El clasico final in Berlin?… to be or not to be?…

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How are the chances of having “El Clasico” in the biggest scenario of football clubs, the UEFA Champions league?

We are about to find out, this week we will know which teams will meet in Berlin for the final. The last time I posted about El Clasico, it was the one Barcelona and Real Madrid played in La Liga, it finished with a victory from Barcelona. Although a mix feelings from Real Madrid’s fans, for some the team played with heart, for others a lost is a lost.

The Champions League sometimes can be predictable and sometimes it can surprise us, at this stage the four teams playing the semifinals are European football powerhouses, all have won the title before, some are more favorites than others but any of the four could reach the final.

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For the past few CL seasons the idea of a Real Madrid- Barcelona final had been in the air, both teams reached semifinals in the last few season teasing all fans with a possible El Clasico final, but it did not happen, either both were eliminated, or only one of them advanced to the final like what happened with Real Madrid last season.

As soon as both were placed in different sides and facing different rivals this season some fans and the media started to dream with a final between these two arch rivals, let’s be honest that has a possibility of being one of those great and historic finals, but one thing is to dream about it and another one is the reality of both clubs.

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So far Barcelona has half of the ticket to Berlin and most probably is about to get the other half in the next two hours, if Bayern can not pull out a comeback. RealMadrid has a complicated second leg on Wednesday after their 1-2 result in Italy vs Juventus. It’s interesting how many people thought that Real Madrid probably had better chances because Juventus were considered among the four semifinalist the one with fewer options, but at the end football can change from one game to another.

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Just look at how things have shifted for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, the first one started the season with many doubts and in the middle of a weird relationship between Luis Enrique and Messi, but apparently all that is water under the bridge now, and they are having an incredible end of the season, the players form and their game have set them a part from the rest, they are probably the favorite, the MSN (Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar) are having the best end of the season. That is what could be called, good timing.

Barcelona- Bayern Munich in the papers was probably the match that everyone expected to be very  close and difficult, and it was for most part of the game during the first leg, but in three minutes Messi changed it all, now Bayern needs maybe not a miracle but close to that.

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On the contrary Real Madrid went from the best team at the beginning of the season to be in the edge of a non title season. Iker Casillas is getting some heat from some fans, as well as the BBC (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano) not much love for them, specially for Bale and a little bit for Ronaldo, and since Benzema is injured, he is kind of on the safe. At this point, it all depends of what happens this Wednesday, it seems that they have said goodbye to La Liga after Saturday’s result, and now their only option is the Champions League, but Juventus is a tough rival, specially now that they have the result on their favor, they can defend pretty well that’s the Italian style.

Real Madrid seems to be under trouble waters, facing critics after the latest results, their timing couldn’t be worst, important players injured and others criticized by their fans.

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Ancelotti needs to come up with a lineup that would cover the injury problems and the players need to have a good game, one of those magical Champions League nights at the Bernabeu, otherwise the dream of the eleventh (Undecima) will banish pretty fast and tougher times will come. Real Madrid is a club where fans expect victory all the time, that is the way it is. They either make it happen in the Champions League or they are heading to a very long and uncomfortable summer.

What is for sure is that we will be watching, many are praying to the Football gods to have that dream “El Clasico” final but for now let’s enjoy the excitement, nerves and nail biting that are Champions League Semifinals!!

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Thank you for reading and let me know if you would like to see a Real Madrid – Barcelona final, or would you prefer other option?

Feel free to leave a comment here or on my twitter; @MonikJHerrera.

Pictures thanks to UEFA.com, noticiasaudio.com, ibetimes.com, bleachreport.net, sport.net, Real Madrid official Facebook. 

A new Blogging Year!!

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Happy New Year!! … in the middle of March, never too late!!

I was part of the Santa crew and then I took some months of, Santa is not an easy boss…ha! I was a very hard-working reindeer, ok I was not a reindeer but it would have been fun though.

Life is really a journey, like a movie with different plots and when you live in another country sometimes the plots often get very interesting and more surprising that what you would have expected and usually the they take more time to resolve as well. What remain constant is the love for sports, and my passion for football soccer, which makes everything’s more normal than what it is sometimes.

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Yes adapting to new places and culture takes time, accomplish things  also takes time and well when you live abroad you get a lot of plot twist, but it is all good,  like my fellow Italian will say; piano piano si arriva a lontano… or in English could be; slow but steady!

