Vamonos… Andiamo… The Treble? in Berlin!!

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We didn’t get “El Clasico” final in the UEFA Champions League, but we got two Classic teams in the final; Juventus – Barcelona. La Vecchia Signora, Juventus FC is back in a Champions League (CL) final after 12 years, hoping to win their third CL title, for many a difficult task taking into consideration that they are about to face probably the best team at this moment, FC Barcelona.

Barcelona,a team that went from creating doubts at the beginning of  the season to now create magic, consider by almost everyone the favorites to lift their fifth Champions League title. What is not in doubt, is that they have the most lethal trident at this moments, Messi, Suarez, and Neymar, the “MSN”. The team is in an incredible form  despite the fact that is the end of the season and when most teams are feeling the toughness of all competitions. Barcelona already won two important titles, La Liga and La Copa Del Rey, a boost of confident and definitely an additional motivation to  win the CL and the desire and difficult “Treble”. – (Treble is used in association football to refer to a team winning three trophies in a single season.- via Wikipedia)

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What were the odd that both finalist would be in position to win the Treble?… Juventus also won their local league; Seria A, as well as Coppa Italia which means that they also have the additional motivation to chase the Treble.

Although we can mark some specific differences between both teams, for many, Italian Football (Calcio) has lost a bit of competitiveness which means Juventus reaching the CL final is a slightly bigger accomplishment, despite dominating their league for the past few years they haven’t been able to reach this same stage in previous years, and many Italian teams have struggle in CL waters. Although we can not measure them by those results because we would have to ask what happened with the English Premiere League?, for many maybe the best European league and the most entertaining, but again non Premiere League team reached the semifinals, so everything is up for debate.

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What is not for debate is Barcelona’s great form, not only physically but mentally, La Liga was a tough fight during some months and at the end Real Madrid couldn’t keep the pace in the competition, but despite the tiredness that almost all teams face toward the end of the season, they seem to be in better form than the rest, and it doesn’t hurt to have the best version of Messi, the one that can create magic in the field wowing everyone that watch him make the impossible, possible.

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Yes two tales but one goal, wining La Orejona, it’s all set up for June 6th, when the best attack will face the classic and most expert defense. The italian defense style is known as a padlock. The question is, if Barcelona will be able to open that padlock, on the other hand it is a 90 minutes match and in football sometimes everything and anything can happen, which  makes it more exciting!!

Let’s hope for an entertaining and fun final, with a  bit of emotion and drama why not!

Who do you think will win the Champions League, Barcelona or Juventus,?… Let me know in the comments or on twitter @MonikJHerrera.

Most probably I’ll be kind of live tweeting on Saturday, twitter is fun during games, if you are on it feel free to say hi!

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On another note; It is incredible and a bit nostalgic that this match is going to be the last one in a European League for this two Football Legends, Xavi Hernandez and Andrea Pirlo. A win for New York though, apparently Pirlo has already signed with the NYCFC and Xavi is heading to Qatar after the final.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the match and may your favorite team win!

Pictures, 1, 2,3 and 4th from UEFA.com and last one from Marca.com

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Football Sunday!! #ElClasico … y nada mas!!

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In a few hours the match of matches will kick-off, “El Clasico” is for many the biggest football soccer match around the world – taking out World Cup matches – and is consider the biggest for many reason, the rivalry that goes way back in history including some political issues, the money each team invest in their players, the titles both have won and aspire to win, among other things, but that is not what this match is all about today, is about two of the biggest clubs in Spain with fan all over the world. Even in the most remote places football fans know about “El Clasico” and people wait for this match with excitement.

This year is a tale of one league with two different halves, is interesting to see how things change in a couple of months. The first half of La Liga, Real Madrid was almost unstoppable, they closed 2014 with incredible numbers and on a wining streak, Ronaldo was probably at his best form he was scoring many goals, everything was kind of perfect for them, but the second half of the season is not going according to their script, they are probably in the middle of a crisis stage, a few loses that were not only unexpected but somehow humiliating, including that shocking  second leg match in Champions League vs Schalke 04, were they were close to be eliminated.

