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. 

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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

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

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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

Now it’s all set, ready and go for the UCL!!

Hello!!

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I’ve been kind of melting in this last summer heat weather… I know I will regret saying this later but I really need some fall and more chill weather, I’ll complaint  about it later when I am freezing lol

Anyways a lot to talk but as of now, let’s talk about the UEFA Champions League, because hello now we know the groups and it’s all set to go on September 17th and 18th… Those are the days, so mark them in your calendars, first game for everyone! The group stage look like a  lot of fun or not depending on what group your team is…

It all started with all the name of the teams in the little balls, which were taken from a bowl and we all were waiting to see who will face who in this first stage…

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And after all that ball picking and wondering we finally have the group stage ready! and it looks like this:

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There was a lot of debate about which group will be the hardest one, I am still thinking about it, a lot of people say that Arsenal in group F is the difficult one, but I am not sure…

I think Real Madrid group B is not as easy as some might think, base on previous seasons, last year eliminating Galatasary was not easy and it gave them a lot of trouble, and they have Juventus in the same group an Italian club that they haven’t been able to win comfortable in a while, so in my opinion it’s a difficult group.

I also think that Barcelonas’ group H it’s a difficult one Milan is a competitive club and has a champions league history, Ajax might not be at the same level as it was some years ago but still can complicate them too, and you have Celtic, in my opinion when almost all teams in your group might not be as good as you are but they have complicated you or can complicate you it means that anything can happen, so for that reason this two groups are difficult.

It’s not like Chelsea for example in group E in theory the teams in their group are not at the same level as they are or you don’t think they can not complicated them that much, you will expect Chelsea to move forward without much problem, that’s a kind of easy group to say something….

I think the normal group is when you have two teams that you know or expect them to advance to the next stage, that is not easy but a kind of normal competitiveness to have in first stage of a competition, when you have three teams or all in your group with possibilities in theory to advance then you might have a problem or what we call a hard or difficult group! In World Cup lingo that’s the “group of death”….

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What is for sure is that until the ball starts rolling we won’t know… and until it will stop rolling we won’t know either and everything and anything can happen, that’s why this is so excited!! La Orejona or the trophy with the big ears is waiting for the same or a new champion!!

I can wait! 🙂

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In the same event Franck Ribéry was awared with the 2012/13 UEFA Best Player in Europe, a big honor and big accomplishment for the French player currently in Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, so Congrats to him!!

So for now I leave you with the UEFA Champions League official theme song!! (Just to get us into the mood, not that we need it but is excited to listen to it!)

Thanks for reading, feel free to share what team you are supporting and how you feel about their group!

Besitos!

Pictures thanks to the uefa.com and video from YouTube user gorgul90

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.

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.