So here I am starting a new blogging year, so much to catch up, Champions League is good, Chelsea was eliminated by PSG in one of the first surprises at this stage, Real Madrid was close to say good-bye too but was saved by Cristiano Ronaldo and probably the clock, all very dramatic.

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Formula One is about to start a new season, it is almost race time!! This season is going to be interesting to see how all the changes and drivers move will impact the competition. Fernando Alonso got injured after a crash, he will miss the first race but he will be back in the following races, which I think after the accident he probably is happy about missing just one race, things could have been a lot worst.

Major League Soccer started their new season and New York City is going to be full of soccer with two teams in the competition, NYCFC and NY Red Bulls, this should be fun. And I am looking forward to see Raul playing for COSMOS too, he is a legend, some of the records players like Cristiano and Messi are breaking right now were or are his.

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NYCFC is a new team, David Villa and Mix Diskeruds are some of their stars, they are waiting on Frank Lampard’s arrival around mid season, all playing together for the first time and making Club history, although historic and all playing at Yankee Stadium is going to be a bit tricky, we will see.  NY Red Bulls without Tim Cahill, Thierry Henry  and with a new coach that got everyone by surprise, entered this season with lots of changes, it would be interesting to see how they will adapt, and I do like their stadium is very comfy.

If you have been following me on twitter you know that I  have been very much involved and have followed all things sports related, some more than others but I’ve been present there, but now it is all about sports blogging again!!

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Thanks for reading and stopping by all this time, let me know what do you think about what is going on with Real Madrid and if you are ready for a new F1 season?… If you live in NY, what team will you be supporting?? … let it go in the comment areas or let me know on twitter: @MonikjHerrera.

Have a great weekend!

I feel that after this long absent I should leave you with some funny pictures…

Pictures thanks to memesdeportes.com. and google.com

Ballon d’Or!… The award season is ON… prepare the campaigns?…

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We are at the end of the year, the award season is approaching. FIFA just announced their nominations for the prestigious, controversial  at times and very famous Ballon d’Or award.

We all thought this year everything was going to go smoothly with the nominees, well not so fast, things just got a lot interesting to put it in a way and a lot more controversial-ish.

The Nominees for the Best Player of the year are;

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As of a few weeks ago, no one would have doubted that Cristiano Ronaldo was the favorite to win his second Ballon d’or, players and media were talking about his incredible year,  that despite his awful World Cup, he won titles with Real Madrid and broke some records in the process.

Everyone has talked about it, but some opinions have generated more headlines than others;

First Xabi Alonso and his comments about Manuel Neuer and later the reports of his apology for any offense that Ronaldo might have taken over his comments.

Most recently Michel Platini, president of the UEFA, who said that the winner should be “a world champion” and not Ronaldo. Words that not only stir the pot but also generated a response from Real Madrid, the team issued a statement in which they outline his impartiality and reminded him that “the Ballon d’Or  is an individual rather than collective prize.”  – Award drama…

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Now everyone is talking, from ex- players like Thomas Muller, Lotthar Matthaus to current players like Buffon, Pique, Ramos and the list goes on and on and the opinions varies; who deserve it?, if the World Cup should matter more than club achievements, goals records vs season performances, even their marketing powers or sponsorship influences are part of the conversation.

We haven’t mention Messi, who broke two historic records in less than two weeks and suddenly he is back in the race, he was a world cup finalist with Argentina, but aside from that his year hasn’t been that impressive, at least not for some of the media and football fans, and at times he wasn’t even consider as a possible winner, now he is in the race talk, although the voting process was closed before he broke the records, this just has added more to the drama!

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Coach of the Year is another big award that have also created controversy in the past, this year at least most agree with the final three nominees. All have made enough the past year and deserve the award but only one will get it, who?… is yet to be seen, for many the race is between Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti.

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The Puska award should be a fun one, James goal was incredible but Van Persie’s was very impressive too, let’s not forget all the fun we had with the memes and it also created a new verb; Vanpersing!!

What is for sure is that we will have to wait to see how the Ballon d’Or drama will unfold, people will keep talking, speculating and most will keep campaigning for their players, for some this should be avoided but that also has become part of the award itself.