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On the contrary Barcelona went from being a club in crisis during the first half of this season to be a club with a chance to win it all. If we take into consideration the whole Messi vs Luis Enrique drama; do they love each other or not?, that was the question and probably still is sometimes, things didn’t look so favorable for Barça. The turned around came, after  Messi missed a training session that generated many comments but was the key point in the team relationship, a conversation and a commitment to work for the team from all parts, and Messi has responded in the pitch, he is having an incredible second half scoring goals but also influencing Barcelona’s game, he has not only surpass Cristiano Ronaldo in the goal scoring race -30 for CR7 and 32 for Messi- but also he has assist many times his teammates, changing the face of Barcelona. One of the best news for their fans is that in some of the latest matches they have been able to see a glance of that style of game that was so characteristic of their team and was so loved and admired by others.

All build up aside history has told us that no matter how Barcelona or Real Madrid conditions are previous to a Clasico, this matches are a different story, we have seen how sometimes the one that get to this match stronger had ended up looking not so good to put it in a way. The only thing that we know for sure is that this match is not a normal regular La Liga match, is “El Clasico” and just by that, everything or anything can happen. What we all want is a fun and entertaining match, yes history also has taught us that sometimes the expectation is higher than what we see on the pitch, but we can only hope that today is going to be a Clasico to remember.

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This might be the match that defines the title race and it could be, there is just one point of difference between both teams and 10 matches to go, but we have also learned that football sometimes gives you many surprises. Do I think one of them will win La Liga, yes I do, I find it hard for the ones coming behind to catch them at the top, but I have seen many end of the season throughout the years so whoever or whichever wins today probably will gain confident to face the end of the season, but we’ll see…

Let’s enjoy and hope that it would be a fun match to watch! Let me know who do you think will win this Clasico, Real Madrid or Barcelona? you can leave a comment here or on my twitter @MonikJHerrera. Probably I will be tweeting during the game, one of my favorite things to do. Ha!

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I’m not sharing here stats because you probably have seen them all this week, but I can share two of the moments people remember the most, one was Raul silencing the Camp Nou after scoring goal that tied the match 2-2, that was one of those draw that felt like a victory. The other one is Barcelona wining 5-0, that was painful for all Madridistas but this are two of the many iconic moments El Clasico always leave us.

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Thank for reading and let’s see which trident will make the difference, the BBC: Bale, Benzema and Cristiano. Or the MSN: Messi, Suarez and Neymar?

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Pictures thanks to @RealMadriden twitter account, worldsoccertalk.com, bleacherreport.com and  spaghettibcn.com

Expectations, Curiosities, Handshakes, Dj’s and Blankets… It’s all about Football!

Hello !

The weekend is here, I was waiting for it so bad!…  It’s going to be a busy weekend, most European leagues are back after the International break, so the local battles are back too, lots of games and points to fight or defend and for some records to break. It should be interesting and hopefully fun!

Before submerge into the deep waters of the European league – ohh the ocean, with this cold weather I really miss you- but that’s not the point, back to submerge into the deep waters of every league lets look at some curious, funny and sometimes weird images and moments that this International break left us;

The Messi- Ronaldo show…

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Let’s start with the highly anticipated friendly between Argentina and Portugal  at Old Trafford, which for everyone it was a Messi vs Crisstiano Ronaldo match, everyone expected them to play at their best, to challenge each other and to try to prove who is the best of the World… They only played one half and for many they weren’t  that impressive, it was one of those “expectations were higher than reality” kind of moment.

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Anyhow what was interesting and funny was to see the incredible attention to every detail, move  or interaction both player had before, during and after the match :0, pictures, photos or analysis of how they look at each others, how strong was the handshake, who smile more, and many more things of that nature, it was just crazy but so enjoyable!!

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And this story is to be continued…. 😉

The name game, Casillas or Casilla??

I know this is silly but it’s funny too, if for some reason during the match between Spain and Germany you missed the moment when Iker Casillas was substituted by Kiko Casilla you probably would have thought at some point, wait, what happened?, did the commentators are missing the “s” in Iker’s last name, but then you would have look at the TV and at Spain’s goalkeeper and think he doesn’t look like Casillas at all, unless you are familiar with La Liga which most of you probably are, but for the ones that are not, know that there is an Iker Casillas and a Kiko Casilla (no “s” at the end) and both are goalkeepers. Haa!! It can be confusing at times… Or maybe just anecdotic!

