Hasta Pronto…

July 27, 2010 at 7:53 am | Posted in Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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In football and in every sport losing a game or a title is one of the greatest pains believed to exist, but this week having to say farewell to two of our beloved and best players has to be one of the most difficult moments for me personally as a madridista. The pain of not having them there next season is inconsolable and I am literally holding back the tears having to write this right now. So I will be brief and maybe later when I get over this emotional slump I will expand on my admiration for these two symbols of el club blanco.

Gracias Guti!…

Guti our eternal promise that never shined the way he should have but when he did it was one of those moments that you never forget. So simple yet so magnificent. Un genio , un crack capable of the impossible. The critics never understood him and characterized him as someone who never cared about the game but those tears in the press conference demonstrated that he really did care and has always cared. Well anyway it is because of Guti and those glimpses of beauty that I understood why I loved this sport so much. Thank you, Maestro!

Gracias Raul!…

Our Angel of Madrid why must you leave us? The ideal would have been to have him stay in Madrid and see him retire from football here, but deep down although the majority of the madridista’s feel this way we all know that it is a bit selfish on our part. The man still has the need to compete at the highest levels and play regular football, and we cannot deny him this opportunity to explore different seas. So for his happiness we must let him go but never forget all that he had given to the madridismo. The goals, glories, silverware, but more importantly his heart and soul. He may leave to Germany or even England but he will eternally be ours to cherish and admire. Our captain gracias por todo! Raulista hasta la muerte!!!

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Adios al 14

May 9, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Posted in La Liga, Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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Although the rumour of Guti’s departure to Galatasaray has not been confirmed, his clapping and waving to the Bernabeu crowd after the 5-1 trouncing of Bilbao seemed like a final farewell to the madridismo.

Hasta siempre, Guti! Esta siempre sera tu casa…

Ready or not, here comes Sevilla

March 6, 2010 at 5:18 am | Posted in La Liga, Vikingo News! | 2 Comments
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Let us not kid ourselves this match against Sevilla will be crucial in our fight to obtain the league. It will be our biggest test to see if we are real competition to win this league and whether we stand a real chance against Lyon, which is only days away. This game, although some may want to see it as just another game, can ultimately set the tone for our chances in everything. Will we be the last team standing after those 90 minutes at the Bernabeu? I don’t know because if there is one thing I have learned from these games against Sevilla is that its full of surprises and of course goals, and lots of them. Some of the most passionate, electrifying, and nervous filled games I have ever experienced come when Madrid face Sevilla. I do not expect this Saturday’s game to be any different, but if I have to go through a roller coaster of emotions I hope that in the end we have kept our perfect home record and hopefully set a bit of fear in our European rival, Lyon. Fingers crossed!

Here is what you need to know:

  1. Guti makes a return. After being sidelined for quite some time with a sports hernia, the always questionable Guti could make a comeback against Sevilla as he has been included in the roster. Speaking of the blonde one, he spoke to Real Madrid’s official site and said that he was anxious to play and reflect’s on how much fun playing against Sevilla has been in the past. “I have always played well against Sevilla. Our recent matches against them have been fun to watch. There have been a ton of goals and Real Madrid has tended to win. We hope this year is the same.”
  2. So who’s out and who’s in? Well its the same players as the previous match that will be absent: Drenthe, Benzema, and Pepe. Those who will make it include: GOALKEEPERS: Casillas, Dudek.
    DEFENDERS: Ramos, Albiol, Arbeloa, Metzelder, Marcelo, Garay.
    MIDFIELDERS: Diarra, Gago, Lass, Xabi Alonso, Granero, Kaka, Guti, Van der Vaart.
    FORWARDS: Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul, Higuain.
  3. The duel of the saints. This weekend we will see two fantastic goalkeepers go face to face. Spain’s Cuatro has seen this as the perfect opportunity to interview the Saint of Seville at a church. He appreciates the praise he gets from the fans, but he personally does not like to mix church with football. Fair enough… so who’s wings will have to do overtime on Saturday? Hopefully not the guardian of Madrid! Watch the vid (its in Spanish)here.

4. In terms of Sevilla, they will be missing the Brazilian Renato, which means that Fazio will probably pair up with Zokora in the midfield. Another player that for good fortune will be M.I.A is Luis Fabiano who still has not recovered from his injury, but we cant be counting our blessing yet because Seville still have a deadly artillary with Negredo and Kanoute up front. My biggest fear is our own boy Negredo who could rain in our parade if we are not careful.
5. Navas and Perotti are my biggest concern. Those two can and probably will drive us crazy with their runs up the flanks, so our defense needs to be top notch and fully concentrated. Unless El Mister surprises us those in the back will be Ramos-Albiol-Garay-Arbeloa in order to secure that those two stay put and as far away as possible from Iker. Let’s hope it works.
6. Like I said earlier this game is always flooded with goals and if you don’t believe me check this stat out. In this decade alone there encounters have had the most goals in the league with 70 goals in 17 games. Impressive!

 

Well as always I leave you with a very special video that captures the greatness of these meetings between los merengues and the boys from Nervion. If you thought Guti’s taconazo in Coruna was impressive, this one is also worthy of a standing ovation. Enjoy!

‘Shutter Island’

February 26, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Posted in La Liga, Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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No, I’m not talking about the new ‘scary’ film starring Di Caprio, the island I’m referring to is way more terrifying and still brings nightmares to all of the madridismo. The island is none other than the damned island of Tenerife, where Madrid lost two league titles in a disastrous fashion. Writing this post and having to look at the images of those two dark events in our history still sends shivers down my spine. However, the positive is that this Tenerife team is a way different team from the one of two decades ago. Today, Tenerife find themselves ranked 19th on the table with a mere 20 points.  The last time the team visited Tenerife was eight years ago and los galacticos walked away with all three points with a goal from Figo and a brace by Helguera. Furthermore, since the debacle of Tenerife, los blancos have only lost twice, so Madridista’s there is no need to be a pessimist but certainly we must be cautious.

Here is a quick overview of what you need to know:

  1. Benzema and Guti will not be available. Although Guti has recovered from the groin injury, he still is not ready to go out and play. On the other hand, Benze is yet to recover and will also have to stay at Madrid. Another one who will be M.I.A is Arbeloa who is suspended.
  2. Due to the number of players that will be out, Pellegrini has called up Marcos Alonso and Pedro Mosquera. Let us hope they are given some minutes!
  3. El Mister spoke about the upcoming game and said the following:

“It would be a grave mistake to believe we’re guaranteed to take three points. I hope we concentrate hard on the match and that we respect our opponents as they deserve. We will have a tough time against Tenerife if we drop our performance level. It happened to other teams.”

In the same presser, Pellegrini praised Ronaldo and talked a bit about the differences in styles between Madrid and Barca. Plus he speaks about the criticism and insults he has recieved in his first season with Madrid. To read the entire presser, click here.

Well this concludes today’s post but I leave you my fellow Madridista’s with a sweet little nugget from 1998’s Tenerife vs Madrid game. Here is one of the best goals Roberto Carlos ever scored dressed in white (although here he is blue). Enjoy!

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