The voting process for the 2014 Ballon d’Or ended on Nov. 21st, 2014, with coaches and captains from all FIFA member associations, as well as some media representatives, choosing their three favorites.

Thanks for reading and stopping by!!! Who do you think should win the Ballon d’Or for player of the year?… Which goal was the best one?…. Feel free to share your opinion, you can leave a comment here or on  my twitter @MonikJHerrera.

I leave you with a few but fun vanpersing pictures.

Pictures via FIFA.com, Gifs via Huffingtonpost.com, Vanpersing pictures via google.com

World Cup tales!… Surprises, dancing and goals!!

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Day 8 of the World Cup is over.  Can we please agree that it feels like is going too fast??… It might be the schedule, its perfect don’t get me wrong, I don’t have to wake up early morning to watch games like last World Cup, but  it feels the day  just flies away,  maybe watching this type of quality football makes the day go even faster.

This is a great World Cup so far, these teams are playing at a high level, the style of game from most team is about proposing, creating and attacking which leave us with lots of goals and very exciting matches! I remember last World Cup I even said that the group stage was usually a bit boring and that things get better in the knock out stages, but not the case of this WC, it has been so different, a great tournament so far, emotional games, surprises all over the places and a very entertaining tournament.

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Many things had happens, some still sensitive to talk about, yes I am looking at you Spain…. Can you believe it? I felt so bad for them, the first team to say good-bye to the World Cup, the defending Champions left the throne for someone else to take the reign. I Still can’t believe it but well let’s talk about it later when emotions are under control hehe… Hey they have been or were the best of the World for the past years, they re-defined the way football is play now and are the most successful national team of our generation, football soccer fans around the world,  we are totally allowed to feel the pain too.

I felt we went from day 2 to day 8 in a blink,  so I won’t do a day by day recap, review or look back whatever you want to call it, too many days and too few non football hours hehehe

First round of matches is over for all teams, so let’s recap or look back to some of the best shocking or more memorable moments… oiii

We covered day 2 and Spain debacle, yes it got worst by now let’s move on, we got a few more surprises during  first round of matches, here are some;

Colombia

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It is true that group C is not as difficult as other groups might be, but as we have seeing in this World Cup anything can happen…

Congrats to Colombia, after 16 years  they are back in a World Cup with a team full of young players most of them playing at an international level and so far so good! Not only their first result beating Greece,  but also what they did today, it’s incredible, the way they are playing is very inspiring and very good, still some things to fix, but overall a great  and very promising performance something to look forward. What I love the most is the happiness they provide to the tournament, the dancing, best celebration in this World Cup by far!!

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Keep dancing Colombia!!

The other teams in group C, also have played their first and second round matches too, Ivory Coast is one team with Didier Drogba and another one without him, the bad news for them is that he cannot play  all 90 minutes, he’s been getting in on second half, and even though he injects some energy to the team  sometimes it’s not enough, Yaya Toure is another star in this team but hasn’t shine the way a lot of people expected. I still think they can get out of the group stage, let’s see…

Uruguay

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Big surprise on day three, when they were defeated by Costa Rica, the Central America team which in theory is less competitive, and they were the great surprise of that day, wining and playing good football, they not only took the three-point from Uruguay but also they made them look bad, slow and without ideas. Who would have thought Costa Rica would be at the Top of the table after their first game, I think no one, with all the respect their deserve, but Uruguay even though is not the same team that it was four years ago when they  finish in fourth place in 2010 World Cup, are still a good team and with quality players, yes Luis Suarez didn’t play first match but they had Cavani and Forlan and other good players. Costa Rica from CONCACAF which for many have not the same quality, well guess what it might be true but they played with no fear and went for it.

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The good news for Uruguay, Luis Suarez is back and he showed it today in their second match vs England, he scored two goals and left the England team with very slim chances to advance to the next stage, an England team that was very promising in their first game vs Italy, yes they lost because Italy has a legend that controls Italy’s destiny Pirlo, he is just amazing at 35 years old, he is like a wine the older the better he gets, but the feelings left from the England team were very positive, today they couldn’t stop Uruguay and heir star Luis Suarez, the only good note for England was Wayne Rooney scoring his first goal in a World Cup. Let’s see if they can pull out a miracle, mates let’s start to pray? maybe that could help ;/

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Italy still have to play their second match vs Costa Rica, we have yet to see if Los Ticos can hold on and at least get a tie, Gigi Buffon didn’t play the first match due to an ankle injury, but maybe he’ll be back for this one… It should be an interesting match, I still think Italy is the strongest in this group and one of the stronger in this tournament, playing not the usual catenaccio but a surprising kind of offensive good football. Very entertaining.