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The weird note…

Goes to Xabi Alonso and his comments about Neuer being the best goalkeeper by far that he has ever played with,  emphasis in the “by far”, and how he deserves the Ballon d’or because he won the World Cup with Germany and the whole he is the best goalkeeper, comments that have created a big fuss because he just left Real Madrid and the comments are considered for some a direct attack o lack of support for Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo, of course you can support your new teammate but for many these comments are a little bit out of time or place, but hey he is free to express his opinion I guess, but oh boy he really stir the waters up!

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The sad news;

There are many player that get injure during the International break when playing with their national team, so we wish them all a speedy recovery, specially to Luka Modric, he will be out around three-months according to the latest report. Get well soon Luka!

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The introduction;

Let me introduce you to the Euro 2016 “Mascot”

Let’s conclude in our side of the pond;

Hard to understand if Mexico players  were getting ready to play or to have a pajama party! haha… They were trying to stay warm in this cold weathers! I like that they are kind of coordinated, and so into plaid! Fashion alert!!

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The USA probably needed some blankets after their lost 1-4 vs Ireland, and most probably in need of a serious pajama party after picking the ball up from their goal fourth times! 😦 Ouch!

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Let’s closed it with a famous DJ!! David Guetta wearing the Colombia national team jersey, a gift from James with an Instagram messages included!

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I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away…

I bet you started to sing… I did! 🙂

By the way if you are planning to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last race of the Formula 1 season and the battle for the championship between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg enjoy and I’ll probably be tweeting  during the race, I’ve been following F1 for some years now, but this season I’ve been so involved, that I am nervous  to know who will be the champion :O and I love it!!

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Thank you for reading and stopping by, feel free to leave any comment. What do you think about the whole Xabi Alonso comments situation? or Who is the best Messi or CR7? Ha… Also we can talk on twitter, you can fin me @MonikJHerrera

Have a great weekend!!

Besitos !

Pictures thanks to As.com, Marca.com. Deportestelemundo.com, Univisiondeportes.com, goal.com and BBCSport.com

El Clasico… Bring it on!

Hola Corazones!

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Now watching El Clasico, the first one of the season, there isn’t a better or bigger game than this one!

This is a classic match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, two old rivals, this is the game of the games, every time this two play against each other the whole world watch! It’s always amazing and unbelievable how indeed the whole world stop to watch El Clasico…

I will say it will be Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid! This is my prediction hahaha let’s see how I do…

Enjoy this is exited and fun, always!!

Thanks for reading, feel free to follow my comments in twitter @MonikJHerrera and feel free to let me know what you think!

Besitos!

Pictures from Real Madrid official Facebook.

Spaghetti and meatballs, it’s called soccer!! lol ;)

Hola!

I know I know, I have  been terrible,  too many things happening so fast, this WC schedule it’s crazy!!  Yeah yeah excuses and excuses lol…. But no worries I am working on some posts about La Liga and what some UEFA Champions League games left us with, it was interesting! Which means more Football… Ook soccer lol

But meanwhile, let’s enjoy that TGIF and laugh a bit!

I love this video, I think we see this every weekend and during midweek with some players!!

 

Don’t forget  me…  😉

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Friday!!

Besitos!

Video from YouTube  user Daniel Munguia

The transfer Window was all drama till the end!

Hola Hola!!

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Let’s start with the big Drama of the Summer, this lasted three months, oook it was shorter than a Mexican novela, but it had all the ingredients of one lol… It was a love triangle story, with Real Madrid in love of Gareth Bale and he was totally corresponding that love and then we had the villain Tottenham Hotspur FC president who didn’t want to let him go, but in this case Love conquers all… or sort of… it was more wallet conquers all, €91 million to be kind of exact, that was the final chapter, after many negotiations and Bale going all revel with his former team, both teams reached an agreement on the money and as every novela or tale we have a happy ending…

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At least for the moment because, we still have to see him play and the pressure for him have to be a big one, all that money is insane… and he is not even consider the best player as of now, the idea is that he will be…. and that’s why Real Madrid paid all that money, at least that’s the idea, but until he kind of shows and proves what he is capable of doing we will have just to trust lol

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But he finally showed up in Madrid wearing white and the world went crazy…  I mean we have been waiting for this moment for long time…

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The transfer window closed and the final hours were a bit crazy, with Bale signing for Real Madrid, but after paying all that money I guess the Whites feels the need to sell in order to be able to recover some of the investment and then we had the biggest surprise of the summer, I think this was bigger than Bale, let’s face it we knew he was going to be a Real’s player we just didn’t know when was going to happen, but the Surprise was Mesut Özil!!!!

