeones” for all the time and effort you put into this community. Well done by the Real Madrid boys then for providing such a fitting retirement scenario. 🙂

    • maisoun May 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

      You’re too sweet, thank you 🙂

  13. Andrea May 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    I haven’t been around as much as I would like lately – but I’m so sad to see you go, Maisougio! 😦 Luckily, we’re all still riding the high from last weekend and that makes sad news a bit easier to handle.

    Hala Madrid! Who’s ready for La Undecima?!

    • maisoun May 30, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

      I won’t be far, hangin’ around in the comments & on twitter 🙂

      And I’m SO ready!

  14. Anonymous June 5, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    Hope it is not too late to express my gratitudes Maisoun. Thank you for all the wonderful times. I am a true Devil, they don’t come redder than me and for some good reasons I dont like (I think I dont) Real Madrid. I hold you all responsible for stealing OUR Cris and RvN). And dont bother arguing with me on that, It’s useless…

    With all that I still visit this blog every single freaking day! I have subscribed too and if I see an alert in the middle of a meeting, its trouble! And how the hell did I come become an expert in all things Ramos?

    I was supporting Atleti in the final and Lord knows how guilty I felt! Felt like I was a traitor or something…

    Maisoun, you made a devil confused! That’s not easy hun! Thank you. And thank you too Lozil.

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