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And this is how group D is unfolding… Let’s move on to more surprises.

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France in group E, Benzema was a goal machine he officially had two in his tally, but it could have been three if the goal line technology wouldn’t have shown us that the second goal was a rebound from the keeper. Good for Benzema he didn’t score as much as he would have wanted toward the end of Real Madrid’s season and some were starting to question him. Best way to answer is always with goals!

Portugal

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Germany vs Portugal in group G, oh my God, if we were surprise by the 5-1 that Spain got, this match was another surprise, less shocking but still surprising, Portugal actually started well, Critiano Ronaldo had two good chances in the first minutes, but then Germany started to level things out, and then the worst happened to Portugal, Pepe was sent-off with a red card, and left not only a bad image if this is possible I mean is Pepe, his reputation precedes him… We can argue that Muller felt very easy, that he didn’t headbutt him that hard, and that it should have been a yellow card, but it’s a World Cup and some referees won’t let these type of action go away so easy, my two cents, he should have known better, he is an elite type of player, so a red is a red, and he left his team in an awful condition, Portugal lost all the control, couldn’t find a way, Cristiano who many say is not at his best, looked desperate and couldn’t find options either and they had their worst lost in the history of the World Cup

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Germany , on the other hand so far is one if not the best overall team in the tournament, they looked good as a team, collectively, the style of play was also good and they have Muller in great condition, scored the first hat-trick of the World Cup. And to think that some people didn’t consider then  as contenders, well so far they have proved them wrong. It’s early but they looked good. Something to say though  is that they have won their last four opening game scoring 4+ goals, and still they haven’t won the title in the last three World Cups.

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Last but no least team USA beat their nemesis, the team that sent them home the last two World Cups, Ghana. The U.S scored the fastest goal so far, Dempsey in less than 30 seconds, it was either at the 30 or 29 second mark, some mix information hehe. But that was fast, they suffered more than expected tho but at the 86th minute John Brooks scored the 2-1 for the red, white and blue, and they finally were able to defeat Ghana in a World Cup and on top of that they got the three precious points specially in a tough group like this one, the group of death… Well they are very alive, and in a country where soccer is not as big as it is in other places it was impressive to see the support and all the craziness that went after Brooks’ goal,  it was great, there are so many videos on vine, instagram and twitter that you think; Is it real that they don’t care much about football? It didn’t  look that way on the videos and many pictures. Anyhow things are changing and there are a lot of football soccer supporters, which is great because that match  was emotionally amazing!!

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Other first round of matches notes;

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  • Argentina is not in a difficult group but, they looked nervous and  they didn’t have an easy win, the expectation of this match were so high everyone wanted to see Messi in the mythical Maracana, and I think at the end the expectations were higher than what we saw on the pitch. Messi is under a lot of pressure, but he scored his first goal in this World Cup and his second in all World Cups, and everyone breathe again… hehe
  • Belgium is supposed to be the revelation of this tournament, they suffered more than expected too but at the end  they still can give the surprise, lot’s of well-known players even the substitutes can make the difference.
  • Russia’s head coach Fabio Capello  has the best salary, they say 22 millions ;0… oiiiii so they better get out of the group stage, just saying!
  • Iran vs Nigeria was the only boring game so far, I mean some other matches maybe had some boring lapses but this one was painfully boring, sorry for both teams, hopefully they will do better in the next match.

Some injuries news;

  • Coentrao  from Portugal will miss the rest of the World Cup due to an injury.
  • Altidore got injure in the USA vs Ghana match and he’ll miss next match, and it’s not sure when if he will be back.
  • Dempsey broke his nose in the same USA match but he is expected to play with or without a mask.

I know I am probably missing so many more things and important moments, but this is already the longest post in this blog hahah so I don’t want to make it more impossible to read.

If you make it  here give your self a round of applauses!! You are amazing 😉 … I will try to make the next recap shorter, but in my defense so many good things and surprises are happening that it’s hard to make things shorter, or maybe it’s just me, I can let things goo…. Well it is what it is, I have to take some “to the point” classes.