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And I didn’t even see it coming. There were a lot of talks about clubs interesting in him even there was a moment when they thought he was going to be part of the Bale transfer deal but what we never saw coming or at least I didn’t was his transfer happening in the closing moments of the transfer window, and it was done in less than two days… That was crazy, just after we found out that Bale was finally a Real Madrid player, the rumors started and the next thing we know is that Arsenal reached to an agreement with Los Blancos to sign Özil, it was a matter of hours and for half of Bale’s price €45 millions…

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On the other side if you are an Arsenal fan, those two days were the happiest in a long time lol… I think most of them if not all were heavily praying for some miracle, the fans were upset about the lack of actions from their club, they waited until the last-minute to bring any reinforcement to the team, but I guess the wait was worth it, they got one of the best players, he is talented and can move the ball and make some passes that many dream to make and fans dream to see, so I think they feel very happy right now!

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I still can believe it though, Özil is a great player, the pressure on him lately in Real Madrid was big, and with the great performance Isco is having and Bale’s possible arrival he was facing a lot of competition to avoid the bench so I guess it was a good deal for him too…

“I’m a player who needs the confidence [of the manager],” Ozil explained to dfb.tv, the official channel of the national team, on Tuesday. “At the weekend, I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid, but afterwards I realised that I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses. I am really looking forward to [joining Arsenal] because I have the faith of the coach. I had spoken to him at length on the telephone, he explained his plans and that he has faith in me – that is what I need as a player.” (Quote from the Guardian)

Real Madrid fans were unhappy they didn’t want him to go, and some of them made it loud and clear to Florentino Perez in Bale’s presentation, by chanting  “Özil is not for sale”, but it was inevitable by that time…

The other kind of last-minute  transfer although this one wasn’t that surprising was Kaka’s who got back to his old team, AC Milan, for him was kind of going back home, at least that’s what he said, he wasn’t having minutes in Real Madrid, he wasn’t receiving love from the fans either, during the last game he got a lot of whistles which means they weren’t happy with his performance, Milan has always expressed his desire to see him playing there again and now it’s a reality…

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As you can see the final hours of the Transfer Market were more than interesting and surprising… let’s see how this will unfold, the good news is that we have front row tickets to see it all!!!

Thanks for reading, it was a long, never-ending post but it was a very, everything happen at once kind of weekend!!

Besitos!

Pictures thanks to Real Madrid official Facebook page, Mesut Özil official Facebook page, acmilan.com,  the video is from YouTube (updated: GoalsInHD (La Liga)) but it was also posted in Marca.com. and Özi quote was taken from theguardian.com.

The number 1 drama…

Hello all!

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It’s Monday… and the only good thing about it, it’s that we had more games today!! lol

Yeah the weekend was not enough for most leagues, their schedules are adapted to be able to finish on time for World Cup 2014, Brazil!! That make me so Happy!!

Being so close to the World Cup, can impact some players in different ways, if some of them have very good season and are active with their teams, that secures them a spot in their national team, but for other this can change their possibilities to be in Brazil next summer…

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That is why some dramas unfolding in La Liga are giving so much to talk, being specific the Iker Casillas case;

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Iker was benched today too in Real Madrid second game of the season, so far nothing has change for him, the captain, goalkeeper of Los Blancos and their number 1, ended up last season in the bench and he started this season the same way, it seem that the question of who will be the starter for Real Madrid is somehow uncertain, as far as what Carlo Ancelotti said, it’s still not defined but two games into the season it looks like Diego Lopez might has been the chosen one…

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There has been a lot of buzz about this, not only for the decision of who is the starter but also because this could impact his possibilities for the WC, and push him to make surprising decisions. The rumors about the possibility of Iker leaving Real Madrid have started, his situation is weird, he is the Captain of Spain National team, he is a symbol in his club, now some fans are a bit upset with him for many rumors about leaking information to the media, or being protected by the media, which I think it does not matter, I mean he has so many years in the club and I don’t think what is the point of him leaking information, I think the fact that he is dating a sport journalist made people think that everything she said is because she has some inside info, which I honestly don’t know, but again don’t see the point…. I think what hurt him the most was what happened with Jose Mourinho, the way he ended the season, but he is a symbol of the club nonetheless.

