Archive for April, 2009

One of my fondest memories as a Madridista: The Champions League final (2000) in Paris against Valencia. It was the first time two teams from the same country had met in the final.

The line-ups that day:

Real Madrid: Casillas, Helguera, Karanka, Ivan Campo, Salgado, Roberto Carlos, Redondo (C), Mcmanaman, Raul, Anelka, Morientes

Valencia: Canizares, Djukic, Pellegrino, Angloma, Gerardo, Farinos, Mendieta, Kily Gonzalez, Gerard, Angulo, Lopez.

Enjoy.

Pipita - FTW!
Pipita – FTW!

 You can’t say enough about Gonzalo Higuain. His passion and determination has won the hearts of Madridista’s all around the World. Once again, in the midst of a horrible Real Madrid performance today, he took the team into his own hands and scored two goals (one of them in injury time to win the game).

It’s very strange being a Real Madrid fan; week in and week out I experience an emotional rollercoaster. This is easily an era of one of the worst Real Madrid teams I have ever seen. Yet, we are still back to back champions and sit second behind a record breaking Barcelona team. Despite how bad Real Madrid have been, they’ve been winning non stop. Today’s game summed up the season pretty well: Bad performance, heroics from Casillas, individual brilliance, game won. I must say, this was easily the most exciting game of the season that Real Madrid has played in. The game was pretty much lost when Albin put Getafe 2-1 up (horrible defending) with 6 minutes to go. Guti’s brilliant free-kick in the 86th minute tied the game, but the celebrations were short lived when Pepe was given a straight red card for fouling a player in the box and kicking him while he was down. However, Casillas saved the penalty (awful panenka attempt from Casquero) which brought a massive roar around the Bernabeu. Higuain’s second goal in injury time was the icing on the cake to bury Getafe (and pr0bably alot of Barca hearts).

This pic pretty much sums up the game; Pepe running out of the locker room after being red carded to celebrate, Casillas running from his net to celebrate and Cannavaro off the bench. You can see how much this game meant to them:

Some more pics from the game:

Match Highlights (You won’t want to miss it):

 

Semi-finals:

Barcelona vs. Chelsea

Villareal vs. Porto

Final:

Barcelona vs. Villareal

Champion:

Villareal.

You heard it here first.

 Manu-Porto/Villareal-Arsenal. It was an easy choice for me today to decide which game I wanted to watch. I mean, Manu was clearly going to destroy Porto in a painful fashion (who wants to see that?). Being a Spanish/La Liga supporter and all, it was a nobrain-er. What a game at the Madrigal! Two of the underdogs left in the Champions league, but both of them playing attractive, fast paced, short passing and fluid football.

Golazo de Marcos Senna!
Golazo de Marcos Senna!

I rushed home from school and turned on the TV just in time to see Marcos Senna launch a missile past Almunia. What a fantastic goal. Villareal dominated the entire first half. As soon as the first half ended, I checked livescore to see this:

 Manchester U. 1 – 1 FC Porto

That moment was probably the highlight of my day. I still figured that Manu were going to eat them in the second half though, so back I went to the second half at the Madrigal.

Golazo de Adebayor!
Golazo de Adebayor!

In the second half, Arsenal finally decided to play some football. They started to build pressure, and with a great ball from Cesc, Adebayor scored a scissor kick of epic proportions. It was a beautiful goal. For the next few minutes, the yellow submarine was clearly rattled. The passes they so easily stringed together in the first half, seemed a thing of the past. Fortunately they got back into the game though. And my final assessment is that Arsenal are pretty lucky to escape with a draw; Villareal are down, but not out.

You know what’s awesome though? I switched to the Manu-Porto game just in time to see Mariano Gonzalez break Old Trafford’s hearts.

Mariano - FTT!
Mariano – FTT!

 90 minutes left to play in both legs. Let’s hope the good guys will prevail.

 

This is a video I made last year dedicated to Madrid’s dominance over Manu in the 4 times they’ve met in the last decade. Enjoy.

First of all, I would like to introduce the new ‘chat widget’ on the right hand side of my blog. I will be on-line from time to time, so if you catch me at the right times, please drop me a line! I have already met a couple of very nice people!

Now enough small talk, let’s cut to the chase. What has changed since my round 1 post? Absolutely nothing.

The Matrix playing like a man possessed in the Raptors win streak.
The Matrix playing like a man possessed in the Raptors win streak.

 I came home late from class tonight, logged into nba.comas usual, and was pretty surprised to see that the Raptors had beaten the Magic 99-95 IN Orlando. That’s 5 in a row now. Clearly, Jay Triano did not read my blog post about how the Raptors should tank the season to get a good draft pick. 

Now whats even more important than this game, is what happened at half-time (from The Associated Press):

In an April Fool’s joke that left everyone but the contestant laughing, the Magic made a fan think he was shooting a half-court shot for $100,000 at halftime. The fan was blindfolded, and the crowd was told beforehand to cheer as if he made the shot. The young contestant, named Dan, missed badly but believed he won and danced around the court in a frenzy. Before being told it was a joke and showed the replay he said, “I just got laid off at work.” He was given a 100 Grand Bar of candy instead but was not laughing. …

Wow. Life is cruel isn’t it? Moving on..

Turkey 1-2 Spain

Riera FTW!
Riera FTW!

 I was watching this game on my laptop in the back of my class today. Yes, how straight are my priorities? It was 1-1 till the very last minute, when Danny Guiza creates an opportunity out of nothing and passes to Riera who slots it home. I’ve never heard Turkish fans so quiet in my life. You could have heard a pin drop in that stadium. Especially considering they are some of the biggest fanatics in the World. The most ironic thing about this whole situation was that Guiza, the man who has been horrible for Fenerbache all year, was the man who finished Turkey off.

In all honesty, I felt bad for the Turks. It was a heart breaker for them and even the most hardcore of Spanish supporters could feel for them. They played well, and now they have it all to do sitting third place in the group.

The Hunter is a machine
The Hunter is a machine
  • Huntelaar still scoring! Klaas scored a beautiful goal today against Macedonia.
  • Bolivia 6-1 Argentina. Yes, that scoreline is 100% real. I guess the Argies are not too fond of playing in high altitudes.
  • South Korea 1-0 Korea DPR/Saudi 3-2 UAE. It’s not looking good for Iran.
  • France 1-0 Lithuania. I’ve been really unimpressed with France lately. For the players they have: Lassana, Ribery, Benzema, Evra, Toulalan and co.; they should be making alot more noise than they are.
  • Brazil 3-0 Peru. A double from Luis Fabiano. But this Brazil team is nothing compared to their past sides.

I can’t wait for the World Cup.