Thanks for reading, I really appreciated and if you want to leave a comment, if you agree or disagree with something or just want to say something feel free to do it in the comment area.

This World Cup not only is giving us good surprises but also, good laugh, I leave you with some of the funniest one…

Besitos!

Pictures thanks to  first worldsoccertalk.com, rest to FIFA.com, ESPN.com… Funny pictures random from twitter and ESPN.com

From the dream to the Reality of LA DECIMA!

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The day has arrived!! Wohoooo…. Yes you know what I am talking about, The World Cup,  just the freaking best tournament of the whole world!!

As you can see or read I am more than happy, thrill, excited… I can go on with all the emotions that every human being that love this sport is feeling at this moments. It’s a matter of hours and then Brazil will kick off!

But before getting into the most amazing tournament, I feel I have to close some open topics in this blog. First I am the worst blogger in the world (probably… I still love myself hehe) I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for a long time, I didn’t realize how long I haven’t written in my blogs until a couple of weeks ago, times flies people, specially when you are facing some challenges and some re-organization in your life… hand up that’s me.

I have so many ideas and new projects but before come up with those I went thru  sickness back to health and  personal stuff that needed my attention and also distracted me for blogging… I felt the need to let you  know why this long absent.

Anyway back to what is important in this world; “Futbol” “Fpotball” ” Soccer”

Let’s start!

Pictures speak louder than words… or something like that haha

The picture below was posted on Iker Casillas’s official Facebook  on April 30, 2013, it represented the sentiment of that day, Real Madrid was left out of the biggest scenario at a Club level, they were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League in Semifinals for the fourth consecutive season.

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The tears from Iker Casillas and Ramos from that day were of sadness and disappointment.  But then just a season later on May 24th 2014 ohh boy how things changed, in the pictures below the tears were of relief at first and then total happiness!!

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Totally understandable after  the most crazy if not the craziest game in terms of emotions… The nerves were at the highest level,  Atletico de Madrid were wining the match  up until the 90 minute, even the players on the bench or at the stands were getting ready to celebrate, then  the referee added five more minute of stoppage time, which for a lot of people was too much,  for others was appropriated, but controversy aside, back into the game at the 2:50-3:00 minute mark the miracle for Real Madrid happened in the name or more to say in the head of Sergio Ramos, with an incredible header goal that brought Real Madrid back to life and allowed the game to go on extra time…

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Half of the stadium went crazy, it was insane for Real Madrid fans who thought that La Decima was slipping away, but Ramos brought back  the most amazing feeling for a football (soccer) fan, insanely special happiness, they were alive again and they had 30 minutes to change the course of the match…

In the other side for Atletico was the worst that could happened to them, they were almost lifting the Cup and suddenly after all the effort it was now back to starting point, but  with tired bodies and legs and they just simple couldn’t keep it up…  The fans were in disbelief and the sadness, tears were starting to show up in some faces. The dream of accomplish an epic deed, two titles La Liga and The Champions League was now far way, from heaven to hell in one minute, once again the Champions League just couldn’t happen for them.

Real Madrid were obsess with La Decime even if they were trying to diminish the feeling everyone knew that being that close made it all more real and the obsession was at the highest, all Real Madrid fans had been dreaming for the past 12 years, yeap that’s the time between their last Champion League title. Most young people below let’s say 15 or 16 years had never celebrated a Champions League and for them it was  more like an urban story until that minute when Di Maria the best of the Match, hurtled into  Atletico’s penalty area and shoot but Thibaut Courtois palmed it to the back post where Gareth Bale was waiting to seal the deal with another almost impossible header to make. An at that moment the craziness in one side were over the top, La Decima was there in their hands it was going to be just about minutes to make it official.

Remember the summer transfer drama with Gareth Bale, Real Madrid paid millions, the most expensive player and this is how he made it all about football.

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Base on how tired Atletico’s players were and what this goal meant for them we all knew it was over… Atletico just couldn’t hold it, the effort was huge during the 90 minutes and they just couldn’t answer at all, it was sad to see that side of a final the other team.