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The situation with Iker is that if he doesn’t play all season or if he is not the starter in his team his participation in the World Cup could be in danger, it would be hard for Spain’s coach to take him when he is not playing many games…

Some rumors are wild, they have even said that Barcelona fans wouldn’t mind having him on their team, which is unreal to think about it, base on the rivalry but you never know, others reports talk about the options he might find in the English Premier League, according to many, wherever he goes he will be the starter goalkeeper which is amazing in some kind of ways .

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In my humble opinion, I think competition is good, having two good goalkeeper challenging each other is good, but I think the team needs to have a defined starter, that gives confident to the back line, to the defense, and I think even if Iker started late his pre season, I think base on what he has done, and base on what I think he can still do with all respect to Diego Lopez, I think Iker should be the starter. But I’m not the coach, and let’s see what Carletto will decide. I think Iker deserves it, he has earned at least having the chance to prove that he still can be at the highest level, and if during the season, they realized that he is not at that level anymore, well you take decision but that’s just my opinion….

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Anyways it is what it is… at least so far Real Madrid has 6 point out of 6 with two victories good start for Carlo Ancelotti and his team!

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In another note Serie A, the Calcio in Italy started this weekend, now all leagues are up and running in Europe!

Bale case is closer to be over, he is just waiting to sign apparently and the amount of money that Real Madrid will pay is still insane! Not clear yet but is between 88 to 133 millions, I have gotten confused if those are euros or dollar, but whatever currency is still is insane….

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Thanks for reading, I’m planning to post more this week, I have comments about the tribute to Raul Blanco the forever 7 of Real Madrid, which I will post soon!

Any comments feel free, what do you think? Should Iker be the starter or he should look for another club… (Just to think about it make me feel so weird…)

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Besitos!

Pictures thanks to Real Madrid official Facebook page, Google.

Keep the ball rolling!!

Hello all!!

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Well the ball started to roll and we are already talking about the surprises! It’s serious business now, it’s early but even the first game can determinate the end of a season if you don’t believe me ask Real Madrid, their last season opening night was awful, and their first games didn’t got any better at the end they were out of the Championship run way before everyone expected, so this is serious business!!

The first game it’s kind of difficult for some clubs, it’s like breaking the awkwardness in a meeting or like going to a blind date, you really don’t know what will happen, if the other person  will like you and you don’t want to recover from a bad date you want to move forward after a nice first date… I am so into this dating analogies lol… Don’t know why??? **Worried** My unconscious might be sending me a message!! :/

Anyways this weekend was interesting, La Liga officially  kicked off their season and the two most famous and most possible contenders for the title played on Sunday with different results and evaluations, but one surprise in common, their benches gave to the media more to talk than some actions on the pitch!

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Let’s Start with Real Madrid, everyone was speculating if their legendary Captain Iker Casillas was going to be back to the starting lineup,  at first  everyone reports were that he was going to start and everyone thought that it was going to be Business as usual, but Carlo Ancelotti had a different plant and surprise everyone by leaving him on the bench, is still uncertain if is going to be like this and Diego Lopez will be the starting goalkeeper or if it is just some games situation, Lopez started training with the team from the beginning of the preseason, Iker joined their teammates almost 10 days later after playing the Confederation Cup with Spain, also last week he played with Spain against Ecuador, so someone can say he might have been tired or Ancelotti might have consider that the one more prepare was Diego Lopez, he didn’t clear that up, after being ask like three times by the media at the press conference after the game.

