¡¡¡REYES DEL MUNDO!!!

July 12, 2010 at 8:55 am | Posted in Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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After countless years of heartache and pain, football has finally been just with Spain. It took a Saint from Mostoles to protect them from the Robben threat, and an Angel named Iniesta to score the goal of a lifetime to allow la Roja to touch the highest of heavens.
Enhorabuena España Campeona del Mundo!!!

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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!

Getafe vs Madrid: Easier than expected

March 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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Can I say too easy? Well without taking credit from the wonderful first half displayed by Madrid, I do have to say that Getafe just made this too easy for us. There defense was an overall chaos that cried for the help of the absent Cata Diaz. Los Azulones pretty much stood helpless in their field as Madrid ran amok the first 45. So bad was this Getafe that they made Gago look good! Nah that’s a joke… he actually did quite well and left me rather impressed with his performance. However, I did expect more from Getafe and I was quite disappointed that they look so dumbfounded in front of Madrid at least in first period. This saddens me because it once again puts in evidence the decaying in quality in La Liga with only two teams running the show. Sorry, but this just isn’t good for the health of Spanish football.

Anyway, focusing on our performance it is fair to say that this is the Madrid that we have been waiting for. After a couple of lackluster matches los blancos have finally shown their true colors and have done it with four fantastic goals. The lethal partnership between CR9 and Pipita drove the last line of Getafe crazy. Yes, Getafe were always exposed in defense but it depends on the striker to exploit such weaknesses, and these two were just merciless when it came to scoring goals. Seriously ruthless killers up front who finished the game in 37 minutes with two goals a piece. Impressive and that’s considering that Ustari saved some shots that could have easily made this score line scandalous. But if Madrid were dazzling in attack then we must recognize the terrific job done by the midfield. They all did their job in feeding the sphere to Cris and Pipita and controlled the pace extremely well in first half. Xabi and Gago partnered up really well in the middle, and if Mr. Gago can keep up the good work ethic he might just snatch up Lass’ starting position. I never thought I would see the day when I would be asking for Gaga to start and Lass to sit on the bench, but I guess there’s a first time for everything.

Uff, Casillas! I seriously don’t know what is up with him as of late but good golly has he been off. Maybe it’s the fact that he knows he is irremovable from under the post or maybe it has to do with the little relationship he has going with that Carbonera chick, but whatever it is he needs to get back to doing what he does best. The little theatrics after Parejo’s goal (which was totally his fault for losing the ball), just don’t fly with me. Thankfully Casillas had the decency of admitting his fault for what happened. Nevertheless, that drop in form does have me concerned.

Ok the second half was a pain to watch. Not only did we lose the grip on the midfield but our defensive work was plain out sloppy. I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt that the boys were saving their energies considering that Atletico is just around the corner, and that it was best to rest the legs. The only good thing that came out of the second half was the debut of the canterano Mosquera who was finally given some minutes by el Mister. For me that is always great to see.

So there you have it a pretty great day for el madridismo. Not only did we get first place back in the league, but also our basketball team were able to tie the series with Barcelona on cule turf! Vaya que dia!

Vikingo News!: More on Lyon…

February 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Posted in Champions League, Vikingo News! | 4 Comments
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Well after sleeping off the nightmare that was the Champions League, it all begins to settle in and after watching the game now three more times plus all the highlights it all becomes clearer to me. Señores, it does not look good at all and the pain may even get worst. Anyway, there is still some time left to analyze more of the game and what’s to come in the return leg later, so let us look at the aftermath after the destruction in Gerland.

  • The players are responsible! According to Arbeloa in today’s press conference, the players offered one of the worse games of the season and that Lyon were by far superior to them. Although much of the press has blasted Pellegrini for his tactical scheme, Arbeloa shrugged that to the side and insisted that if anyone was responsible for yesterday’s poor game it was the 11 players on the field. Nonetheless, he is optimistic that it all can be turned around.

“The tie however is wide open and we are convinced that we can turn it around. We will try to play like we had been up until last night.We are very optimistic.”

  • The result is not good. After the match Casillas said the exact same sentiments that I had about this 1-0 result: “Its worrying, because we did not expect to lose. We came here with a lot of hope and enthusiasm in bringing a more positive result back to Madrid.” However, he also believes that they will be able to surpass this challenge, because with the warmth of their fans it will be easier. It will take more than that, Iker!

 

  • Don’t blame me! Unfairly the press continue to pour the criticism over Kaka, and yesterday’s game led for the press to go on a bigger rant on how poor his form has been. Well Kaka has had enough and responded back by saying that he doesn’t deserve the blame for the loss in France. “I’m not at fault for the defeat. Everyone is responsible.” All though I will not defend Kaka on his performance, I do think it is wrong of the press to point the finger at him. He is right in his statement, because all their players lacked dedication and sacrifice in last nights game. AS reported that out the 17 balls that Xabi and Diarra passed to him, only 11 made it to the feet of the attackers. Really ONLY 11!?!?! That is more than I had expected! Like I said in my last post Kaka tried, but none of his teammates were there to give him a hand. Alright need to cool off, but I assure you there will be a post dedicated to this later! (as.com)

 

  • A recipe for their elimination. Well I wish we had it but that is not the case. Lyon player, Pjanic is certain that they have the recipe to kick Madrid out of the CL. He states that Lyon deserved their worked victory and that they will be able to go on to the next round.

“Real Madrid are not invincible, we saw that yesterday and in their previous league matches. We have the recipe to eliminate them. I am sure that Lyon will continue in the competition if in the return leg at Madrid we play like we did on our turf.”

His declarations are enough to convince me that Madrid will not come out alive from the Bernabeu. He added  (for me the most important part):

“We defended and attacked together, and no one cared who scored the goal. All we cared for was defending ourselves  and winning the match. Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka are two of the best players in the world, but they could not win the game on their own. Unlike us, Madrid did not play like a team, and that is why they lost the game.”

I have nothing more to add to Pjanic’s words. He said it all.

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