But for all Madridistas, all Real Madrid fans this was the dream, the obsession becoming a reality. Marcelo with a very emotional goal for him made it 3-1 and then Cristiano who after wining the Ballon D’Or had an incredible season, but with some difficulties at the end of the season due to an injury that kept him away from the pitch for a few games, but he wasn’t going to miss this game, he play and forced a penalty that he also converted in the fourth for Real Madrid, La Decima was a reality, minutes later the final whistle sounded and then tears of happiness and completely excitement was the emotions for the new Champions!

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And yes ladies he had to take his jersey off.. why not it was the Champions League final, what the heck… and I can guess some of you were more than happy, I have to give it to Ronaldo 😉 haha

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Finally after a long 12 years LA DECIMA was a reality. Watching Casillas lifting the cup was very interesting, after all the suffering and doubts he had at the beginning of the season,  as you probably remember he was the center of the other drama, he was benched by Mourinho in the previous season and it was a whole soup opera drama at it best, but this last season with Carlo Ancelotti everyone thought he was  going to be back to be the number one goalkeeper and then we learned that he was going to play only Copa Del Rey and the Champions League… Real Madrid lift both Cups and he still has that angel, that Santo level, it wasn’t his game during the final, he made an awful mistake that gave the first and only goal to Atletico, and later he made all Madridistas suffer with another close call type of mistake. But after all they wouldn’t have made it to the final if it wasn’t for his saves in that incredible road to Lisbon that they had.

Congrats to Real Madrid for wining the UEFA Champions League for the 10th time, La DECIMA!!

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Then it was time to offer the Cup to the goddess La Cibeles

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More on the celebration later. (Upcoming post)

Congrats to Atletico it was an amazing run for them, lots of effort and over all a great season, La Liga Champions, and Champions League finalist.

I leave you with this video, I think it kind of recap the feeling and atmosphere of the looker room! During Ancelotti press conference some members of the team led by Ramos and Marcelo interrupt Ancelotti to chant kiss their Coach, the Mister!

 

Thanks for ready I know it’s kind of out of time, but I like this recaps, and I relive the whole thing while doing it. hehe

Let me know your thought on Real Madrid’s 10th Champions League Title!! Fee free to leave a comment 🙂

 

Besitos!

 

Pictures from Iker Casillas Facebook official page, and Real Madrid’s Facebook. Video from Skype on Youtube.

 

 

 

Brazil or not Brazil!

Hello there!

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It’s all about to be or not to be, in this case Brazil or not Brazil, the second leg of the play-off  are taking place throughout the day, for many countries this is it. Today is their last chance to get a ticket to the most amazing Football tournament, the World Cup 2014.

You can add Ghana and Algeria in the Brazil qualified teams roster, 28 so far, they won their tickets early today.

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France is 2-0 at this moment vs Ukraine, Les Bleus need to win this match, they lost they first leg match 0-2 vs Ukraine which left them out of Brazil,  Aggregate result is 2-2, all tie, France is alive and still with plenty of time, they need to win to qualify…

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Sweden is 2-1 vs Portugal right now, this is an interesting game you have Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal as their top player and you have Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Sweden side, both player competing for the Ballon d’Or, aspiring to be recognized  as the best player of the world. One of them will make it to Brazil and unfortunately the other will have to watch it on TV… The result from the first leg match was Portugal 1-0 Sweden, let’s see how this one will unfold, dramaaa… As of now Portugal is in Brazil, but again there is still plenty of time,  Sweden needs to win this game.

The rest of the European play-off Croatia is 2 – 0 Iceland (Aggregate 2-0) and  Romania is 1-1 Greece (Aggregate 2-4)

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Mexico and Uruguay will play tomorrow, El Tri have a very early morning game at least in my local time, 1:00 am haha… Both have a good advantage, both won their first leg game with a good margin.  Uruguay won 5-0 vs Jordan and Mexico 5-1 vs New Zeeland.

This is it, today we will know all teams that will be in Brazil 2014!

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So who do you think will make it to Brazil, let me know your thoughts or comments!!

Thanks for reading!! I’m planning to make a full review of the results tomorrow, I usually do live tweeting during the games, so if you want you can follow me @MonickJHerrera, we can even talk about the games, it’s fun ;).

Besitos!

P.S: I’m back! I was a bit missing in action… you know what they say, when it rains it pours… and I have learned to dance under the rain, but I just needed to get over with this pouring thing lol. I’m a great hitter, thanks God cause I’ve been getting some awful curveballs…

Pictures thanks to: worldsoccertalk.com, yahoo,com, goal.com, sport.terra.com, Sport.yahoo.com

It’s showtime!! Bring it on…

Hola!