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Iker has been consider one of the symbols of Real Madrid, it has been his only club, and he kind of represent the dream of every little Spanish kid or any kid. He made it to the first team and became a star for his club and later for his country, but many agreed that he hasn’t had any competition lately, no one who could really challenge his position and sometimes that can lead to over-confidence not in his skills but on knowing that he was going to play all the time, all that change last season when Mourinho send benched him, we can made a whole new post about the rumors of why he did that, in my opinion was unfair, and out-of-place, but he was the coach and he could do it. What is true is that with the arrival of Diego Lopez to Real Madrid and his excellent performance  by the end of the last season, he definitely can challenge Iker to be at his best if he want to be the starter again, now they both have to compete for a spot in the starting eleven and they have to be at their best in every training and in every game… what is not clear yet is what Ancelotti will do… at some point he has to choose one of them to be the starter!

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In regards of the game, for Los Blancos it was a bittersweet opening day, the first half was tough, Real Betis played with no fear and they got themselves an early goal surprising everyone, Real Madrid struggle a lot in defense, Betis was even closer to increase the result but Real Madrid was lucky at some times, Benzema tied the game before half time. Again those 15 minutes can make a lot of difference, the second half was a different story, Los Blancos were more aggressive and moving better the ball, Marcelo played really good most of the time and at the last-minute he send a great pass to Isco who scored the wining goal,  the final result was 2-1 for Real Madrid, but many things to fix and reorganize for Ancelotti and Co.

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Barcelona on the other side had a dance party with poor Levante U.D, (Club), which I think had Stage fright or performance anxiety, because they were completely lost there, no options, no ways to react to the pouring of goals they were getting, the final result was 7-0, yes I feel bad for them but they play a bad game, not the best way to start, but at least they will have all season to recover hehe….  It took Barcelona less than three minutes to open the score board, and with a great Cesc Fabregas they were a demolition machine, they made beautiful passes and play great football, it was a real opening show, what a way to start the competition for their new coach Tata Martino.

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The surprise was Neymar who started the game in the bench,  it is a surprise consider he is the most expensive investment the club made for this season, and I guess everyone was expecting to see the dynamic duo Naymar/Messi playing together, apparently he wasn’t in the starting lineup due to his latest health problem, although he was ok to play with Brazil before this game, I guess he is still in the adaptation process, he didn’t look happy with the decision we can assume base on his face expression (apparently I and some of the media can interpreter face expressions now lol ). When he  finally made his official debuted in La Liga in the 64th min, he looked so eager to show all his skills, we didn’t have the chance to see the dynamic duo for too long, Tata Martino decided to rest Messi just minutes after Neymar debuted…

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But overall was an interesting Opening day!! I enjoyed it, I guess all Real Madrid fans suffered more than they would have expected it, in some ways was a reminiscent of how the season ended, early goal conceded, a come back and a last-minute goal to get the three points, I hope it will get better for the well-being of their fans lol…  For Barcelona fans was all joy and great expectations!

Some other notes!

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  • Isco had a great debut with Real Madrid, scoring the wining goal that put him as the savior of the team and the day! The stadium was chanting his name, a good sign!

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  • Cesc Fabregas made it clear that he wants to stay in Camp Barca, he played great and was one of the best in his team.

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  • Sergio Ramos is no longer a platinum Blonde!!…. I don’t know what happened there, either he was having too much fun as a blonde and decided to get back to business or the blondes don’t have that much fan after all…. lol

 I didn’t watch the rest of the games, but I don’t see any major surprises. It’s just the first game so we’ll see!

Let’s move to the EPL

I feel like I don’t need to say much about this, if you live in the USA I think the coverage of NBC was extensive and well done, I was happy to be able to see the game live on my phone lol!!

But we did have some surprises too…

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Arsenal opening game was not the best they lost 0-3 vs Aston Villa and the feeling they left to the fans was not promising, so they have to work to do specially in their defense and they face another problem as many pointed out, Arsène Wenger hasn’t been able to strengthen the team with good additions, I think their fans are wondering if they will buy someone in this window market! This was kind of the big surprise of the weekend.

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Manchester United had a very special game, the first one after the Sir Alex Ferguson era, which was a very successful, he is truly a legend in the football world, so some were a bit nervous and uncertain about the future, all that have put some pressure on the team, and if you add the Wayne Rooney situation, that create a lot of expectations, but base on what we saw yesterday well I think so far is all under control, Robin van Persie is sensational, he is again a contender to end the season at the top in the goal department, the team needs some improvement but a victory 4-1 over Swansea City, can be called a good start.

