List of Friends and Foes

April 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | 4 Comments
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Considering that there are still 21 points left to fight for and really until Barca are mathematically the owners of this league, we really should not give up. So I thought with few games remaining it would be interesting to look at the obstacles that might come against us and also those things that might also give us a hand. Let’s start off with our friends!

FRIENDS:

  • Espanyol: Los Periquitos have a tradition of being one of our closest friends in the league as they share the same passion: hating Barcelona! Although Espanyol havent had the best season there has been some improvement as of late with a great run of games without losing. Not only that they defeated Atleti in a spectacular fashion this past weekend scoring three past los colchoneros. Espanyol have always managed to give Barca a headache and I have my fingers cross that they can send a helping hand our way (too bad Tamudo doesn’t play anymore). Amigo perico, por favor!
  • Injuries/Schedule: Still competing in the Champions League leaves for more distractions and injuries for los cules. Now I in no way am celebrating an injury to a player because that is just cynical and in poor character, but the truth is that some of their players are starting to show the intensity of their game is starting to reach its limit. Iniesta is just the latest casualty and pretty much will miss the rest of the season. I wouldn’t count on this being an ally as Barca have shown they can play without their important players and still win, but nevertheless you never know.

  • Zlatan!: Some of you may be puzzled with my choice to include Ibra into our mix of friends, but hear me out. Although Ibra’s numbers have been pretty impressive in his first season at Camp Nou there is still something that tells me that he still isn’t fitting well into their system. Also I got hold of a fact that Barcelona are more effective in front of goal without the giant Swede. And from the games I have watched Zlatan does miss an incredibly large amount of goals and does interrupt with the flow of their game. Hopefully he recovers soon!
  • Villarreal: This season’s Villarreal have been a far cry from the one that was nicely run by Pellegrini, nevertheless just like Espanyol they have shown some signs of life in their last games. They are looking for their European ticket which is being fought by quite a few others, so I’m expecting a disputed fight. I don’t necessarily think they can beat Barca but certainly a tie can be possible.

  • Mourinho and his Inter: Yes at the end of the day Mourinho might just end up being our best friend if he can pull off the biggest upset. Having a soft spot for AC Milan it is hard for me to root for Inter, but my hopes that Barcelona don’t reach the final of the Champions League is driving me to do such a thing. Barcelona have to face Inter in the semi-finals and although they have already whooped Inter’s ass I do think this time can be very different. The Special One has something up his sleeve and will relish the chance of eliminating this Barcelona. How do you stop a team who plays ‘beautiful’ football? Well you play ugly football, and this Inter is capable of playing real ugly.

Foes:

  • Mallorca: We may have some difficult trips away from the Bernabeu, but the one that worries me most is our trip to Mallorca. Not only have they registered fantastic numbers at home and are currently in fifth place, but historically Mallorca have made it difficult for us. They always manage to snatch a point here and there, and this year in my opinion they are a major threat. 
  • Lillo and Almeria: Our upcoming opponent is another tough cookie as they have been ridiculously impressive at home and really the man behind the magic is Guardiola’s buddy Lillo who has changed the face of this Almeria. This team is so complicated that even Barca had a hard time cracking them down. Plus they have a fantastic goalkeeper who has been the only one to stop a penalty from CR9 in the league. So Almeria will be a test to see if we can overcome the blow of the defeat to Barcelona.

  • Sara Carbonero: Dont be fooled by her beauty because this one might be our biggest enemy of all! (stop droolin’ men!) I know I’m not the only one that has noticed Iker’s poor form this season and if I dare suggest his relationship with the Spanish presenter Carbonera might be the reason. You need proof? Well after our painful defeat in el clasico you would think Iker would lock himself away and sulk or probably kick a wall imagining it was Messi, but no instead he went to dinner with his lady friend. This doesn’t sound like our Iker! I’m just sayin this could be our YOKO!!! Cuidado!
  • Fans: Ok being more seriously I have to point out that our fans are simply a disappointing bunch. Did you guys notice how quiet the fans that went to el clasico were? If it weren’t for the Ultra Sur who made noise non-stop throughout the match we would have been able to hear the crumpling of the sandwich wraps! Atmospheres like the one at la bombonera or during the Milan derby’s are the types that really intimidate the opponent, but ours was a complete joke. We need to be the 12th player and it must come out during these last games. The jeers can wait for later!

  • Marca/AS: I don’t have to say much about the Madrid press that hasn’t already been said, but these ‘journalist’ are one of our biggest enemies. Always on the hunt for the skin of Pellegrini or producing lame excuses like the Villarato are just some of the ways they look to destabilize our club and put us in further ridicule to the world. Front covers like the one above are just not acceptable. These upcoming weeks promise to be a storm for Madrid created by AS and Marca.
  • Florentino and Valdano: I don’t like these two and I have little faith in what they say. Like I have said in previous posts that these two need to demonstrate their trust in the project created which means continuing with the work done by El Mister. They need to let him work and not using this time searching for his replacement.

  • MADRID: Finally I end with our team. We can either be our own friend or we can easily slip into the dark side and become our own enemy. If we let the el clasico loss get to our heads, then we are pretty much screwed.  However, although we have some rough weeks ahead of us, we need to dig ourselves out of the whole that Barcelona put us in and continue to give los cules a run for their money. Despite the defeat we can’t just simply lift the white flag of surrender and hand them the league. No señores there is still too much to fight for!
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Que cagada, Valdano!