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How is everything going?  I just came back from a boat party, very popular around here in New York during summer, I finally can  say I beat my boat dizziness, now I can own one lol… The view of the city in those boats is just breath taking! And guess what was my view this evening too?… Yes a Football pitch, I am so ready for the European football season!! Bring it on!

Today is showtime for some of the big names and  big clubs, well two of the best leagues around the globe kick off their season today!  And I can only say  it was about time and Thank You!! It means lots of Football!!

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With the exception of  the German Bundesliga and the French League that already started,  La Liga (Spain) and as you probably now by now because of NBC promos, the  English Premier League (EPL) start today, some games on Saturday and the rest on Sunday!  Il Calcio will kick off their season next Saturday the 24th if I am correct, it’s late so I’ll double check tomorrow ;).

No more friendlies at least between the clubs, now this is serious business and the run for the championships it’s about to begin!

Although that friendly final game between Real Madrid and Chelsea in Miami two weeks ago was not as friendly as everyone thought… The whites gave some kind of message to the world, they looked united and not that happy to see their ex coach José Mourinho, they made it clear, they said they didn’t but we all saw the game and unless they saw imaginary fans in Chelsea bench, those goals had a card with Mou name on it. Marcelo and then Cristiano Ronaldo celebrations were directed to Mou, as everyone agreed, they can denied it but we are not crazy lol…

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Real Madrid ended up wining the final and therefore the Championship, an irrelevant competition but it was a nice way to see what their capacity might be and also that final was totally worth it!

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NBC is in full promoting mode, well you know is not the most popular game and probably it won’t be, but they are putting a lot of resources in my opinion to give enough coverage for the growing Football audience,  it’s good, now that they have the NBC Sport on cable they can cover more and I guess as fans we will be happy, in this case the more the better!!

If you haven’t seen this video, you should, it’s funny!

Although they had to replace Gareth Bale billboard that was in Times Square, of course he is or was, we still don’t know… but since he hasn’t sign anything I guess he is still one of the symbols of the EPL, but everyone expect him to sign with Real Madrid sooner than later, I guess was better to replace him hehe… I understand let me tell you this transfer drama- Mexican novela, it’s getting old now, c’mon signed him already, the poor guy it’s doing everything in his side to get transfer, not training (due to a kind of mysterious injury…), expressing his wishes to be transfer, I mean is like everyone will say come on let the guy goooo!!  But  well €100 million are in the middle of this novela :0.

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But since that story is not over yet, let’s move on, the Leagues start today, but the market is still open, news of clubs wanting players are coming up and down, so until the  market closes this is how it will be, but if we have games, I won’t mind…  I feel bad for some players is kind of weird to start a season and somehow suddenly feel uncertain of your future. But I think they are use to that by now.

The German Bundesliga started early last week, we finally saw the official so commented debut of Pep Guardiola with Bayern Munich, and well it was the first game he didn’t dazzles us  but it’s still too early to evaluate, his team defeats ‘Gladbach though, so if you are a Bayern Munich fan don’t freak out yet, just wait and let’s see if he will work some magic there as he did with Barcelona!

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This is so excited, new season, new faces, also familiar ones, everyone start with zero points, this is like back to school with new clothes, new books, new and old friends, but funnier and cooler than that!!

And some are pretty handsome faces like Isco! ( Eye candy alert!!)

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Thanks for reading as always, I didn’t post anything about the International friendlies among some Countries, because some were not that good, a bit boring and because it just a fun way to practice, nothing major happened…

That’s it, I am ready, I probably will miss today’s games, I will watch highlights and read the newspapers lol, but you know once in a while I need to take care of  my other life,  the one that has to interact with other human beings! So I might check out this kind of food fair in Brooklyn, which won’t help “my getting back to shape” mode, but it could be a delicious fun, and the other option is to check the san castle competition in Coney Island, I’m not really convince yet, it’s a weekend which mean that it will be packed with people, then if I go and it’s just like something I could have build myself, and I have zero skills for that, then I will be disappointed…. anyways this so out of topic, but I let you know my final decision hehe!!

But for sure I’ll watch Real Madrid debut in La Liiga!!