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Another game to watch was Chelsea vs  Hull City which marked the return of Jose Mourinho to the EPL, he received a lot of love from the fans and his team beat Hull 2-0 , it seems that everything went according to the plan!

So many news about the transfer market, but also about the reactions to this first games!!

**Eye Candy alert**

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I really enjoy the games, but I have to say it, I think Zidane looks so good in that black suit!! C’mon that is pure handsomeness and he is not that young anymore, see boys we don’t need much just a nice suit or a nice tan lol… he is definitely like a good wine let’s just leave it there… lol!! Oook, he is  cute though…

Thanks for reading, I hope you did enjoy opening day, it was a weekend full of emotions, reunion ns andsurprises!! Let me know what you think, what surprised you the most and what team are you supporting this season!!

Take care! This just started and we couldn’t be happier!! hahaha

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Besitos!

Pictures thanks to Real Madrid official Facebook, BarcelonaFC.com, telegraph.co.uk, Mirror.co.uk, and Google.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.  

Summer nights, transfers, dramas and Pre-season fun!

What’s up? Hello hello!!

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Ahh what a nice summer night… I feel like summer is about to be over and I still haven’t gone to the beach… breaking my record, and that’s not a good one!

Anyhow, at least I am checking up what is happening! Things are moving fast this days!

Let’s talk about Football!!!

Well since things in our side of the globe are actually slowing down, national teams will be back until September for more World Cup Qualifications, let’s catch up with the clubs in the other side of the world, which ironically most of them are jumping to this side of the pond!!

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Real Madrid started their pre-season or Summer Tour a couple of weeks ago, they played Bournemout, then they had a real test with O. Lyon and ohh boy, that was not pretty forget their previous result 6-0, this time it was a more competitive team, O.Lyon was already ahead of the whites in their pre-season preparation, so it was a tough game for Real Madrid, they were never comfortable, Ancelotti tried to stablished his strategies, but it seems that the team hasn’t been able to read them or understand them just yet!

They were able to tied the game in the second half after being down 2-0, the final result was 2-2, and a lot of notes for Ancelotti and his coaching team if they want to be as ready as possible.

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The next game was vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), I missed that game so I can’t say much about it, I know it was Ancelotti’s old team so it was interesting for sure, the result was a 1-0 a win for Real Madrid, base on what the media reported it was somehow a more leveled match, the Whites showed some talent, made some great passes and showed some  ball movement, but PSG also gave them good things to work on… but since I didn’t watch it, I can’t give you my thoughts so let’s move on…

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That was the last game they played in Europe before starting their American Tour, the International players, the ones that got extra vacations due to their participation in the Confederation Cup joined the team. Los Blancos started their traditional pre-season tour in the U.S for the four consecutive year, they chose UCLA training facilities as their house for the next couple of weeks, now Ancelotti has all his players together to start their full training…

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Well he is waiting for one more… and we are all waiting to know how much money he will cost…. Some transfers are real dramas, the Gareth Bale case it’s a clear example… dramaaaa….  it has gotten to a kind of ridiculous point, according to reports, Tottenham president didn’t want to let him go, even with the player decision and desire to leave the club, so he increased his  price. Latest news were that Real Madrid was willing to pay €85 millions (:0:0:0)  like seriously that is a lot of euros!! A lot of money, but Tottenham president later said that if Real Madrid want him, they will  have to pay €140 million of Euros…. that is absolutely beyond words, they are in negotiations but the numbers are just crazy, 80, 85 or 100 millions that would be the most expensive player since like ever… I mean like holy mother!!!

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I know he is good, he can play several positions and marketing wise he is consider one of the best and most famous players in the world, he was named last season the best player of the English Premier League (EPL), so his sponsors increased as well, he has not reach Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi o Neymar marketing levels, but he is getting there, so the Club will have that to build up and recover for that incredible holy cheese investment they will do, because even with the presidents of each club still in negotiations, he will end up signing for the White House!  I just think that for that incredible amount of money he has to become a true legend in this game lol…. just saying, to justified that craziness!! Any how that drama is still going on…. we were missing that summer transfer soap opera, as always, they never fail to entertain…

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Real’s first game in American soil was vs LA Galaxi, and the final result was a 3-1 victory, Isco is making some difference in his firsts games with Real Madrid, all players need to do their best, getting a starting spot is going to be a competitive thing among them. I think that will be good for the team, they have to reach a good level, not there yet even with this wins there is still a lot of work for Ancelotti, Zidane and Co.!