April 8, 2010 at 2:56 am | Posted in Champions League | 2 Comments
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The bald one Robben, who was unwanted by the Madrid honchos dressed himself as Zidane in the Champions League to send Manchester packin’ and Bayern onto the semis. Yesterday, Sneijder also with his lone goal gave Inter their ticket. These were the men that weren’t good enough or not galactic enough to play in our club according to the standards of Tito Floren and Valdano, and now the dutch boys have the last laugh. Vaya que cagada!

Your welcome Bayern and Inter! Our gifts to you this summer have been very fruitful.

Tito Floren’s shady work

March 24, 2010 at 12:43 am | Posted in Vikingo News! | 10 Comments
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My gut told me something was wrong and unfortunately for me my gut is never wide of the mark. Just a couple of days ago I mentioned to you guys about a certain survey going around the Bernabeu the day of the Sporting match, and well yesterday when I checked Don Balon they confirmed that a survey was being held asking the fans/socios the following:

1. Which players should Real Madrid sign?
2. Who should be the manager?
3. Rate from a 0-10 Perez presidency so far.

Now so far all we know is that Sigma Dos is the one who conducted the survey but who asked for it to be conducted is still up in the air. One paper reports that its Florentino and others that the Madrid press is behind this. At first my initial thought was that it was Madrid press but now that I really think about it it has to be the main honchos at the ‘White House’.

It is no surprise that Tito Floren is a man of numbers. Always has been, pero vamos what lack of respect toward the current manager Pellegrini. Seriously he claims he has learned from the mistakes of the past but if anything we are going in the same direction if all this is true. It is expected for the press to write horrid words of Pellegrini, but for the President to go behind his back and conduct such a survey is simply shady.

Marca already has announced that they will be posting the results for the first question tomorrow morning, but will probably wait to see what the numbers are for the second question. Don Balon on the other hand reports that it is Florentino who will see where the numbers swing and if it is against Pellegrini, then allow for either (or both) AS or Marca to publish it.

We all know that the majority of the madridista’s are behind Pellegrini, but unfortunately there are those at the top who are ready to see a head roll no matter what the numbers say. It seems that Pellegrini’s days are counted whether we like it or not.

Vikingo News!: Champions DNA, Valdano, the new Drogba, Suker’s advice, and ketchup!

March 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | 2 Comments
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Well if you are really lucky and fortunate to have the dinero to buy Champions league tickets, then you will be happy to know that tickets for this year’s final at the Bernabeu will be available for purchase on March 8th through the 19th. Any lucky son of a bitch that can go, can buy their tickets at UEFA’s official site, but you have to be quick because there are only 11,000 seats available to the general public. Prices will range from 300 to 90 euros so I hope everyone’s collected enough plastic bottles and work those extra shifts!

Anyway, as can be seen by the picture Cris and Raul were there at the presentation of the golden ticket along with Florentino who stated that “Real Madrid love the Champions League above anything else. The club has the word Europe marked in their DNA. ”  Tito Floren added that he wants everything to be ready for that special European night: On May 22, everything has to be impeccable, as the final goes beyond the sport.”

Valdano opens his trap! Well this time he had nothing negative to say about Pellegrini, but rather took the time to evaluate the strengths of Barcelona being that the cule project is one that has been worked on for years while Real Madrid have a new president, new coach, and crap load of new players, which puts Madrid a step behind the eternal rival.  He notes that although Madrid are a bit unstable, Barcelona are not going through their best moment as was seen in Stuttgart.

However, my favorite part of this interview is when he speaks about Madrid’s cantera and the lack of players joining the first team:We are concerned, but the results will come in years or perhaps decades. For Real Madrid cantera has always been sensitive. What happens is that sometimes it rises spontaneously, as happened with the “Quinta del Buitre’or now with Barcelona. There are 110 players coming out of our cantera playing in First and Second division.” Yes Valdano, you are so concerned and that is why you sold Negredo and have spent money on players further decreasing their possibilities of making that leap. Sure, I believe you!

Moving on, Marca is reporting that Madrid is interested in 16 year old Romelu Lukaku, who is also known as the “new Drogba”. He plays for the Belgium team Anderlecht and his impressive form has also caught the attention of clubs like Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Inter and Milan. Tuttosport has reported that any serious takers will have to cough up 15 million euros for the teen striker. Here is a video to see Romelu in action:

Advice from Suker. Ex-Real Madrid player Davor Suker  has advised Raul to end his career at the English Premier League. “As a close friend, I would love for Raul to finish his career in London, as I’ve told him personally every time we have met. It would be nice for him to finish his career in tournament as nice as the English”, told Suker to Eurosport. Hmm… if this is true I want Suker to stay as far away from my beloved captain as much as possible. Anyhow, I am totally on board with what he said about Jesus Navas: “I know Del Nido (sevilla’s president). He has already sold Sevilla players to Madrid, and I hope that Jesus Navas in the future will be with Madrid.” Yeah me too Suker! Grande Suker!

 

Finally I close with my favorite quote of the day courtesy of this weeks main man, Pipita Higuain. Speaking to La Sexta, Higuain revealed that during his first months with Madrid he received the best (and awesome!) advice from Van Nistelrooy:

“Ruud told me that goals are like a bottle of kethcup.Sometimes they don’t come no matter how much you push, but later they all come out in one hit.”

So there you go kids and don’t ever forget these wise words from Uncle Ruud!

*FYI. Stuff on the upcoming Sevilla game will come later in the day.

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