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Take care and enjoy our back to Football time!!  Any comment or suggestion, please be my guess, I would love to read them!

Besitos!

Pictures of NY are mine ©, Real Madrid official Facebook page, Sports Yahoo and Google, the video is from NBC Sports from YouTube NBCSportsNetwork.  

Bad break up stories!

Hello there!

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Relationship breaking, talking about your ex… and homecomings, sound more like high school than the Sport World lol

Now that we are talking about break ups, probably most of us have gone throughout one once, or more than once… The single world can be tough… don’t worry I wont vent my love life, not here maybe in my other blog haha

Real Madrid broke up their relationship with José Mourinho at the end of last season, after many rumors of a broken locker room and his public spat with some players like Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo, but specially the one with Real Madrid’s captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

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Despite all rumors the break up was a mutual agreement and looked civil, he wanted to go back to England, and he signed to Coach Chelsea FC.

Sometimes the break ups are not over when you said your good-byes, the best or worst comes after… depending on the parts involve, and I guess we couldn’t expect less from Mourinho, he was going to give his thoughts about his former club the question was when??

The first stage of the post break up in some cases is; Talk about your ex…

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He didn’t make us wait too much, he started by hitting his ex-team in an interview with ESPN;

 “Madrid is a special club. It is not just a club. Madrid is politics. Madrid is not about football, Madrid is not about sport, but about many [other] things around,” he said.

“Elections in that club mean a lot and we were in the middle of things that were not normal and only people that are inside can understand what it is.”

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He also talked about his Portuguese compatriot by declaring hat “the real Ronaldo” was the former Brazil striker, Mou was a translator and assistant coach for Barcelona during the time Ronaldo (Brazilian) played with Barça.

Today Cristiano had his first press conference, and of course the media asked him, this was his response;

“I prefer to remember the good things from coaches. I don’t spit on the plate from which I eat and I don’t speak about people who say bad things about me” … ouch..

“We are going to face Chelsea, not their coach. It is another warm-up game and we hope to win it so we can start La Liga in the best manner possible.”

I guess his response gave him the first round….

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A good news for Ronaldo, Marca.com reported today, that his contract renewal with the team is done, he will renew with Real Madrid for 5 more years and he will make 17 millions per year, one million more than Messi according to the Spanish news paper… I guess that’s important?… ;/ lol. I mentioned it before I knew he was going to renew he just wanted to feel loved by the fans, the club and his teammates, with this he will remain as the star of the Club and the Marketing machine for the whites!

I think we all want the season to start so we can move to the real competitions, as for now,  Mou and Ronaldo will face each other in the International Champions Cup final on Wednesday in Miami, a pre-season friendly tournament, a final that it won’t mean anything and it shouldn’t but for sure it has been warm up more than necessary, it’s pre-season!!!

Let’s see if this will remain in friendly terms… I tell you break ups are not easy! :/ hehe

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In local news, the surprise this past days was the news of Clint Dempsey returning to the MLS, he was playing in Tottenham in the EPL, and he decided that it was time to come back…

I guess welcome back!! It was kind of weird consider that he has overcome many obstacles there and had a somehow successful career abroad and it’s not that he is in his latest days as a player,  usually most of the players that have an international career come to the MLS to end their careers,  oook we can debate that, but is usually how it’s known in Europe, and it has work that way for a while, they  come and give some burst to U.S soccer league and make it more competitive. We all can agree that it has gotten better but usually a player will rather play in more competitive leagues in Europe.

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He made a decision, he signed with the Seattle Sounders, some say that he might have  considered the possibility of not getting enough minutes in Tottenham’s lineup, and with the World Cup so close he didn’t want to put his spot in the National team in danger or create any doubts, for sure he is expected to have more minutes in the MLS… we’ll see

So Welcome home!

The seasons are about to start in Eurpe wohooo!!, thanks God!! Maybe all this high school dramas will go away, or they’ll get bigger who knows, but we will have the competitions, the excitement and the nerve-racking moments that we all enjoy during a regular season! And of course we’ll have all the fun!!!

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This gif is just too much!!  hahahaha

Thank for reading!! Have a great week, I hope it will be drama-free and just nice and enjoyable moments!!

Comments?? Feel free to leave some!

Pictures mine, Real Madrid Facebook page, ChelseaFC.com, MLS.com,  and Google.com (Images).