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Below you can see what cities they would play in their USA tour, so if you are there… ohh lucky you!! lol You can go and check what the heck is all the buzz about them!

TOUR 2013 MATCHES
      21/07 AFC Bournemouth 0-6 Real Madrid (Bournemouth,Endgland)
      24/07 Olympique de Lyon-Real Madrid (Lyon, France)
      27/07 Real Madrid-PSG (Goteborg, Sweden)
      01/08 Real Madrid-Los Ángeles Galaxy (Phoenix, USA)
      03/08 Real Madrid-Juventus or Everton (Los Ángeles, USA)
06-07/08 Real Madrid-(opponent to be confirmed) (Miami, USA)
      10/08 Real Madrid-Inter Milán (Saint Louis, USA)

 Schedule Source: realmadrid.com

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As it was already a done deal, Pipita is now in Naples with his new team Napoli, that was a very good deal for the Real Madrid, and  I think base on the welcoming el Pipa got when he arrived there, he would be fine, that was an airport full of fans and the stadium showed him a lot of love in his presentation!

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I have to bring Sexy David Beckham to the conversation hahaha…. I mean he is a symbol in this game, he might not be the best player in the world, he was great in his position and he definitely gave to this sport a new definition there was a before him and after in Football history, at least in my humble opinion, so for that he deserves a mentioned today! He went to visit his former teammates at UCLA and took pictures with old friends and with new ones. He is retired but is always good to see him!

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OK one more gossip mention :/… I know I am in so papo mode… Congrats to the future father to be, Iker and his journalist reporter Sara Carbonero, are expecting their first baby, for sure it will be cute… so that’s it papo (paparazzi) mode off. I am not even going to comment on Messi’s famous scandalous pictures… I’m being a good girl haha

What is going on in Camp Barça?

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Well they have been a bit quiet lately, they played their pre-season games vs Bayern Munich,  it was a bit to forget, not their best performance, they look a bit lost, without any direction or style, but it was just a friendly and their new coach was not with them at that time. But now Tata Martino has taken full control of the Team!

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Their second game was Neymar debut with Barcelona, and let’s put it like this, he got the chance to wear the jersey, that was pretty much the only news we got after the game, it might be early, he even said it he needs time to adapt to the team and get use to play with his new teammates, so let’s see him in next games. Tata Martino has started to work with the team so we might see a different result… Yesterday Neymar and Messi played together for the first time in the team presentation, and I guess they wanted to make it count, 8-0 vs Santos (Brazil)…

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Everything looks so promising!

What is not that promising on another note is how the crisis is affecting some clubs, specially in Spain, I talked about how good their league is, but with the recession and their economic crisis, some clubs are struggling and some are not even able to pay to their staff or players, it’s difficult, some clubs won’t have the money to reinforce their teams, and some other are selling their best players most of them to other leagues like the Premiere, Italy or France, in other to have some incomes from those sales and be able to respond to their employees, something that will definitely impact the league but at the end the saddest part is the people who is affected by this, you know what made this possible is the humans that work hard in all levels of a club…

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But I think we have to keep our hopes high, things have to get better sooner or later, at least we can hope, meanwhile we still can enjoy this beautiful game and some of its best performers!!

 Interesting notes!!

I guess blonde is the new trend!!… Do they really have more fun?? I  might consider going blonde lol…  Ramos showed up with his new hair style. What do you think, can he pull it off?

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Cristiano Ronaldo was invited to throw the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game… I think he will stick to Football.

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 Thanks for reading!! I hope you are having  nice summer nights!!… And feel free to share your thoughts, what will you do with €85 million that’s like $100 something million of dollars… ahh what I would not do with that… lol!!

Besitos

Pictures thanks to Real Madrid official Facebook page, FCBarcelona.com and Gareth from Google images…